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TWO INDISPENSABLE REALITIES [NEEDS] IN THE LIFE OF AN IFÁ-ORISA DEVOTEE

The importance of self-effort and the importance of having the guidance, blessing and support of a genuine spiritual-master. We must honor, value and support those who have upheld, taught, helped, empowered and sustained us.
[***If you take the time and make the effort to read this message that will take you 5-10 minutes to carefully and slowly consider then you will be greatly benefited and spiritually enriched. If you cannot invest 5-10 minutes of your time to take in good information that will help, encourage and benefit you, then this means that you are not a sincere and determined seeker, student and practitioner. If you cannot invest 5-10 minutes of your time to apply yourself to qualitative effort, study, reflection and practice then how do you expect to acquire, correctly-direct and retain genuine spiritual power? Who will give and entrust spiritual power, influence, responsibility and authority to a person lacking in motivation, determination and commitment? If you cannot muster the determination to read, think, study and internalize a brief 5-10 minute module of instruction then I am afraid that you will not be able to make genuine forward spiritual progress in anything that you set out to do or hope to accomplish. This lesson is for the sincere and determined who want more from their Ifá-Orisa experience and who want spiritual substance for their lives. This lesson is for those who want to rise above the nonsense and are determined to enter into what is real, satisfying and fulfilling. Those who listen to their ori and who enjoy a genuine connection with Ifá and irunmole-orisa will joyfully read, ponder, study and apply this information. Remember that a true-student will one day become a true-master with students of his or her own. If you are not a good student how then will you be able to teach others to be good students. You cannot really encourage others to become what you never were.  You can never become a true-master if you were never a true and respectful student. Spiritual rewards, powers, supramundane abilities and intuitive-perceptivity are the products of ones spiritual exertions. Exert yourself spiritually for at least 5-10 minutes and your effort will be amply rewarded.***]
[1] There are two indispensable needs in the life of a spiritual aspirant-devotee. For us to be able to realize, recognize, actualize and manifest our individual orisa nature, our divine self-nature or iponri [true-self] we need the blessings of (1) consecrated, continual, steady and progressive self-effort [self-renewing initiative] and spiritual study; and (2) we need the àse [grace, power, support and power] of our spiritual-mentor, teacher, initiator and/or guide. The àse, blessing, support and grace of our spiritual mentor will infuse us with inspiration, authority, divine understanding [direct experience], confidence and a powerful self-sustaining motivation of divine origin that will hold us up and see us through our spiritual path and journey until we arrive at fullness of achievement, deep-understanding and well-rounded [fully developed] maturity.
[2] In my previous writings I have amply highlighted the need for a devotee to be persevering, industrious, self-reliant, practical and studious in regard to Ifá-Orisa spirituality and Ifá-Orisa practice. But while we must be self-reliant we cannot be entirely independent. We need the experience, help, benefit, guidance and training that an expert and mature mentor, teacher and/or empowered [graceful, accessible and àse filled] spiritual preceptor or master can afford us. Please do not let the word spiritual master throw you off. Let me explain and/or define what is meant by a spiritual master and/or preceptor. The word master simply means an experienced, knowledgeable, empowered and graceful teacher. A spiritual master is the one who lives the truth of Ifá-Orisa and is able to communicate the confidential teachings of Ifá-Orisa together with the living presence of Ifá-Orisa to others. By spiritual we mean a person whose wisdom, àse and conduct are one inseparable and indivisible whole. What he teaches he consistently and reliably lives, demonstrates and exhibits. A spiritual master or preceptor is not the owner of your life. A spiritual master is the one who will, with your consent, dedication and commitment, train you up, build you up, encourage you and will open your eyes to the true depth, ways and mysteries of Ifá and the irunmole-orisa. In other words a true master, mentor or preceptor is simply a mature, experienced, reliable, trustworthy and highly developed practitioner and fellow companion who is much further along the path of attainment than you and who has already attained much, and thereby is able and qualified to assist you, and is able to impart his spiritual strength, virtue and power to the sincere, teachable, intelligent and receptive student.
[3] This teacher, mentor and guide may not be popular or greatly known because true and capable guides [spiritual masters] do not go about announcing themselves or publishing themselves. A genuine preceptor and master cannot be known or identified by his external attire or appearance. One has to draw near to the teacher, spend time with the teacher and serve the teacher so as to receive the grace or àse of this teacher and the blessing of discerning the great mystic virtue and treasure of knowledge and gracefulness that this teacher has. This master will be simple and unpretentious. Many rub shoulders with him or her everyday and they don’t know or see the greatness of the person that they are frequently coming in contact with. A spiritual preceptor will not ‘lord it’ over you. A spiritual preceptor does not want and will not accept your ‘worship’ but will accept your willingness to learn and apply the truth, and will also accept your respectful attitude and your diligence.
[4] A spiritual preceptor builds up his students upon and around the foundational mysteries of Ifá and not on his person or personality. A SPIRITUAL master will not ask you for money and does not make money [your money] a requisite for acceptance and training. A genuine preceptor will impart to you a living awareness of the character, personality and presence of Ifá, Òrúnmìlà and of the irunmole-orisa. A spiritual master will treat you as a friend and will not make you feel inferior to his or her person, but a spiritual master or preceptor is still a spiritual master or preceptor, and one should recognize this reality, accord him or her due reverence and act respectfully. The spiritual preceptor will reveal and make known his greatness without having and displaying arrogance and conceit to the sincere, persevering and disciplined student. The revelation of the masters greatness is not for the purpose of making himself or herself appear great to the student, to show-off or to impress the student but to establish faith, respect, confidence and trust in the student towards his or her spiritual teacher, guide and mentor, so that this serves as a spiritual bridge or channel through which spiritual energy, divine-vision [experience], knowledge and enlightenment can be successfully imparted and communicated.
[5] The function and aim of a spiritual master, mentor and teacher is to establish you in a living, indissoluble and unbreakable connection with Ifá, Òrúnmìlà and the irunmole-orisa. The spiritual master, oluwo or ojugbona will reveal to you the path that is best suited to your affinity. He will successfully guide you along the path, and he will spiritually nourish you, bringing healing [correction] to your life. You will experience, discern and see the reality of Ifá in the character, personality and ways of your spiritual master and teacher. The teacher will come alongside you in the spirit of Òrúnmìlà, to forewarn you about the pitfalls and to safeguard you from fruitless and sorrowful paths. He or she will assist you to overcome hindrances and obstacles and will impart spiritual power to you, to enable you to persevere and prevail during trying and difficult times. The grace, àse and power that the spiritual master imparts to you in no way absolves you of the need to put in your effort, your study, your practice and your toil. The grace and blessing of your preceptor will add sweetness and joy to your efforts and labors no matter how arduous or challenging they are or may seem. A genuine spiritual preceptor will continually earn your trust and confidence.  Trust and confidence are not on demand and they are not ready made. They must be consistently, perseveringly and continuously earned and merited. A ‘teacher’ who does not and cannot inspire trust, confidence, awe and respect in you should not be accepted as your spiritual preceptor or teacher. A true teacher is never fake or pretend and thereby has nothing to hide. A genuine spiritual master is afraid of nothing and no one and always enjoys the respect of his community and the full support of a pure and clean conscience. A genuine teacher is not hiding or doing things in secret. A genuine teacher and preceptor can stand up to the scrutiny of anyone because he or she is more transparent than glass and lives a clean, respectful and blameless life. A true teacher does not try to hoard his students and does not restrict his students from meeting with and learning from other legitimate spiritual preceptors, mentors and teachers. No single teacher or spiritual preceptor is a one stop center who has it all, and/or who knows it all. A true spiritual master, oluwo or ojugbona does not treat or consider his students as if they were his personal property to do as he pleases with them. A true spiritual master considers his students as the children and personal friends of Òrúnmìlà and thereby accords them the corresponding respect and relates to them with an attitude of non-attachment.
[6] The àse of your oluwo, ojugbona or spiritual master and teacher, or masters and teachers will ensure that your toil, effort, study and practice will bear abundant and satisfying fruit. There is a great power, virtue and grace that is imparted by the spiritual master to the student as a result of the student frequently associating with the teacher, learning from the teacher and patiently applying the instructions of the mentor.  Once the spiritual master enlightens you, leads you to spiritual maturity and empowers you through the face-to-face transmission [by frequent and direct personal contact, and spiritual association] then he will then remove himself and you will now be led by the grace, knowledge and àse that the teacher trained you up in. The master will entrust you to the workings of the àse, grace and power that he or she communicated to you and trained you in. You are not to be a follower and worshipper of the personality of the  master, but of the truth, science, àse and power that you were established in by the spiritual preceptor. The master loves and cares for his pupils, and just like a loving father and mother behaves towards their child, a genuine preceptor will apply corrective discipline and stern correction when necessary and if necessary so that immaturity, superficiality, foolishness and ignorance are pruned away from the student. Just like a good father or mother does not let their children do whatever their undeveloped, immature and untrained minds suggest or lead them to do, in like manner will a caring and true spiritual preceptor discipline, correct and train up his or her spiritual children. A spiritual master and preceptor may or may not outwardly be a highly educated person according to mundane standards, but they are masters in matters of the spirit, practical living and true divine gracefulness or àse. They will undoubtedly possess and have an unquestionable spiritual intelligence, truth, presence, self-authenticating authority and power. A legitimate spiritual master, mentor and guide may or may not be an intellectual person according to everyday standards, but they will have and possess divine genius and an uplifting spiritual peculiarity uniquely their own that all can personally experience, perceive and attest to, and that no one can deny.
[7] When you meet, find or discover such a spiritual teacher or master you will have a feeling or sense like if you were associating with an irunmole-orisa in person. You will feel peace, wonder and contentment simply by being with this person and spending time with him. A spiritual master imparts a special grace that causes many of the problems or doubts that one had had to simply correct themselves and/or disappear. A spiritual master reveals your true dignity, value and purpose. A spiritual master makes you dependent on Ifá and not on his person or personality. When we come in contact with a genuine teacher and mentor a renewed and elevated faith and confidence arises in us towards Ifá and the irunmole-orisa in a natural, unforced, marvelous and spontaneous way. We begin to value and appreciate ourselves in new ways and we begin to understand and appreciate the true depth, beauty, sweetness and power of Ifá. This is the kind of effect that Òrúnmìlà produced in others. Akoda and Aseda were also able to inspire, empower, heal and elevate others simply by the power of their divine presence, personality and character alone, not to mention their teachings and spiritual works. Just to behold Òrúnmìlà, all fear, worry, anxiety and doubts would melt away and disappear. This is why Òrúnmìlà is called the one who miraculously transforms our sorrow into joy. This is said of Òrúnmìlà because the worries, fears, anxiety and doubts of people would literally disappear at the sight of Òrúnmìlà or merely by them hearing about Òrúnmìlà. This grace, virtue and power is also had, enjoyed and shared by Òrúnmìlà’s true followers. This is a special boon granted by Òrúnmìlà to those who tread his path with sincerity, straightforwardness, courage and honesty.
[8] If you have a good oluwo, a good ojugbona or spiritual guide and instructor that loves you, that rightly instructs and trains you, that cares for you and who discliplines you for your own good, wellbeing and benefit, thank Olódùmarè for such a gift and treasure. If you see or notice that your teacher is in need of some basic necessity or life-essential, then help him or her to the best of your means and ability without causing injury, loss or strain to yourself. A true master will not demand or ask from you this kind of service, but if you have a human heart and your teacher and preceptor has been selflessly caring for you and helping you, then how can you withhold your relief and assistance when you discern a need in his or her life, and it is within your means to confer a good measure of aid and assistance? Do not embarrass your teacher by asking him if he needs something, when you can clearly see a need for something relating to basic necessities in his life. If you teacher is in need of food, clothing, medicine, shelter or some other basic need, and you have the means to help and contribute to his uplift, then do so without making a big deal about it. Just give what help you can in a simple, unpretentious and natural way. It could be that the teacher is just testing you. Do not underestimate the greatness, virtue and power of your spiritual master just because your teacher is humble, unassuming and perhaps because he or she jokes around with you in wholesome humor just like if he or she were just an ordinary everyday person. A true spiritual master, oluwo and ojugbona is far from being an ordinary or common person. Express gratitude, appreciation and love towards your teacher in Ifá, in Orisa and in Isese by your actions, support and reliable heartfelt appreciative words. Do not embarass your teacher. Make others to be proud of Ifá and of your teacher by your conduct, demeanor and wisdom. If you do not have a teacher or guide yet then begin to search for one under the guidance of Òrúnmìlà and the irunmole-orisa. A true teacher and guide is indispensable to a devotee, just like self-reliance, effort, dedication and practicality are indispensable to a devotee. Your ori will guide you but your ori cannot be a substitute for a spiritual teacher, and a spiritual teacher cannot be a substitute for your ori. They will work in union and harmony with each other. Remember: A legitimate teacher or preceptor is not arrogant or conceited. An arrogant and conceited ‘teacher’ has nothing to give you or offer you. A legitimate teacher will not ‘lord it’ over you. A legitimate teacher will not attempt to control your life or manage your life for you. A spiritual master is not a crutch. A spiritual master is not there to pamper you, baby you and flatter you. A spiritual master is not there to extract money or personality worship from you. Divine knowledge, practical understanding, spiritual power and true spiritual satisfaction cannot be had in isolation. It can only be had and enjoyed in the company or constant association of devoted and spiritually mature and knowledgeable persons. Any devoted, spiritually-mature, honorable, consistent, caring, intelligent, sympathetic and knowledgeable person can serve as ones spiritual master, mentor or teacher.
[9] A qualified and genuine spiritual master or preceptor does not think himself or herself as such, and they will not be posting adds online promoting themselves as such. Qualified students simply gravitate to a natural, unpretentious and sincere teacher, and this is how spiritual mentors becomes mentors and not because they are intentionally promoting themselves as mentors, spiritual preceptors or spiritual masters. One more thing: To be able to find and secure a genuine, dedicated and empowered preceptor one must as an aspirant be genuine, dedicated, wholehearted, teachable, receptive, practical and motivated. A genuine aspirant must be able and willing to call a spade a spade. A genuine seeker must have an attitude that refuses to put up with any nonsense and foolishness in himself/herself and/or others.
[10] May Ifá bless all who have taken the time and exercised the patience to carefully read, consider and think about the above teaching. May you all be benefitted, encouraged and motivated by what has been shared in sincerity, love and good-will. May these guidelines and considerations serve to adjust and correct misunderstanding and may they serve to establish correct perception and clear-seeing awareness. May these teachings sweep away superficiality, make-believe, fantasy, ignorance, stinginess, insensitivity and deception in all its forms. Àse.
~ Awo Òrúnmìlà Mark Casillas
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OSA-IRETE: LA ILUMINACIÓN Y DESPERTAR DE ÒRÚNMÌLÀ AWINRIN. PORQUÉ YO AMO Y ME DEDICO A ÒRÚNMÌLÀ.

Aboru Aboye. Ogbo ato asure iworiwofun. Àse.
La iluminación y la inspiración divina es una dádiva de Olódùmarè. Para entender a Ifá y para impartir mensajes de parte de Ifá tenemos que vivir en armonía con Ifá, estudiar Ifá, practicar Ifá y contemplar Ifá. Todos los días es necesario que nos reunamos con Òrúnmìlà y que consultemos a Ifá.
Ifá me ha concedido grandes manifestaciónes, dádivas y bendiciones. La razón por la cual logro estas manifestaciones, dádivas y bendiciones de Ifá es porque yo no me promuevo a mi mismo. Me dedico a promover lo que Òrúnmìlà quiere, y solo comunicó lo que Òrúnmìlà me revela y me indica que debo compartir.
Doy gracias a Òrúnmìlà por el privilegio que tengo de disfrutar una amistad íntima con el. De ser su alumno, devoto e hijo. Yo amo a Òrúnmìlà. El que camina con Òrúnmìlà camina con Olódùmarè. El nombre y la persona de Òrúnmìlà nos hace siempre recordar a Olódùmarè y nos acerca hacia Olódùmarè. El nombre Òrúnmìlà significa: Òlòrún [Olódùmarè] sabe cómo salvar.
Cuando confiamos en Òrúnmìlà estamos declarando y afirmando que tenemos confianza y fe en Olódùmarè, en su sabiduría y poder para resguardarnos y protegernos de todo aquello que no es provechoso para nosotros. Òrúnmìlà tiene porción en y participa en la omnisciencia de Òlòrún [Olódùmarè]. Òrúnmìlà es el único irunmole-orisa que recibió la dádiva de gustar, de tener porción en, y de participar en la virtud de la omnisciencia que es una virtud intrinsica de Olódùmarè.
Cuando caminamos con Ifá con sinceridad y amor, esta omnisciencia divina nos ilumina, nos irradia y se difunde en nosotros. Según el deseo de Olódùmarè, Ifá nos revela muchas cosas y nos enseña que hacer, como hacer, cuando hacer, cuando hablar, como hablar y de que debemos hablar y aún cuando debemos callar. Òrúnmìlà nos revela lo que las personas verdaderamente traen escondidos en sus corazones. Vemos y percibimos las verdaderas intenciones del corazón. Òrúnmìlà es la manifestación pura de la omnisciencia divina manifestada y de la virtud.
Esta gran virtud la recibió Òrúnmìlà de parte de Olódùmarè en el sagrado Odu-Ifá Osa-Irete. Òrúnmìlà nunca pidió esta dádiva. Olódùmarè se la regalo a Òrúnmìlà por la humildad, la sencillez, la buena-fe y la honestidad que había y hay en Òrúnmìlà. Osa-Irete es el Odu-Ifá de la omniciencia, la sabiduría y la espiritualidad peculiar de Òrúnmìlà. Osa-Irete revela el secreto de la virtud, poder y autoridad de Òrúnmìlà, como también sus responsabilidades y obligaciónes. Osa-Irete es el Odu-Ifá que explica y revela la iluminación y despertar de Òrúnmìlà Awinrin. Osa-Irete contiene la esencia y corazón de la energía única, carácter sin-igual y personalidad carismática de Òrúnmìlà. Osa-Irete es la manifestación de la sabiduría, conocimiento y entendimiento de Olódùmarè.
No fue fácil para Òrúnmìlà cuando recibió esta gracia de parte de Olódùmarè, de emplearla con facilidad, porque en conjunto con la dádiva también vino la carga, el peso, las obligaciones y responsabilidades que experimentó Òrúnmìlà cuando empezaron a llegar irunmole-orisa y seres humanos sin número para compartir sus problemas y dificultades con Òrúnmìlà. Experimento Òrúnmìlà el inconveniente de que a todas horas llegaban irunmole-orisa y seres humanos que querían conocerlo y hablar con el. Todo aquel que quiere recibir la sabiduría abundante de Ifá tiene que estar dispuesto a experimentar inconvenientes y tiene que estar dispuesto a simpatizar con otros y ayudarlos a sobrellevar sus cargas, los dolores y sufrimientos de la vida. No es facil seguir el ejemplo y las pisadas de Òrúnmìlà pero si es posible y necesario.
Nosotros que somos creyentes y devotos de Ifá tenemos una fuerza que nos sostiene, nos apoya y nos da paz, aun en momentos difíciles como los que estamos atravesando. Sentimos y tenemos un gozo y una alegría contagiosa que otros no pueden sondear.
Todo lo que es ordenado, aprobado e instituido por Olódùmarè es para nuestro bien y provecho. Aún cuando Olódùmarè ordena e instituye cosas que son duras para nosotros aceptar o comprender, tenemos que saber que el amor y la sabiduría de Olódùmarè está guiando todas la cosas. La voluntad de Olódùmarè es lo único que triunfa, permanece y prevalece. A travez de Ifá nos vinculamos a la voluntad de Olódùmarè.
Todo alumno, devoto e hijo de Òrúnmìlà debe hablar frecuentemente con su Ifá. Reúnase con Òrúnmìlà. Ifá no hace acepción de personas. Ifá no tiene hijos favoritos. Ifá es imparcial y ecuánime. Yo no tengo mas privilegios con Ifá que usted. Yo no tengo mas cercanía con Ifá que la que usted puede también tener. Quiero que usted experimente en mayor medida la eficacia y cuidado personal de Òrúnmìlà en su vida. Òrúnmìlà le ama. Cuéntale todo a Baba Ifá. Cuales sean sus problemas, retos y dificultades entrégale su pesar a Òrúnmìlà. Déjalos allí con el. Òrúnmìlà resolverá y traerá paz, remedio y alivio a su vida.
Mis amados hermanos y hermanas, todos los días comience de nuevo. Renovase todos los días. Si se cayó, entonces vuélvase a levantar. Todos nos caemos, todos nos pelamos las rodillas. Pero no nos podemos quedar en el suelo. Nos levantamos y seguimos caminando hacia adelante. Sigáse levantado y no tomes en cuenta las caídas. No importa las veces que uno se caiga. Lo importante es volvernos a levantar. Viva un día a la vez. Cada vez que nos levantamos nos ponemos mas fuertes y resiliente hasta que llega un día que no nos volvemos a caer. Àse!
Espero que estas palabras sean útiles y provechosas pasa su vida. Espero que hayan servido de estímulo y que le hayan impartido ánimo, esperanza y confianza. Que le traigan paz, confortamiento y satisfacción. Fun Olódùmarè. Gracias a Olódùmarè.
Ifá tóó yangàn. Ifá ni lagba ti ngbaye. Àse.
Nunca debemos sentirnos abochornados y avergonzados de ser devotos, creyentes e hijos de Ifá. Debemos sentirnos orgullos de ser devotos de Ifá y de tener a Ifá. Ifá es el que sana, rectifica y salva el mundo [de nuestros pensamientos, voluntad, sentimientos y emociones].
Una cosa más: No permítas que la ingratitud, la hipocresía, las malas-obras y la indiferencia de otros, que aveces nos pagan mal por los bienes que le hacemos, que nos inclinen a considerar valernos de prácticas espirituales o tipos de espiritualidades que no son aprobadas por Ifá. No necesitamos inclinarnos en esa dirección. Ifá es más que suficiente para resolver los conflictos y malos entendidos. Ifá sabe mejor como dispensar equitativamente la medicina dulce o la medicina amarga.
Dejémonos guiar siempre por el consejo y guianza de Ifá. No todo el que nos hace un mal es porque necesariamente sea una persona mala. Muchas personas sencillamente están enfermos del corazón. Muchas personas están quebradas, fragmentadas y destrozadas en su interior. Necesitan el amor, la ayuda y la simpatía de Ifá y no del enojo o molestia que se puede levantar en nuestros corazones. No podemos molestarnos con una persona enferma porque se esté comportando como una persona enferma. No necesitamos añadirle más dolor y sufrimiento a nadie. El que mal hace, mal termina. Seamos pacientes con otros así como Olódùmarè ha sido paciente con nosotros. No permitas que ningún corojo manche sus vestimentas blancas espirituales.
Todo lo que estamos viendo y experimentando hoy día es con el propósito de que las personas se vuelvan humanas otra vez. El perdón, la comprensión, la paciencia y simpatía [amor] es la solución.
Ifá gbe wa ooo. Àse.
Ifá nos sostendrá. Àse.
Oruko Odumare ni ka fi iyin fun. Àse.
Solamente el nombre de Olódùmarè merece reconocimiento, alabanza y homenaje. Àse.
Aboru Aboye. Ogbo ato asure iworiwofun. Àse.

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THE GREATNESS, GLORY AND MAGNIFICENCE OF OLÓDÙMARÈ

The Spiritual Meaning of Oruko Odumare ni ka fi iyin fun

Olódùmarè is the best, holiest, sacred and highest name of God worthy of being meditated upon. Olódùmarè means the source, origin, owner and reservoir of all energies, powers and wondrous abilities. Olódùmarè also means the one who is vested with ALL POWERS. Olódùmarè also implies the supreme one who has deep affection for us as a mother towards her child.

Olódùmarè is worthy of our admiration, reverence and adoration because Olódùmarè is just, impartial, present everywhere, of the essence of happiness, and Olódùmarè is the supreme master of the entire creation. This is why the name of Olódùmarè is the name worth praising and relying upon.

The path of Olódùmarè means adherence to Iwa. The moment that the divine word, name and sound Olódùmarè enters our hearing our hearts should immediately experience, perceive, feel and think about the exalted spiritual value of Iwa. Iwa is the highest divine value. Iwa is supreme sanctity, benevolence, rectitude and grace. Iwa is the the highest merit.

Iwa means divine, godly and/or god-like qualities, personality, character, manners and comportment. Iwa has the combined meaning of right conduct, virtuous attitude-behavior, integrity, rectitude and good conduct. Iwa also refers to that quality, value and manner of life that gives rise to a good, clean, happy and healthy conscience.

The human being who adheres to Iwa lives on the highest spiritual level and is unaffected by the censure or praise of people.

The heart and essence of Olódùmarè is Iwa. Just like salt gives flavor to food in like manner Iwa gives pleasantness, happiness, success, flavor, satisfaction and delight to human life. Iwa is the power of Olódùmarè which inspires righteousness, integrity, courage, self-discipline, personal responsibility, wisdom, good manners and virtuous comportment in us.

All of our problems are solved if we are, individually and collectively, endowed with divine wisdom, rectitude, personal responsibility, dutifulness, gentleness, kindness, understanding and honesty: This is what it means to have Iwa. Iwa is the supreme virtue of Olódùmarè which inspires us, protects us, comforts us, strengthens us and guides us. Iwa is the cord which connects us to Olódùmarè. Iwa connects us [gives us access] to Olódùmarè’s storehouse of limitless treasures, powers, secrets and wisdoms.

Without Iwa we will always find ourselves entangled in problems, conflicts, needless drama, setbacks, shame, pessimism, loss, self-defeatism and suffering. Without Iwa we will find ourselves being pursued by problems, dissatisfaction, despondency, anxiety, despair and conflict.

This is why it is important to be mindful of Olódùmarè because Olódùmarè is the embodiment and bestower of Iwa. Mindfulness of Olódùmarè is how Ifá defines praise. We must know that Olódùmarè dwells with us and within us as Ori. Ori the the immediate personal presence of Olódùmarè who dwells within our human mind who guides us, leads and encouraged us from within. When we are mindful of Olódùmarè from a heart of sincerity, the virtues, powers, wisdoms, secrets, mysteries and graces of Olódùmarè flow into our inner-selves bringing harmony, integrity, health, strength, intelligence, divine ability, enthusiasm, confidence and peace to our lives.

Iwa is not only a principle, Iwa is a divine energy and power which emanates and springs forth from Olódùmarè that lifts us up and sets us on the straight path of peace, health, success, prosperity, power and happiness.

We should always feel the presence of Father Olódùmarè and Mother Iwa within ourselves, because this awareness will enlighten us, guide us, purify us, protect us and save us from shame, sorrow, conflict, loss and calamity. This awareness will unfailingly lead us to prosperity, success, wholesome self-esteem, harmony and freedom from suffering.

Olódùmarè is a being of supreme positivity, optimism, radiance, vitality and contagious inspiration. Contact with Olódùmarè fills us with faith in ourselves and confidence towards Olódùmarè.

The words Oruko Odumare ni ka fi iyin fun mean that only the Name of Olódùmarè is dependable, reliable, exalted, adorable and worthy of supreme reverence, trust, awe and love. By Name we mean the essential experiential value [our direct personal experience of the supreme values and energy] of the divine name [living energy, vitality and power of] Olódùmarè within our own hearts. By Name we mean the supreme qualities, character and personality that are inherent in and communicated by the divine name Olódùmarè.

The name Olódùmarè was not created by human beings. The name and sound Olódùmarè is not of this world or creation. The name, sound, divine power, holy-sacred energy and spiritual vibration Olódùmarè existed before the creation. It is transcendent and timeless.Continue reading

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THE NATURE OF ÒRÚNMÌLÀ

The Vital Importance of Becoming Acquainted with and Knowing Òrúnmìlà:

Sometimes in life we are too wise for our own good. At times we are ignorant of that which is truly for our highest and best benefit. We neglect and ignore what is truly in our best interest. We unwisely long for and cling to things that do not, and cannot satisfy our hearts, and which do not strengthen and elevate our minds [life]. We often give up quickly on the spiritual path when we are beginning to penetrate into the real and are about to attain genuine understanding, achievement and progress. We impatiently trade in true progress for things which only fatten our ego and cause us to become stuck in repetitive, self-defeating and wearisome patterns of superficiality, pettiness and lack of substance which further makes our lives empty, hollow, unsatisfying and lacking in meaning. We trade our pure gold for valueless glitter. We are moving, but we are not going anywhere, and we are not making genuine progress in any direction because we are walking aimlessly in circles without knowing what our true destination [aim] should be and the way to get there. We want to be able to believe in the divine and in people again but we have been let down so much, disappointed and hurt by others that we have lost our confidence, assurance and willingness to believe and trust, even when we really want to. How do we remedy this and come out of this predicament?

We all need guidance and we all need an attainable and realistic ideal [purpose and aim] to inspire us, guide us and to give our lives meaning. We need to know our purpose for existing and we need to achieve this purpose. As followers of Ifá, we should know and have this guidance and ideal [purpose and aim] to inspire us, guide us and to give our lives a satisfying purpose. Where do we begin in our quest to discover this guidance and ideal? How do we begin to realize our innate desires for satisfaction, fulfillment and meaning in life?

We must begin by coming to know and understand the person and nature of Òrúnmìlà.

The divine irunmole-orisa and holy sage of Ekiti, our divine master Òrúnmìlà, is our guide, exemplar and ideal. He is our inspirer, protector, encourager and guide who reveals the path to us and walks alongside us as we advance in our journey of attainment. Òrúnmìlà Oba Atayese is the sure and reliable guide, because Òrúnmìlà is the embodiment of simple, unpretentious, guileless and honest behavior and thoughts. Òrúnmìlà is profoundly simple. His simplicity is of divine origin. His simplicity is born of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, vast experience and confidence. These qualities in Òrúnmìlà enable him to establish us in certainty, serenity, contentment, assurance, confidence and peace. Òrúnmìlà is the master of consistent good character and consistent noble behavior. Òrúnmìlà is loving and lovable. Òrúnmìlà is tender hearted but of strong will, tactfulness and determination. Òrúnmìlà is not a sentimental personality. His love and compassion are not wishy-washy, weak or soft. His love, sympathetic-understanding and compassion are stronger and harder than a diamond! Òrúnmìlà reveals to us the true meaning, value and greatness of being human beings. He unfolds before our understanding our divine dignity and our extraordinary greatness and potential.

The love of Òrúnmìlà is blended with, and inseparable from divine intelligence, sheer honesty, deep insight and a firm and truthful will. Òrúnmìlà has such an extraordinary, sweet and confidence inspiring personality and character. We never need be afraid of our past mistakes before Òrúnmìlà. Just like when you face the light of the sun and it casts a shadow behind you which cannot come before you, in like manner we can approach Òrúnmìlà and his light, without fear and/or worry. Òrúnmìlà will not allow the shadows of our past to come up before us. He will not allow our past errors or mistakes to hinder and obstruct our present and future progress, success and prosperity. Òrúnmìlà knows how to convert poison into medicine, and he knows how to relate to us as unique and individual persons. He knows our history, our origins and the factors that have made us who we are today. What is good he can make better. What was bad, he can correct, heal and make good.

The character and personality of Òrúnmìlà is such that when we are with him and before him, Òrúnmìlà makes us feel that we are the most important person to him, and we are! Òrúnmìlà is the one who loves us and counsels us better than our nearest and dearest loved ones. In the presence of Òrúnmìlà one only experiences a boundless love, sympathetic understanding, confidence, certainty, assurance and peace. All fear, worry, insecurity and anxiety melts away when we make real contact with Òrúnmìlà and come to know him. How can we meet and know Òrúnmìlà? Can we really know him and meet him in person? And if we can really know him and meet him how do we go about it?

Òrúnmìlà can be known and loved just like you know and love your nearest and dearest friends and kin. The first step is to make the firm resolve and determination to really know and become intimately acquainted with Òrúnmìlà Amuwagun. Unless there is a true and firm resolve [determination] to know him and walk with him we will not be able to move even a hairs length in the direction of Òrúnmìlà, and Òrúnmìlà will seem to us to be a distant personality and power whose friendship and nearness cannot be attained and enjoyed. If you do not want to really know [meet] Òrúnmìlà and you do not really intend to become his follower then he will always be hidden, unknown and concealed to you. But if you really want to know and see [meet] Òrúnmìlà, and you are intending to be a genuine student then there are many avenues available to you for you to know, see and experience Òrúnmìlà Awinrin in person [directly]. Every sincere human being can achieve this. If there is sincerity, genuine interest, devotion, simplicity and devotion in you, then you have the capacity and ability [all you need] to receive the personal vision [manifestation] of Òrúnmìlà. Then you will find out and know for yourself who and what Òrúnmìlà is. No one else will have to tell you anything because you will be knowing [seeing and experiencing] him yourself directly, continuously and realistically. Personally knowing Òrúnmìlà makes all the difference in the world. We should offer our friendship and loyalty to Òrúnmìlà and make him our best friend. Knowing Òrúnmìlà makes us authentic, fearless and partakers of a freedom which cannot be communicated in words and which must be personally, pragmatically and realistically known each one for himself or herself.

When you feel, hear and see the spirit, presence, power and person of Òrúnmìlà you will be blessed!!! As soon as you hear [experience] the voice of Òrúnmìlà your heart will be flooded with love, hope, gratitude, wonder, awe, courage and peace. You will experience something akin to a divine fire in your heart, which fills you, empowers you and surrounds you. Divine understanding and sympathetic understanding will arise in you. Clear seeing consciousness, divine power [ability] and penetrative insight will be your constant and faithful companions, guides and protectors. Your present character, inner condition-state and behavior will become qualitively [positively] transformed and sublimated. Your character and personality will become divinely sweet, attractive, harmonious, simple, authentic and magnetic. A spirit of loving friendliness, confidence and trust will emanate from you which will disarm others of their worries, fears and doubts and will fill them with renewed hope, inspiration and certainty of success. If you resolve to be true, authentic and real, then Òrúnmìlà will most surely agree to meet with you and reveal himself and share his wisdom, his ways and powers with you.

To meet, see, experience and know Òrúnmìlà there is no particular place, no particular time and no particular ritual required. In the eyes of Òrúnmìlà nobody is intrinsically unworthy because he knows our origins and our true divine personality and eternal identity. Òrúnmìlà knows what we are destined to become, and he sees us and relates to us according to our true divine nature, eternal identity and dignity, and not according to our present lot, circumstance or condition in life. Òrúnmìlà sees all, values all and loves all with the same intensity, hope, value and assurance. It is just a matter of our personal receptivity, desire, eagerness to know Òrúnmìlà, our earnestness, affinity and responsiveness to Òrúnmìlà. Do not be afraid to approach Òrúnmìlà. Whatever he reveals and whatever action he takes in regard to you will always be for your benefit, happiness, uplift and wellbeing. Do not let your mind be tainted, troubled or swayed by the baseless, valueless and unsubstantiated opinions of others. Know Òrúnmìlà for yourself.

It is impossible to know Òrúnmìlà and not love him, trust him and obey him. Do not be afraid of your past. The moment your firmly turn your heart and mind to Òrúnmìlà your negative past will lose its power and influence over you. Òrúnmìlà will neutralize and transform all negative effects and he will turn them into positive effects. This is why Òrúnmìlà is called the one who turns our sorrow into joy!!! Òrúnmìlà turns our problems into victories, triumphs and blessings!!! Òrúnmìlà will strip away the negative imprints, impressions and mental-emotional and spiritual cankers that have had an adverse influence upon your life. If you are determined to know Òrúnmìlà then nothing and no one can stand in your way!! As soon as you make the determination to truly meet, see, experience and know Òrúnmìlà, at that moment Òrúnmìlà is present to you and his asé will work itself into your life, mind, spirit and circumstances. The moment you begin to seriously think about Òrúnmìlà, know that at that moment Òrúnmìlà is seriously thinking about you!! Òrúnmìlà is always thinking about and devising the best and efficacious means to enable us to come out of our troubles and transcend suffering. We only need to give Òrúnmìlà a chance to discover his traceless ways of bringing resolution to our problems and challenges!! Give your willingness to trust to Òrúnmìlà and he will not fail you! Give him what you honestly can and are able to offer him of your heart, sentiment and feeling, and Òrúnmìlà will accept this from you. Direct to Òrúnmìlà what measure of faith you have. What if you don’t have faith but you want to have this faith and confidence? Then offer to Òrúnmìlà your doubts, unclarity, worries, doubts, fear, mixed-feelings and uncertainty, and Òrúnmìlà will even accept this from you and he will purify, cleanse and empower these things and give them back to you in their positive transformative expressions.

Open your heart and mind to Òrúnmìlà. Just be yourself as you are. You do not need to Continue reading

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ÒRÚNMÌLÀ CARES FOR US AND LOVES US.

Òrúnmìlà cares for us and loves us. Òrúnmìlà appreciates and values our care and love for him:

[1] It is our love, awe, gratitude, personal-rectitude and devotion to Òrúnmìlà that gives acceptability, acceptance and sweetness to our offerings and sacrifice. Our personal love, respect, gratitude and devotion is the seasoning that gives flavor to our gifts and sacrifices, and brings delight and satisfaction to Ifá.

[2] Offerings and sacrificial materials presented to Ifá absent of love, respect, gratitude and devotion are not accepted or approved by Ifá. When our love, truthfulness, humility, sincerity and devotion are part of the offering and sacrifice, then will our requests, offerings and sacrifices be ‘ebo fin, ebo da.’ The sacrifices, requests and offerings will be quickly received and approved by Ifá and the quick manifesting [quick acting] power of Ifá will be revealed. Whatever Òrúnmìlà partakes of becomes sacred, asé filled and holy. Whatever remains of what we offer to Òrúnmìlà should be handled with love, awe and respect.

[3] A simple offering of kolanut and cool clean water presented to Òrúnmìlà with love, gratitude and devotion will achieve and secure unprecedented and countless joy giving and astounding blessings for the devotee whereas the presentation of rare, expensive and hard to find materials to Òrúnmìlà without being accompanied by love, respect, personal-integrity and honesty will achieve nothing.

[4] Approach Òrúnmìlà with love, honesty, humility and transparency and you will personally know his great love, care and affection for you. The gate to the mysteries, blessings and powers of Ifá is called: humble-simplicity, gratitude, truthfulness and basic goodness.

[5] Òrúnmìlà does not need or want our money. Òrúnmìlà wants our friendship, our understanding, our respect, our sincerity, our loyal and trusting obedience. Òrúnmìlà wants our devotion, our simplicity and our love.

[6] Òrúnmìlà does not complicate our lives, Òrúnmìlà simplifies our lives and makes things easy, smooth and clear.

[7] If we take the time to know Òrúnmìlà and we build a genuine friendship and relationship with Òrúnmìlà our lives will be flooded with peace, joy, strength, comfort, assurance and true power. To know Òrúnmìlà is to know and have eternal life [the divine quality of life]. This eternal life is the divine and sublime quality of life that is enjoyed by Òrúnmìlà himself.

[8] When we have grown in our love for Òrúnmìlà and in our relationship of friendship with Òrúnmìlà we will have this deep realization and inspiring awareness:

Òrúnmìlà you and I are intimately related. We are surely one (having affinity for each other and living in harmony with one another).

[9] Owonrin-Oturupon:

According to the depth, love, sincerity and quality of our devotion to Òrúnmìlà in the same measure will Òrúnmìlà reciprocate. If we fervently and consistently worship, obey and emulate Òrúnmìlà, Òrúnmìlà will reward us with inconceivable and unanticipated benefits, blessings and satisfaction.

This special blessing and promise is not directed to the world in general but only to those who please Olodumare by genuinely following Òrúnmìlà. Òrúnmìlà does not have disobedient and disrespectful children. If they are disobedient and disrespectful then they are not children of Òrúnmìlà. The children of Òrúnmìlà are those who share and live Òrúnmìlà’s thoughts, words and actions.

[10] Ose-Irete:

By following Òrúnmìlà we become true followers of Olodumare. In Ose-Irete, Òrúnmìlà learned that the secret to true peace, happiness and success is to rely on Olodumare as our Divine Parent. We should feel [and know ] in our hearts that we are the literal children of Olodumare and therefore we should acknowledge His existence, supremacy and love. We must follow the example of Òrúnmìlà and make Olodumare our Father and then together with Òrúnmìlà then we can say:

“Olodumare, rescue me! You are the one I depend upon. Olodumare, please grant me your protection, for you are the one I am relying upon. Olodumare lift me out of the rut of confusion, disarray and meaningless living, for I am now acknowledging You and making you my Father. No one who depends on you will be dishonored, embarrassed, shamed or disgraced. Olodumare heal my life. Set my life in order and establish me in a true relationship and friendship with you.”

When we worship Olodumare by following and loving Òrúnmìlà, and by entrusting ourselves to Òrúnmìlà then Òrúnmìlà embraces us and claims us as his own. When we belong to Òrúnmìlà in our hearts, thinking and living, whatever we ask from Òrúnmìlà that is good and beneficial for us and others he will surely grant it at the opportune time!

[11] Owonrin-Ogbe:

Òrúnmìlà! You are the manifestation of Olodumare. You are the sanctuary, safety and refuge. Òrúnmìlà Awimilogbon, masterful and empowered teacher, guide and mentor save me and come to my aid. Òrúnmìlà I have entrusted myself to you and you have promised and vowed to give relief, safety and solutions to all who wholeheartedly rely upon you. Òrúnmìlà! If affliction is pursuing me, True Master Òrúnmìlà, you will surely rescue and save me. Orunmila! If argument, controversy, conflict and hostility are pursuing me, True Master Òrúnmìlà, you will surely rescue me and save me. Òrúnmìlà! If loss, injustice, envy, jealousy, sickness and any other kind of evil or malice is pursuing me, True Master Òrúnmìlà, you will surely rescue me and save me because you are the manifestation of Olodumare, you are the sanctuary, safety and sure refuge of all who entrust themselves to you by living according to your instructions, ways and example.

[12] How wonderful, great, sympathetic and understanding is Òrúnmìlà! My Ifá friends and family, let us get to know Òrúnmìlà better. When we know Òrúnmìlà in truth we will not have to try to force ourselves to trust or believe in him. When we make the effort to know Òrúnmìlà and to walk with him in friendship, love and hospitality, Òrúnmìlà himself will install and activate his asé, awareness, wisdom, power and blessings in our hearts. Then a true confidence and faith that is not artificially contrived will arise in our hearts and minds. No matter how turbulent or unstable things outside of us may be or may become, inwardly we will have peace, stability, joy, confidence and persevering certainty of success. When we become acquainted with Òrúnmìlà and we know him truthfully we become partakers and enjoyers of the true life, of the peaceful life, of the empowered life, of the harmonious and satisfying life. In knowing Òrúnmìlà and in adopting his ways we will be able to achieve all things good, useful and necessary.

May Òrúnmìlà Awinrin endow you with his blessings of peace, wellbeing, happiness, health, strength, truth[fulness], success, empowered wisdom, prosperity and longevity. Asé.

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NEW MONTH IFA PRAYER (APRIL 2019)

Erin ja, erin won loluso
Agbo momo ja, won mu so loja ejigboromekun
Adifa fun orisa nla Oseremagbo
Ni ojo ti iku yio gbodo ti yio si ma pani
Erin ja, erin won loluso
Agbo mo mo ja, won mu so loja ejigboromekun
Adifa fun Orunmila ti yio je oni magba, to yio si ma gba ni Kaye.
Nje ki lo to ni gba nijo ogun
Erigi alo ifa lo to ni gba lojo ogun
Erigi alo

Translation :
The elephant escaped been tie down with rope
The ram was been tied at the market of ejigboromekun
Cast divination for orisa nla oseremagbo
When death will dominate everywhere and taken lives
The elephant escaped been tied with rope.
The ram was been tied at the market of ejigboromokun
Cast divination for orunmila when he will became the messiah on earth and keep saving life
What is it that can safe us during spiritual war.
Erigi alo, it is IFA that can safe us.
Erigi alo…(EJIOGBE)
As we embark on the journey of this new month of April, May Olodumare grant us success in all our endeavors and may our ori, IFA olokun Asorodayo guide our path to success. Ase’ntedumare

From: Ancestral pride temple, Ota
Oluwo Fasola Faniyi