Inspiration from Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela walked his talk.  And was heard even in his Silence.  He was what I would call a “Yogi:” in this world when he was alive and working with us all, and yet beyond this world, with a golden heart that touched everyone on this planet.  I feel that he rests in peace because he walked this world in peace.  To honor his Spirit and his success in freeing South Africa from Apartheid, I’ve been sharing many  of his inspiring quotes on the Facebook pages for Yogafly and Yoga Illumined.  And there are so many more…see below.  May we always be inspired by him and our teachers to work together in peace for the good of all people everywhere.

From his biography:  On 9 October 1963 Nelson Mandela joined ten others on trial for sabotage in what became known as the Rivonia Trial. While facing the death penalty his words to the court at the end of his famous ‘Speech from the Dock’ on 20 April 1964 became immortalised:

“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Quotes from his Web site —

http://www.nelsonmandela.org/content/mini-site/selected-quotes

On friendship

I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.

FROM HIS UNPUBLISHED AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MANUSCRIPT WRITTEN IN PRISON, 1975

On freedom of expression

A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favour. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens.

AT THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS INSTITUTE CONGRESS, 14 FEBRUARY 1994

On humour

You sharpen your ideas by reducing yourself to the level of the people you are with and a sense of humour and a complete relaxation, even when you’re discussing serious things, does help to mobilise friends around you. And I love that.

FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH TIM COUZENS, VERNE HARRIS AND MAC MAHARAJ FOR MANDWLA: THE AUTHORISED PORTRAIT, 2006, 13 AUGUST 2005

On selflessness

A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.

KLIPTOWN, SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA, 12 JULY 2008

On determination

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.

FROM A LETTER TO MAKHAYA NTINI ON HIS 100TH CRICKET TEST, 17 DECEMBER 2009

On Integrity

Those who conduct themselves with morality, integrity and consistency need not fear the forces of inhumanity and cruelty.

AT THE BRITISH RED CROSS HUMANITY LECTURE, QUEEN ELIZABETH CONFERENCE CENTRE, LONDON, ENGLAND, 10 JULY 2003

On death

Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.

FROM AN INTERVIEW FOR THE DOCUMENTARY MANDELA, 1994

 

 

Nelson Mandela, Freedom, Yogafly

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