“Are students taking regular bath?”

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.

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