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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wisdom from the Husia

I felt moved to affirm for peace and reconciliation today. But, sadly, when reconciliation is not possible and peace remains elusive, 'truce' may be the best we can hope for.


'Those who are blameless in matters of conduct, no words can prevail against them. And those who are self-mastered, the harsh are kinder to them than their own mothers, and all people become their servants. Let your name go forth, while you yourself are silent and you will be recognized and respected. '

'If you are a powerful person, gain respect through knowledge and gentleness of speech and conduct; Give commands only where necessary and fitting. Those who abuse their authority provoke resistance. And those who place themselves above others are brought low. Be not silent when it is your duty to speak. But be cautious in your speech lest you offend. When you answer the angry, show self control. For the angry heart speaks fiery words, but those who walk gently, their path is already paved. '

'If you are angered by a wrong done you by another, lean not toward remembering it, but toward righteousness. Pass over it quickly and do not hold it in your heart after the first day it happens.'

- from The Book of Ptah-Hotep, The Husia [Selected and Re-translated by Dr. Maulana Karenga]


Anonymous said...

I am just now discovering the existence of The Husia. I am looking to purchase this book very soon. I enjoyed reading the excerpts from the book you have on here.

Docs Locs said...

Wonderful Anon! Our family's spiritual live is governed by Ma'at and the Nguzo Saba. The Husia is a great resource full of the ancestors wisdom and as you likely know, much of what one reads in the bible borrows from this much older text. You might also be interested in Maulana Karenga's translation of the Idu Ife.

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