My sermon today, Sat.3rd Sept. 2016 at our House of Worship, Indigene Faith of Africa( Ijo Orunmila Ato)Inc, taken from Ejiogbe:-
Iwa onikaluku la o fi da l’ejo
By their characters shall they be judged
Isepe werewere awo oju omi
Iti bamba awo ale odo
Irawe lebelebe awo ajaro oju omi
Awon na difa fun Olokun Seniade
Nijo omi okun ko too bu boju ko to bu wese
Ota werewere awo inu omi difa fun Olokun
E o ri Ijo weliweli ti ngbe won ree f’Oluweri
Little log of wood, the Priest of stream
Timber, the Priest of the sea
Water lily, the priest of the river
They cast divination for Olokun
When the water from the ocean is so little that it can’t wash the face or the feet
Pebble, the priest of the sea also divine for Olokun
Don’t you see whirl wind troubling and taking them to the king of the sea?
Olokun was so small and was experiencing discomfort when the sun is very hot including insults from spitting from people. He consulted the 3 Babalawos named above, the little log of wood, the timber and the water lily. The Odu cast was Ejiogbe. They told Olokun that he would never be big and remain small forever. Wao! What a depressing prophecy.
He left them and was crying when the 4th Babalawo, the pebble met him on the way and asked, “what is troubling you?” He narrated his experience with the 3 Babalawos. The pebble (Ota) asked for the Odu and when Olokun told him, “Ejiogbe”, the pebble was surprised with their interpretation. He told Olokun not to worry. He just needed to do ‘ebo’. Olokun did as was told and miraculously, other streams from nowhere joined the small Olokun to make him the biggest ocean all over the world. He was thankful to Olodumare and Ifa that he decided to celebrate. Everyone was invited including the 4 Babalawos. After eating and drinking, the 3 Babalawos arrogantly wanted to see Olokun, then the whirl wind was troubling them, they got scared and shouted the name of Olokun. When Olokun heard their voice, he cursed them that they would forever be restless on water because they were prophets of doom but on the other hand he embraced Ota werewere(The Pebble) and prayed that he would forever remain strong and healthy ( Ori kii fo ota ninu omi, otutu kii mu ota lale odo, ota kii ku) for delivering the esoteric message of Olodumare perfectly. When you throw a stone into the sea, where does it go?
My people, we can all contribute to analyse the lessons from this stanza.
From Araba of Oworonsoki land, Lagos Nigeria.