quote:Originally posted by HeruStar:
In this system who governs our spiritual actions? How do we manipulate our emotions? What direction should we direct our will/actions? How do we cultivate our spirits? I don't see the answer to any of these questions in Yoruba tradition, that's why I feel like in this day spiritual growth would probably be stagnated by such a system?
Why do you need an entity outside of yourself to "govern (Y)our spiritual actions"? How do you "manipulate (Y)our emotions now? You cultivate your spirit by doing what OA told you in another thread, developing IWA PELE meaning good character or smooth character. "Traditional Yoruba" is not a religion it is a way of viewing existence, it is a culture and if you are not born into it it takes years to become. We do not hand out tracks and you don't just come to real elders and say "teach me about this Yoruba stuff". It does not work that way. I don't need anyone's tithes or offerings. I am not Lukumi.
You could not possibly "be stagnated" by becoming an aborisha. You may be stagnated by your involvement in the Xtian, biblical,european derived life experiences. Look carefully at what you asked above and see what you would surmise about the spiritual developement of a person who asked YOU those questions. How seriously would you take that persons rebuke of your way of life?