THE GIFT OF GREETINGS …by Charles Ayo Dada

Dawn breaks resplendently and the silver linings of the sun’s rays peep through an open and receptive window. The essence and joys of another day is celebrated with a solemn prayer of gratitude, and as the “traveler” steps out to experience his path for the day, he radiantly greets his neighbour: “Good morning.” This greeting is mutually experienced and reciprocated by the latter who pronounces same. What is being woven into the essentiality of that morning is … “May your morning be good!” A prayer given in the earliest beginnings when man was being tutored on how to speak with a whole lot of other things he had to learn, And since it was well understood at the time that the word is “living power” – it was natural for the “Beings” to open up the path of the human spirit with a prayer which would in return attract abundant blessings. “Good morning!” When this greeting/ prayer is genuinely expressed, the one who releases the magic of these words almost instantly experiences the blessings. He cannot but be radiant if these words came from his innermost being. The latter, who receives these blessings with a cheerful heart, also experiences same. These words have the power to diffuse the greatest tensions, to instantly evoke the power of forgiveness, and to inject streams of light into what could easily been termed “dull and boring moments”. These greetings have the ability to inspire, to heal, to motivate, and to elevate. In the Wise Providence of the Creator, Who brings about naught but beneficial weavings in His Creation, it was ensured that the happiness of the entire day was sustained by also having an afternoon greeting: “Good afternoon!” Which in the same light means, “May your afternoon be good!” Likewise, and in a similar manner, when the curtains are to be drawn upon the day, one neighbour wishes another fellow traveler well by asking that his night be good – “Good night!” Have you not observed how those who greet others “warmly” shine like light bulbs in the morning, while never hesitating to bless anyone whose paths they are led to with their kind words, smiles and deeds? Do you not glean the wisdom inherent in the proper upbringing of children when you teach them how to greet … with the entirety of their beings – and not as impersonal dull routine? How many are the blessings you attract unto them for that day? After all, how does the adult “customarily” respond to the greeting of a child? He may choose to bless the latter, carry him, offer some kind encouragement – but come what may, he unconsciously and instantly physically reciprocates the blessings that were first and foremost extended to him. Certain elevated cultures have even gone as far as developing a greeting for a very wide variety of activities. They fashion words which uplift the peoples, which encourage the ones to whom these words are spoken, and as a consequence, attract a multiplicity of blessings in return. This does not excuse greetings which verge upon the ridiculous though, and which can be termed as “exercises in futility”. Such are sure to wither away when the Light starts to shine very brightly … When word power is thus misused, and conventional hearty greetings are replaced with meaningless superficial slangs like “hi, wosup, xup, sup, how far, chairman, alaye etc” and other such aberrations, they immediately manifest on the users of such dialectics, distorting their essences thereby, and further removing them from true life. Observe the demeanour of those who have imbibed these false habits. Observe their mannerisms, their postures, and their moods! On the contrary, observe just those persons who have made it a habit to greet others properly. Do you fail to see the refinement that continually takes on form around them in this singular effort; the nobility of character which develops, and the emergent humility? The Law of Reciprocal Action is always at work … even in the smallest and seemingly insignificant things   This beneficial power can only be tapped into by persons who are possessed of sufficient humility; who haven’t been distorted by the craving for importance, and all such attendant manias that come with unhealthy thinking. The effort to imbibe a culture of greeting is also in sync with the admonition to strive for beauty and ennoblement in all spheres of life. A “Golden Age” beckons! Anew, we have to co-operate with and learn from the benevolent “Guardians and Beings”. The new up-building shall fashion a blissful world more beautiful than it has ever been before. Light, therefore, unto the path of that traveler who diligently works towards experiencing that glorious day - Amen

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