The basis of all Shamanism is the relationship we have with the Elements and Elemental Spirits. The Five Elements are essential to all life. As it is the role of the Shaman to restore balance and harmony, we examine the condition of the Elements in the environment and within the body itself, seeking the best means to heal.

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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  • Are you interested in enhancing your healing practices by learning from an unbroken shamanic lineage stretching back hundreds of years in a culture thousands of years old?
  • Would you like to apply practical shamanic healing in your everyday life, gain a deeper understanding of rituals, create sacred spaces, the Nature of the elements, and work with them?
  • Are you called to a deeper understanding of traditional healing practices from Himalayan Nepal? 

If it seems like something you would like to learn and apply, Nepal Shaman Education (www.bholanepalshaman.education) offers the fifth round of online introductory courses. 

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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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“For a long time, we shall have only to listen,
Not argue or defend, but listen to each other.
Let curses fall without intersession,
Let those fires burn we have tried to smother.”
-Invoking the Goddess

SHAKTI UPASANA- RAISING THE LIFEFORCE

PROPITIATING, AWAKENING AND HEALING!

What is Shakti, and why does it matter to us in our daily lives?

A meaningful life is one in which peace and contentment, growth and harmony are experienced, with freedom from anger, sorrow and despair. Our main goal should be to live an ideal life and to encourage others to live ideally as well. This is an excellent reason to cultivate the raising of Shakti within ourselves. This exploration, recognition, containment and proper utilization of Shakti is attained through Shakti Upasana, the method of Lifeforce Generation.

Shakti is the Primal Force of Universal Creation, Preservation and Destruction that causes everything to happen in the cycle of our existence. It is within us and all around us. The word ‘Shakti’ means Power, Strength, Energy or Capability. Shakti is the Lifeforce. All the different Goddess names of the Divine Mother — Kali, Durga, Tara, Devi, Lakshmi, etc. — are just alternative names of the same Lifeforce, personified with appropriate additional attributes. We are able to seek out the most appropriate form for ourselves, and develop a profound relationship with them.

Upasana means to sit near our adored deity and to become permeated with their virtue, characters and attributes. Being engaged in the practice is like being an empty vessel, ready to be filled with the virtues of the focused power. Being human, we are capable of achieving either divinity or beastliness, depending on our intention. Most of us are unaware of our Shakti because of the cravings of our sensory organs. Our preoccupation with satisfying these keeps us ignorant of our Shakti. We roam about like lifeless creatures. Once we are aware of our Shakti, we can realize our potential and enrich our lives. Therefore, Shakti Upasana is at the very core of a meaningful life.

Shakti Upasana begins with incorporating the virtue of divine beings into our daily lives. There may seem to be many gods and goddesses in different forms, but overall, they are all one. All the gods and goddesses procure their status by their virtue. To obtain that, one must have the correct viewpoint. There are thousands of people who follow Rama, Krishna or Jesus, but as humans, they differ from their Deities because they lack their virtues.

The main goal of Upasana is to enrich ourselves with Shakti. All beings exist because of Shakti, which is the same for all. Some have less Shakti than others, as different light bulbs have varied wattage. Without Shakti, plants, animals, humans, gods, goddesses, holy beings, etc. are all powerless. If they lack Shakti, they are nothing but Shava, lifeless.

The Shakti that awakens is not a separate entity from ourselves, but one can obtain these different forms of Shakti only with the help of Faith and Devotion. These are needed to quiet the Chitta, the mundane occupations of the Mind. Through Upasana and keeping the company of evolved beings, a person can recognize, contain and utilize his Shakti, even as a householder.

Although there are multiple forms of the Goddess with different virtues, they are manifestations of the One Goddess with one all-encompassing virtue. People may seek out and experience many things, yet make no progress on the path. Everyone learns according to his Samskaras, karmic imprints from past actions and lives. If you stay with your one devotional practice, your Samskara will also evolve as your Shakti increases.

Through deviation and dedication, we gain Stability. Performance alone is not meaningful, whether it is Sadhana (practice), Upasana (practice with devotion), dhyana (meditation), or asana (postures). If stability is not there, all these practices are useless.

The main goal of veneration and practice and outer rituals in Upasana is to develop a love for our deity. We say ‘Sarveshwari Tvam Pahimam Sharnegatam’. Once we have surrendered and yet still commit evil acts, and still harbour worldly desires and expectations, we should know that we have not yet fully developed that unity. We must also cultivate modesty and humility and be mindful of our behaviour in body and speech, seeking purity in ritual and in daily life.

Faith is one of the greatest virtues. Without faith, our mantra, practice and medicine do not work. After receiving our mantra from our guru, we should practice it with utmost faith. It is only then that we can understand its power, and our life becomes meaningful.

There is no emergence of Shakti within a person who harbours doubt. We must remain steadfast in our convictions, even when life brings us unfavourable conditions and challenges, but recognise that we are not living in ancient times and keep our focus on behaviour that develops Shakti rather than an academic or historical study. In all this, it is essential to have a Guru, an experienced guide, to introduce us to the Goddesses, to Shakti and the way of Upasana. By embracing the teachings of the time-tested lineages and experienced masters we come in contact with, we can walk on the path of today.

Through Upasana, instead of obtaining the grace of MahaMaya, the Divine Mother, we have to seek our own grace, as the attributes of MahaMaya are already within us awaiting arousal. The Divine Mother has already given us not only this human body and the company of sacred beings, but most of all has given birth to us on this Earth. We should be grateful for this understanding, the goal of our lives. Let us practice the righteous way of living with the grace and guidance of the Goddesses, Gods and Gurus.

NB: As an innate law of nature, every male carries the female aspects and every female possesses the male aspects, therefore, one cannot exist without the other! In these transmissions, we will be learning all the aspects of the feminine principle but the male aspects are always present in silence.

The following are the dates of transmission:

24 OCTOBER, 2021
31 OCTOBER
07 NOVEMBER
14 NOVEMBER
21 NOVEMBER
28 NOVEMBER

The dates are fixed for transmission and practice unless we may have to change due to unforeseen situations. All sessions start at 8:00 PM local Italian time and end at 10:00 PM (two hours)- please check your time zone.

All the classes will be video recorded and shared with the participants in the FB Group. Short notes will also be provided. If you do not use FaceBook, please let us know in advance so that we send links and notes to follow up.

Who can join? Anyone who is interested and dedicated to learning and practicing the Goddess’s Path.

Registrations close on October 21.

As the spaces are limited do send an email to reserve your place here:  bhumi1008@outlook.com

Sarwa Mangalam Shuvam

May all be auspicious

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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