A God that can be understood is no God. Who can explain the Infinite in words? – The Razor’s Edge – W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
Everyone ought to worship God according to his own inclinations, and not to be constrained by force – Flavius Josephus ‘Life’ (37-100AD)
After almost 70 posts on this blog including reblogged posts, I am taking a break from self and personal development and going into examining bigger issues and topics that transcends us as human beings. The posts that will be on Eternal thoughts are expected to awaken us to what is outside us. These new sets of posts will reflect this writer’s interest in eternal themes, values, issues and concepts. They will be examining such concepts and issues like creation, morality, forgiveness, beauty, God, humanity and humanness, injustice, oppression and other related ideas. The forthcoming posts will be this writer’s take on these eternal concepts and thoughts but they will be from the Christian angle and perspectives, though this is not to say that what is right or clearly reasonable will be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness or in rabid religious fundamentalism. The posts in this new section of this blog will come in essays, stories , poems and the like but one main thread that will run through all of them is the occupation with eternal themes.
Comments and reactions will be welcomed and entertained but with the understanding that other people and viewpoints must be allowed to express their own opinions and viewpoints no matter how contradictory or violently opposed to one’s own. The coming posts will therefore be a theatre for an expression of the Christian views, a reflection of the writer’s journey and experiences with God and testimonies of how God had changed the writer’s life for the better. Divergent views are welcomed please, but there will be no acceptance of abuse, bigotry or intolerance. Let thousands ideas flourish and contend on these pages and let us allow human free will and inbuilt capability to choose to work. You are all welcome to an enthralling journey.
aterere k’aye, ojijifiri,
alaafin orun, a to f’ara ti bi oke,
ogba gba ti gba’ ra ile , gba ara oko,
gbani gbani ti a n s’aya’
oba to ta sanmo bi aso,
oro ijinle ti n gbe inu omo eniyaan f’ohun,
oba to tin be kaaye o to ma bee
ti yoo si maa be leyin t’aaye o ba si mo,
adeeda, aseeda, eleda, eledua,
a mo i mo motan,oba awon oba,
arugbo ojo,ka bi o o si,
oba to so ile aye ro,
eni ti o so orun ro soke
oba to n wi ti n ri be’
alewi le se, ale se le wi’
a se eyi ti o wu oba eledumare
ogba mu gba mu oju orun o se gbamu
a jagun m a lo ada, ajagun maa yinbon,
tinmo tinmo leyin a so otito,
ako ma ti ika leyin,
a bi eti lu kara bi ajeere,
oba eleti gbo aroye, a ri iro ala,
ologo ni didan,
ibeere, opin ti o mo opin lati ibere
ti o si mo ibere lati opin. etc.
(The one that covers the whole earth, the fleeting shadow, the king of heaven, the mountain one can rest on, the one who rescues those in the bush and those in the cities, the rescuer that one runs to, the one who stretches the sky like a piece of cloth, the deep word that resides inside a human being, the one who had been in existence before the beginning of the world and who will continue to exist after the world ceases to exist, creator, maker of beings, ELEDUA, the unfathomable one, king of kings, the ancient of days, the king that hangs and holds the world, the one who holds the sky from falling, the king who says asserts and it comes to pass, the one who can say do, the king who can do and say, the sky that cannot be bound, one who fights without machete, one who conquers without using guns, fundamental support behind the righteous, one who doesn’t support the wicked, one who is full of hearing like the “ajere” container, one whose ear is ready for complaints, the dream that cannot be narrated, the one with magnificence, the beginning and the end and one who knows the beginning from the end and the end from the beginning. )
* The above is a transliteration of the Yoruba panegyrics or God’s names. The transliterations are just close approximations; they cannot really express the full meanings of these paeans.
- ELEDUA- Another name for GOD in Yoruba language.
- ajere – A type of pot in Yorubaland where herbs or objects are placed in and in order for air to pass through and keep whatever is put in the pot fresh, holes are made all over the pot.