The inhabitants of the aspiring sky of Asia, which is rightly called the Roof of the World, have been aware of the existence of Sambhala for centuries. Belief in the Holy Kingdom of wise people has lived for centuries, and the existence of Sambhala is further supported by a thousand-year-old record. It came to us from a Russian source found in 1893 in a manuscript in the hermitage of the Assumption Monastery in the Shatsk area in the province of Tambov. This story called ‘The Saga of Belovodye’ (Belovodye is the Russian word for Sambhala or Land of the Living Gods) appeared in the April 4, 1949 issue of the Russian newspaper Novaya Zarya – New Dawn in San Francisco.
It is about a young Slavic monk Sergius who spent several years in a monastery on Mount Athos in northern Greece by the Aegean Sea. Approaching his thirtieth year, he had to return to Kiev due to his father’s deteriorating health. Shortly after his return, he was invited to visit Prince Vladimir the Great (956-1015). His task would be to tell the prince what he had learned in the monastery library about the mysterious ‘eastern country ruled by virtues and justice’. Prince Vladimir was so thrilled by the story of that legendary country that in 987 he appointed Sergius the leader of a large expedition that he equipped and sent in search of this wonderful Asian country.
The prince’s advisers estimated that the 9,660 km return trip would take three years, but decades passed without a vote on the expedition. The people of Kiev believed that all members of the expedition were killed. However, in 1043, an old man appeared in the city who introduced himself as the monk Sergius, whom Vladimir the Great sent 56 years ago in search of the Valley of the Immortals. The most important parts of his story were neatly recorded and preserved by the mystics of a Russian monastery, and that is exactly the writing that was found in 1893. Father Sergius said that at the end of the second year of their hard journey, many people and animals in their group died, either from extreme weather conditions or from attacks by wolves and bears.
In one deserted area, the group came across a pile of skeletons of people, horses, camels and donkeys, which scared them so much that they did not want to go further. Only two members of the expedition decided to continue the journey with Sergius, and towards the end of the third year of the journey, two of his friends stayed in a village due to their deteriorating health. Father Sergius himself reached the very limit of endurance, but remained determined to continue the journey or die.
The rumors he encountered in the various parts he passed through gave a hint that the wondrous land of Sambhala really existed and was traveling in the right direction. He took another guide, who assured him that he could take him closer to the Holy Kingdom, which the locals called the ‘Forbidden Land … The Land of the Living Gods and the Land of Miracles’.
Three months later, Father Sergius reached the border of Sambhala. At one point, his only remaining guide refused to continue the journey, fearing the invisible guardians of the snowy mountains. Sergius was still not afraid of death and firmly believed in the existence of a community of holy people that he decided to find. Besides, he was already too exhausted to go back. After a few more days of solitary walking, he was suddenly approached by two strangers whom he understood, even though they spoke an unknown language.
They took him to a village, where after his recovery he got a job editing manuscripts in some kind of monastery. He was later transferred to an underground cave illuminated by an unusual light, causing him to marvel at the way he ‘illuminated everything around him, dispersing the darkness and shadows so that everything seemed even and gentle’. He was later moved to a nearby location, where he was accepted as his brother. As the months and years passed, this Slavic monk gained enormous spiritual knowledge. He was overjoyed to finally find patient, compassionate and all-seeing wise people who worked for the good of humanity.
He realized that they were following everything that was happening in the outside world unseen and that they were worried about the increasingly powerful forces of evil on Earth. He also realized that a large number of people from different countries tried to enter this territory, but without success. Its inhabitants adhered to a strict law according to which only seven people can visit their place in a hundred years. Six of them will return to the outside world enriched with secret knowledge, and one of them will remain living in Sambhala and will not grow old because time in his biological clock has stopped flowing.
Before returning to Kiev, Father Sergius spent the last years transferring wisdom to the cave system, which later developed into the Cave Monastery. It seems that the six of them, just like Sergius, became external collaborators of Sambhala, thus forming a small outer circle of connoisseurs of wisdom. One such associate of the mahatma, Brahma Jyoti of Delhi, was in constant contact with the superbics of the Himalayas who control the sacred power of thought. ‘
It is also said that ‘over the centuries, few Tibetan sages from the Valley of the Immortals have been credited with founding the White Mystery Schools of East and West. The enlightened souls of Sambhala are considered ‘apostles of the Valley of the Immortals’ because they are messengers who directly guide the mahatmas and who have the task of going to a certain part of the world at some point in history.
According to Tibetan tradition, there used to be numerous records of Sambhala and its inhabitants. They were published in several volumes of Yung-Lot-tien, the largest encyclopedia in the world, which preserved a large amount of ancient knowledge, including a collection of ancient visions of yeti (yeti in the Tibetan sign ‘magical creature’). This magnificent work, collected in the 15th century, consisted of 50 million handwritten Chinese characters in 11,095 volumes. While kept in the Yuan Ming Yuan, the old Yetna Palace in Beijing, it was mostly destroyed when the palace was partially destroyed by British and French forces in 1860 during the Second Opium War. Today, there are only 370 preserved volumes, scattered in libraries around the world. When we see how much of the cultural heritage of older civilizations has been lost, it should not be difficult for us to imagine that there may have been many earlier ‘high’ civilizations about which little is known, with Sambhal as one of them.