Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife or not.
The first question was, “Did you bring joy?”
The second was, “Did you find joy?”
Leo F. Buscaglia
In psychology, happiness is the state of harboring a bunch of pleasant emotional states, like amusement, satisfaction, gratification, triumph, euphoria, etc. This is seen in a broad spectrum. Happiness, as a whole, is an intricacy in psychology. It depends on one’s actions, as well as surroundings that reciprocate them, and somehow influence an individual’s state of being.
In philosophy, happiness translates the Greek concept of Eudaimonia (the word itself, etymologically, translates to “eu” meaning “good” and “daimon” that means “spirit”, but conceptualizing and generalizing the realm of it, Eudaimonia generally translates to happiness, or welfare, or more accurately, “human flourishing”), and refers to the good life, or flourishing, rather than simply an emotion.
In religion, happiness is subjected to one’s practices, most of the teachings from different religions have centralized happiness as their main theme or goal.
Teachings from Abrahamic Religions extensively talk about happiness being key to achieving harmony.
In Judaism, happiness or simcha is considered an important element while serving and worshiping God.
Roman Catholicism says that the ultimate end of human existence consists felicity, which is the Latin equivalent to the Greek Eudaimonia.
In Islamic history, there was a Muslim Sufi thinker named Al-Ghazali (1058-1111), who wrote the “Alchemy of Happiness”, a manual for spiritual instructions throughout the Muslim world, still widely practiced.
Oriental religions like Confucianism talked about achieving immense joy by practicing some virtues: the virtues that the Chinese Confucian, Mencius (372-289 BC) specified into meditation of roles of the self, namely the “lesser self” which was the physiological self, and the “greater self” which was the moral self.
Hinduism says that in the Advaita Vedanta, the ultimate goal of life is happiness, in the sense that duality between Atman (the inner soul of a person, the essence of one’s consciousness) and Brahman (the entirety of everything, it connotes the highest Universal principle or the Ultimate Reality, a metaphysical unity that binds everything together), is transcended and one regards oneself to be the true self in all.
The author of the “Yoga Sutras” the most celebrated Yoga aphorisms, 196 of them to be exact, in the world, Patanjali, wrote vigorously about the physiological and ontological roots of true bliss.
In Buddhism, happiness forms the central theme of Buddhist teachings, total happiness is achieved by freeing the soul from the rebirth cycle or all suffering, which is human existence. This achievement of enlightenment is the state of “Nirvana“: the state of everlasting peace. This state of ultimate happiness can be only be achieved by overcoming want or craving in all forms. The Buddhist teachings embolden the practice of loving kindness and compassion, the desire for happiness and welfare of all living beings.
We have seen now, what joy looks like in different perspectives and what people have hoped to achieve in the course of human history.
“Happiness is a fleeting feeling.”
People have said this time and again, and so have they conjured up places of immense everlasting joy, or have they?
There might be a million different reasons for people to have thought and talked about these places in the physiological, and these states in the metaphysical realms, made up or not, billions of people and billions before them have all believed in such a place and such a state of immense joy.
The concept of Shangri-La, a mythical utopia or an earthly paradise that lay somewhere in the Himalayas, first came into light in James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon.
This was widely read and so, Shangri-La became famous, and somewhat became a synonym to “Paradise.”
Some scholars believe that Shangri-La owes a literary debt to Shamballa, which is the real mythical kingdom of joy in the Hindu and Buddhist beliefs.
Shamballa is a mythical kingdom that has been heard of and talked about as per many Hindu and Buddhist traditions.
The kingdom can be seen in a Kaalachakra Thangka, which signifies the end of Kaalachakra (etymologically kaal means “time” and chakra means “cycle”, Kaalachakra is a series id teachings believed to be passed on from the deity that works around the concept of time), and the transcendence into a new era, a “kingdom of heaven”, as a layperson would call it.
Shamballa was believed to be a real place, a real utopian geographical area that was obscured, and an area that was a tangible paradise on earth.
Countless expeditions to this place were sent, the most noticeable of them was the 1924- 1928 expedition led by Nikolai Rerikh (Nicholas Roerich) and Helena Roerich, who went on an expedition to finding Shamballa along with their friend, Alexander Barchenko; Gleb Bokii, a cryptographer and one of the influential members of the Soviet secret police; and one top member of the Soviet secret police.
They tried to mix the Tibetan teachings of kaalachakra thangka/kaalachakra tantra and ideas of communism to engineer the perfect communist humans. All the people involved in this expedition were either public figures or celebrated leaders, so this mission to attain wisdom from Shamballa fell apart as they were caught on the radar of their own country’s intelligence service.
Shamballa is believed to be a kingdom of peace, a place that harbors eternal joy and harmony.
There is a reason for it being called “a mythical kingdom” and never being found, or maybe the people who found it never left.
Myths, by definition, is a traditional story that narrates history or a happening, mostly of supernatural incidences, which explain the roots of traditional or cultural practices and natural occurrences.
Parents have always told stories to kids, for instance, when the kids wouldn’t eat their food, the parents told them that a spoonful is actually an airplane requesting permission for landing and that their mouths are actually the landing area.
This is a clear example of simplifying complexities of telling the kids that their body needs the nutrients for them to stay healthy and grow well, the kids who understand are gems, but the kids who don’t, are the “officers at base who need to authorize the landing”.
Shamballa, in contemporary times, is slowly evolving its literary meaning and hence is being believed to be a state of mind.
- Shamballa is simply a word conveying the idea of a vast focal point of energies which are assembled and brought together by the planetary Logos in order to create a manifestation adequate to the universe’s unfolding intention and planetary service.
- Shamballa is a state of consciousness or a phase of sensitive awareness wherein there is acute and dynamic response to divine purpose.
- Shamballa is the place of purpose. It is a purpose which cannot be understood until the Plan is Known.
- Shamballa is the major point of tension upon the planet. It is a tension that expresses loving intelligent will, free from all self-will or mental bias.
- Shamballa is the major receptive agent upon the planet, from the angle of solar inflow, but at the same time, it is the main distribution point of energy from the angle of the kingdoms in nature, including the fifth kingdom. From the point of tension, the life pattern of the planetary Logos.
- Shamballa is the head center, speaking symbolically, of our planetary Life, focusing will, love and intelligence in one great and fundamental Intention and holding that focused point throughout the entire life cycle of the planet. This great Intention embodies purpose and expresses itself through the medium of the Plan.
- The only place of complete peace is
“the center where the Will of God is known”.
-Lucis Trust, lucistrust.org
The 14th Dalai Lama noted during the 1985 Kaalachakra initiation in Bodhgaya, Shambhala is not an ordinary country:
“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.”
Many contemporary yoga practitioners, healing cults, spiritual occults, and scholars believe that the practices that encompass the teachings of and about Shamballa are as old as civilization itself.
The, traces of first ideas about this mythical place could be seen in the second oldest civilization in and around what today is Northern Afghanistan, Pakistan, and parts of Northern India.
The Indus Valley civilization (2600BC-1900BC) also known as the Harappan or Mohenjo-Daro civilisation was a sophisticated and technologically advanced civilization, which was known for their prowess in measuring length, mass, and time, the culture and tradition was also believed to be rich in arts and crafts.
There have been historical and archaeological accounts that this is where Buddhism and Hinduism found their roots.
The early Himalayan civilizations worshipped Nature, mainly the Sun. They believed in Life after Death, and a mythical place of bliss.
They believed that reality itself was just a manifestation of the one true being who dreamt the Universe, which is suspiciously close to what Hindus believe about lord Vishnu, who dreams of countless Universes with each breath.
These early civilizations saw the birth of religion, medicine, organized worships, and organized practices for harmony. Here is where yoga and the concept of Chakras might have spawned from these early civilizations.
The ancient as well as the modern yoga practitioners, spiritualists, healers, and other numerous occult practitioners believe that humans have a pool of energy with spots that determine a human’s cognitive qualities.
The Hindu and Buddhist teachings, which have been the centralized and repetitive source for the teachings on Shamballa, said that their studies have found pools of energy in human bodies.
There are seven basic chakras that can be awakened and balanced for a harmonious life and ultimately for the achievement of Nirvana, four of these chakras lie in the upper body that synchronizes our intellectual properties, and three of the chakras present in the lower body regulates our instinctual attributes.
Here are the Seven Chakras:
1. Sahasrara Or Crown Chakra
2. Ajna Or Third Eye Chakra
3. Visuddhi Or Throat Chakra
4. Anahata Or Heart Chakra
5. Manipura Or Solar Plexus
6. Svadhisthana Or Sacral Chakra
7. Muladhara Or Root Chakra
The idea of “Kundalini” might also have arose here: it is the sleeping, dormant potential force in the human body, in which enegy flows through the Brahman, it is said to rest at the base of the spine, or the muladhara chakra, esoterically described as the essence of life itself, the essence of consciousness, that flows through nadis (energy streams), chakras (psychic centers), prana (the life energy), and bindu (drops of essence).
The awakening of human potential is believed to be achieved by practicing different discipline, but regardless of the discipline, be it practicing yoga, or hermitage, or meditation, or worshipping certain deities, most scholars and thinkers, as well as the religious teachings have a similar tone about the place of immense joy, be it a material, a geographical region or a metaphysical state of being.
Shamballa is believed to encapsulate the highest form of joy and serenity there is.
It is believed that one can achieve total bliss if one harmonizes their being with accordance to the vibrations of the universe and the vibrations of their own self, by practicing certain disciplines in life.
The oldest Indian rituals, texts, and accounts (both verbal and literal) have talked about Shamballa in being the place of total bliss that can be attained or where one can arrive by being in perfect harmony and awakening the inner potential.
From the author–
It is not my place to guide people about how to attain the highest form of joy, or how to be in a state of highest, total awareness, or to guide people to the mythical kingdom which resembles places like Atlantis and El Dorado.
Inquisitive souls and truth seekers will research and attain knowledge about it anyway.
I can only organize the already available facts and make the readers ponder on what Shamballa is, about how the people with high intellects and better thought processes have laid down their teachings and how it all might have been simplified by using myths, and how Shamballa actually is a state of mind, a state of total awareness, and how humans in the course of history, like children looking at the flying spoon have looked at Shamballa, with total amazement.
It is your choice officer, if you want to authorize the landing or not, because if you don’t eat you don’t grow.
Shamballa- it’s not just a Wi-Fi password for the “non-savage sorcerers”, and now you have ideas about it.
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