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

OKE_ITASE_IDI_AJE

IFA OF THE YEAR 2021/2022 FROM OKE-ITASE, ILE-IFE, STATE OF OSUN, NIGERIA

IFA OF THE YEAR 2021/2022 FROM OKE-ITASE, ILE-IFE, STATE OF OSUN, NIGERIA.
Eriwo ya!
We greet you all in the name of Olodumare, Orunmila and all other Orisa.

We also extend the greetings of Araba Agbaye (the permanent Chairman of the Council of Araba/Oluwo, the pillar of the International Council for Ifa Religion (ICIR)) to you all in this season of the World Ifa Festival. With combine efforts of Board of Ethics and Scripture and the Council of Elders of ICIR, we the members of Publication Committee of the Oke-Itase 2021/2022 Organising Committee set up by the International Council for Ifa Religion are hereby presenting verses of the Ifa of the year recited with inspiration by the priests on the mat in the early hour of Sunday, 6th June, 2021, which stands as the first day of the year in Ifa calendar system. The Odu Ifa that came out for this year is OSE-OKANRAN (OSE on the right, OKANRAN on the left). The Odu came with Ire Aiku (Longevity) and ebo is recommended. Ifa Priests from Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Republic of Togo, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, United States of America, Venezuela, Cuba, Argentina, Panama, Britain, Switzerland, Ghana and Sweden were all there and made their contributions.

The verses of OSEO-KANRAN recited with their narratives are below:

1.
Ifa said this is a year of blessings. Many people who are planning traveling abroad will be successful in their plans this year while people who stay at home will also receive blessings. We need to make ebo to always come across fortunes as we go out every day.

There will be a lot of rain especially in the night this year. Human activities especially blocking of waterways will cause flood disaster. Ifa says we should avoid that.

People should refrain from travelling at night for various dangers. Also, when it rains during the day, it is good for us to allow the rain to touch our body, but not to get soaked. Items of ebo include 8 pigeons, honey, gin, soap, money and Ifa leaves. After making the ebo, akose will be done with soap for the person to bath. On this Ifa says:

i.
Ose dudu awo won nile Alara
Olokanran pupa awo Oke Ijero
Kiku ma pa wa diwoyi amodun, Awo Owanigbajo nile Ido
Bi arugbo ba gbo toko
Inu a bi won bi won
Ojo ogogo eyi o ro lanaa, ee si eni o mo
A fi Olodooyo
A fi Sekelewe
A difa fun Orunmila
Baba n lo ree pade Ireloye ni kutukutu awuro
Kin lope n gbe mi ko?
Eni rere! Ni Ope n gbe mi ko. Eni rere!
Igba ti mo jade mo kore aje
Eni rere! Ni Ope n gbe mi ko. Eni rere!
Igba ti mo jade mo kore gbogbo
Eni rere! Ni Ope n gbe mi ko. Eni rere!

Ose, the black man, the priest in the city of Alara
Olokanran, the light complexioned man, the priest in Ijero
Lets us live to witness next festival, the priest of Owaringbajo in Ido
When an old woman is submissive to the husband
The young co-wives become angry
The amount of rain that fell yesterday night, nobody knows
Except Olodooyo
Except sekelewe
Ifa revelation to Orunmila
When he was going to meet with Ireloye, early in the morning
What is Ope taking me to meet with?
Good people! Are those Ope taking me to meet with. Good people!
When I went out, I met with wealth
Good people! Are those Ope taking me to meet with. Good people!
When I went out, I came across all good things
Good people! Are those Ope taking me to meet with. Good people!

ii.
Ose teere awo Olukaje
Olokanran lawo Olukode
Awo to ba rin to ba jinna
Ni kode kokun ko jingbinni wale
A difa fun Orunmila
Ifa ji, Ifa ni owo oun ko ba ire
Won ni lonii lojo ire baba
Jiji ti mo ji lonii, mo ko alaje
Eni rere
Ni Ope n gbe mi ko
Eni rere

Ose teere the priest of Olukaje
Olokanran the priest of Olukode
The priests that travels far
Will bring home fortunes
Ifa revelation to Orunmila
When he was longing for fortunes
He was told it was already his time to receive blessing
As I woke up today, I came across people with wealth
Good people
Are the ones that Ope has taken me to meet
Good people

2.
For our community, state or nation, Ebo is recommended for economic development. Ebo and akose are needed for all the markets in the town. Items of ebo include, eggs, banana, pigeons, gin, money and Ifa leaves. After the ebo, akose will be done and bury in the market. On this, Ifa says:

Ose onide la i maa peri
Okanran gude ma ni
A difa fun Orunmila
Baba n lo ree ba won na oja Ejigbomekun
Ero Ipo tofa
E wa bani ni arusegun
N la n bani lese Obarisa

Ose onide la i maa peri
Okanran gude ma ni
Cast Ifa for Orunmila
When goint to Ejigbomekun market
Travellers to Ipo and Ofa
Come and meet us in victory
In such condition we meet one at the feet of Obarisa

3.
Ifa said there is about to be war, but ebo is needed so that there won’t be war. Ifa warns us against looking for war. We should neither depend on arms nor charms but ebo. Items of ebo include eggs, chicken, wooden pegs, money and Ifa leaves. After the ebo, the akose will be buried at the four corners of the community. On this, Ifa says:

Orunmila wi ka se oran kan bole
Emi naa ni ki a se oran kan bole baba Agbonniregun
O ni ogun kan ti n ja won nile Alara
O ni ki won ru ebo ki won se oran bole
O ni ki ogun naa ma baa ja won mo
Orunmila wi ka se oran kan bole
Emi naa ni ki a se oran kan bole baba Agbonniregun
O ni ogun kan ti n ja won nile Ajero
O ni ki won ru ebo ki won se oran bole
O ni ki ogun naa ma baa ja won mo
Orunmila wi ka se oran kan bole
Emi naa ni ki a se oran kan bole baba Agbonniregun
O ni ogun kan ti n ja won nile Owarangun
O ni ki won ru ebo ki won se oran bole
O ni ki ogun naa ma baa ja won mo
Orunmila kin ni ohun ebo
O ni awa ni ki a ka ohun ebo
A mu eku wa
O ni kii se oro eku
A mu eja wa
O ni kii se oro eja
O ni ki won ni oromodie lebo
O ni ki won ni eyin adiye lebo
O ni ki won ni ekikan lebo
O ni ki a wa ewe Ifa
A ti wa a de
Eyin adiye ee ni doro
Oke-Igeti ko ju ni gigun fun ogun
Igba ekikan!
A kan yin mole, e le hu
Igba Ekikan!

Orunmila says we should bury a dangerous issue
I repeat that we should bury a dangerous issue
He said, there has been a war in the city of Ara
He said they should make ebo to bury the dangerous issue
So that they would not experience the war again
Orunmila says we should bury a dangerous issue
I repeat that we should bury a dangerous issue
He said, there has been a war in the city of Ijero
He said they should make ebo to bury the dangerous issue
So that they would not experience the war again
Orunmila says we should bury a dangerous issue
I repeat that we should bury a dangerous issue
He said, there has been a war in the city of Owarangun
He said they should make ebo to bury the dangerous issue
So that they would not experience the war again
We asked Orunmila for the items of Ebo
He said we should use our discretion
We brought rat
Ifa said it is not a matter of rat
We brought fish
Ifa said it is not a matter of fish
Orunmila said we should provide egg
We should provide chicken
We should provide wooden pegs
We should provide Ifa leaves
We have provided them
Eggs do not have rope
Oke-Igeti cannot be climbed by war
With two hundred wooden pegs!
We have pegged you down, you cannot rise up again
With two hundred wooden pegs!

4.
To win the wars against our land, ebo is recommended as well as appeasement of Ogun and Ile, the mother earth. Items of ebo include 3 roosters, kola nuts, bitter kola, alligator pepper, snail, tortoise, duck, a goat, pigeon, gin, money, roasted yam, palm wine, beans and palm oil. After the ebo, the dog will be used for Ogun and Ile, the mother earth will be appeased with snail and other necessary things. On this, Ifa says:
Osekanran jikanjikan
Olokanran naa kanran jikanjikan
A difa fun Ogun Onire
Nigba ti n be lagbatemo omo araye
Ogun tintin niwaju
Ogun bababa leyin
Ogun wininwinin legbe otun
Ogunwarawara legbe osi
Ogun yin-inyin-in laarin ilu
Won ni ko rara nile ebo ni ko se
Eyin la a wo
Orita meta la a duro si
A difa fun Ile atepe
Ti yoo joye agbani lowo ogun
N je ogun yoda ogun n wa
Atepe o kare o lanu
O wa lanu o gbe won mi
O wa lanu o gbe won je
Ogun to yo lapa mi otun n ko
Atepe o kare o lanu
O wa lanu o gbe won mi
O wa lanu o gbe won je
Ogun to yo lapa mi osi n ko
Atepe o kare o lanu
O wa lanu o gbe won mi
O wa lanu o gbe won je

Osekanran jikanjikan
Olokanran naa kanran jikanjikan
Cast Ifa for Ogun Onire
When he was amidst wars
War in front
Greater war at the back
Many wars on the right side
Sudden war at the left side
Many wars in the city
He was advised to make ebo
One needs to look back
One needs to stay at the crossroad
Ifa revelation to Ile atepe, the Mother Earth
Who will be rescuing one from war
War is coming with swords
The mother earth I hail, you open your mouth
You open your mouth, you swallow them
You open your mouth you consume them
The war from my right side
The mother earth I hail, you open your mouth
You open your mouth, you swallow them
You open your mouth you consume them
The war from my left side
The mother earth I hail, you open your mouth
You open your mouth, you swallow them
You open your mouth you consume them

5.
We should be careful of strangers. People should not accommodate unknown persons. Landlords/Indigenes are warned to be very vigilant before accepting tenants so that tenants would not bring hardships and dangers to the hosts. They will come with hidden agenda. Ifa says tenants with bad intentions will be exposed and expelled. The landlords must however be security conscious. Items of ebo include, a cutlass, giant rat, palm oil, money and corn meal. On this Ifa says:
Agba orogun la n ri
A kii ri agba iyako
A difa fun Alaka
To n lo ree digba mo Iroko

People do mention senior co-wife
Nobody mentions senior mother-in-law
Ifa revelation to Alaka
Who was going to live with Iroko

6.
We should be our brother’s keeper. When there is problem with anybody, the whole community must be fast at aiding the person or combating the problem so that the problem will not degenerate into affecting the whole community.

Ifa says we should not look away from sickness, death or problem of a single person or community lest it degenerate into mass death. Items of ebo include 3 rosters, palm oil, money and corn meal. On this Ifa says:
Seranseran leni ti n jewo fun
A difa fun Etu belenje
Ti se omoye Olu-Igbo
Lojo to n sogboogbo arun
To n nara kaka alailedide
To n yi gbiiri loju ina
Oro kanle kan baale
Bi oro ba di agadangba tan, yoo kan jeje ni mo jokoo mi
A difa fun Erinlojo eranko
Won ni ki won rubo fun etu ki iju eleranko ma baa se tu
Won ko, won ko ru
Ofa a ni “tie kan o gbon-on”

Person who denies committing a crime have at least a confidant he/she confesses to
Cast Ifa for Etu beleje, the slender antelope
Who was a prince of Olu-Igbo
When he was sick
It was unable to stand up
It was always feeling cold and warming itself beside fire
When issues erupt, it affects the family head most
When an issue turns abnormal, it will affect even the person who knows nothing about it
Ifa revelation to 164 animals
They were advised to make ebo to avert death for Etu, the antelope so that they would not all die
They refused to make ebo
The arrow then said “Your own has caught you”
Note: The verse above tells story of Etu, the antelope, who was sick. All animals were told to take care of him and made ebo for him. They all refused. When hunters came to kill them, they all ran away except Etu, the antelope, who was too weak to run. It was killed. Then, the hunter flayed it and later used its hide to make arrow which the hunter later used to kill the other animals

7.
People, especially kings, religious leaders and politicians should refrain from fraudulent activities; Ifa said scammers are too many among religious leaders (Ifa/Orisa priests inclusive), Kings and politicians. Many people are too greedy that they want treasures that are meant for the whole community or nation to be theirs alone, many people after receiving their own shares still go extra mile to claim what belong to others while many in the spiritual/religious vocation claim to be what they are not. Ifa is warning people concerned to refrain from this act to escape the wrath of Olodumare and for the community or nation to be better for it. On this, Ifa says:
Ti ose nijo
Ti olokanran layo
A difa fun Olufidan Okoko
Ti won bi loje
To n jeun oloro kiri

Ose’s lot is dance
Okanran’s lot is joy
Cast Ifa for Olufidan okoko
Who was a priest of Egungun by birth
But was greedily eating through Oro deity

8.
People should refrain from adultery for it will be leading to fights and untimely death. We should also refrain from making jest of people. One needs to control one’s tongue lest he/she brings misfortunes to him/herself through utterances. Ifa says some men are so adulterous and bold that they are having secret affairs with the wives of the fellow landlords in the community, even women in the opposite houses. On this, Ifa says:
i.
Seranseran leni ti jewo fun
A difa fun Okere
To n lo ree gba Sesere obirin Oka

Person who denies committing a crime have at least a confidant he/she confesses to
Ifa revelation to Okere, the Squirrel
When going to snatch Sesere, the wife of Oka, the Cobra
Note:
According to the verse, Okere, the Squirrel snatched a wife of Oka, the Cobra. It did not stop at that; it was making jest of Oka, the Cobra, any where the wife snatcher saw the ex-husband. Oka, the Cobra later killed Okere, the squirrel.
ii.
Seranseran leni ti won jewo fun
A difa fun onile ikoko
Eyi ti yoo maa yo obinrin okankan fe

Person who denies committing a crime have at least a confidant he/she confesses to
Ifa revelation for the hidden landlord
Who was secretly dating a woman in the opposite house

9.
Married women should also refrain from unnecessary familiarity or play with people so that their husbands will not be suspicious of them. Men should also give necessary respect to married women so that their unhealthy play with them will not send them out of their matrimonial home. Adultery issues will be rampant this year. Both men and women should refrain from any kind of immoral sexual activities to guide against diseases and disgrace. All godchildren must be faithful to their godfathers or godmothers. On this, Ifa says:
Odooro lebe Akuo
Adifa fun Ide ti n se obinrin Orisa
Asin awo oludoro
Ikamudu awo oluseka
Eta abiru gbagia awo abe ogan
Awon meteeta ni won petepero
Ni won ko ohun rirun ba Ide
A le Ide nifon
A lede lojo
A ko mo ohun Ide ma fi se Orisa.

Odooro lebe Akuo
Cast Ifa for Ide, the Brass, who was a wife of Orisa
Asin, a bad person
Ikamudu, a wicked one
Eta, one with big tail who lived near termite hill
They were the ones who conspired together
And inflicted Ide, the Brass, with unpleasant odour
Ide, the Brass was sent parking from Ifon
Ide, the Brass was expelled from Ojo
Nobody knows what Ide, the Brass did to Orisa
Note:
The verse above is about Ide, the Brass who was a wife of Obatala. One day, Obatala perceived the odour of Asin, Ikamudu and Eta on Ide, his wife’s body. The wife claimed she was just playing with them while Obatala claimed she has committed adultery with them. He sent Ide (the brass) ,the wife away and Osun later accommodated her.

10.
Polygyny is encouraged against going for divorce or having extra marital affairs. Also, any monogamous man who is experiencing blockage of fortunes should marry more wife(s) and this will destroy the blockage. Also, for the couples who are barren, marrying another wife will lead to fertility for the first wife. In other words, the senior wife will also have child once the junior wife has child. Items of ebo include 8 pigeons, gin, banana, egg and money. On this, Ifa says:
Ti Ose nijo
Ti Olokanran layo
A difa fun oniyawo agbele
Won ni ko fe aya le aya ko le baa ni ire
Igba ti a gbe oge lori oge ni ire wa n de

To dance is the lot of Ose
To rejoice is the lot of Okanran
If revelation to a man who would marry many wives
He was advised to marry many wives for him to be successful
It is when we married more wives that we received blessings of all nature

11.
Men should be responsible at home. They should be responsible financially and in other ways. Women are also advised to refrain from working against or starving their husbands. Also, in the polygamous house, co-wives should not gang up or conspire against the husband. Women should be submissive to their husbands. Any woman who has conspired against her husband needs to appease Ifa with a goat. The breast of the goat will be put on the Ikin. On this, Ifa says:
Amure ji o wewo iteni iteni
Amure ji o wese kasikasi awuro
Para aboju ganhun
A difa fun Ose
To ni oun ko nina oko da
Ariro abaya koto
A difa fun Olokanran
To ni oun ko ni se ase owuro
Orita meta abaya gbaa
A difa fun Esenidewure, ti se omo Onilawo
Iku pa Ose
Iku pa Olokanran
Alade gba amu eran je
Ki o ma pa Esenideure

Amure ji o wewo iteni iteni
Amure ji o wese kasikasi awuro
Para aboju ganhun
Cast Ifa for Ose
Who said she would not cook for her husband
Ariro abaya koto
Cast Ifa for Olokanran
Who said she would not make breakfast for the husband
Orita meta abaya gbaa
Cast Ifa for Esenideure, the daughter of Onilaawo
Death killed Ose
Death killed Olokanran
Alade, take goat’s breast and eat
So that death will not kill Esenideure
Note:
The verse above tells the story of three women of the same husband,who ganged up to punish their husband. They left all their responsibilities. Later, two of them died one after the other, when the third one fell sick, he immediately confessed. She made ebo and appeased Ifa with a goat. They put the breast of the goat on Ifa. She started taking care of her husband and she recovered in a moment.

12.
We should not play with fire. Ebo is needed so that there will not be any kind of inferno. Also, individuals should be careful at home or in the place of work to guide against outbreak of fire. On this, Ifa says:
Ile raninrain Babalawo Oyin
Oun lo difa fun Oyin
Ero ipo tofa
E ko rifa awo ki bo ti n se?

Ile raninrain the Ifa priest of Oyin
Cast Ifa for Oyin, the Bee
All and sundry
Don’t you see how Ifa pronouncement is coming to pass?

13.
There are three leaders of Yoruba race who are fighting with each other. They should make ebo so that the fight would not consume them. If the ebo is not made, two of them will be consumed; only one of them will survive the storm. Items of ebo include giant rats and snails with palm oil, money and cutlass. On this, Ifa says:
Ose onide la i maa peri
Okanran gude ma ni
A difa fun Asin to n se awo ilu Idoro
A bu fun Ikamudu ti se awo Ilu Isika
A difa fun Eta ti n se awo Ijegben
Ebo ni won ni ki won se
Eta nikan lo n be leyin to n sebo

Ose onide la i maa peri
Okanran gude ma ni
Cast Ifa for Asin, the priest in the city of Idoro
Cast Ifa for Ikamudu, the priest in the city of Isika
Cast Ifa for eta, the priest in the city of Ijegbon
They were advised to make ebo
Eta was the only one who made the recommended ebo

14.
Appeasement of Ifa with a goat is recommended for economic development of individuals. On this, Ifa says:
Ose ni ose onide
Olokanran ni olokanran ajero
A difa fun Ka-roju-ka-sinfa
A difa fun Ka-gbiyanju-ka-sinfa
A difa fun O-koni-kola-dede-Ire-ku-Omo-Agbonniregun
E je ka roju ka sinfa ooo
Orisa to le gbeni ni
E je ka gbiyanju ka sinfa ooo
Orisa to le gbeni ni
Bi a ba roju bi a ba sinfa
Oro itan nib o dola
Bi a ba gbiyanju bi a ba sinfa
Oro itan ni bo dola

Ose ni ose onide
Olokanran ni olokanran ajero
Cast Ifa for Ka-roju-ka-sinfa
Cast Ifa for Ka-gbiyanju-ka-sinfa
Cast Ifa for O-koni-kola-dede-Ire-ku-Omo-Agbonniregun
Let us persevere to serve Ifa
Ifa is an Orisa that can support one
Let us try to serve Ifa
Ifa is an Orisa that can bless one
If we persevere to serve Ifa
It will not be forgotten by posterity
If we try to serve Ifa
It will never be forgotten by posterity

15.
The barrens should make ebo and appease Ifa. With recommended ebo, Ifa said many barrens will become parents this year. Items of ebo include 4 rats, 4 fish, 4 hens, 4 bats, 4 kola nuts and money. On this, Ifa says:
Orunmila wi ase kan
Ifa mi ase kan baba Agbonniregun
O ni ase kan wa ni idi omo eku
O ni oyun lo maa fi ni
Omo lo maa fi bi
……….
Orunmila wi ase kan
Ifa mi ase kan baba Agbonniregun
O ni ase kan wa ni idi omo eran
O ni oyun lo maa fi ni
Omo lo maa fi bi
Nje Orunmila, bob a wa se ti omo eni nko?
O ni afi ki a ni agbebo adiye
Ki a ni eku eda
Ki a ni eye adan
A ti wa a
A ti ri i
Bi oyele ba ti n se koko
Omo ni oyele n sunkun pe
Abimolemo ni teku eda
Atoletole ni ti adan

Orunmila said menstruation
Ifa, I repeat by saying menstruation, bara Agbonniregun
He said “a rat is menstruating at present”
He said it will become pregnant
It will give birth to child
……….
Orunmila said menstruation
Ifa, I repeat by saying menstruation, bara Agbonniregun
He said “an animal is menstruating at present”
He said it will become pregnant
It will give birth to child
Orunmila, what of if it is a human?
He said we should provide a hen
We should provide eda rat
We should provide a bat
We have looked for it
We have provided it
Whenever a hen is sounding “kooko”
It is the chicks that the hen is calling
Eda rat always have children after children
Adan, the bat, is always with foetus

16.
Some leaders and kings are agents of foreigners who are working towards destruction of Yoruba tradition and culture. Ifa said such kings will be destroyed instead. Ifa said practitioners of Yoruba Indigenous Religion should not be afraid for nobody can destroy the religion. Ifa said this religion will continue to survive and grow and those agents of destruction will surely be put to shame. Those leaders and kings are advised to turn a new leaf for them not to witness the wrath of Olodumare. On this, Ifa says:
Ti Ose nijo
Ayo ni ti Okanran
A difa fun Orunmila
Lojo ti won ni aye Ifa yoo parun
Iro ni won n pa
Ifa o le parun
Eke ni won n se
Ifa o le parun
Atelewo la ba ila
A ko mo eni to ko o
Iro ni won n pa
Ifa o le parun

To Ose belongs dance
To Olokanran belongs joy
Ifa revelation to Orunmila
When enemies said they would annihilate his life
Haters are just lying
Ifa cannot be destroyed
Enemies are just deceiving themselves
Ifa can never be destroyed
We met the marks on the palm
Nobody knows who made it
Despisers are only lying
Ifa can never be destroyed

17.
We should see everybody as our friends and not enemies. Ifa said, when we are generous to everybody in the community, the enemies will be overpowered. There are enemies who are seriously against Ifa/Orisa priests in our communities. Ifa said all Ifa and Orisa priests and priestesses should be nice and generous in their various communities. They must be generous to everybody. Ifa said, by being generous to people, the enemies will harm themselves. Ifa advises that we should always have kola nuts, wine and other edible items at home for entertainment of visitors. On this, Ifa says:
Odidere bale
O fese bale tegetegetege
A difa fun Onaaledi
Lojo to n ba Orunmila sota
E je a kobi fun Osika
Ko wa fenu ara re wure
Osika wa rele ree ku more

The parrot perched on the ground
He walked gently
Cast Ifa for Onailedi
When he was fighting with Orunmila
Let us be generous to the enemy
So that he/she uses his/her mouth to pray
The wicked has gone home to die

ORISA/ADIMU
Ogun
Obatala
Ile/Edan
Ifa
Osun
Aje

TABOOS
We should not make jest of people
Both men and women should refrain from adultery
Spiritual leaders should not be stingy
We should refrain from travelling at night
We should not play with fire
Wives should not leave their responsibility out of anger against the husbands

Verses recorded, transcribed and translated by:
Oluwo (Dr.) Fayemi Fatunde Fakayode (Chairman, Publication Committee)
Chief (Dr.) Abiodun Fafolarin Agboola (Secretary, International Council for Ifa Religion, ICIR)
Chief Fakayode Olanipekun
Òtúnba Ifá Kéhìndé Ìdòwú-Fágbohùn
Chief Fatunbi Adeniji
Oluwo Fasola Faniyi Babatunde
Mrs. Ifakemi Onifade-Owolabi
Awogbile Kehinde Aloyinlohun

Aboru, Aboye, Abosise.

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ITADOGUN READING (17-APRIL-2021) – OWONRIN IKA

The Odù Ifá casted for today Ọ̀sẹ̀ Ifá is OWONRIN IKA, with blessings of four good things.

Ifá ask us to make sacrifice to Aje the goddess of wealth so it can come to us, Ifá said we should always remember to do Ọ̀sẹ̀ Ifá at every Itadogun and stay back at home on this day to honor him.

Ifa said and I Quote:

Okinni idẹ wa riri ma ṣẹ
babalawo aje
lodifa fun aje
O n ti Ikọle ọrùn bọ waye
Wọn ní ẹbọ aitẹ ni kò ṣe
Nje, aje ko ni tẹ, aje ko ni ti

Translation :

The golden needle shake and never got broken
The priest of wealth
Cast divination for wealth
He was asked to make sacrifice
So that it will never became useless
Thus, aje will never become useless forever.

 

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ITADOGUN READING (16-MARCH-2021) – OGBEYỌNU

The Odù Ifá casted for today Ọ̀sẹ̀ Ifá is OGBEYỌNU, with blessings of four good things.

Ifá ask us to make sacrifice, appease our Orí and Ẹgbẹ́, ifa also foresee blessings of fruit of womb to all barren.

Ifa said and I Quote:

Pẹletu àwo inú
lodifa fún inu
pẹ̀lẹ́tu àwo ẹyin
lodifa fún ẹyin
àwọn lè bímọ lọpọlọpọ lọpọlọpọ ni wọn ń dá ifa sì
Ǹjẹ́, inú ń yun o
ẹyin ń pọn
sẹbi irẹ ọmọ ni ẹdu ń fọ

Translation :

Pẹ̀lẹ́tu the priest of the stomach
Cast divination for stomach
Pẹletu the priest of back
cast divination for back
They were ask to make sacrifice so as to bear many children
Thus, the stomach take charge of pregnancy and the back take charge of the baby
Ifá have foreseen blessing of children.

 

THE ESSENCE [HEART] AND PURPOSE OF THE TRADITIONS OF THE IRUNMOLE-ORISA

The Essence [heart] and purpose of the traditions of the Irunmole-Orisa: The outlook you adopt will determine where you end up. Your intent will determine your quality of being, your potential [ability and capacity] for progress and your experiences. You must first know and understand the true purpose of the path of the irunmole-orisa if you are to successfully reach [achieve] the goal [the aim and purpose] of that path. You must first know, understand, choose and define your goal prior to choosing your path, then, upon choosing your path you must commit to that path. All paths will not take you to the destination you seek. All roads will not take you to the same place. The irunmole-orisa will not help you see, seek and pursue a purpose and destination that is contrary to the good, noble, satisfying and loving purpose and destination that they have in mind for you. You must understand what the path of the irunmole-orisa was really established for, what it was intended to give you, and what it is supposed to do for you so that you are not disappointed and your expectations are fulfilled.

[***A brief lesson and reflection for the sincere. May these spiritually passionate, caring and loving thoughts serve as a timely path-finder, guide and way-maker for the sincere. Àse. May you all find peace, clarity, hope, wellbeing and contentment. Àse.***]

Aboru Aboye. Ogbo ato asure iworiwofun. Àse.

[1] The path of the noble irunmole-orisa is not for everyone. The path of the divine irunmole-orisa is only for those who have been chosen. The path of the irunmole-orisa is only for those who want to know, enjoy and live in spiritual reality, contentment, peace, love and truth.

[2] The sweet and beautiful path of the irunmole-orisa is for those who have chosen to accept their selection. It is for those who want to press forward to spiritual maturity, clarity, fulfillment and harmony. No one really comes to the irunmole-orisa purely by their own initiative, strength and/or will-power alone. We come to the irunmole-orisa as a result of an empowered response on our part that has been made possible by the initiative, attention and direct action of the irunmole-orisa upon our lives. Fortunate, blessed and accomplished are those have been chosen by the irunmole-orisa and who wholeheartedly strive on the noble, adventurous, exciting and fulfilling path of the irunmole-orisa.

[3] Upon being chosen we must willingly, joyfully and deliberately adjust, modify and conform our heart, mind, speech, actions, behavior, manners, conduct and life, according to the loving, joy-conferring, peace-giving and health-promoting wise directives of the irunmole-orisa. The irunmole-orisa accept those who wholeheartedly dedicate and commit themselves to them.

[4] Upon finding ourselves on the path of the marvelous irunmole-orisa we must participate, and we must allow ourselves to be acted upon by the wonder-working sacred energy or àse of the irunmole-orisa. This energy is pure wisdom [intelligence], love, power, vitality, health and bliss [happiness]. This very special and unique divine energy is curative, ennobling, empowering and purifying. Our part is to deliberately choose to bring our intentions, feelings, will, manners and actions in harmony with the workings of the divine power [sacred energy] of the irunmole-orisa. We must not work against or go contrary to the wonder-working energy and power of the irunmole-orisa. We must allow ourselves to be moulded, taught, guided, developed and corrected by the divine inflow of the àse of the irunmole-orisa. This divine flow enters us, fills us, empowers us, surrounds us and shields [perfectly protects] us. Our own will [intent] and the will [intent] of the irunmole-orisa must become progressively and experientially one.

[5] The irunmole-orisa choose, select and attract us by exercising, applying and directing towards us an attracting, sweet, uplifting [energizing], ecstatic, pleasure-giving and irresistible power. The irunmole-orisa move us, they awaken us to the reality of their existence, and they gently draw [attract] us to themselves by provoking a mysterious exaltation of intimate nature within us, something that can be called spiritual ecstasy, delight, optimism, supernatural pleasure, supra-mundane inspiration and supernatural confidence. We then come to know how sweet, good and loving the irunmole-orisa are and what their divine works truly consist of. We awaken to the true nature of the irunmole-orisa, and we awaken to the remembrance and recognition of our true and eternal identity.

[6] This mysterious, attracting, pleasure-giving, enlightening and enrapturing power fills us with divine pleasure, satisfaction, confidence, expectancy [hope] and delight. It satisfies us, completes us and gives us peace, serenity, abiding inner-calm and harmony. It guides, motivates and inspires us. It give us a fresh, inspiring and new vision, understanding and experience of life. This power completely transforms and revolutionizes our inner state, condition and outlook to such a wonderful degree that what we formally thought to be obstacles, we now experience as stepping stones to victory, fulfillment and greater happiness, prosperity and abundance. We look forward to overcoming the obstacles, because to us they are not obstacles but stepping stones [blessed and fortunate opportunities] to greater achievements. The àse of the irunmole-orisa awakens our inner-spiritual powers and faculties, and teaches us how to develop, use, employ and perfect them. This energy exercises a healing, correcting, calming and purifying influence upon our lives. Upon experiencing this spiritual, emotional and psychological healing, empowerment and purification, we must resolve to remain in purity and cleanliness and we must pursue a healthy and wholesome lifestyle. The àse of the irunmole-orisa imparts health, vitality, strength and wellbeing to our spirit, soul, mind and body. How wondrous is the àse of the irunmole-orisa!

[7] The path of the irunmole-orisa is a path reserved for the spiritually mature [spiritually maturing], awakened, resolute and sincere person. Humility, patience, realism, gentleness and perseverance are a must for anyone who is serious about treading the path of the noble irunmole-orisa.

[8] The irunmole-orisa desire that all of us be free from distress, sorrow, anxiety, fear and perversity. The irunmole-orisa desire and want us to know the state and condition of abiding [permanent] bliss [divine happiness, satisfaction, fulfillment, ecstasy, pleasure, delight and contentment]. It is unfortunate that many seekers, aspirants and devotees have become overcome by superficiality, arrogance, nonsense, superstition, baseless-fear, aimlessness and hypocrisy. So much so that they care not to hear about the true heart, purpose and intent of the irunmole-orisa and the sacred traditions which were founded and instituted by the irunmole-orisa for our individual wellbeing, happiness and peace, and for the wellbeing, happiness and peace of the world.

[9] Only few people can see, understand and embrace the true path of the irunmole-orisa: the path of divine morality, honesty, humility, love, moral-courage and sanctity. Only the rare, select, chosen and determined ones can receive, direct, manifest and exhibit the full and true power of the irunmole-orisa. Only the select, rare and determined few can embrace this holy, divine and sacred path. Will you be one of them?

Aboru Aboye. Ogbo ato asure iworiwofun. Àse.

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

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IFÁ MEANS FAMILY. IFÁ MEANS LOVING COMMUNITY. IFÁ MEANS YOU ARE NEVER ALONE

Aboru Aboye. Ogbo ato asure iworiwofun. Àse.

In today’s world there is so much stress, strain, pain, sorrow, and pressure of all sorts. Some of us are in sorrow, strain and excessive states of stress due to the pressures of the environment which surrounds us. Others are suffering mentally and emotionally due to unhealthy conditions in the home and dysfunctional relationships. Others suffer due to inherited congenital defects. Some are suffering from physical, psychological and emotional illness and disorders. Others suffer from loneliness, melancholy, depression and from the sensation of feeling out of place or misunderstood.

Many suffer from things that are not their fault and which they did not cause. Life can be difficult. Life can be hard. Even though we know that there is a supreme person, Olódùmarè, who loves us and cares for us, it is hard to accept certain situations in which we find ourselves in. During times of great pain and suffering just listening alone to speeches, talks and lectures about Olódùmarè somehow is not sufficient to heal the pain and wounds in our hearts and lives.

What we need is to see and feel Olódùmarè manifested in and through flesh-and-blood people to derive comfort, hope and confidence. We cannot always fathom the plan and purposes of Olódùmarè in our lives. We cannot fathom the mystery of suffering and pain especially when we are the ones who are personally being overwhelmed with suffering, pain and anguish, and which seems in all honesty senseless, meaningless and purposeless in our lives.

It is easy to speak about the love of Olódùmarè and His wonderful plans for us, the love of Ifá and the love of the irunmole-orisa when we are enjoying health, means, opportunities and a success sustaining environment. But when pain, mishap, great suffering, anxiety and fear comes knocking in person at our doorstep, it can be hard, difficult and even impossible, to see, feel and acknowledge the reality of Olodumare, His love and His glorious plans for us. How can we accept, feel, see and find love in suffering, in worry, in anxiety and in fearful times?!

It is hard if not impossible to convince ourselves of the existence, goodness, wisdom and perfection of Ifá-Olódùmarè, when we are personally and individually undergoing a great crisis and a prolonged period of worry, anxiety and depression due to illness or other upsetting events.

Human beings of all faiths, traditions and no traditions, including many Ifá-orisa devotees are suffering from diverse illnesses and ailments simply because they are human beings who are susceptible to sicknesses and ailments like all other human beings. Whether we are at present healthy or not, the fact of the matter is that we are all subject to mortality. Not a single one of us will live forever in our present bodies. We will all in one way or another succumb to sickness, old-age and death.

Even when we are healthy and life seems to be smiling upon us, our lives can be taken from us, due to time and unforeseen circumstances. Our bodies and lives as far as the human body is concerned are limited, transient and impermanent. We are all dying…with every breath we take we are getting closer to the grave. This is a sobering but strangely comforting fact if we understand that we are all undergoing and experiencing this process TOGETHER.

There is a reason and good purpose for everything that Olódùmarè institutes, even if we cannot at present comprehend or accept this fact. What often makes our pain and suffering unbearable is not necessarily the fact that we as human beings are mortal and that we will die someday from one thing or another, but what injures our minds and feelings is when we have to endure our pains, sorrows, suffering and loneliness alone. There are hard and difficult things to accept or comprehend in regard to the divine arrangements of Olódùmarè that we cannot at present understand, and to be quite honest there are things that are hard, difficult or impossible for us to accept.

The only comfort that we have is in knowing that somehow or other everything is tending towards our ultimate good and happiness, and that we are not alone, and that we have friends, companions and family who love us, who will be with us and there for us. Our friends, companions and family might not always be able to do something about our illness, problem, situation or ailment but it is surely easier to enjoy life, to cope, to persevere and to live with hope and gratitude when we have good friends, companions and family who are with us from moment-to-moment and day-to-day, who are able to impart strength, comfort, love and hope to us, by which we can live one-day-at-a-time.

The fact of the matter is that there are things for which a solution, reason or cause will not be found in this world at the present time. Only trust in Olódùmarè, resignation to His will and the comfort and company of beloved friends, companions and family members will be able to give us strength to live and courage to press forward.

Ifá is about community and wholesome, nurturing relationships: this means to come together in unity with care, affection, sympathy and concern. Ifá means family, friends and associates bound together by mutual love, respect, care and concern. How wonderful it is when a true friend, brother, sister or family members arrives to comfort us when we are not well, when we are sick, when we are fearful and worried. How wonderful and comforting when a friend, family member and fellow believer arrives to comfort us, to bring cheer, to laugh with us and to cry with us and to tell us that they are here for us and will always be there for us.

How wonderful to have someone or many people to come around you and then they throw their arms around to tell you that they care about you and that they are going to be with you come what may. These people are veritable Orisa to us! They are bearers and emitters of life, strength and hope!!! They are a life-line to us. We see and feel Olódùmarè in them, thru them and because of them.

This compassionate and sympathetic feeling, sentiment and attitude is the all consuming disposition of Òrúnmìlà, of Ifá and of Olódùmarè, and of all genuine devotees of Ifá-Olódùmarè. No one here can go at it alone. We all need each other. We are all in part strong. We are all in part weak. We are all in part resilient. We are all in part vulnerable. We all experience periods and moments of fear, doubt, worry and insecurity, but… oh…how wonderful it is when during these periods of struggle, unclarity and challenge a friend, brother and companion in the faith comes alongside you, to stay and be with you, until all things unfold as they must and as they will!

Do you know that there were moments in the life of Òrúnmìlà when he completely felt alone and misunderstood? Do you know that there were periods in the life of Òrúnmìlà that were intense in pain, worry, suffering and anxiety in which he was only able to make it solely through the assistance, comfort, relief, encouragement, nearness and dedication of loyal friends and companions?! We are all subject to suffering, fear, illness, worry and anxiety. We are all subject to impermanence and decay, no matter how our bodies feel at the present time and no matter how our bodies look at the present time. We are all ‘sick’ with mortality. We are all ‘sick’ with aging. We will all succumb to illness, decay or dis-ease of one form or another. We are all in this together.

Olódùmarè arranged things like this so that we might learn to value our lives, our health, our time, our faith, our friends, family and each other. Olódùmarè arranged things like this so that we might learn to discern and value what it truly important in life. What would we give to have another moment with our father, or mother, or friend, or brother or sister, or son or daughter who passed!? How would we treat them and speak to them? How much more time would be have dedicated to them? What would we do different if we could go back in time to our youth with the experiences, maturity and knowledge that we now have?

Olódùmarè arranged things like this so that we might learn the highest and greatest values. Olódùmarè arranged things like this so that compassion, generosity and sympathy might arise in us towards others. It is a fact that those who have been through the fire of pain, affliction and suffering are more sensitive, understanding and responsive to the pains, sufferings and ailments of others.

When we are in true need we really discover the value, blessing and preciousness of our genuine friends, relatives and companions of faith. Through these unwanted but necessary processes of alternating pain and pleasure in life, we are developed, matured and perfected by Olodumare. His purpose is that we might grow, develop and bond together. His purpose is that we might simultaneously learn how to unpretentiously serve others and that we might learn how to receive humbly the generous service of others. This is what Ifá reveals and teaches to us.

Friend you are not alone. Olódùmarè loves you and is caring for you no matter how things may seem. He is not upset with you or angry with you. Your pain, ailments and/or sufferings are not existing because you have done something wrong. You are not alone. There is a community of faithful devotees who reach out to you with their means, time, practical assistance, resources and strengthening prayers. Our bodies are transient, impermanent and subject to decay and decline. We are spirit beings who inhabit and utilize these physical bodies to connect us with the physical world through which we experience lessons which purify our lives and which cause our spirit to gain intelligence, maturity, knowledge, values and advancement.

We are all on our way to the higher states and higher worlds of completion and perfection where all suffering, pain, illness and worry will exist no more because they will have fulfilled their training purpose in our lives.

If we consider our lives, this world and our bodies as a divinely established temporary school and as a temporary practice vehicle for training and developing our mind, spirit, will and emotions, it will be more easier for us to resign ourselves to the plans of Olodumare with courage and without fear.

Ifá teaches us to achieve clear-seeing consciousness and a sympathizing heart. Let us reach out to one another in a realistic way with compassion, understanding, patience, practical love and steadfastness. Let us help each other as best we can, each one contributing what he can to benefit and comfort his brother or sister who is enduring a difficult and painful time. Our love and sympathy may not instantaneously or completely rid them of their illness, problem or ailment, but it will contribute to their healing, it will relieve their suffering, it will give them hope and strength to endure one day at a time. It will minister to them moral, emotional and psychological health, strength and courage which will surely have an impact in the overall improvement of their health and situation.

This is the message and understanding that Ifá would have us understand, appreciate and assimilate. You who are well, remember that a day will come that you will not be. You who are not well, do not lose hope and courage. You will make improvement. Things will get better.

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