Not sure if this is in the right forum, or maybe if it belongs in the general conspiracy forum.
Nevertheless a very interesting (to me at least) piece of history.
Theodore Illion, a german academic, published a book in 1936, originally in german with the title "Ratfelhaftes Tibet". It was a chronicle of his
journey to Tibet, and all the marvelous sites, and rather mysterious things that he observed there. In the preface of the book he writes the
n my book In Secret Tibet I have given an outline of my recent journey to Tibet [...] After witnessing various marvels [...] I reached the final
stage of the journey in the most inaccessible part of the country where live the genuine Tibetan hermits, who can read people's thoughts and possess
the strange power to maintain themselves young almost indefinitely.
Now, another writer called Alexandra David Neel
published a book around the
same time, and as a matter of fact the book of Theodore Illion, came out shortly after the return of Alexandra to France. She was at the time
lecturing about her travels to Tibet. The facts in her book was verified, and seems to be correct. The history about Theodore is not though. So the
book he released in 1936 might be questionable.
However, when comparing the two writers, it would appear that Theodore's writing is indeed true. He writes about the following:
his elation at finding a hole the ground of the Tibetan Countryside and, upon entering, finding an underground city of monks. He learned they were
‘Black Yogis’, who aimed to control the world through astral projection and telepathy.
His elation soon changed to horror though, as he discovered the food given to him was indeed human flesh. Now Alexandra also wrote about this
consumption of human flesh, suggesting the following:
There exist, so [some anchorites belonging to the Dzogschen sect] said, certain human beings who have attained such a height degree of spiritual
perfection, that the original material substance of their bodies has become transmuted into a more subtle one which possesses special qualities. [...]
A morsel of their transformed flesh, when eaten, will produce a special kind of ecstasy and bestow knowledge and supernormal powers upon the person
partaking of it.
Upon Theodore's return to his homeland, he publish his book. Very soon after that, Hitler send his occult research division to the areas that
Theodore chronicled in his book. It is suggested that Hitler wanted to establish contact with these "supernatural" monks. For what reason, we can
The route that the Ahnenerbe
(founded by Himmler) took through Tibet, is very similar to the route
taken by Aleister Crowley, that was in turn copied by the OSS (predecessor to the CIA) in 1942 in a highly secretive mission.
Some believe the Nazi's were looking for the Shambhala, and trying to harness its power, as written in many ancient texts. There is indeed much
evidence that the Nazi's did find something. However, what they found, that is not exactly known.
When Berlin fell, Soviet soldiers discovered many bodies of Tibetan Monks, dressed in SS uniforms, that appeared to have committed mass suicide. None
of the bodies could be identified, thus leaving many questions, as to who they were, how they got there, and what they were doing there.
The fact that the Nazi's went to great lengths to transport radio equipment, to the furtherest reaches of the Himalayas, to maintain constant radio
contact, leads credence to the theory that they did in fact find something, or at the very least, was heading in the right direction.
The mystery remains though. What did they discover, if anything at all? Why did the OSS and Crowley, venture to the same area? It stands to reason
that something of importance is or was there, and I, for one, would really like to find out more.
If anyone wants to add something to this, please feel free, and lets see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
Here is a link to a further discussion about the book of Theodore, and some analyses about it.