"Akoda, the diviner of 'One-who-owns-soil,' and
'Too long', the diviner of 'One-who-causes-pain'
Were the ones who cast Ifa for Orunmila
On the day that all evil spirits in the world wanted to carry him away
He said that he too had a master,
Who would deliver him from their hands
And not let them carry him away.
He went to the white birds inside the termite hill
To the white-spotted birds on the left side
And to the white birds who flew to earth
From inside the termite hill.
The white birds inside the termite hill
Said that Orunmila should bring white kola
The white spotted birds on the left side
Said that Orunmila should bring red kola
The white birds who flew to earth
from inside the termite hill
Said that Orunmila should bring alligator pepper.
They pounded these things to make
egiri medicine for Orunmila
They said, 'The head of the tortoise does not ache;
The liver of a snail does not hurt him;
The stone at the bottom of the river
does not feel cold'
They said that the evil spirits will
not be able to carry him away.
- Holy Odù OseMeji
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All effects have a cause. Evil begets evil and good begets good. The trouble with many genuinely good people is that you deny your source. You deceive yourself with the notion that being good is enough. It is not enough. You must ally yourself with more and more fountains of goodness, until you have an unbroken circle of protection against evil. Even now, some of you reject the reality of good and evil. Relativism has become your religion and the wicked are exploiting that fact around the clock. And while you might not be comfortable judging one another's character as good or evil, you certainly must have enough discernment to know when something is not good for you. It is in those times that wise people seek support from those known to bring goodness into the world. So, please continue to be good. But protect yourself, too. How else can you live the medicine?"