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The last President of India that Shri Nathji met in the 1970’s was V.V.Giri. The meeting was brief. Shri Nathji entered the room, and Shri Giri greeted him with folded hands.
What can I do for you? Shri Giri asked Shri Nathji.
I have brought this letter for you, said Shri Nathji, handing an envelope to the President.
Shri Giri opened the envelope, imagining perhaps that it was either a grievance or a petition espousing some cause.
As he read the letter, his face brightened up, and, raising the letter to his forehead, he said to Shri Nathji: I am very grateful for your blessings. It was very kind of you to have come all the way here to deliver them.
Priya Nath was with Shri Nathji at the time, and the President, after some preliminary introduction, said to Priya Nath: You could have earned lakhs if you had remained in America – why did you quit your job and return to India?
I am not interested in money, Priya Nath said, I returned to India to be with my father.
Shri Giri was greatly impressed by the answer, and said to Priya Nath: Feel free to visit me any time you like! And Priya Nath replied that he would not wish to encroach upon the President’s time.
Thereafter Shri Nathji left his blessings with the President for the prosperity of the nation, and returned home to his residence at Sarvodya Enclave, in New Delhi.
Shri Nathji was very pleased with the answer that Priya Nath gave to the President and he would recount it frequently with pride in his sermons. “Priyaji told the President of India ‘I am not interested in money!’”