Mother Teresa - Her life as a poem: Life is a challenge

Rathnashikamani By Rathnashikamani, 30th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/_b9ex8u6/
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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 a challenge' and how to 'meet it'.

Life is a challenge, meet it.


Mother Teresa met with many challenges in serving the people. The society was not cooperative with her social work. She served people but her service depended on charities to meet with the expenses. Treating the lepers was also a great challenge, because people were not interested to provide shelter for them for fear of getting the disease from the lepers.

When she was just twelve she wanted to become a nun, but her mother opposed the views as she was very young. She involved in church activities after her school hours.

When she completed her studies at the age of eighteen, she decided to become a nun. Particularly, she desired to serve in India. After the initial training at Loreto Abbey in Ireland, she came to India as a Loreto nun and joined St. Mary’s School in Entally, Kolkata. She never turned back.

People criticized that she was forcing Christianity over the poor and the destitute. But her aim was to dedicate herself in the service of them. She had overcome all the challenges to survive as a social worker helping people from the core of her heart and moved forward with determination.

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People are unreasonable,
illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good,
people may accuse you
of selfish motives.
Do good anyway.
~Mother Teresa


Image credit: wikimedia.org


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author avatar Songbird B
31st Mar 2011 (#)

You write so well of someone that you truly admire and respect, Rathnashikamani, and it shows in every word. Thank you for sharing this my friend...

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
31st Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you Songbird,
Blessings to you.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
31st Mar 2011 (#)

A powerful love, thank you Rathnashikamani!

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
31st Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you Delicia,
for the kind words.

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author avatar PSRemeshChandra
31st Mar 2011 (#)

When mother opened a hospital first time in Calcutta, it happened to be very near to a Hindu temple devoted to Goddess Kaali. The orthodox Hindus were agitated and they attacked the nun who remained calm in the midst of this chaos. But they could not help admiring the boldness of the young lady. She treated one agitator in her hospital and cured him. It has been recorded what he later said: For Thirty five long years I have been worshipping my Goddess Kaali, but now Kaali is before me.

Rathnashikamani did a fine work of bringing out the zeal of this missionary. But the poem, which is an immortal piece, I feel remains unfinished for singing as a beautiful ditty. So, with permission of the author, let me introduce how I sing it so that it would be useful to others too. It is my weakness to slightly edit unfinished things so that I can sing it in fluid diction for my private enjoyment. My sincere thanks to Rathnashikamani because this is the first time I see this song.

Un'reasonable,
I'llogical,
Self-'centred people are,
But love them anyway.

They may 'accuse you of
Selfish motives,
If you do any good,
But do good anyway.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
31st Mar 2011 (#)

I'm honored by your worthy comments RameshChandra.

Here is the full text of the immortal poem by Mother Teresa:

Anyway

"People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable.
Be honest and transparent anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People who really want help may attack you if you help them.
Help them anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt.
Give the world your best anyway."
~Mother Teresa

Hope you can sing it well.
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Also I call upon Songbird to share her ideas about its singing.

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author avatar WordWulf
31st Mar 2011 (#)

A great piece, fitting tribute to a great woman.

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author avatar debdebbdebby
31st Mar 2011 (#)

very nice -Mother teresa is a favorite hero of mine her and princess dianna passed a few days apart in 1997 in august..this world lost two great social workers and women of that century-- and all she says is true-- as the biblewith something as to turn the other cheek--she is deemed a healer and when i get sick or a loved one i pray to her as i rub the sicken part of the body-- her hands were the healers...thanks for the memory trip

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
31st Mar 2011 (#)

True. These two great women were the souls of many who longed for the love of humanity.

By just thinking of the image of Mother Teresa tranquilizes my storming heart many a time.

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author avatar muthusamy
31st Mar 2011 (#)

Excellent post. Thank your for the tribute you have made on this Modern Saint, who served people selflessly.

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author avatar Denise O
31st Mar 2011 (#)

What a lovely tribute my friend. I just love the part...do good anyways. I think we all can learn from just those three words. Thank you for sharing, you brightened up my day. :)

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
1st Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you Denise for stopping by and for the insightful message.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
31st Mar 2011 (#)

muthusamy,

Thank you for your kind words.

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author avatar Retired
1st Apr 2011 (#)

Superb poem! She's a spiritual genius. thanks for your wonderful representation of Mother.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
1st Apr 2011 (#)

I remarkable woman--to say the least. A very nice tribute!

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

rama devi & James,

Thank you both for your appreciation.

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