The true-nature of iyami-osoronga: The importance of acquiring a true, elevated, accurate and spiritual comprehension of spiritual realties. It is time to come out of fear-mongering, superstitious [backward] thinking, spiritual-immaturity and childish ignorance.
Iyami Osoronga has nothing to do with antagonism or malice. Iyami Osoronga is the ancient, sublime and venerable mother of great wisdom, dignity and power. Iyami-Osoronga is power, vitality and supramundane-ability. If and when she opposes us it is for our own benefit. Iyami-Osoronga is Mother. When we say Mother in regard to iyami-osoronga we are not referring to the female sex as physically understood by us. In spiritual matters MOTHER refers to the nurturing, upbuilding and delightful aspect and quality of the DIVINE ENERGY that is able to completely satisfy our personal, peculiar and individual spiritual needs, aspirations, desires and longings. MOTHER refers to and emphasizes the tender, nurturing and sympathizing aspect of the divine, as well as the steps that the tender, nurturing and sympathizing aspect of the divine will take and MUST take to ensure our success, happiness and wellbeing. Mother -iyami osoronga– is the one who completely understands what we are feeling. Mother -iyami osoronga– is your greatest friend and ally to whom you can open up without fear, pour out your heart and share your innermost secrets, hopes, aspirations and concerns. She will not judge you. She will understand and sympathize with you and help you come out of your troubles, problems, worries and affections. She will help you and build you up. You can speak to her freely about anything!
Mother -iyami osoronga– is your closest, dearest and greatest friend, who even without you sharing with her what is going on in your life and within yourself she will unfailingly do for you whatever is truly in your best interest! Mother -iyami osoronga– is especially there to lift you up when you are feeling down, downcast, discouraged, despondent [hopeless] and demoralized. Mother -iyami osoronga– does not look down on us. She will stand by you to help you in both moments of happiness and sorrow. She will lift you up and give you a new lease on life. She is their to lead you to the discovery of your true worth, dignity and potential. Let there be no doubt in your mind that Mother -iyami osoronga– will always do what is ultimately good for you even if you are not accepting or understanding what she is doing and why. When iyami osoronga grants you her friendship and accepts you as her friend and child she takes full responsibility to get you to where you need to be. She will get you there the direct, sweet and fast way if we are agreeable to her action, or she will get you there the indirect, distasteful and long way if we are resistive to reason and commonsense, but get us there she will! If and when she opposes us it is for our own benefit. If we are doing the wrongs things in life and if we are going in the wrong direction in life she will apparently or seemingly oppose us to steer us in the right direction. She is not actually opposing us but steering us in the right direction, helping us and correcting our mistaken course. She only appear to be opposing us from our own perspective but in actuality [reality] she is helping us. She is not opposite us. She is opposing the wrong attitude, disposition, demeanor and improper resolve that is present in us. She opposing our negative attitude, our irresponsibility, our recklessness, our irritating deliberate stubbornness [stupidity] and our indifference.
Just like your earthly mother will oppose you, disapprove of you and course-correct you if you are wasting your life and pursuing things that will not bring you happiness, success and fulfillment, in the like manner will Iyami Osoronga oppose and resist for your own benefit. Just like we misunderstand and misinterpret the loving, firm and corrective [disciplinary] actions, intent and motive of our earthly mother in the same way due to our own ignorance, stubbornness and backwardness we misinterpret and misunderstanding the noble, loving and firm [tactful] actions of Iyami Osoronga. Iyami Osoronga will use and apply the best and correct strategy that will get our attention and cause us to reflect, reconsider our position and to encourage us to make a decision for positive and constructive change.
Sometimes our early mother can appear to be our enemy but she is not. Our earthly mother can appear to be against us but she is really not, she is for us. We only interpret her loving actions, disciplinary [strong corrective words], actions and intentions wrongly because we are the ones who are wrong, stubborn, recalcitrant and irresponsible, and we are behaving like our own enemy. So when our mother presents herself to correct us and to discipline us, we think that, or take it as, that she is going against us but in reality what she is doing safeguarding us and promoting our true happiness and success. Just like our mother applies tenderness and firmness [hardness] to guide, teach and discipline us so does Iyami Osoronga. Iya Osoronga is also like this. The mother can display or exhibit a fearful, threatening and no-nonsense posture and even apply what may seem to be a harsh remedy when needed, but behind the apparent or actual display of anger, displeasure and dissatisfaction there is a great, immeasurable and boundless love and goodness that we are not perceiving or aware of. Some people can be led by the soft hand. Some people can only be led by a hard hand. Some people can be reasoned with and motivated through tender means and some people can only be motivated, encouraged and corrected through hard means. Some need to be shocked, threatened and scared straight. [They need a shocking, fearful, life-changing [altering] and/or threatening experience to wake them up and get them to stop the foolishness and begin moving in the right direction].
The words eye abapa we…etc…are words of praise to the Divine Mother Iyami Osoronga. The Divine Mother is compared to and represented as a majestic bird that moves with swiftness, dignity, gracefulness, awe-inspiring mystery and majesty. Iyami Osoronga is compared to a bird that has a tremendous vision [which means that she has the power to see and understand all things clearly beyond all appearances. She sees things from the root, she sees things as they actually are. She perceives the reality of a thing, person and situation and cannot be taken in, deceived or tricked by appearances]. These words eye abapa are words of praise that are praising the swift, beautiful and majestic wings of the mother [noble, gracious and loving activity], her majestic and graceful feet [gait or footsteps] and her great wisdom, power and sagacity.
The divine mothers Iyami Osoronga will take the shape, form and expression that will best get our attention and that will benefit us the most. The divine Iyami Osoronga is kind, tender hearted but simultaneously firm and tactful. She devises many ways to help us, encourage us and to steer us away from foolishness, wrong-doing and nonsense. Her preference is to appear to people according to her true nature which is friendly, disarming and which inspires trust but when there is a need for to get through to a stubborn, nescient, recalcitrant and deliberately bothersome [irritating] person she can and will appear in a fearful, threatening and terrific form. She knows when to offer the hug of encouragement and understanding, and she knows when to give the from and tight-slap of correction and discipline. When the wrongdoer, stubborn and recalcitrant person gets the hint and begins to adjust and correct themselves then Iyami Osoronga will relent or abandon who fearful form, aspect and activity and her true face of pure love, concern and tenderness will be clearly perceived and experienced. If the hint is not taken then she will intensify her strategy of firmness and hardness. She will even ‘squeeze’, ‘crunch’, ‘fold’ and ‘crush’ you if she has to, to get the nonsense and foolishness out of you. Her hardness is not blind and is not lacking in self-control. She applies only as much as is needed to bring about and facilitate wholesome correction.
I don’t know about you and I cannot and will not speak for you, but personally I prefer to see my mother happy, and I prefer to relate to my mother in love and tenderness, and I prefer to have my mother relate to me with tenderness, love and with a smile that reveals her love, genuine concern and support for me. Why make mother angry when she only loves us and wants what it best for us? When mother is happy we too will be completely happy, content, peaceful and satisfied.
It is time for devotees and spiritual seekers of today to come out of superstitious nonsense, ignorance and fear-mongering. We must transcend the ignorance and misunderstandings of the past and we must make the effort see, appreciate, understand and experience things with a more sublime, mature and illuminated understanding. Let us understand things as they should be understood and not as scheming, ignorant and manipulative people want to impress upon us.
Awon Iyami is pure love. Awon Iyami does not have that kind of alleged ‘love’ that is nothing more than a cheap, weak and flimsy sentimentalism that will not take action. Love is not passive. Love is active and dynamic. Love is stronger and harder than a diamond! People misunderstand what true love is and they mistake it for the superficial feeling or sensation of cheap, weak and flimsy sentimentalism or prideful self-pity. They think that this ‘passive and ineffective’ sentiment is love and compassion. Love will do what it has to do to bring us to the true platform and standard of thoroughgoing and true happiness, maturity, fulfillment and satisfaction. Real love will not let us rest content with anything less. Some people need to pass through the oasis of tranquility [serenity] and others need to pass through the desert of affliction [corrective suffering]. True love will wisely apply the sweet tasting remedy or the sour tasting medicine.
I trust that this gloss [brief lesson and explanation] on the true nature of iyami osoronga has been beneficial, enlightening and inspiring to you. May this consideration set the hearts and minds of people right and may it be a catalyst for positive [constructive] change, blessing and uplift to one and all.
~ Awo Òrúnmìlà Mark Casillas /!!!\ A.O.M.C. /!!!\