The Quest for Shambhala: The Hidden Kingdom
For thousands of years rumours and reports have circulated suggesting that somewhere beyond Kailash in Tibet, beyond icy peaks and secluded valleys, there lies an inaccessible paradise, a place of universal wisdom and ineffable peace, called Shambhala. It is said to be inhabited by a spiritual community of adepts who form an inner circle of humanity, secretly guiding its evolution. In that place, so legends say, sages and yogis have existed since the beginning of human history in a valley of supreme beauty.
There are countless versions of this wondrous place, some such as Lama Garje Kamtrul Rinpoche’s, Lama Govinda Anagarika’s and more recently Avadhoota Nadananda’s describing a journey to a physical place, and many others who have visited in dreams and visions and who which describe the place as invisible, the causal aspect of the planet, made of subtle matter. All agree that the journey is difficult and dangerous, one must have a high level of purification, and that there are mysterious forces guarding it.
A journey to Kailash is a journey for the discovery of the secrets of our innermost being. We may not recognise this inner calling or understand it, but the soul hears and responds
On my first quest to Kailash to discover its hidden kingdom, its transcendental inner zone, I endeavoured to reach the inner paths. I was woefully unprepared both spiritually and mentally. A powerful force field prevented me getting close. I tried walking forward several times but could not take a single step as if some invisible force was stopping me. When I looked around I could see many cairns of stones built by pilgrims but none ahead, as if many other pilgrims had also been stopped at this point.
On reluctantly returning to the monastery, a lama instructed “Find the Shambhala within and the outer world will all seem like Shambhala.” He told me of the valley leading to Dolma Pass where if one meditates deeply one is assisted in experiencing an inner paradise, the bliss and oneness associated with Shambhala. He said what was important was not to reach the caves of the inner Masters of Shambhala, but to reach the cave of our own hearts, to move beyond the quest of the mind, ever creating problems and trying to solve them, and become established in the Oneness of who we truly are. “Nothing else is important. Nothing else exists. That is Shiva”.
It opens us to transcendental ideas, to the possibility of unseen dimensions, of higher order beings and energies, celestial devas, and of unseen guidance on the path.
A journey to Kailash is a journey for the discovery of the secrets of our innermost being. We may not recognise this inner calling or understand it, but the soul hears and responds. It is a journey that opens us up energy levels that are entirely outside the frequencies in which ordinary humanity is familiar, in ways we are not yet able to comprehend.
It opens us to transcendental ideas, to the possibility of unseen dimensions, of higher order beings and energies, celestial devas, and of unseen guidance on the path. It is a rite of passage from the ordinary to the sacred, from the ephemeral and illusory to reality and eternity, from man to divinity.
Many people from around the world have circled the mysterious mountain, or gone on a quest for the hidden paradise of Shambhala to discover themselves, but until we realise our own inner depths we will never be able to begin to understand or connect with the full significance of Kailash.
Written by Savitri (Jenny Cottingham)
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