ISKCON Joins the World🌏in Paying Tributes to Noble Peace Prize 🕊 Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) joins the world in mourning and
paying tribute to a prolific religious leader and human rights icon, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
ISKCON offers condolences to the Tutu family and to the entire South African nation.
In the year 1986 Archbishop Desmond Tutu became the first black Archbishop of Cape Town
and later, after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela spent his first night of freedom in his
residence that showed the important position he held and the type of person he was.
Archbishop Tutu was always kind to invite the ISKCON community in Cape Town whenever there
were events concerning the interfaith organizations coming together to stand up for defending
human rights amidst times of xenophobic attacks or increased gender-based violence. We
always supported his calls to different events.
The Arch, as he was affectionately known by many, believed in the spirit of ubuntu. He strongly
believed that a person is a person through other people and he himself demonstrated this in
the way that he lived and his dedication to humanity at large. He believed that God saw every
soul equally and that that we are all made in His image.
His notable contributions to South Africa’s anti-apartheid history was noticed by the world
when he received the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize. He used this opportunity to further his cause for
a non-racial society.
His contribution to his nation’s post-apartheid transition is one of the many
contributions he will also be remembered for. He took on his role as the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission chairperson as a further demonstration of his values and
commitment to love and forgiveness.
This is How the World Remembers This Rare Great Soul –
“Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a mentor, a friend, and a moral compass for me and so many others. A universal spirit, Archbishop Tutu was grounded in the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country, but also concerned with injustice everywhere. He never lost his impish sense of humor and willingness to find humanity in his adversaries, and Michelle and I will miss him dearly.” — Former U.S. President Barack Obama
“A powerful and courageous voice for nonviolence, reconciliation and peace. He will be very much missed in our troubled world. May he Rest In Peace.” — Egypt’s former vice president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei
“Through his distinguished work over the years as a cleric, freedom fighter and peacemaker, Archbishop Tutu inspired a generation of African leaders who embraced his non-violent approaches in the liberation struggle.” — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
“The friendship and the spiritual bond between us was something we cherished. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was entirely dedicated to serving his brothers and sisters for the greater common good. He was a true humanitarian and a committed advocate of human rights.” — the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader
May the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna bless this great soul.
– By International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Ministry of Communications Nilacala devi dasi, Durban, South Africa