Friday, March 5, 2010

THE DAKINIS OF THE GOLDEN FISH/ a set of cinderella stamps from Shambhala Nor, the mystic city of the Lake of the North; with comments on the location of the realm of Shambhala

Shambhala Nor Postal Service

"The Dakinis of the Golden Fish"
by Eric Whollem
a set of two stamps
Editions of 100, plus ten artist's proofs
60 x 89 mm.
Copyright by the artist.

The Two Golden Fish of Enlightenment

Among the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Northern Buddhism are
the two golden fish of enlightenment. These are depicted as two
golden carp. These two fishes also appear in ancient Egypt as the
Ant and Abtu fishes.

These fantasy stamps from Shamhala Nor show two Dakinis,
one yellow and one blue, seated on lotuses in the sky. Dakinis
are called 'sky walkers' because of their transcendance of all
gravitational pull. They are featured in the meditational art of
Tibet and Mongolia.

Where is Shambhala?

Shambhala exists in an inexplicable place. It may be near
the Takla Makan, or north in the mountains of the Altai, or
somewhere in the Gobi, or lost in the vast mountain complex
of the Tibetan Plateau. Shambhala has been sought out by
mystics for many hundreds of years.

Some say that it can only be reached by meditation.

Letters From Shambhala

But a small handful conjecture that a letter sent to Shambhala,
if receiving a response by mail, will receive a letter with a
stamp from Shambhala Nor. Insofar as Shambhala Nor
has a beach where every grain of sand is a jewel of
imagination, even so should we view these stamps.

The Map to Shambhala

Shambhala Nor is the lake of the Bliss Void. My
Map to Shambhala, published on my post of March
6, 2010, presents a complete description.*

*This lore is not to be construed in any way as reflecting
traditional Mongolian, Tibetan or Lamaistic teachings.
This account of Shambhala Nor is to be considered a
literary work of fiction.

Medtitation; metaphysical art; Vajrayana Buddhism; artist stamps, artistamps, cinderella stamps, fantasy stamps, faux postage, mail art, micronation stamps by Eric Whollem.

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