The Upadarian Way

     We call our way of life and our path of honor (whereby we pursue God’s best with excellence) “Kha Ya ‘Asa Upadaria”: Kha means the highest law or governing law, Ya means God as our Creator, and ‘Asa means a covenant association. So then Kha Ya ‘Asa, often just pronounced “Kha Yasa”, means “the governing law of God’s covenant with Upadaria.”
     It will represent a consensus of the Peers regarding God’s will and guidance for our stateless nation of people translated into a common standard and code of conduct which both defines our way of life and prescribes our “course of honor” whereby Peers earn “noble standing by merit” to participate in decision-making and to be qualified as leaders.
     Unlike some fraternal societies with “degrees” who keep secrets, including secret doctrines and secret rituals, our “path of honor” (Karygama A’ Regita) is not secretive at all. The only “secrets” will be certain code words and stories memorized solely for situations where members (Peers) might be living in an area where there is persecution of Christians. Other than actual security and safety concerns under extreme situations, we are committed to be open and transparent about our beliefs, requirements, and aims.
     This Kha Ya ‘Asa or Kha Yasa for short, is partly developed, but as we are committed to both a plurality of leadership and a consensual decision-making process, the Kha Yasa will be “ever emerging” as we grow in the number of qualified Peers and in experience. Peers will be asked to adhere to what exists and then, if they feel led, urge changes through a well defined process of ongoing review, amendment, and revision. As nobody is writing Scripture today, and therefore nothing is infallible, nothing any person writes or says is as if from the mouth of God. What we strive for is Biblical and historical wisdom and consensus among qualified Peers as the best way to avoid error and come closest to God’s perfect and ideal will and guidance for our “nation of people whose God is the Lord.” We do not expect perfection or deny that mistakes will be made, this is the reason why we say “nothing but Scripture is irrefutable and infallible.”
     When the Society has at least 12,000 qualified Peers it will be possible to begin to ratify the Kha Yasa and propose any revisions, with different parts of the Kha Yasa having higher thresholds of consensus before they can be modified.
     The Kha Yasa details a way of life that is at once both modern and ancient, and while it is firmly rooted in the ancient wisdom of Scripture and historical experience, it looks forward to the future and embraces technology. It establishes a modern form of the ancient extended multi-family household, the Greek “Oikos” of Scripture, based on a close proximity of convictions and location among the participants and focused outward on living as “missionaries” toward the “outside” community.
     Often in the society around us expectations, prohibitions, and obligations can be unspoken or they are not clearly defined. Through the Kha Yasa standards and norms are clearly defined, but it is the spirit and not the letter of this law we seek to follow, and not as something lorded over anyone. Those who would use the Kha Yasa to be highly critical of or to invalidate others are in violation of the whole spirit of this guiding standard of our shared covenant association, an association that can both be freely entered into and freely disavowed. The Kha Yasa is to be made to reflect God’s best for our national people in their common union, we are not made for the Kha Yasa. It is guided foremost by love and grace and also by righteousness and justice, all to promote and keep the peace.
     Every national people ought to be conscious of God’s will and guidance for its people as a whole body, just as individuals. They ought to both understand the universal standards which apply to all nations of people and the specific things God has for them and requires of them as a body of people. Our missionary and refugee work will focus on addressing nations of people with the Gospel, both at the individual and the corporate level, and of promoting peace and tolerance between the nations. We will do this in part by uncovering, exposing, and confronting bigotry, racism, and tribalism with love, tolerance, and God’s righteous standard of justice, including social and economic justice. This is part of our Kha Yasa, a shared national mission all Peers take personal ownership of and responsibility for with people around them.
     The Kha Yasa therefore defines our mission as part of our way of life and the striving (by the power of the Holy Spirit and not our flesh) to fulfill that mission as part of our course of honor by which we pursue God’s best for us with excellence.

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