Aboru Aboye Abosise
What is Ori?
Ori is the “Head”. Ori is an Orisa, and a very powerful and important one.
Odu Ifa Ogunda Meji teaches us: Ko s’orisa ti i da ni i gbe lehin ori eni — no Orisa help an individual without the consent of his or her Ori.
Also in Odu Ifa Ogunda Meji, IFA teaches us that Ori is the only Orisa that can be with us and accompany us through all of life’s journeys.
Odu Ifa Irete Ofun teaches us:
Ko si Orisa to to nii gbe
Leyin Ori eni
Ori gbona j’Orisa
No other Orisa can give support
Outside of one’s Ori
Ori is higher than all Orisa.
We are born with Ori, but we also can (and should) receive the physical shrine for Ori. Receiving Ori is a very powerful ceremony. I received Ori in Nigeria. It was profound. I feel that receiving Ori helps align one with their inner self (Ori Inu) and with their higher self (Iponri).
Here is a very good video on concepts surrounding Ori: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAtHw8cNfNE
Also here is a very good article on Ori worship: http://www.rootsandrooted.org/?p=27
IFA also says about Ori:
Orunmila lo dohun a-dun-hun-un
Emi naa lo dohun a-dun-hun-un
Orunmila ni begbe eni ba n lowo
Ba a ba a ti i ni in
Ifa ni ka ma dun huun-huun-huun
Ori elomii mo
Ori eni ni ka maa dun huun
Orunmila ni begbe eni ba n n’ire gbogbo
Ba a ba a ti I ni in
Ori eni ni ka maa dun hun-un
Orii mi gbami
Mo dun huun aje mo o
Orii mi gbami
Mo du huun ire gbogbo mo o
eni Ori ba gbebo re
ko yo sese
Orunmila said complaint, complaint, complaint…
I said it is all complaint
Orunmila said if ones colleagues are rich
If we are not yet rich
Ifa said we should not complain
To another person’s Ori
We should complain to our own Ori
Orunmila said if one’s colleagues are getting
all the good things of life
If we have not got…
We should complain only to our Ori
My Ori, deliver me
I complain of money to you
My Ori deliver me
I complain of all the good things of life to you
Ori nicknamed apere. Nicknamed A-sakara-moleke
Whoever’s offering is accepted by their Ori
Should really rejoice.
Please do check out that video and the linked article. If anyone would like to further discuss Ori, feel free to contact me via email — OyekuOfun@yahoo.com
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