Mother Teresa - Her life as a Poem: Life is sorrow

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Mother Teresa is a phenomenon in the God's creation.
The poem 'LIFE' is well-known as a great quote from her wonderful sayings.
This is an attempt to understand what is LIFE and its interpretation from each line in that poem.

Here, I examine how 'Life is sorrow' and how to 'overcome it'.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

“He who has not looked on Sorrow will never see Joy.”
~Kahlil Gibran

Mother Teresa had seen the direst of the sorrows in the lives of the orphaned and, with great resilience and will power, she supported them in true compassion by which they overcome it and lived a happily life.

Mother Teresa's life demonstrates that winning over the sorrow is the essence of life.

She never allowed the sorrow overtake an orphan's life. She treated them with such a love that the orphans never felt the sorrow of life. She took the sorrow off the sufferers and shared her love with them and made them live comfortably ever after once they were in her care.

Mankind constitutes one great brotherhood

Above all things let us never forget that mankind constitutes one great brotherhood; all born to encounter suffering and sorrow, and therefore bound to sympathize with each other.
~Albert Pike

I interpret this quotation with an analogy with the amazing humanitarian effort that Mother Teresa put in creating that great brotherhood which in fact got channelized in her unflinching attempts to ward off the sorrow and suffering she had seen in the world though full of sympathizers.

Samuel Butler said, “If people would dare to speak to one another unreservedly, there would be a good deal less sorrow in the world a hundred years hence.”

I think, this philosophy was well understood by Mother Teresa as she knew that people as individuals fail to help each other as they do not dare to speak unreservedly, and she had undertaken the mission of uniting their individual compassion into a great flow of 'divine service' to combat the sorrow.

How Mother Teresa bore all the sorrow?

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, "Sorrow and silence are strong, and patient endurance is godlike.

I see these words come true in Mother Teresa's relentless service to the destitute. I can say that she endured their sorrow by undergoing the most difficult task of convincing the people to donate the required funds - so her endurance, with such great patience, is godlike.

Though initially she faced a lot of opposition from the people who did not like her approaching them for monetary or material help, she never left the task of creating homes for the destitute.

Her perseverance was beyond comparison to any other hardship people would have undergone in the history of mankind for the welfare of mankind itself.

Her strength was only Jesus Christ in whom she totally reposed her faith for the success of her every effort towards the joyful life of the orphans for whom she dedicated her life.


Mother Teresa - Her life as a Poem: Other pages

Mother Teresa - Her life as a poem: An introduction
Mother Teresa - Her life as a poem: Life is an opportunity
Mother Teresa - Her life as a poem: Life is beauty
Mother Teresa - Her life as a poem: Life is bliss
Mother Teresa - Her life as a poem: Life is a dream
Mother Teresa - Her life as a poem: Life is a challenge
Mother Teresa - Her life as a poem: Life is a duty
Mother Teresa - Her life as a Poem: Life is a Game
Mother Teresa - Her life as a Poem: Life is costly
Mother Teresa - Her life as a Poem: Life is wealth
Mother Teresa - Her life as a Poem: Life is love
Mother Teresa - Her life as a Poem: Life is mystery
Mother Teresa - Her life as a Poem: Life is a promise


Image Credits:
Mother Teresa By Saptarshighosh (Own work) , via Wikimedia Commons
Albania - Tirana - University, Mother Teresa Square By Predrag Bubalo from Sydney, Australia (Tirana) , via Wikimedia Commons
Mother Teresa altar By John from Tejas (Mother Teresa altar) , via Wikimedia Commons
Mother Teresa 1988 By Evert Odekerken , via Wikimedia Commons


Also read these relevant articles by other Wikinut authors:
Where is our compassion stand?
A Woman, A Mother

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
6th Dec 2011 (#)

A beautiful article, Rathnashikamani. Mother Teresa - truly a saint.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
6th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Steve for the appreciation.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
6th Dec 2011 (#)

Mother Teresa was - and still is - an inspiration. We should all follow in her ways of 'Love Thy Neighbour'.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
6th Dec 2011 (#)

Yes, she's the greatest inspiration to me also.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
6th Dec 2011 (#)

Her face is more beautiful for each sorrow she bore... beautiful work Rathnashikamani...

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author avatar Retired
6th Dec 2011 (#)

She was an inspiration to many her deeds showed her large heart. Here is one that inspired me.

The version found written on the wall in Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

-this version is credited to Mother Teresa

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
7th Dec 2011 (#)

Dear Rathnashikamani: For years I have carried around a note saying,
"We are taught that suffering is the one promise life always keeps, so that if happiness comes, we know it is a precious gift which is ours only for a short time."
This is a comfort to me. I am not sure who said it, but I believe it is so true. If we do not know sadness, how can we appreciate happiness? Thank you for your beautiful article on Mother Teresa.

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author avatar Buzz
7th Dec 2011 (#)

So divine Mother Teresa was both in life and in death. An inspiring woman of God. Thanks, my friend, for sharing.

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
7th Dec 2011 (#)

Wonderful work! :-)

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author avatar Retired
9th Dec 2011 (#)

Inspiring star Page. I love this series, R-ji! Jai Ma~

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author avatar Jinto
12th Oct 2012 (#)

mother teresa is my work of art

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author avatar Artist jintogenius
12th Oct 2012 (#)

i love u maa,but i have a hard pain in life

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
12th Jan 2014 (#)

A good working woman...

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author avatar Predrag
29th Dec 2015 (#)

You do not have permission to use my photo!!!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/predragbubalo/4010754952/in/album-72157622800833425/

Using my photo is a breach of Copyright laws, and using it without my express permission is ILLEGAL!!
Please remove my photo from your site ASAP!!

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