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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

Devi represents the universal cosmic feminine Energy. This Energy permeates the whole Creation. The prosperity we enjoy in our daily lives manifests Devi, who serves us in many forms like our mother, father, friends, husband, wife, children, and the Guru. The revolving planets and the moon is Devi performing ‘aarti’ to us. Through Puja ritual, we say, “Oh Mother, whatever you bestow on me, I give back to you and share to those who need”. For instance, during the Puja, we offer food grains to Devi as Nature provides us with food as she is an expression of expanded consciousness showing reverence to all of Creation. The Puja that we perform during the nine days of Navratri is an honouring the Devi and showing our gratitude to the Mother Divine. In the same way, during the Yama Panchak, also known as Deepawali/Tihar, the festival of light, we express our gratitude to animals who sustain our lives and get blessings and empowerment from our sisters.

Our elders always reminded us, “There is Devi Shakti (Energy)within us all. She is not somewhere else or in other realms. If we allocate sometime each day, the glow within the body will radiate, and will expand and spread insideout. This is fruit of Devi Puja.”

During these Durga Goddess (Dasian) and Tihar festivities (festival of lights), divine blessings are invoked to obtain wisdom, acceptance and empowerment of three different types: Willpower, Power to perform the right action and Knowledge of proper manifestation.

Open for all, and we will be working online for six sessions, with each session lasting for two hours. Participants receive in-depth Knowledge about the role of Goddesses with a particular focus on creation, continuation and annihilation aspects. You will learn to create a ritual space to invoke the goddesses, ways to approach, specific rituals for healing, protection, etc.

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).

October 12 (Tuesday) – Fullpati
October 14 ( Thursday) – Mahanavami-Kalratri
October 19 (Tuesday) – Full moon
October 26 (Tuesday)
November 02 (Tuesday)- Kaag/Crow Festival – Tihar
November 06 (Saturday)- Bhai Tika – Sister’s Blessing Day– Tihar
 
 
For details and other technical clarifications or questions, please send an email to
 

Namaste

 

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.

A Female Shamaness, Mata, Invoking her Helping Spirits

Nagas-Makaras, the givers of rain and fertility

SEWA-SERGYAM

October 24, 2020

SEWA-SERGYAM, a ritual of acknowledgement and offering incense- Khasa-Dhami-Shaman, Jhapa, Nepal

Limbu-Yakthung Phedangba-Shamans in Ceremonial Dance

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Banjhankri- the Forest Shaman Incorporation by Tamang Jhankrini Didi

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