Greetings to the collective
i have written elshwere that " book shelf spiruality is not going to take anywhwere". In as much as action informed by theory is plausible ,greater is theory derived from concrete reality.The acid test of any theory is practice.
Yan , has pointed out that she does not see how blind faith of any human being will take us forward. RASTAFARI is not about blind faith ,rastafari is about KNOWLEDGE AND ACTION!
Elders such BOANARGES & BONGO TIME have emphasised have emphasised like you have pointed out that praying is thinking , planning and implementing ways to realise our aspiration.RASTAFARI APPROACH has never been evolutionary but REVOLUTIONARY. i and i act to realise our objective never have we relegated that to chance or intervention of some mysterious external force. i have written that JAH is in I, for I , with I and is the I !!! People must be liberated from chistian mindset!!
To properly comprehend the divinity of his majesty , you need locate it within the context of the divinity of mankind(sorry about the sexist nature of the opressors language). MAN IS DIVINE !! The king is I HEAD , HE comes to restores Black Royalty and Divinity.
" KING sellasie is the anchor of our movement" To try and trivialise and simplify the centrality of HIM in thismovement is to disorientate ,deform and destroy this movement.There are many black movements out there ,many are progressive ,yes RASTAFARI is one of them and has its own UNIQUENESS and PERCULARITIES.HAILE SELLASIE is anti colonial , supported the struggles against colonialism,led his people against FACISM,WAS instrumental in the formation of the OAU,contrary to ethiopian tradition was crowned was his queen on the same day,encouraged women to be involved in all sphere of lives , worked for the modernisation of ETHIOPIA, as a youth read all the ancient text including the papyrus ani, hunifer etc . Emulation of him therefore that our immdeiate challege is liberation of the African content and africans where ever we are.introduction of revision and reformulations which seek to undermine his majesty ,surely will confuse the masses out there.
History as an activist has taught me that , history is made by people that individuals can influence them but to do so they need to start where most people are. This nihilistic rejection of the bible at closer look reflects people with a tendency to know what they want yet lack ways of finding it . Radical phraseology and statements will lead to isolation from our people rather than intimate relations , start where people are. Elders such Mortimo Planno have shown the way, see how he introduces the greatnes of Egypt using the same bible !!
rastafari has always encouraged individuality not individualism.This trod is about us rallying together not pompous individuals who want to have it their own way. Remember ownwayness leads to no wayness. Anyway it is difficult to discuss with these new rastas as most of them do not have any foundation of rastafari at all.IN this movement we reason together ,exchange ideas but once a decision is taken we are all bound by it
We do not entertain dissent and we act as a collective . Anyway this is what I have learnt as Binghi Rasta(empress(ed) by bobo IN azania.
rasta theology demystifies concepts such as heaven and hell as it encourages individuals to deal with now reality. We do not seek a god up in the skies for we now god lives in the heart of people.Spirituality divorced from current reality of our people will perptuate the status quo. HENDRIK Clarke , writing on Black and white alliances points out it was our philosophical and religious outlook which resulted to our oppression we were so trusting and generous while the europeans were cunning and evil ,look at where we find ourselves now.There were some who preached gospels of UBUNTU (DERIVED FROM -NTU) during apartheid those ideas were good and come from our our ancestors but were not going to stop the boers from oppressing our people , only the armed struggle was going to do that and that is excactly what we did ,inspired by HIM ,today who some are trying to diss. rasta spiruality takes into account the reality of our peolple now !!!!
Black GOD , BLACK PRIDE ,BLACK DIGNITY AND BLACK LOVE black family!!!!!
RASTA HOLD ON TO YOUR FAITH. ITS STRUGGLE ITS STRUGGLE !!
mental slavery must be uprooted!!liberate your mind from chistian outlook this rastafari!!!
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