Queens Guru Brought Two Legends Together

The twin deaths in late summer of two modern day legends — Mother Teresa and Princess Diana — hit the entire world especially hard.But to one Queens resident it was a very personal tragedy. This Queens guru had actually set up the first meeting between the two special people.
When Mother Teresa visited her Missionary House in the South Bronx, she would renew acquaintance with Sri Chinmoy of Jamaica. Actually, she met Princess Diana there after the Princess requested that the Queens guru introduce them.Born in Skopje, Macedonia in 1910, Mother Teresa joined a missionary order of Irish nuns active in India when she was 17. Her Calcutta post was as principal of St. Mary’s School.
In 1946 she felt the call to serve the poorest of the poor. Her first Mission was Mirmalhriday (Pure Heart) and drew volunteers as well as donors.
In 1950, she founded the Order of the Missionaries of Charity. In 1979 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and in 1985, she received America’s highest civilian award,The Medal of Freedom.
Even though Mother Teresa had several heart attacks and subsequent health problems, she was still active from a wheelchair in her missionary house in the South Bronx where she continued to meet with Sri Chinmoy, whom she first met at the U.N. in 1975.Subsequently they have met on numerous occasions as well as exchanged letters and phone calls of mutual support and admiration.The Queens guru and his students have helped support many of Mother Teresa’s houses with medical supplies and other offerings.
Sri Chinmoy last visited Mother Teresa this past June and brought along the Bhajan singers, a group of his followers, who sang a song the guru composed, set to the words of a saying on Mother Teresa’s business card.

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