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Supplication to Obatala

Obatala I humbly approach you in iwure. With great reverence and love I present to you my gratitude, offerings and requests. I bow before you, in humility and with great respect. Orisaala accept my offerings, requests and devotion which I present to you with gratitude, for the blessings and noble teachings that you have entrusted to me. Exalted Obatala, teach me to live with a pure, undivided and sincere heart. May I always abide in a state of calmness, serenity, good conscience and clarity. Oba-orisha Ooosala, grant me perseverance and that my heart be genuine, childlike, courageous and true. Empower me with your asé so that I may courageously walk upon the path of sincerity and truth without straying and without fearing anything or anyone. Obatala, grant to me that I may be strong and diligent in my deeds. Bestow good health to me and my family; give us strength in spirit, mind and body. Benefit and prosper me that I may benefit and serve all mankind. With awe, reverence and love I ask you that you give me strength and power to rise above mediocrity, deception and error. May I prove to be a true follower of yours in all I think, say and do. Obatala you are  the master of the path of truth, life and light. My Friend, Father and Oluwo Obatala I beseech you to guide and illuminate my way. Whoever follows you is always successful, prosperous and satisfied beyond expectation. I am grateful Obatala for your friendship, nearness and blessings. I am grateful for the blessings of my ancestors who have taught me to honor, follow and revere you. Obatala, with your blessings and approval, I will practice my faith with brightness, purity and sincerity. Because I am led, inspired and encouraged by you Obatala I am dedicated to serving and benefitting one and all. By your guidance, nearness and blessing I will successfully fulfill my divine mission by seeking to promote and establish truth, rectitude, compassion and peace in my home, in my community and in my nation. I ask of you Obatala for peace, prosperity and harmony for all the peoples of the world. Guide me Obatala by always conveying to me your sacred teachings and your life giving asé. Obatala lead me on the ancient path of divine courage, insight, truthfulness, wisdom and holy power. Make of me a true, empowered, noble and honorable seer, guide and wise one. Enable me Obatala to bring calm, clarity, courage, hope and enthusiasm to all who cross my path, that in seeing me they may behold and experience you. Obatala, the holy mystery and secret foundation of your ways resides in my heart.




I will not ever succumb to suffering, dejection or affliction. Obatala, Lord of purity, calm, pleasantness and clear sightedness,  bless me that I never become impure and that nothing stains my heart, mind and the spiritual garments of my spirit. May no impurity, falsity, error and evil ever enter my heart. May I be continuously cleansed and purified from all defilement, immorality and impurity so that my heart remains alive in purity. Obatala you are the lord and master of the spirits and energies of purity, goodness, prosperity, fortune, blessing, support, protection, joy and cleanliness. May I always be protected, upheld and surrounded by these divine spirits of blessing, prosperity, insight and pure goodness. Everything that we are and that we can become emanates from the root of our being. Oh Obatala, may my being be always rooted in you! Bless me that I may be always pure and that I may live in harmony with my original fundamental goodness, dignity, radiance and brightness.




Grant me power to overcome life’s difficulties and power to live in harmony with nature. Give me divine intelligence so that I can see and avoid the deception, trickery and bad intentions of others. Give me divine power and gracefulness so that I can strip and disarm others of their fears, doubts, impurities and afflictions. Sweep away the impurities, doubts and confusions from my being and purify my spirit; grant me protection; grant me happiness; bring health to my soul and grant me wisdom to be a blessing to others. May I never be mediocre in anything I do or undertake. May I not be an imitator of others. May I walk in the strength and power of my own original spirit, personality and character.
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May I excel in all things and may I be an outstanding person. Correct my path and remove obstacles from my life. Grant me fearlessness by giving me your full support and protection. Obatala safeguard me from malevolent, impure and unwholesome spirits and energies. Safeguard me from deceptive, hypocritical, devious and double-dealing people. If I have committed any error or if I have strayed from the true path, the ancient and divine path of divine wisdom, love and holy power I ask you to correct my way that I may hear your voice with clarity and that I may see and understand things with a clear, true and unburdened mind. Obatala sweep away strife, anger, misunderstandings and negativity from our hearts, our homes and our communities. Obatala, purifying spirit of light, truth and love…Obatala divine fire of truth, impartiality and rectitude, bestow clarity on our times, our destiny and our world. May you be pleased to bring all these things to pass. Asé.
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ON THE NEED TO HAVE SIMULTANEOUS CONFIDENCE IFA-OLODUMARE AND OURSELVES

It is not enough to have confidence in Olodumare, Ifá and Irunmole. We must also have confidence in ourselves. To have confidence in ourselves but not in Ifá-Olodumare is not adequate. To have confidence in Ifá-Olodumare but not in ourselves is also inadequate. To be able to live at the height of true confidence, strength, power, courage, clarity and harmony we must have a singular but simultaneous confidence and trust in Ifá-Olodumare and ourselves. Our spiritual life is rooted and hidden in Ifá-Olodumare. The divine life of Ifá-Olodumare is hidden in us. We must encourage and bless (benefit) ourselves by cultivating an optimistic, persevering, courageous and joyful attitude. We must be firmly assured and have full confidence in ourselves that we can, through our effort, dedication, study and personal practice achieve the fulfillment of our life’s purpose. We must know and be convinced that we have all we need to successfully travel and complete our spiritual life adventure and spiritual career of divine ascent (evolution). One of the main reasons that has contributed to the moral-spiritual decline, decadence and corruption of the Ifá religion, as well as the decline of our sense of personal confidence and wholesome self-esteem, is because many so-called awo, babalawo, babalorisa and iyalorisa have made of the Ifá tradition only a means for filling their bellies, promoting self-arrogance and for attempting to exercise moral, spiritual and psychological control (authority) over others for their own selfish gains. Many have become expert manipulators, proverbial wolves in sheeps clothing. They have introduced superficiality and have distorted the purity, beauty, depth and coherence of the Ifá religion before people for selfish interests.



They have somehow drilled the stupid, superstitious, naive, shallow and dangerous idea and belief in the minds of people that if the people just blindly and unthinkingly serve the priests/priestesses according to their wants (whims), and please (shower) them with continual donations, blind (unthinking) obedience, praise and adulation that they will be successful, happy, protected and prosperous. Do this, these corrupt priests and priestesses say, and all will be well. Do this and Ifá-Olodumare and Irunmole/Orisa will bless, defend and prosper you! These kinds of people are shameless! How people can fall in their traps and schemes I don’t know?! Can the distorted teachings, so-called ‘spiritual activities’and so-called ‘blessings’ of such priests and priestesses, who are themselves irreligious and morally-spiritually bankrupt actually confer health, success, prosperity, protection and happiness to anyone?! If merely by someone else’s blessings our welfare and happiness could be achieved, not a single person on this earth would know suffering, lack, sickness, unhappiness, sorrow and failure. People fall in the hands of these unscrupulous people because they are spiritually blind and are morally-spiritually lazy. They also lack true understanding and appreciation of their inherent noble nature, and thereby lack confidence in themselves, so their only option is to repose their faith in these religious con-men, con-women, pseudo-spiritualists and charlatans. We cannot afford to be blind, ignorant, naive, gullible or lazy. We cannot shy away from doing our own spiritual work, research, study and practice. Many people resign themselves to depending on others for their own spiritual success and happiness and refuse to take responsibility for their thoughts, choices, spiritual lives and activity. They do nothing significant and consistent for themselves. They depend on the ‘blessings’, opinions, decisions and ‘spiritual works’ of others and then they wonder why they are failing in life and are lacking in clarity, joy and satisfaction. They even dare to blame Olodumare for the fruit of their own laziness, lack of effort, lack of consistency and lack of dedication. If you plant nothing, can you expect a harvest? If you plant low quality seeds can you expect a qualitative harvest? Will you blame and become angry with the soil, the sun and the rain water for your lack of harvest when you have not taken care to nurture the soil, and you have not labored to prepare the soil, remove the stones, weeds and neither have you planted (moral-spiritual) seeds (of virtue, character and godliness)?! Humanity has grown and evolved to the point that we have to learn to be self-reliant and must take personal responsibility for own spiritual lives and success. You alone are responsible for your own moral-spiritual health and your own success in life, and you alone can secure and guarantee it. We cannot make our lives dependent on the ‘blessings’ and ‘spiritual works’ of priests and priestesses. Learn how to bless yourself. Learn how to manage your own resources and don’t turn them over to another for them to do as they please with them. Each one must carry out and perfect their own personal priesthood. Learn how to efficiently and successfully carry out your own spiritual works, so that you do not have to become dependent on others, because whatever you make yourself dependent upon, by that you will be controlled! Whatever you make yourself dependent upon, by that you will be controlled, regulated and manipulated! You cannot have true peace, assurance and stability in your life if the causes of that peace, assurance and stability is in someone else’s hands.



We must have confidence and trust in the divine nature, holy intelligence, powers and abilities that Olodumare has vested-endowed us with. If you think or allow others to make you believe and think that you are inept and incapable of realizing your own spiritual fulfillment independent of the activity of others, then you will always be a slave to the opinions, self-arrogated authority and domineering influence of others. Your life will lack stability, peace, assurance and direction. Living like this you will never have your own faith, root and foundation to confidently rely and depend upon. Your life will be unstable, irregular and always full of uncertainty, doubts, worry and insecurity. In this compromised and vulnerable condition you will be an easy target for those who seek to enslave you to their wills, personality and desires. You do not need to make yourself morally, psychologically and spiritually dependent on any human being. Learn how to be your own priest, mediator and intercessor. Learn how to go straight to the Source; and learn how to trust and rely upon your own inner spiritual root and foundation. Discover and learn how to draw on the Source of existence for all of your needs. No power on earth can make a person powerful if he or she thinks and convinces himself or herself that that he or she is powerless, weak and incapable. This is why it is very important that we adjust, change and modify our thoughts, beliefs and attitudes. Imbue your own life with divine asé, virtue and gracefulness, so that filled with that power, virtue, intelligence and understanding you can benefit, enrich and guide yourself and assist others. Make yourself worthy and do not impulsively, unthinkingly and without evidence ascribe moral-spiritual worthiness, excellence, authority, superiority, power and understanding to others. Do all you do with humility and truthfulness. Seek only those that are humble, straightforward, unassuming and truthful. Who can be a greater fool than a person who does not want to do anything and is just waiting for his desires, longings and aspirations to become fulfilled by depending on the ‘blessings’, decisions and ‘spiritual work’ of others. Be your own blessing. Be the answer to your own prayers! Do your own spiritual work. Do not succumb to laxity, spiritual or otherwise. This is why people are willing to throw away their hard earned money by giving it away to religious charlatans, con-men and con-women because it is relatively easy, effortless and painless to pay for things to be done, but it is challenging, difficult and time consuming to consecrate ourselves to do our own spiritual cultivation and work patiently, consistently and perseveringly, dedicating ourselves to our own improvement and inner development. In the everyday material world you can pay someone to paint your house, fix your plumbing or replace your windows but in the spiritual world you cannot pay anyone to do your spiritual work for you because NO ONE CAN do your spiritual work for you. No one can hand over to you their well earned, cultivated and patiently accumulated wisdoms, intelligence, powers, abilities, virtues and realizations. Before exercising trust in others, first develop trust and confidence in yourself, by your noble manner of living, disciplined habits, conduct, kind behavior, altruistic thinking and humble manners. Finish what you start. Fulfill your vows, resolutions, promises and commitments. Stick with something long enough to get the benefit of it. Carefully and honestly choose your path, but once chosen see it through to the end. Ifá-Olodumare will, with clarity, plainness, precision and assurance point out the path to your heart, ori and conscience that YOU should take but beyond that it is solely your decision if you will actually walk on it until reaching the final goal. Some people feel content with just knowing the path that they should be walking on, but then they forget the more important part of actually traveling the path it’s full length!! They have the map in their hands but then they just don’t go anywhere. They just stay looking at the map in their hands their whole lives! Gain mastery. It does not occur to someone to pay someone else to go workout, exercise and eat right; expecting that by another persons exertions and efforts that they are going to get the benefits?! If you want the benefits of good health, strength and agility then you personally have to exercise, eat right, live right and so forth. I think this is so clear and obvious yet some people think that in the spiritual they can get someone to ‘exercise, eat right, study right, gain understanding etc..’ and that they will gain the benefit, power, intelligence, solution and ability from the work of some else….by proxy!! The most that another well meaning, honest and genuinely spiritual person can do for us is to strengthen our efforts by inspiring, motivating and encouraging us, as well as by pointing us in the right direction. If they are virtuous, spiritual and genuine they can inject us with a measured dose of faith, enthusiasm, courage and confidence, but that is all. But we have to be determined to walk and traverse the entirety of the path from beginning to finish. If we don’t do the work and apply ourselves to spiritual self-study and practice, that initial measured dose of faith, enthusiasm, courage and confidence will become completely depleted and will disappear. We have to develop and have our own faith, solid conviction and confidence. We have to be our own priests, priestesses, mediators and intercessors. We have to learn how to carry out our own spiritual work without becoming morally, psychologically and spiritually dependent on other human beings.



Have trust and confidence in yourself! Appreciate and value other fellow spiritual companions and fellow practitioners, but do not make yourself dependent on them. Do not allow others to hook you, pull you in and attempt to make you dependent on them. Think these things over and be blessed. Ela ‘boru. Ela ‘boye. Ela ‘bosise. Ela takun wa gbure!!!

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IFA/ORISA JANUARY CALENDAR (2018)

1. Sango/Oya
2. Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
3. Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja                              ***
4. Ogun/Osoosi
5. Sango/Oya
6. Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
7. Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja                                **
8. Ogun/osoosi
9. Sango/oya
10. Obatala/egungun/iyaami/sanpanna



11. Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja                                **
12. Ogun/Osoosi
13. Sango/Oya
14. Obatala/egungun/iyaami/sanpanna
15. Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja                                **
16. Ogun/Osoosi
17. Sango/Oya
18. Obatala/egungun/iyaami/sanpanna
19. Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja                              ***
20. Ogun/Osoosi
21. Sango/Oya
22. Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
23. Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja                                **
24. Ogun/osoosi
25. Sango/Oya
26. Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
27. Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja                                **
28. Ogun/osoosi
29. Sango/Oya




30. Obatala/Egungun/Iyaami/Sanpanna
31. Ifa/Esu/Osun/Aje/Yemoja                                **

 

**    = Ose Ifa (Ororun-un)
***  = Itadogun

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IFÁ: THE PATH OF INTEGRITY AND WISDOM

Ela ‘boru, Ela ‘boye, Ela ‘bosise.

The desire for wisdom is in itself the most commendable of human emotions, but in too many cases this desire come to nought through ignorance and misunderstanding. We must not only earnestly and unselfishly desire truth, but we must create an ethical environment suitable for the reception of spiritual knowledge. If a building is to stand, it must be raised upon an adequate foundation; and if human character is to withstand the shocks of circumstances, it must also be built upon a firm and true foundation.
‘Ela may your beautiful reasoning, abiding purity and spirit of harmlessness illuminate us at this time. Ase.’


No man can ‘know’ more than he himself ‘is’. That which we understand is the measure of our understanding. Before it is possible for an individual to perceive clearly the mysteries of the inner life, he must develop the faculties for this perception. From ancient times the holy, venerable and reputable awo and ologbon were the custodians of the disciplines of the mysteries of the inner life. These disciplines were imparted only to disciples-students-initiates who have demonstrated integrity, strong determination, patience, reliability and overall fitness for such instruction. There is much to the study of the mysteries of the inner life than merely listening, reading and agreeing.
‘Ela may your ennobling presence, illuminating power and inspirational influence benefit us at this time. Ase.’
The first step in the study of the holy mysteries of the inner life and Ifá is not the immediate acquisition of knowledge but the preparation of oneself to beneficially receive this knowledge. The condition of ones hearts must be right, ones manner of living must be consistent with the divine pattern and ones basic character must be honest, sincere and clean before one embarks on the path of receiving divine knowledge which lead to understanding and power. This is where most adepts, students and initiates make their first mistake. With their eyes turned towards the heavens, they rush prematurely and without adequate development of morality and ethics towards the goal of gaining ‘illumination, authority and power’, only to become disillusioned, only to fail and stumble repeatedly into the muddy ditch of their own unpreparedness.


‘Ela may you carry and impress these facts deeply into our hearts and minds at this time. Ase.’
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There are a great many people who want to be wise, influential and authoritative, but very few of these people seem capable of understanding that before the acquisition of wisdom, authority and power there must first be the capacity for the reception and wielding of wisdom, authority and power. There must first be a sound and firm foundation in morality and intellectual-emotional maturity before one can enter into the sacred grove of the divine mysteries and gain true benefit. Illumination is possible only in a person who has fitted themselves for it. One does not qualify for true adepthood, neither can one fit oneself for true divine knowledge, power and authority by simply hoping, wishing and mere wanting. As an athlete must train himself in order to excel in bodily prowess, in like manner a student of Iwa and Ifa must put his thoughts, emotions and manner of living (acting) under specialized training if he is to develop morally, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. The student-disciple has to do more than just be willing to do the work, he must actually do it, with patience and perseverance. Without this work and commitment to continual moral regeneration, intellectual development, responsible living, integrity  and gradual spiritual unfoldment no true headway can be made in the divine mysteries and no true wisdom and power can be gained. One has to qualify and be deserving of the authority, power and knowledge that one is entrusted with. The divine powers do not share their divine wisdom, power and authority with incapable, lax, immature and irresponsible people.



‘Ela, divine spirit of sound reasoning, truth, right guidance and irresistible power…you who are harmless, pure and irreproachable in conduct…you who are peerless in wisdom grant us the benefit of your association that these divine facts may penetrate our hearts deeply and permeate our lives. Ase.’
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STAY ENCOURAGED AND NEVER LOSE HOPE

Ogbo Ato Asure Iwori-Wofun

Do not think or worry about who is on your side or who is not on your side while going about your service to Olodumare and Ifa. Just think about how and in what wonderful way the ase of Olodumare Enitolaaye will manifest in your life. Give space, time and occasion for the divine guiding power to manifest. When you do all things with care, love, respect, truthfulness and honesty, Olodumare takes personal and direct charge of all your affairs and causes all your doings to bring forth abundant and satisfying fruit. Do not worry yourself as to how, when and where the divine ase will manifest itself in your life. Do not see any secondary causes in your life. Just acknowledge and see Olodumare alone, the supreme controller, master and guide of all things. Do not consider people, places and things as the directors or determiners of your life. Above and behind all, see the gracious and loving hand of Olodumare at work in you and in your life to bring to you accomplishment, peace and prosperity.




Just be at peace and know with unshakeable and unwavering assurance that the divine ase will unfailingly manifest. Deepen your trust in Olodumare and let your actions be the expression of the flow of the gracefulness, pure energy and invigorating power of Eledumare. Do your best in all things, be inwardly still, tranquil and at peace. Exert yourself diligently as if all depended upon you but know in your heart that all manifests due to the ase, grace and presence of Olodumare.
Do not consider your actions and endeavors as something seperate from the actions and endeavors of Olodumare. Affirm and recognize your essential and qualitative oneness with the Source Supreme. Olodumare’s actioning is your actioning. Your actions are Olodumare’s actions.
May you be comforted, strengthened and empowered by these truths. You need not know how, when or where the relief and aid will come from. Why trouble yourself with what is not necessary, when you can be at peace through the power of faith, trust and confidence in the Divine leading you. Having entrusted your situation, problem or concern to Olodumare (Ifa), know that the answer and solution is en route and will reach you at the best and most propitious time.
You are perfection in the making. All precious, shining, resplendent and finely faceted diamonds start off as dark pieces of charcoal, but through the divinely established processes of programmed tensions, pressures and stressors it emerges a transformed, beautiful, peerless, translucent and luminous gem. Delight in your trials, glory in your challenges and thrive in your moments of adversity because that means that at any moment, the mystic, pure and holy gem within you is soon to emerge and be revealed. Your true divine identity is to be manifested! Do not exasperate yourself. Practice patience, gentleness and kindness towards yourself. By so doing, you will attain and obtain benefit and advancement beyond your personal hope and expectation, of this there is no doubt.

Alafia

CHARACTER

The house is fine but for roof humans may be handsome but lack character, newly wedded wife is admirable at a distance, but when settles down,she become recalcitrant,and dares his husand,she become a dead toad,that looks at d knife, with disdain,sacred message revealed for omosun won-tan,daughter of ajori-win of irawo-land,exhibit good character,nd not physical beauty, it takes only one day for beauty to fade,good character makes partnership enduring my ori, please bestow me with good character,to enjoy peaceful nd productive life. ASE

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