yrgzion there are many things to know. 1st and foremost is to know who Ras Tafari is; and then what Ras Tafari is. That alone is a big enough bite to chew on for a while. This forum is all about dialogue, it has a search bar at the top of the page. Nearly anything you want to know about Ras Tafari has in some way been discussed here. Many people with many different perspectives and experience have commented on many different items. It is a great resource.. One thing you might come to read is that Ras Tafari is not a religion and not just anybody can join. Many threads with those topics specifically.
It is important to know that this path, walking with Jah, is a personal one.. If Jah has allowed you to witness his grace and glory, then it is your responsibility - and these words ring true to me still - to do your due diligence in answering that call. This is bigger than dreadlocks, positive vibes, ganja and music. This is it. Jah. He who be who he be. Qedamawi Halie Selassie. So there is a significance to that name. And it needs to be known. Once this significance begins to be overstood; it becomes clear that it is a name that is not for everyone to wear. Ras Tafari rejects and righteously defeats the babylon system. Meaning that the wicked ways of this world must be rejected and corrected on our level. Not too many people want to take the Red Pill and step out of the matrix to see what it really is.. The devil.. Laugh if you will but as you develop your eye, you will be able to see that the operations of this satanic babylon system run diametrically opposed to the way of Jah. The god of this system is power and controll, its prophet is money.. Its all fabricated and manipulated. Disconnect from Jah nature.. Judge a tree by its fruit and the fruit of this system is debt, stress, death and destruction..
So when stepping out of the system and into Jah truth, know that it must be authentically you. Dont worry about trying to 'look rasta' or tell everyone 'im rasta now'.. This is of African origin and for the African people. Through extension of this foundation, Jah speaks to all people. But the root must be recognized as the root. Biblically speaking; you and I, so-called white people, are the gentiles. Those who are not Hebrew.. And in romans 11 we read: 13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. 15 For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree! 25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.
I apologize if this was a long read.