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What is Dafa (an Ifa Reading)

What is Dafa (an Ifa Reading)

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I am asked what is a reading etc. this is what I respondedWell here I am back on line, took my shower etc. Now what does an Ifa reading entail. Firstly anIfa reading will tell you things that perhaps you should have known from the time you couldspeak. Let me explain, in Yoruba culture when a child is born after a certain amout of days theBabalawo (that is what I am called) comes and does Dafa (an Ifa reading) for the child. This willtell the parents etc what is this child's destiny, why they came to earth. It will tell the things thatthis child needs to avoid ie taboos, such as certain foods etc. And the parents relatives etc willbegin to groom (so to speak) this child to fulfill their destiny. This child will continue to getreadings done during his/her life, to keep them inline with their destiny. In Yoruba thought, we allcame here from Orun (heaven) and knew our purpose for coming, however when we passthrough the birth canal we forget. And hence the Dafa will tell us. The purpose for an Ifa readingagain is to put and guide you on the path of your destiny which You choose before coming toearth.Now the thing about an Ifa reading is this. Before man was established so to speak on the earththere were what is called Irunmole. These Irunmole are primordial beings that in essence came toestablish and make earth habitable for humans, In their sojourn here they also experienced allthat humans would experience, and what is recorded is known as Odu. There are 256 Odu againOdu can possibly be described as Irunmole. They experienced all there is to experience. In their experience, they experienced the positive as well as the negative, and what was left for us or recorded so to speak were their experiences what they did to overcome obstacles also what theydid to have what would be called a good or balanced life.I said their are 256 Odu but with eachOdu there are over 1000 what we call verses that expound on their experiences. The verses canbe a few lines long or pages long depends on what was the experience. So in Odu an exampleThe following is an example of Odu. In this particular verse of Odu Orunmila (who is also calledIfa) wanted to marry a particular one, However his enemies etc conspired against him, but in thisverse of Odu we see what he did to overcome the situation.Eji Ogbel ll ll ll l1-11Ejinrin fa gburu-gburu wo lu a da fun Orunmila ti onlo fe eye Toro omo Olokun Nwon ni ki Orunmilaru bo ki o ba le fe, akiko meji, ayebo kan, eku, eja,oke meji, ati egbafa; o ru bo.N'igba-ti Orunmila nlo si ile Olokun, o ko oke meji dani,ni gba-ti Orunmila fi ma de ile Olokun, Esu se jumo l'ara, ni gba-ti Toro ri Orunmila, o ni on ni on o fe.Olokun ni gbogbo Irunmole ti o ti nfeToroti ko gba. nibo ni Orunmila mu Toro gba?Orunmila ni on yio mu lo bayi ni Olokun bere si keOrunmila o ni lati ojo ti gbogbo Irunmole ti nfe Toro o jaja ri eni-ti yio feNi igba ti awon Irunmole ri pe Toro fe Orunmila inu biwon, nwon mu-ra n'won fi otun se aye n'won fi osise iran, n'won fi okorokoro se ajinjin d'orun
 
Ni gba ti Esu ri eyi o mu okan n'inu akiko meji ti Orunmilafi ru bo o so si nu aye otun o dio so okan si nu iran osi, o di o so ayebo si nu ajinjin d'orunokorokoro o di awon Irunmole si ti sofun olodo to yio tu n'won pe bi n'won ba ri Babalawokan ti o ba mu obinrin kan l'ehin ko gbodo tu won;ni gba Orunmila fi ma de odo olodo o di obinrin re Torosi nu oke kan o da okan de l'ori, o di o gbe ru, ni gba tio de odo olodo, olodo ko mo pe Babalawo na ti awon Irunmolewi ni, o si tu won gun oke ni gba ti Orunmila de oja Ife o so ka le,o tu oke l'ori obinrin, obinrin na si yo jade ara ta gbogbo awon Irunmoleinu si bi won Orunmila njo, o nyo, o ni:O soko BaniO shoko BaniEjinrin fa gburu gburu wo-lu oa da fun emi OrunmilaTi nlo fe Toro omo OlokunAwon Irunmole f otun se aye oAwon Irunmole f osi se ranN'won fi okorokoro se a jinjin d'orunN'won le f otun se aye oKi n'won f okorokoro se a jinjin d'orunko ni onile ma re le gbainOrunmila bge mi si oke gbe mi si ororo reKi a jo ma lo gbere gbereni bi o da li o da ki a jo ma loIfa ni a o fe obinrin kan, gbogbo enia ni yio ma doyiyi ni ka, ti n'won yio si ma di rikisi si ni kia ma foya, a o fe obinrin na." Ejinrin spreads and spreads until it enters the town" was the one who cast Ifa for orumilawhen her was going to marry narrow, child of the Sea Goddess. They said Orunmila shouldsacrifice two cocks, one hen, a rat, a fish, two bags,and three shillings so that he might be able tomarry her.He made the sacrifice. When Orunmila went to the Sea Goddess' house, he took twobags with him. When he arrived, Eshu blinked his eyes at him, making him very handsom.WhenNarrow saw Orunmila, she said he was the one she should marry. The sea Goddess saidall the Four Hundred Deities had wanted Narrow, but she had refused them; where then couldOrunmila take Narrow to escape their anger? Orunmila said he would take her away. Then theSea Goddess began to be hospitable to Orunmila. She said that all the Four Hundred Deities hadwanted to marry Narrow; but finally she had found someone she was willing to marry.When the Four Hundred Deities saw the Narrow loved Orunmila, they were angry; they got readyto dig a pit on the right side; they dug an abyss on the left side; and in front theydug a hole asdeep as heaven is high. When Eshu saw this, he took the two cocks that Orunmilahad sacrificed. He threw one into the pit one the right, and it closed; he threw the other into theabyss on the left, and it closed; he threw the hen into the whole in front, which was as deep asheaven is high, and it closed. The Four Hundred Deities had already told the ferrymen at the river Orunmila had to cross that if a diviner traveling with a woman should come to them, they must notferry them across.When Orunmila was approaching the ferrymen, he put his wife, Narrow, inside of one bag and heput the other bag over her head. He tied her up, and carried her. When he came to the river, theferrymen did not know that this was the diviner of whom the Four Hundred Divinities had spoken,and paddled them across the river. When Orunmila arrived at the market in Ife, he put the bagsdown and untied them; and his wife stepped out. All of the Four Hundred Divinities weredisappointed and they were angry; but Orunmila was dancing and rejoicing He said:
 
" Oooooh shoko'."Bani""Ejinrin spreads and spreads until it enters the town; o,"Was the one who cast Ifa for me, Orunmila,"When I was going to marry Narrow, the child of the Sea Goddess."The Four Hundred Dieties dug a pit on the right side;"The Four Hundred Dieties dug an abyss on the left side;"In front they dug a hole as deep as heaven is high."They can dig a pit on the right side oh;"They can dig an abyss on the left side;"They can dig a hole in the front, as deep as heaven is hugh;"They didn't say one can't go to his own house, 'gbain'"Orunmila, carry me in your bag; carry me in your purse,"So that we may go together slowly;"So that whereever we may be going, we may go together."Ifa says we will marry a woman. Everyone will try to twist us and turn us,and they will conspire against us; but we should not be afraid. We will marrythe womanAse ase ase o*Ifaleye note*Whatever, whoever conspires against us they will not succeed as longas we have Ifa, as long as we follow his footsteps, his injunctions, hisinstruction.ase oNow something else about Dafa, these verses of Odu we do not just pick out of a hat. When wedo Dafa there are a series of prayers etc that are done then we go to Ifa (Orunmila) He is the Godof wisdom He is called the Elerii Ipin witness to creation, witness to fate. Remember I said that weall chose to come here and knew what was our destiny before coming, well Ifa (Orunmila) wasthere when we chose to come, therefore he knows what is our destiny And he is the God of divination, so we go to him, and during the divination process he gives us the Odu that pertains tothe person who is having the reading done. The Irunmole (Odu) experienced everything that wecould ever experience, so the solutions are in the Odu. When I do a reading an Odu will come,this Odu will speak of what is going on in this person's life past present and future. Ifa (Orunmila)is also the one who knows the beginning as well as the end of all things, therefore we can find theanswers and solutions to whatever is going on in life.When a person gets Dafa it will come in one of 2 ways in what is called Ire (good fortune) or Ayewo (opposition) if it comes Ire, we will determine what is the Ire (Money, Long Life, Victory,Marraige, Honor etc) If it comes in Ayewo we will determine what is the opposition to obtainingblessins, (all Odu contain blessings) but sometimes there is opposition to the blessings (death,sickness, poverty, loss, etc. etc.)However which ever way it comes, there is a remedy. If it comes in Ire, there are things that haveto be done to secure the Ire, If it comes in Ayewo there are things that have to be done tocircumvent the opposition. This is called Ebo (sacrifice) it could be anything from a cool glass of water to ....The ebo goes to the Orisa who will take care of whatever it is, Oshun I mentioned before is anOrisa (diety) She is a river diety, but she concerns much more. so if you had Dafa done and itsaid this and that, we would determine to which Orisa do we go to either secure the blessing or toremove the opposition, hence the ebo goes to the Orisa.There is a saying in Ifa "There is no problem on Aiye (Earth) the Ifa does not have a solution for"

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