IFA MEDICINE & HERBOLOGY COURSES (Curso Bilingüe de Medicina & Herbología Ifá)

The Ancestral Pride Institute of Cultural Studies (APICS) present “IFA MEDICINE & HERBOLOGY COURSES (Curso Bilingüe de Medicina & Herbología Ifá)” scheduled for October 16 & 17, 2021 by 5pm – 7pm (Nigeria Time).

For registrations and enquiry:


The Instructor:

Oluwo (Dr.) Fasola Faniyi
+234 805 656 5200 (Call & Whatsapp)



ESOTERIC KEYS OF IFÁ: The descent of the light and power of Ifá

[**The call, invitation and challenge of Ọ̀rúnmìlà.**]

Èlà-Òrúnmìlà aboru.
Èlà-Òrúnmìlà aboye.
Èlà-Òrúnmìlà abosise.

[1] Truth means to put into practice, to integrate and to fully assimilate the teachings of Ifá into one’s life, and to continue one’s practice of the teachings of Ifá until one has mastered and fully integrated them. This is the Great Work that Òrúnmìlà has entrusted to us. Ifá is truth, light and power. We cannot KNOW, UNDERSTAND and APPRECIATE the unexcelled greatness of Ifá independently of actual study and practice. When we open our hearts and minds to receive the light of Ifá through our practice of the teachings of Ifá, we become one with the truth, light and power of Ifá.

[Odu-Ifá Oyeku-Ogunda: Ifá is the King.] (Ifá is the crown of true knowledge, understanding, wisdom and power).

[2] The very first and most important step in Ifá is that we embrace truth as explained above. When we embrace the truth of Ifá wholeheartedly and with determined effort Ifá promises to receive us and to never abandon us. Ifá embraces to never discard the person who embraces the truth, light and power of Ifá.

[Odu-Ifá Iwori-Osa: Ifá is the one who saves humankind.] (Ifá is the supreme guiding, correcting and healing power).

[3] Ifá bestows coolness, freshness [refreshment], relief, calm [peace and serenity], strength and illumination to the dedicated student [practitioner]. Truth is the most important divine attribute, because from truth emanates friendliness and loving-kindness. From the unity of truth, friendliness and loving-kindness arises and flows trust, confidence, enthusiasm and devotion.

[Odu-Ifá Ogbe-Osa: The truthful person has peace and lives in calm. The non-truthful person lacks peace and lives in a tormented state. Be sincere, practice goodness and avoid wickedness. The way of the truthful is straight, peaceful and direct. The way of the non-truthful is crooked, wearisome and winding. Be truthful and sincere. Be sincere and truthful. Those who are truthful are blessed by the divine illuminations, lights and energies.]

[Odu-Ifá Otura-Ogunda: The non-truthful person will face a lot of unease and problems. The truthful person will enjoy relief, peace and success. Insincerity does not pay. Wickedness will punish you. The truthful will be the true leaders and achievers.]

[4] When we study and practice Ifá we make contact with the seeds of truth, beauty, strength and gentleness within ourselves and we experience the awakening of the divine qualities and interior powers within ourselves. When we study and practice Ifá we become harmonized with nature and we begin to feel and enjoy the benefits of the pure energies of creation. The divine beings, divinities and divine energies descend upon, surround [protect], assist and strengthen the sincere student and practitioner of the teachings of Ifá. When we study, practice and integrate Ifá into our lives we also merit the benefit of the assistance, guidance, encouragement and protection of the divine babalawo [celestial priests] who reside in the upper worlds of orun and dwell in the central paradise of orun. They become mindful of us, they take an interest in us and they commit themselves to helping us accomplish the great work that Ifá has entrusted to us.

[Odu-Ifá Otura-Ogunda: The divine beings will take notice of, support and standby the truthful.]

[5] Ifá study and practice connects and bonds us to the protective functions of nature and to the great energies of truth, light and purity. As we gradually come to understand and appreciate the true aims and purpose of Ifá the more of the light and power of Ifá can we receive, assimilate, integrate and share. When we come to a true spiritual comprehension of Ifá we will never want to stop studying and practicing Ifá. When Ifá opens our eyes and enlightens us by revealing to us the secrets of the heart of creation we become filled with such an inspiration, understanding, power, gratitude and delight that causes us to shine with spiritual luminosity, brightness and radiance.

[Odu-Ifá Ogunda-Irete: Ifá is the one who saves from death.] (Death is not limited only to deliverance from physical death. Death means loss and decline of the life sustaining, joy bestowing and purpose giving elements of life. When we lose our peace this is a form of death. When we are spiritually aimless and living without purpose, this is a form of death. When we lose our happiness this is also a form of death. When we lose good friendships and relationship this is also a form of death. When we lose our dignity and self-respect this also is a form of death. When we lose our good reputation this is a form of death. When we lose our hope and balance this is also a form of death).

[Odu-Ifá Ejiogbe: Those who embrace and practice the truth of Ifá by the power of their own free will and accord WILL TRIUMPH].

[Odu-Ifá Ose-Ofun: When we lack the illumination (wisdom) of Ifá and we neglect the practice of Ifá, the circumstances of our lives will become unfavorable. Òrúnmìlà and his teachings will correct, rectify and illuminate our lives. If we learn Ifá with a view to integrating it into our lives then we will experience the wonderful quick acting and quick manifesting power of Ifá.]

[6] Ifá bonds us to and brings out from the depths of our being, all that is good, satisfying, joyful and pleasant. Ifá will grant divine energy, light and vitality to the wise one’s who devote themselves to Ifá study and practice. Only through dedicated [commited] study and practice can we acquire confidence, deep-understanding, clarity and unwavering faith [trust].

[Odu-Ifá Idin-Iwori: If we have wisdom and we fail to apply it then we constitute ourselves truly into ignorant persons. If we have strength and we fail to apply it then we constitute ourselves truly into lazy, indulgent and useless persons. This is the message of Ifá for people who have the opportunity to learn from wise people but instead make the decision to make friends with and associate with unwise, irregular and ignorant persons. If you choose unwise people, people given to flights of imaginary fancy and people driven by make-believe instead of wise, realistic, enlightened and truthful people then you have ruined and blemished yourself.]

[7] Ifá will bring excellence, perfection and ever-increasing satisfaction to all who make a sincere effort [firm-determination] to practice the teachings of Ifá. Make an opening for Ifá in your heart and life. Make space and time for Ifá in your life and Ifá will reward you with boundless delights, blessings and joys. Make an opening for Ifá the size of the eye of a needle and Ifá will fill you with light, assurance and power. Ifá will embrace you and enlarge your understanding and capacities. The light, love and power of Ifá will flow powerfully through that opening and flood [inundate] your life with unanticipated blessings and with endowments that are inconceivable to you at the present time.

[Odu-Ifá Ejiogbe: Ifá you organize and plan things better than anyone else can. Ifá whatever you plan ends in perfection, happiness and excellence.]

[Odu-Ifá Oyeku-Ogbe: Ifá, whoever listens to you and does what you say will unfailingly fulfill the purpose of their lives with satisfaction, abundance and contentment.]

[8] There is no need to strain yourself or overburden yourself. Just take a small but firm [determined] step in the direction of Ifá and Ifá will take care of the rest. Ifá will show you what to do, how to do and when to do. We cannot remain as by-standers and mere observers [inquirers] forever. We have to engage Ifá with our finalized resolve, determination and action. We have to make the firm decision to pursue Ifá for ourselves. We have to put complacency, lethargy and an attitude of non-commital to the side and press forward with courage.

[Odu-Ifá Owonrin-Iwori: Let everyone take hold of a hoe and cutlass and go to the farm to work because WORK ELIMINATES POVERTY.] (The hoe and cutlass represent determined effort and intelligence. If we want to reap the harvest or benefits of the fruits of Ifá then we have to go to the farm or the field of endeavor and apply our determination and intelligence to cultivate the field of Ifá in our own lives.)

[9] If you truly want to know [experience] and understand Ifá, and if you want to receive and experience the light and power which flows from Ifá then pursue the above course of instructions and Ifá will surprise, astound and mesmerize you with bounties of joy, peace, contentment, meaning and fulfillment. Ifá is with you. Ifá is calling out to you. Ifá is inviting you. What will you do? What will you decide?

[Odu Ifá Ogbe-Oyeku: Ifá is powerful and can perform wonders. If Olódùmarè wishes He can turn the sky black. Ifá is powerful and can perform wonders. If Olódùmarè wishes He can turn the sky white. Ifá is powerful and can perform wonders. If Olódùmarè wishes He can turn the sky red. Ifá is powerful and can perform wonders.]

[Odu-Ifá Otura-Irete: Ifá whatever you recommend will end with fulfillment, success and achievement. In the end we will return to you with gratitude for your wonderful doings.]

[Odu-Ifá Owonrin-Ogbe: Ifá you never fail those who approach you, and this is why I seek your protection. Ifá I cling to you tightly for health, strength and life.]

[Odu-Ifá Ose-Otura: THOSE WHO ARE ASLEEP SHOULD WAKE UP.] Àse. Àse. Àse.

Ogbo ato asure iworiwofun. Àse.

~ Awo Òrúnmìlà Mark Casillas


Oluwo (Dr.) Fasola Faniyi Babatunde Becomes “Araba of Ota Kingdom”

The Olota of Ota Kingdom (Arole Iganmode), HRM Professor AbdulKabir Adeyemi Obalanlege has installed the Biochemist turned Ifa Priest, Oluwo (Dr.) Fasola Babatunde Faniyi as the new Araba of Ota Kingdom. Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege installed Oluwo Fasola Faniyi amidst many traditionalists in the State.

Oluwo Fasola Faniyi, a graduate of Biochemistry at Olabisi Onabanjo University who also had a Post Graduate Diploma in Criminology, Security Management and Operations from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He is the CEO of Ancestral Pride Temple Ltd and also the President of Ancestral Pride Foundation (a foundation that promotes African culture and changes the mindset of people about African Traditional religion).

Oluwo Fashola Faniyi who is also the Awise of Owode Onitetitku, was conferred with the chieftaincy title owning to his track record in Ifa divination and his immense contribution to the overall growth of Ota on the 24th day of August, 2021, While conferring the title on Oluwo (Dr.) Fasola Faniyi, Oba Adeyemi described him as a very ‘kind-hearted who have the love of his community at heart. Adding that the title was well deserving.

Olota advised the new Araba to be steadfast and upright as his new position is that is one of the highest chieftaincy positions in Ota while also enjoining him to be well behaved.

And due to the traditional rites associated to the exalted position, the coronation (Iwuye) will be held in November 2021.

The Dignitaries in attendance are:

Oba Wasiu Akanni Ogungbayi, (The Onitetiku of Owode), all four quarters king Oba Clement Olusegun Akinyemi Ajana of Ijana, Ota, Oba Hrh Abdul Akeem Odunaro The Onikotun of otun, ota, oba Ajani Wadudu (Akogun of Oruba), Oba Anibire (The Olukosi of otta), and Hrh Oba Maroof Alagbe the Elegushi Otta Palace.

Others are;

  • Ancestral Pride Foundation Members
  • Obasegun Ado-Odo/Ota Omọ Arinu Chief Wasiu Amoo Fadairo Ewegbemi
  • Alagbe’s,
  • The Oluwo of Ota High Chief Oyedele Deinde,
  • Oluwo Itoki Ota, Seriki of Ota,
  • Dayo Eleku (Lisa of Ota),
  • Fadipe Bamishaiye EzekielAbimbola (Aro of Ota),
  • Abina (The Paramount Iyalaje of Ota),
  • Iyalode of Ota Yeyegunwa,
  • Yeyemesho of Otta.
  • Oluwo Ifagbemi Ifajobi (Araba of Mushin)
  • Agboola Awodiran (Araba Oworonsoki)
  • Joint association of Babaláwo Onifa Ogun West and Ajo Babaláwo in Ota and Environment,
  • Chairman, Babalawo Ogun State under Aregbesola Anipupo (Oluwo Ogun State),
  • Egbe Emere Agbaye,
  • Itusi Royal Family, Ilogbo Ota,
  • Olawunmi Royal Family, Iga Ilisa Iyesi Ota,
  • Reformed Ogboni FRATERNITY (Iledi Akin George Ota),
  • All Ifagbemi Family of Iga Ilugba Ota and many more.


[Ifá-Orisa]: The Secret to getting your Legitimate Needs, Reasonable Desires and Realistic Requests fulfilled by Ifá and the Irunmole-Orisa.

[***The Secret to Finding Fulfillment in your Spiritual Life. The [true] means to realizing your legitimate needs, requests and spirituality are easy and simpler than you think.***]

Aboru Aboye. Ogbo ato asure iworiwofun. Àse.

Today spirituality is being abused and has been turned into a business by many. Hence what was once something pure, potent, meaningful, simple, uplifting and efficacious has become virtually polluted, powerless, meaningless, complicated, degrading and ineffective.

Self-respect, respect for others, sincerity, and love have long since departed and disappeared from the spirituality of many. Today many have a sickly, lopsided, malnourished, unbalanced, unstable, volatile, self-serving [selfish] and emaciated spirituality.

Many think that to receive and enjoy the love, power, support and benefit of the irunmole-orisa that one has to spend exorbitant amounts of money in complicated and questionable rites, rituals and ceremonies.

My dear friends please ask yourself: “Why has a faith, spirituality and tradition that was once once simple, clear, direct and easy become so complicated, confusing, hazy, unsatisfying, superficial and difficult?”

The simple, direct and truthful answer is that true spirituality has been lost because many are not looking for true spirituality. When true spirituality is lost then dry, powerless and pointless perfunctory rites, rituals and ceremonies begin to increase and multiply. Instead of orisa spirituality being a wholesome, holistic and satisfying lifestyle it becomes a money making venture and an avenue for self-aggrandizement. Instead of orisa spirituality being what it was intended to be, an authentic spiritual path that produces honest, humble and loving people of courage, spiritual virtue and integrity it has become a means to promote arrogance, megalomania, self-worship and narcissistic tendencies!

The true heart of Ifá-orisa spirituality is non-existent in a great many professed devotees. This is why no matter what such devotees do or practice nothing happens, and nothing of genuine benefit emerges from all of their dizzying activities. They gain no true benefits of any kind for themselves and they confer no true benefits of any kind to anyone. Instead of getting better, pressing forward and improving many are going backwards and losing themselves in pride, arrogance, delusion, confusion, ostentation and make-believe.

How can someone in this condition receive the favor and support of the irunmole-orisa? How can someone in this condition be entrusted with responsibility and power? How can someone in this condition expect to receive answers from the irunmole-orisa and how can they expect to truly understand, experience and know the true nature of Ifá and the irunmole-orisa? How can someone in this condition find and enjoy genuine and lasting fulfillment, prosperity and contentment?

How can we remedy and eliminate the corruption and spiritual malaise within the tradition today? How can we recover the many jewels and riches of life giving spirituality that have been lost?

What is the answer, solution and remedy to such present day dryness, insincerity, impotence, disenchantment, competitiveness, strife and disappointment?

THE ANSWER: It is time to return to the original simplicity of the divine ancient tradition [isese-isembaye] of the irunmole-orisa as it was originally bestowed upon humanity. The irunmole-orisa entrusted to us something that was thoroughly beautiful, attractive, effective, satisfying, clear and simple but through our own greed, pride, neglect, irresponsibility, indifference and arrogance we have corrupted, ruined, diminished and distorted the true power, beauty, splendor and simplicity of the isese.

What is needed among devotees today is not a lot of complicated, perfunctory and expensive rites, rituals and ceremonies.

A body without a spirit is useless. A mind without intelligence is useless. A heart without sincerity, sensitivity, divine sentiment and purity is useless.

Rites, rituals and ceremonies can never take the place of genuine reverence, faith, simplicity, wholesomeness and love. Genuine reverence, faith, simplicity, wholesomeness [personal integrity, self-respect, character] and love are the things that we must offer to Ifá and the irunmole-orisa so that our legitimate needs and requests are fulfilled. These are the things that we must have to find meaning, fulfillment and satisfaction. These are the things that generate and cause the descent of the power of divine manifestation, blessings and auspiciousness in our lives and our community.

Let us offer to the irunmole-orisa the sacrifice and offering of a pure heart that is seasoned with the satisfying, aromatic and attractive spices of love, gratitude, simplicity and innocence of mind. Let us approach the irunmole-orisa with guilessness. Let us walk with the irunmole-orisa with a mind that is free of perversity, malice, lust and greed. Let us approach the irunmole-orisa with self-respect, respect for others and with respect for the irunmole-orisa. Let us approach the irunmole-orisa in sincerity, honestly presenting ourselves to them as we truly are and entreat them with the genuine sentiment that they are our shelter, our friends, well-wishers and our family.

Let us put all superficiality, trickery, nonsense and game-playing to the side once and for all. When we do this then the simplest act of devotion will be reciprocated and rewarded a hundred-fold.

Dry and mechanical rites, rituals and ceremonies, in-and-of themselves, will take you no-where. Such rites, rituals and ceremonies will prove themselves to be useless and ineffective. Putting a lot of money into such rites, rituals, ceremonies and sacrificial materials will not add an iota of effectiveness and efficacy, it will not cause the irunmole-orisa to take notice of you and it will not make the irunmole-orisa do anything on your behalf. It will add nothing to you as a person and it will add nothing to your spiritual life [your inner-life] and your overall quality of life.

If with simplicity, sincerity and expectant faith we approach Ifá and the irunmole-orisa we will be the better for it and we will definitely come out of all of our troubles and we will get spiritual and temporal prosperity and uplift. Peace of mind, health and contentment will be ours. Spiritual vitality, merit and strength will be ours. Divinely sanctioned authority and power will be ours.

When we approach Ifá and the irunmole-orisa in this dedicated, determined and settled manner the difficulties, obstacles and problems in our lives will be easily removed and resolved, and our legitimate desires will find fulfillment.

Ifá and the irunmole-orisa will enter and remain in the heart, mind, life and home of those who lovingly think of them with simplicity, love and gratitude. Wherever Ifá and the irunmole-orisa are truly present peace, contentment, prosperity, wellbeing, love, courage and happiness will be there.

Ifá and irunmole-orisa will laugh at, deride and ignore all those who are false, even if they worshipped Ifá and the irunmole-orisa with costly and rare sacrificial materials. Ifá and the irunmole will laugh at, deride and ignore all those who while seeking and desiring their own happiness yet are plotting to harm and undermine others.

Falsity, malice, revengefulness and hypocrisy are not [and will never be] acceptable to Ifá and the irunmole-orisa.

The attention, grace, love, power, friendship, commitment and nearness of Ifá and the irunmole-orisa can only be received by love, reverence, sincerity, simple-faith and good-will. If you do not have tenderness in your heart, if you are incapable of feeling the pain in the lives of others, if you are incapable of shedding tears over the plight and suffering of others then you cannot know and you will never truly know Ifá and the irunmole-orisa because Ifá and the irunmole-orisa are embodiments, expressions and manifestations of pure divine love.

Sincerity, love, good-will, good-faith and integrity are the best ebo [sacrifice], offering and akose [spiritual remedy]. If these are not present in any act of worship or during the performance of any duly constituted and authentic rite, ritual and ceremony then nothing will be gained or achieved. Love, virtue, generosity and rectitude must be recovered. The shrine of our hearts must be re-consecrated, and love, virtue, generosity and rectitude must be permanently installed therein. This is the answer and solution my dear friends. We must return to the original simplicity of the isese and the original simplicity of the divine pattern that was entrusted to us by the irunmole-orisa.

Each one of you reading and considering this lesson must make the choice for himself. Will you be a true and genuine devotee, or will you be a pseudo and imitation devotee? Will you give yourself the opportunity to truly know, love and experience the irunmole-orisa, or will you shut yourself out from experiencing their life transforming and uplifting love, goodness, power and wisdom? Will you recover and embrace simplicity, clarity and truth or will you continue on the fruitless path of hypocrisy, superficiality and arrogance that Ifá and the irunmole-orisa will laugh at, deride and reject?

The tradition can be yours and known by you only if you embrace it, make it your own and live it. The tradition will only be [and can only be as good] as the people who comprise it. The tradition will benefit you only if you approach it with sincerity, and if you live it with firm resolve, commitment, honesty, purity, love and dedication. Other than this there is no other way.

Aboru Aboye. Ogbo ato asure iworiwofun. Àse.

~ Awo Òrúnmìlà Mark Casillas /!!!\ A.O.M.C. /!!!\



[Ifá-orisa] Finding meaning, satisfaction, strength and fulfillment in our Ifá-Orisa faith and practice.


[***The secret of the power, happiness, wellbeing and fulfillment of the venerable elders, priests and seers of yore.***]

[1] Having meaningful spiritual-religious dialogue or discourse with others is useful, beneficial and should be encouraged. It is a necessary and good beginning. It needs to be said at the outset that dialogue and discourse, in and of themselves, are not enough to bring another person to the platform of fullness of awakening, understanding, deep qualitative change and personal transformation. To truly be able to deeply and permanently elevate and change the immature and incomplete beliefs and undeveloped inner state of others something more than just words, dialogue and reasoning are needed. Words, dialogue and reasoning can change others superficially or for a short period of time but not at the core of their being.  We can reason, dialogue and debate without end and yet experience no true fundamental change and transformation in our lives, our thinking, our experience, our inner quality of life and our perception of reality.

[2] The fact of the matter is that we can challenge, repudiate, deny and refute certain ideas or beliefs but we cannot challenge, repudiate, deny and refute a true life changing spiritual contact and uplifting personal spiritual experience! As devotees of Ifá we will need more than just the limited power of words, logic and reasoning to convey to others the beauty, depth and power of Ifá. We need to be able to communicate meaning, power, value and understanding by a means greater than speech. We need to be able to communicate inner-spiritual reality and power directly from spirit to spirit and mind to mind. To be able to reach the heart, mind and life of others with Ifá, we have to first of all have personally experienced, must presently be experiencing, and must be established in a vital union with Ifá in our own thoughts, words and actions! Only when our own thoughts, words and actions are thoroughly permeated with direct inner-realization of the heart, mind, beauty and power of Ifá are we then able to communicate to others the fragrance, grace, light and power of Ifá beyond words. This inward union, fusion and deliberate collaboration with Ifá is what we call integrity or ìwà-tító. What is the heart and essence of ìwà-tító or integrity? Ìwà-tító is the inward, personal, deliberate and spontaneous desire to do and pursue that which is good, beautiful and pure. Ìwà-tító transcends the current ‘social morality’ which is solely motivated by fear of public disapproval or the desire for rewards.

[3] Ìwà-tító or integrity is a divine quality and power which lifts the life above blind obedience to man-made laws and man-made traditions and establishes all our thoughts, words, actions and behavior on the divine platform of truth or otito. Ìwà-tító or integrity implies perfect consistency between ones inner life and ones outer actions. When one has attained to and realized ìwà-tító ones outer life is dominated by sublime and eternal inner convictions, and there is no interval of difference between the beauty of the inner qualities of the soul in the state of ìwà-tító and the nobility of the outward deed. Ìwà-tító is the living truth, essence and actuality of a person. Ìwà-tító is the truth of Ifá internalized, realized, fully expressed and thoroughly lived. Ìwà-tító which is born of Ifá consciousness transcends mere theories and platitudes. Ìwà-tító is always being in unity with, in harmony with, in complete conformity with Ifá truth, light, understanding, conduct and behavior. The life in ìwà-tító is not artificial, neither is it something imposed upon ones life from without. It is not something contrived and it is not something that one enters into by compulsion, force, sense of obligation or coercion. Ìwà-tító is the flowering, awakening and maturing of a soul that is determined to live by truth only and who has completely abandoned all falsity, hypocrisy, superficiality and shallowness. When one is completely fed up with the foolishness, hypocrisy, deception and lies that one has seen in others, and more importantly when one is fed up with the foolishness, hypocrisy, deception and lies in one’s own life and one wants nothing more to do with it, this is the evidence that the seed of ìwà-tító has awakened in us and that the life of Ifá is being integrated into our being. The free, deliberate and intentional union and collaboration of ones inner being and essence with Ifá, this is integrity or iwa-tito. This is why true Ifá realization, spirituality and religion cannot be professionalized and commercialized.

[4] There is a great danger and loss involved in professionalizing Ifá. Ifá is not profession, Ifá is devotion and vocation. Ifá is personal consecration. Ifa is a path of self-mastery, empowerment and service to others. Ifá means delighting in living a life of order, consistency, transparency and discipline. There is a great danger and loss in attempting to commercialize Ifá, because when we undertake the commercialization of Ifá wisdom, power, spirituality and lifestyle, we inadvertently kill the very spirit, grace, virtue and power of Ifá in our own lives. Through commercializing and professionalizing Ifá lifestyle, religion and spirituality we inadvertently sever ourselves from the nourishing, sustaining, enlightening and life-giving power of Ifá.

[5] Ifá is continual remembrance and experience of the divine. Ifá is the continual nourishing of our spirit, strengthening of our souls and enlightening of our minds. Ifá is the spirit of selfless service to our fellow man, our family and community. Ifá intends to build up wholesome, vibrant and healthy spiritual people and communities. Ifá is never in need, Ifá is never in want and Ifá will never cease to be. This is an eternal fact, but we as individuals can find ourselves outside the provision bestowing power of Ifá and outside the life giving and protective potency of Ifá when we refuse to allow Ifá to penetrate deeply into the core of our being and life to do his spiritual work there! We have Ifá verses and knowledge in our minds and/or memory but not in our heart, spirit, intentions, will and actions. We might know Ifá protocol and procedures and yet be lacking divine asé (grace, power and virtue)! To have Ifá partially is to have nothing! For Ifá to have only a part of us is also undesirable and regrettable. We have to embrace Ifáyelele (Ifá understanding, faith and practice) in its entirety. Only by embracing Ifáyelele can we personally know and understand what it really means to fulfill our destiny and who and what we really are. Ifá has to have the totality of our being.

[6] Our spiritual ancestors enjoyed greater inner peace, charismatic spiritual powers, simplicity, longevity and greater harmony than we do today. Our spiritual ancestors lived straightforward, meaningful and satisfying lives even though they lacked many of the modern conveniences, amenities and technological blessings that we have today.

[7] Why did the ancients experience the quick acting and quick manifesting power of Ifá regularly, whereas today we see few people actually having and enjoying true spiritual inner changes, improvements and uplifting lasting transformations in their lives? Why do we not see the great virtue of Ifá manifested on a regular basis in the lives of individual Ifá devotees and Ifá communities? This is happening because worldwide a spirit of selfishness, self-preoccupation, artificiality, blind faith (unexamined faith), superstitious beliefs, fantasy (delusion) and superficiality has been accepted and adopted by a great majority of humanity, which they then carry with them to their respective religious beliefs, communities and spiritual traditions. The spirit of vanity, superficiality, conceit, arrogance, artificiality, rudeness, materialism, commercialism and faithlessness has penetrated into what was once a vibrant and satisfying spiritual life. Yes. Many in the Ifá community and the various Orisa traditions are living diseased moral-spiritual lives by their own choice, and others by willful heedlessness and ignorance. Many do not really love Ifá or intend to live a wholesome Ifá lifestyle. What they want to attempt to do is to use Ifá and the Irunmole-Orisa to promote their own unspiritual and hypocritical interests. This is why Ifá conceals himself, withholds and hides his true meaning, virtue and power from the lives of such people. Such disingenuous ones can never know, understand and experience the true reality, mystery, sweetness, meaning and power of Ifá.

[8] Many are quick to point their fingers at others and many are quick to highlight the flaws and blemishes which they see or think they see in others, but they are slow and reluctant to look deeply and objectively at themselves to acknowledge that they too are at fault for contributing to the degradation, demoralization, corruption and materialization (commercialization) of our great and spiritual tradition. Many are slow to acknowledge the superficiality, hypocrisy, double-dealing, insincerity and dishonesty in their own lives. Such ones are responsible from taking and stripping away from others their initial sense, appreciation and perception of the beauty, power, sufficiency and gracefulness of Ifá. Many feel justified in pursuing less than honest practices because according to them others are also doing it! This is the so-called spiritual strength, outlook, virtue  and practice of many so-called leaders and so-called pillars of the Ifá-Orisa community! My face becomes reddened with embarrassment just to think about it. Only with the light, truth and power of Ifá that we personally have and carry within us, and daily express outwardly via our attitude, demeanor, conduct and behavior can we deeply change others, correct (heal) others and impart power filled saving knowledge that will penetrate to the core the lives of those who approach us for divine comfort, understanding, solutions, hope and meaning. You cannot live and base your life on the light and power of Ifá that is in another. You can surely warm yourself, be encouraged by, be illuminated and strengthened by the light of Ifá that is in another person in whose heart the life, power and light of Ifá dwells, but if you do not learn from this person how to fill your own life with the light, power and life of Ifá, then you will always be at the mercy of circumstances, situations and other people and you will not know true strength, stability, self-sustaining power and confidence. If the light, truth, compassion and power of Ifá does not live in you, does not burn brightly in you, and does not freely flow through your thoughts, actions, will and words then nothing you do will be beneficial, lasting, remarkable, authentic and life changing.

[9] Serve Ifá with love, by love and for love. Give yourself the opportunity to experience true change, uplifting and lasting transformation through your wholehearted and loved filled devotion to Ifá. Ifá is love manifested in the beginning. Ifá is love manifested in the middle. Ifá is love manifested in the end. You cannot commercialize and professionalize love. You cannot take ownership of the divine power and activity Ifá. You cannot take credit for the divine action, the wisdom, the intelligence, the kindness and the power of Ifá. You can only respectfully love, serve and rightly represent Ifá. You can choose to collaborate with Ifá or you can choose to not collaborate with Ifá. Ifá can dwell in your heart, life and mind, or you can choose to live without the indwelling presence, light and power of Ifá. For those who want to enjoy this intimate union with Ifá and who want to know for themselves the greatness, efficacy, depth and power of Ifá, there is only one path to pursue: Ìwà-tító or divine (sublime) integrity.

[10] How can you have faith in what you have not personally seen or experienced? How can someone highly recommend to others something that they have not personally known, benefitted by or enjoyed for themselves? Our faith and confidence in Ifá has to be progressive and it must be based on real and not imagined personal experiences and not pious fabrications. Real faith, confidence and assurance are born from, and can only be had from real experiences and benefits received from Ifá. Until we have seen Ifá face-to-face we will not be able to truly love, trust and confide in Ifá. Ifá faith is based solely on the evidence of personal experience and the real quantifiable benefits we have received and that others can perceive we have received.

[11] Begin by initiating yourself into ìwà-tító and continue re-initiating yourself in ìwà-tító or integrity. Just like one pours fine oil out of a container without breaking the continuity of the thread of the flowing oil, in like manner we should continue without breaking the continuity of the thread of the sacred holy oil of ìwà-tító or integrity.

[12] What a beautiful, intelligent, faithful, kind, honest, hardworking and graceful woman is to a respectable and deserving man, so is the person of ìwà-tító to Ifá.

[13] What a handsome, intelligent, faithful, kind, honest, hardworking and charismatic man is to a respectable and deserving woman, so is the person of ìwà-tító to Ifá.

[14] Just like our soul joins and holds our spirit and body together, in like manner does ìwà-tító or integrity join and hold together our life with the Life of Ifá.

[15] If we follow the path of ìwà-tító, Ifá will heal our conscience, Ifá will cleanse our heart and Ifá will fill us with abiding peace, health and power [spiritual-vitality]. If we follow the courageous path of ìwà-tító or the Ifá path of integrity, then Ela and Òrúnmìlà will reveal and manifest themselves and their power personally to us.

[16] The heart, essence, foundation and core mystery of Ifá can be captured, understood and expressed in the following esoteric secret:


***Without sacrifice there is no reward.***

Please think deeply about the significance, importance and practicality of the above esoteric secret and relate and apply it to your life:

***Without sacrifice [effort, toil, continual work, personal commitment, personal initiative, perseverance and determination] there is no reward [there can be no reward, fulfillment, satisfaction and true happiness].

This is the essence, core, central and foundational spiritual root of Ifá. If one understands this one singular truth, embraces it, internalizes it and practices it, one will break through to unanticipated victory, triumph, success, fulfillment and prosperity.

Do you want to know the secret to success, achievement, prosperity and success? Do you want to know the key to guaranteed self-mastery? Do you want to know the remedy to your challenges, difficulties and dissatisfaction?

No sacrifice no reward.

No sacrifice no reward.

No sacrifice no reward.

According to your sacrifice so is your reward. Look at your life as it is at the present and reflect  [recall and look] to the past to see what sacrifice or sacrifices have you made or what sacrifice or sacrifices have you not made. Our present life condition is directly correlated with the degree, frequency and quality of our past and recent sacrifices or our lack of genuine sacrifices.

No sacrifice. No reward.

No sacrifice. No reward.

No sacrifice. No reward.

This is the heart, core, essence and foundational mystery of Ifá and of your essential being. Please think about this deeply and let it penetrate into the depths of your spirit.  Let it nourish the root of your being. This is the teaching, mystery, empowerment and lesson that will resolve your life problems and will undo the knots of doubt, uncertainty, unclarity and confusion and remove them from your life. This is a message for people of resolve and self-initiative. This is where the true magic is. This is the spiritual work that will set you free and make your self-reliant, confident, successful and strong. Apply this message and you will succeed in breaking through the fetters that have been holding you down, restricting you and limiting you.

Come what may continue to make the sacrifice and your rewards will be immeasurably great, fulfilling and satisfying.

Èlà takun wa gureh!

Èlà takun wa gureh!

Èlà takun wa gureh!


Èlà-Òrúnmìlà mo yin Aboru!

Èlà-Òrúnmìlà mo yin Aboye!

Èlà-Òrúnmìlà mo yin Abosise!


~ Awo Òrúnmìlà Mark Casillas /!!!\ A.O.M.C. /!!!\



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