The Mother of all Lectures
His name is Maturu Phalguna Rao. He hails from a very remote
village in India, Mamidipalli. He is only 26 years in age.
He has his name etched in the Guinness book of world records!
On August 21st 2003, He embarked on a mission that required
great confidence and and determination. His aim was to give
the longest lecture in the world. The earlier record was by
an American who lectured for 51 hours 44 minutes and 17 seconds….
On that day, there were thousands of witnesses , a team from
the Guinness book firm, and 20 professors watching this young
guy. He was to be allowed only a 15 minute break every 8 hours!
Rao started his lecture with a confident look, on 21st August
at 11.45 am. On and on he went …stopping for just 10
minutes every 8 hours to pop in some glucose and a few apple
Lectures, any student will tell you, are usually long….but
this one was the mother of all lectures…..it stretched
for sixty hours! Yes, Phalguna Rao lectured on computer fundamentals
for a continuous 60 hours non stop! The lecture ended on the
23rd of August 2003 at 11.46 pm! He had set a new world record!
His name found a place in the famous Guinness book of world
Ask Phalguna Rao , the secret of his strength and success
and he remembers Bhagavan Sri Satya Sai Baba with gratitude.
He says he derived this confidence when he was a student in
the Sri Satya Sai Gurukulam , at Rajahmundry, from the sixth
to the tenth standard. The discipline, the education and encouragement
he received there had a major role in shaping his ‘never
say die’ attitude. The highlight of his stay at the
gurukul were the trips to Prasanthi Nilayam when Swami would
pour His love on them. At this point, Phalguna Rao takes out
the cherished group photograph that Swami had taken with his
class and shows it to us with pride.
“ Just before the lecture, I had a lot of cough troubling
me…I prayed to Swami and started the lecture. For the
next sixty hours the cough just disappeared….I believe
this is His grace!”, he says.
What are his plans for the future?
“ In the future, I would like to establish free libraries
on computer education and teach computers to underprivileged
Hmm, a noble aspiration indeed!
Heart to Heart wishes Phalguna Rao all the best in his aspirations!
So, young brothers and sisters, this is what
self confidence coupled with Divine Grace
can do to anyone. That includes you too!!