On the morning of Mother’s departure from America, 27 June 1997, which was to be her last visit to the country, Mother called Sri Chinmoy and offered him her most loving and most affectionate blessings. She fervently requested him to pray for her and repeated her request that he must accompany her when she would open her Missionaries of Charity House in China. That afternoon, just prior to her departure, she wrote a deeply moving letter 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.”
From Mother Teresa’s final letter to Sri Chinmoy, New York, 27 June 1997
Just a few days before Mother’s earthly departure, Sri Chinmoy called Mother Teresa for her birthday on 27 August 1997. In fact, they share the same birthday. This was her 87th birthday and Sri Chinmoy’s 66th birthday.
Brief selection from their final telephone conversation:
Sri Chinmoy: Happy, happier, happiest birthday, Mother!
Mother Teresa: Ah! You know it is my birthday!
Sri Chinmoy: Mother, who does not know that it is your birthday! When the sun shines, the whole world knows that the sun is shining! I am praying to the Saviour Christ to grant you His very, very special Blessings on your birthday. You came into the world to do something really great, and you have been doing that through your sleepless service to humanity.
Mother Teresa: All that you are doing is for the Glory of God and the good for people! Pray for me, as I pray for you for all of your many projects for world peace. Your works of love are works of prayer, and your works of prayer are works of God.