The Great Mandela Birthday! What Mandela taught US President Barack Obama

2013-07-17 17:34

A symphony orchestra is playing in great celebration of Nelson Mandela’s Birthday. The orchestra has passed its overtures of sonatas and cantatas, and has now reached its crescendo that is felt across the world. To really enjoy a symphony orchestra with delight, you have to be in spirit and in tune with the composer of the music. You have to understand the mood and the heartbeat of the composer so that you can understand the junctions and the transitions that the orchestra goes through in its long play.

To really and truthfully celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday is to be in-spirit with his profound sense of deep sense of soft human touch that penetrates and reinvigorates the heart and soul.

In the midst of strong passions of revenge and anger on one side and deep fear on the other side, Nelson Mandela was able to rise above strong passions and articulate a philosophy and psychology that was deep and profound to his countrymen and country women. Here is where the study of Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela converges and gets so interesting and dynamic: Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela represent the greatest modern statesmen and undisputedly greatest world leaders in these complex modern times.

Recently in the United States we are witnessing similar Mandela traits in President Barack Obama during these nerve wreaking difficult times of the no guilty verdict of George Zimmerman from the atrocious murder he committed on Trayvon Martin. President Barack Obama was able to rise above strong passions of anger and revenge and stood for calm. In that way he was able to move his countrymen and country women forward – resonating with his re-election vision for America: Moving Forward.  The statement Barack Obama made and the conscious position he took after the Zimmerman verdict was asking for cool heads and calm of spirit and togetherness that only comes by reconciliation.

We often attribute great leadership and statesmanship to power and dominance of the limelight. Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama’s leadership style is profoundly simple human touch. That is in essence what makes these two modern power figures deeply relatable and consciously genuine to many people from different backgrounds and walks of life.  This philosophical approach is profound yet so simple that many people attribute it to weakness in leadership.

The 19th and 20th centuries were the times of great ideas of national revolutions and philosophies about human progress. What Mandela and Barack Obama does so profoundly was to harness these great philosophies and made them simple, practical and accessible - touching masses of people in a very fundamentally unique manner. Whenever a critical mass of people adapts to a new way of life, mutation and change happens and the species move forward. So while the 19th and 20th centuries was the age of national ideas and those ideas sparking national revolutions worldwide, the modern times personified by Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama ushers the human race with it diversity into a new era of human conscious awareness that translates into individual revolutions.

What Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama aspire for is a utopia – a world that is not black and white; good and bad but consciousness and awareness of this one great human stream that has different tributaries. This is how Nelson Mandela has inspired the world. The word inspiration means “being in-Spirit”. Being inspired is about connections - it is an experience of joy; we feel completely connected to each other at the deeper conscious level regardless of our different backgrounds and colors of skin. Reaching and embracing this state, our joyful juices flow, and we bring abundant high energy in our daily lives. Our hearts sings in appreciation of each other, and we are tolerant, joyful and loving.

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