THE HOUSE RASTA AND THE PERT EM HERU
(By RasTafari MetaMystics)
The consciousness of Rasta is from creation, even before the emergence of Ras Tafari in the flesh in this IWA; and is mentioned in the Pert Em Heru (Coming forth by day - i.e Coming into Consciousness) as a Path and a House of enlightenment as Rasta is seen today. Rastafari being representative of Afrikan unity through all paradigms is not limited to the Judeo-Christian perspective, Kemetic perspective, or any one perspective for that matter, as Ones cannot confine the movement to what RasTafari means to them personally. Belonging to different mansions and streams of Rastafari thought and practice, it is clear that we are all cut from the same cloth with every man/woman possessing the right to worship and revere in whatever he/she finds solace and peace; without fear of ridicule - faith and livity being a personal matter.
Historically speaking, what’s recorded as Judeo Christianity is an offshoot from Nile Valley culture and sprituality so it wouldn't make sense therefore for a RasTafari to be Anti Kemet/Egypt. Titles such as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords were applied to the characters in the Pert Em Heru such as Ausar and then applied to the rulers of the lands who was invested with these powers through the invocation of the names. With an over standing of this point, the ancient Antiquity titles of Haile Selassie come’s into a new context as these titles are far older than modern-day Ethiopia’s tradition of Solomonic Kings and far more ancient than the biblical co-optation of these titles. Let’s not forget that Kemet was an Ethiopian colony and a black world power long before biblical Solomon and Abraham was said to have even existed.
Glorifying therefore the Nile Valley Civilization where all life began is not a contradiction to Rastafari; it is a fullness. When one looks at ancient African cultures it becomes apparent that elements of spirituality had to do with entering different realms of consciousness through various means. In the African context - the Book of Coming Forth by Day is in a way a written guidebook to the journey. The Bible, Kebra Negast and the Metshafe Qiddus align with Quadamawi Haile Selassie and gives credence to his lineage through the Solomonic Dynasty’s cultural and religious tradition. However, that does not mean that the Pert Em Heru is any less valid and any less of an inspiration for a black Rastaman and neither is it suggesting that the Ethiopian version of the Bible QHS endorsed and glorified should be replaced by the Pert Em Heru. It should be noted that QHS read ferociously with one of his favourite subjects being comparative religion, not to mention his education in Kemetic, Moorish and Oriental studies.
His Imperial Majesty QHS who is known to have been initiated in the Pyramid of Unas before his Coronation in KMT, claimed lineage from ORI (Anu/Asar) which is in alignment with the Pert Em Heru. Which text you relate to is merely a matter of preference as we are not living in the early times of Rastafari when all InI had was belief and the bible, we are now exposed to much more knowledge and information where things which were once hidden are now starting to be revealed. Upholding Kemet and other Afrikan spiritualities as a RasTafari does not mean the automatic bashing of Ethiopia in its current setting (Christianity), although the right does remain in the context of African people coming into themselves in the diaspora, to question all institutions and paradigms including Christianity which has replaced most of Afrikas indigenous African Ancestral practices.
When read with Wise Mind, The Egyptian book of the dead, (Book of the Coming Forth by Day) is not disclaiming what is was written in the Bible from an esoteric standpoint. His Imperial Majesty QHS read such text such as the Pert Em Heru and was therefore conscious of the cultural and spiritual connections to Christianity on a symbolic level being Wise Mind Emperor and an initiate of the Mysteries himself through the rights of passage where Nile Valley spirituality customs and practices have always been under the veil of the Ethiopian Monarchy and Church. Just because QHS didn’t publicly mention ancient Kemet/Kush and its mystical traditions along with its cultural ties to the Throne and Church, means that he shunned it. In fact, he endorsed it by saying AMEN ‘the hidden One’ after his prayers, and by awarding one of his Philosophers and Teacher at Haile Selassie University for his academic research on the connections between Mariam and Jesus of the EOTC and Auset and Heru of Ancient Kemet. (See book entitled Eastern Religions and Western Thought by Radhakrishnan).
When one makes an unbiased comparative analysis of both texts of the Bible and Pert Em Heru, the parallels are easily observed. Whether ones believe this gives credence or disputes the validity of the Bible and QHS' lineage through King Solomon is down to perspective especially when ones understand the historical accuracy of the bible, vs what is allegory, legend and religious tradition; not that the manifestation and existence of QHS needs any validation! Many of the events in the bible did occur and personage exist, but on an exoteric level, stories have been distorted over time, also merged with previous personage and events which is why it is necessary for the RasTafari community to return to the source of knowledge and to the ancestral spirit consciousness that produced these works.