Do you know anything about Tibet, Mount Kailas, Everest, the city of Lhasa, the Potala Palace? Have you heard about Shambhala?
What if you had the opportunity to enter a country closed to foreigners for centuries?
What if you discover the knowledge for which Hitler and Stalin sent expeditions to Tibet, Nicholas Roerich, Elena Blavatsky, Ernst Muldashev, the modern mystic and spiritual teacher Sadhguru and other famous people from all corners of the earth went themselves.
What if you could unravel the mystery that the sacred land and its inhabitants are hiding?
What if you visit a country in which, according to the beliefs of the four religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon, Jainism – live their main gods?
How would you feel if you were in a state of deep meditation in the most powerful place on our planet? How would your life change if you discovered the legendary Shambhala? And how much would you pay for it?
By the way, our names are Vladimir and Elena, and we are the founders of the All Ways Club. We too dreamed of going to Tibet. Our dream has come true. We ourselves have been to Tibet many times and since 2012 we organize tours to the holy places of Tibet, Nepal, India, etc.
When we were about to go to Tibet for the first time, we were in a similar situation as many who are just going there:
- We didn’t know how to get a permit. This is a special permit to enter Tibet. Without it, you simply will not be allowed into this mysterious country.
- We didn’t know what equipment we should have, because we would have to go through different climatic zones and walk at an altitude of more than 5,000 meters. How to get dressed so as not to get wet, not to get cold and to go safely all the way.
- We did not know how to properly acclimatize, so as not to fall ill “mountain sickness”, how to properly prepare our bodies for the unknown terrain and climate.
- We did not know how to prepare in advance for the trip: not only physically, but also psychologically and spiritually. Experience has shown that setting internal intentions and a favorable friendly atmosphere in the group are very important for the success of the route.
- We did not know foreign languages well, at least English. Usually the Tibetan host provides a Tibetan guide who speaks English. If you don’t know English well and don’t have an interpreter, you may find yourself in a tight spot.
- We didn’t realize that often a Tibetan guide is not the person to tell you about the sights, give you tours, and inspire you on your difficult journey. It happens that the Tibetan guide mostly serves as a security guard, keeping an eye on everyone in the group to make sure no one strayed from the intended route, and showing documents at the posts.
- To be honest, there was a fear of the unknown in this country.
Due to the fact that since 2012 we have been successfully organizing tours to Tibet, Nepal, India, we have gained our own experience and learned the ins and outs of traveling to pilgrimage sites. We can share this experience with you.
It is considered the holiest place on the planet by more than 1.2 billion earthlings – 400 million. Buddhists, 820 million. Hindus, 3-5 million. Jainists and about half a million followers of the Bon religion. The four ribs of Mount Kailash correspond almost exactly to the main sides of the world, and the cracks on its southern side are shaped like a swastika, a Buddhist symbol of spiritual power.
There are no climbs on Mount Kailash. All attempts of climbers to “conquer” the mountain ended unsuccessfully. Kailash is worshipped. The pilgrims walk around the mountain, a ritual called kora. The bark’s journey – 56 kilometers – takes three days. The highest point on the trail is 5,700 meters above sea level. The route around the mountain represents the circle of birth, life, death, and a new rebirth, with each of the above stages of human existence corresponding to certain stages of the passage of the crust. Every inch of the path, every element of the surrounding landscape is sacred.
Mount Everest (Jomolungma)
This mountain is called the “Roof of the World” – it is the highest peak of the Earth (the height of the mountain is 8848 m). We visit Everest base camp, 5200 meters above sea level and meditate at GuruPadmasambhava cave in Ronbuk Monastery.
Lakes Manasarovar and Rakshastal
The sacred lakes are located in front of Mount Kailash, about thirty kilometers away. They are like twins. Rakshastal is in the shape of the moon and its water is salty and black. Manasarovar is shaped like the Sun, its water is fresh and white as milk. Legends tell that in the white lake lies a magic key that opens the secret door of Mount Kailas, which leads to the valley of the sages inside the mountain, to Shambhala.
Tibetans believe that the waters of Lake Manasarovar are alive and the waters of Lake Rakshas are dead. The lakes are connected by a channel called from ancient times Ganga Chu, and when it happens that the waters of Manasarovar flow into Rakshas Tal, the Tibetans rejoice, considering it a good sign. It is believed that the balance of water in these lakes symbolizes the balance of energy throughout the world, so the water level in Manasarovar is always higher.
Lhasa – the capital of Tibet
The city is located in a remarkably picturesque valley surrounded by mountains. The city’s altitude is 3,660 meters above sea level. The shrines of Tibetan Buddhism are preserved here. There are prayer drums in the center of the town square, which pilgrims touch with awe.
An obligatory part of the Lhasa cityscape are Buddhist monks in bright saffron togas: there are several Lamaist monasteries around. Often in the city you can find monk-servants singing Lamaist chants and collecting alms.
Lhasa is a sacred place for Tibetans. Some pilgrims perform the ancient ritual of walking in a circle around the holy places, prostrating after each step.
Potala Palace in Lhasa
This is the former residence of the Dalai Lamas for many generations. “The Palace of a Thousand Rooms,” as the Potala is often called, was built in the Middle Ages 115 meters above the city. Today the Potala is open to visitors as a museum and a functioning temple, although until recently only monks walked its halls. Here to this day is a huge repository of Buddhist manuscripts.
Jokang Temple in Lhasa
The active temple is one of the most revered temples of Tibetan Buddhism and a place of pilgrimage for the faithful. It was laid in the 7th century by King Sontsen Gampo to house the relics brought with the dowry of his two wives. Jokang’s main shrine is a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, depicting him at the age of 16, when he was still a young prince at his home in Kapilavatsu.
One of the most important Kor (Barkhor kora) in Tibetan Buddhism takes place around Jokang. Barkhor kora runs along the street that wraps around Jokang, which consists of many shops and stores offering cultural goods and everything else. The bark moves clockwise, involving thousands of people reciting mantras and circling the temple from sunrise to sunset. Walking through Barkhor, along with thousands of pilgrims, one feels as if one has plunged into the medieval atmosphere of Tibet. Now regular pujas (services) are held at Jokang.
It is the very first Buddhist monastery in Tibet, called the School of Magic. It began to be built around the 8th century. It was in this monastery that the dispute over the path of Buddhism in Tibet was concluded at a meeting more than a thousand years ago. Perhaps no area of Tibet is famous for so many legends and mysteries as the vicinity of the former School of Magic. On one of the nearby mountains there are still caves where the great Padmasambhava hid from the world. The Nyingma school of Buddhism venerates him as the second Buddha.
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Who are our journeys for?
A trip to Tibet is ideal for those who are at a crossroads in life:
You don’t want to live the old way anymore, but you can’t live the new way yet. A trip to Tibet takes us out of such situations – something inside of us changes. Old and unnecessary things are leaving life, new opportunities are coming.
People begin to see their purpose, in what direction to move through life.
Also, this trip is for those who have already traveled around the world, seen a lot, know a lot, it’s hard to surprise anyone.
If you are one of these people, welcome to Tibet. Here you will be surprised. Of course the mountains, monasteries, and monks in all countries are somehow similar. There is just something special about Tibet that sets it apart from others on our planet. Let’s call it the Force. Once you have touched the Force, a part of it stays with you forever.
As recently as 100 years ago in Tibet, practicing yogis would fly from mountain to mountain not by helicopter, but only with the help of their superpowers (siddhas), acquired through years of special practices – meditations.
Of course, you would not believe us if we told you that when some Tibetan lamas and monks die there is no body left – they “go away,” dissolving their physical body in the light, leaving only their hair and nails. And this is happening in our time!
And if I tell you that there is a special practice of meditation “tummo” or the practice of “developing inner heat,” which allows you to live safely in caves in winter and dry wet sheets in the cold – I doubt you will call us “normal.
We didn’t believe in such “fairy tales” before either. But when you meet eyewitnesses to the phenomena, you begin to realize that fairy tale and reality can be one and the same.
A visit to Tibet will also be valuable to those who have a lot of worries, things to do, problems, and in this routine there is no light and no opportunity to stop.
Some kind of vicious circle – one thing works, the other falls apart. Just got better with work (began to earn decent money) – health began to deteriorate, just began to restore health – relationships fell apart, etc. All of our problems are often repeated – one partner left, another partner came to take his place, and the problems with the new partner are the same. It’s the same with work. The point is that our problems are not in external things, but in ourselves. Just a pilgrimage trip to places of power can help break this vicious circle.
How Power Places Work
In places of power, we enter a special information-energy portal where we can experience higher states of Consciousness. There are special – “reference” – vibrations in places of power. Such vibrations can be achieved through prolonged meditations or through realized Gurus. In places of power a person can enter into resonance with these frequencies without much effort. Even a short stay in this field in a high state of Consciousness changes a person irrevocably. Such a field can be compared to the light of a candle in a dark room. The dark room in this case is an analogy of our Consciousness. The experience of being in a high state of consciousness begins to change our habits, priorities, ways of thinking, behavior… A lot of time that had been wasted on useless things is freed up.
Surely many of you have heard that visiting Tibetan places of power and especially going around Mount Kailas purifies one’s karma. What does that mean? Karma is the law of cause and effect. We constantly commit actions (often not from the best of motives, but from envy, anger, pride, vanity, etc.) that lead to unavoidable consequences. Everything we do to others comes back to us. As we have written before, the experience of being in high standing states of consciousness changes the habit of thinking, feeling, and acting. We remove the very root (cause) of such bad actions, the effects do not manifest. A flash of awareness takes us out of the vicious circle.
Tibet, with its incredibly powerful energy, was only discovered by the Western world a hundred years ago. The first Western travelers were so amazed by a very different culture and miraculous phenomena that word of it began to spread around the world. And there is, as they say, no smoke without fire. What has happened is exactly what the inhabitants of this deeply religious country did not want: idle curiosity on the part of people who only want special superpowers.
Superpowers can appear as a result of special meditation practices. But they are only beneficial when they are a by-product, not the main result, of meditative practices. The main task of all religions and esoteric teachings is to know Yourself, to understand how the world and Yourself are arranged. In Buddhism they say that everything is in the Mind and the Mind itself is only a projection, everything is in Consciousness or the Nature of the Mind. These are all just terms that our modern life is so rich in.
In practice, everything is much simpler – in an instant, as in a flash in a dark room, you can see and understand everything at once – both to Know Yourself and to understand how the world works. This happens when you meet a Guru or visit a place of power. Such revelations happen to people in Tibet.
For many people, Tibet is the beginning of their spiritual journey; for others, it is the continuation of that journey at a higher level.
Many famous Yoga Gurus, Advaitas, representatives of various spiritual movements and directions come to Tibet, especially to Mount Kailas. There is a hunch, which is increasingly confirmed, that most modern religions and spiritual teachings came out of here, from Tibet. More and more there is scientific evidence of the existence of the ancient state of Shang Shung near Mount Kailas, which is more than 40,000 years old. It looks like this is where it all started, but nothing ended. Scientists are finding more and more new documents, cave paintings, legends passed on from generation to generation, confirming this hypothesis. There are also many descriptions in texts of the ancient Bon religion, this ancient state of Shang Shung with its center in the region of Mount Kailas in western Tibet. Some researchers say that Shambhala is its modified name. There are many different legends and mysteries behind this word, beginning with its meaning, geographical and mental location.
According to one version, the word Shambhala is a symbol of Enlightenment (REALIZATION of Consciousness). To find Shambhala within oneself is to know all the mysteries of Being. There is also a legend that there is a physical Shambhala, a place on Earth (or underground) where superhumans – beings with a particularly developed level of consciousness – live. They control the processes of evolution on our planet. The home of these Superhumans is just beneath Mount Kailas in Tibet. But only a person with a highly developed level of consciousness, in other words with a Pure Soul and thoughts, can get there. Another condition to get there is to get an “invitation” from these creatures who live there.
Stages on the Path
It turns out that there is no way around it without going through internal evolution. You can’t find the outer Shambhala without finding the inner Shambhala. And to get to your inner Shambhala or, in other words, to achieve Enlightenment, there are Spiritual Paths. To get on the Path of evolution, you have to go the preliminary way – to prove that you are worthy of the Path. In Tibetan Buddhism, this preliminary path is called the “accumulation of merit. All good deeds for the benefit of others are such accumulation.
But the fastest way to accumulate merit is through pilgrimages to holy places or places of power. On the pilgrimage route around Mount Kailas you will meet many pilgrims – Buddhists, Hindus, Bonnis… They humbly and reverently perform the ritual circumambulation that purifies karma.
This preliminary stage, the stage of accumulating merit, is then replaced by what Buddhism calls the stage of “accumulating Wisdom. Only Wisdom in Buddhism is a much deeper concept than simply the accumulation of intellectual knowledge and understanding. Wisdom is a state of Enlightenment or Knowledge of the Self (the Higher Self). Another name for this state is “Happiness Never Passing” or “Nirvana. The accumulation of Wisdom “accumulates” during meditative practices, at first it may be only moments, like flashes. And, in the end, this accumulation ends in full realization, as with the Buddha, Padmasambhava. This process of realization is also called the Second Birth, and the beings who achieve it are called the Twice-Born or Immortal.
And so the question is: How much and what am I willing to pay to touch and know the state of
“No Passing Happiness” or “Immortality”?
Ask yourself – are you ready to go for this tempting goal? For someone, this article may only be the first seed that will not sprout soon, and that’s okay, the process of “accumulating merit” is not quick, but it is necessary. And for someone, a trip to Tibet could be a “Lucky Lottery Ticket”!
And now you are ready for your dream to become a reality. You are ready to go to Tibet. You have the desire, the time and the money. But that’s not enough.
The monetary fee is only part of the Big Pay for the chance to get “Happiness Never Passes.” You still have to pay with other intangibles.
For example, in some places to live without the usual comforts. Our principle of giving people good hotels is not always possible in Tibet. In the highland areas near Mount Kailas and Lake Manasarovar, there are simply no three- to five-star hotels. There is a very simple lodging called “guest house”. These are small houses without showers and with a toilet outside.
Another type of fee is acclimatization discomfort. When a person from the plains gets to an altitude of 3,500 meters or higher, he usually experiences a slight malaise. We try to make the acclimatization process as easy as possible, but it requires patience and calmness.
Another type of fee – not obvious, but in our opinion – is the most important. We pay with the “loss of our illusions. What does that mean? It is the loss of habits of thinking in a certain way. In Buddhism they are called “habits of mind” or “sanskars. It is precisely these “habits of mind” that close us off from “Happiness Not Passing. Happiness itself – it is Eternal – was, is and will be, but we are separated from it because of these habits of mind that are also called “poisons.” It would seem to be easy – if they get in the way of happiness – discard them, and that’s it. This is where the fun begins. Like any habit, even the simplest one, it doesn’t go away so easily. And our “habits of mind” have been formed over not just a lifetime, but infinitely many lifetimes. Nevertheless, if we want to achieve “Immortality,” we have to part with them. And the process of breaking with habits, as we know, is painful, primarily psychologically.
He who pays, gets a lot.
How do people change after visiting Tibet and Mount Kailas?
Many people who have traveled to Tibet to Mount Kailas have changed a great deal. Probably the obvious, easily observable changes are more tolerance of others, consideration of the interests of the other along with one’s own, looseness, depth and clarity in one’s eyes. Internal changes lead to external changes. People change jobs, their social circles, new interests emerge, they begin to travel more…
Here’s what people themselves say about the impact the trip to Tibet had on them:
Vladimir Poda: “Many fears are gone, the fear of death has diminished. There is more trust in life and the events that happen. Now I understand that everything that happens in my life is the best for my evolution, for the growth of my soul. There is an understanding that the spiritual path is a long process (for the rest of my life) and at the same time short – all the work happens now, in the moment. There is also more energy, inner strength.
“Gone was the excessive sense of responsibility that had kept me severely stressed. On one trip I was literally shown that the journey was organized and all these people were put together by someone bigger and more conscious than me. I felt that our group was being led and that all the events that happen to us along the way are part of an overall plan. The trust and connection with whoever was “leading” emerged, and the unnecessary anxiety went away. Now you just have to remember the experience to feel the “hand of God” again and see what is required of you in that moment. There is no need to waste strength on resistance and struggle. The world has become alive – I feel that everything speaks to us through signs and messages.Елена Ситникова:
“My goal was to get an inner experience. I know that many people go to places of power for grace. They think their lives should be dramatically transformed, they should get what they want, fast if possible.
But in my experience and the experience of the people who were with me in the group, I can see that after the trip there is a cleansing in life. You are freed from everything unnecessary. And it’s not always easy, because here it’s not you who chooses what’s necessary and what’s not. You are released, but you are used to living this way and may inwardly resist the events taking place.
In order for something new to come, the old must go. If we hold on to something and don’t want to give and only want to receive, we can’t be in harmony. We don’t accept loss, we don’t accept change in our lives, we just want the benefits. And those goods that the mind considers to be goods. After the trip comes the stage of transformation. The old is dying and making room for the new. In this dying, we gain experience and prepare ourselves. If we turn out to be ready, then a new stage comes, comes exactly what is needed.
Of the external changes that happened to me after the trip, I quit my job and gradually started my own business.Valery L.
“After the trip to Kailas, all the bodies (energetic) were so huge that then like Jean, I didn’t know how to put myself back in that bottle. When I was going bark, I was saying that I was ready to change. Tibet was the point for me where I could become myself. After Tibet I became big, dense, pumped in all the chakras, a pivot appeared, no fighting with society, no desire to prove anything. There appeared a delicious structure, which is delicious to me, self-sufficiency. After the trip I want to love, to share, to give.Oksana M.
“Felt that everything doesn’t end with this life. Everything is eternal, moving, changing, dissolving and incarnating. In Tibet you feel a sense of belonging to something big.Yegor R.
“There were new discoveries both in myself and in people. There came love, openness, happiness in communication with these people. After the trip there was a desire to meet, communicate, gain new knowledge, love each other and enjoy life.Nadezhda P.
“I feel fullness, joy, lightness. A reboot has taken place.Elena O.
It is this and something else, which cannot be conveyed by words, that will give you the journey to Tibet that we invite you to take.
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