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Obà t’ Álá - Lord of the White Cloth makes Dreams manifest

Obàtálá belongs to the class of spiritual forces known as funfun. The word mans simply ‘white’. The word fún, which funfun might be a development from or at least have a relationship with do bring the idea of ‘giving’ in the form of applying something as a gift. For instance, fún obinrin means to make a woman’s womb pregnant. From this we might suggest that the word funfun refers to an ability of whiteness to impregnate matter. The whiteness is of course a reference to a sattvic state, to borrow a vedic term. It is the tranquil peace of the mind that carries all possibility. Funfun is contrasted to dudu, or black by dudu representing the forces that, in the words of Awo Falokun, ‘removes the veil of mystery that surrounds the Source of Creation’. We also have a third class, the awon pupa, ‘mysteries of red’, which are spiritual forces intimately related to the blood, the heart, passions and the possibilities for germination of any sort. The use of awon pupa is always a reference to passion and fierceness. In Ifá metaphysics there are only these three colours, and these colours denotes the qualities found in creation as well as the potentialities in Ol’Orun. The spirits that gain the epitaph ‘funfun’ are spirits who partake in the source of creation, the realm of possibilities. They are the first light as spoken of in the last of the meji odus, Ofun meji, at times called Agbababa odu, the grandfather of odu. Obàtálá manifests in the first odu, Ejí Ogbe, which is the light in Ofun manifested. The word Eji Ogbe refers to the act of lifting both hands to heaven. This is both an act of reverence as it is a remembrance of how the manifested creation is possible, namely by the tow forces on the same body. In Ifá metaphysics the universe is seem as a result of inálo, the power of expansion or exhalation and isoki, the power of contraction or inhalation. This cosmic pulse is frequently referred to as Orisa ko, referring to male spirits of whiteness and Orisa bo, female spirits of darkness as a reference to the interplay between imo (light) and aimoyé (darkness as the pulse needed for manifestation.

The condition of Ofun, pure consciousness, still and un-manifested can be touched in dreams. Ifá teaches that nothing that is first imagined can become a reality. Our good fortune begins in dreams, in the invisible universe of spiritual denizens called Imule, meaning ‘House of Light’, these spirits transforms spiritual potential into physical reality, this is the origin of the substance of creation and accomplishment known as ase. Obàtálá is the one who brings this light of possibility into the world and therefore his votaries says:

Obàtálá sùn nínú àlà, Obàtálá jí nínú àlà, Obátálá tinú álà dìde, Ìbà Obàtálá is a praise of Obàtálá’s qualities which means “The Lord of the White Cloth sleeps in white, The Lord of the White Cloth wakes up in white. The Lord of the White Cloth rises in white. As such we praise The Lord of the White Cloth. These qualities are further found in the form of a practical recommendation in one of the verses of Eji Ogbe where we read:

Let us not engage the world hurriedly

Let us not grasp at the rope of wealth impatiently

That which should be treated with mature judgment

Let us not deal with in a state of uncontrolled passion

When we arrive at a cool place

Let us rest fully

Let us give continuous attention to the future

Let us give deep consideration to the consequence of things

And this because of our eventual passing

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