Wild Rastafari

I am not a Rasta, but a Yogini.  To be clear, I am not Black, but White.

Over the years I have noticed that Rastafari and Yoga share many ideas and values.  The points below are examples where I see similarity (and drawn from those points found on Wikipedia).  If I am mistaken, please kindly let me know.

-Rastafari are monotheists.  Yogis can be, but can also be pantheist and animists, or even agnostic.  However, in every breath, the Yogi experiences Creativity, so that there exists an underlying core that there is only one God and everything emanates from that Center.  Or, Yogis know that all of life is an expression of the divine, each a brilliant facet upon a wondrous diamond.

-Rastafari uphold the Holy Trinity.  Yogis do as well.  There is Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, the Creator, Preserver and Destroyer (respectively).  They are the Being, the Thatness, the Holy Spirit of All That Lives.

-Rastafari honor Haile Selassie.  Yogis have gurus, or those that `destroy darkness and dispel spiritual ignorance’.  We know guru as a respected person with saintly qualities who enlightens the mind, or as god manifest.  Our first
guru is our parents.

-Rastafari honor Jesus.  Yogis know him as a child of god and worthy of prayer alongside other noble souls, such as Krishna, Buddha and Haile Selassie.

-Rastafari know Zion to be their promised land.  Yogis understand this as being within; externally, as where they are at the moment.  As to Babylon, Yogis too rebel against corruption.

-Rastafari hold to Life Everliving; Yogis do as well.

-Rastafari are often Afrocentric (with Black Pride).  Yogis orient themselves around Yoga culture, so are Yogacentric.  Because Yogi’s know that all people of all colors can be Yogi’s, I believe this idea is similar.  And where some Rasta
learn Amharic, some Yogis learn Sanskrit.

-Rastafari uphold Scripture; Yogis do as well.  Where Rasta’s (may) look primarily to the New Testament, Yogis mostly uphold the Bhagavad Gita.

-Rastafari have rites, as Yogis have pujas.
–Reasoning.  Yogi’s pray and celebrate god with Ganja.  Our short prayer before smoking is: `Boom Shiva!’
–Groundation.  Yogi’s too have holy days.

-Rastafari know their body to be a temple, as do Yogis.

-Rastafari have sects and subdivisions, as do Yogis.

-Rastafari smoke cannabis, as do Yogis.  We both consider it a sacrament that cleans the body and mind, unwounds the heart and soul, exalts being (consciousness), brings about peace and pleasure, and establishes our relationship with God.

-Rastafari have a unique language, as do Yogis.  Some of the Rasta words mirror Yoga ones; such as:
–Ital / Sattva
–Overstanding / Siddhi
–Irie / Santosha
–Upfulness / Pushti
–Livication / Pranidhana, or Ishvara Pranidhana, `Attentiveness to the Lord’
–Downpression / several words, such as Abhakkh (not eatable, unlawful, forbidden, wrong); Dhigana (wrong, injustice, oppression, force); Zulm (tyranny, oppression).
–I and I / Ahamkara

-Rastafari live Ital, Yogi’s are Vegetarians (Shakahara).  Many Hindus eat meat, whereas those who are more spiritually minded will have a Lacto-Vegetarian diet.  Yogis have a lifestyle of abundance and indulgence in foods from the Source – live foods, raw foods, pure food and water, coupled with clean products for the body and living space.  Likewise, the avoidance of alcohol is central to a Yogi’s lifestyle.

-Rastafari are often identified by their locks.  Not so Yogis in the United States, but certainly in India.  Lord Shiva – the God of Yogi’s – has `locks’, or Jata as they are called (“bunches of hair, compressed hair, long beautiful matted hair, compassionate and jubilant hair, threads.”  Lol .. this latter rhyming with `dreads’).

-Rastafari favor red, gold and green; and Yogi’s tend towards white, yellow and saffron.

-Rastafari have Reggae, and Yogi’s have Mantra, Kirtan and Bhajans.  Additionally, to both (I believe), music is devotional while being a means of raising awareness both externally and internally.

I think these similarities are wonderful, and very telling, for they highlight the loving and generous ways of both groups.  I have encountered Rastas in Little Five Points (a district in Atlanta), and shared likeminded conversation, but know none of them personally.  In all ways, I seek the path of mutual respect, so in no way intend to misappropriate or misrepresent my intent in this blog entry.

What I wish, is to genuinely express “Namaste”, which means “mutual respect“.  It means the “Light of God within me recognizes and honors the Light of God within you.”  It means the place of Love and Integrity, of Wisdom and Peace that is my very being, sees you and knows Rastas as Brother and Sister.  I write these words because I see in Rasta many ideals that I live by as a Yogini.

Shanti and Metta (Peace and Lovingkindness) ..
Yogini Valarie Devi

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Juice and/or Smoothie

Morning Joy (Juice or Smoothie)

1 Banana, 1 apple, 1 cup papaya.

Morning Avocado (Smoothie)

1 Avocado, 1 cup grapes, mint leaves.

Sweet Tomato (Smoothie)

1 Banana, 1 tomato.

Stoner

1 bushel Parsley, 1 cup pure water.  Blend.

Winter Chill (Juice AND Smoothie)

1 cup Butternut Squash, juiced.  Blend with 1 Avocado, 1 cup Pure Water, and a strip of Seaweed (4-5″).

Vegan-8 (Juice)

2 Tomatoes, 2 Carrots, 1 Sweet Pepper, 1 Cucumber, 1 stalk Celery, 3 sprigs Parsley.

Crazy Beet (Juice AND Smoothie)

1 Beet, juiced.  In a blender add Beet juice with 1 Avocado, a strip of Seaweed (4-5″), and 1 cup Pure Water.  Blend.

Okra Rocks! (Smoothie)

Blend 1/2 cup Okra, 1 Tomato, juice from 1 Lime (or Lemon), 1/2 an Avocado, 1 strip of Seaweed (4-5″).

Orange Delight (Juice AND Smoothie

3 Carrots, juiced.   Put in blender and add 1 cup Yellow Squash, 1 strip Seaweed (4-5″), 1 cup Pure Water.

Sweet Corn (Smoothie)

Kernels from 1 ear of Corn, 1 small Yellow Squash, 1/2 an Avocado.

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Fruit and Veggie Salads

Sweet Dream

2 Tomatoes, diced.  1 cup Pineapple, diced.  1 Avocado, diced.  1 cup grapes, halved.

Nutty Salad

1 cup Papaya, diced.  1 Banana, sliced.  1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds.

Dreamy Salad

1 Mango, 1 Papaya, 1 Avocado.

Sun Kissed

1 cup Raisins, 1 Apricot, 1 Plum, 1 Peach, 1 Avocado.

Yummy Salad

1 Carrot, grated.  1 cup Cabbage, shredded.  1 cup Celery, diced.  1 Apple, diced.  1 cup Pineapple, diced.

Quick Cole Slaw

1 cup Cabbage, shredded.  1 Carrot, grated.  1 cup Lettuce, shredded.

Live Tarragon Bellos

Prep Portabello Mushrooms by removing the stem.  Soak in a mixture of Braggs Amino, Olive Oil, and a sweeteneer (honey, maple, agave..).

If you don’t have or use Braggs, you can substitute another umami flavor, such as: vegan soy sauce, or miso paste mixed with water, or seaweed and water.  The amount used here is based on personal preference.  Let the bellos marinade overnight.

After soaking, pat dry the bellos.  Thin slice Spinach and Leeks and mix together.  I use a heaping handful of this on top of the bellos.

For the Tarragon topping, blend together soaked Cashews, Tarragon, Sea Salt and Pepper to taste.  This should be a smooth sauce.  Use this to top the Spinach and Leek.

Vegetarian and Vegan: Bake for 20-30 minutes at 35od.

Live Vegan: Dehydrate on high for 6-8 hours; or at 115d for nine hours.

So the order is:

Bellos, Spinach and Leek, Tarragon Sauce.

Enjoy!

Yogini Valarie Devi

Wild Rebel

We refuse to be
What you wanted us to be;
We are what we are:
That’s the way (way) it’s going to be. If you don’t know!
You can’t educate I
For no equal opportunity:
(Talkin’ ’bout my freedom) Talkin’ ’bout my freedom,
People freedom (freedom) and liberty!
Yeah, we’ve been trodding on the winepress much too long:
Rebel, rebel!
Yes, we’ve been trodding on the winepress much too long:
Rebel, rebel!

Babylon system is the vampire, yea! (vampire)
Suckin’ the children day by day, yeah!
Me say: de Babylon system is the vampire, falling empire,
Suckin’ the blood of the sufferers, yea-ea-ea-ea-e-ah!
Building church and university, wo-o-ooh, yeah! –
Deceiving the people continually, yea-ea!
Me say them graduatin’ thieves and murderers;
Look out now: they suckin’ the blood of the sufferers (sufferers).
Yea-ea-ea! (sufferers)

Tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth right now!
Come on and tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth;
Come on and tell the children the truth.

‘Cause – ’cause we’ve been trodding on ya winepress much too long:
Rebel, rebel!
And we’ve been taken for granted much too long:
Rebel, rebel now!

(Trodding on the winepress) Trodding on the winepress (rebel):
got to rebel, y’all (rebel)!
We’ve been trodding on the winepress much too long – ye-e-ah! (rebel)
Yea-e-ah! (rebel) Yeah! Yeah!

From the very day we left the shores (trodding on the winepress)
Of our Father’s land (rebel),
We’ve been trampled on (rebel),
Oh now! (we’ve been oppressed, yeah!) Lord, Lord, go to …

[*Sleeve notes continue:
Now we know everything we got to rebel
Somebody got to pay for the work
We’ve done, rebel.]

Wild on Wrong

This is not a joke.

http://www.dinnerinabottle.com/

Surfing, I found the company FAQ

http://dinnerinabottle.com/files/MeatWater-Standard-Answers.pdf

Let me count the ways of wrong ..

“The essence of nutrition and the memory of dining without the hassle of eating.”

I’ve noticed this in the last few years .. “functional foods” or macro-meals.  These are products that contain multiple added nutrients as convenience selling points.

This began simply enough with Vitamin D being added to milk to make it “fortified”.  An idea created as a selling point for foods – assuring that people could get daily nutrients in a “fast” and “efficient” manner.

This was followed by supplements – 20 years ago.  The idea here was that “a varied diet does not provide all the nutrients needed”, so the individual had to “supplement”.

This idea paved the way for “food as medicine”; which takes an established idea from Greek Medicine, then puts a spin on it.  The ancient Greek Philosophy on food was:  Man is a product of Nature .. Health is living in harmony with Nature .. Disease results when this harmony is upset.

Or, as Hippocrates put it (the Father of Medicine), “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”

He was talking about eating whole foods and drinking pure water.

However, the modern idea of “food as medicine” has a different meaning.  For example, cholesterol binding stanols and sterols were added to margarine; so regardless if one had a cholesterol problem, they were still medicated when they ate margarine.  Other examples include:

-Minute Maid’s “fortified orange juice”,

-The numerous candy-like breakfast cereals’ “enriched” with every conceivable vitamin and mineral from A to Zinc.

-Vitamin D and/or Omega 3 enriched eggs.

Grocery aisles are full of such examples.  See how many you can find next you go shopping.

And more of these products are coming:  “Within ten to 15 years, it is conceivable that people will be able to get their blood pressure medication within a food,” says Gene Grabowski, spokesman for the Grocery Manufacturers of America, a trade association. “We’ll be able to put medicine in a hot dog bun or aspirin in cake batter.”

Bottomline: Super fortified foods masquerading as nutrition is not good for you.

Homeopathic lifestyle”

Meaning they are marketing this as ‘alternative medicine’ capable of ‘treating patients”.  Homeopathy is a way to heal naturally, which does not include a meat flavored water.

“A new product line to satisfy the most demanding vegetarian or vegan”

There are several reasons to become a vegetarian or vegan; such as, ethical, health, religious, political, cultural, aesthetic or economic.  Most of those who choose this lifestyle cite several of these reasons (so its rarely just one).

Whatever the reason, the foundation of vegetarian and vegan eating rests firmly on whole foods.  This product is not even close.

“The initial focus group: art galleries and museums .. health shops are not our main outlet”

Marketers use demographics to target certain groups; meaning, products are sold to us based on our gender, race, age, income, disabilities, mobility (in terms of travel time to work or number of vehicles available), educational attainment, home ownership, employment status, and location.

In this case, the product is being marketed to “intellectuals” but not health conscious individuals.  The idea behind this is the old adage of ‘what’s good for the Joneses’; for example, when a celebrity pitches a product, the sales go up because people equivocate intelligence with celebrity.  Likewise, many will use a product simply because someone they perceive to be intelligent is using that product.

The fact that this company is targeting “art galleries and museums” but “not” “health shops” shows us the false image they are trying o create.  Or, “Smart people drink this .. so should you!”

“We are proud supports of World Water Day”

Part of World Water Day is the overuse of plastics.  This product is sold in millions of individual serving plastic bottles that will find their way to the ever growing Great Pacific Garbage Patch:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch

Don’t be Duped!

Yogini Valarie Devi

Wild Questions

There are many reasons for becoming a Vegetarian.  Some do this for dietary reasons – to loose weight; and other to regain health.  Some make this choice based on their love of all living creatures and others out of their desire to live in harmony with the environment.

In addition to Vegetarians, there are Vegans.  Some will either start as a Vegan, or gradually transition from a one to the other either ‘logically’ or ‘naturally’.  Whatever the case, being Vegan is often considered more challenging because it eliminates all animal derived products.

Then there are Live Vegans, or Vegans who only eat live/raw foods.

In all, there are numerous approaches and interpretations of the three – Vegetarian, Vegan and/or Live Vegan – for this informal survey, I am looking for general information.

Please answer the questions as honestly as you can – not as you would like to answer, but as you are/live/eat now.

1-I am a:

Man

Woman

2-My age group is:

17-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

60-69

70-79

80-89

90-100

3-I live in a:

Big city

Small town

Rural community

4-I am a:

Vegetarian

Vegan

Live/Raw Vegan

Other (please specify)

5-If you are a Vegetarian, do you include?

Ovo- (eggs

Pesce- (fish)

Lacto- (dairy)

Other (please specify)

5A: If you are a combination Vegetarian, which are you?

Ovo-lacto-

Ovo-pesce-

Lacto-pesce-

Other (please specify)

6-How many years have you been a Vegetarian (in general)?

0-2

3-5

6-8

9-11

12-14

15-17

18-20

21-23

24-26

27-29

30-32

33-35

36-38

39-40

41+ (please specify)

7-If you have been a combination of Vegetarian, Vegan and/or Live Vegan, please fill in the number of years:

Vegetarian

Vegan

Live Vegan

Other (please specify)

8-If you are a Vegan, do you eat honey:

Yes

No

9-If you are a Live Vegan, do you use a dehydrator:

Yes

No

10-Do you have a family member(s) who is Vegetarian, Vegan and/or Live Vegan:

Yes

No

11-Were you raised in a Vegetarian, Vegan and/or Live Vegan household:

Yes

No

12-Do you eat soy products (tofu, tempeh, natto, miso, etc):

Yes

No

13-Do you follow Vegetarian, Vegan and/or Live Vegan blogs, websites, videos:

Yes

No

14-How many Vegetarian, Vegan and/or Live Vegan food preparation books do you own?

15-Who is your favorite Vegetarian, Vegan and/or Live Vegan famous person?

16-What is your favorite source of protein?

17-At what age did you become a Vegetarian, Vegan and/or Live Vegan?

18-What are your three favorite vegetables?

19-What are your three favorite fruits?

20-If you eat out, where do you eat and what do you order?

21-What is your favorite kitchen tool?

22-If you were to make a sandwich right now, what would it be?

23-Do you make and/or buy nut milks?

Make

Buy

Both

24-Do you eat fermented foods?

25-What is your favorite fermented food?

26-Do you compost?

27-Favorite food from childhood?

28-Favorite herb to add to foods?

29-Favorite food preparation book?

30-Name the grocery store you shop at the most (spend the most money at):

31-Do you buy:

Organic

Conventional

Both

32-Do you eat potatoes?

33-Do you have food allergies?

34-If you have children (or had; or grandchildren), are you raising them to be Vegetarian (or Vegan and/or Live Vegan)?

35-When you are sick, what do you eat?

36-What kind of water do you drink?

37-Favorite type of cookie?

38-Favorite soda?

39-Do you plan your meals?

Yes

No

Sometimes

40-How often do you fast?

41-Do you eat oatmeal?

42-Whats your favorite breakfast cereal?

43-If you could travel any place in the world, where would you go and what would you eat?

44-Favorite snack food?

45-Which do you use: soy sauce, miso, tamari, Bragg’s aminos, none, other?

46-Do you ever consider eating meat, foul or fish?

47-What is your least favorite vegetable?

48-What is your least favorite fruit?

49-What is your favorite dish to make and bring to a potluck?

50-What do you drink the most of during the day (water, tea, soda, juice, other)?

51-What is your ‘stand-by’ food?  The food you always rely on when you can’t think of anything else to eat?

52-Your favorite store bought, pre-packaged food?

53-What food or ingredient do you never skimp on?  The one you never mind spending the extra money on?

54-Favorite pizza topping?

55-Favorite salad dressing?

56-Favorite bread?

57-Favorite soup?

58-Do you exercise?

Yes

No

Sometimes

59-What kind of exercise do you do?

60-Meal you eat the most of (tend to make more often than anything else)?

61-Do you eat superfoods?

62-Do you shop at farmer’s markets?

63-Favorite Vegetarian, Vegan and/or Live Vegan quote (that reflects your thoughts on your diet):

64-Assign a number – 1 through 5 (1 = low) – for the reason you are a Vegetarian, Vegan and/or Live Vegan:

Animal rights

Better health

Environment

Food security

Other (please specify)

65-Assign a number – 1 through 5 (1 – low) – for which of these would most encourage you to return to eating meat?

Improved animal welfare conditions (free range, grass fed, cage free).

Tougher regulation of meat product quality (hormone and/or antibiotic content).

Stronger emphasis on environmental sustainability / food security.

Accountability of meat industry for its actions.

Advertisements containing the benefits of a diet containing meat.

Other (please specify)

66-Why did you choose to become a Vegetarian, Vegan and/or Live Vegan?

67-Do you eat chocolate, and if so, what kind?

68-What is your favorite ethnic food?

69-Have you ever had (or do you have) an eating disorder?

70-Did you research about being a Vegetarian, Vegan and/or Live Vegan before you made this decision?

Live Ital !

Chorus ~

No bones no blood inna mi kitchen

We nah go mix up in a dem vampire livin’

No bones no blood inna mi kitchen

I say Rastafari you’re my greatest ambition

Verse ~

Mi see sey nuff a dem

No show no respect for life

Run! Here comes the butcher man

And he coming with his knife

More pain and more death

A pure murder

Life dem take fi dem steak and hamburger

Mi rather plant some seed in a di mud

Than to tear thru some flesh and go guzzle blood

Carnivore, stop fighting it, stop fighting it

Eh, give ital life a try

You just might gain some enlightenment

A this the one for love all of my vegetarians

Raw fooders and vegans and all the breathetarians

Yo, cuz I n I nah put no dead in a we temple

True humbleness we have fi live simple

To put some food upon the plate

Mi no need no hook, mi nah need no bait

I n I the roots mi food me nah fi shoot

A give me vegetable and some fruits, mi go so..

Chorus ~

No bones no blood inna mi kitchen

We nah go mix up in a dem vampire livin’

No bones no blood inna mi kitchen

I say Rastafari you’re my greatest ambition

Chorus 2 ~

No bones no blood inna mi kitchen

Me synchronized with the most high’s vision

No bones no blood inna mi kitchen

Please let the animal keep livin’

Verse ~

Dem a wonder why the rasta never age

Dem no stop from look up in a dem health book page

Vegetarians will aways live

Cuz everything we eat always positive

And everything we drink it never yet negative

You are what you eat

That’s why you walk like pig

You are what you eat that’s why you [snort] like a pig

You treat your body wrong your own a grave you dig

Yo don’t panic, cuz i’m organic

Pure soy soup in a mi kitchen, yes mi got it

Yo don’t panic, cuz i’m organic

Lentil peas in a mi soup, mi got it

Yo don’t panic, cuz i’m organic

Vegan life mi live and nun a dem can stop it

Calabash, okra and squash yes mi got it

Ready fi go boil it and stop it!

Chorus ~

No bones no blood inna mi kitchen

We nah go mix up in a dem vampire livin’

No bones no blood inna mi kitchen

I say Rastafari you’re my greatest ambition

Chorus 2 ~

No bones no blood inna mi kitchen

Me synchronized with the most high’s vision

No bones no blood inna mi kitchen

Please let the animal keep livin’

Verse ~

Tell ‘em natural herbs have fi we dinner

Ital is vital in a di pot dat we cookin’

Natural herbs have fi we dinner

Tell ‘em no bones, no flesh

Yes, natural herbs have fi we dinner

Ital is vital in a di pot dat we cookin’

Natural herbs have fi we dinner

We gots some man a lutan Fyah

Tell ‘em roots, strongback and sarsaparilla

Fruit, orange, mango and guava

Vegetable salad with peanut and cashew

With some clean drinking water

I got a bucket full of herbs

And some strong marijuana

Yes, you know that i’m a farmer

Eh, the food that i eat is my medicine

Tell you man, a real bush doctor

Cleanse dem wit garlic and bitters

I nah go jump pon rome filthy lickers

Go till the marijuana, mek mi slippers

No pork chops in a mi fritters

Chorus ~

No bones no blood inna mi kitchen

We nah go mix up in a dem vampire livin’

No bones no blood inna mi kitchen

I say Rastafari you’re my greatest ambition

No bones no blood inna mi kitchen

Me synchronized with the most high’s vision

No bones no blood inna mi kitchen

Please let the animal keep livin’

And a special lyric shout-out!

http://rawcaribena.blogspot.com/2008/08/no-bones-no-blood-inna-mi-kitchen.html

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