Travel Series ON AND OFF ROAD IN MONGOLIA Vol. 4, Ep. 11
ON AND OFF ROAD IN MONGOLIA, VOL. 4 Episode 11: Shambala Somehwere in the Dornogovi province, early morning Good morning, Moghi Good morning Good morning, Peter You have gloves? Yes Well prepared The morning crap is sure to come Even if it's only midday Right away Sainshand We are in the area with many Buddhist symbols and attributes The scorpion has a symbolic meaning in Tibetan Buddhism It is a symbol of ego, attachment, and delusion It is believed that scorpion's negative qualities Can sting and poison the mind Leading to suffering and hindering spiritual progress However, the scorpion is not only seen As a symbol of negative qualities But also as a reminder to cultivate mindfulness And overcome these obstacles to spiritual progress This is a not planned but no less interesting detour The Sacred Mountain - Khan Bayanzurkh Khairkhan Khan Bayanzurkh Khairkhan is also called 'Wishing Black Mountain' by the locals Because they believe the mountain will grant your wishes If you climb to the top And whisper or write down your wishes By the way, only men are allowed to climb to the top As for women, they are not allowed there They can pray and make their wishes below Altitude: 1031 m Then I'll draw one No, I don't like this one What's written there? A flop A picture of a mountain It's small A picture of a mountain? Right Of this big mountain here I'm excited This is it This is it? That's nice Hand painted? Take a look It's printed This could be something for your car, right? This is for a fridge For your home Over there should be our yurt camp I asked that lady Are we already there? Yes, we are there That was fast I will go and check Our Yurt Camp Today Angles of a regular pentagon are 108 degrees 108 times the sun's diameter Corresponds to the distance between sun and earth How interesting Peter researches the number 108 Which is a sacred number in Buddhism It's OK to bring our own food here? Yes, it's no problem We're in Mongolia I think this is a funny photo Ochirvaan Patron Saint of the Blessed? Ochirvaan symbolises... Strength Vitality Peter's Poem Time To the artist The artist with the creative eye Catches the fleeting moment He captures time and space Forever He never ever lets forget those moments He illuminates dark night with flashes And makes friendly laughter stay on faces He pleases people in galleries And lent the phantasies to the pictures Khamariin Khiid Monastery This monastery was founded in 1820 This was an important Red Hat sect Buddhist Monastic, cultural, and education center In Mongolia’s Gobi Desert region Until its destruction in 1937 It was rebuilt in 1990 Can we walk here with our normal shoes? I think yes Are you sure? Red stones - must be ferruginous We don't want to destroy the energy With our normal shoes This is the main temple Cobra? No A rattlesnake? I don't know its German name A rattlesnake? Could be It doesn't rattle, right? How big do they get? Not so big It's a baby, right It's a very small snake Once while travelling we saw a snake How many poisonous snakes are there in Mongolia? Not so many We drive a couple of kilometers further To the adjacent 'World Energy Centre' Known as Shambala Is this the Centre? Could be Centre World Energy Centre/Shambala Usually, 108 stupas encircle sacred Buddhist places Like temples, monasteries, or here - Shambala Shambala is a legendary kingdom located in Central Asia But whose precise place remains unknown It is a quiet and peaceful place Where all the inhabitants live in joy and harmony Mongolians believe that the entry to this kingdom Is here, at the Khamariin Khiid Monastery This is a pilgrimage place With lots of complicated sequenced rituals To cleanse oneself, make wishes Find peace, charge energy etc. Hey, that's holy ground Hey, that's holy water This is the World Energy Centre Time to recharge This is the view from a latrine Near the entrance to Shambala Squatting Perspective I already felt light symptoms Of an upset stomach in the morning But now it really got me I almost desecrated Shambala big time Seems to be a food poisoning High fever and strong stomach cramps Await me tonight Not to mention the diarrhoea Which will bother me until our return to Germany Peter, I fully understand you now Nearby Small Canyon with Meditation Caves Guess how many days monks meditated in these caves 108 Days Peter wants to become a 'new born babe' Now I have to turn myself three times? Clockwise, right One...
I don't want to cheat today Two I'm already getting dizzy It is a dizzying religion I have to say Turning yourself all the time Now Crawl through like in the army Is he getting out? Like a freshly born child A 'babe' A child With a bare butt A forceps birth Forceps birth Last but not Least - The Monastery Bell It's not possible Nobody says anything against that? Fossilised Wood, Millions of Years Old Shall we steal one? Doesn't that belong in a museum? No They have a lot of such stuff here It's unique End of Episode 11