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Who is Obatala? (long but a MUST read)

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What is his position in the order of seniority?

This Pataki tell us that all divinities, including ILE –the mother earth, joined forces to dethrone OBATALA OSEMARAGBO (the ancient of days) and take for them his creative powers. Bitter rivalry emerged amongst the divinities and deities who wanted to share the glory of OBATALA. ORUNMILA was invited to join in the conspiracy but refused. ESU was invited into the evil plot against the ancient of the days OBATALA, but ESU refused. In the end the divinities lost the fight to take the glory of OBATALA. Consequently a universal glory was conceded to him forever according to the IFA stanza below. However, the refusal of ORUNMILA BABA AGBONNIREGUN and ESU LALU OGIRI OKO, to join in the conspiracy against, the illuminated one –OBATALA –was with great benefit and enormous advantages. ORUNMILA and ESU were both promoted to co –exist as equals with OBATALA in the trinity of divinities

Irete Meji says the following:

Igangan IFE
Orunmila wo suu , o ko won
E e ri i
Awon ojise aye
Awon igangan ife
Awon ni Orunmila maa
Nranse si ELEDUA

Translation:
Envoy from earth
Town –crier of IFE
Were suddenly seized and slashed by Orunmila
You see
The messenger
The town crier
Are the emissary
Orunmila always send to GOD the omnipotent

The emissary from the earth and the town crier of IFE were ORUNMILA`S regular messengers to ELEDUMARE, the omnipotent. The message to the omnipotent was: “such being the state of things in IFE today, what sacrifice should I appoint as remedy?”

The reply would come ‘’offer a bush rat’’. Acting on this recommendation ORUNMILA would receive good auspices for the city and all would turn out well, but as time went on things changed. When the Omnipotent indicated the sacrifice of a goat, these messengers reported to ORUNMILA that a Lamb should be offered. The sacrifice would result in failure. What could be responsible for this turn of events wondered Orunmila. Eventually the truth came out but ORUNMILA said nothing, he merely stopped the messengers from bearing further request to the OMNIPOTENT.

One day ORUNMILA seized the messengers and killed them. The people of IFE wondered how ORUNMILA could do such an evil thing, killing his messengers who were always bringing good tidings to the people of IFE. The answer given to them by ORUNMILA was not satisfying, and the people decided to attack ORUNMILA, and without mincing words ORUNMILA hid himself from the anger of the people. They beat one of the disciples of ORUNMILA called IMULEGBE and AKALE – ORUNMILA`s guest was not spared.

ORUNMILA could not hide his emotions and he came out from his hiding and challenged the people. Orunmila left the city in annoyance, IMULEGBE and AKALE went with him. ORUNMILA warned the entire council of IFA priests to stop divining for the people of IFE, so that they may know the implication of their habit and actions.

Orunmila later travelled to the forest with his friends until they got to a place called ‘’THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE’’ and here they built three hut’s, one for AKALE – ESU, one for IMULEGBE – OBATALA, and one for ORUNMILA. Soon, there was a report from IFE that the city was under heavy plague and many problems. Fishes were dying in the river, sickness and illness became the order of the day. The pregnant women would no longer find it easy to have their children, men became infertile and the barren could not conceive. There was total chaos and pandemonium and nobody in the city was able to find a solution to the problem. The chiefs of IFE went out of their domain to seek solution but all to no avail.

One day they met a diviner named CRAB THAT CRAWLS IN HOLES IN THE MARSH AWAY FROM WATER HABITANTS, but he declined to divine for them because of what ORUNMILA the chief diviner had said. He then instructed the people of IFE to look for ORUNMILA so that they might find solutions to their problems. They replied that ORUNMILA could not be found, and he said they should look for an antelope and bring him the animal so that he would help them look for another diviner. They brought the animal and were led to another diviner called GOLDEN –HUED LIKE FRESH PALM OIL who was expected to take them to where ORUNMILA resided.

The diviner then asked the people of IFE to look for an antelope for sacrifice like was given to the first diviner. This request was more laborious than that of the first diviner, but since they did not have alternatives, they prepared to go into the deep bush and look for an antelope. They found an antelope which they pursued up hill and chased the animal into the forest until the people of IFE found themselves in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. Here, suddenly the antelope disappeared and they continued searching for the disappeared antelope until they found the three huts built for ORUNMILA, AKALE and IMULEGBE (ORUNMILA, ESU AND OBATALA).

Odu Ifa on Love and Relationships

Odu Ifa on Love and Relationships. The Odu Ifa presented here are like my personal Ifa diary on the subject of love and the work it takes to cultivate love. The Odu Eji Ogbe speaks well about love and the importance of seeking the advice of Ifa in relation to finding the right person. Ifa says:

The cleanliness of the Sky is not the result of constant sweeping
The beauty of the moon is not as a result of regular bathing
The plumpness of the Ose tree is not as a result of frequent or excessive eating
These were the declarations of Ifa to Orunmila
When going to have the hand of Orilewa in marriage
He was advised to offer ebo
He complied
Come and see the beautiful children of Orilewa
Orunmila himself is he who had taken Orilewa as his wife
Behold the beautiful children of Orilewa.

This verse tells us that Orunmila was in love with Orilewa, so he sought Ifa consultation to see how the relationship would be. Ironically, Orilewa also sought Ifa consultation with a different awo on the same subject. Ifa gave both of them good messages. Ifa told them that their relationship would be very good. Ifa said that this relationship would be harmonious and they would live long and be in love for a very long time. Their love would never wane. Ifa also told them that they would be blessed with many children that they would be very proud of.

This verse is significant because it deals also with cleanliness. This cleanliness is associated with beauty. This cleanliness is not necessarily a physical thing but it does manifest on a physical level. This cleanliness or beauty that “is not as a result of regular bathing” is actually the result of character. This love and purity is actually the purity of one’s character.

Imagine your character as a clear pristine river. This river is so clean that you can see to the bottom of it. Now imagine that you can see your own reflection in the river. In this verse Orunmila loves Orilewa because he can see himself in her, and she can see herself in him. They reflect each other. Orunmila sees the beauty of Orilewa because he sees the beauty of himself. Love is just that, seeing your reflection in someone.

As Heavy D and the Boys once sang, “Now that we found love, what are we going to do?” So, what do we do now that we have found love? This is a very important question because love requires maintenance. It requires making conscious choices. It also requires understanding and patience. This brings me to a verse of Ogunda Meji. Ifa says:

Baba encamped at oko town
Baba landed at oko town
And rested his back comfortably against an akoko tree
And he ate 20 tubers of cocoyam
My matter is about to have a head now
These were ifa’s declarations to Orunmila
When going on a spiritual mission to ekun town
He was advised to offer ebo
He complied
Baba encamped at oko town
Baba landed at oko town
Baba reclined in comfort against an akoko tree
And he ate 20 tubers of cocoyam
My matter is about to have a head now
These were ifa’s declarations to Esu Odara
When going on a spiritual mission to Ekun town
He was advised to offer ebo
He complied
Ogun is the awo who knows how to cut trees
Oxossi is the awo who knows how to design
And Oosanla is the awo who knows how to put ase (power to let something manifest)
They were the ones who cast ifa for them at ekun town
When they pledged one rat in favor of two children
They were advised to offer ebo
They complied
Orunmila please do not be annoyed
Ifa please be patient
Half human
And half wood is what a woman is
Baba, please do not be angry
Baba, please exercise patience
Half human being
Half wood, that is what a woman is

This verse of Ogunda Meji stresses the importance of being understanding and patient with your spouse. This verse illuminates the fact that one’s spouse may try their patience from time to time, but it is important to be very understanding within these situations. In this verse, the people of Ekun town had pledged the same baby girl to Orunmila and Esu Odara. So, on the young lady’s eighteenth birthday Esu Odara and Orunmila both sent word that they were going to claim their respective wives. The people of Ekun town remembered the promise that they had made, so they frantically went to Ogun, Oxossi, and Oosanla for help. Ogun, Oxossi, and Oosanla cast Ifa for them. As a result of the divination Ogun cut down a tree, and Oxossi designed an exact replica of the young girl out of wood. Then they cut the young girl in half and they cut the wood sculpture in half. They then put the wood halves with the human halves. Oosanla then put the breath of life into their bodies. Now they had two young ladies that were exactly the same in every way. The people of Ekun were very happy and Orunmila and Esu Odara came and married their respective wives and went back home.

These young ladies were great wives. They were the most ideal partners to Orunmila and Esu Odara. Both Esu Odara and Orunmila were so happy with their wives, and many people admired them. Life was great for the first three months, but the next three months their wives were the total opposite of what they had been. They were mean, recalcitrant, and disrespectful. Those three months were like 30 years. Orunmila was so angry that he decided that he was going to return his wife to her family home. When he got they got her family’s home her family began to sing:

Orunmila please do not be annoyed
Ifa please be patient
Half human
And half wood is what a woman is
Baba, please do not be angry
Baba, please exercise patience
Half human being
Half wood, that is what a woman is

ESU ODARA

Esu, the darling spiritual energy in Orisa Worship, is not the same as the world’s dreaded energy known to most as Satan or Devil. In Orisa Worship,

Esu is an Orisa of peace
Esu is an Orisa of harmony
Esu is the defender of truth
Esu is the strength of the weak
Esu is the protector of the defenseless—the unprotected
Esu is the avenger for evil
Esu is the “Road” opener
Esu is the “Road” blocker against the wicked
Esu is a trusted ally of Orunmila
Esu is a reliable friend of all the Orisas
Esu is a trusted friend of the honest
Esu is a non-compromiser; therefore, he cannot be bribed or bought

Esu is not malicious; therefore, he does not take sides.
In Orisa Worship, Esu maintains the delicate balance of good and bad, just and unjust. Esu, the simple and an unassuming Orisa, according to Ifa, is the unrivaled weapon of choice of the Orisas. In essence, having Esu in one’s corner means having the support and blessings of the rest of the Orisas in one’s corner, as well. In addition, this phenomenon energy known as Esu, is spiritually recommended as a trusted confidant when confidence is desired.

The spiritual recommendation is from a verse of an Odu Ifa, which states in part:

Eniyan won

Eniyan soro
Ko si eniyan mo
Mo ba Esu mu’le, ati bee bee lo.

English
Trustworthy people are rare
Be careful, people can be malicious
Because of the void of trustworthiness in people
I made a covenant with Esu (Esu and I became trusted allies)….

Good morning, good people. As you go about your tasks today, and as you make decisions and take actions, may your endeavors be fruitful. As also pointed in the Ifa shared above, may Esu always work with you and never against you. To priests (devotees in general), who will be observing Ose Ifa today with the usual offerings, please, pray for unity and peace in our world and especially in our Orisa Communities. Pray that malice be replaced with love, and for triumph to prevail over obstacles, Ase.

Aboru aboye.

Da’fa (IFA Divination)

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