Then said a rich man, "Speak to us of Giving." And he answered: You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow? And tomorrow, what shall tomorrow bring to the overprudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the pilgrims to the holy city? And what is fear of need but need itself? Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, thirst that is unquenchable? There are those who give little of the much which they have - and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome. And there are those who have little and give it all. These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty. There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism. And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue; They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space. Though the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes He smiles upon the earth.
- Khalil Gibran, the Prophet
Ifá promotes spiritual development through sacrifice. But what is the spirit in which we perform our sacrifices? Are we giving with all of our hearts and souls, or are we merely trying to bribe the òrìsà? Your spirit can be transformed and purified through the sincerity of your sacrifice. Learn surrender as part of your sacrifice. Learn submission as part of your sacrifice. Learn selflessness as part of your sacrifice. Let the Olodumare be your focus and you will be released from the confinement of your personal fears and limitations. Live the medicine.
10/6/2015 09:26:32 am
ASE! Baba thank you so much for sharing, imparting, surrendering of yourself to the world community. I appreciate all of your posts. This here is so timely for me. It ensures me that all of my giving and sacrificing of myself - in the midst of having little, is not in vain. It also keeps me mindful to not give to the Orisa and Egun to "bribe" them but to give honestly from the depths of our hearts and souls and minds. ASE O!
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Obafemi Origunwa, MA
Thought leader, Ifa priest and author of four definitive books, Obafemi Origunwa inspires metamorphosis through living the medicine that will heal your life and heal the lives of the people you're destined to serve.