Shambhala, Agharti (Agharta) and 2012, central Asian myths. What do they have in common? While doing some research for an article relating to the mysteries of the number 7, I came across references in to Shambhala, Agharti (Agharta) and 2012. I thought it was quite bizarre to find that there was a legend surrounding Shambhala and Agharti which brought the date of 2012 into the picture as far as coming world changes are concerned. I was reading a book called “The Ancient Wisdom“.1 Imagine, a central Asian myth that could tie in with other legends surrounding 2012.
A quick review of the power of this legend
Shambhala is linked to the shamanic roots of Lamaism and the Lamaistic temple at Shigatse in central Asia. This region, near the Himalayan mountains is rich with tales of returning ‘world kings’ and culture heroes who will appear and lead chosen people to a world spanning empire and a golden age. An early 20th century writer and adventurer, Ferdinand Ossendowski, wrote about Shambhala and Agharti. He mentioned that Shambhala and Agharti were believed to be real places that existed and could only be found by those who believed in them. Ossendowski was writing about the legend of the coming ‘world king’ some 30 years after his apparent appearance at Narabanchi in 1890. At this time the world king was said to have uttered a prophecy of things to come.
The world king is said to have predicted a series of horrors which appear to relate to the terrible ordeals faced by both sides of the conflict between 1914-1918 or World War I. The king explains that in the aftermath of this conflict he will send his influence to an unknown people to ‘tear out the weeds of madness and vice with a strong hand and lead those who still remain faithful to the spirit of man in a fight against Evil, founding a new life on earth purified by the death of nations’. In the 50th year (circa 1940) three great kingdoms will come together and flourish for 71 years. There will follow 18 years of warfare and at the end of this the peoples of Agharti would ‘come up from their subterranean caves to the surface of the earth’.
World War II
This prophecy seems to have been seized upon by General Karl Haushofer, a German military commander, who is credited with ‘inventing the concept of Geo-Politics’. Haushofer was particularly concerned with the area of central Asia as being crucial to any attempt Germany made to ‘recover its rightful place in the world’ because of its magical implications. He believed that the mystical source of future world power was concealed within these two cities. Haushofer believed that both cities were underground and that a split had occurred between the founding masters. This lead Agharti to being a place of retirement and meditation while Shambhala was a ‘city of power and violence’ where you could gain the power over elements and humanity. From 1926 onwards, expeditions were mounted by the Germans into the Tibetan region of central Asia to locate the city of Shambhala. The story goes that German emissaries made contact with the ‘Society of Green Men’ and that some Tibetans were actually found in Berlin by the Russian advance in 1945 wearing German uniforms without insignia.
Tying it together
In 1940, see the prophecy above, Italy, Germany and Japan formed the Tripartite Alliance now referred to as the Axis powers. Could this have been the three great kingdoms? If the war had been won by the Axis powers we would now be in the 69th year of their alliance. According to the prophecy, we would then have 2 years left before everything falls apart and we have another conflict. This would make the date 2011. Now the great cycle of the Mayan calendar ends in 2012. Very close don’t you think? Hypothetically, what if the 3 great kingdoms were not Italy, Germany and Japan? If we look at the current facts then the following emerges:
- Britain, France and the USA (3 great kingdoms) came together to fight the axis powers
- we are in year 70 since that alliance
- the global financial crisis has brought economies great and small to a grinding halt
- China (which covers most of central Asia) is an emerging powerhouse of military and economic might
Does the situation fit the prophecy of the ‘world king’ as uttered in his appearance at Narabanchi in 1890? It may well. Shambhala and Agharti are linked to central Asia and China is emerging as a world leader. Could this be the re-emergence of the peoples of Agharti which will be complete after 18 years of war (2029)? Why not? I don’t know the answers to these questions, I have only speculated on one interpretation of the prophecy. However, I find it coincidental that the Mayan calendar and the Narabanchi Prophecy contain a similar date for the ending of a cycle. Leave your thoughts and comments below.
You can get your copy of “The Ancient Wisdom” at Amazon. This article originally appeared on Beyond 2012 HQ which was a sister site until recently. It has been moved here as it fits in with the number 7 series of articles beginning with 7 Chakras, 7 Sacred Directions – part 1.
***UPDATE 2 March 2010***
In a comment below, it has been noted that Ferdinand Ossendowski “…never wrote a single word about Shambhala. He wrote only about Agharti, which is an entirely different mythologem.”
I am always happy to have my work corrected and will do the necessary research to ensure that these ‘suggested corrections’ are accurate. My additional research on this statement has lead me to two books referencing Ossendowski’s “Beasts, Men and Gods.” The following are the extracts I located.
“It is small wonder that the Russian traveller, Ferdinand Ossendowski, hearing about Shambhala on every side as he journeyed across Central Asia, declared that he could regard it as nothing less than “the mystery of mysteries.”2
This information referenced from page 300 of Ossendowski’s book, “Beasts, Men and Gods” 3
In another portion of page 300 in his book Ossendowski exclaims surprise at how from time to time men and beasts seemed to stop breathing and silence reigned for a short time as if “…thrown into prayer awaiting their fate.” Victoria LePage, quoting Ossendowski writes:
“Thus is has always been,” explained an old Mongol shepherd and hunter, “whenever the King of the World in his subterranean palace prays and searches out the destiny of all peoples on the earth.” For in Shambhala, he said, live the invisible rulers of all pious people, the King of the World or Brahatma, who can speak with God as I speak with you…”4
Finally, I located the following:
“Even if Ossendowski refers to his magic empire under the name of Agarthi, it is only a variant upon or supplement to the Shambhala myth.* His “King of the World” is identical to the ruler of the Kalachakra kingdom. He “knows all the forces of the world and reads all the souls of humankind and the great book of their destiny. Invisibly he rules eight hundred million men on the surface of the earth and they will accomplish his every order” (Ossendowski, 1924, p. 302).
(*Marco Pallis is of the opinion that Ossendowski has simply substituted the name Agarthi for Shambhala, because the former was very well known in Russia as a “world center”, whilst the name Shambhala had no associations (Robin, 1986, pp. 314-315.)5
While I thank my commentor for providing the ‘suggested correction’, in the end, it would appear that opinion may be divided on whether or not Ossendowski “…wrote a single word about Shambhala.” It would also appear that he used the term ‘Agarthi‘ interchangeably with Shambhala to reach a different target audience.
Either way, the myth about the prophecy is still a fascinating example of how the date of 2012 may tie in to yet another culture and its legends.
- The Ancient Wisdom written by Geoffrey Ashe (1972) ISBN 0333198670 ↩
- Shambhala: the fascinating truth behind the myth of Shangri-la, p. 6; Victoria LePage: ISBN 0-8356-0750-X ↩
- Ferdinand Ossendowski, ISBN 1-59547-969-4 ↩
- ibid, p.40 ↩
- Tibet: THE SPEARHEAD OF THE SHAMBHALA WAR: Victor & Victoria Trimondi ↩