Reminisences

An ex-student of our school, who is now a public leader and holding a high post, narrated his experiences thus: “My father dragged me like a goat into this school and left me here to study. I used to sniff the teachers and monks. They smelled differently, not like my father or uncle.” He went on telling, “First time when I was taken in the toilet, it was a peculiar thing for me. The whole area is open, why should I have to go in to this small room!” When I was asked to use the flush the sound of that water coming rushing out terrified me and I pushed the teacher and came out shouting danger! danger!”

He told another experience that was very unique for him. “In the evening the teacher used to put his finger on the wall and the whole room used to be lighted. I must take the light to my village home”, I thought. And in vacation time I took out the bulb from my hostel room and after reaching his village home, where there was no electricity, placed it on the bamboo wall of their hut and went on beating the whole wall for the light to come!

Swami Sukhatmanandaji once told an interesting incident: “Once a baby elephant entered the campus; perhaps it had lost its way. When the boys were out for the morning P.T. some of them caught it and put a nylon noose around its neck and started playing with it. The elephan also had an innocent smile all over it and seemed to rejoice in the company of the boys. Little did the boys realize that had it continued for long, the wrath of the searching mother elephant would be on the campus in full cry. With great persuasion the boys were made to release the baby and they then allowed it to go free and join its herd.”

“The boys were outwardly rough,” Swami Bhavaharanandaji (Founder Secretary July 72 - May 75) observed, “but if one had patience and courage enough to explore the deep recesses of their hearts, one could find the same childlike simplicity, indomitable curiosity to know many secrets of nature, a carefree, nonchalant attitude common among the inhabitants of hilly area. They were open to reasonable suggestions, only they had very little patience to think deeply on any subject. Their way of asking questions might appear rude to a newcomer, but if one is honest and endowed with moral courage, he will discover to his utter delight that they are straightforward and unambiguous in their bearing.”

Swami Ishatmanandaji recalls a funny incident which shows simplicity of the tribal children.

A student of class V did some mistake. While talking to him I told the boy that if he is behaved like that he might be removed from the school. Instate of being afraid the boy become happy and started saying, “Swamiji, when are you removing me from the school? When am going to go out?”

A group of secondary standard boys, on way back from a picnic, stopped for marketing and a few of them took some packets of biscuits and chocolate from a shop without paying for them.
Coming to know of this, the Secretary called the boys and asked, "Why you have taken these biscuits and chocolates?" Because we like those biscuits and chocolate.
Swamiji: Why you did not pay?
Because we did not have money.
Their innocent faces showed that they were not aware of their mistake. After arranging for the payment the Secretary Swamiji asked these boys,

'Do you love me?'
' Yes, Swamiji, we love you.'
'Then do not take anything from anyone without his permission or paying the price.'
'What will happen if we do so?'
'That will make me feel insulted.'
'We promise Swamiji, we shall never do any thing that will make you sorry.'

They have kept their promise.