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Selassie I Speaks on Various Topics

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Messenger: Eleazar Sent: 4/18/2012 7:59:02 PM

I found this on the RastaItes Site

His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I
speaks on various topics
sent to Rasta Ites by Ras Nathaniel of I.R.I.E.



"There is no single soul who would not cherish the introduction of progress to Ethiopia and want to partake of the benefits thereof. It is but through cooperation in working side by side with the people by way of setting up schools, drilling water-wells and the construction of roads, and it is through the realization and devotion in solving these problems that wishes can be interpreted in terms of tangible forms." -- January 12, 1963 [New Schools Debra Zeit]

"The combination of academic knowledge with technical education will give great satisfaction and will create a self-supporting individual. It is by the combined use of the mind and the hand that crude material is changed into an article of beauty and value." -June 12, 1963 [Bahar Dar Technical School]

"As is commonly said, ‘to start anything is simple; to develop it and bring it to a successful culmination takes great effort.’" - July 2, 1963 [University Graduation]

"It is only when man becomes master of his fate - able to determine his destiny - that he can be free from fears and inferiority. Such an individual or a nation stands respected by all." - July 2, 1963 [University Graduation]


"Education is a means of sharpening the mind of man both spiritually and intellectually. It is a two-edged sword that can be used either for the progress of mankind or for its destruction. That is why it has been Our constant desire and endeavor to develop our education for the benefit of mankind." -- July 2, 1963 [University Graduation]

"We are now more than ever before convinced that it is education that heals Africa." - July 2, 1963 [University Graduation]

"Education develops the intellect; and the intellect distinguishes man from other creatures. It is education that enables man to harness nature and utilize her resources for the well-being and improvement of his life. The key for the betterment and completeness of modern living is education." -- September 14, 1963 [Faculty of Law]

"But, ‘Man cannot live by bread alone.’ Man, after all, is also composed of intellect and soul. Therefore, education in general, and higher education in particular, must aim to provide, beyond the physical, food for the intellect and soul." -- September 14, 1963 [Faculty of Law]

"The opportunity for education, afforded to the few in our country, is not given to them for a fashion or a mode. It is given for a purpose, for a task, for a high responsibility, for full and exhaustive use, for the benefit of our country, and the coming generation." -- September 14, 1963 [Faculty of Law]


"That Eritrea, before the federal union with Ethiopia, stayed separated for 60 years by the design of imperialists and colonialists and not by the will of God, has been manifested by the ultimate unity achieved."

-- January 19, 1963 [To Employees in Eritrea]


"Where there is no faith in a civilization but only power, that civilization is surrounded with doubt and fear and its power expresses itself in brutality" --July, 1948 [Consecration of five Ethiopian Bishops]

"Broadly speaking, power belongs to God Almighty. However, as members of the human race increased in number, attacks on one another began out of jealousy and malice. Therefore, it is quite evident that those living at the present time when there are billions of people in the world need to possess the power by means of which they can defend themselves, safeguard their property and rights as well as their country." -- January 23, 1963 [Graduation Naval College]

"The enemy should be checked from the beginning before going far . . . ." -- January 23, 1963 [Graduation Naval College]

"Since the best chance for one country to attack another comes through noting the weaknesses of the attacked and the divisions of its people within, We can, through organizing Our defence forces to the maximum and by strengthening Our internal unity, close all openings against the enemy." -- January 23, 1963 [Graduation Naval College]

"Our unity being Our formidable weapon of defence, it should be kept more strengthened than Our other forces of defence. Otherwise, the manpower and defence weapons so organized will be used for the destruction of the beloved country in serving the enemy’s purpose." -- January 23, 1963 [Graduation Naval College]

" Man is basically a creature of peace; the exigencies of our times, however, have often demanded that in order to subdue evil and to ensure peace and prosperity human energy has had to be applied to the machinery of defence." -- February, 1963 [Ground Forces Technical School]

"In former days the arms and equipment used by the soldier and the methods and means for their deployment on the battlefield were comparatively simple. Industrial and technical advance has changed this considerably so that today the use of some of the most complicated military material has impressed into service a large body of scientists and technicians who plan an enviable role. To keep one soldier, sailor or airman in the field today, scores of technicians, both civilian and in uniform, are required to support him behind the combat area. The training and organization of such highly skilled personnel takes tremendous efforts and a long time to build up. Developing nations have had to depend on other friendly nations to assist them in such training and organization; but it becomes necessary for such nations to train their own nationals in these technical and basic skills." -- February, 1963 [Ground Forces Technical School]

"War is a product of the cruelty and selfishness of man. If all of us used the good-will endowed in us by God for the benefit of our fellowmen, the effort and wealth expended on military training and armament would have been unnecessary. There is no doubt that the wealth wasted in the destruction of humans could, if properly utilized, have contributed enormously towards the welfare of men and the world-wide advancement of civilization. To entertain the thought of an unarmed world at the present time appears to be like an unattainable vision. When so many are participating in the arms race, Ethiopia has no choice but to strengthen herself militarily for her defence against any aggressor." -- May 19, 1963 [Guenet Graduation]


"Money is an instrument, but there is no duty that can be truly accomplished with its mere persuasive power." - September 3, 1965 [On New H.S.I. Foundation Headquarters]


Our endeavor to help the people also presupposes that the people should help Us. . . . The realisation of such a plan to effect the overall development of the national interest requires the active participation of the people . . . . This also calls for the coordination of the efforts exerted . . . . -- January 19, 1963 [To Employees in Eritrea]


"Man desires many things, but it is the individual's duty and responsibility to desire the proper things. Anyone who makes the wrong choices will be a burden, not only to himself but to future generations. As We have mentioned over and over again, the test of what you students have obtained through your education will be what you are able to accomplish in the future. Great responsibilities await you. You must show the real worth of your education by the way in which you shoulder these responsibilities. We are confident that you will bring a blessing to your country, your families, to all those who have planned and laboured for you, and to yourselves." - July 2, 1963 [University Graduation]

"Besides, it is expected of every one of you who have assumed this holy responsibility, that the service you render is not founded on the mere struggle to earn your wages, but on the wholehearted understanding of the unfortunate situations of your fellow human beings whom you should serve with sympathy, conviction and faith. The natural origin of every man being man himself and thus creation, the only difference lies in the opportunities made available." -- September 3, 1965 [On New H.S.I. Foundation Headquarters]


Contemporary progress is characterized by advancement in complex fields of human activity that demand the exertion of the mind in limitless avenues of thought and action. Scientists and technicians are therefore involved in such complicated endeavours as sending men to the stars, exploring the depths of the ocean, or developing the tremendous power of nuclear energy. Until such time when We Ourselves can do these, We have to learn hard and get Ourselves prepared for these great tasks; particularly in the field of atomic study which shall be devoted to peaceful use." -- February, 1963 [Ground Forces Technical School]

"Ancillary to these major scientific and technological projects are the many other feats of modern-day progress by which millions of items of every day use to man and nation in times of both peace and war are being produced. Too often people are apt to forget, or do not take time to comprehend the degree of toil the years of quiet plodding and perseverance required to acquire new skills and to fashion thoughts, ideas and experiments into the technological achievements that spell this progress. Indeed, those so engaged deserve the highest admiration." -- February, 1963 [Ground Forces Technical School]

"Nowadays, science has made possible complex inventions which are put at the service of man. Yet, however precise these instruments including computers may be in their service, they obviously lack the perfecting human characteristic of sympathy, goodness, generosity and selflessness - all of which God in His ultimate wisdom granted only to human beings. Although man has found assistance for himself in these machines, his superiority lies in the fact that he is their inventor and he himself is the instrument of God." - September 3, 1965 [On New H.S.I. Foundation Headquarters]


"To follow up the case of a patient in agony with unfailing tenacity, regardless of whether he is rich or underprivileged, to constantly help the destitute both economically and spiritually, these should be the prevailing aims of persons with your type duties, as they should be of any employer. What is more, an individual who is responsible for humanitarian activities, or one determined to render welfare services must be prepared to face with utmost patience and farsightedness, the misunderstandings that might arise from the person or persons in need of help." - September 3, 1965 [On New H.S.I. Foundation Headquarters]

"The work of the welfare organization is not merely the distribution of money, but also the giving of personal warmth, of wholehearted services and spiritual encouragement. The time we spend in the fulfillment of such duties is the determining factor which demonstrates that the essence of one’s individual values is not obliterated." - September 3, 1965 [On New H.S.I. Foundation Headquarters


"It is not necessary to enumerate countries where the people and the entire country having lost unity, spiritual or otherwise, have become playgrounds and laughing stocks to outsiders. The historical events of certain countries bear witness to this fact. Woe unto those countries which weaken themselves by dismemberment! In our own times, there are those expansionists who by shedding blood desire to achieve their ambition and by dismembering themselves they are seen as tools for alien interests. Our people from Ethiopia shed blood to save themselves from disintegration. Those persons who believe in freeing a country by secession are selfish and prey to outsiders. We will not accept their motives." -- January 19, 1963 [To Employees in Eritrea]


"Work and wealth are at your disposal." -- January 12, 1963 [New Schools Debra Zeit]

"In order to amass private wealth and benefit from it in peace and security, it is necessary to comply with the fundamental precepts of the society. So being, even the accumulation of private property emanates from a harmonious social life and entails certain obligations. One of these typical obligations would be to put one’s private capital into use. Since wealth is acquired by hard labour it is necessary to manifest an additional effort by using the invested capital." -- January 19, 1963 [To Employees in Eritrea]

"There should be such a moment in any man’s life to seek rest after completing his education. You should not however overlook the fact that it is through ceaseless practice and experience and by training others that you will be able to prove your individual qualifications and worthiness. We remind you therefore that you utilize all your thoughts and knowledge to the ultimate objective of moral satisfaction and the pride of your countrymen, regardless of your personal interests. Your job takes care of you and there will not be any need to concern yourselves with your personal affairs." -- January 23, 1963 [Graduation Naval College]

"It does not come easily to accomplish something which will always be remembered." -- February, 1963 [Ground Forces Technical School]

"Your deeds actions in the future will test your knowledge and your capabilities in your chosen profession. To acquire learning and to put this learning into practice are two different things." - May 19, 1963 [Guenet Graduation]


Messenger: Ark I Sent: 4/26/2012 6:53:16 PM

The Teachings of Selassie I are so Great. I have Learned so much from His Words.

Messenger: Matthew Sent: 4/27/2012 8:46:23 AM

Yes I. Give Thanks for the I majesty's words and teachings, InI learn something new from I Father everyday.

Blessed be the ones who took the time and effort to translate RasTafarI's divine words into many languages, a true gift too Imanity

Blessed Love

Messenger: Eleazar Sent: 7/24/2012 6:09:50 AM

I found this from a website called Rasta Fusion:

"All praises to His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I.
He has been many things to many people, that is son, father, husband, leader, spokesperson, dignitary, teacher, elderstateman and a God.

To the people of Ethiopia His Majesty has been its greatest leader, the defender of His people. Acceding to the Ethiopian throne on 2nd November 1930, He brought forward a policy intended to thrust Ethiopia into the modern world. Primarily, He gave Ethiopia its first constitution (the only Monarch ever to have done so), against the wishes of the clergy and the aristocracy.

The drive for educational, socio-economic, political and cultural progress that has been embraced for the development of His nation.
It is possible to see that for His Majesty, education is not just a necessity, but essentially it was the corner-stone for the eventual progress of His people.
In Speaking on Literacy Day, His Majesty gives much emphasis to the importance of education in the development of a Nation :

"The general development We envisage for the country and the high standard of living
We want all Ethiopians to attain cannot come about without education. Throughout Our life We have consistntly maintained that education is the only weapon with which the noblest national tasks can be accomplished"

Emperor Haile Selassie I also had a policy of bringing education to villages and inaccessible areas of Ethiopia. He established schools in these areas, so that students could limit the distance they travelled daily. It was also made easier for families who did not believe or trust education, to gradually accomodate the changing situation. This policy brought students from different parts of the country, and different social background into colleges and unversities of Ethiopia. References show His philosophy on education.

"The moulding of the young minds of future generations will depend upon these teachers, for theirs is a great responsibility; and we would like to remind them that they should take to heart this obligation and act accordingly. Education is a means of sharpening the mind of man both spiritually and intellectually. It is a two edged sword that can be used either for the progress of mankind or for its destruction. That is why it has been Our constant desire and endeavour to develop our education for the benefit of mankind."

"You have still far to go. Along the tortuous paths that now lie ahead, you will be exposed to the rigorous teachings of life itself. There you will find no reference books, no study guides. There, there is no going back. The lessons of life, if once they are missed, are missed forever."

The development of the community is fundamental to His Majesty's vision of social improvement and growth. Not only will this enhance cultural and political progress, but it is also the bedrock for economic progress, collective action and self-helpinitiative between the people and its leadership. In the section on Community Development, the effort that is needed by everyone can be clearly seen :

"In the world of today, community development is universally recognised as a process designed to create conditions of economic and social progress for the whole community with active participation and largely upon the initiative of the community."

Every year after the coronation anniversary, the Emperor gives what is called a Throne Speech. These speeches cover a wide area, giving an insight into issues from a historical, contemporary and even a futuristic perspective. In his 1965 Throne Speech, His Majesty covers a number of topic areas. The quotes below are taken from the section sub-titled Capacity to Achieve and World Conflict.

"There is neither shame nor disgrace in a day's work well and truly done, whatever the task and whatever the rank or status of the worker. The farmer and the labourer who have toiled diligently throughout the day have earned their bread and honest sleep. But the man, whatever his rank, who has spent his time in idleness, whose hand has been turned to little of profit or value during his working hours has earned only the scorn and disdain of his fellowmen whom he has cheated."

"If we have spoken to you today of matters which may seem of no direct or immediate concern to Ethiopia, if we have dwelt on what has occurred in other parts of the world, it is that you may realise that Ethiopia today does not and cannot exist alone. Do not fall into the narrowness which looks only to the borders of your nation ; Ethiopia is today in and of the world, and we must move ahead in concert with all mankind."

An exceptional leadership role was exhibited by His masterly defence of the African Continent. When He came to power, three countries were independent in Africa, by 1970 only a handful still remained under foreign control. His Imperial Majesty always showed concern for the under-developed nations in general and peoples of the African Continent in particular. He was always at the forefront with His counsel and dedication to the pervasive African cause, which was the total liberation of the whole continent. The following quote is also from the Throne Speech :

"We have just returned from the Accra meeting of the Heads of African states and Governments, where fresh evidence was adduced that the spirit of Africa grows steadily more powerful and all-pervasive, and that Africans shall continue to march together, in unity and oneness, into the promise of the future."

In 1963 His Imperial Majesty saw to it that differences were put aside among the African States and the Charter for the Organisation of African Unity was signed. By His 80th Birthday in 1972, the 41 member States of the O.A.U. agreed to join together in celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Emperor's birth as a token of their recognition of His leadership.

On acceding to the throne in 1930, His Imperial Majesty also became a beacon to Africans over the world. In the small island of Jamaica, through the efforts of Leonard P. Howell, His Majesty's works were amplified. As such a small group of believers and followers emerged. They were soon to become known as Rastafari. The Rastafari acknowledged His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I as the returned Messiah, the living God (Jah). Today millions of these adherents are all over the world, amplifying the works of Jah Rastafari (God the Father). This concluding quote is taken from the section on Modern Ethiopianism :

"Contrary to certain notions that the preservation of world peace is the exclusive preserve of the great powers, the question of peace or war, because it involves the survival of humanity, is one that is intimately and vitally connected with all the peoples of the world. All the peoples of the world, therefore, should make greater efforts to enable those powers that are more immidiately concerned with the maintenance of peace to arrive at some plan that will guarantee harmony as the basis for preserving world peace."

These utterances are meant to give the reader an insight into the personage of H.I.M. Haile Selassie I. It should also be noted that the contents of these utterances, are as relevant today as they ever were. Any group of people can find inspiration from these words. Hopefully they will help to undermine the ignorance that has been exhibited by many further-more they will strengthen the zeal and will of those who have never questioned the worth and the greatness of the defender of the African Peoples of the world."

Speeches of Jah RasTafarI

Messenger: Nazarite_I Sent: 7/24/2012 6:15:43 PM

Give thanks. Some teachings in there I hadn't read for a long time.

Truly Haile Selassie I gives guidence on everything I and I could ever ask of H.I.M

Blessed love

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