Iwa

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Iwa

Yoruba traditional beliefs are based on strict disciplines and moral values.  Addressing the understanding of Iwa will show that there is much to ponder whenever the term Iwa is mentioned.

The term literally means ‘exist’ to fufill destiny.  One cannot fufill ones destiny without applying the moral tenets of their Odu in life.  Iwa is sometimes also referred to as ones character, it is character that manifests the inner most existence of the person.  The goal is to establish Iwa-Pele.   (Good character)

Characteristics and Functions of Apetebi

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Characteristics and Functions of Apetebi in the Ifa Orisa Community

An Apetebi is a role model for all women is ways she thinks, speaks and acts be it at home, in the Ifa community or even in the Society at large.  In other words she must have Iwa Pele, (good character) and be honest and have the ability to correct her errors and grow from them.

The most important duty of an Apetebi in the home is the day-to-day running of the home front.  An Apetebi is expected to be absolutely honest to her family (of procreation and orientation) be dedicated in all things she sets her mind on doing.  Take care of her husband whom Ifa enjoins her to take as  her first child, the children, brothers, and sisters as well as all those other people living in her home.

She is also expected to take care of the Ifa shrine and all the symbols of all the other Orisa in the house.  An Apetebi must, as a matter of course, know how to cook all Ifa meals as well as all the meals of all the other Orisa in the house.  As it is the duty of all Babalawos to know all the means of all Orisa, what each Orisa forbids and what the Orisa loves at any given time.  It is also the duty of all Apetebi to know how to prepare all Orisa meals and understand under what conditions such meals are to be prepared as well as know when a particular meal is not to be given to an Orisa.

An Apetebi is duty bound to work hard in order to command the trust and confidence of her family.  Her husband must be able to vouch for her character at all times.  She must be able to impact sound morals into her children and loved ones who are in close contact with her.   An Apetebi, needs to be reminded at all times that bringing up children and young ones in the proper way acceptable to the family and the society at large is the preserved responsibility of an Apetebi.

Irete-Otura says that “A childs mother is either the childs failure or its success”  Apetebi should always strive to be the success story of her children at all times, by guiding and leading them right and proper.

In the community, an Apetebi is expected to be the shining example of Otito, Ododo and Iwa-Pele (good character) for all other women.  Remember that in Eji-Ogbe, IFA says that “Whatever we think, Say or Do, all what we are looking for is character, Good Character” It is the duty of an Apetebi to infect all her friends and neighbors with her good character. She must be at the forefront of all good things happening in the community, or in the Ifa circle in which she belongs.

An Apetebi, needs to participate in programs which will bring development to her home, her community and to the whole society.  She must be an active member of at lease one group whose focus is the socio-economic and moral up liftmen of her immediate community.  If this is organized by members of her faith, the better for her.  She must be however be free to work with people of any faith with an open mind and understanding with out any discrimination what so ever.

A woman will be able to proudly call herself an Apetebi only when she had been able to satisfy all criteria listed above.  Anything short of this is not acceptable.  Any of us who has not attained this level needs to work hard and concerted effort to earn the respect, glory and honor that the name Apetebi concerns on lucky women.

Olotoye Fasina Falade  1998

 

 

 

Polygamy

 

tumblr_nbdc9iEMh81tfrwoho1_1280This article was written by Awo Fasina Falade in February 1995, and discussed on our Tuesday evening Class at the Ara Ifa Yourba Center in Leimert Park, hope you enjoy his point of view.

There have been many discussions about the Polygamous Society of the Yorubas’.  If we are to understand the Ancient Traditional Society, we must rebuild or reorientate our thinking and not to substitute the dictionary meaning of Polygamy.  We must also address the social conditioning of 400 years of separation from traditional values.

Firstly, this system isn’t a excuse for sexually promiscuous relationships, be it instigated by male or female.  It is a system of developing family.  Yoruba marriages traditionally, are the merging of families and not just the bringing together of a man and a woman.  This is the reason the screening and dowries are part of the ritual.  This is not the “Free and Easy” approach to marriage.  If, for example, ones’ brother passes, it’s the responsibility of the next man in the family to support or provide for the wife and children of the deceased to maintain the family structure.

In our Social conditioning, we view things on a worldly or physical level and cannot see the important of “Spiritually Caring”  for each other.  Conditioned men use the term, Polygamy, to sexual exploit the mothers without respecting them. We find that in Traditional Society it approved of the multiple wives system, provided it was did in the open and not to the detriment of others.  Without lies or deception.  Most relationships in this Society begin with deception and then we sit back and wonder why we cannot have an enduring or secure relationship.  Traditionally, there was also a multiple husband system, for a wife was free to leave her husband to take residence as the wife of another man, especially if the first husband failed to make her fruitful, but it had to be a clean break and in accordance with the custom which did not impose sanctions through the medium of high divorce fees or slander.  This is not to be judged as adultery, which is not accepted in the tradition, but the right of the person to receive truth in relationships.  Adultery is quite a different matter for this was a contract between God and Man, in which any individual culprit necessarily and automatically involved society-as the organic unit of which that individual is an integral part-in a crime against the gods and as such society became responsible and the punishment of the gods and as such society became responsible and the punishment of the gods would be meted out, not simply to the people involved, but to society as a whole.  Again it’s necessary to be up=front in ones relationships or face the consequences of your actions.

I don’t believe that we have grown to the point of accepting responsibilities in polygamous relationships.  Many who state that they are for this, get mid stream and reverse their direction.  We must be sincere at the beginning of the affair and not to have hidden motives for involvements, e.g., money, titles, alimony, or sex, etc.  If these are the motives they should be revealed in the beginning of the relationship and no deceit/lies. If the beginning is in this direction, not only will you have a lasting relationship, but be able to “have your cake and eat it to”, meaning that everything will be shared in harmony.  Fasina 2/95

 

 

ORIKI ORUN MORNING PRAYER

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ORIKI OLORUN MORNING PRAYERS

IBA OLORUN

IBA OLODUMARE

IBA OLOFIN

IBA OLORUN

IBA OLODUMARE.

IBA OLOFIN  

IBA OLOWO ON I  

IBA ELENA

IBA ORI

IBA BA ORIKI  

IBA ALEWILESE  

IBA OBA A DAKE JO

IBA OYIGIYII OTA AIKU  

IBA ARINU RODE OLUWO OKAN  

IBA  SANU MI OLODUMARE

A DUPE LOWO OLORUN

IBA ASE IBA ASE IBA ASE O!

 

ORUNMILA I GREET YOU IN THE NAME OF (YOUR ODU) AS I GREET OLODUMARE THIS MORNING, I THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SEE THE LIGHT OF ANOTHER DAY.  I THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO TRAVEL THROUGH MY SLEEP IN PEACE ALLOWING ME TO SIT WITH THE MASTERS AS A STUDENT. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE OPEN TO GAIN THE WISDOM OF IFA. THE ORISAS AND MY EGUNS. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ABUNDANCE TO MANIFEST IN MY LIFE IN HEALTH, AND WEALTH.  THANK YOU FOR BLESSING ME WITH A WONDERFUL SPOUSE AND BLESSING MY FAMILY. MOST OF ALL THANK YOU FOR STOPPING ME FROM OFFENDING ANYONE AS WE INTERACT, AND FORGIVENESS IF I HAVE.  ORUNMILA, I THANK YOU FOR YOUR WISDOM AND GUIDANCE AS WE CONSULT. MAY THE BLESSINGS OF OLODUMARE CONTINUE TO SHOWER ME WITH WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING, A COMPASSIONATE HEART,  LIGHT, GOOD HEALTH, PROSPERITY, FINANCIAL ABUNDANCE AND PEACE. ASE!  .

TRANSLATION:

Olorun  (The owner of heaven)

Olodumare (Supreme being, unchanging God)

Olofin (The owner of the Palace)

Olojo oni (The owner of the Day)

Eleda (The owner of Spirit)

Ori (The owner of the Crown)

Oba orun (The King of Heaven)

Alewilese (He who speaks words to fulfillment)

Oba a dake jo (The king who judges)

Oyigiyii ota aiku (The mighty rock never dies)

Arinu rode olumo okan (He who sees inside/outside the discerner of hearts)

Sanu mi Olodumare (Have mercy on me Olodumare)

Adupe lowo Olorun (We thank you Olorun)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OSE MEJI TEMPLE ODUN

osun Sunset the Daughters of OsunOSE MEJI

Ose Meji is the Odu that opened divining board for defining the purpose of ‘The Daughter’s of Osun’, in 2012.  I am forever grateful and humbled to share any knowledge gained while on my journey.  IFA is open to all Souls with Iwa Pele (Good Character) and IFA crosses all color lines.  The knowledge of IFA is not here to exploit and take advantage of under knowledged individuals. IFA is reasonable therefore so should we.  The meaning of OSE MEJI translates, (remember there are several interpretations this is ours)

OSE MEJI

Ose Meji creates abundance through prayer. This signature speaks about the GOOD FORTUNE, the VICTORY, the ABUNDANCE, FERTILITY and the EROTIC.  Symbolically it is associated with FRESH WATER, MOUNTAIN STREAMS, and RIVER WATERS.  IFA says, abundance and fertility are a result of the proper use of  OFO ASE  (Power of the Word) especially in prayer. (Aladura)

Ose Meji, speaks to the fragility in the World. We the people are in a transitional phase of changing conditions in business and relationships. Odu also speaks on NOW being the time for making money and finding a destiny appropriate loving lasting relationship. Individuals will attract to this Temple for consultation and their lives will transform and evolve.  Osun will bless them with her many gifts especially the individual with a pure sincere soul and Iwa Pele (Good Character). This is the positive side of Ose Meji.

In its flip side or negative side, (Ibi) Ose would be the driver to material wealth at the expense of SPIRITUAL GROWTH and IWA.  Ose Meji is also the lure that pulls and attracts individuals seeking truth and change and since out of non cense and understanding where their is none.  In our case  many GOD CHILDREN will develop through this Temple, coming here to develop, grow and to model proper Cultural and Traditional Values.

The letter ‘O’ in OSE is ‘O ASE’ with meji, translates to the SPIRIT OF THE POWER TWICE.  In the odu OSE MEJI this power of the spoken of is the spiritual power that manifests as Ofo ase or the ability to have prayers heard by the Immortals in Orun. The ones who grant us blessings. Orun is the Heavenly Abode in the IFA COSMOLOGY STRUCTURE.  This Odun denotes plenty of GOD Children, Victory over Enemies, and Plenty of Good Fortunes. Those born (initiated) through this Temple/House (Ile) under this Odun are destined to be initiated into Priesthood more likely as Osun Priestess or Priest. If, they continue their studies and elevate consciousness are likely to be called into IFA. This Odun assures many  initiates will manifest through this House (Ile) with Iwa Pele.  This type of God Child is destined to take a position of honor and responsibility with in their chosen professions with financial rewards and create value in the arenas they frequent.

Here, in the Ose Meji Odun, is where ORUNMILA himself (The Owner of 256 Odu Ifa) learned that OSUN is considered the keeper of the mysteries of abundance. Orunmila realized, OSUN enticed OBATALA (The Father of All Orisa) for the wisdom and secrets. OSUN gave it in blessings to her worshipers. By desiring Spiritual Growth and following through, will lead one to the abundance they seek. IF, the right ebos are made, Children of the Ose Meji Odun, will live to be an ripe old age IF, they take care of their HEALTH, EXERCISE, EAT CORRECTLY and MAINTAIN PROPER NUTRITION.

This Odun also speaks on strengthening spiritually, Meditating, getting closer to Orunmila, (IFA) Obatala and strengthening one’s professional capabilities in order to prosper in their lives.

Here in these Blogs we will share the value of Herbs, Herbology, methods and practices.

The Daughters of Osun was birthed under this Odu in 2012……

 

 

 

 

OSE MEJI TEMPLE

 

Aboru Boye  Abosisse

We are back and we are very humble and eager to serve the community. We have made some improvements starting with the name change from The Daughters of Osun, to Ose Meji Temple. Ifa, the Orisa and the Egun speak through this blog for the purpose of leading from darkness into the Light of Orun.  We are still an institute for sharing knowledge, clarity and understanding of cultural, traditional values.  Leading with Iwa Pele, peace, compassion, wisdom, health, family and abundance. If you like what we share please tell your friends to tune in and sign in through our email and be amongst the first to receive.  Don’t be afraid to show your appreciation with owo donations.  Make yourself known through your comments and email requests. We will make efforts to find the information for you.  Peace and Bliss       Ase ooo…..Iya Adunni