I first became an advocate and supporter of "Kawaida" the philosophy of Dr. Maulana Karenga (http://www.us-organization.org/) in 1973 upon my return from the Vietnam war. In 2001 I became a Seba (a moral teacher – equivalent to Preacher, Rabbi or Imam), and founded Hekalu ya Nia (Temple of Purpose). In Kawaida, the Seba, which I’ am, takes a vow of five commitments which serve as a ground and guide for the good we seek to bring in the world. The FIRST COMMITMENT is to be a good person in the world. To do this the Odu Ifa says we must “speak truth, do justice, be kind and do not do evil.” Moreover, the Husia says we must “love justice, hate wrong-doing and always do what is good.” And what is good is Maat as expressed in a life of the Seven Cardinal Virtues: truth, justice, propriety, harmony, balance, reciprocity and order. The SECOND COMMITMENT is to be a consistent servant of the people. It is in service to others that persons and people truly realize themselves and achieve the status of greatness. For it is written in the Husia that, “the wise are known by their wisdom but the great are known by their good deeds.” Thus, the Husia says “serve one who serves you; serve anyone so you may benefit from it. The THIRD COMMITMENT is to be a constant soldier in the struggle. The struggle is one to secure and sustain good and right in the world which begins with ourselves in an ongoing effort to prefigure the good world we want to bring into being, but ultimately it involves struggle for that good world. The Husia assigns us the ongoing task and struggle of serudj-ta: to repair, renew and transform the world, making it more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. And the Odu Ifa assigns us a similar task and struggle of mure lo s’aye: to constantly bring good in the world. Finally, in the struggle against injustice, falsehood and oppression, the Husia says, we “are commanded to struggle against those who struggle against us,” but to act for those who act for us and to do Maat to those who do it. The FOURTH COMMITMENT is to be a continuous student of the teachings. The Husia teaches that we must emulate the excellence of our ancestors, study their wise words, great works and good deeds in everyday life, and struggle to embody and add to the legacy they’ve left. It states that the wisdom of the ancestors is “teachings for life, instructions for well-being and flourishing, for directing one on the path of life and causing one to flourish on earth.” And we are to “love learning, seek after truth,” and constantly bring forth that which is useful for the people and the future. The Odu Ifa says that the first criterion for a good world is full knowledge of things. And it’s listing of things required to create a good world begins with moral “wisdom adequate to govern the world” and continues with sacrifice, character, love of doing good and struggle. The FIFTH AND FINAL COMMITMENT is to be a tireless teacher of the good, the right and the possible. The Husia says we are each to be “a source of knowledge for those who don’t know and one who teaches people that which is of benefit to them.” But it is important here to note that of all the various ways we can share knowledge, being an example and living the truth and good of what we teach and participating in the struggle is ultimately what brings good into being for the world. This is the meaning of Malcolm’s teaching that we must live our lives so that they become a “testimony of some social value.” In a word, we must live in such a way that we prefigure and help make possible the good people and good world we imagine and dare struggle to bring into being. You can listen to Baba Jahi on www.blogtalkradio.com/Hekalu-Ya-Nia
Your Travel Biz.com (New 2007)
My wife and I own our own travel business (www.JahiTravelSite.com). Through our company we are able to help other NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS and CHURCHES take advantage of a unique fundraising opportunity through the travel industry to have their supporters book travel from their own customize web site. We also help INDIVIDUALS who are looking for a business opportunity in the travel industry, by being able to have their own customize web site too. We are able to do this because we are a part of the YTB Network. We also use this system to fund our own 501(c)3 Youth Development program Movements Unlimited (www.movementsunlimited.com). Your Travel Biz (YTB), is a publicly traded company recently listed by Travel Weekly as one of the top travel agencies worldwide. We are very excited about this COMPANY for a number of reasons. First, the search engine is powered by Travelocity, putting our website in the top tier of the online travel industry. Second, we earn 60% of the commission from anything booked through our website, which not only includes air, hotel, cruise lines, vacation packages and car rental agencies, but also extras such as sports and concert tickets, theme parks, golf tee times, travel insurance, flowers and more. Third, 100% of our travel now becomes a tax write-off because travel is the subject of our HOME-BASED business and NON-PROFIT business.
Our private label travel website is similar to Expedia with the same technology, selections and features of that and other online booking websites. The difference, however, is that when we or anyone else books on our travel website, we not only get a confirmation, but a commission check as well! In addition to being a travel company, YTB incorporates a marketing company as well. Independent marketing representatives such as us can also sell YTB online travel agency franchises to others as well. We are rewarded with the most lucrative compensation plan in the relationship marketing industry, richly rewarding both part-time and full-time representatives with not only travel commissions, but marketing commissions, bonuses and guaranteed residual income as well. Travel is a 7 trillion dollar industry, the biggest on the planet. Due a market shift with people booking travel on the Internet, this opportunity is a very lucrative one for us our supporters and those organizations and persons that we help. People are also learning how to travel wholesale vs. retail. Tune in to Baba Jahi’s Radio Show to learn more! www.blogtalkradio.com/homebasebusiness101