Friday, January 25, 2013

Alexandra David-Neel & Historical Shambala (1924-1946)


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"Alexandra David-Néel, born Louise David (24 October 1868 – 8 September 1969), was a Belgian-French explorer, spiritualist, Buddhist, anarchist and writer. She is most known for her 1924 visit to Lhasa, Tibet when it was forbidden to foreigners...From 1895 to 1897 she was prima donna with a touring French opera company in Indochina, appearing at the Hanoi Opera House and elsewhere as La Traviata and Carmen...In 1911 Alexandra left Néel and traveled for the second time to India, to further her study of Buddhism. She was invited to the royal monastery of Sikkim, where she met Maharaj Kumar (crown prince) Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal. She became Sidkeong's "confidante and spiritual sister" (according to Ruth Middleton), perhaps his lover (Foster & Foster). She also met the 13th Dalai Lama twice in 1912, and had the opportunity to ask him many questions about Buddhism – a feat unprecedented for a European woman at that time." ...Foster, Barbara and Michael. The Secret Lives of Alexandra David-Neel - A Biography of the Explorer of Tibet and Its Forbidden Practices.

"The Sanskrit and Tibetan Shambhala has also been identified by no less an authority than Alexandra David-Neel, who spent years in Tibet.... with Balkh. ­ in the far north of Afghanistan ­ the ancient settlement known as "the mother of cities". Present day folklore in Afghanistan asserts that after the Muslim conquest, Balkh was known as the "Elevated Candle" ("Sham-i-Bala"), a Persianisation of the Sanskrit Shambhala."....

"The famous Buddhistic traveller Alexandra David-Neel writes in 'Les Nouvelles Littéraires', 1954, p.1 that Shambhala (as in a sense referred to by Blavatsky in The Secret Doctrine, vol.2 p. 320 and 400.) - is to be found at Afghanistan - near or at the city of Balkh....".....

"In 1937, Yongden and Alexandra went to Tibet through the former Soviet Union, traveling there during the second World War. They eventually ended up in Tachienlu, where she continued her investigations of Tibetan sacred literature.....While in Eastern Tibet Alexandra and Yongden completed circumambulation of the holy mountain Amnye Machen......The pair returned to France in 1946. Alexandra was then 78 years old......"

"Alexandra David-Neel - who lived 1868-1969 - was french actress, author of several books, a great Tibetan explorer and female Tibetan Lama and more. ...She mentions in her script "Les Nouvelles Littéraires";1954, p.1 ; that Shamballa is geographically placed near the city of Balkh. It is known as Mother of all Cities. In the olden days the city of Balkh was situated north of the present day city of Balkh. And its name was known as "The Elevated Candle" - and in the persian tounge it was named "Sham-I-Bala" - an expression covering the sanskrit "Shamballa".....

David-Néel Alexandra (1954) : Gurdjieff et Dordjieff. Nouvelles Littéraires (Paris), Avril 1954.

" Le récit de M. Rom Landau, le témoignage de Abdullah ont été contestés notamment par Mme Alexandra David-Neel qui, dans un article des Nouvelles Littéraires de Paris (le 22 avril 1954), a déclaré qu'il y avait une confusion entre M. Gurdjieff et un lama bouriate du nom de Dordjieff. Par contre, K. M. Panikkar (dans L'Asie et la domination occidentale, citant Bell: Biography of the Dalaï Lama) parle lui aussi d'un moine bouriate nommé Dorjieff qui intriguait au nom du Tsar à Lhassa et ce qui devait par la suite dispenser sa sagesse à Fontainebleau. Le livre de M. Rom Landau, dont nous reproduisons ici un chapitre, ayant paru du vivant de M. Gurdjieff et celui-ci n'y ayant fait aucune objection, nous nous bornons à indiquer les éléments de cette controverse."......


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


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