Agartha is one of the most common names cited for the society of underground dwellers. Shambalah (also known as Shambalah or Shangri-La) is sometimes said to be its capital city. The mythical paradise of Shambalah is known under many different names: It has been called the Forbidden Land, the Land of White Waters, the Land of Radiant Spirits, the Land of Living Fire, the Land of the Living Gods and the Land of Wonders. Hindus have known it as Aryavartha (literally: The Land or Realm of The Aryans; the Land of the Noble/Worthy Ones”) – the land from which the Vedas come; the Chinese as Hsi Tien, the Western Paradise of Hsi Wang Mu, the Royal Mother of the West; the Russian Old Believers, a nineteenth-century Christian sect, knew it as Belovodye and the Kirghiz people as Janaidar. But throughout Asia it is best known by its Sanskrit name, Shambalah, meaning ‘the place of peace, of tranquility.’
The myth of “Agartha” is also known as “Shambhala”, as it was known in India, the underworld realm peopled by initiates and lead by ‘the Masters”, Masters who are the Spiritual leaders of humanity.
Agartha is the great Asian University of the Initiates of the Greater Mysteries. Their ‘Mahatma’ (‘Great Soul’), who is also known as “The Lord of The World”, plays the part of the supreme spiritual leader of humanity.
Shambhala concept figures prominently in Vajrayana Buddhism and Tibetan Kalachakra teachings and revived in the West by Blavatsky and Theosophical Society. As with many concepts in Vajrayana Buddhism, the idea of Shambhala is said to have an ‘outer,’ ‘inner,’ and ‘secret’ meaning. The outer meaning understands Shambhala to exist as a physical place, although only individuals with the appropriate karma can reach it and experience it as such. There are various ideas about where this society is located, but it is often placed in central Asia, north of Tibet. The inner and secret meanings refer to more subtle understandings of what Shambhala represents, and are generally passed on orally. Alice Bailey transformed it into a kind of extradimensional or spiritual reality. The Roerichs see its existence as both spiritual and physical.
There are allegedly several entrances to the Kingdom of Agharta throughout the world:
•Kentucky Mommoth Cave, in south-central Kentucky, US.
•Mount Shasta, California, US – the Agharthean city of Telos allegedly exists within and beneath this mountain.
•Mato Grosso, Brazil – the city of Posid supposedly lies beneath this plain.
•Iguaçú Falls, border or Brazil and Argentina.
•Mount Epomeo, Italy.
•Himalayan Mountains, Tibet – the entrance to the underground city of Shonshe is allegedly guarded by Hindu monks.