June 5th (New York), Nobel Prize Laureate Mother Teresa met with international peace server Sri Chinmoy at the Missionaries of Charity House in the Bronx. The two shared privately about their projects and experiences in the service of humanity. Members of the Sri Chinmoy Center sang three songs written by their teacher to the words of the Christ and to Mother Teresa’s words:

“I am so happy to see you, Sri Chinmoy, after such a long time!” exclaimed an affectionate Mother Teresa on seeing Sri Chinmoy.

“Once more I have come to receive blessings from you,” replied Sri Chinmoy.

Mother Teresa recited her own words to the song sung in her honor: “The fruit of silence is prayer. The fruit of prayer is faith. The fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace.”

Mother Teresa described her work in taking young men and women in jail and helping to change their lives. “Your infinite compassion is conquering the whole world,” responded Sri Chinmoy deeply moved. Mother Teresa stated, “you do so much for us all.”

At a previous meeting in Rome in October 1994, Sri Chinmoy presented Mother Teresa with the U Thant Peace Award. Since that time, the two spiritual leaders have kept up an active exchange. Mother Teresa said “I am so pleased with all the good work you are doing for world peace and for the people in so many countries. May we continue to work together and to share together all for the Glory of God and for the good of man. Sri Chinmoy met Mother Teresa 20 years ago at an Interfaith Program held at the UN. Sri Chinmoy is an acclaimed author, poet, artist, composer, musician and athlete who is widely known for his service for peace.

Published in Asia Online, No. 127 Vol. II, June 17–June 23, 1996