The ORI created the individual to this world, it created all the orisha including orunmila and oduduwa. The Ori is what holds an individual’s destiny. The Ori is what creates rich and poor, allows for dissapointment or joy. The Ori is in control of one’s daily ups and downs. Ose Tura explains that the Ori is more important than medicine, that one shouldn’t believe in juju but in one’s own individual power manifested by their Ori.
The Ori is a spirit each individual has on his or her own. When we come from heaven we pass a place where we obtain our own destiny, but it is the Ori that assists us in getting a good destiny. When the human being was created, Olodumare created the Ori. When one dies the Ori dies as well. Before consulting Ifa, one already knows their duty to their Ori.
We can know when our Ori is angry through consutation with Ifa, asking from our head, and realizing something is amiss when our hard efforts seem to waste in vain exertions. The Ori is a spirit akin to the soul and follows us when we come from the heaven.
An individual has two heads, the Ori Inu is inside the physical head.
Ori Inu ma ba to de je
This is a prayer that the Ori inside doesn’t spoil the Ori outside. The physical Ori that you see is on the outside.
One can know the precise things that their Ori wants through divinaion. If one disobeys their Ori all things will fail despite their best efforts.
Some examples of different types of destinies are as follows:
1) To Wa Wo Iran, with this type of destiny the person has come from heaven as an observer. Their destiny is to just look and not to act or participate.
2) Asiniwale Aye, the person with this type of destiny has come to earth worship another person.
3) Eni To Wale Aye Wa Se Rere, a person with this destiny has come to earth with the sole purpose of doing good.
There is a difference between destiny and behavior. Where behavior is a choice, one’s destiny cannot be changed as it come with us from heaven. It is not possible to change one’s destiny. One’s destiny can sometimes not be fufilled do to their choice in behaviors.
To care for one’s Ori, it is important to keep your head clean, not to be careless when touching your head, and be mindful of who is touching our head. One can receive Ori to worship. When one wakes, they can hold their head and pray that their Ori will bring good things.
Ori Ajike, ori aji ge, ori logbe ni ti a de ade owo, ori
lo gbe ni ti a wo ewu ileke, ori lo gbe di olola,
ki a to mo obi bo Orisa ori ni ki a mobi bo
Plenty of odu Ifa speak about the Ori, for instance Ose Tura, Ogbe Di, Ogunda Ogbe, Obara Meji, Eji Ogbe, Etura Meji, etc. White is the color of destiny. As for the taboos of the Ori, how your ori creates you is how you should be. Don’t use color on your hair or use harsh treatments on your head, treat your Ori with care. The food for the Ori is, obi, cock, eja abori, igba, omi tutu, otin. However your Ori bless you, you can feed it.
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