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

Rathnashikamani By Rathnashikamani, 1st Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/23cocjjc/
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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 duty' and how to 'complete it'.

Life is a duty, complete it.


Duty is the work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons. Mother Teresa considered serving humanity was her duty. She dedicated herself for the service of the poor and orphans who were totally abandoned by the society.

She was the mother to the deprived and abandoned children. Her motherly love was solace to many sufferers who were disowned by their family members. She served them putting her heart and soul into the service she undertook. When she took an infant in her hands, it was like Virgin Mary treating the infant Jesus with great care and love.

‘Work is worship’ is a famous quote I often come across, and I confess that I am not doing my duty as worship. Because when I work, I might lose concentration on that work and my mind wanders away and thinks of something else. Any work done with full involvement of mind and body is considered as worship.

To quote Mother Teresa: “Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt.
Give the world your best anyway." Performing your duty must be done wholeheartedly - it must be the best ever of what you could have contributed so far and it must be done with great resilience and patience even though you may get troubles in delivering your work.

And that duty is complete only when you never lament under any kind of disparaging criticism or hurdles planted across your chosen deed.
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It is not how much we do,
but how much love
we put in the doing.
It is not ho much we give,
but how much love
we put in the giving.
~Mother Teresa


Photo credit: Wikipedia.org

Also read:
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

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author avatar WordWulf
2nd Apr 2011 (#)

You have chosen your project well. It is obvious you feel deeply about her. It gives your work a personal aspect that makes for a better read.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Yea, I have very deep and intimate feelings with the Mother whom I adore from the core of my heart.

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author avatar joan marie
2nd Apr 2011 (#)

Great article about a great human being. My favorite quote when it comes to the abandoned is "I am one, but I am only one. I cannot do everything. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something I can do." Edward Everett Hale, Unitarian Minister and grandson of Nathan Hale. joan marie

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

jm,
You've given me such a great quote. It is exactly what the Mother did to the other souls.
Thanks.

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author avatar Retired
2nd Apr 2011 (#)

It is elevating to read your daily posts about this great mother! Her poems are inspired and your tribute is too. I would have liked to read the poem at the onset of the article rather than the end, though-- just a thought!

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

I thought of inserting the poem quote at the beginning, but I felt it more appropriate to have at the end.

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author avatar mary mumbi maina
2nd Apr 2011 (#)

This is a great piece Rath.It's amazing how much we can learn from Mother Teresa...she was a Saint in deed

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

I have many things to learn from the Mother.

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author avatar Aileen Tecson
2nd Apr 2011 (#)

Mother Teresa is truly very humble and life to the fullest full of compassion..

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author avatar Aileen Tecson
2nd Apr 2011 (#)

i mean live to the fullest..:-)

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

She lived as if to teach the world the meaning of life.

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Apr 2011 (#)

I am really enjoying this series, well done. I just keep learning from your wonderful words. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar foxpete88
2nd Apr 2011 (#)

nice article about the struggle of a mother teressa. thanks for sharing.-

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author avatar Delicia Powers
2nd Apr 2011 (#)

Her amazing works are inspiring, thank you !

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
13th Apr 2011 (#)

Denise, foxpete and Delicia,

Wonderful to receive such friendly remarks from you.
Mother Teresa is infinitely inspiring.

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author avatar Maria Malone
28th Apr 2011 (#)

Well done, love is the key!

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author avatar Mariah
14th Apr 2013 (#)

I've just read your mother Theresa poems and firstly I am inspired by your devotion to this great woman and secondly I am moved greatly by your expression of the great works she carried out in her lifetime in such soulful beautiful poetry
Mariah

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