On the meaning of Rastafari:
Rasta man just lives and loves. Rasta livity is rooted in natural philosophy. That is why it is said that Rastafari is a natural one.
That is to say that there is no one accepted way in Rastafari. As long as one is natural and pure in his conception and action…he is a Rasta man.
Rastafari is a vibration one attains from deep and long meditations. In Rastafari one comes to discover the gentle footpaths of nature for oneself. It is a philosophy which arises from the conviction of your own soul based on reason and intuition.
Rastafari is a rational methodology that is applied in the task of discovering eternal truths. It is a way to view life, rationalize events and react to the system. Although it emphasizes communal living, at the same time it is highly individualistic because each Ras and Empress must embark on this discovery journey for the truth alone.
Despite the teachings and advice of all the elders and brethren around, the decision of each Rasta man or woman on what is right or wrong, is a highly personal thing. Because one cannot decieve himself eventhough he deceives others by seeking to comport with Othordoxy. A Rastaman or woman is not afraid of the truth as he or she knows and truly understands it! Thus the Rasta experience is a journey to the house of truth.
When this journey is undertaken with sincerity, it is well possible that certain immutable truths of life may become obvious to one. Just like logic, geometry, astronomy, architecture, arts, music and mathematics are known to contain certain inexorable precepts that are constant and sacred in nature.
On the meaning of Love and Marriage:
When one views the institution of marriage, it is realized that its rites and other solemnities are inventions of society. But the love that endures between a man and a woman is prior and superior to any subsequent societal rites of “maritalâ€ endorsement.
One Ras may differ from another in this perspective but InI would say that developing a great loving relationship takes work. Love blossoms with care and dies with neglect. Thus building a solid relationship based on true love ought to be the preoccupation of true lovers marriage or no marriage.
Matrimony was created as a superstructure towering over natural love. It will always remain a man made rite, subject to the changing attitudes of an evolving society.
The ones that agree with and accept this super structure do so for various reasons chief of which include a need for social legitimacy and legal recognition. That may be all well and good for the long term strategy of those ones.
Yet, InI must not lose focus of the fact that, one social institution (called marriage) should not, and cannot over-ride the purity, the sheer importance of sincere love between a man and a woman.
Ah so me sight it, I.