Ursi's Eso Garden
Your Competent Esoteric Guide
Monday, 25. June 2007
Some people say that Shambala is hidden in a remote part of the Himalayas. Some call this mysterious kingdom "a house of the immortals" - Gyanganj. It is identified as Shambala, Shangri-La or Siddhashram, but this "wondrous land" has many other names too.
In Tibet, the word for a legendary and enlightened kingdom, "Shambala", means a "source of fortune". It is not the "heaven" we see from our Earth, but a mystical kingdom that guards the most secret spiritual teachings of the world and of the universe, including the Kala Chakra tantra, the Wheel of Time, which is a pillar of the Buddhist wisdom.
By certain meditation exercises and good perception, clever adepts may succeed to peep into this realm. Buddhism connects Shambala with Buddha who allegedly took form of one of the Kala Chakra gods and delivered his highest teaching to a group of followers in Southern India. Among these was also Suchandra, who was the king of the northeastern Indian kingdom and he requested this teaching from Buddha.
In ancient India and Tibet, there were small kingdoms scattered around the area. In Tibet, apart from the shamanistic Bön culture, also existed the Zhang Zhung culture. It is known that the concept of Shambala predated Buddhism. The Mongolians identify it with certain parts of southern Siberia. Ancient Zhang Zhung texts identify Shambala as a place in the Sutlej Valley in Himachal Pradesh in northwest India. The Tibetan Buddhism, which later developed in the region, adopted many aspects of the above cultures including the concept of Shambala. But according to the present Dalai Lama, "Shambala is not a physical place to find anywhere on Earth".
Kalachakra thangka from Sera Monastery
Bequests of Shambala are part of the Indian history - that is, they can be found both in Hinduism and Buddhism in ancient writings. Interesting is the fact that near the area of Sutlej Valley exists a place called Kongka La, which is in the disputed China-India border and the local people report that UFOs can be seen here coming out of the ground.
Our culture is focused on seeing something first, only then does follow believing that things we see do actually exist. The mystical kingdom of Shambala can only be approached in a reversed direction: to believe in its existence at first, then coming closer to it, if we have luck. Hindus call it Paradesha or Aryavarsha - that is, a place from which the holy Vedas came from. Celts knew Shambala under the name Avalon. Tibetan texts describe Shambala also as a holy Mount Meru with notes that technology of its inhabitants is very advanced. In Greek mythology, Shambala is known as Hyperborea.
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