The Holy Odu OturaMeji aptly describes ARABA as the father of ALL priests:
Araba ni baba
ara ba ni baba ẹni ti a ba la ba ni baba
Ẹni ti a ba ninu ahere ni baba
a difa fun Baba Imọle abiewu gẹrẹjẹ eyi ti o fi gbogbo aiye ṣe ọfẹ jẹ
Ta ni baba eriwo
Araba ni baba eriwo.
The high priest of Ifa is the leader
the person related to you is your father
The person who precedes you is your leader;
the person you meet in the hut is your leader
cast Ifa for Baba Imọle (the Prophet Muhammed)
with a long flowing gown
the one who claimed the whole world as his own
Who is the leader of the scholars?
The Araba is their leader
The Araba's intellectual fortitude is matched by his spiritual abilities. The Araba is a dispeller of darkness, mentally and spiritually. As such, Araba is one who has achieved a high level of self-mastery by aligning himself with the principles of his unique, spiritual path.
We recognize this path as one's Ancestral Promise. As you learn to live the medicine that will empower you to deliver on the Ancestral Promise, you gradually purify your spirit and empower others to do the same.
The blind cannot lead the blind. Only one who knows the mysteries of Creation may rightly introduce others to said mysteries as they manifest in unique, individual ways.
No two destinies are identical. And so, your journey will not be identical to mine. Because of his expansive knowledge of IFA, it is the Araba who is able to recognize your spiritual identity and guide you according to divine law.
To know the Araba personally can be one of the highest expressions of spiritual development. To be his student can be the loftiest and most sacred of all relationships.
Orunmila and his and his akapo [students] were all one in spirit, as are my teacher, ARABA FAYEMI ELEBUIBON and those who are in tune with him, because of the common bond of Olodumare's divine wisdom.
I invite you to partake of this very special relationship by joining Araba Elebuibon in Oakland for the IFA FESTIVAL, May 16-21.