Conversations with Sri Sathya Sai on the upcoming Chennai Water Supply Project - Part 1

February 6, 2002 (Wednesday) 


After blessing the birthday boys, Swami came to the second block. 

Swami : Radhaswamy Ekkada (Where is Radhaswamy) 

Prof. A.K. : Shall I call him, Swami? 

Swami : Kurcho, Kurcho (Sit down) 

Teacher : (Showing a book) In the first version there were some mistakes, so I corrected them and got it reprinted. Swami, wife is having fever. 

Swami : You take it. (To a Visiting Faculty) When are you going back? 

Teacher : March first week. 

Swami : Where are your children? 

Teacher : They are in America. 

Swami : When are they coming? 

Teacher : Swami, on February 17th. 

Swami : They do not have holidays, isn’t it? 

Teacher : They are coming to stay for a week. 

Swami : (To the Telugu Teacher) What are you doing? 

Teacher : I am not doing anything, Swami. I am going to the Institute. 

Swami : Are you going for walking? 

Warden : He teaches Telugu, Swami. 

Swami : Did I ask you? Don’t recommend. (Swami read the book for some time and then asked) What do you mean by ‘Bha’? 

Teacher : Bhagavantudu (God), Swami.

Swami : Then what does ‘Ga’ mean? (No answer) ‘Ga’ means development. ‘Va’ means Varadanam (blessing). You wrote in a manner such that all letters have the same meaning, isn’t it? (To a School student) Where is the lion? 

Student : In the heart, Swami. 

Swami : (Smiling) If it is in the heart, it will eat you! (Calling one of the Music College students) Who all sang on the Tyagaraja Festival? 

Student : All sang, Swami. 

Swami : Who sang – Brocheva

Student : All sang, Swami. 

Swami : What did you sing? 

Student : We sang Keertanas, Swami. 

Swami : Did you sing Sapta Shati? (The student replied in the negative.) When do you get up in the Hostel? 

Student : We get up at 5 o’clock Swami, for Suprabhatam. 

Swami : Today you knew that Swami was coming. What time did you get up? 

Student : All got up at 4.30 am, Swami. I got up at 5.00 am. 

Swami : Lazy, lazy. 

Teacher : This time you stayed for a long time (at Brindavan), Swami. 

Swami : Where long time? Just three weeks. I went on 16th and came on 5th. 

Teachers : For us, those three weeks are a very long time, Swami. 

Swami : (To a teacher) Did you get the book for Me or for yourself? 

Teacher : For you only, Swami. 

Swami : (To another teacher) I estimated the cost for the Madras Water Project. Three Engineers each from Karnataka, Andhra, Madras and Mumbai. Total 12 people did the work. They estimated the total cost of the project to be 1,800 crore. It will not be that much. It will be much less. 

Teacher : Swami, what is the source for the water? 

Swami : Krishna and Godavari river waters will be combined near Rajahmundry. Lots of water flows off into the sea. Not only to Madras, but water will also be supplied to Tumkur in Karnataka and a few other places in Andhra. 

Teacher : In Andhra also, there are many villages without water. One village’s name is ‘Village without water’! 

Swami : In Bellary also the water is very less. 

Teacher : In Madras, the ground water level is very less. Hence, all are going for bore wells. 

Swami : Even if you have borewells, you will get salty water, not good water. Rich people can buy bore wells, but poor people cannot. They drink dirty water and get diseases. (Calling a student) From which place? 

Student : Chennai, Swami. 

Swami : Where in Chennai? 

Student : T. Nagar 

Swami : T. Nagar means? (The student could not answer) 

Teacher : Tyagaraja Nagar 

Swami : Which is your mother-in-law’s place? (No reply from student) Don’t you have a mother-in-law? 

Student : No, Swami. 

Swami : (Smiling) Even if you do not have a mother-in-law, no problem. It’s enough if you have the girl! (All laugh) 

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