In the Tantric scriptures of Tibetan or Vajrayana Buddhism, Shamballa (spelt and known variously as Shamballa, Shambhala, Jambhala and Shangri-Lha) is discussed as a non-physical realm existing in the highest vibrations of subtle energy above the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, where buddhas of supreme levels of planetary and cosmic realisation dwell in their subtle bodies.
It is where Gautama Buddha is understood to have taught the Kalachakra Tantra, one of the Tibetan Buddhist Tantras that deals with the cosmic energy system within which we find our place, and the revelation of our primordial Buddha-nature throughout.
In Hindu scriptures, Shamballa is the location in which it is understood that Kalki, the 10th Avatar of Vishnu, will be born.
In the Tibetan Bon tradition, its founding Buddha, Tonpa Shenrab, who transmitted the sutra, tantra and Dzogchen teachings of Bon, is understood to have been born and come forth from Olmo Lung Ring, which is identified by the Bonpos as one with Shamballa.
And for the Tibetan mahasiddha, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the Shamballa teachings inspired his vision of an enlightened society rooted in the dignity and wisdom of basic human goodness.
This reflects the teachings on Shamballa given out by the Masters of the Trans-Himalayan tradition through such individuals as Helena Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, Helena Roerich, Lucille Cedercrans, and recently through Bruce Lyon.
In these teachings, Shamballa could be understood to have an outer, inner and occult significance.
The outer significance relates to Shamballa as the planetary crown chakra on the inner planes where the cosmic purpose of the Earth, and the divine Life-force and Will that drive all awakening and evolution on the planet, are held in reservoir by buddhas of profound realisation. The Trans-Himalayan teachings understand the planetary throat chakra to be embodied by humanity, and the planetary heart chakra by Hierarchy - the community of liberated masters who achieved liberation in past ages, and who remain within the planetary aura to serve evolution and awakening on Earth.
According to its inner significance, Shamballa is the monad, or nucleus of spirit, at our core. It is the seminal point of pure being and life-force that transcends, includes and penetrates the soul and personality aspects, and is anchored in the heart.
The occult significance of Shamballa is the infinite dark light of spirit that is eternally penetrating and welling up at the centre of all consciousness and form alike.
In this definition, the outer and inner meanings find their synthesis.
At the present time of human evolution, there is an activation of the Earth’s chakras occurring, with the life-force of the cosmic purpose of the Earth held in Shamballa, the planetary crown chakra, being released into humanity, the creative planetary throat chakra, for the first time. This is known as the Shamballa-Force, and the cyclic releases of this energy, which occur every 25 years, are known as the Shamballa Impacts. It is only since the commencement of these Shamballa Impacts in 1950 that the current of electric fire that flows from this centre of planetary power has begun to impact the Earth as a whole. This is resulting in a quickening of the awakening and evolution process sweeping increasingly through humanity collectively, as well as an increase in earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions as the inner fires of the Earth, planetary kundalini, are increasingly stimulated.