Oyeku Ofun Temple

Ifa and Orisha Temple in Arcata, Humboldt County, Northern California // A Peaceful Place for Divine Worship

Ifa on Self-Deception

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IFA teaches us in Odu Ifa Oyeku Obara:

ekute ile ko nii mu oje ogiri ko yee

difa fun Lasilo

to da egbo si ese osi

to lo nmo ti otun

eeyan to da egbo si ese osi

to lo nmo ti otun

araa re lo ntan an je…


a mouse will not lick the water of fermented melon and survive

this was Ifa’s revelation to Lasilo

who had a wound on his left leg

but chose to apply the medicine to the right leg

the one with a wounded left leg

who decided to treat the right leg

he is only deceiving himself…

we must be careful to be truthful to ourselves so we do not participate in selfdestructive behaviors. one who has a wounded left leg, yet medicates the right leg, is only doing damage to one’s self.

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