Jah say, be loving towards your brother – Love your neighbour and other nation people as if they are your brother and sisters. They are your siblings under the name of Jah Rastafari. This is one of the 10 Commandments. “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Jah reminds us to Keep his Sabbath – This is the part most people fail to understand. The Sabbath is a Day just for Jah. One should Honour it and keep it holy. Jah will reward you I promise. You will only know this after you do it consistently. EVERY time after I keep the Sabbath, something good happens in my life, without fail. In my book on Rasta meditation, I talk about the forgotten “spiritual side” of Rastafari.
To not worship, nor keep any “other Gods” – Jah does not like when his children believe in other Gods, or keep other beliefs, or have idols in their home, or in their way of life. Do not do this.The bible says he will let go and turn us over to our own devices, if and when we do this.
You may be wondering how you can tell if someone is a Rastafari, well here are 10 points to help you out.
#1 Rastas do not eat meat!
Rastafari people does not eat Meat. Rastafari are Vegan. We have been “encouraged” or “guided” by Jah not to ingest, “dead Flesh!” To learn more read my book “Rastafari Beliefs and Principles.”
#2 Rasta show Love and respect for you
Rastafari are full of love. This is why they tend to show a lot of love and respect for their friends and family members. They like to be helpful, and considerate. They like to know that others around them are comfortable and feeling good. Rastas do things such as help people with (grocery) bags, offer to talk if a friend is feeling blue, or listen when a family member wants to share feelings about their day. Love and “Raspect” is what Rasta are here to provide…because we work for Jah.
#3 Rasta Read the bible often
Rasta read the bible. It makes them feel complete in their souls. The words of Jah, a Rasta closest friends, fills them with Joy, and reminds them of their duties and their spiritual destiny. If a person is a Rasta, they will likely read and talk about what is written in the bible with you. This is because the King James Version Bible is a Rastafari favorite book.
#4 Rasta mention God or Jah A lot
Rastafari people believe in God, Many call him “Jah.” Rasta are concerned about Judgement. A time when Jah will determine ones spiritual destiny based on the deeds he performed in his lifetime. Rasta try to live “clean” in all areas of life. Some examples are, no swearing, no physical Fighting, no putting other people down etc. This is how Rasta stay on the safe side, in order that Jah will determine a Judgement of “peace and rest” for Rasta.
#5 Rasta try to stay away from sins of the earth
Rastafari steer away from the sins of the earth. Rasta knows we are living in Babylon. Babylon is a place that has little to no regard for Jah, and his Holy book. Rasta try to keep away from Lust, Lies, Gossip, fornication, adultery, pornography etc. If a person is a Rastafari, these things are displeasing to the soul of a Rasta.
#6 Rasta believe in Satan
Rastas speak of Satan. Rastas understand that there are 2 forces on the earth, Satan and his demons, which is wickedness, such as lying stealing, jealousy, division, etc. And, Jah and his Angels, which is Love, such as telling the truth, being kind and considerate of the feelings of others, working for “your own” in life, and Unity and love with other nations. Rastas know Satan is real, so Rasta have a keen awareness of Satanic behaviors, and mindsets, and try to stay away from these as much as possible.
#7 Rasta wear their hair in Dreadlocks
Rasta wear dreadlocks. Dreadlocks are the symbol of Jah and Rastafari upon a mans or a womans head. Its something every Rasta is spiritually asked to do. Dreadlocks mean…”I love Jah, and I strive for clean living…” Bob Marley was a Famous Rasta Reggae Musician. He wore his hair is big beautiful natural Dreadlocks, and was he ever good-looking. LoL.
#8 Rasta Love Red Yellow & Green
Rastafari love the colors Red Yellow and Green together or even separate. We Rasta usually sport some type of Red Yellow and Green beaded Rasta Jewelry. Such, as a necklace, a bracelets or Earrings. Rasta love these colors as they symbolize His Imperial Majesty of Ethiopia. Makes me feel good just thinking about “Red Yellow and Green.”
#9 Rasta knows a lot about African Culture
…Positivley…Rastafari people know a lot about African Culture & Black History. Rasta people love to learn about African history, traditions, Peoples and way of life. In Fact, African Roots and Culture and Rastafari are one. I try to read books on African history and watch videos on african history because this is the history of my Ancestors, which helps me to be a more well-rounded individual. Rasta also learn about African Culture because we know that all life began in “Mother Africa.” Also King Selassie I, (Lord and Savior of Rasta People) comes from Ethiopia Africa. So, Rasta are Innately Inspired to Love Africa & Black History, and especially the History and Culture of Ethiopia.
#10 Rastas encourage you to live natural
Last, but not least…Rastafari People encourage their friends and Relatives to live a clean natural lifestyle. Rasta doesn’t like to use medications, so they may encourage you to use Herbs, meditation, vitamins, or some natural Alternative to Babylon invasive, Destructive pharmaceuticals. Rasta knows that to live natural is to the live the way that Jah, The Creator, God intended, which in turn brings us closer to him. To Embrace the Rasta Way of Life please read my book on The Rastafari Livity.
I hope you enjoyed this Article. May Jah be with you. One heart. Blessed Love.
Many people become Rasta because one or, both of their parents, are Rasta. I guess its kind of like growing up in a Christian household per say, where you learn about walking in the ways of Christ etc. Only many children of Rastafari parents, learn about “The Rasta Livity” and King Selassie I. as Part of their upbringing.
Many people desire to become Rasta to walk in the foot steps of the Humanitarian & prophet and Rastafari Musician, Bob Marley wrote the song “One Love.” Many people fell in love with him through his music knowing he was being inspired by (his faith) Jah. Many people know that to be a Rasta is to show love, unity and a respect for all of nature and Jah creations.
Many Rastas are Rasta because they are born with the Rasta Livity. Jah chose them at conception, then at some point in their lives they have said “yes” to this beautiful gift, they can feel yearning to manifest itself in their life. In other words for some, Rastafari was something that had written on their hearts from birth. Invisible to others, but very real in the heart and mind the individual (Rasta).
#4 Jah Chose them to Be Rasta…
I’ve heard people say “Rastafari is an inborn concept!” and it is. So, many have it since birth, however there are those who are chosen and they don’t know until later. Because (I am assuming) they were not chosen at birth, but chosen later in life. I met a guy (Rastaman) who told me that one day, “Jah just took over” he said. I was happy he shared that with me. It let me know he understood what I had inside too. Rastafari can hit at any age…so there are those who have no clue they are Rasta until the right time.
People don’t want anything to do with Religion any more, but they still want to maintain a relationship with the Creator. Many people know about Rastafari through Reggae music, then research the faith.
Rastas are non Religious, you don’t have to attend church…
We believe in humility, Peace & Togetherness, we are anti war
We do not believe in “converting” others to believe what we believe
We Respect nature
We try to live as natural as possible
We believe all nations should Live together in harmony sharing land and resources
In other words, I think some people become Rasta because it is so calm and peaceful to be a Rasta. There are no real obligations, only the ones you decide for your self, as a Rasta. The basis of the faith of Rastafari is Love! So, why not… become a Rasta...it just makes spiritual sense!
Many people especially women, embrace Rastafari Livity because their significant other is Rasta. More people are traveling now a days, and many people are visiting the Caribbean Islands. Because of this many people who wouldnt normally know anything about Rastafari are now getting to know Rastafari Peoples. So, some feel it makes sense for the relationship to embrace the same faith as say, their boyfriend/husband or their girlfriend/wife.
#6 Rastafari is their Culture
Many people embrace Rastafari because it is part of their Culture. I can tell you as a Jamaican my self, Jamaica is Rastafari, and Rastafari is Jamaica, There is no separation. Rastafari is such an intricate part of Jamaican Culture that you could almost say Rastafari made Jamaica what it is today. The Jamaican Music, Jamaican Food, Jamaican People, Jamaican Landscape, & of course the culture of Jamaica is all effected by the beautiful, love of Jah – the creator.
A friend of mine, who is also Jamaican, starting embracing the livity just before I did in 2009. He came to the faith through a best friend he has known since high school. I asked how he felt now that he was Rastafari. He said “It feels good.” He seems more spiritually at peace now, and he is now a teacher of Rastafari Culture and the life of His Imperial majesty. Rastafari was always his Culture, he just needed to come in a little bit closer to get the real fruits that Jah and his Ancestors had waiting for him.
#7 To Embrace holistic Lifestyle
Many people “become Rasta” because they like what Rastafari represents. The holistic lifestyle, the love of nature, meditation, Creativity, A love for Africa the Mother land of all human life…Dreadlocks (natural and simplistic, no vanity.) Rasta Smoke Marijuana instead of Carcinogenic cigarettes. Rastafari is a faith that loves all things natural, because natural means Jah.
King Selassie I Lives on – Rasta think of “the King” as living amongst us in spirit, and in all things.
Rasta Believe in a “Judgement Day” – Rasta believe that every person will face a Judgement day. This is a time when The Most High will Judge the big and the small of all deeds for all persons.
Rasta are vegan – Rastafari peoples are Vegan. We do not eat meat under any circumstance. Back in the day some Rasta ate Chicken and fish. Now I believe Rasta are eating fish only if they know the fish is healthy. In other words its mostly Rasta who live in the Caribbean who are eating fish in large quantities, now a days.
Rasta do not consume pharmaceuticals – Rastafari believe that pharmaceuticles are designed to encourage the body to make a person more sick so they can take more pharmaceuticles. Babylon and their tricks!
We call “God” “Jah” – Some people say Jah is short for Jehova.
Life after Death – Rasta believes in life after death for those who live a spiritually clean lifestyle
Red Yellow and Green, Spiritual colors – The Rastafari Colors, of Red Yellow and Green, are spiritual Colors in Rastafari and Represent, Africa, Ethiopia, King Selassie I and Rastafari.
Prophets of Jah – Many Rasta are prophets of Jah, Just like Moses, Noah, in the King James Version Bible. Here to deliver a message of love peace unity and Jah Living.
Rastafari is a daily celebration of African Roots and Culture. The purpose of Rastafari is to guide one to live clean and pure that a person may be deemed “fit” (by Jah) to Enter Holy Mount Zion.
What is a Rasta?
A Rasta is someone who adheres to the Rastafari Livity (way of life). Rasta are “called” to carry “the light” of Jah Rastafari, and to deliver “the message” of this way of life to others. By this we can see that to embrace the Rastafari way of life is a responsibility and commitment of the heart.
Beliefs of Rasta about God?
Rasta know that God is Jah. that Jah is an “African” Spirit. That he is very loving, forgiving and very powerful. Rasta “know”that Jah created heaven and earth, the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, and he parted the Red Sea for the Israelites. “Jah” is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob spoken about in the scriptures of the Christian Bible. Jah “Raised up” King Selassie I as his Elect, to protect the Garden of Eden.
What is The Rastafari Livity?
The Rastafari Livity is a Celebration of African Roots and Culture that honors Jah. Rasta live life daily in all things they do to honor and show love for Jah, Jah Elect and Jah Creations. From the food that is cooked (Ital) clean and natural, to the way we wear our hair (in dreadlocks)fuss and vanity free, to the colors that we wear (Red Yellow and Green). Rasta Livity is a commitment of love and honour to and for Jah, the Almighty Creator of all living things all the days of our life.
The Spiritual Duty of Rasta
As Rasta it is our Job to show love. Rasta do not reject love in any form. If someone asks us to do them a favor, we do it…to show even more love. If someone wants to give a Rasta a hug we do not refuse it. Some more ways Rasta show love is by being there for our friends and families, and Spending time in and surrounded by nature, to show Jah, the creator we love and appreciate the land he has given us. As Rasta showing love is one of the ways how we honour Jah.
To Live Free
To live Free as Rasta is very important. Rasta believe life should have no restrictions. As long as a person is not “hurting life” or “taking life”, one should
live as one chooses. “Freedom” in life is the basis for being one with Jah. Freedom to love and honour Jah, Freedom to Roam, freedom to spend our spiritual time as we choose… Just how Jah, the creator, intended!
To Be a Servant of Jah
To fulfill the duty of Rasta as Jah servant is very simple.Iit means helping and loving other people. As Rasta we see ourselves as “extensions” of Jah helping hand, heres on earth. Rasta allows Jah to “use us” as his instruments, to provide help, hope assistance whenever the opportunity presents itself. Rasta always say “yes” to opening the door for others, to carrying a grocery bag, to lending money to those who ask. It is the duty of Rasta to Serve Jah by serving his creations (others)
To Enter Holy Mount Zion
The Purpose of the Rastafari Livity is to provide a guide for those who desire to enter Zion (heaven). Zion is where Jah, the Most High roams. There is only love, peace, light, freedom, wholeness, and Jah “light” in Zion. Only those with clean loving, Hearts can enter Zion. It is our Duty as Rasta, to follow Rastafari way of life, as our Guide.. so that our soul may enter Holy Mount Zion.
That was the first portion of the book. I was too excited. I had to share some of it with you. It is not available for purchase just yet. At this rate it will be finished in 1 to 2 weeks.
Here is an excerpt from my new book Jah Rastafari Beliefs and Way of life
WHY ARE YOU A RASTA?
This section is for those new to Rastafari who may be concerned about what to say when asked “Why are you a Rasta?” Here is a suggestion on how to respond. It has two parts.
Why are you a Rasta?
“I know that King Selassie I is the King of all Kings talked about in Revelation 5:5”
The King James Version bible says…
“…weep not: behold, the lion of the tribe of
Judah, the root of David, hath prevailed to open thebook, and loose the seven seals…”
Why are you a Rasta?
King Selassie I crowing title is…“King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God.”
See how it matches up perfectly? Wikipedia it!
4 PILLARS OF RASTAFARI HEALTH
In Rastafari culture, good health is an all encompassing endeavor. We believe that good health is a result of…
Healthy choices for the temple
A calm spirit and calm mind
Healthy relationships with others
A close personal relationship with the Jah
RASTAFARI HEALTH PILLAR
Healthy choices for the temple
Rasta do not ingest pharmaceuticals (into the temple)
As Rasta we do everything natural as much as we possibly can. The reason is that we feel that Jah made man, and when he made man he gave them natural roots and herbs for their ailments. Jah did not create pharmaceuticals. Rasta takes herbs, roots and vitamins for most health issues. Many of us have natural health and healing books readily available in our homes. Rasta knows that Babylon created pharmaceuticals to keep making people take them (keep making people sick) so that they become dependent and Babylon makes more money. As Rasta you may purchase your own health and healing book online or your local book store.
I strongly recommend having a book in your home on natural medicine to help guide you into natural medicine and healing awareness.
Good health of the body is for the short and longer term as a Rasta.
Many people do not consider the spirit to be part of the health of the body. I can ensure the spirit is an integral a part of our physical and emotional well being and should be maintained and properly “fed.”
2 Reasons Rastafari fast…
Rasta fast to exercise the spirit so to speak, in the way that we halt a time when we eat so that our mind can experience our existence as the spirit instead of as a physical being driven by physical desires. Doing this as a Rasta helps one to practice self control and to develop spiritual health and awareness.
The other reason is to provide the body s some hours break form digesting food. Everything needs to take a break. It’s just healthy and wise to do so.
Many Rasta fast from Friday at sundown to Saturday at Sundown. Some Rasta fast on Tuesdays, to honor the Ethiopian day of Sabbath. As long as you fast one of these days, then you are covered as a Rasta, for exercising spiritual health and well being.
Rasta Temple cleanse
In the Rastafari Livity we are aware of all of the additives and preservatives that may be in our food, also we know that the human body does a good job of food expulsion. However because we as Rasta practice natural health care, we read and learn that the bowels could use some extra help in ridding itself of “gunk.” Rasta like to do a herbal cleanse once a month, for optimal health, and to promote healthy digestion.
I really enjoyed the book. There are some spelling and grammatical errors here and there, but overall, I learned a lot more about the Rastafari lifestyle than I thought possible. I felt a “good vibe” from the book. Check this one out if you are curious about what the term Rastafari means to a practitioner.
A Rasta is a messenger, chosen at CONCEPTION to deliver the message of The Most high. Rasta, don’t believe in Jah… Rasta KNOW Jah is real! Every Rasta has a Job for his life, already laid out for him at his birth. Our job as Rasta is not to go to school and become a Doctor or a Lawyer… it is the job of Rasta to deliver “the message” of truth to the black people.
Bob Marley did it, Capleton is doing it, Garnet silk did it, I am doing it. This is what it means to be a Rasta. Yes white people are born Rastafari too.
Rastafari is a faith for people who want to follow a spiritual way of life based on Truth. A True Jah, with Real Prophets of Today. Appreciating Nature, and taking action to educate and Lift up all who are oppressed, representing equal Rights for all Peoples.
Who should become a Rasta?
All coily haired and black-skinned, descendants of Africa, men, women, and children, should follow the spiritual way of life of Rastafari. Rastafari is for anyone who wants to follow truth,
Here is why…
Rastafari is a spiritual way of life, not a Religion which has become corrupt
Rastafari is independence and creativity of the Black hue-man
Rastafari teaches Natural living, as a way of life
Rastafari embraces the natural beauty of the Black hue-man
Rastafari is positive self-image and self-awareness of the Black hue-man
Rastafari is the truth of what it means to have black African DNA
Rastafari promotes strong black communities by way of Leadership entrepreneurship
“I send out my messengers (Rasta) to call all my people, wooly haired and black-skinned, made in my image. To remind them of whom they are, and that they may return to the rightful ways as the chosen people. Please hear the call of my messengers, and turn to me, I am the Almighty.”
Self Esteem as Black Hue-man
To have self esteem as a black hue-man you will have to learn your history, and positive contributions of your black Ancestors. Enjoy My little Lamb.
Hello every one. The truth is right now I have to pee. but I am so excited to tell you about my new book coming out. I have finally chosen a title….lIts called…“Rastafari; Beliefs and Principles” I hope many people will appreciate the book, because it has taken me a long time to right it. Every week I figure it will be done by next week, but each week seems to lead into the next and then into the next.
Zion is a place where the weather is always nice. The birds are always chirping, the trees, grass and bushes are all manicured and maintained, and the Sun is always shining, Zion is also known as heaven. In Zion there is no crime, no poverty, and no negative energy to speak of. Zion is full of love, full of harmony, and all souls who are in Zion etc….Buy Rastafari Beliefs and principles ebook on amaozon.