Tuesday, August 15, 2000
Darshan was at around 7.00 am. Students and staff assembled in the Mandir after the morning Independence Day function in the Institute, the Higher Secondary School and the Primary School. After that, all came to Mandir.
Swami : (To Prof. Anil Kumar) Vajpayee (Prime Minister of India) gave an inspiring speech. Did you hear?
Prof. A. K. : No, Swami.
Swami : Last night, President (Sri K. R. Narayanan) spoke. He spoke about Veerappan and violence in the country. (Swami told a few Primary School students and an Institute student to speak.) Primary School boys have innocence. That’s why they speak well.
Prof. A. K. : Swami, why don’t we have innocence?
Swami : It is because of ego. Due to ego, innocence is lost. Ego leads to fear.
Prof. A. K. : Swami, is it true that with advance of age, innocence is lost?
Swami : No, it is not due to age, but due to physical strength. (Swami also mentioned that ego which rises due to physical strength does not go away when strength goes away at old age.) Children are able to speak due to their inner purity. When fear sets in your heart, you will feel more load.
Then Swami went back to the interview room.
After the interviews, Swami came to the Ganesh portico.
Swami : What book is this?
Prof. A. K. : Swami, ‘Shankarabhashya’.
Swami : It is Advaita (non-dualistic) philosophy. Youth from Mahbub Nagar have come.
Prof. A. K. : Swami, even though it is a naxalite area, You have inspired the youth to perfrom good deeds.
Swami : (Swami went to listen to Bhajans sung by them and gave them Padanamaskar. To a student) Where do you come from boy?
Student : From You, Swami.
Swami : Tell!
Student : Swami, Secunderabad.
Swami : While speaking, you have ‘stammering’ problem.
Student : Yes, Swami. (Swami materialised a ring for the boy.)
Swami : Wear the ring on your right hand ring finger.