“The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. Therefore concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand.”
– Alexander Graham Bell (Scottish born scientist and inventor of the Telephone)
“Please come upstairs; the toilet is much better there,” said the chief of the hospital, to which swamiji merely smiled, but instead hurried towards the public facilities at the ground floor.
Panic-stricken, the hospital bigwigs, caught up and cleared the crowd.
His Holiness Radhanath Swami was on his annual visit to the hospital- not for a medical check-up but to inspire the staff by his spiritual address. A large crowd had gathered at the gate to see him, and after the customary garlanding and honors, the swami asked to use the washroom. He had just driven over two hours to the venue and needed to freshen up before his lecture. The guest reception team had arranged a comfortable room for him, but he insisted on first visiting the public toilets before he took his lunch.
The hospital staff’s planning now went awry- no one expected he’d see the toilets. They wanted to show him the new operating theatre, which he was scheduled to inaugurate in some time. He’d also visit the renovated Intensive Care Unit, and even grace the consultants meeting.
“But why public toilets?” whispered the manager to the chief, who responded with a customary Indian head waggling- he was as bewildered. Radhanath Swami overheard the murmur. He stopped, looked back at the organizers who hurriedly kept pace with him, and with a mischievous grin, softly said, “The public toilets are the most neglected part of any building in India. And I now get a chance to gauge your hospital’s cleanliness standards, by seeing how you maintain this facility.”
“Attention to details” Radhanath Swami often says, “is a sign of Love.”
How you do the small things reveal a lot more about your value systems than lofty discourses on principles.
To be continued…