Forgiveness – a powerful and moving example

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?
Won kasai menu won wo’le
Otalelegbeje iwale it nboke e sote nko Ifa o?
Won kasai m’enu won wole
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?
They shall all drag their mouths on the ground
And the 1,460 digger conspiring against Oke?
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