Modupe SoulsophyThank you for this Brother Sekhemu. I am currently reading Yoruba Culture - A Philosophical Account by Kola Abimbola (2006, UK). It has helped towards my inner-standing of Yoruba cosmology and the philosophical thought inherent in the traditional Yoruba cultures. The author gives his view of the word "Tradition" as being a world-view (ancient or contemporary) and not some fossilised relic of generations past. He says in his Preface: whilst tradition must of necessity be historical, it can also be dynamic, current, and responsive to change and modification - as long as continuity of some fundamental ideas and practices are maintained (Preface)
Many of us view ancient traditions or ways of the Elders as no longer relevant to the times today. In fact, it is because we fail to acknowledge such sacred disciplines of the past that we are in err today both inner and outer. One of my favourite sayings by one of our great Ancestor Dr. Henrik Clarke is, The events that transpired five thousand years ago, five years ago, or five minutes ago, have determined what will happen five minutes from now, five years from now or five thousand years from now. All history is a current event. So, we only have to look around to see the state of affairs in our societies manifesting of our minds and hearts and what disciplines, or lack of, we are generally living by.
Both scholars are on point
The Odu Ifa is the sum total of yesterday, Today, and Tommorrow (this also said of Ausar).
As you said we as a people don't have to go looking anywhere to look find the solutions to our problems
Every single mystery of the macrocosm and microsm is contained in the 256 Odu. The question often becomes is are we willimg to sublimate the Ego to learn from other black folks.
Its no different from learning martial arts from the sensei in the Dojo it takes humility patience, fortitude, determination and character
Unfortunately many of us look at African spirituality as some sort of fossilized relic. Spiritual roadkill left on the metaphysical highway only to be devoured by new age vultures. Regurgitating bits and pieces of tried and true African traditions
The magnitude of our efforts are beyond my comprehenion but one thing I do know is if these efforts were cease the negating forces would have nothing to hold them back