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May 2011 Trimondi Red Shambhala

May 2011 Trimondi Red Shambhala

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Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart Of Asia
Shambhala is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist prophecy about the land of spiritual bliss. At the sametime, it was a powerful call for spiritual resistance originally directed against Muslim invaders inthe early middle ages. Using archival sources and memoirs,
 Red Shambhala
explores how in
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our, modern age, particularly in the 1920s and the 1930s, a group of people (spiritualadventurers, revolutionaries, and nationalists) wanted to use Shambhala and related prophecies of the Tibetan-Mongol world (Oirot, Amursana, and Geser) to promote their spiritual andgeopolitical schemes. The greater part of the book is focused on the Bolshevik attempt to use Mongol-Tibetan prophecies in their “liberation theology” to railroad Communism into Inner Asia. It exploresclandestine activities of the Bolsheviks from the Mongol-Tibetan Section of the CommunistInternational who took over Mongolia and then, dressed as lama pilgrims, tried to set Tibetablaze. The reader will enter a bizarre geopolitical contest over indigenous prophecies betweenthe Bolsheviks and their powerful opponents: Ja-Lama, an “avenging lama” fond of spilling bloodduring his tantra rituals, and renegade Baltic baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, who wanted to plug into Tibetan Buddhist legends in order to revive monarchies both in the east and in the west. We also meet Buryat monk Agvan Dorzhiev, a former tutor for the 13th Dalai Lama and a one-time Bolshevik fellow-traveler, who wanted to bring all Tibetan Buddhist people of Inner Asiainto a huge theocracy, and his fellow countryman, Elbek-Dorji Rinchino, the first Red dictator of Mongolia, who nourished a utopian dream of building up a socialist republic that would uniteTibetan Buddhist nationalities from Siberia to Tibet. Another prominent character profiled in
 Red Shambhala
is Nicholas Roerich, the Russian painter and occultist, who toyed with the same idea of merging Tibetan Buddhism with Communism.Driven by his otherworldly Master, he posed as a reincarnation of the Dalai Lama and flirted withthe Bolsheviks in an attempt to unleash the Shambhala war in Tibet. The ultimate goal was to bring about the Sacred Union of the East – a Tibetan Buddhist theocracy that would spirituallyregenerate humankind. The book also draws attention to Roerich’s friend and another interestingcharacter - Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Vice-President Henry Wallace, who similarly tappedinto Buddhist wisdom in the hope to engineer a better world. Last but not least, we meet such characters as Gleb Bokii, the secret police commissar and thechief Bolshevik cryptographer, who, along with his friend writer Alexander Barchenko, tried touse the Shambhala prophecy and Kalachakra techniques to conjure the ideal Communist human being. Despite their differences, all these seekers were driven by the same totalitarian temptation – aquest for power and ultimate solutions. They were sincerely convinced that they would be able to build a paradise on the earth – an orderly human commonwealth devoid of any spiritual and socialcontradictions. It was only natural that almost all of these “enlightened masters” ended their livestragically. Essentially,
 Red Shambhala
is a sad story about political power and spirituality – astory that is set in the turbulent environment the past 20th century, which one historian once calledthe age of extremes.
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Shambhala, Kalachakra Tantra, and Avenging Gods of Tibetan BuddhismPower for the Powerless: The Mongol-Tibetan World and its PropheciesAlexander Barchenko: Budding Red Merlin and His Ancient ScienceEngineer of Human Souls: Bolshevik Cryptographer Gleb BokiiProphecies Draped in Red: Blood and Soil in the Heart of AsiaRed Prophecy on the March: Mongolia to Tibet 127Th e Great Plan: Nicholas and Helena Roerich 155Shambhala Warrior in a Western Body: Nicholas Roerich’s Asian VenturesEpilogue: The End of Red Shambhala 217
Excerpt taken from Chapter 7
 As Nicholas and Helena explained to their adepts, on the morning of October 6, 1923, someoneknocked on the door of their room at Lord Byron Hotel. George Roerich opened the door. Thevisitor introduced himself as a clerk from the Paris Bankers Trust. The clerk quickly handed him amysterious package and immediately departed. When Helena, George and Nicholas opened the package, they found a small box inside decorated with silhouettes of a man, woman, kingfisher,and four gothic letters engraved “M” on the edges. However, the real surprise was inside the boxitself – a black shiny aeroliths stone. The next day from Paris, telegrams flew to all associates of the Roerichs in various countries: lo and behold, the Great White Brotherhood entrusted theRoerichs with the sacred Chintamani stone. This magic jewel, which possessed incredible power,was to be carried on their Asian expedition and be delivered to the Shambhala kingdom.In Tibetan Buddhist tradition the Chintamani stone is known as a wish-granting gem. Ferociousdeities, protectors of the Tibetan Buddhist faith, were frequently portrayed on sacred scrollsholding this stone. On these scrolls the Chintamani is depicted as either an ordinary jewel or astone engulfed in flames – this theological link to the Roerichs’ Agni (Fire) Yoga might have beena reason why they were attracted to this sacred item. The Roerichs described Chintamani as a powerful occult geopolitical weapon that would help their Asian mission. Now they could act notonly as prophets who could fulfill wishes by using the “wish-granting gem,” but also as protectorsof the Buddhist faith: “The stone draws people like a magnet. Entire nations can rise up if one liftsthe stone up. An enemy can be destroyed if you say his name three times looking at the stone.Only people who are pure in their spirit and thought can look at it.”28 It is highly probable thatGeorge Roerich, a professional student of Tibetan Buddhism who was shrewd in intricacies of thistradition, fed the Chintamani legend to his parents who then layered on it their own personalmythology and then manufactured the entire story about the mysterious gift.The fantasy of the couple moved further. The Roerichs wrote to their friends that the Chintamaniwas not only about Asian tradition. The magic gem was also known to the ancient Druids and toEuropean bard singers (Meistersingers) as Lapis exilis. The stone “deliveredto the Roerichswas wrapped in a piece of old fabric that has an image of the sun with mysterious Latin lettersinside the sun circle: I.H.S., which might be rendered as “In hoc signo [vinces]” (“by this sign [you
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