American Ifa practice good behavior

Aboru aboye abosise and greetngs, American Ifa bring the odu Ogbe Iwori:

Ifa says that we should practice good behavior……………………

squirl(harvard edu, 2011)

Ogbe-Iwori 1:

Ifa teaches us a lesson here. Ifa says we should behave well, that we should not look down on anyone, saying that (s)he cannot be successful. Ifa says so. It says that we should not look down on anyone and think that (s)he cannot succeed. It says that we should practice good behavior. Ifa says that this person should offer a sacrifice for his/her legacy so that it will be great when (s)he passes on. Because a person’s behavior determines what (s)he will receive. Ifa says so in Ogbe-Wẹhin. Ifa says people reap what they sow. Ifa says this person should make a sacrifice for his/her legacy. Ifa says this person’s problem will be resolved and his/her yearning will be met. Ogbe-Wẹhin says so. This is what it says, that everything this person achieves during his/her lifetime, when (s)he leaves this world behind, his/her legacy will be great. This person should buy a dog for the sacrifice. (S)He should buy a dog, and ifa says when the babalawo have finished collecting the medicine, they should rub the iyẹrosun [divination powder] over the body of the dog. They will give it to him, and (s)he will raise the dog. The dog will be called “who knows what (s)he will leave behind? Who knows tomorrow?” Ifa says this person should not look down on anyone and assume that (s)he cannot succeed. This is how Ifa reached that conclusion. Ifa said:

Ogbe wo ẹhin wo, baja rẹ o pakun, a difa fun Ekuya eyi ti n ṣawo re ahoro ile baba rẹ, ti n lọ re jogbo, ti n lọ re jaatọ. Ẹbọ ni wọn ni o ṣe, o si gbẹbọ nibẹ, o rubọ. Ko pẹ, ko jinna, Ifa wa ba ni ni jẹbutu ire; jẹbutu ire laa ba ni lẹsẹ ọbariṣa. On ṣe ta n mẹhin, ta ni mọla? Bi wọn o ba kuku lowo lọwọ lọla? Ta ni mẹhin, ta ni mọla? Bi wọn o ba ni lari lọla? Ta ni mẹhin, ta ni mọla…

[Ogbe look back and see if your dog has killed a squirrel, cast Ifa for Ekuya who practiced Ifa in his father’s house, who grew old but was still strong. He followed Ifa’s instructions exactly and offered the sacrifice. Not long after that, Ifa met him in the midst of blessings. We receive the gift if blessings at the feet of God. He said, “Who knows what (s)he will leave behind, who knows tomorrow? If they will become suddenly rich tomorrow? Who knows what (s)he will leave behind, who knows tomorrow? If they will become successful tomorrow? Who knows what (s)he will leave behind, who knows tomorrow?]

Ifa says this person should not look down on anyone, that there is nobody who cannot become successful. Ifa says so in Odu Ogbe-Wẹhin.

COMMENT:
There are people who claim that they are initiated, yet they have a hard time living up to the position without cursing other initiated people in this way of life. It have nothing to do with iwa pele or iwa rere; it about spirituality and self-consciousness. Old folks use to say, “You have not home training.” Basically, it is your perception on life and others.

Ogbe-Wo Ẹhin 1:
This Ifa sign here, anyone for whom it is cast, Ogbe-Iwori which is called Ogbe-Wo Ẹhin Wo. Ifa says that this person should make an offering so that his/her life may be pleasant. Ifa also says this person should not leave his/her father’s house. (S)He should not go far from his/her father’s house to ensure that (s)he can receive a blessing. So that (s)he can take advantage of all the opportunities that are there. (S)He should not go far from his/her father’s house at all. If (s)he does not go far from his/her father’s house, Ifa says (s)he will live a long life. All of the blessings that are intended for him/her, (s)he will receive in Ogbe-Wo Ẹhin Wo. Ifa says if (s)he has gone already, (s)he should remember where (s)he has come from, look back, and come back to his/her father’s house. If (s)he has gone overseas, (s)he will not succeed there. If (s)he goes anywhere else, (s)he won’t be able to be successful. If (s)he is going back and forth, Ifa says (s)he should not leave his/her father’s house so that (s)he may have a long life. That is where (s)he will receive his/her blessing. Ifa says so in Ogbe-Wo Ẹhin Wo. This is how Ifa said it, Ifa said:

Ogbe wo ẹhin wo, baja rẹ o pakun, a difa fun Ekuya eyi ti n ṣawo re ile baba rẹ, ti n lọ re jogbo, ti n lọ re jaatọ.

[Ogbe look back and see if your dog has killed a squirrel cast Ifa for Ekuya who practiced Ifa in his father’s house, who grew old but was still strong]

Ekuya [a type of wild plant] went to the other side of the world to try his hand at business there. He tried and tried and tried. He made a good name for himself there, and people favored him, but he didn’t find any gain in any of it. Ifa said he should go back home. When he went home, things began to change for the better; his hometown was favorable for him, and he had peace of mind. They prospered, some died, and they multiplied. He was very happy. Every time his ancestral festival came around, he would dance and rejoice and remember the babalawo who cast Ifa for him when he was on the other side of the world and told him to return home. He did not call the priests liars; he did not call Eṣu a liar. He did everything he was told to do. They said when he returned to his father’s house, he would receive his blessing. He would grow and prosper. He praised the babalawo, and the babalawo in turn praised Ifa. He said, my babalawo told me it would be so, my babalawo said:

Ogbe wo ẹhin wo baja rẹ o pakun, a difa fun Ekuya eyi ti n ṣawo re ahoro ile baba rẹ, ti n lọ re jogbo, ti n lọ re jatọ. Ẹbọ ni wọn ni [k]o ṣe, o si gbe ẹbọ nbẹ, o rubọ. Riru ẹbọ ni fi ti n gbe ni. Aitete ru teṣu a da ladanu. Ko pẹ, ko jinna, Ifa wa ba mi laarin iṣẹgun, aarin iṣẹgun laa ba ni lẹsẹ ọbariṣa. Ẹyin o wofawo ki bi ti n ṣẹ.

[Ogbe look back and see if your dog has killed a squirrel, cast Ifa for Ekuya who practiced Ifa in his father’s house, who grew old but was still strong. He did everything Ifa prescribed. His sacrifice was accepted. Failure to sacrifice to Eṣu renders any effort a waste. Not long after that, Ifa met me in the midst of victory, we receive victory at the feet of God. Come and see what the Ifa priest has done!]

That is how Ekuya became successful. If anyone goes all over the place, if (s)he sees a house that has collapsed and become dilapidated and sees the Ekuya plant there, the plant will be prosperous. It will gleam, be sparkling white, and will be shining. This is all because of the sacrifice it made on that first day when it did not refuse to return to its father’s house, the place that was favorable for it. Ifa says if this person should travel abroad, (s)he should look back and stay in touch with what (s)he has left behind. There are no blessings for him/her in front; they are all behind him/her in his/her father’s house. That is where (s)he will receive his/her blessings. Ifa says so in Ogbe – Wo Ẹhin Wo.

Ogbe-Wo Ẹhin Wo 2:
If this Ifa sign should come up for a person, if this Ifa sign should emerge, Ifa says this person should be very patient. Ifa says a lack of children is troubling this person, and Ifa says if (s)he is patient, (s)he will have children. Ifa says (s)he should seek out Ọṣun and care for Ọṣun. Ifa says Ọṣun holds his/her blessings. Ifa says that the issue will be addressed directly, and (s)he will have children. (S)he should be diligent in the worship of Ọṣun. She will become a mother and will soon carry her child and dance. She will rejoice a great deal. Ifa says so. This is how Ifa said it. Ifa said:

Aṣiju wẹhin obinrin awo apo, aṣiju wẹhin ọkunrin awo amọ, igba elepo abẹhin manamana a difa fun onile eti odo eyi ti n mẹnuju ṣe rahun nitori ọmọ. Ẹbọ ni wọn ni ko ṣe, o si gbẹbọ nibẹ o rubọ. Ko pẹ, ko jinna, ẹyin awofa ọjọ bi ti n ṣẹ. Ko pẹ, ko jinna, Ifa wa ba ni ni jẹbutu ọmọ, jẹbutu ọmọ laa ba ni lẹsẹ ọbariṣa. Ẹ ba wa ki yeye o. Yeye o a fidẹ rẹmọ. Ọṣun yeye o, a fidẹ rẹmọ. Ẹ ba wa ki yeye o, a fidẹ rẹmọ. Ọṣun yeye o, a fidẹ rẹmọ.

[The woman moving forward but aware of what is behind is the companion of the arrow holster, the man moving forward but aware of what is behind is the companion of the bow. The back of the palm oil seller’s calabash is always shining cast Ifa for the owner of the house by the sea who was distraught because (s)he didn’t have children. (S)He did everything asked of her. It did not take long, come see how quickly Ifa’s prediction came to pass. We receive the blessing of children at the feet of God. Greet our great mother for us! Our great mother uses brass to pacify the children. Ọṣun, our great mother, uses brass to pacify the children. Greet our great mother for us, the one who uses brass to pacify the children. Ọṣun, our great mother, uses brass to pacify the children.]

Ifa says that this person should offer a sacrifice, that (s)he should have brass in the sacrifice, that (s)he should offer the sacrifice to Ọṣun, and that (s)he should keep Ọṣun stones that always stay wet inside her house. She should take good care of Ọṣun. Ifa says she will have children in abundance. She will become a mother. Ifa says so in Iwori Meji [Ogbe-Iwori].

Ogbe-Iwori 3:
Ifa also teaches a lesson here. This person has a relative who is abroad somewhere. It could be his/her older sibling. They could share the same mother, or the same father. That person is in a faraway place. Ifa says the client should find a way to bring this person back home. There is an opportunity that they will benefit from this person’s return. They should bring him/her back, but it doesn’t have to be by force. They should offer a word of advice that this person should return home. There is a blessing, and this person should also have his/her part of it. When (s)he does come back, everyone in the family will benefit from it. All of the children of his/her mother will benefit, and they will have peace of mind. It could be a city where people practice politics, and they can’t find anyone within the family to take a position like that of a senator, or perhaps a governor, or the chairman of a local government, or even a counselor, but the person we have mentioned who is abroad, is up to the task. (S)He is a good person who will take care of everyone when (s)he is in that position, Ifa says we should find a way of bringing him/her home. Ifa says it will be very beneficial. Once (s)he is able to return, nobody in the family will be impoverished. They will not have to worry about money anymore. Ifa says so. This is how Ifa said it. Ifa said:

Ogbe Wẹhin wo bi o jẹ le san, bikun ba jẹ loju oloko, eku ẹ ṣagada lẹhin ebe a difa fun Ogbe eyi ti o gbe apo iwa kọ Iwori ọmọ iya rẹ lọrun. O ni ọjọ ta a ri Iwori la rahun aje mọ. A rira, mama jẹ ki a rahun a rira. Ojọ ta ri Iwori la rahun ire gbogbo mọ. A rira, Ifa mama je [ki] a rahun, a rira…

[Ogbe look back, maybe it will be better, the squirrel is grazing in the presence of the farmer, he has prepared the yam tubers for planting season cast Ifa for Ogbe who put a yoke on the neck of Iwori younger sybling. On the day when we saw Iwori, we did not worry about money anymore. A rira, don’t let us worry, a rira. When we saw Iwori, we didn’t worry about money anymore. A rira, Ifa don’t let us worry, a rira.]

Ifa says when this person arrives and comes back to his/her family, they will not worry about money anymore. Ifa says this about their family. That they won’t have to worry once (s)he comes home. Ifa says that they should look for a way for that person to return home. Ifa says they will do well to try this. That is if the person comes back. Ifa says there is success in it.(Harvard.edu)

American Ifa Review the War of Orunmila: Why two yearly reading Odus in Nigeria

Aboru aboye abosise, greetings to all;

“War of the Roses” or may I say the “War of Orunmila”; or better yet, the “War on life”. The different Odus out of West Africa in the past weekend reminded me of a movie called the “War of the Roses”. The movie was about a married couple who has out grown each other, but together they have accumulated knowledge, material wealth, and children. This scenario is now playing out for the worshipers of Ifa. For instance, Solagbade Popoola, the assumed President of ICIR (2015-8) statedgun

 

“Ile Ife (WAS NOT) where the Odu of the World has always been cast, [because] a great Awo called Orisasona [in 1956] gathered all Awo in Yorubaland together and pleaded for cooperation …to build a Temple for Orunmila [called] Oke Itase Temple … in Ile Ife” (Popoola).

 

In the ‘War of the Roses’, the couple had out grown each other’s company, and wanted to go their separate ways. Yet, there were financial and ownership issues. The Roses sought advice from their friends, but no one wanted to compromise and equitably divide the wealth they had accumulated. In the case of ICIR, for instance, Popoola continued to state in that same document that Professor Wande Abimbola (Christian), Araba Ifayemi Elebuibon (Ifa), and Professor Odeyemi,

 

“…wanted to see Ile Ife become great again [since], So the festival being international is really a recent thing. Up till today, the Ife people still celebrate their own Itase rites. As late as 1980, there was nothing like a International Annual Ifa Festival in Ile Ife. There was no such thing. By that time, the Ife people were still insisting that the Itase festival should remain an Ile Ife ceremony and were insistent against outsiders being involved” (Poopla 2015).

 

In relationships, there are always signs of trouble before the final separation. On June 6th, ” Popoola’s camp made a pilgrimage to land of Orunmila and divined for the Odu of the year. The Odu was Ogunda Masa (Osa). At this point, it doesn’t matter if it is ire or ibi (osogbo). It will not make a difference because of the energy of the Odu OGUNDA and the energy of OSA. In the War of the Roses’ the couple did everything they could to disgrace and humiliate each other. It was a game theory tactic, which did not work. This same point is illustrated in Ogunda Masa, which says that Ifa speaks about “monetary gains by spiritual fidelity”. Spiritual fidelity means, there is a “faithfulness to a person, cause or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support” (Dictionary). Both scenarios, “War of the Roses” or may I say the “War of Orunmila”; and even better, the “War on life” lacked the understanding of life; not just for themselves but for the population in which they claim to have in their best interest. In other words, Ogunda Masa states that a relationship between people becomes separated because they abandon and throw away their principles to the Orisa and others. In the “War of the Roses”, the estranged couple continue to break the law to win the battle. They used unethical behavior and had friends spy and lie. For example, the two ICIR factions have the Iya, Olomitutu and her unethical behavior cause destruction in the main area of support – America/Diaspora. In Ogunda Masa, Ifa speaks of how Ogunda crossed, which is the story of how Ogun trespassed on Olofin’s road and Olofin said that Ogun broke the law. Olofin said, “I let him do it if he wants to lose the meanings of life, I find the meaning of death” (Ogunda Masa). In the ‘War of the Roses” Mrs. Rose consultants a lawyer (Ifa) about her dilemma and the lawyer told her the same thing that Ifa told Popoola’s camp in Ogunda Masa. Ifa said, “Pat your belly and blow the sickness away.” He added, “This is simply to be honest with yourself”. Why? Because it reflects your life destiny and leads others to think that the situation is more difficult than it is; that the situation is more about the debt you need to fix than the shoddy action which is a pending situation that you must rectify.

 

Osa as Ogunda calls you to care for every detail in your life as a shield to the problems that are occurring. Because Orunmila has emphasized the religious procedures since this astral certifies that the instruments of Ifa that you used to guess by not having the proper consecration may not be effective to the needy; therefore, being honest to the world as a state of consciousness into your processes of life, and we all know that actions have consequences.”

 

In other words, Ogunda Masa is saying the damage is staying directly in your brain as an imbalance or mental illness that is a psychological, psychic and spiritual condition. It is important to understand the malevolent and malicious actions, arrogance, coldness, pride and any other negative acts that you did and or do effects the lives of others. So Mrs. Rose…expect tragedy.

 

Meanwhile, Mr. Rose has consulted a lawyer (Ifa) as well. This other camp in Ile Ife, has initiated many people in the diaspora and has placed an “American” Araba named Adedayo Ologundudu in the ideology of governance over the American/Diaspora’s Orisa Ifa practitioners. (This Araba is NOT an American). Odu Ofun Osa came to tell this camp that Ifa said, “Pat your belly, hands behind your ears, over your eyes and blow the sickness away” (Ofun Osa). This is about a person whose life is becoming confused and that the only solution is spiritual redemption. While everything seems fine in the present, disaster lies ahead. In addition, Ifa suggests, “understanding why there is a war between the sun and moon”. Ifa states that your whole life which you stand for will be turned upside down. You will not know what or who to trust because you have been blinded from the truth or lied to by the same person who smiled at you through tiny eyes…Now it is a mess. As soon as you think things are going good, all hell will break loose and disaster will present itself. Ifa continues, it speaks of weakness, misdirected energies, illness, in consequence, ignorance and treason. For instance, Popoola (2015-6) stated that if he “chose [NOT] to stay silent… Ile Ife would not be in its position today.”

 

In all scenarios, Ofun Osa states if the world becomes rotten and destroyed it will be because no one no longer knows how to behave with one another. The ‘War of the Roses” ends with death; both camps have created their own suicidal plans, which makes all their fears (American Ifa, P. Neimarks, and Awo Falokun) look like hope and enlightenment [lol].

COMMENT:

Personally, they (both ICIR camp/ Ile Ife) have proven that they are incompetent to lead any of us in the Diaspora into the new stages of Ifa/orisa and egun practices. They must thank Olomitutu for her contribution to us learning about the imperfections of the people we here in the Diaspora trusted and believed. If she wouldn’t have pushed others of like minds to defame and declared Ifa wars with us; this may would had continued flying over our heads, we would have never learned about the 1% rule and no cuts.

The movie clip: War of the Roses (<<<<<https://youtu.be/5ebv3i_9Ltc>>>)

American Ifa Letter to Oya

A letter to OYA…

Today I give honor to one of my mothers. I have not forgotten you, Oya. Many people have put away their orisa when they make Ifa. I have not, Mother. I know 18 years have passed. I still love you, honor and respect you as I did yesterday, when I didn’t have Ifa. You have done so much for me; when man has failed to lift me as well as my own birth mother… you did so. When my own brothers and sisters had forgotten me and treated me as a stranger…you didn’t. You and the other orisa (Obatala, Oshun, Sango, Yemaya, etc.) have been there for me since the beginning of my existence. You have taught me so much in a short time and you have carried me such a far distance in this world. You have saved me from destruction and you have removed the assholes that were in my life. You brought the ancestors to all my initiations including the one where the elders gave me my first name OchaBi. I was named after one of the greatest women in our faith. Maferefun Oya! No, Mother, I have not forgotten you. I love you…So today is the day I tell the world a little bit about your greatness in my life…. OYA

To Oya with love

To Oya with love

Omo Orisa

Omo Orisa By Apetibii Efunyale, Copyright ©2015 Terri L. Bailey. All rights reserved.

I am a child of Orisa

Esu stands up for me

At each and every reading

Guiding me, protecting me, loving me

Quietly, whispering truth to me

And if there is a need scolding me oh yes indeed

 

I am a child of Orisa

Omo Obatala

Whose light shines bright like the northern star

Owner of all crown chakras and ori

I’m so proud that He claimed me

Said baby you must never be a slave of a slave

And came home with me before I got made

Creator of humans, He bought light to the night

No straddling the fence you betta come right

Meferafun Obatala He who owns all that is white

 

Olokun too is here with me

Olokun Olokun owner of the sea

Nobody knows ‘bout all your mysteries

They try to measure your depth and study your breadth, but all efforts equate to a giant misstep

Because just when they think they have reached the very bottom of the sea

Olokun opens up and makes them travel more deeply

More darkly and inevitably, they have to scream

“The sea is just a great mystery”

And I smile and say

That’s Olokun Awade

 

Omo Orisa

I have my warriors here with me

Esu, Ogun, Ochossi and Osun

Who will fight for me, protect me and if you mess with me

I’ll tell my Babas and they’ll get you for me

But they do not uphold what ain’t right

They can spot deception in the dead of night

So don’t be acting like they will defend you just because

Or that they will bestow on you some type of blind love

Oh no no no not these ones right here

Their warth is something you ought to fear

So I keep them happy serving them every week

Offering rum, smoke, palm oil and oriki

Asking for guidance in life and forgiveness for my wrongs

And ending with a kiss and a praise song

Now most recently, Orunmila called for me and named me Abetebi

What a great honor and responsibility

Hand in hand I’m in the service of Ifa

The wife of the great and knowledgeable Orunmila

Making sure his area is clean

And that His guests are comfortable until they are seen

Oh don’t think that means to you I’m in servitude

And that because I may serve you, you can give me attitude

My position is one that demands much respect

Disrespect me and watch my Baba get vexed

If you really want to challenge me or try to mess me around

My Baba will swiftly correct you and I won’t need to make a sound

Every four days I give extra praise by dutifully doing Dafa

Giving honor, love and glory to the magnificent Orula

I bow down and kiss the mat and to Him I joyfully say

I love you with all my heart Baba Aboru, Aboye, Abosise

 

Oma Orisa

Soon I will be knocking on Ocha’s door

Begging for secrets, tools and more

Taking up the mantle and doing duties of a priest

Tirelessly, relentlessly battling the beast

Building a museum for the Gods that love me so

With Orisa by my side as high as Orun I can go

Oh how I love this culture its my life, my love and breath

I will forever be in service even long after my death

And when I become an ancestor sent to assist my seed

To their soul I will whisper, Orisa and Ifa is all you’ll ever need

Ase!

AMERICAN IFA: Welcome

Welcome to American Ifa!

American Ifa is the place where you can feel comfortable learning, working and understanding Orisa and Ifa  (African Spirituality) as expressed in different systems,  particularly, Traditional  West African and Lukumi (Cuban-Diaspora). American Ifa lives by the premises of FREEDOM, PRIDE and UNITY. We implore you to feel FREE to venerate and practice your way of life that instills PRIDE not only for Ifa and Orisha but for the place in which you live. In American Ifa you  are FREE to venerate and practice with your Ifa and Orishas that you have received from different systems without ridicule from the other. American Ifa is the place that fosters the environment that allows us the FREEDOM to learn about different cultures and the ways in which we live the Ifa and Orisa experience.  American Ifa allows us to connect to our extended families of Ifa/Orisa people WORLDWIDE and the opportunity to foster UNITY among ourselves.  SO CHEERS TO OUR ANCESTORS WHO BROUGHT US TO IFA AND ORISA WHO IN THEIR OWN WAY KEPT IFA AND ORISA ALIVE IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS AND IN SO DOING WE WERE ABLE TO SPREAD IFA AND ORISA AROUND THE WORLD!  ASE! ASE! ASE O! OLOYE FAPOUNKA AYABA EEGUNGBEMI (OFAE) DR. AYABA OCHABI AWODELE-IFASEYE