Are the neophyte, the “other scholar” and the layman unfortunate due to “bad luck”, or is it due to not being wise enough?
Within the esoteric language of Ifá, if you are unfortunate (in general terms: money, spouse, health, children, etc.), it is because you are not wise enough. This undoubtedly has an extraordinary meaning, as all the wisdom implicit in Ifá.
There are people who go through life and remain in a state of astonishment, celebrating the possessions and achievements of others, as their own. On the one hand, there are those who stay in the imaginary attempt of seeking fortune without wondering why they have not found it. In my opinion, these people are the idealists and utopians in their chimerical plan, profane by conviction, and their excuse is that they are not lucky. On the other hand, you can find the “other laymen” who go to consultations because they need something. In the end, however, they always blame the Òrìsàs or the Priest for their lack of “luck” complaining that the job was not well done; something that also happens with some neophytes and alleged “scholars” who are common in the diaspora and whom I refer to as “the other scholars”. Nevertheless, the truth is quite different.
As I have explained in other occasions, destiny is not categorical and Olodumare helps those who help themselves.
I think that this kind of people find it difficult to go along with the ecosystem they belong to and with their destiny (Ayanmo, Akunleyan àti Akunlegba), thus, they do not get credit in their transit through earth and start suffering the consequences of their inability to decide, choose and determine, without realizing that the problem is that they are not wise enough.
In my experience as Áwo, I meet with many religious persons of the so-called “other scholars” every day and I listen to their epic diatribes about Ifá, full of trivial and inconsistent arguments which are totally futile. They are occasionally lucky enough to gather around them some gregarious neophytes and laymen who pay great attention to these “geniuses” of creation and inventive who give advice on finding fortune. They do so with total certainty and confidence, but in the end, they all have something in common, from the neophyte to “the other scholar” with the rhetorical speech, they are full of doubts, resentment and fear of seeking the roots and essence of their belief, practice and traditions. They are afraid of seeking the truth they do not know because of their mean and sheepish attitude and, above all, because they are not wise enough.
Ose Òfún says:
There is the ocean which is the house of the God of the Sea; the sea is the head of all waters.
There are the lakes, the house of the God of Lakes; lakes are the second head of all waters.
There is the wisdom inside Akódá who was Orunmila’ s first disciple and the first one to teach Ifá to the world.
There are the words of Aşèdá, Orunmila’s second disciple, who taught the elderly wise advice.
There is the wisdom inside Orunmila who is in charge of adjusting the most important cosmological forces of existence. He is the destiny repairer and the only one capable of reshaping the misfortune or “bad luck” of human beings.
This was predicted by Ifá for those Komooşe komoowa (not wise or intelligent) who cried everyday over their lack of fortune. They were instructed to make sacrifices, get initiated in Ifá and learn Ifá in order to find fortune. Only then will they start to become wise.
Definitely when you do not live in the shadow of Ifa, with absolute honesty, it costs much more to find all the fortunes that Olodumare has for each of his children, all these fortunes granted before the descent to Ikole Odo (Kingdom of the Earth). There are those who have one or two or three but they lack some of the basic fortunes and it is because they do not correct their defects of origin through sacrifice. Come to Ifa, try to learn to live with Ifa.
In the end, when you live with Ifa, it is to live with Olodumare (God). Be wise enough.
There is a thought by the philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell that I always keep in mind and it says:
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."
This thought has inspired me to create and write my own sentence and it says:
“I will continue being full of doubt, learning every day to be a better apprentice”