A T.V. serial was made on the life of Bhagavan. I didn’t know who the actors were. Later I knew that the children from Sai School acted in the serial. He called one cute boy with chubby cheeks, with smiling face, short hair, short in height.
He said, "Do you know him? No chance, no chance. This boy played the role of Sathya Sai in the T.V. serial." Everyone clapped. The boy did a good job. He acted nicely.
Swami said, "What do you want? What do you want?"
I would have a big list: Give me padanamaskar and don’t give it to the following! Give me interview; don’t look at the faces of the people!
What did this boy say? "I don’t want anything, Swami. But please keep me with You." He went on crying, with tears rolling down his cheeks. He said, "I don’t want anything but to be with You."
Bhagavan does so many things and gives us the credit. He makes all the arrangements for everything. He arranges all the decorations. Finally He says, "The boys have done a very, very good job."
Some of the devotees teach the boys new musical techniques and He stands among the boys before all those big people and says, "Nobody taught them. They have done it all by themselves." Everything He does, and then gives us the credit. But what do we do? We make others do, and claim the credit!
Another time, old students arranged a sacred thread ceremony. They collected all the necessary materials for the function and the warden showed the list to Baba.
Swami said, "You don’t have to bring anything here. You don’t have to do anything here. I arranged all these materials 15 days ago. You just distribute them. You participate and enjoy yourselves. That’s what I want; nothing more!"
A group was called for interview - different events on a different occasion. Every statement has a message and meaning. The group that was called are members of the Sai organisation.
Swami asked, "What news?"
One of the senior members asked a question, "Swami, we want to serve You. Please let us know how we can do this." He is a senior man, so a senior question!
Bhagavan said, "I don’t want your services. You are seated here, whereas I walk from long distances all the way to come near you, go round you, serve you. You are not serving Me. I am serving you. You don’t have to serve Me. Serve the society, the people around you. That is the best way to please Me."
Another senior chap asked a question, "Swami, we want to start a centre, an old age home for senior citizens.
Baba said, "It is enough if you take care of old people at your home before starting an old age home."
One day He was speaking about the many buildings here - W1 to 9, N1 to 7, and I said, "Swami, You provide all comforts and conveniences to all of us. But You are always the same. Your food is the same, now and forever; Your bed and living, then, now and forever. You don’t have the latest modern facilities like air-conditioning, whereas we have wonderful facilities provided by You."
Swami said, "You can’t bear inconveniences. You don’t have the spirit of accommodation to adjust. So I provide everything! I can bear anything, adjust to any situation, so I don’t need anything."
This is a message to us all. If we are accommodating and adjustable, our requirement will be the minimum, and we will be happier.