To preserve openness of heart and calmness of mind, nurture these attitudes:
Kindness to those who are happy
Compassion for those who are less fortunate
Honor for those who embody noble qualities
Equanimity to those whose actions oppose your values.
|—||Nischala Joy Devi, translation of Yoga Sutra 1:33 of Patanjali cited by Olga Rasmussen in her blog Aligning with Grace: the post “The Brahmaviharas and Lovingkindness” 10/4/10|
People of faith and conscience must do three things. First, we must raise our voices. We must stand on the side of love and the side of human dignity with immigrant families. We must resist the implementation of this law, even if it means breaking it.
Second, we must make the law of our land reflect the highest moral ideals of our people. We must continue to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. We helped to create this crisis. It is our job to fix the mess we have made.
Third, we have some religious work to do. We must be faithful to our ideals of compassion and of the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We must bear witness to a vision that includes all people. Laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 exist because of fear, ignorance and hate. We must be tireless practitioners of hope, knowledge and love.
Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
Thinking today of Mandela, one of the Elders, and his great-granddaughter Zenani. Sorrow attends what should be great joy, just when the eyes of the world are on the nation he struggled so long to build and heal. May they be the eyes of compassion.
By BARRY BEARAK
Published: June 11, 2010
JOHANNESBURG — Heartbreak intruded on the opening day of the soccer World Cup when Nelson Mandela’s 13-year-old great granddaughter Zenani was killed in an auto accident here early on Friday. In response, Mr. Mandela canceled a much-heralded appearance at a tournament depicted as a triumphant showcase for his country and his continent.
The teenager was returning home from the event’s Thursday night kickoff concert in Soweto, an extravaganza that included stars like Alicia Keys and Shakira and was meant to launch the contest on a joyous note. At its conclusion, the sky lit up with fireworks as happy attendees made way to their parked vehicles.
According to police, Zenani Mandela died in a one-car accident on a Johannesburg highway. The man behind the wheel, who has yet to be named, was accused of drunk driving and may also be charged with culpable homicide, the police said.