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For a materialistic person it is very difficult to understand the fact that the subtle universes are just as real as this one, and so are the entities living in those universes who manifest even here, in our universe.

However, even some contemporary psychological studies confirm the fact that in the past the human perception was different from the contemporary one, including in it these subtle realities (parallel worlds, subtle entities, gods and goddesses).

In the Middle Ages of Europe there was still a certain perception of the spirits of nature, but in time this faded away. Not by accident the brilliant German poet Goethe said: “the world of the gods and hidden spirits of nature is not dead, your hearts are dead”.

But for the Tibetans the various divinities – amongst which the dakinis (feminine entities who often have an initiating role for the spiritual aspirant) have a special place – were just as real as the beings from the physical plane.

Consequently, Tibet is a vast, wild, and mysterious land, deeply marked by the direct spiritual connection with the world of Shambala, which has existed for several hundreds of years and which even to this day exerts a fascinating and peculiar influence on all spiritual seekers of our planet.

Undoubtedly, in Tibet there are many secret places, hidden caves, unexplored valleys and passes. The Tibetan tradition abounds in stories related to the existence of certain spiritual treaties hidden by the ancient masters in such mysterious places, as well as legends about initiating travels or solitaire meditations performed by the yogis of the past in various places with an extraordinary energetical and spiritual charge.

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In this geographical, spiritual, psychic and mysterious landscape, it is not hard to imagine why many people assume the existence of Shambala to be somewhere in Tibet, even though there are also some hypothesis according to which Shambala could be in the Himalayas or even better, in the northern part, towards Mongolia.

For instance, the recent novel by James Redfield suggests this hypothesis. However, the vision of the novel is highly limited and rudimentary, without including at least part of the greatness and spiritual force of Shambala.

Could Shambala be in this physical plane? Maybe so, if it were about a close community of sages, or about an isolated spiritual center, such as a monastery – but the spiritual description of Shambala speaks of a vast land, inhabited by millions of wise men.

This realm is paradise-like, welcoming, fruit-bearing, with a mild climate, which we cannot say about the Tibetan plateau, the peaks of Himalaya or the deserts of Mongolia.

The fact that Shambala is not located in this physical universe is no reason to discourage those willing to directly experience the spiritual adventure of seeking Shambala.

Its location in the ethereal plane does not make it less real, and for the sincere spiritual seeker, endowed with aspiration and tenacity, the gates of Shambala are always opened.

“If there is a will, there is a way”. Furthermore, the spiritual tradition insists on the fact that in the physical plane there are several gates to the world of Shambala, some of them located in Tibet.

This gave one more support to the belief that Shambala existed in Tibet. As tradition goes, Shambala is shaped as a lotus flower, with eight petals.

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This means that Shambala is divided into eight main regions, and in the middle we find the capital, Kalapa, a vast and blossoming city, in which is situated the impressive palace of the King of Shambala.

Each of the eight main regions is divided into twelve domains, each having a governor. Practically, in Shambala there are 96 distinct provinces, plus the capital Kalapa.

All these things determine our opinion according to which Shambala cannot be located in our physical plane, even if there are unexplored areas in central Asia.

Shambala exists in the ethereal plane, not here, in the physical world, but still, this fact does not make it less real.

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