Note

On 5 September 1997, while Sri Chinmoy was in Warsaw, Poland, to offer a Peace Concert, he received the saddest news of Mother Teresa’s passing. This volume contains Sri Chinmoy’s eulogy for Mother Teresa, his messages of sympathy to Sister Nirmala and the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, as well as several interviews that Sri Chinmoy offered in which he spoke of Mother Teresa’s untiring contributions to humanity. Sri Chinmoy’s own memorial services for Mother Teresa were held on 13 September 1997 at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, Queens, New York, and on 23 September 1997 at the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium, United Nations.

Eulogy for 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

11th September 1997

Messages from Poland1

Mother Teresa, dearer than the dearest for the sake of the dying people, is no more with us physically.

Just on the 26th of August I spoke to her for her blessings. She is at once my Sister of infinite affection and my Mother of infinite compassion. On our return to New York, we shall offer a memorial service for her.

Mother Teresa’s very name is sanctity, simplicity and purity. Her body’s death, her body’s departure from the earthly scene, is a supreme loss to Mother Earth. Again, her soul’s blessings for the world citizens and her inseparable oneness with the suffering humanity will always remain immortal. The goodness of her heart has covered the length and breadth of the world.

To be in her blessingful presence is to inundate oneself with humility. No matter who you are, no matter how great you are, how powerful you are, how bad or how good you are, how poor or how rich you are, just stand in front of her and all your incapacities and capacities disappear. What remains inside your heart, inside your life, is the peerless virtue: humility, reverent humility.

This year, in June, I had the golden opportunity to be in Mother’s blessingful presence on two occasions. Once I had a private interview with her and once I was accompanied by some of my students. Both of these meetings took place in the Bronx, New York. Then I wanted to speak with Mother on the telephone before she left for Calcutta. Her assistant, Sister Sabita, informed me that on the day of her departure Mother would call me and speak to me. Mother kept her promise. She called me in the morning on the same day that she was to leave New York and spoke with me for about fifteen minutes. That was not enough! Right before she left for Kennedy Airport, she dictated a letter to her assistant for me. I received the letter a few days later. That was the last letter I received from her.

Mother’s birthday falls on the 26th of August, but she observes it on the 27th because on that day she was baptised. She gives all importance to the day she was baptised. The 27th of August also happens to be my birthday. I spoke to her for her blessings on the 26th of August, New York time. In India, it was the morning of August 27th. That was the last time we spoke. Her final words to me were, “God bless you, Sri Chinmoy.”

A few days later, as you know, Mother Earth received a stupendous blow: Princess Diana left the earth-scene. Mother Teresa used to call Princess Diana “my daughter,” and Princess Diana had so much affection, respect, love and fondness for Mother Teresa. Their fondness for each other was unimaginable. On 2 September, we had a memorial service for Princess Diana in New York, and for that I requested a blessingful statement from Mother Teresa. She had already issued two statements in Calcutta. At my request, she gave a third message and it was most soulful and prayerful.

After giving her message for Princess Diana, Mother added a special message for me. She said that I had to go with her to China because China needs light. So many times she asked me to go with her to China to open up a House.

There was a time, many years ago, when Mother Teresa wanted to open up Houses in Russia. When she opened up her first House, and then a second and a third, she was so delighted and excited. She felt she would be able to bring light into the Russian life. Then her sole aim became to have at least one House in China. No sincere attempt ends in vain. I am sure Mother’s wish will be fulfilled under the able guidance of Sister Nirmala. Sister Nirmala is now head of the worldwide Mission of Mother Teresa. She has tremendous affection, love and concern for me. When I met her in New York, she showed me the utmost kindness.

In recent years, Mother Teresa was taken to the hospital in a serious condition quite a few times. I prayed and prayed to our Beloved Lord Supreme for her to stay on earth. At least five times, He was successful in and through humanity’s prayers. But this time it was a massive heart attack. No hospital or person could be of any help to her. This time we were not given the chance to pray for her recovery.

Mother Teresa’s earthly frame we shall no longer see. But her Divinity’s eyes and Immortality’s heart she has left behind for the world to claim as its own, very own.

As it is true that the world is full of suffering, even so, it is equally true that there came a soul to become and to remain inseparably one with the suffering humanity, and her spirit will forever remain here on earth.


  1. MT 60. Around 7:30 on the evening of 5 September 1997, as Sri Chinmoy was preparing to meet with 1,700 of his students from Russia, Eastern Europe and Germany, he received the shattering news of Mother Teresa’s passing. That evening, after a long period of silent meditation at the Mera Hall in Warsaw, he announced her death to his students.

Telegram1

WESTERN UNION FSI WESTERN UNION MAILGRAM DALLAS TX 75238

MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY SISTER NIRMALA 54A ACHARYA JAGADISH CHANDRA BOSE ROAD CALCUTTA 700016 (INDIA)

MY DEAREST SISTER NIRMALA,

MY EYES, MY HEART AND MY LIFE ARE ALL SWIMMING IN THE SEA OF TEARS. THE MOTHER GAVE EACH AND EVERY BREATH OF HER LIFE TO THE POOR AND THE HELPLESS SUFFERERS. LET US ALL OFFER OUR EVER-BLOSSOMING GRATITUDE-HEARTS TO HER. SHE CLAIMED US AS HER OWN, VERY OWN. NOW IT IS FOR US TO CLAIM HER AS OUR OWN, VERY OWN, BY LOVING AND SERVING HUMANITY SLEEPLESSLY AND BREATHLESSLY.

MY DEAREST SISTER NIRMALA,

I SHALL LOVINGLY, DEVOTEDLY AND PRAYERFULLY KEEP MY INNER AND OUTER CONNECTIONS WITH YOU AND THUS I SHALL BE ABLE TO PERPETUATE AND TREASURE MOTHER'S BLESSINGFUL WORDS, MESSAGES AND LETTERS IN MY GRATITUDE-HEART-GARDEN.

YOURS IN THE MOTHER,

SRI CHINMOY


  1. MT 61. On 5 September 1997, Sri Chinmoy sent a telegram of condolence to Sister Nirmala in Calcutta.

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Mother, Mother Teresa, to me you were, you are and you will forever remain a Sister of infinite affection and a Mother of infinite compassion. You showered your choicest blessings, affection, love, concern and compassion upon me, upon my aspiring heart and devoted life.

With your unparalleled service-light, you have awakened and illumined millions and millions of souls that were suffering, are still suffering, and have yet to suffer. Your service-light to humanity will forever shine bright, brighter, brightest in the heart-garden of humanity.

On the strength of your sleepless and breathless service to mankind, you became, you are and you will forever remain the greatest and best treasure in the heart and life of evolving humanity.

Today’s Peace Concert I am placing at your blessingful feet. You have blessed me with the beauty of infinite affection. You have blessed me with the fragrance of infinite compassion. Therefore, to you I offer my prayerful, soulful and self-giving gratitude-heart, gratitude-heart, gratitude-heart.

[Sri Chinmoy then read the translation of his Bengali song “Jibaner Sheshe” and dedicated the song to Mother Teresa.]


  1. MT 62. On 6 September 1997, Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at the Mera Hall in Warsaw, before an audience of 2,000 peace-lovers. At his request, a large picture of Mother Teresa was placed on the stage. Sri Chinmoy offered his homage to Mother Teresa and then dedicated his Peace Concert to her.

Jibaner sheshe maraner deshe

Jibaner sheshe maraner deshe
Priyatame mor heribo
Ei asha niye khudra amire
Bahu dure phele rakhibo

At the end of my journey’s close,
In death’s country,
I shall see my Beloved Supreme.
Having nourished this hope,
I am casting aside my little ego-“I”
Into a far-off land.

1993 Peace Concert Dedication1

Today’s Peace Concert I am most prayerfully and most soulfully dedicating to Mother Teresa, whose heart is all compassion, whose life is all sacrifice and whose soul is in universal bliss.


  1. MT 64. Four years earlier, on 13 October 1993, Sri Chinmoy had dedicated his Peace Concert held at the Miyazaki Ishi Kaikan (Doctors’ Association Hall), Japan, to Mother Teresa. On that occasion, he said:

A week of prayerful offerings for Mother Teresa

Sri Chinmoy returned, to New York on the evening of Monday, 8 September. In the week that followed, he offered his prayerful tributes to Mother Teresa in words and song, as well as through a number of interviews. A day by day summary of these activities follows.

Wednesday, 10 September:

At Sri Chinmoy’s personal request, President Gorbachev and Raisa Maximovna offered a special tribute to Mother Teresa.

Sri Chinmoy was interviewed by a journalist from New York’s Newsday.

In the evening, Sri Chinmoy answered questions from his students about Mother Teresa.

Thursday, 11 September:

Sri Chinmoy wrote “My Morning-Evening-Prayer-Song” and set music to it.

He also sent a message with an arrangement of white lotuses and roses to be offered before Mother Teresa’s shrine in Calcutta.

In the evening, Sri Chinmoy gave the talk “Mother Teresa-Charity-Critics Are Mental Cases!”

Friday, 12 September:

Sri Chinmoy sent a letter to Sister Nirmala containing “My Morning-Evening-Prayer-Song.” He also informed her that his students would be singing it that same evening in front of churches all over the world.

Sri Chinmoy wrote his eulogy for Mother Teresa.

At 3:00 p.m. Sri Chinmoy went to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity House in the Bronx, New York, to offer flowers and a printed card with his eulogy to the Sisters.

From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sri Chinmoy’s students sang “My Morning-Evening-Prayer-Song” and prayed outside churches all over the world.

At 8:00 p.m. Sri Chinmoy was interviewed about Mother Teresa on “New Jersey Talking,” Cablevision 12, New Jersey.

Saturday, 13 September:

(The morning of Mother Teresa's state funeral in Calcutta)

Sri Chinmoy set music to his eulogy of the previous day and taught it to his students.

At 7:30 p.m. Sri Chinmoy held a memorial programme for Mother Teresa at Aspiration-Ground, Jamaica, Queens, New York.

During the programme, Part Two of his collected writings on Mother Teresa was released.

Sunday, 14 September:

Sri Chinmoy set part of Sister Nirmala’s funeral oration to music.

Sri Chinmoy’s students recorded his songs for Mother Teresa. Sri Chinmoy’s eulogy was published in the Indian Express, India.

Monday, 15 September:

At 10:00 a.m. Sri Chinmoy was interviewed by his dear friend Monsignor Thomas Hartman on Telecare Cable Television of Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York. A video clip of Sri Chinmoy’s memorial service was shown and a tape of his songs for Mother Teresa opened and closed the programme.

At 1:30 p.m. Sri Chinmoy was interviewed on “Real Talk,” Radio WLIB AM, New York. After answering a number of questions, Sri Chinmoy read out his eulogy for Mother Teresa.

Tuesday, 23 September:

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert dedicated to Mother Teresa at United Nations headquarters in New York, under the personal sponsorship of H.E. Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations.

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My dearest Sister Nirmala,

I have composed “My Morning-Evening-Prayer-Song” on our beloved Mother Teresa. I am most lovingly, most devotedly and most gratefully offering this song to you.

My students are going to sing this song Friday at 5 p.m. on the street in front of the Missionaries of Charity in the Bronx and in front of churches all over the world, Friday evening between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Yours in the Mother,

Sri Chinmoy Sept. 12th 1997

My Morning-evening-prayer-song

Mother Teresa, Divinity’s
Charity-Pinnacle-Height.
Your streaming tears are ever fond
Embraces of Jesus Christ.

2.

On Thursday, 11 September, a large arrangement of white lotuses and white roses was delivered at Sri Chinmoy’s request to the Sisters of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity House in Calcutta to be placed before Mother’s shrine. The attached message from Sri Chinmoy read:

My Sister of Infinite Affection,
My Mother of Infinite Compassion,
My soulful promise to you is this:
I shall always remain devoted and faithful to
your Missionaries and worldwide Mission.

— Sri Chinmoy, New York

Eulogy for 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.

Photographs of Sri Chinmoy’s visit to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity House in the Bronx

On Friday, 12 September, Sri Chinmoy visits Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity House in the Bronx to place flowers before a shrine that Mother’s admirers have created outside the gate.

Sri Chinmoy is deeply moved by the outpouring of love and affection from the many people whose lives Mother touched in New York City.

Sri Chinmoy prays for the repose of Mother’s soul.

5.

[Sri Chinmoy signs the special condolence book for Mother. He writes:]

Mother, Mother,

This is your Sri Chinmoy. Mother, you blessed me just the other day, August 27th, on the phone from Calcutta. Mother, I asked you how you were. You told me, “I am much better, much better, Sri Chinmoy.” I told you, “Mother, your birthday was yesterday. I prayed for you most devotedly.” You said: “Thank you, Sri Chinmoy. You know that I pray for you every day. Therefore, you also must pray for me every day. I said, “Mother, I do.”

Alas, alas, September 5th you left us for your Heavenly Abode. “Mother, wherever you are, we, your devoted children, will be with you, in you and for you.”

Yours in your Beloved Jesus Christ,

Sri Chinmoy