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Forgiveness – a powerful and moving example

Inner work, Spiritual Path, Uncategorized / 24.12.20180 comments

Aboru boye nile Ifa,

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.

Ifa says,

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

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Cultivating Healthy Intention in African Wisdom Traditions

Inner work, Orisa, Spiritual Path, Tradition / 31.10.20160 comments

Eepa Orisa!

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 fullimg_0931y 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

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Harvest the Moon

In Nature, Spiritual Path / 26.09.2015

Greetings friends,

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.

>> Read more on the first super moon eclipse in 32 years

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

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!

Ire o,

Baba Ifagbemi

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