Shortly after Nelson Mandela's death, his clan name Madiba emerged, a name representing ancestry, a deeper meaning, a sign of respect and affection. It would ordinarily be used in an intimate context, but some of the wider public had also taken to referring to Mandela as Madiba.
Mandela’s story is one of the most amazing episodes of our time.
Nelson Mandela lived his firm belief in the oneness of humanity, and the power engendered by that oneness. Obama's tribute to him re-echoed that, saying that:
“Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit.
There is a word in South Africa – Ubuntu – that describes his greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us.
Mandela… not only embodied Ubuntu; he taught millions to find that truth within themselves. It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailor as well; to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you; to teach that reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past, but a means of confronting it with inclusion, generosity and truth. He changed laws, but also hearts.”
I love this ! The oneness of the world of humanity is a sign of the times and also a fundamental teaching of Baha'i and the Prophet Baha’u’llah, as shown in the previous and next posts….
Unity and the oneness of humanity “… has now become the paramount issue and question in the religious and political conditions of the world.”
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