I went at 7-30 next morning. A prayer was being broadcast over the radio. The news of the death was in the newspapers, and Bhagavan reading it and hearing the prayer,said, - This is the prayer of people ... who prayed like that throughout his life. The song Vaishnava Janato was broadcast over the radio and Bhagavan listened to it sadly.
At 9-45, Bhagavan was about to go out when a newspaper reporter came and requested him to give his views on the tragedy so that they might be published. Bhagavan, his voice choked with emoࢢon, said, ”For the Mahatma’s death in this tragic manner, every person’s heart is mourning. What is there in parࢢcular that I could say? Who is there who is not grieved? If I say anything, you will publish it and then, one a[er another, people will come and
ask me. What is the good of it?” So saying, Bhagavan sent the reporter away and went for his walk. On his return,
”Vaishnava Janato” was again being broadcast and tears fell from Bhagavan’s eyes.