• Fantasy Lands

    • Due to its association with the Himalayas and with absolute purity, Shambala is probably the whitest Utopia of all.

    The realm of Shambala, the whitest of Utopias / 

    The Shambala realm has been mentioned in many ancient texts, among them is the Kalachacra Tantra of Tibet and the Indian Mahabarata. It is known for being the Pure Land because it became extinct at a given point, not because of phenomenological or disastrous reasons, but because all those who inhabited it became illuminated. The Tibetan lama Chogyam Trungpa wrote a book about this place, in which one of the central elements (or at least the most memorable) is the dralas

    A “drala” is a magical word that was used in Shambala to describe those moments which remind us of magic, for example: when we are walking and we feel or see something —like a gale, the movement of a tree, or a moment of silence—which stirs up a recollection of sorts of the elemental presence of the world. The dralas happen to us all, and the magic word of Shambala validates them, and confers them with life.

    Throughout their history in the memory of all hummanity, the idea of Shambala is dissolved into three meanings: an external one, an internal one and an alternative one. The external one is a physical space, but only people with the right karma can have access to it and experience it as such. Relating to this, in 1985 the fourteenth Dalai Lama expressed:

    “Although those with special affiliation may actually be able to go there through their karmic connection, nevertheless it is not a physical place that we can actually find. We can only say that it is a pure land, a pure land in the human realm. And unless one has the merit and the actual karmic association, one cannot actually arrive there.”

    There are many theories surrounding the possible location of this fantastical place, but the most popular among these states that it is found somewhere in the highest peak of the Himalaya, protected by the mountain and snow. The truth is there is no place more inviting and beautiful in any of the accessible dimensions to man.

    The meanings of “internal” and “alternative” are represented in terms of our own bodies and minds (internal), and the practice of meditation (alternative). These symbolic explanations are generally passed from master to disciple on the diamond pathway (or journey towards illumination).

    The idea of Shambala expanded throughout the Occident as in brilliant pieces, as if a mirror had been broken and left pieces on every continent. Shambala is also a merger of worlds.

    Towards the end of the Nineteenth century, the founder of the esoteric and occultist movement known as Theosophy, Helena Blavatsky made allusion to the myth of Shambala, validating it as an extradimensional place and real spiritual realm. This resulted in expeditions seeking to find this land (which must have been, at the very least, spectacular). There was also the unusual association between Soviet communism at the beginning of the Twentieth century and the Shambalic society which led to a Russian expedition in search for the realm with the intention of merging Kalachacra Tantra and some communist ideas. The project was halteded because it provoked the emergence of certain intrigues within the Soviet intelligence service.

    Shambala is something we must always keep close to us, feel and visualise as the foundation of a wisdom that does not belong to the East or the West, to any religion or culture; it is simply a paradise as elusive as it is accessible, perhaps not unlike consciousness itself. 

    Tagged: Fantasy Lands, spirituality, realm of Shambala, Shambala, utopías, Utopia, inspiration Credits: Image ((HHDilgo Khentse Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche)