She deserves me, and I deserve her!27

There is an eccentric Bengali lady who comes quite often to our public functions. She shows tremendous devotion. She brings fruits, flowers, garments and all kinds of other gifts.

This lady went to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram about five or six years ago. Somehow she met with Nirod, Sri Aurobindo’s secretary, who is now ninety-six.

When he saw this lady and observed her behaviour, Nirod said to her, “Sri Aurobindo is not your Guru. This is not the right place for you. The right place is the Sri Chinmoy Centre. Sri Chinmoy is meant for you!” The funniest thing is that she brought a note in Bengali from Nirod. His handwriting I know so well! He said, “I have got a disciple for you.” I said to myself, “O my God, still Nirod can cut jokes!” Nirod is so kind to me. Three or four years ago when I went to India, I met with him at the Ashram. I went to offer him my respectful pranam. At that time he reminded me about this lady. He asked me, “Do you remember how you got that devotee?”

I said, “Yes.”

Then he asked, “How is she?”

I said, “She is perfect! She deserves me, and I deserve her!”

That lady is so eccentric. No matter how many times our guards kindly ask her not to prostrate herself before me, they do not succeed. But now she does not try to come to my feet. Three or four metres away she lies down and prostrates herself!

FSC 28. 26 December 2001, Inter-Continental Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia