On the morning of 20th July 2019, Swami visited Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Pre-University College of Muddenahalli Campus, to bless the students and staff. He was welcomed at Prem Kutir with Poorna Kumbham, amidst Vedic chants by the students. Swami blessed them by accepting letters and flowers, guiding and counselling them on various matters, signing cards and books, showering Akshatas on their heads, all the while radiating joy and love upon their pining hearts.
As Bhajans were in progress, Swami sat on His chair and went through all the letters that He had accepted, granting great joy and satisfaction to all the students, reminding them of His utmost love and concern for every minute detail of their lives.
After few more Bhajans, Swami signalled Brother Manjrekar Reddy, Warden of the Pre-University College to speak. He spoke about how Swami has fulfilled the heartfelt desire of many other alumni, bringing them to stay closer to Him and serve in His Mission. He encouraged the boys to feel Swami’s presence everywhere and to make good use of the golden opportunity bestowed only upon a chosen few.
Sri R K Subramanya spoke next and very candidly narrated his own life story, as to how he had to work very hard to get good marks in his studies during his pre-university years. He stressed on the point that hard work always pays and that Swami’s only expectation from us is that we should serve society.
Thereafter, Swami interacted with the students, detailing the incidents between Radha and Krishna. He described how Radha’s Bhakti was different from the other Gopikas of Vrindavan, how Krishna would wait for Radha before playing His flute and how one day Krishna even bent down on His knees, saying that He was blessed to have a devotee like Radha.
Swami further spoke about Bhakti, citing the example of Lord Hanuman and explaining how through his love and devotion to Lord Rama, he became dear to everyone. He then elaborated with the example of a stone which could lie anywhere unnoticed, until a sculptor picks it up and carves an idol out of it. That very unnoticed stone, then becomes worthy of worship. Swami then explained that human beings are just like the stone and can be carved into Divine Beings by a Guru. He then encouraged the students to ask questions. The first question asked was about reincarnation, Karma and various worlds that appear so often in various spiritual discussions. Swami lovingly replied with very detailed answers to explain these complex matters in simple terms, so that the students could understand. He also spoke about how one could go out in to the society and inspire others by becoming an example.
The next question was about having memories of previous births, which could help not to repeat the same mistakes. Swami explained that it is not merely memory but will-power that will help one in desisting from committing same mistakes again and again. The students also asked Swami to elaborate on what happens to the mind when it reaches the Godhead. Using the analogy of a river that merges into the ocean, Swami explained that the mind too, loses its identity upon merging with God.
Swami then remarked that He was very happy that the students were asking spiritual questions just like young Nachiketa had done. He went on to narrate the story of young Nachiketa from the Upanisads and his discussion with God of Death, Yama.
Thereafter, a short video was shown about the students’ day-to-day activities in the institute and how much gratitude they feel for the unique and blessed opportunity to study in Swami’s own institution.
Swami then again walked down among the students, lovingly interacting with them and posing for photographs with them, before bringing a most Divine Satsang with God, to a close.