Swamishri's arrival in Nairobi was met by Yogiji Maharaj's 99th birthday celebrations on 10 June 1991. After presiding over a packed assembly of more than 3000 devotees and well-wishers who attended the celebration, Swamishri arrived at his place of residence. The festivities were not quite over because hundreds of devotees, youth volunteers and children had gathered there to keep the celebration spirit going. A devotee named Harshadbhai Rana suddenly announced, "Now Swamishri will say a few words on this memorable day."
Swamishri laughed and said, "I have been requested to say only a few words so here they are :
"Brahma satya, jagat mithya." ("God is real and the world is illusory.")
Hearing this, Harshadbhai Rana said, "But Swamiji, what you have just said is very difficult to apply in our lives. What is the use of it?"
Swamishri looked at Harshadbhai straight in the eye and said emphatically, "It is definitely applicable, otherwise the great sadhus of the past would never have uttered such words. Whatever the great souls have said Turns out to be true. They only speak the truth. We can see the truth in their words, because the world is nothing but an illusion. The joys of the world are of a temporary nature, ever changing. We can experience the change ourselves. Before, we were young and now we are old. We can see the transformation directly. But this truth cannot be fully realized until the heart is illumined. If we continue to associate with saint persons, our heart will be illumined and we will be able to apply the words in our life."
Swamishri's brief talk was not a matter of verbose philosophy, but experience. He had direct experience of God and can lead us to the same, only if we adhere to his sadhuly association.