Karma Yoga and Modern Day Saints
Karma Yoga is the yoga of action and selfless service. Thinking of Mother Teresa's actions here on earth gives a clear picture of Karma Yoga. Mother Teresa led a life of selfless service. She gave us an example of what it is like to be an angel on earth, completely devoted to the needs of others.
Mother Teresa was born into a Catholic family. She went to church every day and prayed every night. Her parents showed much generosity towards the poor and Mother Teresa followed in the same footsteps. There were times that Mother Teresa was threatened with physical harm and jail. She was loved by millions but was also the target of harmful intent and hurtful lies. Mother Teresa was a real human being, with all the same questions, doubts, and emotions that real human beings have.
Mother Teresa was known, loved and respected the world over. Her love and care for the poorest of poor and her unquenchable desire to uplift the defeated spirit had won over many hearts. She was seeking God in her own way and blessed everyone she touched with her kindness and love.
She founded The Missionaries of Charity and began ministering to the dying in Calcutta, India in 1952. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 in addition to many other honors, and won numerous important Indian awards over the years, such as the Padma Shri in 1962. Mother Teresa was given an official state funeral by the Indian Government upon her death in 1997.
This Wikipedia Article
on Mother Teresa gives us a glimpse of her life.
Sometimes the greatest acts of love come from the most humble people. The following is a beautiful quote from Mother Theresa:
"There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear, call and answer in extraordinary ways."
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