“…[O]ne can only understand a thing to their level of comprehension, or as Dennis Brown’s sweet voice sang in Revolution, “many are called, few are chosen.”

This is the same for Yoga.

Many are called to either work on their bodies or learn some strategies for dealing with their suffering, and to manage, but not truly overcome, their sometimes self-created misery, but few actually can and do walk the Eightfold Path to higher states of being and consciousness because they are too deeply attached to their false ego identities and projections in the world.”

*Please note that this is a brief sociological look at reggae music in the context of Rastafarian (Rastafari) culture and the music’s existence in our world in general. This is not an exploration of “Rastafarianism” within the context of a religion, which it is for some who view the lifestyle externally. Not all who are “Rastafarians,” or “Rasta” consider this way of life to be their religion, and Rastas are notably opposed to “isms and schisms.” Ziggy Marley famously sang the words “Love is my religion,” which makes this point a bit clearer.

For some, being a Rasta, like being a Yogi, is a philosophical perspective/way of life only, and those who practice it may, or may not, have a separate religious affiliation as they engage in the lifestyle practice. The practice is individual for all, and many Rastafarians do not consume marijuana as the common image portrays. The practice, can, as another example, often, but does not always, include things like “Ital/”clean/non-violent eating (mostly in the form of Veganism), but does not always show up in this way in modern times…In the same way that “you don’t haffi dread [be a person who wears dreadlocks] to be Rasta” (sang by Morgan Heritage), being a Rasta (which meant being treated as a minority persecuted group within Jamaica when the practice first emerged within the context of a colonized society) does not mean anything specifically external.

Lastly, please note that not all music that comes out of Jamaica is reggae music. There are numerous musical genres that are enjoyed and created on the island contrary to popular understanding. The second notable genre of music created in Jamaica is dancehall music, which is different in purpose as well as sound from reggae music altogether and often focuses on completely different themes.

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