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Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia by Andrei Znamenski was recently reviewed by Nicholas Colloff in the Golgonooza blog.  Colloff states:

Emerging from the book, I realised how fluid the first era of the Russian revolutionary period was and how in that fluidity, people both projected their own aspirations and sought to manipulate events in often quite remarkable ways and how in the second phase such diversity, occasional imagination and much fantasy was extinguished.

I, also, was reminded that in times of great uncertainty people are deeply vulnerable to ideological manipulation; and, as we appear to be in one of those phases of history, a radically unsettling one, sadly, we can expect the same to be true, no doubt in very different guises.

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On March 1, the People of Shambhala blog published an interview with Andrei Znamenski about his book Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia.

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The Slavic Review has included a scholarly review of Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia by Andrei Znamenski in the Fall 2012 (vol. 71, no. 3) issue.

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Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia
by Andrei Znamenski was reviewed on April 22nd in the Red Dirt Report.

The review reads, “Znamenski’s research, much of it previously unknown in the West, is put together in a scholarly, yet entirely readable way, with photos and even an informative epilogue over the 300 or so pages. Not everyone meets a pleasant fate, particularly those who fall afoul of the brutal Stalinists. For those fascinated with ancient mysteries, secret knowledge and history, Red Shambhala is certainly a book that will keep you turning the pages.”

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Andrei Znamenski was interviewed recently on Voice of Russia radio about his book Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia.

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The new December/January issue of Earth Star magazine contains reviews of three of our 2011 titles and also features an excerpt!

 

 

Here is a link to a PDF of issue #203.  You may also view the reviews and excerpt via Scribd below.

 

 

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On October 16, The Japan Times published a great review of Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia by Andrei Znamenski.

The review, written by David Cozy, reads, The above [Alexander Barchenko, Ja-Lama and Nicholas Roerich] are only three out of the eleven figures historian Andrei Znamenski introduces at the beginning of Red Shambhala, and in their oddness and ambition — and the oddness of their ambitions — they are representative of the eccentric would-be messiahs (sincere and otherwise) who populate Znamenski’s lively account of the ways traditional beliefs common in Tibet, Mongolia, and surrounding areas came into play in the competition between Russia and England for dominance in that region.”

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Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia author Andrei Znamenski talks about Nicholas Roerich and his secret Tibetan plan in the latest issue of Atlantis Rising magazine.

 

In the article, Znamenski details the secret plot of Nicholas Roerich that involved traveling to Tibet on a U.S.-funded botany excursion and then posing as the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama with an ultimate goal of unleashing holy war in Tibet.

 

The article appears in issue #89 of Atlantis Rising and can be purchased on Amazon.  A sneak-preview of the issue can be seen hereRed Shambhala is also available on Amazon.

 

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An insightful and wonderful review of Andrei Znamenski’s Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia appears in the July 2011 issue of Living Traditions magazine!

 

The review reads:

 

Red Shambhala is truly riveting study of the underbelly of occultism and politics with a focus on Bolshevik interest in esotericism and especially Tibet. The legend of Shambhala went through many stages from a Buddhist crusader myth about a coming leader who would crush the unenlightened to the Great White Brotherhood of Theosophy. Znamenski discusses how the myth of Shambhala is closely linked to the Mongol shamanic traditions and developed as an idealization of the Tibetan Mongol culture. He also considers these myths in terms of how they were used within varying spiritual systems and manipulated by political regimes from the left to the right. His research is highly original and I have seen little considering such a subject in English. While there are many volumes on the right wing use of occultism, it is not often discussed how the left distorted with Tibetan Buddhism to achieve its goals.

The book opens with a biography of the major characters whicharesome of the most eccentric visionaries you will ever read of !This is followed by a history of the myth of Shambhala from a utopian world approached through simple faith to the legend ofRudra Chakrin who will appear at the end of the age to vanquish the unfaithful and bring about a global age of Buddhism ! The vision of a dark age or Kali Yuga with corruption spreading from the West has much in common with Hindu, Manichean and Islamic traditions. While modern Tibetan Buddhists spiritualize the Shambhala prophecies in its original form it clearly had a strong militaristic focus and was just as much influenced by the Buddhist clashes with Islam of the period as any future prophecy.

Intricately connected to the Shambhala tradition is the Kalachakra, a series of tantric methods which includes various levels of teachings. The outer is a military war against outsiders while the inner competes with Hindu Tantra using sex mysticism and advanced esoteric techniques. Many of the techniques resonate with Left Hand Path Hinduism and the teachings of theAghori and include all manner of forbidden practices, these practises have been totally rewritten and watered down by modern Buddhism. Of course the wrathful deities connected to such practices are not the new age repackaged forms of modern Tibetan Buddhism but truly fierce and terrifying deities.

The Shambhala prophecies were remarkably flexible and as circumstances changed the focus could move from Moslems to unbelievers and the Chinese. Later they would rationalized as symbolic psychospiritual processes. In the 1900s as Chinese attacked the intensity of the prophecy increased. This also resonated with the Oirot prophecies which were used to stir resistance in western Mongolia as a form of revolution against the Russians and Chinese. A unique form of Buddhism developed among the Oirot people called Ak-Jang or pure Buddhism based on similiar prophecies. As radical change hit china and Russia a wild group of visionaries, nationalists and dreamers used the prophecies to further their own idealistic ends, most with truly disastrous results.

This is only the beginning of the tale; one of the strangest alliances is between aspects of communism and Tibetan Buddhism. Gleb Bokii of the soviet secret police was horrified by the constant flow of bloodshed the revolution was causing and contemplated how both scientific materialism and the Buddhist vision of Shambhala could be used to create a new form of Marxism. Occultism was popular in Russia especially during the silver age of the 1880s-1918 when positivist occultism, a vision of occultism and spirituality which was given a scientific explanation, came into vogue. A strange amalgam of ideas began to develop uniting traditionalism, occultism and the communist utopian vision. One of the major areas for this was in the field of parapsychology coordinated by the Institute for the Brain and Psychic activities.  There were also communist esoteric communes which combined spirituality with the new Marxist worldview, one being the United Labor brotherhood. These organizations as well as individuals offering a communist Buddhist wisdom proved a heady mix for the new state.

Gleb Bokii was a strange mixture of agent of Red Terror, occultist and utopian visionary Znamenski explores his life in detail as it mirrors the unique conditions of the time. His unit explored everything from breaking codes to telepathy and the Kalachakra all from the perspective of an expanded view of scientific materialism.  The religious and utopian vision of Marxism was well suited to the process of adapting theShambhala prophecy to Bolshevik political ends including the red conversion of Mongolia, creating a sort of communist Buddhist liberation theology.

It was, however not all to the left, Baron Von Ungern-Sternberg was a right ring leader in Mongolia during 1920-21 with an occult vision and a reactionary zeal, he was a thorn in the side of the communists and only his excessive violence brought his reign to an end.

Znameski explores the life of Nicholas and Helena Roerich who were not only involved in all manner of political intrigue but developed their own spiritual system known as Agni yoga. Adapting theosophy, Tibetan Buddhism and a political vision focused on Shambhala they hoped to create a new Tibetan empire under the exiled Panchen Lama and themselves. The masters of the Great White Brotherhood seemed to change their minds regularly in tune with the Roerich’s untrammelled political ambitions and in the end they aligned themselves with the new Bolshevik regime and attempted, unsuccessfully, to bring Tibet into their vision.

This is a fascinating volume documenting unknown byways through which occultism, esotericism and Marxism somehow ended up combined in a utopian belief system which was certainly not Buddhist but hardly Marxist either ! Most of the players within the Soviet system ended up losing their lives while all seem to have lost their integrity as egos ran riot. Znameskiprovides lots of details but writes in an engaging manner and Red Shambhala at times reads like an adventure or spy novel even though it is all true. Znameski details a period of esoteric history which has been little studied and this is an exceptionally interesting read.

 

 

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The Magonia Review of Books has reviewed Andrei Znamenski’s new book Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia.

The insightful review, written by Peter Rogerson, reads:

This book vividly demonstrates the power of the irrational in politics, and the subterranean forces which can operate below the surface rationality of the world. It makes one wonder who may still be playing some version of the great game with dreams and visions. Nor can we assume that the vision of the Shambhala jihad is forever now safely spiritualised. Who knows what some post-Dalai Lama Tibetan resistance movement might evoke in their liberation struggle against China.

The full review, published on July 10, 2011, can be read here.

A companion piece to this post can be found here, posted on June 18, 2011.

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Andrei Znamenski, author of Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia, was recently interviewed on The Hermetic Hour with Poke Runyon.  In this hour-long interview, Andrei discusses several topics from his book, including the Buddhist Tantric initiation called Kalachakra.

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This interview originally aired on June 9, 2011.

The Paranormal Plus Club host Jim Harold recently interviewed Andrei Znamenski about the many conspiracies covered in his new book, Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia.  In this 30-minute interview, Andrei and Jim discuss Tibetan Buddhist prophecies; a secret occult agenda and the Bolshevik revolution; and the involvement of Nicholas Roerich with a plan to unleash a holy war in Tibet and Manchuria, and the role of FDR’s Vice President Henry Wallace in sponsoring his efforts.

The full interview can be found here.

Red Shambhala will be released June 1st, 2011.  You can learn more about the book and the author on Amazon.  You can also get updated tour information here.

This interview originally aired May 7, 2011.

QUEST BOOKS is excited to announce our new release, Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom: A Commentary of the Mahatma Letters to A.P. Sinnett (July 2010) by Joy Mills!!!

“As K.H. so often counseled Sinnett: awaken your intuition, for intuition as the Mahatma wrote in Letter 49 is the key to occult knowledge. The letters,while written over a century ago, are still all living, breath ing, vital testament to the existence of a Fraternity, a Brotherhood, singularly devoted to the amelioration of the present human condition of pain and sorrow…the letters invite us to share in some small measure the wisdom of which they are the custodians.”Joy Mills


Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom is the most comprehensive, pensive discussion of the Mahatma Letters since they were first published in 1923. The famed Mahatma Letters, a series of responses to A.P. Sinnett’s queries, controversial as they may be, continue to amaze and bewilder readers with their enigmatic, supernatural ambience!

In 1875 Madame Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society at the request of her occult teachers, whom she endearingly referred to as the “Mahatmas”, an ancient Sanskrit term meaning “Great Souls”.  Blavatsky was clear to point out that the Mahatmas, also referred to as Masters and Adepts, were fully mortal men who through painstaking training and service, had evolved their highest psychic faculties. These teachers, whom Blavatsky claimed were among the Universal Brotherhood devoted to the spiritual evolution of humanity, were also the source of her remarkable and vastly extensive occult education.  Blavatsky’s own psychic and paranormal feats astonished onlookers of her day, but it was the tremendous wisdom, compassion, and blunt honesty of her Mahatmas that invoked such ardent curiosity in Mr. Sinnett.  The words of these mysterious Mahatmas continue to draw and inspire seekers on the quest for spiritual truth into this present day.

Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom comes to us from one of Theosophy’s most respected and beloved veterans, Joy Mills! Joy brilliantly sheds new and profound insight into these 140 plus letters that first astounded Western society over a century ago. Her beautiful, intricate volume of heartfelt observations sequentially covers each of the Mahatma letters, highlighting messages most relevant for today. As Ed Abdill remarks, “In the spirit of a true Theosophist, Joy does not attempt to give us final answers. She asks questions of herself and suggests that we might ask ourselves the same questions.”  Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom is an invaluable addition to any esoteric researcher’s library; a remarkable gift of inspiration for Theosophists, philosophical seekers, and researchers far and wide.

Joy Mills has been a member of The Theosophical Society since 1940. She has served as President of the Theosophical Society in America, General Secretary of the Australian Section, and International Vice-President. She has lectured in more than 50 countries, and worked as Director of the Krotona Institute of Theosophy, in Ojai, California. has been a member of The Theosophical Society since 1940. She has served as President of the Theosophical Society in America, General Secretary of the Australian Section, and International Vice-President. She has lectured in more than 50 countries, and worked as Director of the Krotona Institute of Theosophy, in Ojai, California.


Joy Mills has made the Letters more accessible to me than at any time since I discovered them at age nineteen. Not only does she give the Letters a place in history and in the spiritual history of each of us who providentially stumbles upon them, Mills does a remarkable job of letting us in on the personalities of both the Adepts and their endearingly mortal correspondents. Yes, this is a serious tome dealing with nothing less than the meaning of life, and yet, for those of us for whom the meaning of life is endlessly fascinating, it reads like a novel.
Victoria Moran, author of Creating a Charmed Life, Lit from Within and Shelter for the Spirit

Joy Mills’ commentary, Reflections on an Ancient Wisdom, brings invaluable insight and clarity to the mysterious letters of the Himalayan adepts who helped found the worldwide Theosophical Society. While shedding new light on the Perennial Philosophy, Mills shows how the letters illumine the sometimes strange, demanding world of Occultism, where unconditional love, compassion, and an uncompromising search for Truth reign supreme.
Maria Parisen, director, Krotona School of Theosophy

A new book by Joy Mills is always an occasion for celebration among serious students of Theosophy. Reflections on an Ageless Wisdom, the fruit of many years of studying and teaching The Mahatma Letters, can be expected to remain a definitive work on this basic theosophical text for many years to come. Both those coming to the Letters for the first time, and advanced students who enjoy a long familiarity with them, will find much here to stimulate thought and deeper insight.
Robert Ellwood, Ph.D., author of Frodo’s Quest and The Cross and the Grail

The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett is “an essential part of the foundational literature” of modern Theosophy and a source of surprising insights into the realities of life. Joy Mills, a life-long student of the subject, is the most qualified living person to comment on these letters, which call us “to undertake the journey” to “timeless truths.”John Algeo

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