August 5th 1962: Nelson Mandela arrested

On this day in 1962, the famous South African activist Nelson Mandela was arrested. Mandela was previously arrested in 1956 on treason charges, but was acquitted and forced underground for several years. In 1961, Mandela helped to found Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), which served as the militant armed wing of the African National Congress political party, born out of frustration among anti-apartheid activists that their non-violence was met with brutality by white authorities against black citizens. He was arrested in August 1962 for inciting a workers’ strike and leaving the country illegally, and in November was sentenced to five years in prison, despite protests from anti-apartheid activists. A year later, authorities found more evidence of Mandela’s involvement in the violence of Umkhonto we Sizwe, and his sentence was increased to life imprisonment, avoiding a death sentence. While imprisoned on Robben Island, Nelson Mandela was largely condemned as a terrorist by Western nations, and he spent his time in jail performing hard labour. By the 1980s, a movement campaigning for his release was gaining traction, and Mandela’s reputation grew as a significant black leader both in South Africa and internationally. After twenty-seven years in prison, Mandela was finally freed in 1990, after the ban on the ANC was lifted by the government of President F.W. de Klerk, who was beginning to dismantle apartheid. Upon his release, Mandela led the ANC in the successful negotiations with President de Klerk to end apartheid, and was overwhelmingly elected President of South Africa in the first multi-racial elections in 1994, serving until 1999.

“When my sentence has been completed I will still be moved, as men are always moved, by their consciences; I will still be moved by my dislike of the race discrimination against my people when I come out from serving my sentence, to take up again, as best I can, the struggle for the removal of those injustices until they are finally abolished once and for all”
- Mandela during his 1962 trial

“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.”
Frank Herbert

“Until the whole world is free to agree with you or disagree with you, until you have given the freedom to everyone to like you or not like you, to love you or hate you, to see things as you see them or to see things differently—until you have given the whole world its freedom—you’ll never have your freedom.”

“Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not others, it is your own mind.”
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to to change.”
Albert Einstein

“In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.”
Deepak Chopra

“The truth is you can’t try to let go. Trying is the opposite of letting go. To let go is to relinquish trying. To let go is much more like to let be.”

“Every act of love raises the vibration of all the energy in the multiverse.”

“I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.”
Winston Churchill

“The biggest embrace of love you’ll ever make is to embrace yourself completely. Then you’ll eralize you’ve just embraced the whole universe, and everything and everybody in it.”

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”
Nelson Mandela

“Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you.”
Zig Zilgar

“When you lose touch with your inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.”
Eckhart Tolle

“If we would only see that all limitations are self-imposed and chosen out of fear, we would leap at once into the arms of grace, no matter how fierce that embrace might be.”

“Prayer is your speaking to God and meditation is allowing the spirit to speak to you, but it speaks in slicence and it then manifests as intuition.”
Deepak Chopra

“Many Sages have said, “Your world is a dream. You’re living in an illusion.” They’re referring to this world of the mind and the way we believe our thoughts about reality. When we see the world through our thoughts, we stop experiencing life as it really is and others as they really are.”

“The awakening of consciousness is the next evolutionary step for mankind.”
Eckhart Tolle

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age.”
Aldous Huxley

“In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.”
Deepak Chopra

“Meditation is not evasion. It is a serene encounter with reality.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.”
Dalai Lama

“All is always well even when it seems unbelievably unwell.”

“Be careful not to do something permanently stupid because you are temporarily angry, stressed, scared, tired, or hungry.”
Karen Salmansohn

“Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.”
Eckhart Tolle

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”
Dolly Parton

“Blinc belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”
Albert Einstein

“Ideally the ultimate retreat is to retreat from the past and the future to always remain in the present.”
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

“Enlightenment is a destructive process. it has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretence It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.”

“Sometimes surrender means giving up tryin to understand and becoming comfortable with not knowing.”
Eckhart Tolle

“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.”
Albert Einstein

“You attract the right things when you have a sense of who you are.”
Amy Poehler

“Whatever you resist you become. If you resist anger, you are always angry. If you resist sadness, you are always sad. If you resist suffering, you are always suffering. If you resist confusion,you are always confused. We think that we resist certain states because they are there, but actually they are there because we resist them.”

“I cannot tell you any spiritual truth that deep within you don’t know already. All I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten.”
Eckhart Tolle

No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
—  Nelson Mandela