Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela – Human Uniqueness – African Spirit of Ubuntu

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The 2013 Templeton Prize Laureate, Desmond Tutu, speaks on the topic: “Who we are: Human uniqueness and the African spirit of Ubuntu.”

Matthew’s Message via Suzy Ward – Nelson Mandela Lived In His Heart – 12-14-13

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Stephen Cook: A special message from Matthew following Nelson Mandela’s public passing…

Matthew’s Message (Matthew Ward) as received by Suzy Ward, December 14, 2013 – | Thanks to Golden Age of Gaia.

With loving greetings from all souls at this station, this is Matthew.

As you celebrate this season of traditional music, merriment and festivities with families and friends, you are remembering those who are grieving or whose circumstances are dire. You would rejoice with us if you could see the abundance of light radiating from you and the beneficiaries of your caring and sharing—it is a spectacle to behold!

How glorious it is that brilliance emanated as well from the uniquely jubilant and colorful memorial ceremony honoring one of your brightest souls. The international tribute to Nelson Mandela was equaled only by his welcome in Nirvana, where joyful throngs gathered to celebrate his life.

Mandela exemplified that the way to peaceful reconciliation is through forgiveness, honesty, humility, compassion and respect. He didn’t need to consciously know that the energy in those expressions of love is the most powerful force in the cosmos and that every life is interconnected within that energy. He lived from his heart, the seat of the soul, where those universal truths are known, and that is how he succeeded in uniting his country’s peoples and in his other diplomatic and political endeavors.

Most of Earth’s populace don’t know those truths either. Like Mandela, multitudes are acting upon soul-level inspiration and generating light in countless ways. A delightful example, which shows far more than any words can describe the love energy that comes with unity of spirit, is this short film:

In keeping with this unusually busy time for you, we keep our December messages brief, but we cannot let this year come to its close without telling you that light beings throughout this universe are immensely heartened by your growth spiritually and consciously!

More than ever before you are aware of and grateful for blessings in your life and the uplifting developments in your communities, regions, countries, your world. By following intuition—a splendid step forward in soul evolvement—thoughts, feelings and actions of persons around the world are sending forth the high vibrations of hope and optimism.

Look forward to exhilarating, illuminating Year 2014. Happy New Year, our beloved Earth family!

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Boyd Varty – What I learned from Nelson Mandela

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“In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us.” Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or “ubuntu” — defined as, “I am, because of you.” And he dedicates the talk to South African leader Nelson Mandela, the human embodiment of that same great-hearted, generous spirit.

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Nelson Mandela – R. I. P. – 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013

‘Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for freedom of their people’: Mandela’s most powerful quotes   –

ANC president Nelson Mandela is surrounded by young supporters after addressing residents at Phola Park, a squatter settlement east of Johannesburg, 31 May 1992. (AFP Photo / Walter Dhladhla)ANC president Nelson Mandela is surrounded by young supporters after addressing residents at Phola Park, a squatter settlement east of Johannesburg, 31 May 1992. (AFP Photo / Walter Dhladhla)

An icon of our time, South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has died, leaving behind a legacy of wisdom. His lifetime quotes will inspire humankind for generations to come.

Dedicating his life to the struggle for freedom and equality, Mandela always believed that being free was “not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

As a person who spent a major part of his life in prison, Mandela managed to preserve a faith in the kindness of human nature and human heart that can overcome any differences between people.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

He firmly believed that life is full of challenges and that “after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb,” but Mandela said “there is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

Despite numerous life challenges he had to accomplish, the South African leader always considered himself to be an optimist.

“Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

As one of the most prominent philosophers of the 20th century, Mandela believed that the true leader should be a modest “shepherd” of his people. “He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”

“Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people,” said the man, who sacrificed his whole life to fighting apartheid, racism and inequality.

No matter what challenges and downfalls one faces in his life journey, the only way forward is to stand up, overcome your fear and be ready for the next trial, Mandela believed.

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall,” Mandela said. “Courage is not the absence of fear — it’s inspiring others to move beyond it.”

Success in life Mandela once said can be determined “by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

Sharing the wisdom into the complex world of politics, the great leader once noted that “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”

He adamantly believed in the ability of every single individual to achieve greatness. “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”

Education, Mandela believed was humanity’s most powerful weapon. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

As he left this world one quote will always stay imbedded in people’s minds. “If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man.”