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Mahakali
LET US BEGIN 2021 WITH –
NATURE, TIME, CYCLE OF CHANGE AND HEALING- MAHANKAL

An exceptional and rare opportunity to receive Transmission and Empowerment into the practices of Mahankal (also popularly known as Mahakala) as practised even today as a living tradition is coming up. Usually, this would be a closed and secret course, taught to a small group in person. Lately, Bhola has been exploring Zoom’s use and has successfully conducted a Mahankal retreat through this medium. Now, he is offering exclusive teachings through a new short program, accessible to all who can commit to attend and to practise, and the potential to share the mind of Mahankal directly through the medium of the Shaman. Mahankal is one of the most important Nepali Shamanism deities and can be traced back as Sanatana Dharma (eternal practices) to the most ancient scriptures themselves. In Sanskrit and Nepali, Mahankal means time or darkness or death. This term is also referred to Lord Shiva/Chakrasamhara, the Vedic deity whose Tandava dance sustains and destroys the universe to recreate the new again. From the Nepali shamanic perspective, the Kala-chakra or Wheel of Time is the key to the reality that unites the universe, time and the life-force; including auspicious, neutral and inauspicious times.

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EVENT DETAILS

There will be individual sessions dedicated to each Element and the associated Spirit, and then a Final Session combining all Elements together:

  1. EARTH ELEMENT: Bhumi Devi November 14 @ 8:00 PM (Laxmi Puja and New Moon)
  2. WATER ELEMENT: Jala Devi November 21 @ 8:00 PM
  3. FIRE ELEMENT: Agni Deo November 28 @ 8:00 PM
  4. AIR ELEMENT: Vayu Deo December 05 @ 8:00 PM
  5. ETHER ELEMENT: Dhumawati December 12 @ 8:00 PM
  6. COMBINATION OF ALL THE ELEMENTS & FINAL CEREMONY: December 19 @ 8:00PM

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?

This course is designed to give a comprehensive introduction to working with the Elements which comprise our Universe and pervade all aspects of our lives. We now understand the Environment and Ecology as significant globally, and it is even more relevant to our Shamanic work that we understand and integrate work with the Elements into our ceremonies and our personal lives.

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TEACHINGS AND INITIATIONS VIA THE WEB

ZOOMING TOGETHER


We are in unique times, and we must avoid human contact where there is risk of spreading the Coronavirus. Thankfully, we also have a wonderful alternative – live Group meetings via the Internet.

There are several services offering to help us connect using group discussions, and lately Bhola has been using Zoom to reach his students, which has been very successful.

Nepali and Mongolian Shamans are using Zoom, and even the Dalai Lama is teaching and giving initiations via the Internet.

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A hearth with a Bright fire

October 24, 2020

Nicholas Breeze Wood Talks to Bhola Banstola About his work documenting the shamanic traditions of his homeland Nepal, and about a Shamanic Summit he is organising there in 2020.

Nicholas: You’ve worked incredibly hard for many years, travelling the world, bringing the teachings of your Nepalese shamanic tradition to people. What has been your motivation for doing that?

Bhola: Learning and experiencing has deepened my understanding of the tradition and it has brought me a lot of clarity. It helped me to share with a new community people in the West – who are ‘evolving’ in their view and understanding about the rituals, ceremonies and myths which have been passed on for generations in my culture. In Nepal – with the changes of recent times, such as the need for people to have more material possessions, and with people leaving the place of their birth in order to search for better possibilities in life – there is a general lack of interest in
shamanism shown by the younger generation. They are not really interested very much about the traditional practices and the long lineage traditions of their ancestors.

By carrying the ‘knowing,’ which is deeply embedded in me, and with
the renaissance – or at least a deep interest – in ‘reconnecting the ways
of the ancestors,’ an interest which is arising throughout the whole world at this time, I have been invited to travel to different corners of the world to share my tradition.

The Gifts of the Naga

October 24, 2020

Serpent Spirits and their role within the Shamanic Traditions of Nepal written by Bhola Banstola.

Nagas are a class of long-lived, serpent-like, semi-divine, awakened spiritual beings, highly revered as masters of wisdom by shamans and spiritual
practitioners. They are respected for their healing powers, their
magical skill, and their great courage; but sometimes they are
feared for their violence and quick tempers. Nagas vary in their types
of perception and also vary in their levels of wisdom.


Nagas can transfigure into other forms at will, but mostly they appear nake-like, typically depicted as attractive beings, richly adorned with jewels. They are awe-inspiring, their upper bodies appear human, either male of female, but they have a serpentine tail below their waists.


They are deeply connected to the earth, water and the other realms, and nagas are seen as protectors and the bestowers of abundance, both material and spiritual.

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