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The Jade Tower
In Tibetan scriptures and in Far Eastern tradition, there is an
ancient and widespread belief in a Secret Kingdom of Wise
Men living in seclusion in inaccessible mountainous parts of
Asia. Orientalists call this mysterious place Chang
Shambhala, or Northern Shambhala (sometimes spelled
Shamballa). Tibetan monks insist that there is an enigmatic
valley of great beauty, surrounded by a circle of snowy
mountains extending from northern Tibet.-into Mongolia, that
is inaccessible to travellers without experienced or mystical
It is said in tradition that this hidden land is unreachable
except to initiates or persons dedicated to the spiritual
resurrection of mankind. Its centre is highlighted by the
famous Jade Tower that stands in an ancient city which
monks claim is heated by warm water rising from
underground streams, and the steam generated rises into
the atmosphere to form a natural temperature inversion. This
valley is not seen from the air because the phenomenon
produces a high, light, misty cover that conceals the
underlying landscape. Various exploratory teams journeying
in the Himalayas claimed to have camped by hot thermal
springs that nourished rich vegetation in areas outside of
which there was nothing but desolation, rock and ice. Like
the Tibetans, Russians and Chinese,. the people of India
also believe in the reality of an abode of perfect men and
women which they call the Kalapa (sometimes Katapa) of
Shambhala, who live-in the constant presence of other-
worldly energies.
Professor Nicholas K. Roerich, an eminent Russian author,
painter and explorer (1874-1947) spent five years from 1923
to 1928 trekking through all seven Tibetan prefectures. He
wrote in his book Himalayas - Abode of Light (N. K; Roerich,
Nalanda Publications, Bombay, l947) that this secret valley
is beyond great lakes and the snow-covered peaks of the
highest mountains in the world. It seems that Professor
Roerich actually reached Sharnbhala, and for this reason his
books and paintings were thoroughly analysed for this
article, as were the works of his son, Dr GeorgeRoerich
(1902-1960), an outstanding orientalist, philologist, art critic
and ethnographer with degrees from Harvard and the
Sorbonne. The Roerich family lived in the Kulu Valley of
northern India, in close proximity to the border of western
Tibet, and from there organised several major expeditions
into unexplored areas of the Tibetan Plateau, the highest
land on Earth. These expeditions were manned by dozens of
Norwegian, Sherpa, Tibetan, Mongol and Chinese
assistants, and at times their missions endured for many
Another renowned researcher, Andrew Tomas, author of
Shambhala: Oasis of Light (Sphere Books, London, 1977),
spent many years in Tibet, where he learned that the realm
of Shambhala is situated in a valley sheltered on every side
by mighty snowy ranges and that its residents retreat into
huge subterranean catacombs.
These and other explorers of Asia have written about
unsuspected valleys lost amidst colossal snowy mountains
on the Tibetan Plateau, said to lie hidden somewhere in the
vast reaches of the Himalayas.
The Bhagavata Purana and the Sanskrit encyclopaedia
Vachaspattya locate Shambhala on the northern side of the
Himalayas at the foot of Mount Meru, where many believe
that the temporal and the eternal meet. A more defined
location is shown on a 17th-century map published in 1830
in Antwerp by Csoma de Koros, an Hungarian philologist
who had spent four years in a Buddhist monastery in Tibet.
He gave Shambhala's geographical bearings as between 45
and 50 degrees north latitude beyond Lake Manus Hu,
approx. 100 kilometres east of the village of Karamay.
Remarkably, another old monastic document, sighted by
Russian explorer Nikolai M. Prjevalgky (1839-1888), defines
the longitude of Shambhala as at 88 degrees (N. M.
Prjevalsky, Mongolia , London, 1876, translated by Boris
Fereng, p. 63). These two coordinates locate the domain of
Shambhala as slightly east of the Altai Mountains, a major
mountain system in Central Asia, peaking at 4,506 metres
(14,783 feet), and precisely where the Poerich expeditions
trekked on several occasions.
The Secret Entrance to the "Valley of the Immortals"
For millennia, the peoples of Asia have believed this
forbidden territory to be well guarded, accessible only to the
pure of heart. But the questions to be addressed are: who
are the people that live in this secluded area...and what is
their nature? Tibetan legend insists that this secret place is
inhabited by "Silent Sentinels"óformerly ordinary men and
women who received a "passport" to Shambhala because of
their spiritual progression.
Andrew Tomas presents impressive evidence from Tibetan
sources in ancient monastic libraries that he was privileged
to access, and his findings help us learn more about this
enlightened colony:
The Brotherhood of Shambhala is presided over by a small
hierarchy of superior beings sometimes alluded to as
Mahatmas, which in Sanskrit means "the great-souled
ones". They are superhuman beings with preternatural
powers who have completed their evolution on this planet
but remain with humanity in order to facilitate its spiritual
progress ... the life- span of their bodies is almost indefinite
because the Wheel of Rebirth has stopped for them.
(Andrew Tomas, Shambhala: Oasis of Light, op. cit., pp.
43-44, passim)
In other words, they are Immortal Beings - and from what is
known about this galaxy of illumined peoples, the concept of
reincarnation is an essential part of their philosophy. Tibetan
manuscripts add that "from time immemorial, a dynasty of
wise rulers of celestial origin has ruled the Kingdom of
Shambhala and preserved the priceless legacy of
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