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12115, Point taken
Posted by Solarus, Thu Jul-19-01 05:28 AM

Realize that the frustration, aggravation and any ill feelings stem from centuries of non-Afrakan cultures, Christianity AND Islam condemning Afrakan traditions and customs. In fact, the standpoint alone of Christianity and Islam automatically is diametrically OPPOSED (and not just "different") to Afrakan traditions.

In my response to him I didn't "attack" at all. I tried to show him WHAT he was doing and how that is detrimental when trying to understand the Afrakan standpoint. In general, the Afrakan would have an easier time understanding Islam and/or Christianity before a Muslim or Christian could understand any Afrakan spiritual system. The reason for this phenomena is that Afrakan traditions are theoretically inclusive and accepting of diverse ideas whereas there is no room for differentiation within Islam and Christianity.

As for the post you made, I personally don't remember I attacking you. I remember wanting to stay away for that post because I realized that I was going to have to "fit" into the mold that you were designing. The fact is a student must BREAK out of the mold themselves if they want to learn anything new. The teacher can appropriate the language to the best of his/her ability but to "fit" the information into a mold is not truly "teaching" the student. No of course this is different for a child as a child a little information to rest on so the teacher must appropriate more for the child. But this isn't the case for adults. EX. A new student joined my martial arts school (kiungo cha mkono). He was a 6 year Wing chun practitioner before joining. Needless to say his natural disposition to stances and movement is defined by his Wing chun experience. Mfundishi uses Wing chun terms to explain kiungo cha mkono movements and stances but ultimately it is the new student's responsibility to BREAK himself out of that mold, that is if he wants to be adept and the system. Once you have mastered a thing then you can appropriate it to oneself.


***Words of Wisdom***

"Every time you rise from your sleeping state, you have been reincarnated. Every time you recover from a bad experience, you have been reincarnated. Every time you have been given a new lease on life, you have been reincarnated. Every time you breath in and out, take in the fresh breath of life and feel the divine intelligence flowing in and around you, you have been reincarnated."- Mfundishi Bakari

On "love":

"I am in love everyday, whether I am with someone or not. Why? All love is based on a search for spirit. For me love is timeless, transcendent, peaceful, freeing, soul-based, unifying, and enhanced evolution. This is the basis of my activism."- Nettrice, the embodiment of Oshun

"Since we all make up the rules as we go along, love can mean many different things to many different people. But, for me love is a total commitment to understanding that is not limited to just people but is open to the totality of life. As long as we approach love from a fear based mentality and perceive it through veils of guardedness and anxiety, it will always be restricted by our fears."- Mfundishi Bakari