This 10-minute video was put together at around the time Sheikh Mansour was forced to leave Australia for Iran in 2010, and it beautifully illustrates the central role the man played in the spiritual community that he helped to create. The affection displayed for Mansour in the video is indicative of the love the whole community had for him, and what is even more remarkable is that even after five years of absence that love and esteem has not diminished!

The high-point of the video for me is the recording of Mansour trying to practice the old chorus “We shall overcome”, which we had planned to sing at the protest rally in Canberra. I tried to teach it to him repeatedly but he could never grasp the tune, eventually creating his own special Sheikh Mansour version (which I now prefer to the original).

Father Dave