Looking at the image:
“Oh, I should have got one!!
A really nice set, dorje and bell, finely cast bronze, adorned with intricate and meaningful designs…
In Kathmandu…. they had them everywhere, in the countless street vendor stalls around the temples and in the gift shops of the touristy Thamel district.
Buddhists use them in prayer:
Bells & Dorje
- The Bell symbolizes feminine principle, the wisdom of emptiness.
- The Dorje/Vajra, symbolizes the masculine principle (mind which is compassion). Compassion is expressed through skillful means.
Union of two principles brings about enlightened mind.
- bells clear mind from clouds of negative thoughts, creating calmness causing relaxation and a peaceful feeling.
- Sacred sound has the unique ability to heal the divisions, while clearing away mental chatter.
Method of Use:
Bells and Dorje are easy to use.
- Hold Dorje gently in a vertical position in the right hand, close to the heart
- Hold the Bell in the left hand.
- Strike them against each other, twice or thrice
- Pause for 30 seconds while they resonate.
- Do this to open and close meditation, yoga or study session.
When played, Bells and Tingshas produce deep relaxation, quiet the nerves and for stress management.
Traditionally these are used by many spiritual traditions throughout the East. Bells represents wisdom and the feminine aspect of the divine while the dorje represents the creative and forceful male energy. During ceremonies and rituals the bell is held in the left hand while the stick is in your right hand. As the sound of the bell resonates the bell and stick balance the negative with the positive to harmonize ones life and surroundings.
In our shamanic group everyone bought at least one set – everyone but me.
I am not a “spiritual shopper”
I am not a Buddhist and am not planning to ever pray with them like oa Buddhist or Tantrika either.
THAT’S why I did not get one – back in Nepal…….
Then why do I NOW feel I should have?
I read a lot
I understand a lot more now, about Buddhist worship, about Bön, about the Spirit, that manifests here, in my trance journeys and wishes me to follow him……
He has a gabrummmmsudle of spiritual weapons in his countless hands, a bell and a dorje among them…..
… the only ones I actually recognize……
But I am firmly anchored in the shamanic ways of my Sibrian ancestors and my animal Spirits……
I HAVE a brass bell, from my sister.
Its shape is “different” It is old, tarnished. It was with her samovar, her smudging censor and charcoal….. She used it in worship.
Like my Ada.
He had a large staff with a large bell on it – and blue and white silk streamers and Magpie feathers…..
He shamanized with that.
That and Vodka, Milk and Tea…
And Artish, for “smudging” Juniper twigs and ground Juniper berries, cedar twigs and herbs according to need…..
I wish I also had Ada’s bell….
Painting the card….
…..the red and blue hearts are for him and for Mausi!