Two books of great value to all mankind, containing some of the best speeches laced with instructions, admonitions and historical truths. “The Wise Mind of H.I.M. Emperor Haile Sellassie I” and “Members of a New Race: The Teachings of H.I.M. Haile Sellassie I.” Two titles most recently republished by Frontline Books & Miguel Lorne Publishers. Both books are compilations of excerpts of speeches made by the Conquering Lion H.I.M. Haile Sellassie I over the years of his reign. Both books offer great advice and instruction to ones seeking to navigate through life in a modern and continually advancing world where common-objective morality and integrity are always challenged. We find that lots within the Rastafari community, both past and present, have drawn deep inspiration to better themselves and encourage others to better themselves from these speeches.
“Give us the teachings of His Majesty . . . Cuz we don’t want no devil philosophy . . .” are the words echoing around the world when listening to one of Reggae’s greatest singers Bob Marley. In his song “Stir It Up” he chants with repetition the quote aforementioned as an instruction to the listeners or a request to the powers that be. For years Rastafari women and men have been learning, chanting, disseminating, propagating, publishing and promoting what they call, “The Teachings of His Imperial Majesty.” Why? Because they believe that his teachings are for the betterment of humanity. This concept has manifested in Reggae music since Reggae’s genesis. What are the teachings? The teachings are the recorded utterances of H.I.M. Haile Sellassie I, King of Kings of Ethiopia, which are contained in speeches made over the years during his reign in Ethiopia. These utterances were certainly not available, to the extent it is today, to the early 20th century Rastafari community. But the teachings still found their way into the minds of Reggae singers such as Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, Count Ossie, Ras Michael and more who coated their musical messages with the utterances of H.I.M.