Orunmila

Orunmila is recognized as a primordial Irunmole that was present both at the beginning of Creation and then again amongst them as a priest that taught an advanced form of spiritual knowledge and ethics, during visits to earth in physical form or through his disciples. Orunmila is the spirit of wisdom among the Irunmole and the divinity of destiny and prophecy. He is "Igbakeji Olodumare" (second in command to Olodumare; often also playfully translated as "second calabash to God", since "igba" means "calabash") and "eleri ipin" (witness of fate). Orunmila is also referred to as Agbonniregun, the embodiment of knowledge and wisdom of Ifá.

Orunmila is not Ifá, but he is the one who leads the priesthood of Ifá and it was Orunmila who carried Ifá (the wisdom of Olodumare) to Earth. Priests of Ifá are called babalawo (elder of the confraternity) or Iyanifa (female Ifá priest). Orunmila is also known as Ela or Elasoode (Ela ties Ide on), one angle suggests that the ancient scholars interpreted as based on the verb "la". Explaining the meaning as "Ọlòrún-mọ-Ẹ̄la" (God knows Ẹ̄la).° Another, suggests that the name is derived from the phrase "Orun-ni-o mo eni-ma-la" (only heaven can identify the saved) considered a sage, recognizing that Olodumare placed Ori (intuitive knowledge) as prime Orisha. It is Ori who can intercede and affect the reality of a person much closer than any Orisa. For this reason it is important to consult with the Babalawo to know one's direction and the wish of one's Ori.


Orunmila is recognized as a primordial Irunmole that was present both at the beginning of Creation and then again amongst them as a priest that taught an advanced form of spiritual knowledge and ethics, during visits to earth in physical form or through his disciples. Orunmila is the spirit of wisdom among the Irunmole and the divinity of destiny and prophecy. He is "Igbakeji Olodumare" (second in command to Olodumare; often also playfully translated as "second calabash to God", since "igba" means "calabash") and "eleri ipin" (witness of fate). Orunmila is also referred to as Agbonniregun, the embodiment of knowledge and wisdom of Ifá.

òrùnmìlàòrìsà kan pàtàkì láàrin àwon Yorùbá. Àwon Yorùbá gbàgbó wí pé Olódùmarè ló rán òrùnmìlà wá láti òde òrun latí wá fi ogbón rè tún ilé ayé se. Ogbón, ìmò, àti òye tí olódùmarè fi fún òrùnmìlà ló fún ifá ní ipò ńlá láàrin àwon ìbọ ní ile Yorùbá. “A-kéré-finú-sogbón” ni oríkì ifá. òrùnmìlà gbé òde-ayé fún ìgbà pípé kí o tóó padà lo sí òrùn. Ní ìgbà tí ifá fi wà ní ilé ayé, ó gbé ilé-ifè fun ìgbà péréte. Sùgbón ní ìgbà tí òrùnmìlà fi wà láyé yìí naa, a tún maa lo sí òde òrun léè kòò kan tí olódùmarè bá pèé láti wá fi ogbón rè bá òun tún òde-òrùn se. Nítorí náà gbáyégbórun ni ifá ńse.

Ìtàn so fún wa wipe omo méjo ni òrúnmìlà bí nígbà tí ó wà láyé, nígbà tí ó di ojo kan ti òrùnmìlà ńse odún ni òkan nínú àwon omo yìí tíí se àbíkèhìn pátápátá báse àfójúdi sí òrúnmìlà, ni òrùnmìlà bá binú fi ayé sílè lo sí òde orun. Ni ìfá bá relé olókun kòdé mó. Ó léni té bá ri i, e sá maa pè ní baba”. Sùgbón òrùnmìlà fún àwon òmo rè méjèèjo  náà ní ikin mérìndínlógùn ó ní be e délé bee bá fówóó ní, eni tè é maa bi ninu.

 

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