On October 19, 2003, Pope John Paul II beatified Teresa of Calcutta. whose ghost is on the fast track to sainthood. Some Catholics, apparently impatient as the Vatican process leading to canonization plods along, are already referring to her as Saint Teresa of Calcutta. I am astonished that the religious body that claims to be the church that Christ instituted could even consider elevating this Pagan to the pantheon of Catholic demigods. There even are canned prayers to seek her intercession. Who was this woman? Read what follows to find out.

Mother Teresa & the Religion of the New World Order


Alan Morrison

(Excerpted from the book "The Serpent & the Cross")

An important cog in the syncretistic process involved in the world-wide seeding of the religion of the New World Order has been the renowned Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Who was this mysterious lady whose good works are paraded before the world in celebrity fashion? Mother Teresa, in spite of her charitable works, was involved in making a major contribution to the religious development of the rising interfaith universalism.

In July 1981, Mother Teresa gave the first public pronouncement of what is known as the 'Universal Prayer for Peace'. This took place at the Anglican St. James' Church, Piccadilly in London.[1] This well-known 'Prayer', with its white lettering on a pale blue background, was designed to be truly international — a prayer which would be capable of transcription into any language and in supplication to any god. The prayer, in full, reads:

'Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe. Peace. Peace. Peace'.

The publicity leaflet to which this 'prayer' is attached makes the significant claim that it is 'not confined to members of religions, but equally to humanists and agnostics and generally to those who believe in the power of positive thought'.[2]The leaflet also makes the claim that the original source of the 'Prayer for Peace' 'is not clearly known, and it has no ties with any single denomination or faith'.[3] This must surely be a deliberate deception. A little research reveals that this 'prayer' was originally adapted by the former Jain monk and environmentalist, Satish Kumar, from a mantra in the Indian Hindu Upanishads.[4] The Upanishads are essentially monistic treatises, secret Hindu doctrines, written from 800-400 B.C. They are much loved by occultists, esotericists and syncretists. Although, as in much occult literature, there is reference to a 'Universal Spirit' or 'Supreme Being', this is overlaid with the polluted stream of pantheism, monism and the quest for personal divinity. The 'god' of the Upanishads is not the transcendent God of the Bible. A typical example of the mystical twaddle at the heart of this work is encapsulated in the following lines referring to the Hindu idea of the 'Self' (i.e., God) in all things:

'It is conceived by him whom it is not conceived of; he by whom It is conceived of does not know It. It is not understood by those who understand It; It is understood by those who do not understand It'.[5]

How very different this is from the revelation which has been given to the Christian disciple, to whom it is said without equivocation: 'You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free' (Jn.8:32). The true believer and follower of Jesus Christ has the words ringing in his heart:

"If you had known Me, you would have known my Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him... He who has seen Me has seen the Father" (Jn.14:7-9).

In the Upanishads there is no real place for a personal God. Instead, one finds such abstruse monistic claims as: 'Like butter or cream is the Self in everything'. Bear in mind that 'Self' is the equivalent of God in Upanishadic terminology. Yet many professing Christians and all interfaithists claim that these Hindu scriptures are as valid as the Bible! And presumably this is what led Satish Kumar to lift an Upanishadic mantra from its context and exalt it as a prayer suitable for Christian believers: a 'Prayer for Peace' which can be intoned by Mother Teresa from an Anglican pulpit.

The original mantra reads: 'Lead me from the unreal to the real! Lead me from darkness to light! Lead me from death to immortality!' [6] The commentary given by the Upanishads on this mantra shows that each of the three lines is really saying, 'Make me immortal!',[7]revealing that the words 'unreal' and 'darkness' carry an esoteric reference to death,[8]which, like life in the Hindu cosmology, is considered to be an illusion. In fact, this mantra forms part of a special ceremony known as the Abhyaroha (the Ascension), 'a ceremony by which the performer reaches the gods, or becomes a god', through which he may 'obtain whatever desire he may desire' and become 'the conqueror of the worlds'.[9] In this prayer-mantra, we have the major thrust behind all world religions: that we can have unconditional eternal life, boundless wisdom, and the realisation of personal 'divinity'. All this is the natural legacy of Satan's threefold lie in Eden (Gen.3:4-6), a lie which eventually became enshrined in the doctrine and practice of all the corrupt, false religions of the world, about which we shall have more to say shortly.

The true purpose of the creation of the 'Prayer for Peace', now naïvely used by many ecumenically-minded churches, is to introduce into Christian worship a subtle adaptation of a Hindu scripture with idolatrous, self-deifying ceremonial associations, and thereby to substitute syncretistic religious thought for Christo-centric spirituality. Actually, it is not a prayer at all; it is an invocation — a kind of plea to the 'Higher Self' used by occultists and others who believe in 'the power of the spoken word' exemplified in the mantric cults of the Orient. Those who have a living faith in the true Jesus Christ have no need to make hollow invocations to an unknown god for a false peace!

As to Satish Kumar himself, the designer of the 'Universal Prayer for Peace', he was the founder and editor of the New Age 'green' magazine 'Resurgence' — a medley of one-world politics, esotericism, ecology, mysticism, psychobabble, eco-feminism, holistic health and occult healing. Not long after the first reading of his 'Prayer for Peace', he was residing, along with a variety of psychotherapists, occult healers and Shamans, in the New Age Spanish holistic health centre, 'Cortijo Romero', running a course entitled 'Finding the Spirit Within', which involved the techniques of 'group meditation, yoga and chanting'.[10] At a cost of £150 per person, receiving the 'spirit' of Neo-Gnosticism does not come cheap (cf. Isa.55:1-2; 1 Pet.5:2)!

Mother Teresa's history of support for syncretistic people and events is a sad commentary on the error which lies at the heart of Roman Catholic religion. One report by a missionary to India, detailing the practice at one of Mother Teresa's hospices in Nepal, states:

'In 1984, my wife and I had a recorded interview with a nun who works with Mother Teresa's organization in Nepal. Seated in a small, dirty room by Nepal's 'holiest river', surrounded by Hindu temples and idols — and sick, and elderly, waiting to die in this 'holy place', in hope of escaping the life-cycles of reincarnation — we asked questions. Sister Ann had spent three years in Calcutta in training and service at Mother Teresa's main centre. Now she was in Nepal, and one of her duties was daily to visit these sick and aged people, to do what she could to help alleviate their pain and their need... I queried: "These people are waiting to die. What are you telling them to prepare them for death and for eternity?" She replied candidly, "We tell them to pray to their Bhagwan, to their gods".[11]

What a wealth of lost opportunities for straight Gospel-sharing! The missionary then concludes:

'Those who are familiar with the beliefs of Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II will not be surprised at this, as they are both universalists who believe that all who sincerely follow their own religions or beliefs will be saved'.[12]

It is perhaps not wholly insignificant to discover that Mother Teresa's hospice in Calcutta is built on temple property dedicated to Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction, who is propitiated by the nocturnal sacrifice of animals. The entire pantheon of Hindu gods lies in stark contrast to the first two commandments of the Decalogue (Ex.20:3-6) and the commands of Christ's Apostles (1 Cor.10:14; 2 Cor.6:16-17; 1 Jn.5:21) in the Bible which Mother Teresa purports to represent.

In a film entitled 'Mother Teresa', which was originally given its world première at the United Nations 40th Anniversary celebration in 1985, she plugs her familiar message of religious universalism: 'No colour, no religion, no nationality, should come between us. We are all children of God'. However, only those who have the Spirit of Christ are the true children of God (Rom.8:14-16). That is why the Holy Spirit is known as the 'Spirit of adoption ' (Rom.8:15). Everyone is born a 'child of wrath' by nature; the only way to become a child of God is through adoption into His family (Gal.4:4-7) by faith in Jesus Christ. It is Christ not Krishna who saves. That is why the Apostle can say: 'If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His' (Rom.8:9). Those who have the Spirit of Christ are God's children. Those who do not have the Spirit of Christ are not God's children. Therefore, we are not all children of God. Therefore, Mother Teresa's theology does not come from the Christian Bible.

In March 1985, Mother Teresa was honorary guest at an 'intercultural, interfaith gathering' in Malta called 'Spirit of Peace: Culture, Science and Religion at a Turning Point',[13] a title taken from the name of a book by Neo-Gnostic physicist, Fritjof Capra. This was organised by the United Nations University for Peace to 'celebrate 40 years of the United Nations', and to bring together delegates from a variety of influences such as Kabbalism, Shamanism, Sufism, the peace movement, the Ecumenical Movement, plus New Age sociologist Marilyn Ferguson (author of the acclaimed book, 'The Aquarian Conspiracy'), the then Assistant Secretary-General of the U.N., Dr. Robert Muller, and the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader, the Dalai Lama.

The description on the advertising leaflet of the 'Faculty' teaching at this U.N. conference is a masterpiece of Neo-Gnostic deception. For example, Joan Halifax, who is blandly billed as 'a teacher of religion and medical anthropologist', is actually a well-known doyenne of the New Age Movement and an ardent advocate of Shamanism, having written one of the most thorough modern books on the subject.[14] She has also co-authored a book with the psychiatrist Stanislaf Grof entitled 'Human Encounter with Death', which catalogues their work in the use of the drug LSD on dying people. On the U.N. leaflet, 'Faculty' member Philip Deere is described as 'the spiritual adviser to the American Indian Movement' — in other words, he is a teacher of Shamanism. And when Rabbi Zalman Schacter is respectably referred to as 'a professor of religion in Jewish Mysticism and psychology', it was presumably judged preferable to a frank admission of his expertise in the tradition of the Kabbala — a Jewish occult heresy. Likewise, when we are told that Faculty member, Dr. Huston Smith is merely a 'professor of religion and philosophy searching for spiritual truth', it might help us to understand just exactly what kind of 'spiritual truth' he is searching for. In fact, as early as 1962, Dr. Smith (then the Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University, New York), having already become a sponsor of the above-mentioned 'Temple of Understanding' in the same year, gave a lecture in Sydney, Australia on 'Is a New World Religion Coming?' at the Theosophical Society's 'Blavatsky Lodge'.[15]

Such is the background to the teaching 'Faculty' at the United Nations 40th Anniversary celebrations. The euphemistic descriptions of this 'Faculty' — graced by Mother Teresa of Calcutta — belie an established network of people who are highly efficient proponents of the New Gnosticism, the New World Order and global religionism. The sad truth is that Mother Teresa allowed herself to become a mere symbol of good works religion — the epitome of the castrated religion of the universal Golden Rule — a 'respectable' figurine who could be wheeled out to front utopian gatherings as a supposed representative of Christianity. Her social work may have been impeccable, but she never was a friend of the true Church of Jesus Christ. Her support for causes which destroy the unique foundations of Christianity has made that impossible.

1 This Anglican church, having been heavily influenced by Findhorn teachings, is at the forefront of promoting New Age philosophy in Christian circles today.

2 Taken from the official Prayer for Peace leaflet. This was available from the Peace Prayer Centre, which was set up by an ecumenically-minded minister and his wife, c/o Seniors Farmhouse, Semley, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9AX.

3 Ibid.

4 This origin was clearly laid out in Merfyn Temple, Angelus for Peace in the South Atlantic (Self-published, 1982), p.1. This weird autobiographical document, written by a Methodist minister who became obsessed by the 'Prayer for Peace', was available from the author at 103, Appleford Drive, Abingdon, OXON, U.K., OX14 2AQ.

5 Quoted in John Ferguson, Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Mysticism and Mystery Religions (Thames & Hudson, 1976), p.202.

6 F. Max Müller (ed.), The Sacred Books of the East (OUP, 1900), Vol.XV, the Upanishads, pp.83-84.

7 Ibid., p.84.

8 Ibid.

9 Ibid., p.83n. This information is given in a footnote by the editor of the Upanishads and early propagandist for Eastern religion in the West, Professor Max Müller of Oxford University.

10 The postal address of Cortijo Romero was c/o Nigel Shamash, Aptdo, De Correos 31, Orgiva, Granada, Spain.

11 Christian News Encyclopedia (Missouri Publishing, 1992), Vol.V, p.3920.

12 Ibid.

13 The information on this and other such U.N. fiascos was freely available from the publicists at AGAPE, Gerberau 14, D-7800, Freiburg, Germany.

14 Joan Halifax, Shaman: Wounded Healer (Thames & Hudson, 1982).

15 Recorded in Robert Keith Spenser, The Cult of the All-Seeing Eye (CBCA, 1964), p.49.

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