Saturday, October 14, 2000
Swami came for the evening Darshan at 3.00 pm. After the interview, Swami came to the Ganesh portico and sat on the chair.
Swami : Emi Samacharamu? (What news?) (To the Warden) Are the characters selected? (For the forthcoming Convocation Drama.)
Warden : No, Swami.
Swami : I have nothing to do with it. You all select them. It is already late; very less time is available. Practice should start.
Warden : Yes, Swami.
Swami : (To Prasanthi Nilayam Campus Principal, Prof. U. S. Rao) How is your brother in the Hospital?
Principal : By Swami’s grace, he is fine. Swami only saved him. You have reduced the impact of the fall, Swami. Otherwise, it would have been fatal.
Swami : Falling down from train is very dangerous. It (the injury) could have been on the head. Fortunately, it went off with fracture in one leg.
Principal : They are very grateful to You for Your grace, Swami. They used to come to Parthi since so many years.
Swami : His own devotion has helped to save him. (Changing the topic) Primary School people have got the electricity bill of Rs.64,000.
Warden : Swami, rates have gone up from Rs.2.30 to Rs.4.50 per unit. Even our Hostel electricity charges have gone up from Rs.15,000 to Rs.40,000.
Prof. A. K. : Even petrol prices have gone up.
Warden : Swami has permitted solar hot water system to be installed shortly in our Hostel. That would help us tremendously. Presently, we are heating the water with kerosene.
Swami : (To Brindavan Warden, Sri B. N. Narasimhamurthy) Are your boys taking sponge bath or regular bath?
B. Warden : Even today I told them that they should take care of their health.
Swami : But some boys cannot take bath when they are unwell because it is cold.
B. Warden : Generally boys take bath, except sick boys. Two geysers can be arranged for them. Food is very good in the canteen, Swami.
Swami : Do they give you separately?
B. Warden : No, Swami. Along with all others. Swami is giving concessional coupons.
Swami : (Smiling) In Brindavan Hostel, milk is white water!
B. Warden : Now we are getting from the Niligiris dairy. Swami, it is better.
Swami : Here, the milk yielding cows are 100. Non-yielding cows and old cows are 400.
Prof A. K. : For 75th Birthday so much milk is required, Swami.
B. Warden : For 70th Birthday, milk came in tanks.
Swami : (To Prasanthi Nilayam Campus Principal, Prof. U. S. Rao) Who is staying with your brother and taking care of him?
Principal : His family members, Swami.
Swami : Where are they staying?
Principal : Near the Hospital in some known person’s house.
Swami : Good.
B. Warden : In Whitefield Hospital, daily 700-800 patients come, Swami. Many specialists come to treat the patients.
Swami : What specialisations?
B. Warden : Eye Specialists, Gynaecology, Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Swami.
Swami : They are doing a good job.
Warden : Dr. Shankar comes from that Hospital on Sundays to treat our boys at Prasanthi Nilayam.
Swami : Yes.
Prof. A. K. : It seems he goes to Muddenahalli, Brindavan and Prasanthi Nilayam.
Warden : Yes, Swami.
B. Warden : Swami, we can have Bhajans also here only.
Swami : (Getting up) No need.
Prof. A. K. : Ok Swami, please sit for some more time. You are blessing boys and devotees with Your Darshan.
Swami : Manchidi (Good).
Saying so, Swami went back to the interview room.