These are some questions that are rastafari Teachers are usually asked. This article is an extract from RasPadaItion's upcoming Book "Behold Rastafari"
Straight Answers to Popular Questions
1.How come Rastafari claim that Haile Sellassie I is the Messiah when he denies it?
2.How can Haile Sellassie I be Jesus, when Jesus is alive in Heaven where he ascended?
3.How come Haile Sellassie Worship Jesus?
4.Why has Haile Sellassie I disappeared leaving the World in turmoil still?
5.How come Haile Sellassie is not ruling in Ethiopia now?
6.Where is Haile Sellassie Now?
7.How come Rastafari wear locks when Haile Sellassie don’t?
8.Why do Rastafari claim that people exist before Adam?
9.Why bun god & Jesus?
10.Why Smoke Marijuana and advocate its legalization?
ANSWERS FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO LEARN
1.How come Rastafari claim that Haile Sellassie I am the Messiah when he denies it?
2.Answer:Haile Sellassie I met with Rastafari several times and on none of these occasions did he ever deny his divinity of try to discourage Rastafari. When a Jamaican politician try to solicit comment from H.I.M. about Rastafari on his 1966 visit to the island. He said he would not interfere with our religion.
ØIn the 1955 Ethiopian constitution Haile Sellassie I stated: “The Imperial dignity shall remain perpetually attached to the line of Haile Sellassie I ….by virtue of His Imperial blood, as well as by the anointing which He received. The Person of the Emperor is sacred, His dignity inviolable and his power indisputable”.
ØStill, there is precedence in Judeo-Christian history that illustrates that a reincarnated spirit does not need to verbally acknowledge their previous incarnations to make it so. The John Elijah scenario is a perfect example of this.
a.Like Yeshua, Elijah did not die but was taken into Heaven. 2 Kings suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. NIV
b.Like Yeshua, Elijah’s return was prophesied and anticipated Malachi 4:5 "See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes
c.Yeshua the Christ thought that John is Elijah. Matt 11:13-14
13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. Matt -13 But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands." 13 Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.
d.John denied that he was Elijah. John 1:19-21
Now this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ."
They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?"He answered, "No
3.How can Haile Sellassie I be Jesus, when Jesus is alive in Heaven where he ascended?
ØAnswer: The same way that John can be Elijah when Elijah is alive in Heaven where he ascended
ØHaile Sellassie I is not Jesus. The Relationship between Haile Sellassie Iis that some of the stories about Jesus originated from the life of Yeshua a Christ or Messiah and Haile Sellassie I is a Christ or Messiah.
ØSo both individuals represent the manifestation of head creator in flesh.
4.How come Haile Sellassie Worship Jesus?
ØAnswer: Haile Sellassie I worshiped and acknowledge the previous manifestations of the Christ because it would be ungrateful to disregard ones processor. Yeshua came over 2000 years ago and fulfil the role of a messiah, so all who love truth must acknowledge Yeshua as he acknowledged the religious traditions of the prophet and mystics that preceded him. Yeshua too worshiped in the tradition of his father and mother.
ØHaile Sellassie is the first true Christian to occupy the position of a head of state. He practiced Christianity in its purest form, and is truly the manifestation of the messiah with the government on his shoulders, Christ in his Kingly character.
5.Why has Haile Sellassie I disappeared leaving the World in turmoil still?
ØAnswer: No one person can guarantee World peace and Prosperity, many enlighten ones have come and played their part Imhotep, The Melchizedek Priest-Kings, David, Krishna Buddha, Zoaraster, Cyrus, Yeshua, and Mohamed.Haile Sellassie I has played his part in manifesting the spirit of the messiah in the arena of International Politics, where he set the foundation for the rule of equal rights and justice, international morality and collective security. He has inspired the phenomenonof Rastafari, which is working unceasingly to manifest Zion on Earth.
6.How come Haile Sellassie is not ruling in Ethiopia now?
ØAnswer: People they helped and trusted have betrayed many of the Messiahs that have come. There are records of over seventeen crucified saviours, there are accounts of saviours that have disappeared or ascended after they have completed their mission. Haile Sellassie I has done more for Ethiopian, African and Global peace, unity, justice, prosperity and sustainable development than any other Head of State. It is up to Ethiopia to realize that Haile Sellassie I vision of Modern Ethiopianism is the black print to creating Zion
7.Where is Haile Sellassie Now?
ØAnswer: Melchizedek is without beginning without end many of the Melchizedekian Priest-Kings have disappeared without any trace from among the general population after they have completed their mission, hence the empty tomb of Yeshua, the Empty Burial chamber of the divine Pharaoh in the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt and an empty tomb of Haile Sellassie I. This is symbolic of his victory over death.
ØAfter the overthrow in Ethiopia and the Kings announced death he was seen several times in Ethiopia, one report told of him driving off in a Volk Wagon towards Debra Zeit. Ras. Ivi Tafari in the report of his visit to Ethiopia in 1992 for the centenary celebration of H.I.Ms’ birth tells of two reported sightings of the King. This happen at a time when people who love The King in Ethiopia were planning to bury some bones that were supposed to be his. Closer examination showed that the bones were too large to be the bones of a man 5ft 4in. The planned funeral was postponed.
ØThe Nyabinghi elders maintain that Haile Sellassie has completed his mission in the political plane and is in the Holy Hills of Zion praying and meditating, effectively taking his battle against evil to the metaphysical plane.
ØEssence of Haile Sellassie I is manifested in the Rastafari movement, Rastafari will continue to grow.
8.How come Rastafari wear locks when Haile Sellassie don’t?
ØAnswer: This is similar to situation in which Yeshua, John the Baptist, David, Solomon, Samuel, Moses, Aaron, Samson and most of the biblical heroes are long hair, locks people yet most Christians are short hair people.
ØThere are pictures of a young Haile Sellassie with dreadlocks.
ØRastafari is a creative dynamic movement. The movement is motivated and inspired by Haile Sellassie I, but it is expected that Rastafari be proactive and take the initiative to first look to Haile Sellassie I, then to themselves, into the depths of their souls to irate an effective system of iritical cultivation.
9.Does one have to wear dreadlocks to be a Rastafari?
ØTo have the full experience and insperience of what the phenomenon of Rastafari is, wearing the dreadlocks is vital. When one wears dreadlocks many doors open and many doors close. He or she is locked out of many out the avenues of mainstream society (Rome). On the other hand he or she is initiated or ushered into the many of the sacred secrets of creation.
ØMany of the most significant personalities in the development of Rastafari did not always wear dreadlocks. Some of these are Haile Sellassie I, Marcus Garvey, Leonard Howell, Prophet Gad, Rev. Claudius Henry, Phillmore Alvaranga, and Douglas Mac and recently Dr. Miguel Brooks. Despite this dreadlocks is definitely an identifying feature of the movement. Many Rastafari will still not call any non dreadlock person a Rastafari excepting Howell and Haile Sellassie I.
10.Why do Rastafari claim that people exist before Adam?
ØAnswer: The bible clearly speaks of a creation of a man and woman before Adam.
The Creation of the Original African People of the Royal Levity of Melchizedek
26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground. Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food." And it was so.
The Creation Of The Founding Parents of the Jewish Race, Adam The Gardener & His Wife.
When the LORD God made the earth and the heavens-- 5 and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no man to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground-- 7 the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground--trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." 18 The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."
Note the significant differences between the two:
1.From the very conception the objective of making the Melchizedekian pair was to create male and female to reflect the creator. The gardener on the other hand was created to tend the field. The gardeners’ wife was not in the original plan as with the first couple his wife was an after thought.
2.The Melchizedekian pair was given dominion of the whole earth but the Gardening pair was restricted to Eden.
3.The Melchizedekian pair could eat every plant in the Earth, but the Gardening pair could not eat of the tree of KNOWLEDGE of Good and Evil.
After the murder Cain married a member of the Melchizedekian race. The Sons of God as they were call had several encounter with the daughters of men. Gen 6:1-3 When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; "
11.Why bun God & Jesus?
ØNone of the characters in the bible spoke English so none of them used the words God or Jesus in their reference to the creator.
ØJESUS: Greek of Joshua, Jeshua, or Jehoshua (salvation of Jehovah):
(from Faucet’s Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft)
ØJESUS: IesousNT: 2424 is a Latin transliteration of the Hebrew. "Joshua," meaning "Jehovah is salvation," i. e., "is the Savior," "a common name among the Jews,
(From Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright (c) 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
There was no J in the Hebrew language at the time of Yeshua the Christ.
ØRastafari have an extraordinary overstanding of the power of word and sound. Rastafari acknowledge the divinity of Yeshua the Christ that was crucified approximately 2000 years ago. Yeshua is the real historic name of the Christ whose life story is retold under the name of Jesus. Jesus is a translation from the Latin & Greek Iesus and Yesus. To get a clear picture of necessity of bunning God & Jesus one must examine the psychological principle of classical conditioning as illustrated by Pavlov’s dog.
ØPavlov noticed that every time he fed his dog, it would salivate, he then rung a bell every time he is going to feed him.
ØHe soon noticed that the dog began to salivate just by hearing the bell without seeing the food. He has established a subconscious connection between the bell and the food so that the bell elicits the same response that the food elicits. This is called classical conditioning.
ØWhen Yeshua the Christ was on Earth he taught love by showing love, healing the afflicted, feeding the hungry, comforting the disturbed and so on. The name Yeshua was associated with love, healing, peace, justice, liberation, and kindness.
ØWhen the Romans saw that the followers of Yeshua were growing they supposedly accepted Christianity under Constantine in the early 300s AD. They concocted a plan to infuse their ancient pagan religions with the rituals of Christianity.
ØThey change the messiahs’ name from the Hebrew Yeshua to the Greek Iesus to maintain a continuity with their traditional gods, Zeus, Dionysus, Janus, Romulus, Remus, Venus, Bachus, and the Egyptian Heru was renamed Horus. Yeshua was given the birthday of Heru/Horus December 25th. They adopt the Kamitian (Egyptian) Symbol of eternal life the Aunk and impose it on Christianity in the form of the cross. The cross was placed on emblems, banners, flags, and shields, which preceded their armies into wars or on their bloody crusades. In this manner wars, colonization, slavery, white supremacy, acceptance of and subjection to white supremacy and slavery, persecution, deculturalization, death, destruction of civilizations, ethnic groups and entire races proceeded in the precious name of Jesus.
ØWhen Jesus was introduce to our people, to accept Jesus was to accept the practise of going to church to sing and pray on Sundays then slave miserably in the weeks for the people who are teaching us about Jesus. The name Jesus is also linked with Michael Angelo’s painting of his white, Roman, homosexual uncle.
ØNow. If I continually speak to my son in the following manner “Don’t curse a bombo *&^%$#.bo .#$Raas##.! ~Blood**&&clothe^^%$ bad word inna mi f#.%^&**&ing yard” I am in fact teaching him to curse although I am telling him not to. The actual curriculum is different from the intended curriculum.
ØWe must reject the European corruption of the Path paved by Yeshua the Christ. To do this we must also reject their corrupt name with all its subconscious connections. Hence bun god & Jesus.
12.Why Smoke Marijuana and advocate its legalization?
ØGenesis God also said: "See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food;
ØOther parts of the torah speak of Moses getting inspiration from a burning bush, to take of his shoe. Many Rastafari and Hindu spiritualist who uses ganja for smoking also get this inspiration to go without shoes. This is an indication that Moses got his inspiration from smoking the holy herb. No rational person would believe that an actual bush spoke to Moses using actual words. The Rastaman retains the right to use this burning bush just as Moses did.
·Article 18 of the Universal declaration of human rights guarantees
ØEveryone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance
ØA Report of The National Commission on Ganja To Rt. Hon. P.J. Patterson, Q.C., M.P. Prime Minister Of Jamaica. TheExecutive Summary
ØThe National Commission of Ganja, pursuant to its terms of reference and after a period of exhaustive consultation and inquiry from November 2000 to July 2001, involving some four hundred persons from all walks of life, including professional and influential leaders of society, is recommending the decriminalisation of ganja for personal, private use by adults and for use as a sacrament for religious purposes.
ØThe Commission, after reviewing the most up-to-date body of medical and scientific research, is of the view that whatever health hazards the substance poses to the individual - and there is no doubt that ganja can have harmful effects, these do not warrant the criminalization of thousands of Jamaicans for using it in ways and with beliefs that are deeply rooted in the culture of the people. Besides, there is growing evidence that the substance does have therapeutic properties.
ØThe Commission interviewed over three hundred and fifty persons in all the parishes, and received written submission from over forty. The overwhelming majority of these share the view that ganja should be decriminalized for personal, private use. Many of them are personally opposed to the smoking of it. The Commission is persuaded that the criminalization of thousands of people for simple possession for consumption does more harm to the society than could be done by the use of ganja itself. The prosecution of simple possession for personal use and the use itself diverts the justice system from what ought to be a primary goal, namely the suppression of the criminal trafficking in substances, such as crack/cocaine, that are ravaging urban and rural communities with addiction and corrupting otherwise productive people.
ØDecriminalization of ganja will require appropriate amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, in particular Sections 7C and 7D.
ØThe Commission, after very careful consideration of the legal issues involved, concludes that decriminalization will in no way breach the United Nations Drug Conventions, which have been ratified by Jamaica. Especially is this so, when arguments of human rights, including the proposed Charter of Rights being discussed by Parliament, are taken into account.
ØAccordingly, the National Commission is recommending:
1. that the relevant laws be amended so that ganja be decriminalised for the private, personal use of small quantities by adults; 2.that decriminalisation for personal use should exclude smoking by juveniles or by anyone in premises accessible to the public; 3.that ganja should be decriminalised for use as a sacrament for religious purposes;
4.that a sustained all-media, all-schools education programme aimed at demand reduction accompany the process of decriminalisation, and that its target should be, in the main, young people; 5. that the security forces intensify their interdiction of large cultivation of ganja and trafficking of all illegal drugs, in particular crack/cocaine; 6. that, in order that Jamaica be not left behind, a Cannabis Research Agency be set up, in collaboration with other countries, to coordinate research into all aspects of cannabis, including its epidemiological and psychological effects, and importantly as well its pharmacological and economic potential, such as is being done by many other countries, not least including some of the most vigorous in its suppression; and 7. that, as a matter of great urgency Jamaica embark on diplomatic initiatives with its CARICOM partners and other countries outside the Region, in particular members of the European Union, with a view (a) to elicit support for its internal position, and (b) to influence the international community to re-examine the status of cannabis.
ØRasPadaItion used the following Poem at the formal launching of the Legalize Ganja Campaign at the Terra nova Hotel in St. Andrews on October 15 1996.
Let us talk about Ganja, yes the Ses indeed
A di same thing yu did call it hemp but now yu call it weed
Now let us discuss marijuana a di Wiseness weed
A it wi need if we intend fi succeed.
The herb provides a higher meditation, it is a means of increasing production
Bringing in much needed foreign exchange and decreasing devaluation
And from di seed of pot yu extract a number of non-toxic paints & varnishes
And a list of medication with uses for too much fi mention
While on hemp paper was written the first and second draft of the United States constitution
In the 1930s hemp posed a threat to large companies, businesses, and corporations
And that is a fact
So in 1937 U.S.A passed the marijuana tax act
Which in fact was to the keep the
Wise,weed burning, revolutionary hippies in of the right tract
Yu claim it will fry my brain or even make me go insaneYet you ignore the killers salt, sugar, crack and cocaine
You claim my memory I will not be able to retain
But keep on wishing cause we will never forget the millions of blood yu drain in vain
Anyway let us closely examine the brain you claim will go insane
On this brain is a little gland, very vital, center of wiseness, Jahs’, gift to Solomon
The Inner Eye of the Rastaman, scientist calls it the pineal gland.
This gland is responsible for higher mental operations
Like analysis, synthesis, perception and evaluation
But guess what?
This gland is cover by a layer of metaphorical fat
Calli cannabis consumption can remove that.
Herb was vital to the American economy, and in it is true
If you do not believe me well hear this is a clue
When men were drafted to fight in world war II
Weed planters were exempted because of the herb they grew
They were requested to stay home keeping their sons to help them plant herb too
Even now the number of legal hemp farm in US is far from few
If herb is so vital to the great US can it not help