A friend, not yet a fully fledged Babalawo, called me from Venezuela and said as follows:-
“Araba, my friend, I think I am going to throw Orunmila away(he meant Ifa)”.I asked, why?
He said, “I have done several ebos(sacrifice) and my situation financially is getting worst”.
I asked him, “what will be your next move, join the Born Again Christian Fellowship or Islamic Fundamentalists Movement where they have never faced any difficult situation in life?
My friend hesitated in answering my question and I continued, “the so called great prophets including proficient Babalawos also faced challenges but still kept their faith. The key to success is “trust and obey”. I told him of a verse
from “Ogbe Se” as follows:-
Oju ti npon Babalawo a pon ku ko
Osi ti nta’wo a ta la ni
Bo ba pe ti ti a o f’oro yi serin rin
Adifa fun Oosanla Oseremogbo ti nlo Oja Ejigbomekun ti nlo re ra aro wa le
Koipe koijina aro nsokun aro nso’de aro nso ologinigini aso irada ti o fi la Obatala
The hard times facing Babalawo (Olorisa/priest/priestess) are not permanent
The situation with poverty will end in wealth
On the long run, we shall have the last laugh
Cast divination for Obatala when going to the market of Ejigbomekun to buy a cripple as a slave
At long last, the cripple makes gold, silver and jewelries to make Obatala wealthy.
Are you in the same situation with my friend?
Let it be known that if you cannot have the necessary patience and perseverance, you are free to opt out of our cherished Religion, Ifa.
Those who have ears should listen.
From Araba of Oworonsoki land,Lagos Nigeria.