Ase is the animating force of the universe. It is the power that Olodumare used to activate the patterns of creation. Ifa articulates and itemizes the various scenarios through which ase is expressed. Odu is, in this sense, a vessel of ase. Each verse gives shape and form to the undifferentiated consciousness of Olodumare as it flows between the heavenly and earthly realms. In this interplay, it is Elegba who conducts and distributes ase. As the bearer of sacrifice, he is the lord of manifestation, whose ceaseless motion reveals abilities, hopes and desires. Hail to Elegba. Without him, there can be no fulfillment, nor resolution. Faithful companion of Orunmila, enforcer of divine law, he who cries tears of blood, we give thanks for the open road of progress that you have created for us. Ase!
If the destiny is unfavorable,
it may be due to a lack of wisdom
Water is abundant in the ocean,
ocean, king of the sea
Water is available in the lagoon,
lagoon, second in command
There is wisdom in Akoda,
Akoda, who teaches the world Ifa
there is intelligence in Aseda
Aseda, who teaches the elder philosophy
there is wisdom in Orunmila,
The world stabilizer, he who protects
the child's head from breaking,
he who corrects bad destiny
Cast Ifa for the incapable with no good character
Ifa says, incapable with no good character,
if they learn Ifa they will eventually succeed
- Holy Odu OseOfun*
Abundance is everywhere. But where you look determines what you will find. Even within orisa lifestyle, there is need to seek carefully. The wisdom of Ifa is expansive, including philosophy, history, medicine and theology. It is tempting to become so immersed in one aspect of the teachings that you ignore the others. Wisdom is the right application of knowledge. So, whatever you learn does not yield wisdom until you can correctly apply it. The Fundamentals or Orisa Lifestyle is a highly sought after and unique class that is specifically designed to introduce you to the wise teachings in a way that you can apply them directly to your life IMMEDIATELY.
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*Agboola, Awodiran. Ifa Philosophy of Life.
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Obafemi Origunwa, MA
Thought leader, Ifa priest and author of four definitive books, Obafemi Origunwa inspires metamorphosis through living the medicine that will heal your life and heal the lives of the people you're destined to serve.