Nelson Mandela — The passing of a great friend and hero to the world


Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) was a great supporter and believer in what Food for Life stood for. He made the above statement at a gathering of 50,000 school children in 1997 who were invited by Food for Life to a public picnic in Durban called the “Festival for the Children of the Rainbow Nation” with President Mandela as its Guest of Honour.  School children and their teachers gathered at Kings Park Soccer stadium. After delivering the key note address, President Mandela extended his stay at the event and spent more than five hours watching the various children’s performances.  He encouraged the children to excel in school, take advantage of the rights afforded to them, and instructed them to appreciate that the generations before them had fought for their freedom. The Mercury Newspaper reported that he stated this was “the happiest day” of his life. To him, the gathering of so many children from diverse backgrounds for a picnic, symbolised what his whole political career had been aiming towards — unity and equality for all. Mr. Mandela was so touched by the joy of the children that he could not contain himself and danced with them for many minutes before giving his touching speech to inaugurate the event. At the same picnic, Thabo Mbeki (Deputy President of South Africa), commented:  “FOOD FOR LIFE is the real Reconstruction and Development Programme. The understanding that if I have a plate of food, let me share it with my neighbour . . . let those who are feeling sad come together with us, and together we can share this burden. This understanding should be taken from FOOD FOR LIFE and transmitted to the entire country.” On this sad day of the passing of a great human being, we bow down to Mr. Mandela and […]

Happy Thanksgiving, USA – Be Love in Action

Today, I am thinking of all my friends in the US who are celebrating Thanksgiving and praying that they take the time to actually be grateful for the blessings that come to them, and more importantly to take a moment to appreciate every living being today. Every single one of us, from the ants, elephants, humans and plants — all are an expression of God’s majesty, love and poetry. We personify that loving expression; we are loved and loving others unconditionally is what brings us the greatest joy. Today is a day to express your love for the world. But it should NOT just stop there. Thanksgiving is a day to remind us of our true essence and to give us perspective. I recently watched a documentary by Velcrow Ripper on the Occupy movement. His message: Love is what the world needs, not greed, not more money, and certainly not more corporate control. [youtube][/youtube] For too long, we have allowed corporations to control our lives, including the most sacred place in our homes, our dinner table. Just imagine, if the currency of the world was not pieces of paper, oil or weapons, but love, expressed as unconditional service to all living things. A world united by love; a world where no one was left out, no one felt disrespected or forgotten. Just imagine. There is certainly enough natural resources in the world to sustain every man, women and child on the planet, and plenty more to go around to maintain every animal and plant as well. If only we could just share those resources and only take our God-given quota. Thanksgiving should not be about eating turkeys and drinking beer. It should be about appreciating our world and every thing on this planet. The history of Thanksgiving is stained by bloodshed […]