This landscape produces a powerful impression on both mind and soul, naturally orienting them towards contemplation and introspection.
Furthermore, all over Tibet there are scattered religious buildings and monasteries: the traveler sees flags with religious symbols on them almost everywhere, even rocks or mountain slopes on which the monks have also painted religious symbols, or have written mantras, like the famous Buddhist mantra “AUM MANI PADME HUM”.
Unfortunately, the restrictions regarding the Tibetan capital Lhassa were even more severe. It could be visited by Buddhists only. Lhassa was given the name “The Lost City” or “The Forbidden City” because of the difficulty of getting there, as well as the fact that so little was known about it. The Potala Palace, the residence of the Dalai Lama is in Lhassa.
Another sacred place of Tibet is the Kailasa Mountain, situated in the south of the Tibet, in a mountain chain parallel with the Himalayas. Access for Europeans was also restricted in this area.
The first European that ever succeeded accessing this area was Hevin Sven Anders (the same explorer who drew the first maps of Tibet in 1907). In both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions the Kailasa Mountain is identified with Mount Meru, “axis mundi”, the axis of the world.
Legend states that if a person performs the pilgrimage (of 50 km) around this mountain at 5,000 m altitude for 108 times, that person will reach the ultimate spiritual freedom.
It is interesting to note that other places supposed to be the projection of Shambala are associated in the local tradition with the center of the world. For example, in Greece, there was a stone named “omphalos” (the “navel” of the world), marking the place the Greeks believed to be the center of the world.
The Sphinx and the Pyramids from Gizeh are also believed to have been placed on the center of the world: the parallel and the meridian passing through Gizeh divide the globe in two parts, each containing the same “amount” of land.
An unusual aspect regarding Tibet and reflecting the close connection to Shambala is that the country had a theocratic regime, meaning that the country was ruled by a religious leader, the Dalai Lama, who also offered the initiation in the spiritual system Kala Chakra Tantra.
The Dalai Lama was named the “God-King” and is believed that he is the reincarnation of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. In Shambala, the King is also leader, governor and spiritual master.
The organization of Shambala is an ideal model that was taken over by the Tibetans and that will probably be reflected in the human society during the next Satya Yuga.
The Greek term theocracy literally means ruling by God and implies that ideally, in a particular country, God is considered the unique master and ruler, and that the laws of that country are the very laws of God.
Practically, theocracy implies that a country is governed by priests, and the fact that the Tibetan theocracy was inspired by the image of Shambala should not be understood in a way that disregards authentic spiritual values.
Tibet is also unique in the history of our planet due to the fact that interference with the subtle worlds was quite considerable and it was regarded as an objective reality at the level of the collective consciousness.
Miracles, magic, paranormal powers, concrete manifestations of the divinities or of the demons were part of the daily reality of the Tibetans.
Thus, the official Tibetan history which is superimposed many times on the religious history contains numerous references to the appearance of various divinities, some beneficialial, others terrifying, paranormal interventions of ancient masters, as well as miraculous manifestations such as rains of flowers, rainbows, storms, etc. Unfortunately, these references, as well as all Tibetan legends may appear to the Westal eye as fantastic and imaginary.
In fact, the truth is that western materialism has lead to a drastic limitation on the scale of human perception, so that now, the human beings only perceive as real their physical and material surroundings.