Be a Light, not a Judge | Ifa | Scoop.it

...We are a flying twosome

The dust and the wind carry us aloft

For we, the disciples of Orunmila, 

are ascending to beam light onto the earth

The earth now, behold the moon, 

gentle in action and harmonius

Thou, oh moon, 

are a sharp contrast 

to the harsh and wicked fire, 

whose wickedness is exposed

both in heaven and on earth. 

- Holy Odu OwonrinIrosun

 

Here, Ifa is teaching you to literally, "Be a light, not a judge. Be model, not a critic." Here, Orunmila was coming to earth on a spiritual mission. Accompanying him were his servants, Osupa (Moon), Irawo (Star), Orun (Sun) and Ina (Fire). When they reached their first stop, a place called Otun Awo Abaa, Ina became angry and in a fit a rage, burnt farms, homes and even people. Shortly thereafter, Orun demonstrated similarly destructive behavior. Orunmila could not accept this and thus sent Ina and Orun back to heaven. So it was that only Osupa and Irawo accompanied Orunmila to earth. In happiness, the two of them then began to sing:

 

...We are a flying twosome

The dust and the wind carry us aloft

For we, the disciples of Orunmila, 

are ascending to beam light onto the earth

The earth now, behold the moon, 

gentle in action and harmonius

 

Leadership is a function of vision, or the ability to see beyond the obvious. Above and beyond the abiity to see circumstances and outcomes, there is the ability to see people, to recognize them for who they are and what value they can add to the cause. Orun and Ina both possessed the capacity to illuminate but the nature of their light was too harsh and destructive to add value to the luminary mission. To be certain, Orisa Lifestyle is characterized by cool and patient leadership because it is ideal to helping others to build character. Ifa says:

 

To those whom good deeds are extended,
but not appreciated
Let us not inflict wickedness on him
If we are wicked towards him
His wickedness will pain him
It is only good deeds he will fail to remember
These are the declarations of Ifa for Iwori
When going to transact business at Elerin market

 

Being a light, not a judge means that you have the ability to see people's flaws. Invariably, you will also need to draw their attention to those flaws as well. But do not punish people for their imperfections and mistakes. When you do, it builds resentment and justifies continuation of the undesireable behavior. “Kill them with kindness” instead. This practice of extending good even to those who misbehave is is rooted in a deeper understanding of human nature. For example, the child, rejected by peers and family will often mask his pain with aggression. Deep inside, we know that he really just wants to play with everyone else. But the fear of rejection makes him try to preempt the painful experience by rejecting the whole world (or just those who represent the one who hurt him in thefirst place). Ifa is teaching us that we must not join their fear-driven rant. When the child behaves like a child, the adult behaves like an adult. 

 

Aduthood is synonymous with mentorship and later on, eldership. Ifa teaches us the "praise is the way of elders." Wisdom is what allows elders to teach and correct the youth in a gentle, yet firm way. Like the light of the moon, wisdom illuminates the darkness of night. To learn more about how you can be a light and not a judge; a model, not a critic, ask Ifa. 510.485.2336 | www.ObafemiO.com 


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