|Volume 4 - Issue 10 OCTOBER 2006||
SHIRDI SAI PARTHI SAI
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Puttaparthi Elementary School again. On this day, the boys are bringing vegetables as gifts for the teacher.
SATHYA: Are you saying that if you gave him all these vegetables he would not beat you?
Sathya leads all the boys to a big tree in the neighbourhood, and asks the boys to sit under the tree.
SATHYA: We will all sit here, and not go to the class. Come, sit down! Don’t go. When the Headmaster comes and asks, “Why have you not gone to the class?” we will say, “Because the Master beats us!” We will tell the truth. We will report that everyday the Master demands vegetables, milk, ghee, and the like.
SATHYA: Sir, if the boys give these vegetables, then the Master will not beat them. Otherwise, they get a thrashing. Is this not wrong?
CHORUS: Yes Sir! You tell us if it is not wrong?
At this stage, the class teacher comes there and is surprised to see what is going on. He acts as if he is disciplining the students.
TEACHER: [to a boy] Put your hands down! … [To HM] Salutations Sir!!
HEADMASTERr: Salutations later! These boys are refusing to go the class!
TEACHER: [acting surprised] What! They are refusing?! Hey, who is there who dares to stay away? [To HM] Sir, I’ll take care of these fellows.
HEADMASTER: Is this the way you run the School? Instead of teaching lessons, you are demanding vegetables, milk, curds and the like! Is this not wrong? Unable to bear your harassment and punishment, the students are going on a strike! This is a great insult to the School and to me personally. … Listen, from now on you will never beat the children; if they misbehave, report to me and I’ll deal with the problem. ……. Boys, all of you now go to the class. Go now!
CHORUS: Yes Sir!
Class room in Puttaparthi School. Boys have placed the vegetables they have brought, on the table. The teacher enters the room and sees the vegetables.
TEACHER: Why do I need all this? I don’t want this tomato, this potato…..[sweeps everything off] Henceforth, I do not want all these things! I am your mother, father, God and all the rest of it.
SATHYA: Students worship Goddess Saraswati, the Fountainhead of Knowledge, and the Teacher is Her Instrument who imparts this sacred Knowledge. Sir, there should only be a sacred relationship between the Teacher and the taught. It is to drive this lesson home that I did all this and not to insult anybody.
TEACHER: Yes my boy! Such sweet words from one so young!
The scene is the bedroom in Kondama’s house. Sathya is lying on the bed. Kondama enters and sees the boy. For a brief moment, he has the vision of Lord Krishna lying there, instead of his beloved grandson. Sathya reveals Himself as the Lord. Kondama is filled with ecstasy.
KODAAMA RAJU: Krishna ! My life has been fulfilled! It truly has been fulfilled!!
SATHYA: [pretending He does not understand] Grandfather! What are you saying?
END OF ACT 4 SCENE 8
(To be continued...)
- Heart2Heart Team
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Vol 4 Issue 10 - OCTOBER 2006
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