I had a very light debate with the Awo a few days ago. I wasn't saying I know more than the Awo by debating with him, I just pointed out disagreement I have with the idea of Karma being interjected into Ifa. Alot of people including African born Yorubas like to upgrade Ifa with spiritual concepts borrowed from other religions. This is very absurd because Orunmila aka IFA was a real person who lived in incarnations before in Ile Ife. Orunmila means, Olorun the sky god recognizes Ela, so his name is Ela, he was a great diviner and the greatest who ever lived. Ela divined everything, he divined every business deal, he divined every morning when he got up, he consulted Oludumare's wisdom for all matters. When he become older he invented his own diviner tool called the Ipele, this was not a replacement for the 16 Kola nuts shells but it allowed much easier and faster readings. Ela expanded upon the Odu, some say the Odu was his invention but I think he may have just expanded upon them. Ela became a rich king and had many wives and sons. And when he died the elders in tradition defied him as Orunmila the Spirit of Oludumare's wisdom, second to God to witness fate or destiny. Ela was a great healer and his wisdom covers all aspects human existence. Ifa says that only two things in life can't be changed by divination or choice, that is birth and death. One can not choose when one will be born and one can not change when one will die. There's a story of Iku, the spirit of death, Iku was taking people before their time, so Orunmila fought with Iku, actually a deal was struck. This further illustrates Orunmila's gift to know when all will be born and when they will die. Then Ifa says that everything in between birth and death is our choice, we can change all fates in the middle of these. Karma says that things happen by a pre-determined fate due to past life events or choices, this is contradictory to Ifa. Karma suggests that when people experience hardship in life it is due to past life sins or punishments from past life. IFA and African belief is that when people experience bad luck it is due to someone hating on them or using blackmagic or evil eye. Unless the person brought it upon themselves when people have bad luck it is very much because of jealousy or envy. Buddhism doesn't have a divination system that is equal and accurate as Ifa is with the 256 odus which each Odu has stories that when multiplied deal with 1000s of human problems and issues so a solution can be found. Because of this inadequacy Buddhism just prescribes the person's unique problem to the unknown that can't be seen. Past life energy is not as strong as the present and can't be read even by IFA. Ifa measures the present energy very accurately and depending upon the ache of the priest or priestess and their personal knowledge of IFA's odus, the right prescription or ebbo can be prescribed. Ebbo is simply the right combination of energy to set the balance back into the person's life. There are more examples of our people today second guessing our ancestors wisdom and interjecting opposing philosophies. This is done to appear modern, or simply because White Supremacy likes to look upon anything further down South as less credible and inferior. I guess because Buddhism is lighter skinned people, some like to think they know more than our darker skin ancestors. But Orunmila aka Ifa wasn't defied for nothing, he came into the world bringing a very accurate system and very complete, IFA can heal all our problems if we let him. Prayer to Orunmila to be done each and every morning. Orunmila! Witness of fate second to (GOD): Thou are far more efficacious than medicine, Thou are Immense Orbit that averts the day of death. My Lord, Almighty to save, Mysterious Spirit that fought death. To thee salutation is first due in the morning. Thou Equilibrium that adjusts World Forces, Thou art the One whose exertion it is to reconstruct the creature of bad lot:\; Repairer of ill luck, He who knows thee becomes immortal. Lord, the undeposable King, Perfect in the HOUSE of WISDOM! My Lord! Ifinite in knowledge! For not knowing thee in full,we are futile, Oh, if we could but know thee in full, all would be well with. Ashe. More later.