Interview — Radio WLW, Cincinnati

Interviewer: Sri Chinmoy is on the line. Sir, first of all tell me, what was your relationship with Mother Teresa?

Sri Chinmoy: I am a great admirer of Mother Teresa. Her boundless affection and compassion I cherish and I shall forever cherish.

Interviewer: In your book you have written several poems about her and several tributes. Do you think she had any idea while she was living how many people were aware of her work?

Sri Chinmoy: Yes, she was fully aware of the world’s affection and admiration for her, but she did not care for it. She cared only for her prayerful service to her beloved Lord Jesus Christ in humanity. She did not care for name and fame. She cared only for one thing: her sleepless and breathless service to the poor and the needy.

Interviewer: We had a priest on a week or two ago who had a chance to meet Mother Teresa in Calcutta. He said he was amazed at how nice this woman was. She was truly that way to everybody.

Sri Chinmoy: She was for all with her affection, compassion, simplicity and humility. To stand before her was to feel one’s own divine virtues — such as humility, patience and self-giving — coming to the fore.