Black Spirituality Religion : Yoruba philosophy of self-development

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  1. Sekhemu

    Sekhemu Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The Alaashe provide examples of right living as handed down ny Yoruba egun

    1). Ifarabale: composure

    2). Owo: respect

    3). Suturu: patience

    4). Eso: caution

    5). Imo: knowledge

    6). Ogbon: wisdom

    7). Oye: understanding

    There are 13 guidlines for self-development

    1) There is to be no practice of wickedness. Those who sow the seeds of wickedness plant them upon their children. Ashes fly back in to the faces of he who throws them.

    2).There is to be no stealing. Even if man does not see; Oludumare sees

    3). There is to be no selfishness. Those who are selfish will come to bare their loads alone

    4). There is to be no covenant breaking or falshood. The covenabt breakers will be carried away by the earth. The sacrifices of covenant breakers and liars are not accepted

    5) There is to be no hypocrisy

    6) There is to be no acts of atrocity to be committed against one's neighbor

    7).There is to be honor and respect to the elders. The relationship of service between elders and youth is to be strengthened continuously. The hand of the young does not reach the high shelf. That of the elder does not go into the gourd

    8). There is to be protection of the women. Women are the flowers of the garden, men are the fence around them

    9). There is to be truthfulness and uprighteousness. Those who are fruitful and upright have the blessings of the divinities

    10). There is to be kindness and generosity. Kindness begets kindness

    11). There is to be sensitivity with respect to person to person relationships

    12). There Is to be chastity in respect to mates. Man, do not seduce another man's wife; woman do not seduce another woman's husband

    13) There is to be hospitable directives
     
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    I enjoyed reading this! It's good to see the roots to what many African-Americans have lost culturally.
     
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    Modupe sistah

    I don't see the culture as lost as much as misplaced

    There are traditional African healers/elders right here in the states, but they're not being sort out as much you would think

    Are there charlitains and hustlers out there fakin' the funk? Ofcourse there are, but they're a drop in the bucket in comparison to authentic,dedicated and sincere healers that want nothing more than to help restore the condition our people

    There was a time when I bounced around from one metaphysical discipline to another, but one saturday night one of my Egun told me all of the answers I've been looking for can be found in the rich spiritual traditions of the motherland, BAR NONE

    Suffice to say all African traditional religions have the ways and means to collect the missing emotional, psychic, financial, mental and cultural links that have been buried and languishing In the galleys of white supremacy light code lock down for 500 years

    Tell me what new age channeler or a western astrologer or even a tarot card can do that an Akan Okomfo or Ausar/Auset society priest/priestess can or alredady hasn't done, and more?

    Why are more whites flocking to the traditions that are our very own birthright?

    One brotha who shall go un-named actually had a problem with people bowing to Shekem ur Shekem

    Excuse my french but WTF? Foribale has nothing to do with bowing to the physical shell we call man, but everything to do with the ashe of the divinity that has been cultivated in the person we bow to

    We trip over our own ego time and time again
     
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    Apologies to all for slightly deviating from the topic with a quick question.

    Elder Sekhemu, what is the title of the thread you wrote last year providing guidance on getting a reading from an African priest? A Babalawo has just arrived from the US, and I would like to go for a reading/divination having briefed myself on what to expect.

    Thank you,

    Alexandra
     
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    Thank you for this Brother Sekhemu. I am currently reading Yoruba Culture - A Philosophical Account by Kola Abimbola (2006, UK). It has helped towards my inner-standing of Yoruba cosmology and the philosophical thought inherent in the traditional Yoruba cultures. The author gives his view of the word "Tradition" as being a world-view (ancient or contemporary) and not some fossilised relic of generations past. He says in his Preface: whilst tradition must of necessity be historical, it can also be dynamic, current, and responsive to change and modification - as long as continuity of some fundamental ideas and practices are maintained (Preface)

    Many of us view ancient traditions or ways of the Elders as no longer relevant to the times today. In fact, it is because we fail to acknowledge such sacred disciplines of the past that we are in err today both inner and outer. One of my favourite sayings by one of our great Ancestor Dr. Henrik Clarke is, The events that transpired five thousand years ago, five years ago, or five minutes ago, have determined what will happen five minutes from now, five years from now or five thousand years from now. All history is a current event. So, we only have to look around to see the state of affairs in our societies manifesting of our minds and hearts and what disciplines, or lack of, we are generally living by.
     
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    Greetings sis Alexandra,

    I was wondering whether you would mind sharing that information with me please in terms of who the Babalawo is, and, is it a private set up or can one book appointments to see them?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    truer words have never been spoken.

    3 Nephi 14:20 — “Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them.”
     
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    Bump....

    Sis Alex?? :hi: Just wondering about the Babalawo who is visiting the UK...
     
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    Sistah I've been looking for that thread for a minute now lol

    But hear are a few questions you need to pose to the Awo before and during he cast dafa

    1 What's the name of his lineage and what is the name of his initiator? Can you contact other priest in his lineage

    2 ask him what he charges for the reading before you meet him

    3. How long has he been an Awo?

    4. When he cast the opele (note he will only do this when talking with Orunmila) ask if he sees you with ifa or orunmila

    5 ask him do you have any health concerns that need to be addressed

    6. Ask him the name of the odu that came down and if you need to receice ilekes or any other form of initiation

    7. If he tells you that you will receive ilekes ask him precisely how to build and what you put on your shrine and if he needs to consecrate it

    Remember to bring pen and pad and wear white if possible
     
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