Interview — Radio WJR, Detroit

Interviewer: Our first guest is a gentleman who has written a book on Mother Teresa entitled, Mother Teresa: Humanity’s Flower-Heart, Divinity's Fragrance-Soul. He was on the telephone with Mother Teresa on his birthday just nine days before her passing. He is a prolific author, poet, artist, musician, athlete, etc. Sri Chinmoy joins us on WJR.

Sri Chinmoy, you mourn the loss of Mother Teresa, but you celebrate the work that she did and you carry on her memory in your book. I know it is important to you that we all remember her and her work and pick up where she left off.

Sri Chinmoy: It is absolutely true. We must try to follow in her footsteps.

Interviewer: You held a special programme yesterday at the United Nations. Can you tell us about it?

Sri Chinmoy: At the United Nations, in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium, we offered our prayers to her soul. The Ambassador of Bangladesh sponsored the occasion, and we prayed and sang. Also, some of the guests spoke very prayerfully about her. It was a prayerful service right from the beginning to the end. In 1975, at the same Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium, I had the golden opportunity to be in her blessingful presence. I offered her a rose and she blessingfully accepted it.

Interviewer: It is wonderful that you carry on her memory, and I am sure that it was exactly the kind of celebration Mother Teresa would have liked — with music and prayer. It is nice of you to share with us your book, Mother Teresa: Humanity’s Flower-Heart, Divinity’s Fragrance-Soul, taken from your time with her and your message of global peace, which is the same as hers.

Sri Chinmoy: We are all sailing in the same boat. Those who believe in peace, those who believe in world harmony, are all sailing in the same boat.

From:Sri Chinmoy,Mother Teresa: Humanity’s Flower-Heart, Divinity’s Fragrance-Soul, part 3, Agni Press, 1997
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