It has become a convention to address such a gathering as “Brothers and Sisters”, though no speaker is prepared to live up to the ideal that such a form of address implies. Many such empty formalities have entered into daily conduct. For example, it was mentioned now, that today is a ‘red letter day’ in the history of Tirupati. Red-letter days or days that have to be recorded in letters of gold are becoming quite cheap nowadays.
Only four days, remember, deserve that honour:
the day on which devotees gather to sing the glory of God;
the day the hungry are fed;
the day one meets a great sage;
and the day on which discrimination dawns on the individual.
This day certainly falls in the category, so the secretary’s description is, for once, right. I like the work in which this committee is engaged, so I hurried to this place from Bangalore, where yesterday there was continuous singing (akhanda bhajans) by many devotees. I...