Friday, November 10, 2017

In search of the mythical kingdom

Ashley Wells, Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly Wiki edit
There is a cave opening to Agartha in Potala Palace (above right), Lhasa, Tibet, China (WQ).
Kalachakra mandala in Tibetan Mandala, Art and Practice (The Wheel of Time) by Crossman, Sylvie, and Jean-Pierre Barou (eds.),  New York: Konecky & Konecky, 2004, pp.20-26.
Bon is a dangerous black magic tradition.
In Tibetan Buddhist and Vedic Hindu traditions, Shambhala (shambala, Sanskrit शम्भल, Tibetan བདེ་འབྱུང,  Chinese 香巴拉) is a mythical kingdom.

Similarly, Mexican/Aztec Aztlan (Atlantis) is beneath the sea and land; it is a glorious underworld cavern system -- in Agartha (the real "Middle Earth"). But the term can be applied to any "shangri-la."

Aztlan (caves) of Agartha/Atlantis
It is mentioned in various ancient texts, including the Kala-chakra Tantra (The Tantra, Victor M. Fic, Abhinav Publications, 2003, p.49) and the ancient Zhangzhung texts of Western Tibet.

The Bon (pre-Buddhist black magic/shaman) scriptures speak of a closely related land called Tagzig Olmo Lung Ring (The Bon Religion of Tibet, Per Kavǣrne, 1996).

Leaving Atlantis or Aztlan for Mesoamerica
Vedic/Hindu texts such as the Vishnu Purana (4.24) mention the village Shambhala as the birthplace of Kalki, the nemesis of the demon Kali and the final incarnation of Vishnu.

Vishnu (who is said to have incarnated as Krishna, the Buddha, and Christ avatars) will usher in a new Golden Age or Satya Yuga (Shambhala: The Fascinating Truth Behind the Myth of Shangri-La, Victoria LePage, Quest Books, 1996, pp.125-126).

We're going to find the entrance and then get to Shambala (Roerich/helenastales).
Tibetologist Nicholas Roerich
The legends, teachings, and healing practices associated with Shambhala are older than any of these organized religions.

Shambhala may very well have been an indigenous belief system, an Alti-Himalayan shamanic tradition, absorbed into these other religions.

This pre-existing belief system, also called Mleccha (from Vedic Sanskrit म्लेच्छ, meaning "non-Vedic"), and the amazing abilities, wisdom, and long life of these "sun worshipers" who "consume" amrita (solar essence) produced under the tongue (the Siddhi from the Vedic Sanskrit सिद्धि of the ancient Surya Samadhi समाधि) is documented in both Buddhist and Hindu texts.
Whatever its historical basis, Shambhala (spelling derived from Buddhist transliterations) gradually came to be seen as a Buddhist pure land (an idea corrupted or derived from the Buddha's concept of the Pure Abodes), a fabulous kingdom whose reality is visionary or spiritual as much as physical and geographic.

It was in this form that the Shambhala myth reached the Americas and Western Europe, where it influenced Buddhist and non-Buddhist spiritual seekers -- and, to some extent, popular culture in general. More 
Tlatelolco marketplace, Aztec "Aztlan," pre-Mexico, Mesoamerica (Joe Ravi/Field Museum)

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