EPISODE-36 (MOTHER TERESA FOR JESUS AND ALU SATHA FOR AVATAR MEHER BABA)
Meher Baba said to Alu Satha, "You are My Saint Teresa. Remember Me as she did. When you die you will see Me, and I will see you. I will give you bliss after death." She also suffered like Teresa and died young. The short biographies of mother Teresa and Alu Satha described as under:
Mother Teresa- Nun (1910–1997)
Mother Teresa was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. Mother Teresa, known as one of the great humanitarians of the 20th century,
“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” —Mother Teresa
Born in 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, Mother Teresa taught in India for 17 years before she experienced her 1946 "call within a call" to devote herself to caring for the sick and poor. Her order established a hospice; centers for the blind, aged, and disabled; and a leper colony. In 1979 she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work.
Early Life- In 1919, when Agnes was only 8 years old, her father suddenly fell ill and died. While the cause of his death remains unknown, many have speculated that political enemies poisoned him. In the aftermath of her father's death, Agnes became extraordinarily close to her mother, a pious and compassionate woman who instilled in her daughter a deep commitment to charity.
Although by no means wealthy, Drana Bojaxhiu extended an open invitation to the city's destitute to dine with her family. "My child, never eat a single mouthful unless you are sharing it with others," she counseled her daughter. When Agnes asked who the people eating with them were, her mother uniformly responded, "Some of them are our relations, but all of them are our people."
Religious Calling- Agnes attended a convent-run primary school and then a state-run secondary school. As a girl, she sang in the local Sacred Heart choir and was often asked to sing solos. The congregation made an annual pilgrimage to the Church of the Black Madonna in Letnice, and it was on one
Such trip at the age of 12 that she first felt a calling to a religious life. Six years later, in 1928, an 18-year-old Agnes Bojaxhiu decided to become a nun and set off for Ireland to join the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin. It was there that she took the name Sister Mary Teresa after Saint Teresa of Lisieux.
A year later, Sister Mary Teresa traveled on to Darjeeling, India, for the novitiate period; in May 1931, she made her First Profession of Vows. Afterward she was sent to Calcutta, where she was assigned to teach at Saint Mary's High School for Girls, schools run by the Loreto Sisters and dedicated to teaching girls from the city's poorest Bengali families. Sister Teresa learned to speak both Bengali and Hindi fluently as she taught geography and history and dedicated herself to alleviating the girls' poverty through education.
On May 24, 1937, she took her Final Profession of Vows to a life of poverty, chastity and obedience. As was the custom for Loreto nuns, she took on the title of "Mother" upon making her final vows and thus became known as Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa continued to teach at Saint Mary's, and in 1944 she became the school's principal. Through her kindness, generosity and unfailing commitment to her students' education, she sought to lead them to a life of devotion to Christ. "Give me the strength to be ever the light of their lives, so that I may lead them at last to you," she wrote in prayer.
A New Calling- However, on September 10, 1946, Mother Teresa experienced a second calling, the "call within a call" that would forever transform her life. She was riding in a train from Calcutta to the Himalayan foothills for a retreat when she said Christ spoke to her and told her to abandon teaching to work in the slums of Calcutta aiding the city's poorest and sickest people.
But since Mother Teresa had taken a vow of obedience, she could not leave her convent without official permission. After nearly a year and a half of lobbying, in January 1948 she finally received approval to pursue this new calling. That August, donning the blue-and-white sari that she would wear in public for the rest of her life, she left the Loreto convent and wandered out into the city. After six months of basic medical training, she voyaged for the first time into Calcutta's slums with no more specific a goal than to aid "the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for."
The Missionaries of Charity- Mother Teresa quickly translated this somewhat vague calling into concrete actions to help the city's poor. She began an open-air school and established a home for the dying destitute in a dilapidated building she convinced the city government to donate to her cause. In October 1950, she won canonical recognition for a new congregation, the Missionaries of Charity, which she founded with only a handful of members—most of them former teachers or pupils from St. Mary's School.
As the ranks of her congregation swelled and donations poured in from around India and across the globe, the scope of Mother Teresa's charitable activities expanded exponentially. Over the course of the 1950s and 1960s, she established a leper colony, an orphanage, a nursing home, a family clinic and a string of mobile health clinics.
In 1971, Mother Teresa traveled to New York City to open her first American-based house of charity, and in the summer of 1982, she secretly went to Beirut, Lebanon, where she crossed between Christian East Beirut and Muslim West Beirut to aid children of both faiths. In 1985, Mother Teresa returned to New York and spoke at the 40th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly. While there, she also opened Gift of Love, a home to care for those infected with HIV/AIDS.
International Charity and Recognition- In February 1965, Pope Paul VI bestowed the Decree of Praise upon the Missionaries of Charity, which prompted Mother Teresa to begin expanding internationally. By the time of her death in 1997, the Missionaries of Charity numbered more than 4,000—in addition to thousands more lay volunteers—with 610 foundations in 123 countries around the world.
The Decree of Praise was just the beginning, as Mother Teresa received various honors for her tireless and effective charity. She was awarded the Jewel of India, the highest honor bestowed on Indian civilians, as well as the now-defunct Soviet Union's Gold Medal of the Soviet Peace Committee. And in 1979, Mother Teresa won her highest honor when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work "in bringing help to suffering humanity."
Controversy- Despite this widespread praise, Mother Teresa's life and work have not gone without its controversies. In particular, she has drawn criticism for her vocal endorsement of some of the Catholic Church's more controversial doctrines, such as opposition to contraception and abortion. "I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion," Mother Teresa said in her 1979 Nobel lecture.
In 1995, she publicly advocated a "no" vote in the Irish referendum to end the country's constitutional ban on divorce and remarriage. The most scathing criticism of Mother Teresa can be found in Christopher Hitchens's book The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, in which Hitchens argued that Mother Teresa glorified poverty for her own ends and provided a justification for the preservation of institutions and beliefs that sustained widespread poverty.
Death and Legacy- After several years of deteriorating health, in which she suffered from heart, lung and kidney problems, Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997, at the age of 87. She was beatified in October 2003.
Since her death, Mother Teresa has remained in the public spotlight. In particular, the publication of her private correspondence in 2003 caused a wholesale re-evaluation of her life by revealing the crisis of faith she suffered for most of the last 50 years of her life.
In one despairing letter to a confidant, she wrote, "Where is my Faith—even deep down right in there is nothing, but emptiness and darkness—My God—how painful is this unknown pain—I have no Faith—I dare not utter the words & thoughts that crowd in my heart—& make me suffer untold agony." While such revelations are shocking considering her public image, they have also made Mother Teresa a more relatable and human figure to all those who experience doubt in their beliefs.
For her unwavering commitment to aiding those most in need, Mother Teresa stands out as one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th century. She combined profound empathy and a fervent commitment to her cause with incredible organizational and managerial skills that allowed her to develop a vast and effective international organization of missionaries to help impoverished citizens all across the globe.
However, despite the enormous scale of her charitable activities and the millions of lives she touched, to her dying day she held only the most humble conception of her own achievements. Summing up her life in characteristically self-effacing fashion, Mother Teresa said, "By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus."
The second miracle involved the healing of a man in Santos, Brazil, who was diagnosed with a viral brain infection and lapsed into a coma. His wife, family and friends prayed to Mother Teresa, and when the man was brought to the operating room for emergency surgery, he woke up without pain and cured of his symptoms, according to a statement from the Missionaries of Charity Father.
She died in September 1997 and was beatified in October 2003. On December 17, 2015, Pope Francis recognized a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, clearing the way for her to be canonized as a saint in 2016. Mother Teresa's canonization is expected to be scheduled for September 2016 around the date of her death.
Meher Baba’s activities related to Teresa in His life time
"Shri Meher Baba visited the birthplace of St. Teresa, in 1933, as he had a very special work to do there. He and His disciples all fasted for twenty-four hours, and during that time they were not to touch Him, and together they walked over the hills. The next day they saw many of the treasures of the cathedral and were very exalted; the spiritual atmosphere was not unlike that of St. Marks in Venice or the one at Assisi.
Baba explained that in Europe, as in other countries, there are Saints and advanced Souls whom He calls His dear ones. There are many holy places connected with spiritual workings in Europe. The four in Europe—St. Marks in Venice, a place on the Ligurian Coast, Assisi and Avila had now all been visited with Baba.
Alu Satha- disciple of Meher Baba
Alu Satha was daughter of Homi Mama Satha and his wife Pilla (who lived in Bombay). Both came to see Baba with their children Alu, Dhun, Naval and Roshan. As instructed, Chanji stopped them. Baba saw this from His room. He came out, and, taking Chanji to task, scolded, "Why do you prevent them from coming inside? Don't you know who they are? They are part of the Sathas of Ahmednagar. Let them come in." Baba visited with them in His room. Roshan was just a baby, and Baba held her on his lap. He assured Homi that he would look after the children and not to worry about them. Baba handed Roshan to Homi Mama's sister Banumasi Kerawala, who was also present. No one then could understand the significance lying behind this seemingly simple gesture of Baba's. But years later, when Roshan married Banumasi son, Sam, they recalled this incident and understood its meaning.
Alu, Dhun and Naval had all been struck with muscular dystrophy, and Homi was afraid that Roshan too would be afflicted with it. But before he could mention this, Baba comforted him, indicating Roshan would be spared. Baba gave Dhun and Naval each a rose to eat and the family left happily
In 1961, Alu Satha wrote Baba through her sister Roshan Kerawala, pleading with Him to make Eruch well and to let her die instead! Alu was afflicted with muscular dystrophy and was crippled. Both she and her sister, Dhun, had suffered from the disease since childhood. But Alu's condition was growing worse day by day and she was prepared to die, though she was only 40 years old.
Baba once visited Bindra House and asked Alu to read Him a passage from a book of the Christian saint Theresa of Avila. He comforted her, "You are My Saint Theresa. Remember Me as she did. When you die you will see Me, and I will see you. I will give you bliss after death."
Meanwhile, Alu Satha's condition worsened. She stopped eating and drinking. On 18 h November 1961, she asked her sister to write again to Baba, "I feel that I will not be long in this world, and before I go I would like to have Your darshan. So please come and see me." Baba was in seclusion and feeling quite ill Himself that day. Roshan explained to Alu that there was no chance that Baba would come just to visit her. Nevertheless, her message was sent to Adi's office to forward to Baba.
Unexpectedly, when Baba received her message He indicated that He wanted to go see Alu. He was driven there at 3:00 P.M., accompanied by Goher, Pendu and Kaka. At that time, Baba had a fever and His hip was paining. Before leaving, Goher tried to dissuade Him, but Baba insisted that He wanted to go. Getting out of the car, the first thing He asked Roshan was, "Is Alu still alive?" and He went inside Akbar Press to see her.
Baba sat on the bed next to Alu and embraced her. "This world is a zero," He told her. "It has no meaning. It is like a movie you watch and get so involved in that you think it is real, but it is not. This life is like a movie. Now forget everybody and everything, and think only of Me."
Baba asked for a glass of sherbet. He drank most of it and gave the remaining amount to Alu.
He consoled her, "Why do you worry? I have done much work through you and there is much still to do." As mentioned, Baba had a fever and was perspiring. He took a handkerchief from His pocket, wiped the sweat from His forehead and gave it to Roshan to tie on Alu's right hand.
He gestured to Alu, "Look, My daaman is firmly in your grip. Forget the whole world. It is all illusion. I alone am real. Think only of Me and take My name. Don't worry at all. I will be with you." Baba instructed Roshan to place his photograph on the small refrigerator opposite Alu's bed, so that she could see it and focus her attention on it. He then returned to Meherazad.
Alu lapsed into a coma that evening and never regained consciousness. Four days later, Alu Satha merged in Him forever and was at last free of the intolerable suffering she had borne for years. Baba observed, "She has come to Me. I could have cured her in an instant, but it was best for her to suffer. Now, no more births!"
She died on 22-11-1961 at the age of 40. Baba said, “She has come to Me.” (Extracted from Lord Meher)