On another occasion, there were some very poor people, nomads, not properly dressed, with no written script, uneducated, very, very poor. Once He called them and granted them an interview. Those people passed by me and I was watching them. Most of them were half-dressed; none were fully dressed, and all very dirty.
I thought, "Swami, we are here. Why don’t you call the better dressed? I have some perfume. I don’t smell bad. Why do You call these nomads?" I was staring.
He stopped and said, "Why do you look like that?"
I said, "Interview to these people?"
He said, "Why not? Are they not human beings like you? Don’t they have devotion like you? Why do you talk like that?"
Then I understood it’s time for me to keep tight-lipped. He called those people for an interview and they left slowly one by one, with their faces all smiles, glittering. I saw one fellow looking at his wrist, one fellow at his finger. Evidently each person had received either a chain or a ring or some other thing. They come out looking at their ornaments instead of looking at the people. Everyone was carrying a bag with them. Bhagavan gave them clothes also.
Swami came out at the end and said, "I know who to call, when to call and what to do."
Because these were the questions in my mind, He said, "You are the people who sell food to those who are not hungry. You are the people who offer drinks and ice creams to those who are not thirsty, whereas I serve food to those who are hungry. I give to those people who really are in need of it. These poor people will be very grateful for all the blessings they receive."
Not only this. Bhagavan called an officer sitting on the veranda. He was saying something serious, orders, and He turned and said to me, "In the village of these poor people there is no water supply. They have to walk a very long distance to fetch water. Now I have decided to extend the water supply to the village. The officer will supervise this work." This is Bhagavan.
A short time ago, a drama was arranged. Local villagers acted the parts. The boys are modern boys. How can they appreciate a drama by the villagers? Boys are used to T.V. and cinema. How are they going to like a village show? Because of Swami, we all had to go there and pass through the torture of watching the drama!
Finally Swami said, "How did you enjoy the drama?" This is another drama within the drama! He knows we haven’t enjoyed and we’re waiting for it to end.
I said, "So-so, Swami." I can’t say ‘it’s bad’ because I want to stay for some more days!! I can’t say ‘it was fine’ because I don’t want to be a hypocrite. So I prefer to say ‘so-so’!
Immediately Bhagavan said, "I know you did not like it."
Now comes an important statement. He said, "This drama is only an excuse to bring those poor people, artists, here to reward them, give them clothes, give them watches and cash. I want to honour them. This drama is an excuse to bring them here and bless them."
Please understand the depth of His statements and utterances. Suddenly He looks at a student and says, "Your elder brother is not behaving properly. Ask Him to be careful. You lost your parents already." The boy is sorrowful.
Listen, it’s important - important for all of us to draw out the meaning. Swami looks at everyone and says, "I know everything, but I ask you in order to give you an opportunity to talk with Me. These enquiries are an opportunity and excuse to talk to you. You’ll be so happy if I talk to you."
So, when Swami asks you, "Where do you come from?" it doesn’t mean He doesn’t know.
Another example: Suddenly He calls the wife when the husband is in the canteen, and she goes out searching for him. The poor lady cannot find her husband, and she can’t go amongst the men and find him. Sometimes He calls the husband after the wife already left for the UK or USA. It is not that He does not know the lady is not there. This is all part of the Divine Romance.
So, my friends, this means that Swami knows everything, but finds an excuse to talk to you. He creates a situation.
There was a sports competition for teachers over the age of 50 during the Annual Sports Meet. The teachers were blindfolded and given a stick. They must walk to a clay pot and break it. Most missed it because of being blindfolded. Therefore, there was lots of laughter from Swami and the onlookers.
That same evening I said, "Swami, You wanted us to break the pot; but did You break it in time?"
"I don’t break empty pots like you, but pots full of milk and curd." He’s recalling old habits of Krishna long back.
The devotees around the world want to know from me what Swami says to the boys. Most of the time, He talks to the boys about their dietary habits. It makes them laugh. Sometimes He makes philosophical statements or gives spiritual insights: "I am not new. I am eternal." It only means that Bhagavan has been following us over many, many lives.
Baba mentions names of devotees of 50 years ago. I asked Him, "Why do You remember those names?"
Baba said, "I am not new. I am eternal." It means that Bhagavan has been following us over many, many lives. He has been with us from ages past.