SEEKING FOR SHAMBHALA
I promised myself that I have to go to Tibet. Once in a life. Maybe not now or tomorrow but that is my plan, the desire of my soul and the hope of my heart. Tibet is not only the roof of the world but the temple of the humanity, compassion and love. There is something that couldn’t be found anywhere else … and I want to feel it, experience it and merge with it. To be a Tibetan , at least for one day when not for 7 years.
Some friend of mine told me that he lost himself but found again in Tibet. He was broken mentally and physically but once he stepped on Tibet territory, he sweared he had experienced the whole new dimension of life. He learnt to live and not only to exist. He conquered himself instead of trying to conquer others. He shaped himself there and came back as the new but old one. Tibet is not for everyone but the energy of Tibet is everything we need to empower our spirituality.
It’s not just about blue sky, warm sunshine, fresh air in the heights but also about specific religious spirit that is attracting like a magic. Those who were enough lucky to go there and play life in Tibet are those who touched the sky limits, challenged themselves and the all secrets of their own personality. You go there to meet with yourself, all over again. Tibet is very well known to be some kind of fantastic spiritual mixture of Tibetan Buddhism and local animistic culture and Bon religion of the indigenous tribes. Somehow, the Buddhism has received the touch of Tibetans in the best possible way, modified towards their culture and above all, pretty much authentic.
Did you know why Tibet has so many sacred lakes and mystical peaks ? The God is there where the mountain is kissing the sky. In Tibetan religion, the water is a sacred and the numerous lakes are there to remind us of holy significance of the water eelement. The Great Three Holy Lakes of Tibet : Lake Manasarovar, Lake Yamdrok and Lake Namtso are the Ort of pilgrimage and setting for religious contemplation. The lakes are, however, not the only point of spiritual journey. I find amazing the fact that if you stay there and mediate for 3 days and 3 nights, there is a chance you can see your previous and future lives, while you find your own reflection.
The mountains hide their own tales, especially if you know that on the border with Nepal lies Mount Everest, the sacred place of Sherpa people of the Himalayas. In the Nordic direction, in so called Ngari area, there is one mountain shaped like black Pyramide but known to be the holiest mountain in the world. According to tradition, this one is symbol of Mount Meru, that has been presented as the center of the universe. The Mount Kailash has never been opened to climbing due to the religious meaning for local people.
Jokhang Temple in Lhasa is the most famous temple in Tibetan Buddhism and also the core of the complete land spiritual energy. It is written that this place has been built by Songtsen Gampo and it attracts thousands of pilgrims that find comfort in long journey to the temple, through the ultimate landscape and risky weather conditions. After they arrive at temple, they try to pray and catch up blessings in the frothy of the statue of Buddha, that is considered to be one of the oldest in the whole world and made at the time when Buddha was still alive.
The highest monastery in the world is also located in Tibet and it is Rongbuk Monastery. It is built around contemplating caves where famous Buddhist master Guru Rinpoche had his own meditation moments.
I believe that Tibet is just much more than beautiful land and never ending spirituality. It is the paradise itself that is offering mental development and it moves our own borders out from the comfort zone. The wild nature and conditions taught those people that religion is not in the temple but the burning faith in the heart that is keeping alive unique Tibetan nomads. It shows us how isolation and contemplation is sometimes the way of life and always the escape from killing urban machinery. Those people know how to survive but they also know how to live through the contemplation and belief. Their gods show them completely another horizon of existence.
I must go to Tibet. It’s the call, the call of my soul that I need to answer, as soon as possible. Now or never.
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Sarah’s delightful article brought to mind the novel ‘Lost Horizon’ (1933), by the English author James Hilton (1900-1954)…
The novel is set in the fictional Shangri La of Tibet (i.e. Paradise on Earth). In the ancient Tibetan scriptures, the existence of seven such places are mentioned as ‘Nghe-Beyul Khembalung’. Khembalung is one of several beyuls believed to have been created by Padmasambhava (guru) in the 9th century as idyllic, sacred places of refuge for Buddhists during times of civil upheaval.
Most likely, the phrase ‘Shangri La’ derived from the Tibetan for ‘Shang Mountain Pass’; a purely topographical appellation.
In China, the poet Tao Yuanming of The Jin Dynasty (266-420 CE) described a kind of Shangri-La in his work ‘The Tale of the Peach Blossom Spring’, in which there was a fisherman who came across a beautiful peach grove, and he observed felicitous, healthy and content people who lived completely cut off from the troubles of the outside world.
The English novelist James Hilton researched Tibetan material in The British Museum in London for his work; especially, a travelogue created by two French priests who explored Tibet and wrote extensively upon the peoples, cultures and Nature of the region (1844-46): the translated English version sourced by James Hilton was published in 1928.