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A utopia is a perfect
world. People living in utopias are
immortal, and possess supernatural powers.
They are forever happy, and worry free.
Sickness, suffering, and desire have never been spoken of in
utopias. There are many different known
stories of utopias, such as: Shangri-la, Atlantis, and Xanadu. Utopias are said
to be myths, but could it be possible they are real? Could the great legend of Shangri-La be all
myth, or could it actually be true? Over
the years many explorers have gathered new information on Shangri-La,
justifying that which could in fact; make this fantasy world 100% real!
The legend starts way
back in Ancient India, around 4oo BC. At the time the legend was known as the legend
of Mahabharata. In the legend
of Mahabharata there is a place referred to as Northern Kuru (Kalmiya). In
Northern Kuru everything is perfect (Kalmiya). This place is considered to also be a
utopia. “The people here are happy and
free from illness” (Kalmiya).
In Northern Kuru there are fruit trees that give off immortal nectar, so
people may live “ten thousand ten hundred years” (Kalmiya).
After many years the legend of Mahabharata was translated into Tibetan,
and now this legend is referred to as Shangri-La (Kalmiya).
Another name for
Shangri-La is Shambhala (Crystalwinds.com). Depending
on what religion you believe, determines what you call this perfect utopia (Crystalwinds.com). In
Shangri-La there is forever youth, and lifelong happiness (Crystalwinds.com). The
people in Shangri-La possess perfect bodies, and have supernatural powers (Crystalwinds.com). The people of
Shangri-La have perfect qualities, such as love and wisdom, and know nothing of
suffering or desire (Crystalwinds.com).
believe Shangri-La to be a barrier between Earth and life after (Crystalwinds.com). Shangri-La is located in the icy mountains of
the Himalayas (Crystalwinds.com). It is
said to be hidden to keep out any wondering outsiders. Many people have tried
to find Shangri-La, but have been unsuccessful.
The only way people can find Shangri-La is if they have pure
The King of Shambhala travelled to India and met with Buddha to learn
the spiritual teachings of the Kalachakra (Crystalwinds.com).
He took these teachings back to the city, where the teachings were preserved
What if you had the same spirituality that is taught in Shangri-La? Would it be possible that you could have
found the utopia?
is also a Prophesy of Shangri-la, just as there are prophesies in different
religions on Earth. It is said there
will be thirty-two kings to rule in Shangri-la (Crystalwinds.com). Each of the kings will rule for 100
When Shangri-La is on their 32nd king, Earth will start to
Barbarians will set out looking for something more to conquer, and will
come across the Himalaya Mountains, and try to destroy Shangri-La (Crystalwinds.com). However, Shangri-La will defeat them (Crystalwinds.com).
legend of Shangri-La has many similarities as Earth. However, they deal more with religion, and
spirituality, than anything else. Since religion
is so complex on Earth there is really no way to know 100% if Shangri-La is
real. Epically, since they have their own belief in religion and to find the
utopia you must believe in their teachings.
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