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The Necessity of Studying, Reflecting upon and Practicing the Universal and Timeless Message of Ifa

Ogbo Ato Asure Iwori-Wofun

Spiritual life, order (harmony), divine morality, personal integrity (rectitude) and holistic living must keep pace with the advancement of science, technology and modernity. Without a divinely given outlook or sacred philosophy of life, our personal and collective lives will be barren, empty and lacking in life affirming meaning. Modern human society is moving at an unprecedented accelerated pace.

The advance of science, medicine, art, music and technology during the last hundred years has surpassed the accomplishments of mankind in the previous thousand year, or so it seems. We live in an information age, and the world has become smaller and closer knit together. Countless technological and scientific advancements have improved and furthered the quality of human life for which we are appreciative and thankful. All kinds of aesthetic endeavors and forms of entertainment have evolved to satisfy humanity’s increasing need for more and more pleasure. Through a limitless assortment of goals and aims mankind is seeking to fulfill its intellectual, moral, emotional and spiritual needs. Mankind seeks to fulfill itself through art, music, science, medicine, philosophy, mysticism, religion and so forth. Inspite  of all of the wonderful discoveries and advancements of this age of science, technology and personal recreation, people generally speaking, do not appear to be more satisfied with their lives when compared to their ancestors from ancient civilizations. Without doubt, life today is more comfortable due to modern conveniences. People are also living longer and healthier physical lives, but not necessarily healthier mental, emotional, intellectual  and spiritual lives. Individually and collectively people do not appear to be entirely content or satisfied with their present quality of life. Why this state of affairs? Because most of the development in this modern world is geared mostly towards indulgence in comfort, ease, convenience and gratification of the senses.

Mankind has forgotten Olodumare, His reality and importance. Mankind has forgotten how to make Olodumare their father, to rely on Him, lean on Him and trust Him. When we forget how to do this, Ifa tenderly and gently instructs and reminds us. Human nature cannot be satisfied only by satisfying basic material needs, seeking endless comforts and excessive recreation. Quality in human life comes from living ones life in harmony and conscious union with the divine, in harmony with nature. Animals are dedicated to seeking shelter, food, sexual gratification (pleasure) and sleep. While human beings also require to satisfy these fundamental needs, if all mankind does is seek these things, then mankind would be no better endowed than animals. Animals are driven by instinct. Human beings have instinct but we are driven and led by the gift and power of divine intelligence, illuminative perceptivity and a highly superior power of understanding and free will. We have the power of self awareness and the ability to discern, reflect, change and choose. We have been given the ability to choose the course and direction of our lives by Eledumare (the supreme and sole Creator and Emanator). The human being is essentially a spiritual-divine personality. The human heart needs to be informed, led and guided by divinely supplied instruction.

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Ifa is the divine instruction, spiritual food and empowering agency provided to us by Olorun Alaaye (the life bestowing Supreme Being who is Himself the sole and original eternal life). The universal and timeless message of Ifa is infused with the potential to enrich humanity eternally. Now is the time when the divine treasures and holy science of Ifa is to be revealed and showcased to the world at large, because now is the time when humanity needs Ifa the most. The divine messages and teachings of Ifa were specifically prepared for the moral-ethical, intellectual-spiritual enlightenment and guidance of mankind. Through Ifa study and practice we promote the spiritual evolution of mankind and are able individually and collectively to be blessed with divine vision and reach divine realization (Ifayelele). Ifa teaches us how, as individuals and members of the divine human family, how we can transform and evolve. Ifa teaches us how to rightly and accurately perceive the world and our place in it. Ifa teaches us the best way to respond to the challenges and choices that confront us. Ifa is an unequalled blueprint to genuine inner richness, prosperity, fulfillment and divine realization. Ifa opens our spiritual eyes to the realities of the primordial realm of Olodumare and unfolds before our understanding the meaning and purpose of our lives. Ifa unfolds before the eyes of our understanding the sublime goal of creation! Ifa makes us able to experience and know the power, beauty and wisdom of the divine realm. Mankind is discovering in this age of convenience and affluence, that accumulating things and enjoying mere gratification of our outward senses does not and cannot satisfy and fulfill us. When we personally experience this, our heart then is prepared to open up to the divine realm i.e. the majestic world of Ifa. The mystic verses (utterances) of Ifa were formulated not only by Orunmila but by a chain of divinely inspired seers and a collective of spiritual masters through whom these divine words emanated from the depths of their hearts and were infused with divine radiance and transformative power. These mystic verses, sayings and teachings of Orunmila Awinrin offer invaluable guidance, understanding, insight and knowledge to bonafide aspirants (awo). The vision of life that Ifa presents and offers to us is so attractive, beautiful, astounding, life affirming and empowering, that for thousands of years, wise seers, holy sage-scholar and divine priests dedicated themselves to commiting to memory this treasury of divine understanding. Through a carefully protected, guarded and cultivated lineage of disciplic succession from the time of Orunmila until our very day, the unique wisdom, power and healing efficacy of Ifa has been preserved for posterity. Orunmila is surely a compassionate and understanding divine visionary. He is able to see and take in the whole of all things. He sees and understands the complete picture. Continue reading

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The Royal Secret of Success, Satisfaction and Prosperity (Living in the Mindful and Experiential Presence and Power of Olodumare our father)

Ogbo Ato, Asure Iwori-wofun

If we are children of the supreme person OLODUMARE, why is it that we do not remember our life Giver (Elemi) all the time?

Is it because we live in a world where He seems to be hidden from us, or perhaps is it because He has given us a free will which we do not utilize to experience the presence (ase) of our Creator?

Free will is a gift which ought to be used wisely for the benefit of humanity but is often misused to harm, cheat and deceive others. How can we use our free will so as to make of Olodumare our father?  How can we live consciously in the divine presence? Through gratitude. 




Gratitude is the power, link and bridge that connects us to Olodumare and makes us able to feel the reality and presence of Olodumare as our father.

 

Ifa asks us to live in gratitude each and every moment of our lives. Gratitude is a divine gift, trait and inner power that joins us to the upper worlds, the presence and power of Olodumare. Gratitude is the divine current which carries the blessings, benefits and power of Olodumare from ILE ASE (Divine House of Command, Blessings and Power) to our world, to our lives, to our family and community. The more gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation we have and display, the more blessings and doors of growth and opportunity will open up and  manifest in our lives. However most of us forget and do not acknowledge the One who has given us this beautiful body, mind, life and all kinds of comforts, so that enjoying His kindness and provisions we might live appreciatively and with gratitude. This divine truth is revealed to us in Holy Odu Owonrin Sogbe. Owonrin Sogbe highlights that all creation, all living beings, intelligences and powers are indebted to their Creator for the precious gift of life and that as such, they should be mindful of Olodumare and relate to Him with affection, simplicity, reverence and thankfulness.

Owonrin-Sogbe:

Orunmila says: Let us give thanks.

(The worshipper of Ifa responds): Ifa, I also say let us give thanks.

Orunmila says: If the bush rat wake up they should give thanks to Olodumare.

By so doing Olodumare will bless them with longevity.

Orunmila says: Let us give thanks.

(The worshipper of Ifa responds): Ifa, I also say let us give thanks.

Orunmila says: If fish wake up they should give thanks to Olodumare. By so doing Olodumare will bless them with longevity.

Orunmila says: Let us give thanks.

(The worshipper of Ifa responds): Ifa, I also say let us give thanks.

Orunmila says: If birds wake up they should give thanks to Olodumare. By so doing Olodumare will bless them with longevity.

Orunmila says: Let us give thanks.

(The worshipper of Ifa responds): Ifa, I also say let us give thanks.

Orunmila says: If animals wake up they should give thanks to Olodumare. By so doing Olodumare will bless them with longevity.

Orunmila says: Let us give thanks.

(The worshipper of Ifa responds): Ifa, I also say let us give thanks.

Orunmila says: If human beings wake up they should thank Olodumare. By so doing Olodumare will bless them with longevity.

(The worshipper of Ifa responds with heartfelt appreciation):

Owonrin-Sogbe, I thank you!

Orunmila, I thank you!

Elawoye, I thank you!

OLODUMARE, (above all) I thank you!

Olodumare, I thank you for giving me a nice, recuperative, restful and comfortable sleep last night. Olodumare, you have awakened me to be alive this morning. Olodumare, I lift my hands and they are lifted (I have the use of my hands)! Olodumare, I lift my legs and they are movable (I have the use of my legs)! Olodumare (by your gift) I am able to (think) and speak. I open my eyes and I can see (all the wonderful and beautiful things you have created). Olodumare (by your gift) my uttererances (words) do not sound irregular, confused or unsound. I am able to speak with clarity, normalcy, plainness and intelligence. Wonderful Olodumare, I am able to hear with my ears what another person says.

Olodumare tells us through Orunmila (the priest, seer, prophet, and son of Olodumare): Continue reading

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ORDER IN TRADITIONAL BELIEF SYSTEM

The following order can be recognized place to place and is fairly typical
  • The Supreme being (Olodumare)
  • The Chief Divinities or Gods
  • The Ancestors
  • The Spirits
  • The Charms and Amulets

THE SUPREME GOD: This is recognized among all traditional believers all over the world, the supreme being is called or can be called different names depending on places to places and language variations. for example, yoruba as a case study, yoruba belief system called the supreme God as Olodumare or Olorun, Olorun means “Owner of the Sky“.

Every race of the world has a legend myth connecting God and the creation of origin of their race.




THE CHIEF DIVINITIES: These are next in rank to the supreme God, they are simply refer or regarded as the physical representatives of God in the world and are also called different names from place to place. Example: Obatala, Ifa, Osun, Ori, Sango, Ogun and so on. each of them have their own shrines, priest, cults, initiation ceremonies.

THE ANCESTORS: Every family has the belief that their ancestors survive as the living-dead among the family. Ancestral worship could be restricted to members of the affected families alone. Egungun is the best way to get connected to a dead ancestors and that is why you see each family having or can be trace back to a specific egungun name e.g Oya Arogunmola is an egungun that belongs to arogunmola family of Ota, Oloolu of Ibadan belonging to oloolu family and so on.Continue reading