The Teresa Principles

"Let us all together thank God for this beautiful occasion where we can all together proclaim the joy of spreading peace, the joy of loving one another and the joy acknowledging that the poorest of the poor are our brothers and sisters.

I am sure this award is going to bring an understanding love between the rich and the poor... I never forget when I brought a man from the street. He was covered with maggots; his face was the only place that was clean. And yet that man, when we brought him to our home for the dying, he said just one sentence: I have lived like an animal in the street, but I am going to die like an angel, and he died beautifully..."

Mother Teresa's Noble Prize Acceptance Speech, held on December 10, 1979 in the Aula of the University of Oslo, Norway.


To any extent for one's Mission

It so happened once that the orphanage ran out of food completely. The Mother just could not bear the sight of her children suffering from hunger. She went to the nearby bakery shop and requested the bakery man, the owner of the shop, to give her some bread for her orphan children. She requested humbly by extending her arms. But, what was that! Shocking! The bakery man, instead of offering her bread, spit on her hand! However, the Mother was as calm as before. And, what she did next was something which set an exclusive example as to how dedicated one should be for one's mission. She said very patiently, "I would keep this (spit) for me. (While extending her other hand) But can you please give me some bread for my children?" Alas! That bakery man drowned in shame. The vibes of Mother's gentleness shook his consciousness to the core. What more? He then went on to become one of the main bread donors for the Mother's orphanage!

To know all the Teresa's principles in toto, read the complete article in July month of English Akhand Gyan Monthly Magazine...

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