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Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

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Re: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:14 am

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Re: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Postby Babadhari » Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:25 am

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” —Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

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Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion.
Aflame, with birth, aging & death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, & despairs ......

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Re: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Postby Mkoll » Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:36 am

What a long and fruitful life. Respect.

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Re: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Postby plwk » Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:50 am

aniccam, dukkha, anatta :buddha1:
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Postby Kim OHara » Fri Dec 06, 2013 3:27 am

One of the very few public figures for whom I have total respect, admiration and gratitude.

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Re: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Postby manas » Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:08 am

Nelson Mandela was a great man, whose life inspires me to have the courage to stand up for what is right.

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Re: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Postby dagon » Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:02 am

If i was to make a list of the people i most respect in the last 100 years Nelson Mandela would have to be in the top three of that list. I was talking to a group of African friends today from the north south, east and west of Africa. There was Muslims and Christians within that group. All said that Nelson Mandela was the person they most admire and respected.

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Re: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Postby cooran » Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:02 am

May Nelson Mandela have a fortunate rebirth. :candle:

With thanks for the wonderful achievements of his life, the hardship he endured, and his freedom from hatred.

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Re: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Postby BlackBird » Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:58 am

In my opinion this is a good example of how leading an upright and just life can lead to a long life. Nelson Mandela was and is such an inspiration for so many. May he have a fortunate rebirth (I'm pretty confident that will be so).
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'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." - MN. 70 Kitagiri Sutta
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Re: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Postby Jason » Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:03 am

The world has lost another great revolutionary who fought against the evils of colonialism and racial oppression. A sad day, but the legacy of his achievements will live on.
"Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya" (AN 7.58).

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Re: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Postby MidGe » Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:17 pm

Excerpt from his book "Conversations with myself":

Honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve others – qualities which are within easy reach of every soul – are the foundations of one’s spiritual life.

Development in matters of this nature is inconceivable without serious introspection, without knowing yourself, your weaknesses and mistakes. At least, if for nothing else, the cell gives you the opportunity to look daily into your entire conduct, to overcome the bad and develop whatever is good in you. Regular meditation, say about 15 minutes a day before you turn in, can be very fruitful in this regard. You may find it difficult at first to pinpoint the negative features in your life, but the 10th attempt may yield rich rewards. Never forget that a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.


The closest to the concept of a universal monarch in modern times?

Very interesting that meditation is so pre-eminent in his own mind as a tool for self-improvement.

The world indeed is poorer for his demise.
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Re: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Postby Kim OHara » Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:27 pm

Six Things Nelson Mandela Believed That Most People Won’t Talk About on ThinkProgress:
http://thinkprogress.org/home/2013/12/06/3030781/nelson-mandela-believed-people-wont-talk/
In the desire to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life — an iconic figure who triumphed over South Africa’s brutal apartheid regime — it’s tempting to homogenize his views into something everyone can support. This is not, however, an accurate representation of the man.
Mandela was a political activist and agitator. He did not shy away from controversy and he did not seek — or obtain — universal approval.

...but I applaud every one of those 'six things', and I think most of us here will do so.

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Re: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Postby Sanjay PS » Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:09 am

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"Sangam Sarnam Gachami ".

"There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires".

" The greatest glory in living lies , not in failing , but in rising every time we fail ."

Words said by revolutionary leader Nelson Mandela.
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