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ÒYÍGÍYIGÌ ỌTA OMI : UNDYING STONE POTENT WATER

ÒYÍGÍYIGÌ ỌTA OMI : UNDYING STONE POTENT WATER

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ÒYÍGÍYIGÌ
TA OMIUNDYING STONE POTENT WATERToyin AdepojuNoyo Edem
Òyígíyigì ọta omi o, òyígíyigì ọta omi
 
The unyieldingThe untwistableThe twistingThe yieldingI am that and yet not thatThe unbending stone in the enveloping water
 
 The immobile rock in the living waterWhat do the potent forces of mountain and water have in common?One is static and seemingly immobilethe other is a liquid- full of life and elasticity, ever flowing in its natural state.The water must flow, because the natural course for water is to flow through objects.The mountain may be sorrounded and the water eventually flows through it.The ultimate authority that emanates from the Creator ensures a fulfillment for each speciesin accordance with its overall cosmic purpose.Any attempt to prevent the natural flow of water through the mountaindown to the valleyand into the riverwill cause the water to burst loose like an avalanche.What can contend with the powerful force of water?Not even the mountain-water will gradually exert pressure on the mountain and erode themighty mountain into tiny rocks.Yes, this is the true force of water: silent, yet powerful.I bear witness to the true force of water.I salute you,
 
serene and awesome one.
 
 òyígíyigì a ò  mọo
.
 
Òyígíyigì ọta omi
.
 
We are dissolved into grains of sand by the irrestible flow, and yet we do not die.The sand that was once mountain now carpets the sea bed.Nothing in existence ever ceases to exist.I was sand before I became mountain.I was then dissolved from mountain to sand across eons of time.Formation,transformation,Eternal Mind's eternal re-creationIke di na awaja na awaja: Power flows in many channels
 
 
Image credit
 
“Diamond Fuji”
by
 
MAS (nmsmm)
 
on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/no13_fotologue/4309230032/ Accessed 28/12/2010This photo was taken on 27th Jan. 2010 with the following photographic and cameraspecifications: D300S + SIGMA 30mm F1.4 EX DC /HSMMAS on this image:
In Japan we call this phenomena "Diamond Fuji"[with] the sun setting…into the top of …Mt.Fuji…the very last moment of the sun setting into the back of the mountain. At this
moment, the sun shines like a diamond, hence this is called "Diamond" Fuji. This shot wastaken from the lakeside of Yamanakako (
山中湖
). Speechless beauty of nature.
Text credit
sYoruba lines in the first and fifteenth stansas kindly provided by Elegbe. Personalcommunication.Igbo text in the last line from
The Igbo World and its Art
by Chinua Achebe in
 Hopes and  Impediments
,
 Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos
and
 African Phiolosophy: An Anthology
byEmmanuel Chukwudi Eze. Stanza one : adaptation of Pastor AIO:
“I thought Oyigiyigi was the name of the stone.
Especially when it says [
 òyígíyigì a ò mọo
.]
'We have become Oyigiyigi, we will live forever.' I didn't imagine it was beingreferred to as an adjective.I've heard it explained as something that will not yield or cannot be turned or twisted (hence -yi- in yoruba) while the -gi- sound expresses it's hardness or resilience. Like Igi in wood.Then again it is a combination of yielding and unyielding (yi and gi). A marriage of oppositecharacteristics
 from"The Yoruba Names of God"thread on the social network Nairaland at http://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-238418.0.html . Accessed 28/12/2010. Stanzas five to six and eight to thirteen by Noyo Edem posted toEdo-nationality@yahoogroups.com and Edo_Global@yahoogroups.com under the thread
 

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