Walking the Sacred Path with President Nelson Mandela

The Bardo Group opened the new year with a series of tributes to Nelson Mandela meant to remind and inspire us to carry on his tradition on behalf of the poor of the world. Today in wrapping up the effort our Sunday Chaplain, Terri Stewart says, ” I have decided to combine the traditions of President Mandela and the gleanings of the Bardo Group with the ancient prayer practice of Midday Prayer. I am relying on the ancient rhythm but substituting readings from our authors and from President Mandela.”

In gratitude for this beautiful piece, I share it here with you today and tomorrow – the Feast of the Epiphany and the end of my holy day time out, I’ll start posting again. Until then ….

Jamie

THE BeZINE

Nelson Mandela

This post is complementary to a post created at http://beguineagain.com/. I encourage you to read this and then read that post.

Today is the wrap-up in our recent series about President Nelson Mandela. As I was pondering how to close out the thoughts and hearts of our community, I remember that President Mandela was a deeply spiritual man who relied on the African theology of Ubuntu to carry the day. Ubuntu, which I have written about before, is the idea that “I am because we are.” It is deeply rooted in Africa with not only Mandela but Desmond Tutu subscribing to Ubuntu as core beliefs. Ubuntu is described below by Mandela himself.

“A traveler through our country would stop at a village, and he didn’t have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect…

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