All praise and reverence today to Sango and his favored wife Oya.As we give worship to Sango today we are reminded of the strength to speak truth to power, courage, strategy and willpower.
Sango helps us overcome all adversities and enemies but he also assists us with our inner spirit and elevation. The fires of Sango purifies and cleanses all our our impurities, leaving behind only that which serves to help us fulfill our chosen destiny with the royalty and grace of a King.
Oya the wife and consort of Sango is his counterpart and matches Sango in strength and courage. Oya brings necessary changes and growth. She is necessary endings for new beginnings, death and changes. Faithfulness and an unwavering sense of purpose. Ifa teaches us that everything in nature exists with it polar opposite.
We call this the principle of duality. Sango and Oya perfectly represent this as they balance fire upon their heads without ever being burned. May this remain so for us as well.
Prayer to Sango
Iba Sango Alaafin, ekun bu, a sa Eleyinju ogunna Olukoso lalu A ri igba ota, según Eyi ti o fi alapa segun ota re Kabiyesi o
Alaafin, King of Oyo who growls as a leopard and makes people run far away He who’s eyes shines as lighted fire Olukoso, the famos in the city He who uses hundreds of cartridges to scare his enemies He who used pieces of broken wall parts to defeat his enemies We honour you Ase.
Prayer to Oya
Oya dolú, Ègán ò royin. Oya dolú, Ègàn ò royin. Ègàn ò mò le wí pé kóyin má se dùn o. Oya dolú, Ègàn ò royin.
Oya has gotten powerful The sneer those not affect the honey Oya has gotten powerful The sneer those not affect the honey The sneer can’t prevent the honey from being sweet Oya has gotten powerful The sneer those not affect the honey
Greetings to everyone and blessings on this day of Ose Obatala. It is worthy of note that this Ose Obatala falls also on Christmas Eve, which for many is a time to rejoice and spend time with family and loved ones, to reflect upon the past year with plans for ushering in the new year. When many think of Christmas Eve they think of this as a time for practicing forgiveness and certainly Obatala of all the Irunmole worshiped embodies this principle the most as the Deputy and representation of Olodumare on the Earth.
In the video shared below we see a powerful and moving example of forgiveness in practice from what is an unimaginable loss, the murder of this Muslim woman’s son. Even with this immense pain and loss a choice was made to use this to bring about what Ifa refers to as the “good condition”.
There are not many who’s faith is tried in this manner and yet with whatever we may be going through we often feel it is worse than what anyone else could possibly be experiencing. Or we may feel the right to take matters into our own hands and justified even to call upon, work towards, or initiate harm to those we feel and maybe rightly so have pained us in some way.
Ifa teaches us that Obatala is the father of the white light and father of the Orisa. Undifferentiated pure consciousness before it hits the prism and erupts into an array of varied colors each with their own experience of self. Obatala as the King of the white cloth or King of the white light (ala); does his work in darkness including inner darkness either created externally or internally by the thoughts of our mind.
Obatala creates uses Igba Iwa (the calabash of character) as the great potter who molds humans from clay. Modification of our character and how we respond to stressful situations and life tribulations is not something we should only consider during National Holidays (holy days) but we know from our spiritual practice this is an ongoing daily matter of discipline. Spirit today has allowed us a rare opportunity to see a convergence point in our observation of Ose Obatala on this Christmas Eve and how it applies to this practice of forgiveness.
Hopefully we can walk away from this learning something of value that we can carry into the New Year of 2019.
Papa nla lo terin i yan o Opopo oju ona lo tesin i juru gbonna juru gbonna Esin a sare ni popo oju ona tan Esin a juru faka, juru faka Dia fun Oke Oke ntorun bo waye Oke de’le aye tan Oke n be laarin edidi O n be laarin ota O n fojoojumo kominu ogun Ebo ni won ni ko se O gb’ebo, o ru’bo Ogun lenirinwo oko won nboke sota Otalelegbe iwale, won nboke dite Oke ni o jeo Oke ni o mu o Oke ni yoo reyin ogunlenirinwo oko Omo onibu agbon-ongbe o Ni yeye Ni kiki akasa Isin nrubo Kodo ma lee gbe o Ikoro nrubo K’odo ma le e fa Atesin, atikoro Gbogbo won la o mu j’orun la Omo onibu eja Ni yeye Ni kiki akasa Ogunlenirinwo oko ti nb’Oke e so’ta nko Ifa? Perenyele Won kasai menu won wo’le Perenyele Otalelegbeje iwale it nboke e sote nko Ifa o? Perenyele Won kasai m’enu won wole Perenyele Awa la o leke e won o Ayamo b’Eji-Ogbe ko lob anile Ifa Awa la o leke e won
A big plain ground is good enough for the Elephant to run A wide thorough fare is good enough for a horse to run through and waggle its tail After running throng, it will waggle its tail sideways Ifa’s messages for Oke When coming from heaven to earth When Oke arrived on earth He was right in the midst of temptation He was in the midst of enemies He was contemplating uprising everyday Four hundred and twenty hoes were waging war against Oke One thousand four hundred and six diggers were conspiring against Oke Oke did not eat And Oke did not drink But Oke will certainly overcome the 420 hoes At Yeye And also at Kiki Akasa Small fishes are offering ebo For the stream not to dry up Fingerlings are also offering ebo For the water level not to go down Both small fishes and fingerlings All of them shall be cooked inside dried okro soup At Yeye land Also at Kiki Akasa What about the 420 hoes waging war against Oke, Ifa? Perenyele They shall all drag their mouths on the ground And the 1,460 digger conspiring against Oke? Perenyele They shall all rub their mouths against the ground We shall be victorious over them Except if Eji-Ogbe, is not the king of Ifa We shall be victorious over them
Even in the worst of times and most trying of circumstances we as God’s creations have the power to choose how we act and react, how we initiate and respond. This is what it means to have divinity. Like we see demonstrated and lived here.
On this Ose Obatala the light of wisdom is driving away the darkness. Look at the ground. Now you can see your own shadow. If you are scared by the shadow that follows you just remember… “Wherever shadows fall, light is always nearby.”
Remain blessed. May Eledumare guard and protect us all. Ase
Eku Ose Obatala today. Blessings on this day of veneration of Obatala the divinity of clarity, prosperity, light, abundance and great wisdom.
Obatala is said to control Aba and Ase. Aba is imagination or intention, while Ase is manifestation, and fruition of our imagination. Obatala teaches us what it means to be fully human, including our imperfections, as well as how to cultivate the mind to live well. As you think, so shall you live. As the co-architect of your destiny and by the thought forms of your own mind, your life and the things you have or lack are entirely your own responsibility to bear. Spiritual practice is intended to show you where you are.
So many times we get caught up in the details of our lives and we lose track of the small miracles and blessings in our lives; or we make evaluations or judgments of our practice, thinking things like, “I am still struggling”, or “Nothing in my life has improved”.
Is that really true? I always encourage people to pray. Prayer is free and can be done anywhere and with no exertion whatsoever. But, how do you know what prayers are being answered and when? How do you know what prayers are truly in alignment with your destiny?
Perhaps a job promotion or raise didn’t come through for you; maybe the spouse you have been praying for and seeking hasn’t made an appearance. We need to be honest with ourselves and ask, are we truly in alignment with what we are asking for? Does our lifestyle, thinking, feeling, being, acting, etc truly attract the things we are asking for? It is easy to say “yes, I’m doing all those things correctly.” Then why the constant complaining and crisis? It is very easy to fall into feeling dissatisfied over what one believes to be the lack of tangible results; but if asked what has been done to encourage personal progress, are the answers in the final analysis vague? There is practice and being engaged, and then there is proper practice and proper engagement. Which is yours?
The next time you find yourself dissatisfied or distraught by life’s little twists and turns, take a step back. Say a little prayer. Give yourself a moment to evaluate and be gracious. In this tradition as in life you get out what you put in. If you come to your spiritual practice with doubt, jealousy, dishonesty, skepticism, negativity or knowing-it-all, your progress and personal life will reflect as much. No one can teach you that which you already know.
These are good things to be thinking about as we all do our own “inner work” with intention and mindfulness. Our temple’s prayer to Obatala today is:
Eepa Orisa, Orisa Eepa! Ogbe omo re o soo daje. O ni ki won rerin in, won rerin in. He stands by his children, and makes them materially prosperous. He gives them cause for laughter, and they laugh. May our lives and inner alignment give us cause for prosperity and laughter. Ase Regards, Chief Ifagbemi Faseye
Every June, the Odu of the year is pulled in Ile-Ife on behalf of the world. Though we in the Disapora do follow the word of this Odu, many groups, ours included, also pull an Odu for the new year at the end of December or beginning of January. Late post, but below are a few photos performing the ebos for the new year, mid-January 2016.
Throwing kola nut to Egbe, checking to see if all is accepted, and it is – Ejife.
Offerings to Egbe – Egbe takes fruits like banana and sugarcane, as well as candies, honey, gin…
This Sunday September 27, 2015 is significant for moon watchers and spiritual practitioners alike – the moon is full, the moon is eclipsing for the final time this year, and the moon will be at its closest point in its orbit around Earth. This unique combination lends to a reddish hue on the moon, giving it the name “blood moon”. This particular lunar event is happening for the first time in over 30 years, with the last time being a supermoon eclipse in 1982, making Sunday’s event worth staying up to sneak a glimpse of.
Assuming it isn’t too cloudy where you are, you can watch the lunar event beginning around 9:07 PM, EST, and peaking around 10:47 PM, EST. After that, the extra bright, extra close moon will be visible through Monday.
Red Moon – Super Moon – Lunar Eclipse
The lunar event occurring this weekend coincides with Ose Obatala day according to the Yoruba calendar of Ifa and Orisa worship. Obatala represents Creation – the action or process of bringing something into existence. Obatala is an Orisa that represents light emerging out of darkness; he also represents expansion.
Our emotions wax and wane – just like the moon. The full moon often reflects a time of reaping the benefit of hard work (fruition, harvesting). While the new moon can help us to ponder on about planting seeds for growth, the full moon will amplify and bring to the forefront (fruition) whatever is going on in body, mind and heart. The eclipse occurring on a full moon like this can be utilized to assist us in analyzing what is or is not working and bringing ourselves into a new balance.
Let us not forget that Obatala is the embodiment of purity within a conscious existence – “the struggle for perfection in a flawed universe”. This more than anything highlights the power of our minds (as Obatala is the owner of all heads, and hence the mind) to choose a path, take a path, and transform on that path, that journey and toward that destination. Now is a good time to reflect and ask – what path am I on and am I, are my ancestors, is my inner essence satisfied with the transformation I am undertaking on this path.
If the weather permits, I invite you all to take some time, alone or with your spiritual group, to take a walk (or a walking meditation) outside to soak in some of this rich harvest moon’s light. And if the weather’s not cooperating, don’t worry! Meditate just the same – cleaning out those mental cobwebs, making room for bringing to fruition whatever is needed on your path and preparing to send away that which is no longer needed. Enjoy!
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