The Inspector



Video of Shivabalayogi acting the role of a police inspector, 1986


Shivabalayogi plays the role of a police inspector in this delightful, four-minute video taken in his room at the Bangalore ashram in 1986.

The occasion was the visit of some of Yashoda's family members, including her bother Maheshwaran, from Sri Lanka soon after their family house at Wattala near Colombo, Sri Lanka, was ransacked by Sinhalese rioters.  Swamiji had stayed at that house as the family's guest during his visits to Sri Lanka.

Yashoda was, in effect, Shivabalayogi's working manager of the Bangalore ashram and her older brother, Sathyasheelan, was its office manager.

The safari suit that Swamiji is wearing in the video was tailored for Sathyasheelan. Swamiji had asked the Tambre family to tailor such safari suits for all the devotees who were living at the ashram. Sathyasheelan's fitted Swamiji quite nicely!

After this Inspector video was taken, Swamiji told devotees that he had acted for the video camera to cheer up Yashoda and Maheshwaran.  He wanted to make them forget the sad incident their family and Sri Lanka had suffered.

Subtitles allow you to enjoy their joking and play, and chances are you have never seen anything quite like this.