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Nelson Mandela

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I was recently reading Don't Know Mind, The Spirit of Korean Zen by Richard Shrobe and came across the following quote from Nelson Mandela's inaugural speech in 1994:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not in just some of us, it is in everyone. As we let our own light shine, we unconciously give permission to other people to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

The author comments afterward "That is a wonderful statement of bodhisattva action: something that looks like pride, but is not egoistic in spirit. I hope we can all attain that."
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