Ban prayers in Nigerian schools

BEYOND RELIGION AND CULTURE: The state governments and anxious authorities devious to stop prayers at assembly devotion in primary and secondary schools across the country would have my trophy. I want them not to rescind the idea, because prayers and religious matters were supposed to be personal things. But regrettably, we have been bamboozled into accepting any norm we grew up practicing without asking a question. It behooves the authorities to understand that the foundation on which prayers in such organisations were formed was orchestrated to further the political and dominating approach with which the founders – the missionaries – who founded them used in conscripting people into one believe-system of “One God”, which was somewhat coercive. The people were not left with an option to choose their personal belief-systems even when they had one, but that of those who taught them in schools and elsewhere. At the schools assembly grounds, you find out that most of the students might not be in the mood for such mantra called prayers, but had no option. And when we look at it, I’m yet to understand what the students pray for, when each and everyone has personal need that should be communicated personally between the person and his or her ‘God’. All the prayers this country had rendered have never changed the country to attain a Utopian one. Rather, people were always deceived to clasp their hands in prayers, inlure of clasp their hands in working. Anyway, we continue to erode ourselves of human intelligence for religiosity. Hence, we continue to breed a brood of children tailoring on blind faith, climbing millions of mountains and trillions of deserts looking for ‘God’. And when they could not find ‘God’, they begin to create ‘God’. Prayers in schools are not only part of relics of colonialism, but also, a height of autocracy owing to the fact that not all people pray the same prayer, the same way, to the same source. Some don’t even believe in prayer, and somebody or group wants to water down prayers down their throats. Hooey!

-Odimegwu Onwumere, Poet/Writer, Rivers State.


The spiritual exercise of sex

If you know the way to meditate
you would have a good sex
with deep concentration.

(Photo: culled from the internet)
Men who come quick
and blame their body chemistry
are like clerics who jabber in prayers
without deep concentration.

Like advancement in spiritual matters
sex is like a person passing from kindergarten
to tertiary institution.

If you put in your best in school
you will have a good result;
likewise if you have advanced
in sexual matters as a spiritual exercise
you can have sexual intercourse
without producing semen –
only when you want to.

Did you ask how possible that could be?

Everything about the world
is training the mind.

The mind is everything.

As there are casual prayers
so there are casual sex
which does not produce the desired result:
Deep concentration.

You may be highly experienced in sex matters
but not experienced that it is a spiritual exercise.

You can pray on it, meditate on it
but it requires two to agree in its spirituality
rather than in experiencing orgasm
that is for the satisfaction of the flesh.

Such that there is sexual climax,
so there is spiritual climax in sex
only oracles like the poet has found out
and will continue to find out.

(c) October 24 2015 Odimegwu Onwumere