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"Ase is the animating force of the universe. It is the power that Olodumare used to activate the patterns of creation. Ifa articulates and itemizes the various scenarios through which ase is expressed. Odu is, in this sense, a vessel of ase. Each verse gives share and form to the undifferentiated consciousness of Olodumare as it flows between the heavenly and earthly realms. In this interplay, it is Elegba who conducts and distributes ase. As the bearer of sacrifice, he is the lord of manifestation, whose ceaseless motion reveals abilities, hopes and desires. Hail to Elegba. Without him, there can be no fulfillment, nor resolution. Faithful companion of Orunmila, enforcer of divine law, he who cries tears of blood, we give thanks for the open road of progress that you have created for us. Ase!"