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Protocol & Conduct in the Orisa Community

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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Protocol & Conduct in the Orisa Community

We are obligated to become, as best we can, shining examples of Iwa-Pele (good character) no matter who we are, what rank or title we hold or what we are here to accomplish.

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The Tribe–Leadership and Comunity in Orisha Religion

Friday, June 6, 2008

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Do you know what is the worst sickness in our present days? Loneliness. We feel alone even in the middle of the great city. Even when we are in a party or in any place crowded, we try to be unique and this makes us feel more lonliness. We think that nobody cares about us or the problems we have. We also can’t trust the people that work for helping people in any way religious and political, because they are too busy trying to get more money and power and they are more interested in having more people in their clubs or religion so they can get more power and money. First comes their leadership or religion and then you, but in personal matters no one cares. Sometimes we think even that God is something strange and far away from our lives and problems, and that He maybe doesn’t care for one person in particular. We live in condominiums and houses but we cannot trust the people that live next door because they are strangers and in no way same to us. So between all of this we are alone, thinking that no one cares, no one to trust, no one helps, no one sees what we are, what we need and what we can give.

Maybe this is because we forget our origins, the Tribe.

In the Tribe everyone knows everybody, is important, and is needed. In the Tribe we can share our knowledge, our work, our love and our trust. The Leader (Oba) that rules the Tribe rules with love and cares for everyone’s problems. He will try to see that the tribe gets the best of everything–but for everyone, not for himself. The Master of the Mysteries (Oluwo) is the teacher and advisor, so everyone knows they can live in peace with the other side of their lives. That is the religious way. Today to think in a religious way is to think of sacrifice and pity but it is not. It is a joy to be close to the Gods and to trust that They cares about us and our lives, and we forget all the taboos and live a better life. Everyone in the tribe has his place and work and is needed for everybody, and we can live and share with our brothers and sisters all we have to give and all we need from them. There need not be envy. There need be no rumors. We don’t have to try to be the one and only because we learn that one alone is wasted, and when we give is really when we have–no one can give what they don’t have. So if in your heart is love you can give and share. If in your hands there is work you can perform and share, and that is a tribe. Comunism? No, the tribe is older than all sophisticated philosophies. We can work and get the price of our work, because everyone is able to see what you do and how, and you are unique among all but at the same time one to all. What really makes you special is not what you may have or the things you can buy, but is what you have to give to the others–love, care, and help. In the tribe you have all of this for everyone to everyone.

In the Religion it is the same. We are in an Ile or House of Saint (Tribe). Everyone is sent by the Gods for some reason, so nobody is higher or lower, everyone has his place. The Head has to rule with love, care for everyone and teach and help, because whoever has a higher place in the tribe is the first to serve the others–not to be served– only in love, sharing, caring, helping and service we can get the eyes of the Gods upon us.

So we are living that in these ways because we want or because we don’t see that we are an important part of a tribe. When this come to us and we understand it deeply, we can get the exact picture of it and live trusting and happy and loneliness goes away. We can visit or be visited by other tribes without losing our way or our identity but sharing it. That’s what unites states or nations, and it is what societies are for. But to fight, lie, cheat, or spread rumors– never is this going to bring us anything good, only destruction and loneliness. To share, to know our place, and to care is going to help us all. How can I be a leader if I can’t obey and be a good part of the tribe I want to rule? How can I want that others see me like something better if I bring doubts and anger and fights upon them? It is better that someone else appreciates my way of being, the things I have the best and what I have to give, rather than going and shouting it to the air and maybe no one hears me and I am alone.

There is no one that is so bad that they cannot do something good. There is no one that is so good that they cannot do something bad. There is no one so wise that they cannot do a stupid thing. There is no one so stupid that they cannot do a wise thing. There is nothing we can share or give if we don’t have it first, so we have to get to share, because giving and serving is our real happiness and is the way we will receive.

Oba Alafi Ayai.

Oba Alafia Ayai is a priest of Shango who lives in Mexico City.

Do you know what is the worst sickness in our present days? Loneliness. We feel alone even in the middle of the great city. Even when we are in a party or in any place crowded, we try to be unique and this makes us feel more lonliness. We think that nobody cares about us or the problems we have. We also can’t trust the people that work for helping people in any way religious and political, because they are too busy trying to get more money and power and they are more interested in having more people in their clubs or religion so they can get more power and money. First comes their leadership or religion and then you, but in personal matters no one cares. Sometimes we think even that God is something strange and far away from our lives and problems, and that He maybe doesn’t care for one person in particular. We live in condominiums and houses but we cannot trust the people that live next door because they are strangers and in no way same to us. So between all of this we are alone, thinking that no one cares, no one to trust, no one helps, no one sees what we are, what we need and what we can give.

Maybe this is because we forget our origins, the Tribe.

In the Tribe everyone knows everybody, is important, and is needed. In the Tribe we can share our knowledge, our work, our love and our trust. The Leader (Oba) that rules the Tribe rules with love and cares for everyone’s problems. He will try to see that the tribe gets the best of everything–but for everyone, not for himself. The Master of the Mysteries (Oluwo) is the teacher and advisor, so everyone knows they can live in peace with the other side of their lives. That is the religious way. Today to think in a religious way is to think of sacrifice and pity but it is not. It is a joy to be close to the Gods and to trust that They cares about us and our lives, and we forget all the taboos and live a better life. Everyone in the tribe has his place and work and is needed for everybody, and we can live and share with our brothers and sisters all we have to give and all we need from them. There need not be envy. There need be no rumors. We don’t have to try to be the one and only because we learn that one alone is wasted, and when we give is really when we have–no one can give what they don’t have. So if in your heart is love you can give and share. If in your hands there is work you can perform and share, and that is a tribe. Comunism? No, the tribe is older than all sophisticated philosophies. We can work and get the price of our work, because everyone is able to see what you do and how, and you are unique among all but at the same time one to all. What really makes you special is not what you may have or the things you can buy, but is what you have to give to the others–love, care, and help. In the tribe you have all of this for everyone to everyone.

In the Religion it is the same. We are in an Ile or House of Saint (Tribe). Everyone is sent by the Gods for some reason, so nobody is higher or lower, everyone has his place. The Head has to rule with love, care for everyone and teach and help, because whoever has a higher place in the tribe is the first to serve the others–not to be served– only in love, sharing, caring, helping and service we can get the eyes of the Gods upon us.

So we are living that in these ways because we want or because we don’t see that we are an important part of a tribe. When this come to us and we understand it deeply, we can get the exact picture of it and live trusting and happy and loneliness goes away. We can visit or be visited by other tribes without losing our way or our identity but sharing it. That’s what unites states or nations, and it is what societies are for. But to fight, lie, cheat, or spread rumors– never is this going to bring us anything good, only destruction and loneliness. To share, to know our place, and to care is going to help us all. How can I be a leader if I can’t obey and be a good part of the tribe I want to rule? How can I want that others see me like something better if I bring doubts and anger and fights upon them? It is better that someone else appreciates my way of being, the things I have the best and what I have to give, rather than going and shouting it to the air and maybe no one hears me and I am alone.

There is no one that is so bad that they cannot do something good. There is no one that is so good that they cannot do something bad. There is no one so wise that they cannot do a stupid thing. There is no one so stupid that they cannot do a wise thing. There is nothing we can share or give if we don’t have it first, so we have to get to share, because giving and serving is our real happiness and is the way we will receive.

Oba Alafi Ayai.

Oba Alafia Ayai is a priest of Shango who lives in Mexico City.

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Questions about Priests and Devotees in Traditional African Religion (Spirituality) Part 3

Thursday, June 5, 2008

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This 3-part series will help new devotees find and choose a Spiritual Teacher.

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Questions about Priests and Devotees in Traditional African Religion (Spirituality) Part 2

Thursday, June 5, 2008

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This 3-part series provides answers to common questions that new devotees have when finding and choosing a Spiritual Teacher.

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Questions about Priests and Devotees in Traditional African Religion (Spirituality) Part 1

Thursday, June 5, 2008

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This 3-part series provides answers to common questions that new devotees have about finding and choosing a Spiritual Teacher.

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