From the original Andean Cultures which developed in pre-Inkas times, teachers of different areas and specialties have always been present for the good and development of the their people. Thanks to these Teachers the great ethnic groups, tribes, cultures and Andean empires, such as the Waris, had the chance to advance and develop spiritually. This anscestral wisdom allowed the different groups to domesticate and refine their thought processes as well as their spiritual u nderstandings. The spiritual practices that the teachers developed, kept teachers and laymen alike in constant activity and focused in perpetuating the path to the Sacrade life. At the same time and to be able to keep the ancestral ways, the practices have endlessly continued and were passed on from generation to generation until the days of the Inkas. Passed cultures which today live on in the hearts of teachers were organized and the vast knowledge was made available for direct transmission for the benefit of their descendants and the people in general.
It was with this understanding that Andean schools began to spring forward, achieving different results amongst the Andean cultures and it was also from these schools that the Andean philosophers were born such as the Hamautas Andinos, Paqos Andinos or Andean Shamans, Hampi kamayoqs, and even the layqas or sorcerers were brought forth from these teachings. Then, because of this unique occurrence, each human group had their own set of teachers, their own spiritual conceptions, their own conception of the world that surrounded them, their own practices and wisdoms, their own local customs, but one thing that remained for sure is that it was the great wise teachers and the good practices, who guided and taught the rest of humanity. The result of all that was the formation of the Inkan impire, an impire based on a theocratic regime but we deem unnecessary to go into detail about the splendor reached in that era.
In the era of the Inkas and specially around the time when Inka Pacha Kuteq lived, the Andean teachers from the different cultures and linages were gathered and reorganized to conform the first Ayllu or community of teachers, the largest the Andean world had ever seen throught its history. The great sages studied and investigated the Andean knowledge and practices in an ever deeper manner and it was through them that the Sacred Andean Secrects were discovered to later be passed on to the newer generations. It was them who mastered the supremacy of the Andean bulk of understanding and wisdom and because of it the Inkan Impire grew in all of its senses.
As it was mentioned before in this part, the sacred place were the teachers lived and studied for long periods at a time was the currently called YACHAYWASI (house of knowledge) place, which is located in QORIKQNCHA around the city of Cuzco. This place housed these teachers for many years, specially the Hamautas who taught many disciples in several subjects for the good of mankind and society. Also, the Andean Paqos-Priests dedicated their lives to serve the gods and mankind.
Unfortunately around the same time but in different places or areas, other teachers worked on the dark side of knowledge, developing techniques to hurt and damage individuals as well as human groups. They were known as the Layqas, maleficent teachers who had obscure intentions and performed witchcrafts that could even bring death to a person. These were teachers who had deviated from the true path of the masters of light and love, and possessed no real knowledge of light. They were teachers driven and controlled by their wrath, envy, greed, resentment, vengeance and manipulated at the same time by the spirits of darkness. All of this was not and still is not a good fare for humanity since their knowledge and practices are based on confusion and obscurity.
In contrast, the Andean Inka School of the sacred masters of light provided the proper trainning grounds and prepared the future teachers to take over responsabilities once their own teachers were too old or passed away. These new students of the path and practices of knowledge dedicated their lives to learning and it was only through a lot of effort and persistance that they were able to reach their objectives to be skilled teachers at the different disciplines just as the Hamautas and Paqos had shown them.
It is still painful to remember until this day the time when caos arrived in the Andean world, and with it the end of the Ayllu of the Andean teachers. Once the Spaniards set foot on Andean territory, with their malicious invasion and insatiable ambitions which they brought with them from the old continent, the negative effects and disastrous results quickly manifested themselves.
The Andean philosophy was overtaken by an alien point of view brought in from another world. This ways did not easily adapt to the already established customs or the realities of the Sacred Andean teachers. The wisdom and knowledge of the teachers was corrupted and contaminated by force due to the fact that the spanish priests and noble men were not able to grasp the depth or scope of undertanding the Andean masters had reached. Without time nor capacity to figure the vast array of Sacred knowledge developed over hundreds of years, the spanish imposed and implemented their own concepts and ideals which have given nothing but sterile rusults until our days.
By the same token they have tried to erase and make the Andean people forget the reality of how the cosmos was conceived and the anscestral customs; however, such a try has failed completely since the knowledge and belief systems of the Andean people are rooted to the heart, mind and places where the spanish had no access to with their so called superior race and religion.
We know today that any attempt on their part to eradicate or dominate the sacred knowledge stored in the minds and hearts of the Andean People is futile since there are always new people being born and initiated into the path of light to carry on the sacred mission of perpetuating the linage of the anscestral masters of the sacred wisdoms of the Inkas with a will and identity of their own.
Over the past few years Andean Shamanism has increased in popularity; however, there is a discrepancy in the terminology being used. There are proper categories to classify the different Andean teachers according to their specialties and levels, and is also known that the term shaman does not fit the roll an Andean Teacher or Paqo has been appointed to perform and that the word shaman is not part of the official Andean diccionary.
So it is recommended to use the proper and original terms that were generated in the Andean world and that were assigned by the gods themselves, such as Hamautas, Paqos, Hampi Kamayoq, which determine function or specialty.
Also, as it is the case for the Andean Paqos, the practices and teachings should never be tampered with or misinterpreted. So, it is the sole responsability of each and every teacher to make sure the transmission of knowledge and guidance take place just as they were intended and practiced in the past. Teachings and directions about the customs should be delivered in an authentic form until clarity and understanding are reached. Terms, customs and teachings must also never be given favoritism nor should they created a sense superiority or egocentrism.
Besides everything that has happended in the past teachers are still showing the path of the right way to live today. There are teachers who are currently passing on this knowlegde and there are students who are learning together with their teachers at the Andean School. The teachings have endured the passing of time for millenia at the (Yachay Wasi) School of the Inkas which has been preserved until our days and at least in part in every one of the teachers.
AKQ AS A SOURCE OF WISDOM AND PRACTICE
AYLLU KANCHAQ QOYLLUR has been honoring for over 10 years now the sacred mission of teaching and helping people in need of the Sacred Andean Ways. In other words, AKQ is servings the same purpose and following the same mission as does the Yachay Wasi or Andean school of the anscestral wisdom since teachers are integrating themselves to it little by little to continue the sacred tasks and to further preserve the traditional spirtual knowledge of the Andes and to pass it on in a proper way.
Continuing with part of the mission of the YACHAY WASI, AKQ has housed many teachers and students who have experienced countless learnings about the right way to live; hence, there are strong reasons to continue passing on the Sacred knowledge and practices of our Ayllu, while at the same time we follow the directions provided by The High Command or Nuna Pacha, Apus, pacha mamas and all of the spirits that watch over humanity.
It is with this understanding that the Andean techers of AKQ feel motivated to keep trying to awaken the spiritual sides of students and to continue the search and development to provide future opportunities for people to become students or teachers of the path. As part of this process the natural habilities and gifts of students are singled out so that they may unfold in a better way, always with the support and under the supervision of teachers who are there should any difficulties may arise as well as to answer questions along the way.
Also, it is important that the students and teachers strike a relationship based on trust and harmony which should not include ego driven attitudes, resentment, aggrandizement, fantasies, superficial livestyles or distractions that may hinder development or concentration. Students should always be willing to learn what the teachers are showing them and it is not advisable to make suppositions before knowing the truth, in fact they should keep their minds and hearts open to be able to receive the blessings and teachings being given. Yet another point to consider is the fact that the vast mayority of the spiritual activities are being guided by the spirits themselves all the while the student remains under trainning.
It is important to point out that trainning and preparation may take place at a predetermined Sacred place or at any other location the teachers choose. Then, under previous agreement, teachers and students embark on a journey to the Andean mountains and the quietest of locations where students may concentrate, study and perform spiritual practices. Note: One should go there free of distractions and preoccupations.
At AKQ, teachers come from the 4 directions or 4 cardinal points that together they comprise a cosmic cell into which the ancestral Andean knowledge and practices confluence. All of this is for the sole benefit of the students or any other person who may wish to learn the different aspects of the right way to live and to eventually achieve the Chanin Kausay. The Sacred Teachers (Willki Hamaut’as) come from and connect via the Seqes, along with the 4 powers, creating in this manner an Ayllu of teachers; an Ayllu based in mutual respect, unconditional love and veneration of the Andean ways.