Mother Teresa



" Mother Teresa:
Calcutta's Soaring Bird
India's Sailing Moon
The World's Weeping Sky
Earth's Tearing Loss
Heaven's Dancing Gain
The Christ's Blossoming Promise
The Mother Mary's Harvesting Pride."

- Sri Chinmoy (2)


Short Biography Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 27, 1910. Her family was of Albanian descent. At the age of twelve, she felt strongly the call of God and wished to become a missionary of Christ, helping to spread the love of Christ. At the age of eighteen she left her parental home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India. After a few months' training in Dublin she was sent to India, where on May 24, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun. From 1931 to 1948 Mother Teresa taught at a high school in Calcutta. The poverty of India’s poor left a profound impression on her and she felt inspired to leave the convent and devote her life to the service and care for the poor.

" It is not how much we do,
but how much love we put in the doing.
It is not how much we give,
but how much love we put in the giving."


- Mother Teresa (4)


By 1950 she had been joined by others who were willing to help. She also received permission from the Vatican to start her own order “The missionaries of Charity” This became an official international religious family in 1965.

The activities of the missionaries of charity has now spread all over the world, helping to provide assistance for the most disadvantaged of society. This has included work in the West dealing with victims of AIDS and drug abuse. For her tireless work to serve the poor Mother Teresa has received many awards and notable recognition. Most prominently she was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1979.She did not attend the usual banquet but asked that the money to be given to charity.

Mother Teresa died on 5 September 1997 aged 87. The Vatican have started the process towards beatification.

Sources: Nobel Lectures


Sri Chinmoy's Meetings with Mother Teresa

Sri Chinmoy had the opportunity to meet with Mother Teresa on many occasions. In Mother Teresa Sri Chinmoy saw Mother Teresa as a living Saint serving God through her heart's oneness and service to the poor.

“If any dying sufferer on earth
Needs someone to cry for him,
With him and in him,
Then he can unmistakably see
Mother Teresa's all-embracing arms
Faster than the fastest
Approaching him.”

- Sri Chinmoy (2)


“Mother Teresa does many, many things
For the betterment of the world,
But when she washes away
The untold sufferings
Of the unloved ones
With her heart's streaming tears-
That is by far the best.”

- Sri Chinmoy (2)


Mother Teresa also offered her kind encouragement and gratitude to Sri Chinmoy

" Thank you for all you are to God, for the beautiful work you have done for the glory of God and the good of souls. I keep you in my prayer and I count on your continual support through your prayers and sacrifices that we may do God's work with great love for His greater glory."

- Mother Teresa (3)


(1) Nobel
- References for Short Biography: Nobel Lectures, Peace 1971-1980, Editor-in-Charge Tore Frängsmyr, Editor Irwin Abrams, World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore, 1997

(2) Kind Words at Sri

(3) Kind Words at Sri
Letter from Mother Teresa June 27th, 1997 written from the Bronx, New York on the afternoon of her departure for Calcutta. She and Sri Chinmoy met at her Bronx Missionaries of Charity for the fourth time on June 3rd and for their fifth and final time on June 17th.

(4) Quotes Of Mother Teresa