by His Student
Year after year, students have
the good fortune to photograph Bhagawan. We are mesmerized with
the illusion that we have a lot to do with taking a good picture.
Bhagawan has a way of teaching the simple yet profound messages.
In April'94, in Kodai Kanal.
Nearly all the students on this trip had a camera with them. Four
of us had been taking pictures of Bhagawan for over 4 years, and
were known to have a camera handy, in His presence.
One crisp and beautiful morning,
Bhagawan instructed the students to get ready for taking pictures
and prepare to leave after morning darshan. We boarded the bus and
made our way to a devotee’s house in Kodai Kanal. The garden was
in spring bloom overlooking the clouds hugging the mountain
taking several pictures in various locations around the garden, we
were preparing to return to Sai Sruthi. Before getting on the bus,
we asked for one more pose. It so happened that, I needed to
change the film in my camera. To keep out of the way for other
photographers, I moved behind a small post with a creeper clinging
to it. Before I knew it, Swami was walking towards me. HE came up
to the creeper and plucked a few leaves. Swami turned His palm
upwards and showed me a pair of fruit. He asked, “What is this?” I
replied, “Swami, they are plums.” Swami gave his sweet smile and
said, “Do plums grow on creepers?” Swami instructed the students
to board the bus and Swami graciously joined us. As we started to
move, HE put the “Plum” into the mouth of one of the boys and
asked, “How does it taste?” he replied, “Like chocolate and no
There isn’t day that passes when
Swami reinforces the principle of GOD - Generation, Organisation
(The accompanying photograph
captures the exact moment described here. You can even see the
boy, with the camera, behind the creeper !)
E-Magazine, June 15, 2004