The Pure, Sublime and True Way of Ogboni:
Who is ogboni? Ogboni is the person who has initiated into the mysteries of Edan-muwagun [Onile Ogboduora]. Ogboni is the person who lives a life in harmony with nature. Ogboni means living in a continual state of balance, equanimity, harmony and equilibrium. Ogboni is the person who has mindfully determined to follow the path of Edan, which is the path of truth, honesty, kindness, courage, personal responsibility and service to others. Ogboni is the person who has become established in the wisdom of the sublime gods and therefore has become a wise one. Ogboni is the power which elevates one to positions of authority, power and responsibility.
The path of ogboni is a challenging but satisfying path to walk upon. An ogboni is the one who is empowered by Edan and faces all difficulties of Iife with courage and without fear. An ogboni is a person who has arrived at spiritual maturity and is able to endure the trials, vicissitudes, challenges, demands and tribulations of life without becoming fatigued and/or disheartened and without being overwhelmed by despondency.
An ogboni does not allow himself to become discouraged by hardships, obstacles, criticism and/or setbacks. An ogboni elevates others to a higher and more sublime level. An ogboni devotee reveals what it means to be human. To be truly human is to be divine. The ogboni devotee does not come down to the level of ignorant, petty, insincere, spiritually uncultured and immature people. An ogboni welcomes and embraces the challenges, vicissitudes and difficulties of life, because he understands that through perseverance and endurance in the midst of challenges and difficulties the ogboni devotee will make steady and swift progress on the path of beautitude, maturity, wisdom, power-acquisition and spiritual perfection. By walking with Edan-muwagun the devotee is able to draw divine light to himself and he is able to nourish [and draw into] his soul new and wonderful divine abilities, gifts and powers.
Devotion to Edan-muwagun fills us with delight, and this delight fills us with peace, strength and supramundane confidence which sweeps away all difficulties, challenges and obstacles from our path. The ogboni fellowship has been entrusted with the most sublime mysteries [secrets] of the highest mystical divine spirituality. Edan gives immediate support and strength to her devotees. Edan immediately appears to give relief and support to her children when they call upon her.
An ogboni devotee is a truly spiritual alive person. An ogboni devotee is eminently a dynamic, charismatic, trustworthy,  industrious and intelligent person. An ogboni devotee is clean and wholesome. Through the blessing of coming in contact with a genuine ogboni master [oluwo ogboni] one is able to receive the power, light, knowledge and science of true spiritual life. An authentic ogboni master [oluwo ogboni] is able to impart to others and awaken in others the light, warmth, knowledge and power of true divine spirituality and life.
To walk in ogboni is to walk in the path of the sublime powers, energies and lights. An ogboni devotee delights in practicality, self-determination and effort. The path of ogboni is one of ever-increasing purity, optimism, inexhaustible inspiration, virtue [merit] and uninterrupted light. The ogboni adept knows that the unexcelled path to entering into the highest spiritual mysteries and secrets is by entering with simplicity. The ogboni worships rectitude. The ogboni stays far away from dishonesty, deception and double-dealing.
Ogboni is good in the beginning. Ogboni is good in the middle. Ogboni is good in the end.
The realized ogboni devotee is without hate. Ogboni is the path of refined, pure and fiery love. Ogboni is the path of chivalry, honor and courage. Ogboni is for the courageous, fearless and strong of heart. The poison of hate cannot enter an ogboni heart. An ogboni devotee cannot be swayed, manipulated or controlled by the negativity, inner-defilement and envy of others. An ogboni is only moved by and acted upon by truth, goodness and honesty. An ogboni is rooted in his true essential nature and foundation. An ogboni is rooted in the power of the immovable [spiritual earth].  An ogboni devotee suffers at seeing the suffering of others. An ogboni helps others and gives relief to others to the best of his ability without causing harm to himself. An ogboni devotee experiences rapture and delight in seeing others established in happiness, health and success. The ogboni disciple knows how to draw limitless power from the [spiritual] earth. The ogboni initiate is upheld, empowered and supported by the spiritual gravity, rootedness and power of the sacred earth and the guardian irunmole-orisa of the earth Edan-muwagun. Rectitude, brotherhood, amity, spiritual cleanliness and order are the foundations of ogboni life. Ogboni is a discipline, science and comprehensive manner of life.
The radiant jewel of the holy àse of Edan-muwagun installs itself in the heart of the sincere, guileless and simple ogboni devotee. The àse of Edan invigorates the devotee. The àse of Edan enlightens the devotee. The àse of Edan attracts, pulls, draws and guides the heart and mind of the devotee upward to the divine realms of purity, light, excellence and power. The àse of Edan awakens, activates and guides the interior spiritual faculties of the devotee.
Ogboni is the path of purity, purification, health, spiritual empowerment, unfolding knowledge and spiritual maturation. Divine character, maturity, courage, honor, inner-strength [endurance] and chiseled [refined] personality are the heart and soul of ogboni life. An ogboni devotee purifies, harmonizes and uplifts all he touches. An ogboni is an embodiment of confidence, joy, friendliness and optimism.
Ogboni and lies cannot walk together. Ogboni and immorality cannot walk together. Ogboni and vices cannot walk together. Ogboni and ignorance cannot walk together. Ogboni and moral-spiritual impotence cannot walk together. Ogboni and cowardliness cannot walk together. Ogboni is the society for the creation of divine values and wholesome fellowship.
The ogboni devotee lives in the pure, joyful and safe [perfectly protected] realm of good-conscience, fearlessness, peace of mind and inner-unified strength.
May the divine mother Edan-muwagun confer upon you her choicest and most select blessings. Àse.
May Onile Ogboduora [Edan-muwagun] set her penetrating gaze and power-filled eyes upon you to grant you peace, health, long-life, prosperity, abundance and fulfillment. Àse.
Ogbo ato.
Ogbo Edan.
Ogbo akokoniko.
Onile a gbe wa ooo.
~ Awo Òrúnmìlà Mark Casillas

OGBONI TEACHINGS (Keys of Power and Understanding)

Phase 1 – Introduction to Ogboni Thought

Ogbo ato.

Divine mother Edan -Onile Ogboduora- teaches us that the laws of Olodumare provide that man and woman be born into a condition of life which offers opportunity for material achievements and spiritual development.

As a matter of common sense and common experience most individuals follow the religious concepts of their parents, primarily because they have no choice in the matter — and the parents, being responsible for the education of the child, naturally insist that the child receive religious/spiritual instruction and training conforming to the faith subscribed by them.

A vocation or profession is usually selected by the individual rather than by parents. Little by little the young man or woman becomes capable of thinking and acting independently, although adhering in most things to the teachings and training of early childhood.

As time goes on, the individual may begin to think independently regarding religion/spirituality, perhaps questioning certain practices, teachings and wondering whether or not there exists such a being as Olodumare or Irunmole/Orisa, Egungun, spirit beings, whether there is a purpose to life and what that purpose might be and how to achieve it.

Those that are given to thought, search and contemplation soon enough become determined true seekers for truth and understanding. It is for this aim and purpose that Edan -Onile Ogboduora- instituted her sacred order and association: To make know the facts of the spiritual life, the reality of Olodumare and the chief purposes of human life and how to successfully achieve it. This knowledge will benefit and satisfy those who have earnestly been searching for it and really have a deep need for it. Ogboni exists for this purpose alone: To communicate the truths, facts and practices that will lead to the fulfillment of life’s purpose. What this purpose is and what light Edan sheds on it and how to joyfully achieve it will be considered in another communication.

Many in their honest search and inquiry find and discover that they have been following erroneous, unsatisfying, unfulfilling, contradictory, outdated or misguided teachings. After seeking and trying so many things they now find themselves confused and lost but yet still desirous of the finding the simple, highest and most satisfying truths of life. When such sincere and hard working searchers and students of truth reach this stage, then are they ready to appreciate and benefit from the sublime ogboni teachings.

Authentic Ogbonism gives us a clear and satisfying criteria for discerning and identifying true spirituality from false or counterfeit spirituality. Ogbonism reveals the very simple but powerful fact that true spiritual teachings or authentic traditional religion must necessarily be based on the development of the human spirit/soul and spiritual awakening. For the accomplishment of this specific purpose did Eledumare set Edan apart from other Irunmole. Edan was charged by Olodumare to communicate the highest meanings, values and supreme purpose of life to humanity. She was instructed to institute a sacred association that would receive her revelations and ase and communicate/share them with seeking and interested ones among humanity for the health, upliftment, progress and salvation of the world. The society of Edan is a private society but is was not supposed to become a secret society. It was founded with the intention and purpose that its members would reach out to others with the teachings and ase of Edan after first establishing their lives according to the pattern and order revealed by Edan. As others embraced the covenant of Edan they naturally became members of her private society. They are private not because they are hiding but because most people are not really interested in learning, embracing, living and practicing the standard of life that was revealed by Edan. Edan represents order, voluntary and willing compliance with divine directives, morality, humility, productive living, practical love, honesty, accountability and personal responsibility. It was not that the community was intentionally exerting itself to keep interested and sincere people out of the association. On the contrary the order from Edan to the Ogboni society was to share, grow and expand. Edan is completely dedicated to the moral regeneration of humanity and the spiritualization of all aspects of human life and endeavors. Because of the serious and important nature of Edan’s mission, those who would be members of her society, the ogboni society, had to commit themselves to her principles, teaching and example if they were to personally benefit as well as succeed to bringing the esoteric mysteries of Ogbonism to all peoples. The aim of Edan was and is to reproduce on earth the same quality of life, standard and condition of the divine Irunmole in the life of each obedient, faithful and progressive human being until the earth becomes a perfected, pure and blissful world inhabited by divine human beings but this divine fact we will consider in more detail at a later time.

May divine mother Edan -Onile Ogboduora- shine her light upon you and may her asé lead you to the true path of peace, fulfillment, good conscience and satisfaction. May Edan brighten and awaken your understanding and may she initiate in you a living interest about her mission and her noble society. Ase.

READ ALSO: The Divine Ogboni Teachings of Orisa Edan (Onile Ogboduora)

Ogboni key number 1: Order is Olodumare’s first law. Order is health. Order is beauty. Order is holiness. Order is morality. Order is all powerful. For us to live in harmony we must live within the law of order. If we refuse to modify our lives and adjust our thinking to bring them in harmony with divine order then our lives will be out of phase, disorderly and full of unceasing upheaval, anxiety, strife and worry. Order was instituted for our happiness, safety, health and progress.

Ogbo ato.




When the divine and powerful mother Edan (Onile Ogboduora) made her appearance upon this earth she did so with a specific and sacred purpose. Her manifestation upon this earth signaled a new opportunity to humanity for renewal, progress and empowered living. Her appearance signaled a fresh and new beginning for all of humanity and not just the privileged Yoruba people. Her aim and purpose was, and is, universal in scope. Edan came to bring healing, order, harmony, binding divine precepts and balance to the communities of the earth in general and to each human being in particular.

You must remember and keep in mind that Edan is not a human being. Edan is not Yoruba, Chinese, American, Eastern or Western. Edan is a divine personality of extraordinary abilities and supra-human powers. Edan is not from this world. She comes from a glorious and inconceivable realm of holiness, beauty and power. The intelligence, understanding, power and charismatic attractiveness of divine mother Edan are extraordinary, penetrating and outstanding. Edan can see to the depth and reality of things. She cannot be deceived, manipulated or bribed, neither does she make mistakes in the administration of her dispensation. She is beyond the grasp of human influence. She does not ever fall sway to the pettiness and fickleness that is common among humanity. Her divine sight is never obstructed and her activity cannot be hindered. Her virtue, character, personality and charisma are without equal. Even Òrúnmìlà acknowledged her greatness, efficiency, ability and uniqueness. It was after all Òrúnmìlà himself who called on Edan, his divine friend and associate for support, solutions and relief! When Edan descended from the realm of Irunmole to this earth she appeared with fullness of divine authority, power and command. All internal and external ajogun and elenini fled before her. With the power of her majestic, divinely attractive and beautiful personality and ase filled charisma she was able to free and deliver the hearts and minds of the negative thoughts, attitudes and unwholesome energies that were oppressing and dominating their minds.

Edan was able to disarm people of their worries, fears and insecurities. To those do who delighted in wrong doing, deception, oppression and corruption she struck fear into their hearts so that perhaps they might change their ways under her administration of forgiveness, order, empowerment and renewal. Such was and is the power and influence of divine mother Edan. Together with, and inseparable from the importation of her ase to responsive members of humanity she gave divine precepts and injunctions for her student-disciples to practice and implement on all levels of society and personal life. These obedient, trustworthy and reliable followers of Edan are Ogboni because there is only wisdom, health and long life in the obeying Edan and practicing her precepts. Outside of this one would constitute oneself an Ogberi because to apparently know and not practice the truth, what is that but if not the greatest ignorance, misfortune and foolishness. The divine principles of Edan became and are the vehicles of her divine presence, charisma, power, support and healing-rectifying influence. To have lived at the time of the appearance of Edan upon this sacred earth was a most extraordinary, gratifying and wonderful experience. That is if one was disposed to the divinely sanctioned way of life she was revealing to humanity and is still revealing to humanity. The stubborn, recalcitrant and belligerent did not and will not last long under the administration of Edan.

See also: Olodumare is everywhere to be found.

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The Divine Ogboni Teachings of Orisa Edan (Onile Ogboduora)

Ogbo Ato, Asure Iwori-Wofun

Blessings of longevity and prosperity to one and all.

According to a verse in Ifa (Irosun Iwori) there was a period in the earliest history of man when there was great disharmony in the world. At that time the population of the world was small compared to today and no one had migrated beyond the legendary Ife-Ooye which many wise people believe must have been very near the present Ile-Ife in Osun State of Nigeria.
During this period of severe disharmony: stealing, lying, murder, conspiracy, rape and other forms of wicked behavior reigned supreme on earth.
Orunmila, who was already on the earth at this time was also at his wits end trying to find some solution to the chaotic situation which prevailed at the time. The holy elders on earth were all approaching Orunmila and urging him to find an effective solution to the state of lawlessness, rapine and corruption which was swallowing up the inhabitants of the earth.
Orunmila consulted Olodumare through the sacred Ifa Oracle. The verses that descended and were revealed upon the Oracular Tray were from the Odu-Ifa chapter called Irosun-Iwori. The following was the revelation of Ifa Irosun-Iwori:
‘Ha! Mo hee mo won lara consulted Ifa for Orunmila when Orunmila was going to ascend to the divine upper worlds (heaven) to call upon Orisa Edan. It it Orisa Edan who is to put life back to normal in Ife (upon the earth). The people of the earth tried again and again on their own through painstaking effort to attempt repair the earth like one repairs a broken calabash. All their efforts at amends were to no avail. The situation was beyond their power to correct and heal. In fact the people fragmented (broke) the world like one breaks the sacrificial calabash.
Orunmila was then urged to go to the divine world of the Irunmole (heaven) to call on Imole (Edan) to help repair the damage done on earth and bring restoration and order.
Orunmila was urged to call Imole (Edan) who was his close friend in the realm of divine personalities (heaven). Orunmila ordered the people of Ife to offer sacrifice. It is sacrifice that saves. Lack of sacrifice does not save. The people of Ife offered sacrifice with bush rat, fish, pigeons etc. Before long there was prosperity at Ife (upon the earth). People who obey Ifa’s instructions must surely prosper.’
After the sacrifice Orunmila ascended to divine abode to invite his lady friend Edan to help rectify the chaotic situation on earth. Edan agreed to accompany Orunmila back to earth to curb and eliminate the sinful activities of mankind. Before descending to earth Ifa was consulted and Iwori Owonrin manifested and gave the blessing and guidance to ensure a safe and succesful journey to Ife-Ooye. After performing the prescibed sacrifices and sacred rituals, Orunmila and Edan had a smooth journey to Ife-Ooye.
On their arrival at Ife the people were grateful to Orunmila and gave Edan an enthusiastic, eager and appreciative warm reception. Armed with patience, intelligence, authority and power, without wasting any time, Edan immediately embarked on fulfilling her divine mission. Systematically with sound planning and organization she instructed and ordered all the people of the earth to PROMISE on oath before her to return to good behavior and orderliness by which healing, blessings, peace, harmony and prosperity would be restored. Failure to comply with Edans’ authoritative command would cause the defaulter to pay the highest penalty of death.
After everyone had sworn before Edan to maintain peace, fairness, justice and harmony on earth, the tranquility and concord returned to Ife (the earth). The spirit of loving-kindness, rectitude, integrity and order was prevailing in the hearts and minds of all. Edan then settled down some extended time period on earth to supervise, promote and firmly establish her good work (mission).

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