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CHAPTER XIV

Visit of Emperor haile selasi and his advise

 

.Grounation Day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PHG2xRLHJo
 Rastafaris believe that Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia was the second coming of Jesus Christ. During his life back in the 1960s, Haile Selassie himself decided to visit Jamaica. The official line was that it was a diplomatic visit, but some people believed he wanted to meet the Rastafari and learn about the people who worshiped him as another coming of the messiah.

Since his visit, April 21 has been known to Rastafari as Grounation Day and is observed as one of the most important holy days.

 


Rastafari point to several sources as proof of Selassie’s destiny:
astrological occurrences at the time of Selassie’s birth,
a lineage traceable to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba,
the prophesies of Marcus Garvey and
biblical passages relating to Ethiopia and Zion.

The constellation of Leo, which represents the house of Judah, was in full effect during the birth of Selassie on July 23, 1892.

 

Marcus Garvey had been preaching of a messiah who would lead the African people to freedom. Biblical text relays that “he will be called … conquering lion of the tribe of Judah.” In actuality he had several pet lions in his palace. When news of Selassie’s assumption of the Ethiopian throne reached Jamaica in 1930, the Rastafari movement was born.

 

 

Haile Selassie
means
‘The Power of the Trinity’


This was name given to the Tafari Makonnen as a baby when he was baptized in the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia.  He was the son of Ras Makonnen. Ras means Chief of the Army, He was born within the then royal family and was known as Lij Tafari Makonnen from 1892-1905. Lij means child.

He became a General in 1905 and so was titled Dejazmach until 1916 when his military title changed to Ras which literally means Head (more like Duke in England).
He was Ras Tafari Makonnen until 1928.

From 1928 to 1930 he held the court rank of Negus or king and at his coronation he earned the supreme court rank Negusa Nagast (King of Kings) of Ethiopia and opted for his baptismal name Haile Selassie as his royal name. Haile means in Ge'ez "Power of" and Selassie means trinity—therefore Haile Selassie roughly translates to "Power of the Trinity".


1930 Coronation


1966 coin of 10 Bir

I left Addis Ababa in 1961

 

 

RASTALOGICAL PRAYER TO
HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE I

Yanna (Our) Abbat (Father) Fatari (Creator) who art in
Zion Axum (Heaven) Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I is thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy ‘Will’ be done on earth as it is in Zion Axum (Heaven).

Give us, your children, our daily bread and forgive us our
errors because of the feebleness of our heart.
Deliver us from the Adversary of the day,
and bless our hands and the things that we do.
Grant us long life, good health and strength,
to live and fulfill thy ‘Holy Will’.
For thine is the earth, power and glory forever and ever. 
Amen. Amen. Amen.

21st Century prayer to Emperor Haile Selassie I
proclaiming His Kingdom now on earth
.
Blessed be Jah-Rastafari-Haile Selassie I
The Living God!  Amen!

 

 

THE WITNESS OF EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE

The following is an interview of Dr. Oswald Hoffmann with HIM Haile Selassie on Christmas day Dec 25, 1968 in which he declares his faith in Jesus Christ and why.

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https://www.africaresource.com/rasta/sesostris-the-great-the-egyptian-hercules/haile-selassie-christmas-interview-wih-dr-oswald-hoffmann-1968-by-haile-selassie-translated-by-haile-selassie-i-press/ – Translated by Haile Selassie I Press
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Haile_Selassie_Christmas_Interview_with_Dr._Oswald_Hoffman
Excerpts from an interview with Haile Selassie, conducted by Dr. Oswald Hoffman on Christmas Day 1968.

 

 
 Dr. Hoffmann:Your Imperial Majesty, what is it that makes you want to follow Jesus Christ?

 

H.I.M.: When Jesus Christ was born from Virgin Mary, from that time on He lived an exemplary life, a life which men everywhere must emulate. This life and the faith which He has taught us assures us of salvation, assures us also of harmony and good life upon earth. Because of the exemplary character of the life of Jesus Christ it is necessary that all men do their maximum in their human efforts to see to it that they approximate as much as they can the good example that has been set by HIM.

 

It’s quite true that there is no perfection in humanity. From time to time we make mistakes. We do commit sins, but even as we do that, deep in our hearts as Christians we know we have a chance of forgiveness from the Almighty. He taught us that all men are equal regardless of sex, their national origin and tribe. And He also taught us all who seek HIM shall find HIM. To live in this healthy life, a Christian life, is what makes me follow Jesus Christ.

 

Dr. Hoffmann: Your Imperial Majesty, what advice would you give a person who is considering the claims of Christ, perhaps for the first time?

 

H.I.M.: I would tell a person who was considering the claim of Christ for the first time that it is necessary to have faith in the Almighty, that it is necessary to have love, and that it is necessary to conduct oneself in a manner that we have been taught to do in the Bible….

 

I would also advise him to seek the secular knowledge, for the more one knows the more he realizes the need for a prime mover, the need for a Creator, a Creator who is good, and the need for salvation and also for peaceful life upon earth.

 

Dr. Hoffmann: Your Imperial Majesty, are there any incidents in your life which stand in your memory as times when faith in Christ sustained you?

 

H.I.M.: There are many instances in my life where the belief in The Almighty and the Christian Faith have sustained me, times of troubles and difficulties. No matter what may befall a human being he can always succeed in overcoming it in time if he has the strength of faith and praise to God, for inevitably He comes to the assistance of those that believe in HIM and those that through their work live an exemplary life.

 

This goes not only for Christians in my view, but for all men. I think God communicates with those that find themselves in misfortune. In particular, when my country Ethiopia was invaded by aliens several years ago I was sustained in that period by my faith in God and in the abiding belief that justice, however it may take time, will ultimately prevail.

 

If I did not have faith in The Almighty and in His Righteousness and that justice inevitable prevails, then I would have lost hope and thus the interests of my country would have been ignored. Because I attempted to maintain my faith in HIM and because all Ethiopians maintained their faith in the ultimate goodness of the world and in the grand design that The Almighty has for all men in the world, we were able to victoriously re-enter our country and rid ourselves of evil forces.

 

If I did not have in my heart the love of God I don’t think I would have acted in a manner that I did. The love of God brings a sense of religiousness in a human being, it gives him comfort for the future and assurance that right cause will ultimately prevail.

 Dr. Hoffmann: Your Imperial Majesty, as a member of the Body of Christ, what do you expect of the Church?

H.I.M.: All men are endowed with natural responsibility. This responsibility is in turn distributed and delegated to all according to his gift, and it is expected of each one to fulfil his responsibility. This responsibility in turn is to God and thus for example, and would start his work asking God to bless the beginning and thank God for a good ending too.

We believe that all people in all of their responsibilities delegated to them will begin and finish their work in God’s name. I gave you brief answer. If we go into detail we would have to spend a long time discussing.

Dr. Hoffmann:It is a magnificent answer and I am deeply grateful for it. To turn to another subject, Your Imperial Majesty, are there any passages of the bible that have become especially meaningful to you?

H.I.M.: I have the highest respect for the Bible as a whole. We also recognise the rightful name the Bible bears. We find that in all the periods of the Old Testament, in the time of Patriarchs, Kings, and Prophets, great miracles were done. On the other hand, the time in which Our Lord HIM-self gave the command to go to all the world and to preach is also of high value. Then, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,- the four gospels in which the sayings of our Lord are recorded- are pillars for all men on the earth. Therefore the Bible should not be cut into portions.

Dr. Hoffmann: As a mature Christian, have You a special word for young people of these days?

H.I.M.: On this occasion I address all those within Our Empire. Our Christianity is not restricted to a given church and I stress above all that We do not wish to make distinctions. My advice to all is to fulfil the Ten Commandments. You are aware of the contents of the Ten Commandments and can elaborate on it. If the nation for which I am the Emperor follows and accepts this, since its also what I accept and follow, I would believe our country is not only historically Christian but also actively Christian.

 

 


Haile Selassie I (previously Prince Ras Tafari), (1891 - 1975), Emperor of Ethiopia,
arrives at Palisadoes Airport on April 21, 1966 in Kingston Jamaica.

The day Haile Selassie's plane landed in Jamaica is commemorated annually by Rastafarians as Groundation Day and is considered the second holiest holiday.  
The most holy holiday is November 2nd, the Emperor's Coronation Day. More than 100,000 Rastafarians from all over Jamaica to flock to the Palisadoes Airport (now Norman Manley International Airport) in Kingston,

http://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/2014/02/haile-selassie-in-jamaica

 

 

 "My Life and Ethiopia’s Progress, Volume 2", an interview by Bill McNeil,
and from his address to the World Evangelical Congress in 1966.
http://www.greateststoryevertold.org/jah.html

Haile Selasssie: "When He [Jesus Christ] sacrificed himself at Golgotha for the atonement of our sin, He prayed with His last breath for the forgiveness of those who had tortured Him saying, ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do’. Shame on those of us who are Christians and do not follow the way of the Savior of the World, whose life was filled with kindness, humility, and martyrdom!"

Haile Selassie: "Without love all of our human efforts in the sight of God can be useless. He loved us and on our behalf He was given as a ransom, and it was because of love and His love for us that He accomplished the act of love."

Haile Selassie: "We in Ethiopia have one of the oldest versions of the Bible, but however old the version may be, in whatever language it might be written, the Word remains one and the same. It transcends all boundaries of empires and al conceptions of race. It is eternal…. And I might say for myself that from early childhood I was taught to appreciate the Bible and my love for it increases with the passage of time.
All through my troubles I have found it a cause of infinite comfort…. Today man sees all his hopes and aspirations crumbling before him. He is perplexed and knows not whither he is drifting. But he must realize that the Bible is his refuge, and the rallying point for all humanity. In it man will find the solution of his present difficulties and guidance for his future action, and unless he accepts with clear conscience the Bible and its great Message, he cannot hope for salvation. For my part, I glory in the Bible."

Haile Selassie: "This age above all ages is a period in history when it should be our prime duty to preach the Gospel of grace to all our fellow men and women. The love shown in Christ by our God to mankind should constrain all of us who are followers and disciples of Christ to do all in our power to see to it that the Message of Salvation is carried to those of our fellows for whom Christ our Savior was sacrificed but who have not had the benefit of hearing the Good News…. However wise or however mighty a person may be, he is like a ship without a rudder if he is without God. A rudderless ship is at the mercy of the waves and the wind, drifts wherever they take it, and if there arises a whirlwind it is smashed against the rocks and becomes as if it has never existed. It is our firm belief that a soul without Christ is bound to meet with no better fate. Therefore, O Christians, let us arise and, with the spiritual zeal and earnestness which characterized the Apostles and early Christians, let us labor to lead out brothers and sisters to our Savior Jesus Christ, Who only can give life in its fullest sense!"

in response to the question

"There are millions throughout the world, your Imperial Majesty, who regard you as the reincarnation of Jesus Christ."
Haile Selassie:  "I had heard of that idea. I also met certain Rastafarians.
I told them clearly that 'I am a man,'
that 'I am mortal,'
and that 'I would be replaced by the oncoming generation,
and that they should never make a mistake in assuming or pretending that the human being is emanated from a deity.'"

 

His imperial highness Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie and his imperial highness Prince Bekere Fikre Selassie made a statement "On the Occasion of the Month Long Celebration of Bob Marley’s 60th Birthday" in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The statement, published 10 February 2005, included this passage:

"In the spirit of true unity advocated by Bob Marley, it is also our responsibility to remind our Rastafarian brothers and sisters that Emperor Haile Selassie, who was a devout Christian, has never claimed to be a deity. In fact, the Emperor was responsible for establishing the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in the Caribbean." True followers of his imperial majesty Haile Selassie I do not claim he is Jah, but forward in the living tradition of roots Christianity.

http://www.jamaicanrastafarianlove.com/rastafarian-god-emperor-haile-selassie-of-ethiopia/

http://www.geocities.ws/jonahaugustin/selassiesay.html

 

 

Can it be that “Jah himself do not know he is God?

 


Visit of Haile Selassie in 1966

The Tragedy Strikes.

While it was good going, tragedy struck too fast. In 1961 the body guards of Haile Selassie dethroned Selassie while he was on a state tour.  However brave emperor landed in Addisababa and the culprits were hanged openly in the square.  I was there to see this execution personally.  But in1974 a group of Marxists took over the power and put the emperor in house arrest.  Eventualy he died under suspicious conditions and the rest of the family escaped.  Jah is dead.  The impossible happenned.  Unlike Jesus, Haile Selassie never resurrected not ever after 30 days. He remained dead.  Evidently Rastafarians are to explain their faith and assert it some rational way.  Help again came from the Indian Hindu Upanishads.

 This was suggested by Joseph Owens in 1973 based on Haile Selassie’s rejection of messiahship. In 1991 Michael N. Jagessar revised Owens's ideas where all Christian foundations on which it started were relegated and found it basis on “man as god.”.  The problem lie in the concept of incarnation - God becoming human.  This is will require a human who claim to be God.  But the basis of the statement that man is part of God follow from the concept that “God alone exists”.  Hence man is part of the body of God just as human body consists of several organs with life and independence. Jewish  Caballah indeed porposes that God contracted to make space and allow freewilled sons and daughters to exist . It was the 8th century Sankara who taught this in Hinduism. The Hindu presence had proposed this solutions to Rastas.

 (Joseph Owens The Rastafarians of Jamaica, 1973 pp. 167-70 and Jagessar, JPIC and Rastafarians, 1991 pp. 15-17.)

  •  The humanity of God and the divinity of man
  •  God is found within every man
  •  God in history
  •  Salvation on earth
  •  The supremacy of life
  •  Respect for nature
  •  The power of speech
  •  Evil is corporate : Sin is both personal and corporate.
  •  Judgement is near
  •  The priesthood of Rastafarians

 

 

It is not difficult to see how the death of Haile Selassie affected the Rastology.  The emphasis was moved from YHVH of Christianity to the Divinity of Man as they absorbed from Hinduism,  Here is a restatement of the fact as given recently.

The Chandogya Upanishad equates Brahman the unchanging eternal God with all pervading Self within every man as follows: 

Truly what is called Brahman is the same as that space outside a person
Truly that space which is outside a person is the same as that which is inside the person
Truly that space which is inside a person is the same which is inside the heart.
That is fullness. That is the unchanging.
One who knows this invariably gains full prosperity and unwavering happiness

Evidently it all started as a Liberation Theology within Christian Faith. They were looking forward to a Moses figure who will lead them across the sea to their native land of plenty. With the coronation of  Haile Selassie pointed every possibility of new leader. However he was thrown out of the kingship by the Marxists of Ethiopia and they began an active wiping out of his name from every act and record.  Finally he was killed and his body was hidden away.  When these facts came out it was the Rasta that lost their Moses. Since it relied on the person of Haile Selassie, his death required a new interpretation. Thus most within the cult of Rastaferianism found themselves in a dilema.

  

Rasta remain as the cry of black under its yoke of slavery and their hope of a bright future. Rasta moved away from its starting point as a liberation theology within Christianity and ended as a Hindu caste religion with Black people as a superior race and Rastafarians as Brahminic priests.

 

 

“[Haile Selassie] wanted to be absolutely clear that he was not a saint or a messiah.” Prince Bedemariam Mekonnen Haile Selassie, one of the Emperor’s grandsons, told Erin MacLeod, author of Visions of Zion: Ethiopians and Rastafari in Search of the Promised Land.