The Supreme saves us1I have been to Puerto Rico so many, so many times. I have never been to any other country as many times as I have been to Puerto Rico. There is no match for the number of times I have been to Puerto Rico. My Puerto Rican visits are unparalleled!
This incident took place during my third visit, I believe. We had at that time about fifty disciples in our Puerto Rican Centre. There was one elderly lady who was an astrologer, a big name on television. I gave her the spiritual name Sita. Another fellow was a self-styled astrologer, and he was also working on television.
The astrologers and others were all saying that in a day or two, while I was there, a hurricane would hit Puerto Rico. People had tremendous respect for my disciple Sita because she was a great astrologer. She was predicting on television that definitely the hurricane would hit Puerto Rico and it would destroy everything.
Then she came to our Centre meeting and said, "Master!"
I said, "Nothing will happen."
She said, "Master, how can you say that? They are all predicting it. I was on television predicting it!"
I said, "Fine, fine — let us see."
Nothing happened. The same experience we had two or three times more. Everybody, including our disciples, was saying that everything would be destroyed. At least five times the Supreme in me has saved Puerto Rico, because I have such fondness for Puerto Rico. Five times Puerto Rico's fate would have been different. But the Supreme in me is so compassionate to Puerto Rico. At times I tease my Puerto Rican disciples because of my affection for them. They enjoy it! I never do that to such an extent with other disciples. I know that five times, at least, the Supreme has saved that Puerto Rican island.
On television, Sita said that a hurricane would destroy Puerto Rico, but I said, "All right, all right, nothing is going to happen." Nothing happened. There was a disagreement between the Master and the disciple. The disciple said it would happen, and I said, "No, it will not happen." But it was going to happen.
Compassion, compassion! We approach the Feet of the Supreme's Compassion and say, "Please, please save us!" The Supreme listens. And then we may get the credit. The Supreme saves us out of His infinite Compassion, and we get the credit. Again, when something goes wrong, when our prediction does not come true, at that time there is no Supreme involved — the Master is blamed. When my prediction proves true, I say it is all the Compassion of the Supreme. When my prediction does not come true, I take the full blame because people do not have any complaints against the Supreme; it was I who opened my mouth.
FSC 51. 4 February 2002, Nexus Resort, Karambunai, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia↩