Swami came at 4.25 pm. He then came straight to the Jhoola.
Swami : (To a teacher) Whose is the shirt (hanging on the window of your room)? (The teacher’s room could be seen while on the way to Sai Ramesh Hall from Trayee Brindavan.) I see it daily. It is hanging on the window.
You didn’t close the window. Earlier it used to be My room. I didn’t stay there. My things were kept there. Two rooms. I was then staying in ‘Devi Niwas’ (During the construction of Trayee Brindavan in 1983-84, Swami used to stay at the Rajmata’s House, Devi Nivas, whenever he visited Brindavan). (To a devotee) Where is your son?
Devotee : He is here in Bangalore.
Swami : What is he doing?
Devotee : He is working in my company.
Swami : How much (salary) do you give him?
Devotee : INR 35,000.
Swami : INR 35,000!
Devotee : Per month, Swami.
Swami : What has he passed?
Devotee : B.Sc. (Computer Science), Swami.
Swami : I know. Earlier he was in the college band.
Devotee : He played trumpet, Swami.
Swami : Big trumpet. Where are daughters?
Devotee : In America, Swami.
Swami : What is your son-in-law doing?
Devotee : He has finished M.B.A.
Swami : (To a student) Do you know Kannada? (The student was silent.) Three years you were here. How come you don’t know? Atleast one or two words…
Student : Swalpa.
Swami : Swalpa, little. (Swami then turned to Dr. T. Ravi Kumar, Faculty Member, Dept. of Chemistry, SSSIHL, Brindavan Campus, and mentioned to the students) Since 30 years, he is in Swami’s college. Earlier he acted in Shankaracharya drama, enacted in Shanmukhananda Hall in Bombay (Mumbai). He was very small then. I sat in the bus with them. He sat next to Me and was very short.
|Sri Sathya Sai with Students as part of the Shankaracharya Drama in the Shanmukhananda Hall in Bombay in 1975|
B. Warden : Even now, he is short.
Swami : That time he was even shorter. (To Dr. T. Ravi Kumar) Do you remember Shanmukhananda Hall? How many years back?
Teacher : 26 years back, Swami.
Swami : 26 years. (To the students) That time he was in B.Sc. (To Dr. T. Ravi Kumar) When did you complete Ph.D.?
|Dr. T. Ravi Kumar with Sri Sathya Sai|
Teacher : 1990, Swami.
Swami : M.Sc.?
Teacher : 1979, Swami.
Swami : By how much have you grown after joining the hostel? How many feet?
Teacher : Seven inches, Swami.
Swami : Seven feet?
Teacher : Seven inches, Swami.
Swami : Manchidi (Good). (To a Research Scholar) Do you know Vedantam? Tell. What is the meaning of ‘Tat Tvam Asi’?
R. S. : You are that.
Swami : What?
B. Warden : Swami, he is saying, “You are that”.
Swami : You are that. That is you. Once there was an argument between Advaita and Dvaita. It is a very big story. (Swami stopped speaking seeing the time.)
Students : Swami should tell.
Swami : Keep quiet. (To Sri Bhagia, Faculty Member, School of Business Management at Swami’s University) When are you going to Puttaparthi.
Teacher : As Swami tells.
Swami : Go before 30th. Opening day and closing day are very important.
For students, it is ok. For teachers, it is very important.
(To a Research Scholar) When are you going?
R. S. : As Swami tells.
Swami : (To Brindavan Warden) Ph.D. boys also must be there.
Swami then got up from Jhoola saying, “Hmm… get up”. Aarti was offered at 5.10 pm. Swami showed that day’s Prasadam, ‘Bobatu’ to the students. Swami gave Prasadam trays to students and blessed all from the balcony before retiring for the day.