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Shambhalla and the Hollow Earth

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 Our Earth is honeycombed with vast networks of natural and unnatural (man and alien made) tunnels and caves.

Seismic sonar instruments have detected what we now call ‘The Great Road’, located miles beneath the earth’s surface. This is a gigantic, globe-spanning ‘ribbon’ around the earth, made of a series of caves.

Thousands of meters wide and hundreds thick, this ribbon encircles earth horizontally at the equator and vertically around the poles. Mobil Oil geologists found Cyclopean underground cities at two intersections, located beneath the jungles of equatorial Ecuador and an ocean trench off the southern coast of Malaysia. These highly advanced cities, complete with hieroglyphics and pictographs, predate not only dinosaurs but even the vertebrates.

Even deeper within the Earths interior is found the cities of Agharti, Shambhalla and the Caesars. While few have come back to tell the stories of Shambhalla, there have been expeditions that have penetrated Agharta, an initiatory center for Shambhalla.

The Buddhist describe Agharta as a great kingdom of peace and tranquility with a population reaching into the millions. A world of astonishing beauty, with inner suns, underground lakes and palaces made from the purest crystal.

Crops are irrigated by special waters and the powerful rays of the ‘Great Light’ produced by a secret machine given to them by gods thousands of years ago.

The idea of underground worlds is nothing new. Even Columbus believed that all waters flowed towards the poles where they became replenished and redirected in their course.

The earliest account we have of this land of mystery and illusion dates back to year 4 BC. Apollonius of Tyana, a mystic Greek physician, was given a secret map of what was called ‘The City of the Gods’ by a priest. Not wasting any time and despite the dangers, Apollonius immediately set of in search of this kingdom. .

Traveling through Mesopotamia and Babylon, he reached India where he employed the services of a local guide to take him deep into the Himalayan mountains. Suddenly after fifteen days of arduous walking the scenery around them changed dramatically.

In his book 'We Are Not The First', author Andrew Thomas sets the scene:

    “The path by which they had come disappeared after them. The countryside shifted its position and they seemed to be in a place preserved by illusion.”

Met by a boy who answered them in Greek the pair were then presented to the ruler of this amazing land.

With a warm welcome he bade them to accompany him on a tour of his kingdom, and completely spell bound, the pair were shown incredible marvels of a world few outsiders had ever seen or imagined. Majestic pillars of light shot skywards, and radiant stones provided constant light.

Philostratus, who was Apollonius’ biographer describes feats of levitation and complicated robot-like machines serving food and drink as they sat down to eat.

As they did so the ruler proudly announced:

    “You have come to men who know everything.”

According to Philostratus these men,

    “were living on the Earth and at the same time not on it.”

Upon his return to the west Apollonius immediately set about challenging the Roman authorities.

This placed him on a dangerous footing. Nero was now Emperor, and dissenters were harshly dealt with. On several occasions Apollonius was only saved by the strange powers he now seemed to have acquired. Summoned before a tribunal in Rome the chief prosecutor was about to read from the scroll outlining Apollonius’ offences when suddenly the page turned blank.

Terrified this was some sort of divine portent the authorities immediately dropped all charges and Apollonius was allowed to go free.
On another occasion Apollonius was ordered before the Emperor Domitian, charged with ‘un-Roman activities.’ Seemingly nonchalant to his fate Apollonius stood before the crowded court of three hundred witnesses and confidently proclaimed: “You can detain my body, but not my soul, and I will add, not even my body.” Suddenly there was a bright flash and Apollonius vanished from sight.

Nicholas Roerich claimed that he was aware of caves in the Himalayan foothills with subterranean passages leading to these subterranean cities. Found in one of these passages is a stone door shall remain sealed until a future time. What lies behind that door only a 'selected few' know and they are not about to give away its secret.

People have been searching for the legendary Shambhalla for ages.

Some have ventured into the unknown never to return. Either these people had found the ultimate happiness and chose to stay or they may have been destroyed in their search. There are perils that obstruct the path to this city of promise. Many have lost their lives by being swallowed by crevasses, caught in avalanches, killed by wild animals or maybe even something sub-human or supernatural.

We find references from various religions, myths, legends and folklore pointing out that the path to paradise is sabotaged with perils. Its inhabitants range from superhuman to subhuman and the underworld is a maze of multiple dimensions.

In Central Asia, a vast network of caves and tunnels are rumored to be running under its ground. Many subterranean passages run beneath India. Varanasi (Benares), ancient name of Kashi, is said to be connect by a tunnel to Gupta Kashi (gupta meaning secret or hidden), an underground city in the Himalayans. The people of India believe these passageways are guarded by the elementals that assume the shape of rocks or other natural features.

The Native American Indians commonly believe that these same type of elementals guard the underground passageways found in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona.

Mesoamerica and South America are honeycombed with tunnels, some of them running for hundreds of miles, from Columbia in the north through Peru and Bolivia to Chile in the south, and to the Amazon Jungle in the east. H.P. Blavatsky mentions an immense tunnel running from Cuzco to Lima in Peru, and then extending south into Bolivia

In Egypt, a large subterranean world is traditionally believed to extend from the catacombs of Alexandria to Thebes' Valley of the Kings.

Many Native American peoples believe that their ancestors came from the womb of Mother Earth, where they were sent by the gods to escape past cataclysms that were taking place on the earth's surface. They later resurfaced through a hole in the Earth. These emergence places on earth are called 'cenotes.' A cenote is a very very deep hole filled with water. In the Yucatan there is one of these found at Chichen Itza. Another one can be found outside Sedona, Arizona, USA, at Montezuma's Well.

The Mandans of the northwestern United States, some of whom has blue eyes and silky hair, tell the story of the first man to emerge from the tunnels in their area. They were called the Histoppa or 'tattooed ones.' Having left safety too soon, they perished. The rest remained below until a bright light broke the darkness on the surface.

The Hopi believe that the world we live in is the Fourth World and the other three are inside the earth.

In stages, and through many hardships, they emerged from a hole called Sipapu. This emergence site, found at the bottom of the Canyon of the Little Colorado above its junction with the Colorado River, is a sacred place of pilgrimage for the Hopi. It lies in the Four Corners Area.

Another Hopi legend tells of them also emerging from a world beneath the earth through a tunnel located at the base of the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, Arizona. The Hopi legends say that their ancestors were driven to the surface by another faction of their own kind who turned on their own and was practicing sorcery.
A clue to who that factor of their own kind was may be found in the Apache legends which state that the ‘Two Hearts‘ or the ‘Children of the Lizard‘ drove the Pueblos to the surface after they invaded their underground domain.

The Lakota Tribes in the US Central Plains also believe they came up out of the Earth at a location named Harney Peak in the Black Hills.

The Pajaritan Pueblo Indians have a Legend that they emerged from earth’s womb near the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado. They then traveled down the Rio Grande, setting up Pueblos. The area now known as Los Alamos, was considered evil. It was the home of the underworld Little People, as known by ufologists as Deros.

From these people would come the curse of 'The Gourd of Death’.

The Navajo legends state they once lived Underground, together with the Coyoteros and the White people, below a mountain near Silverton, Colorado. After coming to the surface they went south and settled in the canyons of the Dinetah area, near Navaho Dam, between Aztec and Dulce, New Mexico.

According to New Mexican Myth, Montezuma was born near Tao and allegedly trained by beings who lived in caverns, inside Pueblo Peak.

The Aztecs tell of their ancestors coming from a land called Aztlan. After escaping its destruction they ended up in a cavern called Chicomoztoc, or the Seven Cavern Cities of Gold. This is where they lived before emerging to the surface

Australian aborigines believe their ancestors came up out of the ground and traveled about the country creating new tribes. This belief also lies with the tribes Bengal, Burma, Caroline Islands, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia.

Plato tells us of many cavities and 'wonderful regions' in the earth, and of subterranean flows of water, mud, and fire.

He says,

    "One of the cavities in the earth is not only larger than the rest, but pierces right through from one side to the other."

It is of this that Homer speaks when he says,

    'Far, far away, where lies earth's deepest chasm'.

He and other poets refer to it as Tartarus, the land of the dead.

The Greeks believed that the lands of the living were divided from Tartarus by fierce obstacles, rivers, and bodies of water or fire. The greatest of these was Oceanus, which not only comprised all the seas of the world, but was also the largest of the 'rivers' which the Greeks believed swept into and through Tartarus, emerging from the underworld on the opposite side of the earth.

Other subterranean torrents included Lethe, the river of forgetfulness, and the Styx, the river of death. Tartarus was said to 'sink twice as far below the earth as the earth was beneath the sky', and to be bounded by many perils. Tartaras was also the home of the dethroned gods, the Titans.

It contained a variety of regions or kingdoms, ranging from the Elysian Fields to the many grottoes, caverns, and pits of torment reserved for the damned.

The Scandinavian and Germans seen the world as a large yew or ash tree with it's limbs and roots spreading into many planes of existence. The World Tree's, Yggdrasil, roots went deep down into subterranean kingdoms, all of which bordered a vast primordial void called Ginnungagap.

One root of Yggdrasil led into Niflheim, the land of the dead. Similar to the Greeks belief, many waters flowed out from the depths and into the human world; in Niflheim it was the spring/river Hvergelmir which boiled and churned relentlessly. The 11 tributaries of the Hvergelmir emptied into the central void of Ginnungagap.

The second of Yggdrasil's roots found its way into the lands of the gods, Asgard and Vanaheim. While often pictured as a land high in Yggdrasil's branches, this realm was also subterranean. In fact, the only world of Norse cosmology that is not subterranean is that of Midgard (middle earth), the surface world. Bifrost, the 'rainbow bridge', stretched from Midgard across Ginnungagap into Asgard

In the Sumerian, Epic of Gilgamesh, the underworld was filled with a wide range of beings, including spirits, the undead, humanoids, and savage guardians.

In his search for everlasting life, Gilgamesh first had to reach the mountain of Mashu, connected with the heavens above and the netherworld below. Having been allowed to enter the 'gate', he descended into the bowels of the earth through 12 double-hours of darkness before reaching 'an enclosure as of the gods', filled with brilliance and a garden made entirely of precious stones.

The Bible makes many references to the Inner Worlds:

    Philippians 2:10, Revised Standard Version: ’.. at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth...‘
    Revelation 5:3: ‘And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look into it...’
    Matthew 12:40: ‘For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.’

In the Book of Enoch, Enoch speaks of proceeding to,

    'the middle of the earth', where he beheld a 'blessed land', 'happy and fertile'

    (25:1, 26:1).

An angel shows him.

    'the first and last secrets in heaven above, and in the depths of the earth: In the extremities of heaven, and in the foundations of it, and in the receptacle of the winds'


There are said to be cavities in the earth and 'mighty waters' under it (65:1, 87:5, 95:2).

Following is the Persian Legend of the Koh-Kaf Mountains taken from the pages of Blavatsky’s book, ‘The Secret Doctrine‘:

    “Whatever they may be in their geographical status, whether they are the Caucasian or Central Asian mountains, it is far beyond these mountains to the North, that legend places the Daevas [giants] and Peris; the latter the remote ancestors of the Parsis or Farsis.
    Oriental tradition is ever referring to an unknown glacial, gloomy sea, and to a dark region, within which, nevertheless, are situated the Fortunate Islands, wherein bubbles, from the beginning of life on earth, the fountain of life. But the legend asserts, moreover, that a portion of the first dry island (continent), having detached itself from the main body, has remained, since then, beyond the mountains of Koh-Kaf, 'the stony girdle that surrounds the world.'

    A journey of seven months' duration will bring him who is possessed of 'Sulayman's ring' to that 'fountain,' if he keeps on journeying North straight before him as the bird flies. Journeying therefore from Persia straight north, will bring one along the sixtieth degree of longitude, holding to the west, to Novaya Zemlya; and from the Caucasus to the eternal ice beyond the Arctic circle would land one between 60 and 45 degrees of longitude, or between Novaya Zemlya and Spitzbergen.

    This, of course, if one has the dodecapedian horse of (King) Hoshang or the winged Simurgh [a marvellous bird, the Persian phoenix] of Tahmurath (or Taimuraz) [third king of Persia], upon which to cross over the Arctic Ocean.*
    Nevertheless, the wandering songsters of Persia and the Caucasus will maintain, to this day, that far beyond the snow-capped summits of Kap, or Caucasus, there is a great continent now concealed from all.

    That it is reached by those who can secure the services of the twelve-legged progeny of the crocodile and the female hippopotamus, whose legs become at will twelve wings;* or by those who have the patience to wait for the good pleasure of Simurgh-anke, who promised that before she dies she will reveal the hidden continent to all, and make it once more visible and within easy reach, by means of a bridge, which the Ocean Daevas will build between that portion of the 'dry island' and its severed parts.*
    This relates, of course, to the seventh race, Simurgh being the Manvantaric cycle.”

    * Bailey thought she saw in this horse as a twelve-oared ship...