Sai Pearls of Wisdom - 24
December 15, 2003
Professor Anil Kumar has presented
this talk as an extra satsang. He has selected important messages
Baba has imparted to the students gathered around Him during the
afternoon sessions on the verandah at Prashanti Nilayam.
ANIL KUMAR'S SATSANG:
BABA'S CONVERSATIONS WITH STUDENTS
“Sai Pearls of Wisdom”
Seva and Yoga
With Pranams at the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
What is Yoga?
We are happy to hear that people
are enjoying ‘Sai Pearls Of Wisdom’ and are eagerly looking
forward to more and more information from us. Today, we will talk
about the event that took place on 28 October, 2003 when there was
a seminar in Sai Kulwant Hall. Bhagavan wanted the students of Sri
Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning to organise a seminar on
one of the days of the All India Vice-Chancellors’ Conference.
That way the Vice-Chancellors would have some idea of what happens
at the Institute under the Divine direction of Swami.
The seminar as its theme had the village project, a gram-seva
(rural development) programme. All the students presented
different perspectives of the rural development programme, and how
Swami guided them at every moment.
I will try to draw your attention to some of the highlights
conveyed by the students in this seminar. I give it the title “Seva-Yoga.”
Seva is service; yoga is spiritual discipline, or
the spiritual path. In other words, for Sai devotees, service is
yoga; service is spiritual discipline. The spiritual path
does not mean reciting a Name, chanting a Name, or doing
meditation for a time, on your own. It is not simply that. The
most important thing is service, and this service is true yoga.
Yoga is the spiritual path, the spiritual discipline. So,
service is the path that takes you to Swami.
The seminar started with this introduction by a student: “Swami is
very impressed by our service activities. So the title of this
seminar is ‘Seva and Yoga’. What is yoga?
Yoga is the connecting link between the seeker and God. If
devotion connects you with God, it is bhakti yoga. If
wisdom connects you with God, it is jnana yoga. If action
connects you with God, it is karma yoga. If pure Love
connects you with God, it is prema yoga. If meditation
establishes the link between you and God, it is dhyana yoga.
In simple words, yoga is the connecting link between the
seeker and God.”
“For us here, the seva, the service, is yoga. It is the
connecting link between the one who serves and God.”
“Bhagavan also said, ‘Everything is yoga, if you offer your
services to God’.”
‘O Lord! Let
all my actions be pleasing unto Thee.
I offer the results of my actions to You.’
“If you do that, whatever you do,
it is yoga. Then as Swami says, ‘Work is transformed into
After those few words of introduction, the seminar started.
Holy days – not holidays
I collected some excerpts from the presentations. I will share
with you the highlights or the summary, the quintessence or the
essence of what was said.
Actually speaking, all the world over, students are eager to go
home for vacation. Usually they go home because they miss their
parents. They miss their brothers and sisters, and they miss home
cooking. All over the world, students like to go back home during
The Sri Sathya Sai University is very unusual. It is very special
in the sense that students don’t want to go home at vacation. They
want to be with Swami. You might not believe it when I say that
there are students here who have never gone home. They have been
here for years and years and they say, “Swami is everything for
us.” So instead of going home, their parents come here to see them
every now and then. That is what is happening.
Elsewhere, we find students who like to rest at vacation because
at term time, they are so busy with academic work. According to
Swami, rest is not relaxation. Rest is not spending time being
idle. Rest, according to Swami, is change of work.
Therefore this year, for vacation, Bhagavan blessed them to take
up grama-seva or a rural service programme in the neighbouring
villages around Puttaparthi. So, these were not holidays for the
students. In other words, they were holy days.
Then the All India Vice-Chancellors’ Conference was held here from
the 28 October to 30 October. The University Grants Commission and
the top department Heads of all universities attended, and many of
them participated. They were very excited and thrilled to see the
hostels and the students, the classrooms and the laboratories.
They appreciated all that was done here.
I decided to share this information with all our Sai devotees,
with the idea that it will be of some help to you.
Bhagavan’s message at the age of 12
Bhagavan said the following lines
in the form of a poem, a long while ago, when He was 12 years old.
I will convey the English version.
One: “What is My determination? I am determined to spread bliss to
the whole of humanity. That is My determination.”
Two: “What is the vow that I have undertaken, the pledge I have
undertaken? It is to take people away from the wrong paths in
which they have been till now, and put them on the right track. I
pledge to see that they are put on the right path and that they
will lead a righteous life from now on.”
Three: “What is it that I love very much? I love to alleviate
suffering; I love to see smiles on poor and needy people, from
serving them. That is what I like.”
Four: “What kind of devotion should you have? True devotion is to
maintain equal-mindedness both in times of pain and pleasure.”
This is the substance of the poem, which He rendered at the age of
Service to Man is Service to God
So Bhagavan’s life is a message.
He is the Embodiment of service and selfless Love. In fact, Swami
has no desire whatsoever. Swami has nothing to achieve because all
is His. Nothing is separate from Him. All the property, all the
wealth, all human beings all over the world, belong to Him. We
belong to Him and He belongs to us. There is no barrier between
So what is it that He is in want of, as He has everything! He has
no desire; there is nothing to achieve.
In the Bhagavad Gita (Hindu scriptures), Lord Krishna says
to Arjuna, “Look here, my boy, I do everything, though I would not
have to do anything. I do, so that you may follow My example. If I
am at rest, you will be lazy. I want to set an example to
everybody. Therefore I do, though I don’t have to achieve
anything. I don’t have any desires.”
Now Bhagavan says clearly, “Service to man is service to God.”
Swami also said, “This human body is given to serve humanity.” The
whole life of Bhagavan is the best example for an illustration of
service. It is a continuous saga of giving and forgiving.
That is why Swami says,
Where there is
confidence, there is Love.
Where there is Love, there is faith.
Where there is Love, there is peace.
Where there is peace, there is Truth
Where there is Truth, there is bliss.
Where there is bliss, there is God.
So, life starts with confidence
and ends with the visualisation, the experience of God.
If we carefully follow a day’s schedule in Prashanti Nilayam, we
see Swami giving darshan (the public appearance of Swami),
smiling all the time, comforting people, consoling people and
advising people. He is very, very busy throughout the day. He
talks to the boys, and distributes sweets and fruits. Every moment
of His is spent in service to spread joy and bliss to everybody. I
think we have to emulate that in our life.
Swami’s hand or His body does not know what strain is. It does not
know tiredness. The physical body of Swami never becomes strained
or tired because His Love surpasses all, in spite of the day’s
long work. His Love excels. His Love overcomes the strenuous,
tiresome, laborious work that He does day in and day out.
Swami’s instructions for rural service
The whole rural development
programme was carried out within fifteen days. It was such a
stupendous, magnificent programme and on such a large scale. Three
thousand students were involved, covering six hundred villages and
five towns. It required fifty lorries, fifty trucks, carrying
loads of stuff to different villages over a period of a week.
These boys carried truckloads of foodstuff and clothes, sometimes
by foot, since there was no approach road to some villages. It was
no easy thing, no joke.
Bhagavan told them clearly, “Look here. First, distribute to the
poor people, the old and the needy. Every member of the family
should have food, prasadam (food sanctified by Swami) of
Swami and new clothes.” Further, He said, “Give pants and shirts
to the boys, frocks to the girls, and dhotis (cloth
covering the lower half of the body) to the male villagers, and
saris for the elderly women. Distribute clothes to everybody.”
He also gave pencils, pens and notebooks to be presented to the
school children. Really, that was wonderful for the children.
Bhagavan instructed the students to start from one place, with
Veda chanting, followed by nagarsankirtan (the singing
of spiritual songs through the streets) throughout the village,
and then start distributing prasadam and clothes. As a
result, the whole village was full of the resonance of
namasankirtan, echoing Baba’s Name everywhere. The result is
devotion, sincerity and steadfastness, in full.
The boys mentioned miracles they experienced
In their presentations, the boys
mentioned miracles they experienced even before reaching their
destinations. This convinced them of the unseen hand of Bhagavan.
I will mention a few of them.
There is a town called Hindupur, about a two-hour journey from
here. A colony of weavers lives there. The boys went there to
distribute prasadam. They met a very old lady living by
herself, with nobody to take care of her. The tragedy is that she
had lost both her sons; both had died. So she had no children left
to help her. Swami had requested the boys to give her a photograph
of Himself, and also His prasadam. Then she said to the
boys, “Since this morning, I have been waiting for this
prasadam. In spite of the calamities in my family, which have
left me all alone, I was able to continue with my life because of
Sai’s matchless Name. The glorified Name of Sai has saved my life
up to this day.”
Here is another very interesting story. That year we had rain in
Prashanti Nilayam and all over the area. Let me tell you that the
rain did not interrupt the work of the boys. They travelled by
truck, visited all the villages, distributed prasadam to
every family member, and the rain did not come towards them. That
is a miracle.
Sometimes the whole sky was clouded. At any time, it could have
rained, but it only rained after the work, not before and not
during the work. Why? The boys commenced their work here in the
mandir (temple) by doing pradakshina, circling around
the temple and receiving blessings from Bhagavan. So the outcome
could not be otherwise. There could be no obstacle, no problem;
the whole project continued excellently. This is the strong
unparalleled, irresistible Will of Bhagavan.
Another incident: There is another place called Kadiri, which is
about an hour’s drive from here. Near Kadiri, there is a small
village. The boys went there and tried to give food and clothes to
a person. He said, “Sir, we live at the outskirts of this village.
We are harijans (the caste previously known as the
untouchables). Nobody will come and touch us. So, please don’t
come and touch us. We live far away from the people. We are cut
off from the higher classes of society. Don’t touch us.”
But the boys went. They hugged the man and said, “This is not what
Baba said to us. Baba said, ‘There is only one caste, the caste of
humanity. There is only one religion, the religion of Love.’ How
can anybody be an untouchable? Impossible! No, my brother, please
come. We are Baba’s devotees.”
That man could not believe what was happening. He said, “For
generations, we have been the neglected class of society. To have
post-graduate students come to my hut and shake hands with me,
that is enough to convince me that Baba is God.” For all of us, it
is a revelation to know that this is the effect of Sai’s message.
Then when they were returning, some of the villagers called the
boys and said, “You know, Baba loves us very much. Look at that
water tank, which was constructed by Bhagavan Baba for us. Every
day we get enough water because Bhagavan Baba gave us the water
tank. For years, this whole area suffered from shortage of water.
Today there is no water shortage. Why? Baba gave the water tank
for the benefit of the village. We are the recipients of His
Love.” These are the feelings of gratitude and thankfulness, which
have been shown.
For your information, I will tell you that in all the villages
around there is either a temple, or a school, or a community hall
exclusively constructed by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust under
the presidentship of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. All the seven
hundred villages benefit by Bhagavan’s service projects.
When these boys went to a small hut, they saw a very old lady who
hadn’t had food for two days. She was very hungry. When they gave
her food packets, she said, “I don’t know how you knew that I was
very hungry, with no food for two days. God Bhagavan knows that I
am hungry. He sent you to pass this food on to me. I am very
grateful to Him.” While shedding tears, that is what she said.
There is another village by the name of Karnatakanagapalli.
Eshwaramma, the mother of Bhagavan, came from there. A lady from
far away came walking all the way to that village and said to the
boys, “I knew that you would be coming today. I left about 3
o’clock in the morning, so that I could get here.” Then she said,
“The sari I am now wearing was presented to me last year by
Bhagavan Baba. I have come to receive that gift once more, because
you have a sari, which you are sure to give to me.” She
added, “My eyes were operated on in Baba’s hospital, so now I am
able to see everything clearly.” The Love of Bhagavan and their
Love for Him is really great, unparalleled.
And there is one place, as I said before, Kadiri, with a village
called Kotharamapuram. The boys completed their work there. They
noticed a lady standing in front, waiting for them. Perhaps she
had been waiting for a couple of hours.
The boys said, “Amma (Mother), we gave you prasadam.
For whom are you waiting?”
She said, “My house has just been built. You boys have come here
and I think Baba sent you. There is a grihapravesha (a
house-warming function). If you just step into my house, I will
have the feeling as though Baba visited my home. You are the
children of Swami. If you come to my house, I will have the same
feeling as if Baba visited my house.” It was a small house with a
small kitchen because they are poor people.
Imagine her happiness in requesting the boys to step into her
house! It was as if Swami had inaugurated her house. That was
really grand. She said, “Boys, the whole house is sanctified now
because you have come from Puttaparthi. The dust of Puttaparthi,
which you carry on the soles of your feet, has dropped onto the
floor of my room. Yes, that is vibhuti! I am very happy.
That is my feeling.” What a noble thought!
There is another village, Subbireddypalli. While the boys were
there, the school children gathered and started shouting, “Jai Sai
Ram, Jai Sai Ram, Jai Sai Ram.” They were jumping all around
because they received pants and shirts, books, pencils and pens.
That is why they shouted, “Sai Ram, Sai Ram” jumping in joy.
Adults can control their joy, but children express their feelings
naturally. That was a wonderful scene for all the boys.
They visited another village called Peddapalli. They tapped on the
door of a house. A man came, and they said, “Here is prasadam
for you and this is a sari for your wife.”
The man said, “I have one request.“
They asked, “What is that?”
“My parents are staying in the next room. Please give to them
first and myself next.”
These days, because of urbanisation and city culture, people seem
to have forgotten the ancient value of giving priority to the
parents. This is one of the effects of modern civilisation.
Bhagavan says repeatedly, “If the culture still exists, you will
find it in the villages.” So this man said, “Go to the next room
and give first to my parents. Then you can come to me.”
In another village, one lady came in a wheelchair, which had a
little roof. She said, “This is my house. This is my everything.
Bhagavan gave me this wheelchair, with the little roof. This is my
whole property. I am so happy.” Then she said, “Bhagavan’s Love is
more than that of a thousand mothers’ love. Look at me. Though I
am helpless in a wheel chair, I am quite happy because of His
These are all the miracles that the boys experienced during that
period of service to villagers.
Service in the villages is a type of practical experience
Service in the villages is a type
of practical experience, a sort of training given to the students.
Bhagavan wants the students to learn service, not just merely
school subjects. Anybody can learn subjects by heart; they should
also learn how to serve.
It is a new experience. You know, thousands and thousands of
people come to Prashanti Nilayam for every festival, on every
important occasion. In those earlier days, Swami used to
distribute saris and food here in Prashanti Nilayam. But
from the year 2000, Swami started a rural service programme, which
is done only by the students for the villagers in their own area,
so they do not have to travel here. This is a new project and a
new experience for the students.
Along with the unfoldment of their spiritual being, students could
develop leadership qualities, managerial skills and the complete
understanding of rural areas. In some aspects, they could attain
social awareness, learn strategic planning and coordination. All
the things they learned are really practical and very essential.
It is not enough if they have a degree. A mere degree is useless
without some practical training. So this training, which Bhagavan
has given, has helped in a myriad of ways.
Anantapur Campus - Service of Girls
I am sure that you are aware that
the girls from the Anantapur Campus of Sathya Sai University begin
producing food packets from 10 o’clock at night. The work goes on
until 6 in the morning. A thousand girls do that work. What is the
work they do? Cooking the food and packing it. Every day, at least
twenty-five thousand packets are needed. In certain places, like
towns, seventy-five thousand packets are needed. Look at that!
They are doing all that work. How did they do it? By singing
Baba’s Name, doing bhajans (devotional singing). It is a
sight for the gods. We, too, feel like doing it; it is a thrilling
experience for everybody.
Service should be one of quality and not of quantity
This awareness also came to the
villagers. The boys, teachers and professors could see the
innocent faces of the villagers and experience the love they had
for Swami. In turn the villagers, could observe their devotion to
Swami, their feelings of gratitude and thankfulness to Swami for
all the help they received. Finally, they could arrive at the
conclusion that the best way to God is through selfless service.
And service should be one of quality and not of quantity. As
Bhagavan said, “All things that happen in our life are a matter of
reaction, reflection and resound. If you love, you will be loved.
If you serve, you will be served. If you respect, you will be
respected.” Therefore, everything comes back to you as you do.
It is a grand celebration during that period
There is one village called
Virampalli, which has no approach road. Buses, lorries or trucks
cannot get into that village. So, some villagers came and
organised bullock carts for the boys to go there. Then the
foodstuff and saris could be carried in by bullock cart. It
shows there is also participation from the villagers. They are not
always at the receiving end.
It is a time of sensitivity, gaiety and grand celebration. The way
we were all received with smiles by the householders…some had
decorated the streets…some had decorated their residences. It is a
grand celebration during that period. Bhagavan is the Embodiment
of goodness and makes everyone good who comes close to Him. He
will help every person who wishes to do good for society. Above
all, if we have a feeling that we are the instruments of Swami, we
will be able to do all that is given to us to do in humility,
reverence and respect.
We find Bhagavan waiting for us with a smiling face
Let us also know a little of what
happens from Bhagavan’s side in Prashanti Nilayam. Every day we
are all supposed to return by 4 o’clock. We start from here by
seven in the morning and return by 4 p.m.
We are supposed to eat the same food served to the villagers. We
are supposed to eat only in the village, and with the villagers.
There is no special food for professors. There is no special food
for students, no extra dishes for the volunteers. Nothing of that
sort. Swami strictly instructed that all students and professors
eat the same food as is distributed to the villagers, in the
After the day’s work when we return, we find Bhagavan waiting for
us with a smiling face.
“When did you arrive? How was the day? How are you?”
When Swami says that, all the tiredness, stress, strain, they
vanish. We are refreshed, very refreshed because Swami’s smile
energises people. That is the role of a Divine Master. In the
presence of another human being, we lose energy. In the presence
of a Divine Master, we gain energy because that is the response to
the Divine vibration. So, the boys are enthused and feeling full
of life, just from the smile on the face of Bhagavan.
Swami knows everything
Before they start telling Swami
about their day, He will look at a group and say, “Oh! You went to
that village. Good! How was it? You met that man or this man?” He
names the people. He turns to another group and says, “Oh! You
went to those people. Was that the way there? Are these some other
villages around there? Swami mentions the names. How did you like
that day’s work?” Before they say anything, He starts to tell them
all what happened there.
It was a very exciting experience for the students to realise that
Swami knows everything, that they have nothing to tell Him. The
students experience that they are only powerful instruments in His
hands. There is no point in reading a book or in listening to
somebody else’s experience. This is a direct experience where
Swami tells you all what you have done, including the extra sweets
that a certain boy swallowed. Every boy is expected to eat just
one laddoo. Some boys had eaten three, four or six. (Laughter)
After all, boys are boys, you know.
Swami says, “Arrey! (exclamation) How many have you eaten?
Ten at least, I know.” (Laughter)
Or, “Arrey, boys, you had six (Laughter).”
Or, “Arrey, boy, you still have some in your pocket. (Laughter)
That is Swami. He loves them, so He says, “I love it if you eat.
Come on, eat.“ It doesn’t matter. That is how Swami is.
One boy had his passport and visa, and was all ready to go to
America for higher studies. After returning from the rural
development service programme, he told his classmates, “I saw the
villages around here. There is a lot of service to do in this
country. There is no point in going abroad. There is no point in
my being rich; I should help my community.” He dropped the idea of
going abroad. That is the effect of this village service.
This is real service
To sum up the village programme
will take three steps: “From I to We - from We to He”
One: I - the individual.
Two: We - the community.
Three: He - Bhagavan Baba. The students could experience these
Today in society, we find social service is just a show of
service. S.H.O.W. This is not real service. We also find some
organisations that declare they are dedicated and committed to
service activities. We notice that the service is slow service.
S.L.O.W. So we find either slow service, show service or no
service. What we have done here is real service.
Bhagavan always says, “You should have concern for your fellowmen.
You should love your people. Your body teaches you through a very
good experience. What is the experience of your body? When there
is a thorn in your foot, the hand will take out the thorn. Is it
not? When the leg is hurt, the eyes starts shedding tears. It is
not the leg that cries; the eye also shares that pain. All the
limbs of our body work together in complete coordination,
responding in total cooperation. That is the lesson we should
learn from the body. It is similar to working co-operatively and
unitedly, offering our services to the community.”
Therefore, this rural development service is an eye opener for Sai
devotees and Sai students. This is a summary of the presentations
made by the students on 28 October in Sai Kulwant Hall, coinciding
with the Vice-Chancellors’ visit. That way they would know all
that the Sai students do here.
Golden Jubilee Year of University grants Commission
This is the summary of the talks
given by three outstanding Vice-Chancellors on 30 October, 2003,
in Sai Kulwant Hall. Many Vice-Chancellors from all over India
attended the conference. On concluding the valedictory function,
three of them addressed the gathering, sharing their experiences.
I noted the summary of their speeches to share with you, because
as Sai devotees, we would like to know what they spoke about that
This year is the Golden Jubilee year of the University Grants
Commission, the apex body in Delhi, which manages all the
universities in India. The recognition of universities, the
financial assistance to universities, the standard of the
universities, all these aspects are controlled by the University
Grants Commission. The top-level people from Delhi prayed to
Bhagavan, “Swami, we want to have a meeting in the immediate
Divine presence at Your Lotus Feet, because the Vice-Chancellors’
Conference coincides with the Golden Jubilee celebration of the
University Grants Commission.”
Our merciful Bhagavan accepted. So the Vice-Chancellors’
Conference was held from the 28th to the 30th of October. The
following text relates to the details of the 30th valedictory
Sri Sathya University is the best
The first speaker of the day was
V.S Prasad. He is known at the national level and is in charge of
the supervisory body that evaluates and assesses the standard of
all universities in this country. He heads an autonomous body,
which controls the universities. In education, he is a very
important person, particularly at the university level. He made
some very interesting statements, which I want to share with you.
Quote: “We visited Sri Sathya Sai University and we visited
colleges affiliated to Sri Sathya Sai University. We have been to
the laboratories, seen the campuses and the vast stadium. We were
also privileged to visit the hostels. We could interact with
students and staff members. We could also discuss certain details
with members of the administration. Following all this, we
unanimously feel that a visit to Sri Sathya Sai University is a
privilege and a blessing. This would not have been possible but
for the Divine Grace of Bhagavan.”
“Having been around the campus and having had discussions with
everybody, we understand the devotion, the duty and the dedication
of the professors and teachers working here in the university. We
also feel the love of students for Swami. We all appreciated and
observed their interest in academic study and standards.”
“We had the opportunity to visit the Sri Sathya Sai Super
Speciality Hospital. In the hospital, we saw past students of Sri
Sathya University working as technicians, in administration, as
para-medical staff and so on. We observed the employees in the
Super Speciality Hospital practicing all the human values, which
they studied while they were students here in the Institute. “
“We were very thrilled listening to the presentations made by the
students on the 28th of October about the rural service programme
that was so efficiently organised. The apex body in India declares
that Sri Sathya University is the best among all the universities
in the country. We call it the crown jewel of this country.”
“We also believe that other universities in this country should
emulate this example of the best. It is very necessary. The
integrated education offered here in Sri Sathya University is not
present anywhere else in this country. The syllabus and the
teaching of values are so nicely blended and integrated in the
regular curriculum and the regular classroom work. This system is
wonderful and exemplary. In fact, there could be harmony in
society if we had the Sathya Sai system of education all over the
He also said, “We feel (we, meaning the Vice-Chancellors) that the
rest of the universities all over the country should follow that
same syllabus adopted by Sri Sathya Sai University. We also feel
that examinations should be conducted in human values and the
score must be added in the awarding of grades to students in their
final examination. The array of science, or the array of biology,
the way they are coupled with human values as taught in the Sathya
Sai University, is the best we can recommend for the other
universities. We all humbly pray to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Baba that
He should start a National Institute of Excellence in Human Values
to be attended by batches of professors from all over the country.
They can be trained in the integrated system of education in human
values so that they can follow this university’s example. We pray
to Bhagavan to bless our efforts and our proposals.”
Sri Sathya University is not merely a university
The second speaker was Professor
K. Sudha Rao. She is the Vice-Chancellor of the Open University in
the State of Karnatake, Mysore. She made certain important
statements, which I want to share with you.
Quote: “Sri Sathya University is not merely a university. No! The
surroundings, the ambience, the atmosphere is so sacred, that
every department in this institution is quite independent, each as
an institution in itself; and every student is himself an
“I feel that personality development can only take place in a
university of this type because I feel that the integrated system
of education is exemplary and best. Not only this, today we find
people everywhere speaking about values, but they do not practice
them. To my surprise, as I listened to the conversation of the
students, as I talked to them and watched their activities, I can
say that they are filled with the values according to Sri Sathya
Sai Baba. In their daily life, they are practising them the way
that He taught them. The values are not limited and restricted to
books and book reading. No! They are translated into action, which
is very much reflected in their daily life. Values, which are not
practised, are useless. Therefore, there is only one university -
the Sri Sathya Sai University; it is an example of values taught
and practised. There is no other university, which is better.
Swami, we thank you very much for giving us this chance to attend
this conference and to spend time at Your Lotus Feet.”
Our visit to this University is a pilgrimage
Now I present the speech given by
N Jayasankaran. He is the Vice-Chancellor of Sri Chandrasekara
Saraswati Vishwa Mahavidhyalaya, Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu. He made
his speech, which was very well applauded by the assembled
Here are a few points collected from his talk: “In this vast
gathering at Sai Kulwant Hall, (there were about twenty thousand
present that day) I see in the faces of everyone assembled here,
the face of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The faces of the entire
congregation are as a mirror in which I see the very reflection of
Sri Sathya Sai Baba.”
Then N Jayasankaran said, “I address several meetings and I speak
at several gatherings. However, you must have seen my legs
shaking. You must have also noticed me drinking three glasses of
water. (Laughter) I am totally nervous (Laughter)
because I am conscious of standing by the side of Bhagavan Sri
Sathya Sai Baba. I don’t know what is happening, therefore, I may
not be able to express all that I really want to say.”
“Particularly, I am thrilled by the students’ speeches made
yesterday in four languages. I tell you all here, please know
this…none of the Vice-Chancellors here can make a speech up to the
standard of Sai students. The students are better than all of the
Vice-Chancellors who attended the conference today and gave
Furthermore, he said, “This country is known for excellent
speakers, particularly from Tamilnadu, like Lakshman Swamy
Mudaliar, Ramaswamy Mudaliar, Rt. Hon. Sreenivasa Shastry, the
former President of this country and Dr. S Radhakrishnan. They are
all well known for their oratory skills. Yes! The students of
Sathya Sai University will be of that order, of that standard. I
have not seen students before make speeches of that calibre, and
of that distinction. Let me tell you, the skill, the talent, the
articulation, the gestures and content are all gifts of Bhagavan
to those speakers. That is the devotion of the students towards
Swami. I want all the students of Sathya Sai Institution to spread
Baba’s message all over the country, and abroad.”
N Jayasankaran related how he came to Swami for the first time two
years ago. It seems the daughter of his maidservant had a heart
problem. The little girl’s parents consulted doctors working in
the Apollo Hospital in Chennai, known before as Madras. They said,
“You need three lakhs (one hundred thousand) of rupees for surgery
and for the girl’s treatment.”
Because she is a daughter of the maidservant, her parents are very
poor. They gave up hope. The little girl was bound to die. They
At that time, N Jayasankaran, on official duty, happened to visit
Bangalore. Somebody said, “Why don’t you go to Sri Sathya Sai Baba
about the daughter of your maidservant?”
He went and Baba granted him an interview. In the interview, he
said, “Swami, this is the situation. The daughter of my
maidservant needs Your intervention; she needs Your blessing.
Please save her life.”
Baba immediately materialised vibhuti for the girl and
called Dr. Saffaya, the Director of Bangalore Super Speciality
Hospital. He said to him, “Treat this little girl at once. Do the
operation and give all treatment free of cost.” Swami gave
immediate instructions and materialised a ring with three diamonds
for this Vice-Chancellor.
Then the Vice-Chancellor said, “I paid my debt of gratitude and
the girl had the operation here. This happened three years ago;
now the girl is hale, healthy and back to normal. The doctors had
said that she would not survive for more than three months. Three
years have passed and her health today is fine.”
He made a further remark. “Swami, I can tell you, the way that the
Vice-Chancellors are treated here while attending this Conference,
it is as if we were bridegrooms. A royal treatment is accorded to
us. Swami, our visit to this university is not a simple visit; it
is a pilgrimage.”
He then stated, “The future leaders of this country, I am sure,
will be from the Sri Sathya Sai University.” Then he observed that
the serenity, the silence and calmness that he experienced here is
not seen elsewhere.
Finally, he made a funny statement, “Baba, there are three hundred
universities in this country. We want them blessed by You and for
them to be like this university. We pray that You take three
hundred Forms and be present in every university. Then all three
hundred universities can be under Your Divine guidance, like this
He added, “Nowhere else would Vice-Chancellors sit for three days
continuously, actively participating, and enthusiastic. Sometime
or another, they go to the city and make purchases for their
family members because the government pays them money. They go
sightseeing as a break from the routine. However, this conference
held at Prashanti Nilayam was attended by all the
Vice-Chancellors, 100% attendance for all sessions. This is
something unique. People utilised the time in the best way
possible. This is the miracle of Baba.”
That is how the valedictory function ended that day. Thank you
God Bless you. Sai Ram! (Applause)
JAI BOLO BHAGAVAN SRI SATHYA SAI BABA JI KI JAI!
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