December 12, 2013

Madiba ~ reflecting

this is the moment in history, billions of us are sharing Madiba's passing -- sharing emotions, sentiments, photos, speeches, videos and reflections.  most of all we are recounting his spirit, that magnetic force of his character that was so magnanimous and exemplary in the face of all that was oppressive and unjust..
sporting his prison # at a rugby game 2005
it is a moment when i feel like a drop of water in the ocean of humanity.  the waves of oneness are stirring.  Nelson Mandela's soul has permeated the world of existence and is pervading the depths of our hearts.  this shared consciousness enables the wave of his spirit to surge and penetrate deep into the ocean of our hearts.  it feels like all of us are now connected through his spirit and are regenerated to reach higher standards of conduct for ourselves in the face of injustice and oppression, difficulties and despair.

i am riding the wave of humility as i strive each day to live as a Baha'i which is none other than embodying all human perfections and dedicating my life as a servant of God to the betterment of the human race.  Madiba inspires me because he triumphed over anger and bitterness, hatred and revenge.  he embodied the necessary perfections of forgiveness and magnanimity after 27 years of experiencing a suffering in the face of ignorance and oppression i try to imagine but cannot.  he embodied ubuntu -- he was all that he was because he fully embodied the spiritual reality that we become fully ourselves through serving others rather than ourselves.

may Madiba's soul exert its powers from that realm beyond and contribute to the progress and well-being of the world throughout the ages to come.

"The light which these souls radiate is responsible for the progress of the world and the advancement of its peoples. They are like unto leaven which leaveneth the world of being, and constitute the animating force through which the arts and wonders of the world are made manifest. Through them the clouds rain their bounty upon men, and the earth bringeth forth its fruits."

    ~ Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 156