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Roosevelt named the Presidential hideaway in Maryland after Shangri-La. Tsunthan and Lachung in Sikkim had similar trading posts and I was in touch with them all. Because of its number-one position in what became a very long list of pocket editions, Lost Horizon is often mistakenly called the first American paperback book, when in fact paperbacks had been around since the mids. Buddhist lamas and mystics were credited with extraordinary powers, and many a Western traveler has come back with reports of having personally witnessed unexplainable phenomena. Then like a dozen piled — up Jungfraus seen from Murren, it flamed into superb and dazzling incandescence. The lamasery has modern conveniences, like central heating, bathtubs from Akron, Ohio , a large library, a grand piano , a harpsichord , and food from the fertile valley below. The four are taken there by a party directed by Chang, a postulant at the lamasery who speaks English.
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The Sunday flea market at Thimphu is one such place where for years I met different people, conversing in broken Dzongkha and Tibetan and enjoying the confidence after a couple of glasses of local wine. I found caravans coming from Lhasa and further remote areas of Xainza and Tomra. Tsunthan and Lachung in Sikkim had similar trading posts and I was in touch with them all.
I crossed into the Chinese territory next to Ha in Bhutan and enjoyed the warm welcome of Lamasery there. I heard tales which were not authenticated about places deep in Kuen-Lun which had Lamaseries and the lamas who depended on a chain of caravan routes for their necessities from the outside world. Some Lamas had extraordinary healing powers and showed deep insight in philosophy and spirituality without attaining any formal western education.
Most of them disappeared without a trace, traveling on the Kuen-Lun Passes to unknown destinations. A strange incident occurred that further restored my belief on Shangri — La; please click here to read the story..! Shangri — La exists and so does Glory Conway.
February 19, Amitabh Mitra: A Creative Approach to Healing. He retired as a Principal Defense Scientist and his specialty in High Altitude Physiology and Medicine took him to remote Himalayan areas, only to be mystified by a sheath of preservation, a place that stood the test of reckless time. As with the other utopias, Lost Horizon is perhaps not a pure invention.
It may be based on traditions long current in the Far East of a hidden paradise. Early Buddhist writings call it Chang Shambhala and describe it as a source of ancient wisdom. Belief in it was once wide-spread—in China, the Kun Lun Mountains were rumored to contain a valley where immortals live in perfect harmony, while in Indian tradition there was a place called Kalapa, north of the Himalayas, where lived "perfect people.
Shambhala, another name for Shangri-La, was reputed to lie in or north of Tibet, where seemingly impassable mountains enclosed secret valleys that were both fertile and verdurous. In he asked a lama whether Shambhala was a real place. The lama answered: It has nothing to do with our earth. Did this hidden paradise actually exist or was its reality wholly spiritual?
Until being overtaken by the Chinese in , the high plateau of Tibet could claim to be the remotest place on earth. This circumstance helped foster a highly spiritual society ruled from the monastery-citadel Potala at Lhasa by the Dalai Lama.
Especially after the closure of Lhasa, which became "the forbidden city" to the Europeans in the 19th century, Tibet also nurtured among Westerners a climate of belief in which they would readily accept miracles.
Buddhist lamas and mystics were credited with extraordinary powers, and many a Western traveler has come back with reports of having personally witnessed unexplainable phenomena. One such report of lung-gom, a training that allowed adepts to overcome gravity and reduce their body weight, so enabling them to move at astonishing speeds, was written by the British theosophist Alexandra David-Neel.
She spent 14 years in Tibet in the early part of this century, and observed one of these "runners" bounding along like a ball. His steps had the regularity of a pendulum. Wherever Shangri-La may be or may have been, it is most curious that the profane "barbarians" foretold by the lama in Lost Horizon should themselves seek to harness the secret utopia where holy men live in peace and harmony.
James Hilton wrote this book with such clarity as if the details of Shangri — la was known to him. Sitting in England in s he could conjure such a remarkable story, that after reading it a couple of times, one finds the geographic locations are still very relevant to the closeness of such a place. Though most often remembered for its depiction of the mythical paradise of Shangra-La, Lost Horizon can perhaps most fruitfully be read as a probing character study and a fascinating contrast of eastern and western cultures.
The novel tells the story of Hugh Conway, a brilliant, talented, and immensely complex man. Often misunderstood, even by those who most admire him, Conway is seen variously as a hero, a coward, a slacker, a wise man, and a madman. As the novel opens, an unnamed narrator is having drinks with a novelist, Rutherford, and an embassy secretary, Wyland.
Conversation moves to the hijacking of a British military plane in India and the disappearance of a mutual acquaintance, "Glory" Conway. Rutherford later reveals he has encountered Conway in China and received from him an unforgettable tale, which he has written down and passes on in manuscript form to the narrator.
It is this text, with its extraordinary account of Conway and his experiences at a mysterious Tibetan Lamasery, Shangra-La, which forms the center of Lost Horizon.
Far away, at the very limit of distance, lay range upon range of snow peaks, festooned with glaciers, and floating, in appearance, upon vast levels of cloud. They compassed the whole arc of the circle, merging towards the west in a horizon that was fierce, almost garish in coloring, like an impressionist backcloth done by some half mad genius.
And meanwhile the plane, on that stupendous stage, was droning over an abyss in face of a sheer white wall that seemed part of the sky itself until the sun caught it. Then like a dozen piled — up Jungfraus seen from Murren, it flamed into superb and dazzling incandescence.
An aircraft belonging to the Maharaja of Chandipur was being used to evacuate Conway and three other people from Baskul to Peshawur owing to the revolution.
A pilot hijacked the craft from Baskul with its passengers and brought them instead to a remote destination in the Himalayan Mountains. It seems to be a major town with a Consulate, airport and other amenities available during the thirties. It seems that Baskul should have been in Afghanistan and the flight probably originated from Kabul and was supposed to reach Peshawar in Pakistan.
The flight — They had been flying east for several hours, too high to see much, but probably the course had been along some river valley — one stretching roughly east and west.