Shambala: A mythical land in Himachal; or is it in Tibet?


By: Juraj Sipos

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 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”.

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.

Regardless of Buddhist lamas and other spiritual people involved in the topic (their custom is not to publish their most secret knowledge), a French writer Joseph-Alexandre Saint-Yves (1842-1910), as one of the first Europeans, presented the concept of Shambala and consequently Agartha to the West. He educated himself alone as an occultist and philosopher. Other important personality was a Polish scientist Ferdinand Ossendowski (1876-1945), who spent most of his life in Russia. On his tours around Mongolia he often spoke with Buddhist monks. He started to be interested in Shambala soon after he met one lama who fled from Russia in time of the Bolshevik revolution and he had a close relationship with the Tibetan Dalai Lama. Other important person was Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947), a Russian artist, poet, mystic and writer, who led the expedition through the Gobi desert and a rumor has it that the expedition was financed by the Soviet secret service NKVD, which was later renamed to KGB.

The Tibetans and tourists sometimes speak about strange phenomena occurring in the Himalayan region. In the beginning of the 20th century, an article was published in one Indian newspaper (but there are many such stories) about a visit of a British mayor who camped in the Himalayas. He suddenly saw a tall strange man who watched him. The man jumped out of his hiding place and disappeared, but to the mayor’s big surprise the Tibetans with whom he camped in the mountains were not surprised in the least – they explained to him, without showing any excitement, that he saw one of the snowy men who kept guarding the entrances into the holy Earth.

A Russian scientist, Andrej Strelkov, has studied Shambala for quite a log time. He says that the existence of this legendary kingdom is really described in ancient texts and that its “inhabitants” are superior to us in their abilities. He says that all attempts to go deep into the secret of Shambala brought bad luck or failure. For example, he says that most scientists who studied Shambala tragically died. A German Orientalist Albert Gruenwedel, who lived in the first half of the 20th century, went crazy while translating some Shambala texts. In a state of temporary lunacy he threw himself out of the window and died. There are more such cases.

Many of those who wanted to study this subject from a “scientific point” did not have luck. However, if someone asks a question why this “magical kingdom” kills people, we must take into consideration the fact that most scientists are only interested in their personal profit and they do not perceive Shambala as something real.

An interesting finding is that there are unbelievably close similarities between the biblical apocalypse and the Kala Chakra Prophecy, according to which Rudra Chakrin, the last king of this mystical kingdom, will impose the Golden Age on our Earth at the end of Kali Yuga, which is a Hindu term for the period of darkness, which will end. Thus, according to some, this Shambala King will be the last incarnation of the God Vishnu – Kalki, who is to appear and bring harmony and justice.

Some say that Shambala prophecy also contains notes about messiahs of other religions. When these “barbarians” who only devastate our planet will think that no one can conquer them, the icy mists of Shambala will appear. Many lamas believe that this can happen around the year 2012, but it is a very difficult to calculate this, as one must have an absolute understanding of Shambala, as its inner “wisdom” also holds understanding that it is so secret that only a few things about it can be revealed.

There are two basic views about Shambala:

1) It is a mystical kingdom that can appear or disappear; which can be only seen by people with pure heart; it exists in a parallel universe.

2) It is the capitol of the Agartha network – ancient subterranean cities joined by tubes where vehicles travel like shuttles in very high speeds. It may function as a star gate and a time gate.

Roerich, after carrying out his expeditions, said that there were caves in the Himalayas that go deep into the underground.

There were so many species of life forms in our ancient history that I can conclude that if only about two per mille of species do exist now, it is possible that a different humanoid race could evolve or could even be created long time ago. Thus, on the basis of many historical accounts of cultures that have “underground legends” – Osiris (Egypt), snake people in the Hindu religion (called as “Naga”), and many more, various occult theories appear in relation that our Earth is hollow, or if not, existence of large subsurface cavities in it is very probable.

It is known that Uloopi was one of the Arjuna’s wives, as it is written in Mahabharata. The “Naga princess” conveyed him to her netherworld realm. If some people try to go through the Bible word by word, why Mahabharata should be an exception?

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  1. Main importance with term "shambala" is that you are able to proceed with your meditation continuosly, the location does not matter. Today Shambalas are rare in Himalaya Area, Shambalas have moved to west.

    Western science view is coarse because it is not based on samatha/vipassana.

  2. forget all this…if ever lord kalki comes on earth…suppose he is a very normal person….suddenly he coms 2 know that he is kalki…wat should he do….wats the significance of this date…"2-07-2012"….

  3. dear brother,

    i am in spirituality but it is not progressing kindly help to find a good powerful guru who is near to or in siddharasram, who can make my progress in spirituality.

    thanking you


    Alwin pinto

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