The mythical Shambala in the Himalaya
The lost mythical land of Shangrila-La or the land of paradise according to the Tibetan myths and folklores gets its first entry into British author James Hilton’s novel entitled “Lost Horizon” in 1933.
Hilton narrates Shangri-La as a mystical, harmonious valley, gently guided from Lamasery enclosed in the western end of the Kunlung Mountains.
Shangri –La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, particularly a mythical Himalayan “Utopia”-a permanently happy land, isolated from the rest of the world.
The novel further writes that the people who live in Shangri-La are almost immortal, living hundreds of years beyond the normal lifespan and only very slowly aging in appearance. The name also evokes the imagery of the exoticism of the orient.
The existence of such hidden lands similar to Shangri-La is said to have been described in the ancient Tibetan scriptures. Such lands similar to paradise are believed to have been created by Buddhist Guru Padmasambhava in the 9th century as idyllic, sacred places of refuge for Buddhists during the times of strike (Reinhard, 1978). This is such a place where the world consequential catastrophe may not even have its impacts.
Since Nepal is full of mountains, rivers, and gorges and it is said that Mt Everest was once under the ocean which came out of the water with the passage of time and stood as the highest roof of the world is indicative of the hidden facts which may relate to hidden places under mountains that could have been submerged due to glaciers in course of time. If the myth of Yeti also remains unresolved, there may be unresolved mysteries and myths related to lost paradise or Shangri-la too.
Although we can’t find Shangri-La yet there is the existence of a sacred place called “Shambala” located in the Himalayas, in the remotest part of Tibet, on a high plateau, surrounded by a ring of mountain peaks.
The land of Shangri-La can only be accessed through a ring of peaks. Next to the mountain are a lake and a palace where the wisdom of humanity is conserved to save the world from when needed in urgency.
Dalai Lama says;
Although it is said to exist, people can’t see it or communicate with it ordinarily. Some people say it is located in another world. Others say that it is an ideal land, a place of imagination. Some say it was a real place, which cannot be found now.
Some say that there are openings into that world which may be accessed from this world. Whatever may be the truth of that, the search for Shambala traditionally begins as an outer journey that becomes a journey of inner exploration and discovery.
Today Shangri –La is seen both as a place and as an era of enlightened consciousness. Wherever the Shangri-La is, the search for it continues.
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