Swami’s visit to the Hampi campus began with His arrival on February 28, 2020 at 3:35 p.m., when He landed at the campus along with Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Dr Ravi Pillay and his wife, Smt Shyamini Pillay. Welcomed by Sri M S Sathyanarayana, Chairman of the Campus, Swami was escorted to the hostel building in a divine procession which consisted of Veda chanting and the traditional Poorna Kumbham. At the hostel, He was welcomed by Sri Avinash, Secretary of Hampi campus and Sri Yatish Setty, Secretary of Koppal Campus.
While the students sang Bhajans and songs, Bhagawan lovingly went around blessing them with Pada Namaskar and signatures. Devotees and staff also performed Pada Pooja for their Lord, after which refreshments were served to Bhagawan and His entourage.
Thereafter, Bhagawan granted His divine discourse, addressing all the students in Kannada. Narrating an incident from the life of Swami Vivekananda, He said that when Swami Vivekananda was once writing an exam, the question paper had offered him a choice to answer any five out of ten questions. However, Swami Vivekananda answered all ten questions and asked the examiner to choose whichever answer he wanted. Bhagawan emphasised that His students should also be equally confident and well-prepared like Swami Vivekananda, so that they too are able to answer any type of question. He also instructed them to study regularly, and understand their subjects properly by clarifying all doubts. Swami beautifully explained that studying should not be reserved until the day before the exam, and just as any food that is eaten gets digested immediately, so too should knowledge be assimilated and understood immediately after being taught. He then went on to explain how the institutions would soon adopt their own pattern of exams, with examinations being conducted twice a year instead of once every three months. He encouraged all the students to study even better and on a regular basis as this new educational system is adopted in the coming years.
Revealing a great truth to the students, Bhagawan then declared that these children were all the devoted, hard-working Vanaras of Rama’s Treta Yuga. He revealed that these areas of Hampi and Koppal had been part of the Kishkinda region and these children were the monkeys who had served Lord Rama and King Sugriva. Those very same Vanaras have been reborn as these godly children studying in these campuses today.
Addressing Sri Ravi Pillay, Bhagawan explained that everyone must strive to educate children, for, if opportunities are not offered for children to grow into good human beings, the purpose of human birth becomes lost. Turning His attention to the students, Swami then gave a beautiful example to explain the journey of transformation. He explained that coal and diamonds are sourced out of the same mine and are both made of the same carbon element. However, while diamond is valued world over and worn as a precious jewel, coal is not considered precious in anyway. Similarly, although people are born into the same society, some transform into diamonds while some remain as coal. How can this coal also be made into diamonds? Under the impact of heat and pressure, even coal can transform into a diamond.
“All of the children come into the Campus as coal, with the potential of being diamonds. This hostel and institution act as facilitators in transforming them into diamonds and the rules and discipline to be followed, are like the heat. Surrender and dedication is like the pressure and through this, transformation becomes possible in the life of every student.
What is discipline? Discipline is nothing but performing a task in a specific way at a specific time. Suprabhatam has to be chanted in the morning and cannot be chanted at night. Similarly, we should not play in study-time and we must not worry about studies during play –time.”
Bhagawan then further elaborated on the definition of dedication, saying that every activity performed must be done with complete sincerity, involvement and devotion. This is the definition of dedication. Addressing the children from these Campuses who had performed the unicycle stunts during the Annual Sports Meet in January, Bhagawan said that their performance had been excellent. He explained that their excellence was displayed not because they were experts at the stunt, but because while practicing, every time they fell from the cycle, they got back onto it and continued to persevere. Bhagawan expressed that life is also such and although sometimes one loses balance and falls down, one must always get back up and continue trying.
He reminded everyone of Swami Vivekananda’s greatest message, which was, “Arise, awake and stop not until the goal is reached”. He said that similarly, children should always be pure and should not stop until they are transformed into diamonds.
In the village of Ingaligi, one of the Panchayat members had been trying to rejuvenate a lake to address the water scarcity issues plaguing the region. Bhagawan benevolently agreed to sponsor this project. He asked if the students would support this project to which the children enthusiastically answered a resounding, “Yes Swami!” in unison. Bhagawan told the students that like the Vanaras helped Rama build the bridge to Lanka, they all must help Him build the pipeline to make water available in these areas. Swami then ended His discourse advising the children to study well and guiding the teachers to prepare the students well for the exams.
He then beckoned one of the students of Koppal campus, Chi. Nandish, whose father is currently working as a teacher and asked him to serve in His institution as a faculty. After distributing chocolates to all the students, Swami blessed a few students with words of guidance and then departed for Gulbarga at 4:30 p.m.