July 8, 2014 Obara Meji 125Comment

 

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Aboru Aboye ooooo!  This is an Ifa greeting which means: May the Sacrifice as it Manifests in Heaven, be Accepted!  This morning all over the world Ifa initiates will go before their shrines and honor the Orisha called Obatala. Obatala is  one of several Orishas who was created by Olodumare (olo-duh-ma-rae) Yoruba name for God, for many purposes, but one of their main purpose was to assist human beings here on earth, guiding us through life as most of them are tied to elements of nature. In Africa the Yoruba’s say that Obatala is next to God, they explain that they know he is not God but he is very close in power to the creator. Many Babalawos have told me this, as Obatala is known as the third supreme being,  Olodumare being the first, and Orunmila the second. Obatala stands with Orunmila as the right hand of God!

It is said that God prepared the materials to make man and the task was given to Obatala to fashion them together, making  human beings. Obatala, otherwise called Orish-nla is of a very cool nature, he is not easily offended, but if he is offended he does not easily forgive. White is his color and all his devotees wears white. His Shrines are all decorated in white, from ceiling to floor. This Orisha is for peace, he does not like quarrel and he instructs us all that there is a peaceful solution to all things.

Today all initiates will go to his shrines to Honor this great Orisha, Obatala. They will, Fi ori bale (touch head to the ground in front of his shrine), this is how we salute all of our Orishas whenever we approach them. Prayers to him will be chanted;

eni soju semu

Orisa ni maa sin

Adina bo ti ri

Orisa ni maa sin

One who created both eyes and noses

I will forever adore the divinity

The creator of man and his own whims and caprices

I will forever adore the divinities

We praise him by his praise names;  1– Obatala Obatarisa, Oba patata, ti n ba won gbode Iranje Obatala

                                                                                Obatarisa, the arch-divinity that lives in the city of Iranje

                                                                          2--Baba Larugbo, Elderly Father

                                                                          3–Orisanna Banta banta ninu ala: The arch divinity majestic white garments

                                                                          4–Osun ninu ala: He sleeps in white garments

                                                                          5–O ti ninu ala dide: He gets up with white grament

                                                                          6–Oba Ire til gbele lfon: The God King who lives in Ifon

                                                                          7–Oosa tii kola laiko eje” The divinity who makes tribal marks without touching the blood

                                                                         8–Oosanla Oseremogbo mo tewo ko ko wa fun mi: The arch divinity of Osere remogbo I                                                                                  stretch out my hand bless me abundantly.

 Today as we salute him on his day, water is given to him and hot drink (gin) , and then obi kola nut is cast before him to see if the prayer has been accepted, if not he will instruct us as to what we need to give him to complete the sacricife, often times he will even ask for Shea butter as he does not take palm oil. Obatala is an Orisha to visit early morning, he does not like to be disturbed at nights. I was told  that it is because he was given the task to create human beings and when he worked he did so at night in the dark. We are warned never to open his shrine after seven o’clock at nights. However we can stand before the closed shrine and pray and even offer our offerings. Albinos and people with disabilities are sacred to him. The story goes that when he was molding man from clay, at times he would drink palm wine to keep him company, he drank and became drunk and began mis-shaping the forms he fashioned out, Esu (the divinity of Justice and God’s messenger) reported him to God, who admonished him harshly and forbade him to drink palm wine again. Devotees of Obatala are forbidden to dink palm wine because of this. Obatala is appealed by many for barren women to have babies, prosperity, for overcoming an enemies, for peaceful solutions and curing illness among other things, he is the father of all Orishas, a wonderful Orisha, King of the white cloth, he is accepting of everyone. The famed television personality, Iyanla Vanzant is an initiate of Our wonderful Obatala, her name Iyanla also suggests it, remember he is also known as Oris-nla, Iya stands for mother.

I will be introducing you all slowly to all the wonderful Orishas and to my wonderful traditional practice. Ask whatever you wish.

Ọ̀rọ̀ tó máa di akàn, bí ẹja ni í kọ́kọ́ ńrí. / 
What will turn out well, often do start out as unfavourable…..Yoruba Proverb! 

[Things may get worse before they get better; don’t give up.]

All religion are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…Obara Meji

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[…] knew I was in the presence of the great Obatala. The message was that I wrote betrayal from heaven, meaning that betrayal was apart of my destiny […]

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That is beautiful, peace and blessings Obatala much love and respect goes to you. Hello everyone may your day be blessed with love and laughter .

MTH
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Cami sweetie, wey yu dey sey…Neva did si diss hail…Love and light my dear!!!

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Today a water day? MTH, Kia, Nunu and all…good day.

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MTH mi luv all whey yu post mama yu a enlighten me. cah sum a dem i neva lissen b4.

MTH
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Just for laughs…

MTH
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Hehehehehehe!!!! Glad yu liked something that I posted Bubblez…

Yu nuh hear Rosie sey many waters came in on her?

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Ekale MTH n Nunu Obara mi miss yu todah maam know yu busy still.

Big up Rosie any weh yu deh JUSTICEEEEEEEEEE WI WAA JUSTICE lmaooooooooooooooo

MTH
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Only in Jamaica…Name bran furniture, name bran everything…

MTH
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A typical bus ride…LOL (rated funny)

MTH
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Nunu wey yu sey?

Crazy respect fi all a di people dem wey still dey pan di rock

MTH
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Dis is for all who waan guh back home…

MTH
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Easy lady Nunu…Mi haffi gwan enjoy wi self while Teach a bax out the notes fi today…Easy AMH, all a di early students, stay suh!!!

MTH
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Dem a worry dem farrin mine…

NuNu
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….mi come back a yaad mi love mi sunshine…. worry dem a worry dem worry dem a worry dem farrin min’. Big chune!!!

MTH
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I am dangerous, in God do I put my trust…

MTH
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Nunu yu know bout….

MTH
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Mi niece mi a warn yu…

MTH
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Brenda a pregnant yu pregnant…

NuNu
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No mama!!!

Ty
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Grung

Ekaro fambo, blessings to you all, love unno

MTH
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This is for the ES ladies wey know how fi ride the one wheel dem *wink, wink*…Brenda mi niece mi love yu…

NuNu
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LOL!!! Thanks to Brenda wi family guh grow. Mi wonda if Ty wi mek mi adopt one a di tadpole dem!!!!

MTH
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Barrington Levy to di ES fambo…

Here chune!!!

MTH
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Nunu mi gal, nuh sey nutten…

A we gi dem di fastest runner- Bolt
A we gi dem Bob Marley
A we gi dem reggae and dem spin off hip-hop
A wey gi dem twerking
A wey gi dem di big, powerful Marcus Garvey

A little dot on the world map…

NuNu
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Amen!!!M
wi haffi guh duh a fasting fi di Africa trip tuh caws mi really hope everybaddi can guh for December

MTH
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All who sey Africa, stay suh….

MTH
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Listen to this…All who love Jamaica…Lion Paw!!!!

NuNu
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Big up M!!!!! Jamaica to the worl!

MTH
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Hol chune….

MTH
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They tell me about a castle in the sky, waiting for me when I die…

MTH
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One more chune, fi get yu mind centered

MTH
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Big up to the ES Fambo!!!

MTH
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Big up Gregory of on earth-strong!!!

kiabubblez
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Ekaroooooooo my sisters n brothers love n light to yu n ur families. I love you all!!!

NuNu
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Howdy Kia! Love rite back to you!!!!!

AMH
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Good Morning ES family! I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

NuNu
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Hi A!

AMH
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Morning Lovely! We miss you!!!

MTH
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Morning y’all. Teach today would have been Gregory isaacs 64th birthday.

NuNu
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Ok Obara thank you

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Good Morning!

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O.k Obara, I hope I will one day. Good morning to everyone.

Cgoh
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Cgoh

I still haven’t met my guide yet. Is it a timing thing?

MTH
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The Dream Pt. 2
I then saw myself going on a vacation same hotel I went last year Jewels Hotel-Runnaway Bay. As I was walking on the little dirt road, a very popular dj rode up to me and was telling me how he had many big songs but got no respect.

We ended the conversation then as I walked away, I looked up at the massive trees that were providing shelter…Then I saw a few carrots dangling from the tree. I said to myself, there is some weird shit going on here as carrots don’t grown on trees, they grow underground.

When I got to the hotel room I saw a female co-worker and she said to me that they are going to kill her and I must sit in the chair and watch when ‘they’ are coming. I sat with my back to the glass sliding door and put a mirror in front of me so I could see when ‘they’ were coming…

‘They’ apparently came and I told my sister, she hid in the bathroom and I went under the bed and used a duvet/comforter to hide myself. They found my sister and I was under the bed and they didn’t seem to find me…

MTH
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Ekaro my people. Just had another ‘weird’ dream…

Background info: my baby daughter did well in sch and her dad called to say he wants to take us out for lunch today. I dreamt that my daughter and I were actually wearing the clothes I have selected for us to wear today (mostly orange, we cheering for Netherlands).

The Dream (Part 1)
I dreamt that as I was arrived at the parking lot, I saw my daughter’s dad and he was very pleased to see us, however he looked a bit nervous. He hugged me and gave me a quick peck on the cheek. He was very happy to see the baby and they were laughing and talking…

He then said to me, me wants to introduce me to his wife…We walked over to a lady that was sitting on the ground. She had a baby girl about age 2. He said, MTH this is my wife Jennifer…I then said, ‘wife?’ This is not your wife. Your wife’s name is ——– and when did this happen. I started fighting him and asked him how could he have gotten a child younger than my child…I really threw some kicks and punches, but he wasn’t fighting back, he was just very ashamed. In the dream, I was saying to myself, why this terrible behaviour when I wasn’t in love with him.

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mo fi ire fun OBATALA

kiabubblez
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Obara during the osun festival they honored a virgin n interviewed her. Can u explain why that is neccessary also she was dressed in red one time or in white with a red cloth shielding her. Why is that?

Obara meji
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Oonuh come on

Ty
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I cannot wait and have a feeling seh a whole bag a we will make the trip…

I will be the first from my family to re touch the motherland… My ancestors will embrace me… Oh what a feeling…

Obara Meji
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They do as the Oracle says, they have to check with Osun sll the way to k own what she wants that time, Osun do not like red so when this happens probably sango has requested something for him and she has consented

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It us a wonderful tradition

Ty
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I hope to go one day, kiab let us go with Obara one year…

Obara Meji
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Obara Meji

During the festivals and what ever you do with Orisha you must ask!

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Good night all ova an hour mi spend ova uchube watching different cermonies honoring orishas eg oya, osun osobogo, obatala.
Obara some traditions yu teach here i see being done live…awesome

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Evening all, Ty yuh deh get ready fi Brenda jr

Ty
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Lol…

Ty
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Obara Meji
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Shawnyrob, us babalawo, but he is al so obatala also

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Sat mean mi haffi guh wake up earlier lol

Ty
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Lol…

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Nice video Ty, I will try to post on each orisa on their day of worship

Ty
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Yeah, I love that idea… Plus your posts put all that we read in better context and fuse the hanging strings we have to a clearer understanding…thank you…

Ty
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Ok…we richly blessed here…

May it continue to be here as it is above…

Obara Meji
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Grunggggg

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Shawn rob too

Ty
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Ok…big up Shawnyrob, a child of Obatala too…

We are on our way to have all the Orishas children here…

Obara Meji
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And den try Mek Africans lok like barbarians

Ty
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Big up cgoh for being a child of Obatala…

Ty
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Mojoba Obatala … We love like a father…

Such a loving tradition that we can still have an Orisha for the disabled…awesome, that speaks volume of how loving the culture is…so happy and proud…

Ty
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Yep…I may soon post pictures of her, di man dem, and di Pickney dem…

Me hope she no bother bring nuh more man a mi yard…she cute but di bull frog dem mi fraid a dem…

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Mi seh I had a vision dis mawning, my mother and I were in a restaurant and a little blonde girl came in, it look like she was looking for donations because she had a desease, I recognized her from earlier in the day as she had solicited donations from a friend I was with(I never saw any money exchange hands I just assume it’s a monetary donation)I said to her your name is Alicia isn’t it? And she said yes, and I said aren’t u suppose to give her (my mother)a homemade cookie? And she said yes, she then took a brownie and gave my mother. My mother started to cry and she touched the little girl in her back to get her attention and said to her you’re such a brave little girl and they both hugged each other and were crying( they were both topless when they hugged) and the hostess and patrons in tge restaurant upon seeing this started to pray and my mother said something like don’t worry yourselves (to the patrons) I am not trying to disrupt your meals, you don’t have to stop eating to pray

What yuh think teach?

MTH
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Teach mi feel guilty a afta mi send the tights brenda bruck out.

Yow Nunu a good ting mi did sey Germany fi diss match. Mi caan loose afta Ozul.

NuNu
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M mi shock suh till!!! Whola 5 goal inna the first half!! Unbelievable! Dem realyl need Naymar and Silva

NuNu
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M and Ty! A wha deh galang Brazil done fah!!!!!

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Is a very powerful Orisha Nunu him next to God!

MTH
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TEACHER!!! Stop it man. Brenda a nuh freak. One is har man and di nedda one is di man pickney!!!

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Good day, MTH, Nunu and all. Teach thanks, now the “trinity” is simplified through our belief system.

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Hey Cam!

kiabubblez
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hey nunu love n light

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Teach mi get a vision this morning. Mi did post it over the other post. I am going to repost it here. Help mi decode it please

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Ok Obara understood. a while back yu recommended some book an tings fi reading. an one a dem was a video, where dem show an elder reading the kola nut. it was interesting to see this…

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Fambo Ihave to put out for about an hour. Soon come back!!!

NuNu
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M teach juss hit up mi head wid da peanut story, mi wonda who the Indian man, if he’s a guide?

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Obara also when the kola nut is cast before him, what happens to it? How does Obatala show his acceptance or non-acceptance of ur prayer?

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but yu can have more than one orisha, right? How many can we have?

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Ok.

MTH
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Teach I asked 2 questions, which one you said I got it with? The one about Obatala feeling responsible or the one where you can change your Orisha?

Obara Meji
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Obara Meji

Your orisha that you born with is your orisha

AMH
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I am so glad that I bought a notebook. Thank you for the wonderful information.

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Yes yuh got it MTH

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Teach can one decide to change the diety to which they belong i.e. upon learning of an orisha that the individual think they are more compatable to, can you switch to that Orisha?

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Teach, does Obatala likes the disfigure because he feels he is responsible because he got drunk on the job and made errors?

MTH
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Nunu guh look pan the next post..Teach re-blog bout mi man, Peanut. (Mi know yu like him to)…

Obara Meji
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Obara Meji

Some Nunu but some can

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He likes to drink but he cannot drink palm wine

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Does that mean that Obatala’s children aren’t good drinkers, they get drunk easily when they drink?

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Teach, I swear you can read my mind…Just yesterday, I printed your terms/definations and read up about Obatala…OMG!!!

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Yail up M!

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