Re: Do other Creatures Quarell about the Creator??
Posted By: Ras Marcus In Response To: Re: Do other Creatures Quarell about the Creator?? (Ayinde)
Date: Sunday, 5 December 2004, at 10:54 p.m.
In Response To: Re: Do other Creatures Quarell about the Creator?? (Ayinde)
Off course you are right, Ras Iyly was one of the young Priest, who help to conduct the funeral rights of Bob Marley, he was a Dread lock brother who was a member of the Ethiopian Arthodox Church in Jamaica, this brother was very close to me in that he respected me as an Elder, and also we were able to reason on weekly basis, since my immediate neighbor was also a member of that church and so Ras Iyly would visit on a weekly basis, some times twice weekly since they had to take the bus from Spanish Town to go to the church in Kingston, this church was at the top of Maxfield Avenue in Kingston Jamaica.
Ras Iyly was so involved in the church, that he decided to become a priest, and he did become a priest but to become a priest he had to cut his locks, as a result be was able to assist in the funeral rights of Bob Marley's funeral. When the Ethiopian Arthodox church came to Jamaica, internally it was welcomed by the Rastafari people, as a direct hopeful connection to Ethiopia and Ethiopians, but when it was discovered that it was in contradiction of the teachings of the Rastafari Movemant, much fire was cast verbally upon the church, and true Rastafari people who have been fighting against the teachings of babylon religion, completely despised the church and it's teachings.
At the same time there were those who beleived in the church but could not hold any official position, unless they cut their dreadlocks and take the oath in the name of Jes-us Christ. There have been much division in that church and I think there was a big split in leadership and members, which even lead to a law suit so as to prove legally, who was the rightful leader or bishop or whatever the titles may be. I do think that the split still remain where some members are in favor one leader and some favor the other, as is normally done in all of these religious groups.
Some of the things which we teach and preach in the early days as Rastafari people, needs to be reviewed, and to be reformed to a higher level of realization, so that our African people, can follow clearly our direction and good intentions. We have been preaching Ethiopia for the Ethiopians those at home and those abroad for all these years. We have proudly told the world that we are not Jamaicans, Americans, Tridadians, Barbadians or what ever, we are Africans abroad, and yet today, there are Rastafari people who have managed to reach Ethiopia the land of our fathers, and are living on that land Shashamane, which was given in 1948, to Africans in the western world by Ras Tafari Makenon, to be inhabited and be developed by poineers, with a promise that more land would be granted from time to time as the needs arises.
I have grown up with some of the Rastafari people who are now living on that land, but they were not allowed to call themselves Ethiopian officially, they had to form a movement which is called, the Jamaican Rastafari Community Development, which is indeed a great contradiction to what we teach, we teach that we were not Jamaicans we were Africans who were born in Jamaica, as A RESULT OF SLAVE TRADING ACTIVITIES.Therefore, there are some lessons to be learned, Afican leaders have not yet reach that conscious stage of mental advancement, where they say with conviction that Africans abroad, have the right to come home to Africa, and be accepted and be recognized as Citizens of the continent of Mama Africa. They have not yet reach that state of mind where they can empower themselves, to change the constitution of there Governments, and also change their immigration laws, to facilitate the noble welcome home of African patriots and liberators, who have been struggling for the united states of African people for so many years.
Certainly too much time is being waste arguing about who is the Creator or who is not the Creator, the Creator is who he or she is and nobody can change that regardless of which book or books they may read and beleive in. The Creator is really that universal internal power which exist in all living things upon the face of this earth. The Creator is call by different names in various languages, therefore there is no need to be in contention about who the Creator his, or who he is not, because the Creator remain the Creator regardless of the opinions of individuals. Since the Creator will bring different experiences to different people at different times, each person should just try to be at peace with his or herself whoever or what ever he or she may conceive the Creator to be.
Let the birds worship and praise the Creator in their own way, let all creatures praise the Creator in their own way for their experience of the Creator is quite different from our as humanity. There is still much for us to learn, let us just humble ourselves and do just that.
Again I send many oceans of blessings and self determination to African people everywhere
ONE BLACK LOVE ONE BLACK HEART
Baba Ras Marcus
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