Saturday, July 13, 2013

Royal Palace of the King of Shambala

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"Traditional Tibetan sources give a sumptuous description of the biggest palace, the King of Shambhala’s residence:
The palace . . . is square and has four doors. Along a coral ledge around the outer walls are dancing goddesses. It is nine stories and is crowned at the top with a banner and a wheel of Dharma with a male and female deer on either side. There are three rings encircling the palace, making it especially beautiful. It also has a molding of liquid Jambu gold, as well as full and half-hanging ornaments of pearls and diamonds. At the top of the outer walls are hanging pendants of silver and protruding lintels of turquoise. Its windows are of lapis lazuli. The doors and lintels above are of emeralds and sapphires. It has golden awnings and banners, and a roof of jewels and heat-producing crystal, while its floor is of cold-producing crystal. Its pillars and beams are of zebra-stones, corals, pearls, and so-forth. It also has many other priceless treasures such as the inexhaustible treasure vase, the wish-fulfilling cow, the unsown harvest, and the wish-granting tree.".....http://www.shambhala.mn/Shambhala-Thangka/shambhala-thangka.html

"The ruling king of Shambhala sits on a throne made of gold from the Jamba River. He wears the robe of a Chakravartiraja—a universal king of Dharma—a headdress made of lion’s hair and adorned with images of the five Buddha Transcendent Buddhas, and long earrings and bracelets made also of gold from the Jambu River. Both his body and his ornaments emanate blindingly brilliant red and white light. Surrounding the King are his ministers, generals, bodyguards, elephants and their trainers, and warriors. His main queen is the daughter of one of the ninety-six satraps of Shambhala. He has many other queens besides and many sons and daughters. When the next king (not necessarily the oldest son) is expected the unborn the baby emits jewel-like light for a week before its birth, and right after its birth white lotus flowers fall from the sky.".........http://www.shambhala.mn/Shambhala-Thangka/shambhala-thangka.html

Herodotus (430 BC)......wrote about Bactrian gold....Bactria was (and is) the premier resource of Lapis Lazuli, which supplied the Egyptian Pharaohs from 3100 BC through to the end of the Ptolemaic Dynasty, when Egypt became a province of Rome under Augustus Caesar in 30 BC...Spinels (previously called Balas Ruby) were found in Badakshan, Afghanistan, near the Oxus......Bactrian Emeralds were found in the crevices of the rocks during the prevalence of the Etesian winds.....wikipedia

"Currently in Balkh, a couple of nondescript mounds mark the site of a great temple that Xuanzang described as being “lustrous with precious gems”. ...PO-HO [BALKH].....This country is about 800 li from east to west, and 400 li from north to south; on the north it borders on the Oxus. The capital is about 20 li in circuit. It is called generally the little Pajariha. This city, though well (strongly) fortified, is thinly populated. The products of the soil are extremely varied, and the flowers, both on the land and water, would be difficult to enumerate. There are about 100 convents and 3000 monks, who all study the religious teaching of the Little Vehicle. Outside the city, towards the south-west, there is a convent called Navasangharama, which was built by a former king of this country. The Masters (of Buddhism), who dwell to the north of the great Snowy Mountains, and are authors of Sastras, occupy this convent only, and continue their estimable labours in it. There is a temple with a figure of Buddha here, which is lustrous with noted gems, and the hall in which it stands is also adorned with precious substances of rare value. This is the reason why it has often been robbed by chieftains of neighbouring countries, covetous of pain."......http://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/texts/xuanzang.html

"For at least two centuries prior to Alexander's arrival in 330 BC, Bactria had been a prized part of the Achaemenid Empire (559-330 BC) and, before that, the Median Empire (728-559 BC). ...The wide fertile plains that stretched between the northern slopes of the Hindu Kush and the Oxus River during ancient times, the valuable Silk Road trading centers and rich gold, silver and lapis deposits in the nearby mountains made Bactria a highly prized satrapy (regional governorship) for the Achaemenid Persians."......http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/cultural/09476/afgh02-06enl.html

"Under the leadership of Alexander's former soldiers and their descendents, the Bactrian Greeks created a Hellenic-inspired kingdom in the heart of Central Asia. The Greeks' capitol at Bactra (present-day Balkh) included a huge Seleucid-era fortress and Hellenistic-style architecture. Corinthian capitals that once adorned large multi-columned palaces, discovered at Balkh, date from this early period.....http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/cultural/09476/afgh02-06enl.html

"Balkh was usually rich rather than powerful, and became the envy and the prize of more warlike neighbors....Alexander took Bactria in 329 B.C.E., and made it his base for conquest and amalgamation of the Greek and Iranian civilizations. That vision survived for another two centuries in the small Graeco-Bactrian kingdoms that thrived and quarrelled on both sides of the Hindu Kush; they wrote no history, but minted the most gorgeous silver coins of the ancient world....This was a fortunate era, when the lands through which the caravan routes passed were divided among a few stable states which submerged their differences in the interests of trade; and Balkh flourished at the crossroads as a depot and trans-shipment point for the world’s luxuries. “ From the Roman Empire the caravans brought gold and silver vessels and wine; fom Central Asia and China rubies, furs, aromatic gums, drugs, raw silk and embroidered silks; from India spices, cosmetics, ivory and precious gems of infinite variety” (Dupree, p 71). With the merchants came monks preaching the new religion of Buddhism, and Balkh became a center of worship and learning, famous for its temples and monasteries."......http://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/cities/afghanistan/balkh.html

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John Hopkins.....Northern New Mexico….July 2013

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