Question: What is Po?
Po is described as night or darkness. In the early times of Hawaii, Hawaii ran on the lunar cycle. The Hawaiian day started at midnight, hence the days of the week, Poakahi is Monday, Poalua is Tuesday and so forth.
Question: What does Po beyond the horizon imply?
Po also means obscurity for things not understood. Mythically, it was the time of the divide, the time of the gods. For some, it’s a sacred period for ancestral connections.
Question: Where is Po?
Po is beyond the horizon. It’s the last step to destiny. It’s a tangled web of mystery no one can escape. It’s the realm of the unconscious. Ao means light, and that belongs to the living. Po and Ao are just two sides of the same coin, a coin we all carry. Neither exists without the other, and that’s a fact.
Question: What does beyond the horizon mean?
It means the limits to ones understanding. Many people think I push the boundaries, which also means horizons. I don’t think so. Maybe it’s that I’m not on the same side of the boundaries as others. I’d rather not limit myself to others beliefs and fears.
Question: Where do Hawaiian spirits live?
Hawaiian spirits live in those of us who are Hawaiian. It’s a mind set. It’s the idea of being Hawaiian and identifying with things Hawaiian, it’s the Hawaiian consciousness. It doesn’t matter where we go; Hawaii is in us and being conscious of that keeps the spirit of Hawaii alive.
Question: If you’re not in Hawaii, how do you malama aina?
Malama aina refers to caring for the ancestral lands. It means to tend and maintain its well being. Our ancestral land doesn’t necessarily mean the ground or the earth we walk on. It also means you yourself, the living. You can trace your ancestry from genealogical records. And now, thanks to science, you can trace your lineage through your DNA. It now seems that in our bones lie the traces of our ancestors, and you [are like] the living earth; it’s this aina you should care for. If you malama your aina, it will take care of you.
Question: As a Hawaiian where do you go after life?
I go to Po. With so many cultural beliefs the obvious is overlooked. Hope, faith, and trust are all factors of belief and it all takes consciousness. This seems to be the idea of comfort, to talk through ways to accept the inevitable. You can change your religious beliefs. You can’t change who you are. You are the descendant of your ancestors, the ancestor of your descendants. Hawaiian spirits go to Po. When you see your unconscious mind is allowed to venture with your ancestors, it’s then that you’ll most be able to connect with yourself. Even then, we sometimes become afraid of what we dream, yet we are the creators of our dreams, so why be afraid? These are the obscurities of Po.
Mark Keali’I Ho’omalu – Call It What You Like – Track 13
'They will soon know more than ourselves.' -- Isaac Davis on educating the 'natives.'
`Au`a `Ia E Kama I Kona Moku - by Keaulumoku
Or something thereabouts.
An invitation for any Hawaiian spiritual seekers. There was another ning site about Hawaiian spirituality that died. There are things I'd like to talk about that certain people may not be very receptive or open minded about for one reason or another. If I'm going to be discussing it, I'd rather be discussing it with my iwi kuleana on open minded terms.
The site: http://www.spiritualforums.com/vb/forumdisplay.php?f=35
The first site was where I used to go to and still do for guidance on my path and perhaps to share my experiences so that it might help others. You'd be surprised how much information your subconscious conveys, whether you think you can help or not. The second site I converted to my musings hopefully to more fully express ideals. It's a perpetual work i progress. Free your mind.
Can Pie Air, the rolling fragrant smell, fall through sand? Witch s plan it, but in the preparing of the air pies the ingredients disappear.
As 'uncle Milu' would say.... Mental buggah's, you.
Pomaikai ame Aloha nani u'i kakou.
correction: Uncle Milo
How do you define Liberty? I think I've come to understand that the word can be turned into a negative concept and used to stigmatize a peoples. The peoples, of course, were only behaving how the hypocrites were, but apparently ones social class dictates one's definition of Liberty and Freedom. He Lē ke kama au. Liberty. Liberty. Abstract concepts defined for us by those who would keep it from us, and for what?
Heia ulua laua ame maua kako aiwaiwaiwa. e ho'i mai ka 'i'i kona aia nei.
"Not bad ah, for one first try."
Indeed, the path of the righteous is beset on all sides. All the beset paths lead to the same place. It is not the path that determines the individuals understanding, it is the individual. All paths beset on all sides lead to the same place. The one true religion is, indeed, all truth religions, or spiritual practices. Names are 'hallowed' for a reason. It is the abstract concepts ideals represent that determines one's reality. The kumulipo was written for a reason.
I was made aware of the Duality of Man some time ago. The understanding of that can precede, but isn't necessarily predicated on understanding the Trinity in Man. I I thought I understood it pretty well, the understanding as it is represented through several teachings. However,, recently I began to question the existence of the third entity. The first two I know intimately... the third I thought I never heard from. Lo, my seeking was answered. The third 'I' is the I in you, it is the common bond we all share as children in Ao. It is the world that exists outside of us. This, as it was learned to me, is the universal conscious. It is probably responsible for all my synchronistic perceptions.
Without a deeper understanding of the new testament and the knowledge of INRI, Iesu of the great mysteries spake thus: "Whatever you do for the least of us, you also do for me." Other proverbs: "Love your neighbor as yourself." It would seem this fulfills the third I.
I hear babies cry and I watch them grow
they'll learn much more
than we know
and I think to myself
what a wonderful world.
--Iz version =p