Swami Stories Taken From Sunday Talks Given by
Taken from “Why God Incarnates; How Baba Prompts Us From Within; Kodaikanal Stories; Renouncing Doership and Enjoyership; Be Aware What To Ask Swami For; Stories of Swami’s Protection and Glory”, August 1st, 1999
On another day He was just talking to everybody. He said, "In ten minutes a devotee will come. His car broke down on the way. The poor fellow! He is late. Get some food ready for him." That is Bhagavan Baba. My friends, we could give any number of illustrations like this, only to convince ourselves that Baba is within, that Swami works from within. We need not be especially told or anything like that. So, the first declaration in the Bhagavad Gita is just rather an improved version, made latest by Bhagavan Baba declaring, "I protect good people. I transform the wicked people. I bring about a change in bad people."
Swami Stories Taken From Sunday Talks Given by
Taken from “Sri Anil Kumar Speaks to Southern California Young Adults,” April 23rd, 2000
Young Adult: Can you give an example of how Swami interacts with the students and teaches them?
Swami interacts with students and teachers in various degrees. He tells some boys, “You are not behaving properly.” He tells some boys, “You’re talking too much.” He tells some boys, “I’ll kick you out.” I have a good example that I’ll tell you about. Not these bad examples – these are only to let you know that He knows us through and through. This example came recently, so it is just ‘hot, hot’ (out of the oven)! (Laughter)
Swami came walking along the veranda and suddenly looked at one student. He called that boy.
Swami: “Ayyo paapam! (Poor fellow!) What a pity it is! You have no parents.”
Boy: “Yes, Swami.”
Swami: “Your brother is irresponsible.”
Boy: “Yes, Swami.”
Immediately, Swami looked at me and said, “I know everything, but I’m asking this boy these things only as an excuse to talk to him and to let all of you know that I know everything.” Therefore, He finds some excuse or the other to talk to people.
Another example: In Kodaikanal, the boys were seated like that (Prof. Anil Kumar demonstrates how the college boys were seated). By a wave of His hand, He materialised a chain for one fellow by name Rakesh, who hails from Kerala. We were feeling very badly. (Laughter)
The next day, He materialised a ring for him, that same fellow Rakesh – this time, a ring! Chain yesterday; ring today! I thought to myself, ‘Oh Swami! What is this? What has happened to You? You can give me one chain, after all!”
On the third day, He materialised earrings for that boy. Earrings! A boy wearing earrings! (Laughter) ‘Swami, are You confused? Is he going to wear earrings now?’ Rakesh just kept it.
On the fourth day, another pair of earrings to the same boy! ‘Is he going to open a jewellery shop?’ (Laughter)
I felt very badly, very jealous. ‘Oh Swami, You have no sense of proportion. You should give one gift to each one of us. That is perfect socialism!’ I thought. (Laughter)
Then He asked me to get up and translate. He said, “When I am giving these gifts, some of you are jealous. I know what to give, when to give, and why to give. Some people doubt and wonder why I gave earrings to that boy. I know your monkey minds!
Do you want to know why I gave two pairs of earrings to that boy? He lost his mother long ago. His father is an irresponsible fellow. He is a drunkard. This boy used to sit there in the corner with a long face, crying and shedding tears. He lost his mother. I called him and wanted him to call his father. I gave them an interview and I made his father promise Me that he will not drink; that he will take care of the family.
That fellow has two sisters. His mother’s last wish was to make earrings for the two daughters. His mother is no more. I am his Mother. Therefore, I gave these earrings. You don’t know this and so you question Me!”
That’s what He said. “Swami, I shall not question You!”(Laughter) Hari Om Tat Sat! Hari Om Tat Sat! (Applause)
Young Adult: We know what is right and wrong. The problem in my mind is having the will power to follow what is right. How does one develop that will power?
How does one develop will power? This question has been haunting me right from Dallas! (Laughter) Many people having been asking this question about will power. Do we have will power? Actually speaking, do we have power? We don’t have power. You might say, “Why sir, I am very powerful!” Then, if you have power, control your mind…powerless! Control your senses…powerless! So when you are powerless, how can you have will power?
Do you have free will? Many people ask me this question. When you are not free, how can you have free will? Why am I not free? The mind thinks things that it is not supposed to. The senses do things of which we are not proud. So I know that I am not free. I am a slave to my senses. I have a monkey mind. So what to do? With all these weaknesses, when I am a slave to my body and senses, when I am not free, if I say I have free will, it is ridiculous.
Only God has free will because He is the Master, He is the Controller. Then the question is “Sir, if no one has free will, then what is it that I can do?” What you can do is only human effort. Free will is Divine. Human effort is in your hands, under certain limited conditions. Am I clear?
Then strong will: Instead of saying ‘strong will’, let me say ‘determination’, ‘strong determination’. Swami says, “Dedication, devotion, duty, determination”. This determination should be strong. A simple example: If you get a job where the salary is three times more than this one, you are determined to work more, aren’t you? You have determination with respect to money. If any fellow says you are bad, you are determined to finish him off! (Laughter) So you have determination in these aspects. When you want to have pizza, you go immediately to the restaurant. Why not? When you want to have a weekend in Hollywood, why not? Universal City, why not? (Laughter)
So for everything else, we have determination. But for God, we lose determination, meaning we are not particular about that. This is the tragedy. You’re determined to pass the exams. You’re determined to do your task. You are determined to complete the project. But I don’t determine to follow God, it means that I don’t have that much attachment towards God. That is it. Is that all?
Young Adult: How to maintain good company and avoid bad company?
In bad company, all the latent qualities ‘crop up’. In good company, bad qualities within will never unfold, never manifest. A simple example…By the way, these are the examples given by Swami, please don’t mistake me. Anil Kumar is not a student of philosophy. (Laughter) Anil Kumar is not student of Sanskrit. No, I am a student of botany. Whatever I speak is only from Sathya Sai discourses. So the credit goes to Swami. If I am not able to convince you, then you can discredit me, that's all.
Now, if you remove the plant, totally uproot it, what happens? It will never grow. If you remove the green blades, leaving only the leaves, it will still grow because the roots are there. In good company, all the bad qualities are totally uprooted. But in bad company, they are nurtured, watered, and manured. Thus they grow into a gigantic tree, spoiling the whole company and the person himself. Am I clear?