Visit to Pyramid Valley International: The New Shambala
In the eyes of every ambitious Homo sapiens, bucket loads of cash and a successful career seem to be the only way to glory. However, there arise instances in life wherein a moment of peace from the omnipresent social chatter seems to be the only way out. Undeniable is the fact that tranquility is indeed something which every human being deeply craves for. A state of mind, the existence of which people desperately seek and at the same time don’t seek because all along they have been looking for it in every possible place but within. Such is the irony of the human mind.
We’re cosmic beings living temporarily in the human body. We’ve had no beginning & we’ll have no end. Our true nature is beyond our own wildest imagination. And, we’ve lost that paradise. And, we’ve to regain that paradise.
– Brahmarshi Patriji, Founder (PSSM)
It was a bright sunny Sunday afternoon on the 27th of January when my family and I decided to spend the evening finding our inner peace at India’s first largest Meditational Pyramid, also popularly known as the ‘New Shambala’. After gorging ourselves on a lavish lunch at a highway restaurant, we made our way towards Pyramid Valley International.
Located at an approximate distance of 35Km from the city of Bangalore in the Kebbedoddi Village in Kanakapura Taluk, Pyramid Valley is a new age spiritual science and meditation centre established in the year 1990 by Brahmarshi Pithamaha Patriji. Being on a mission to promote vegetarianism and meditation, Patriji went on to start the ‘Pyramid Spiritual Societies Movement’ (PSSM). Most often known as the ‘Maitreya Buddha Pyramid’, Pyramid Valley is deemed to be one of the largest Meditational Pyramids in the world.
After an hour long drive, we finally found ourselves at the entrance. Despite being a Sunday, the place was fairly crowded and offered ample parking space which was absolutely free of cost. Once out of our car, we found ourselves amidst people of both national and international origin. The enquiry counter was just a few paces away and as we approached it, we were offered a couple of brochures.
A line of buggies were arranged right outside the counter and we proceeded to enquire whether we could have a ride. However, since they seemed to be already booked, we chose to walk our way towards the pyramid. It was quite a short walk along a graveled path lined with trees and bushes on either side. The wall to our left was decorated with informative posters which, just like the brochures explained the significance of the pyramid and the facilities available at Pyramid Valley.
Moreover, several sign posts containing insightful quotes were positioned at every few meters along either side of the pathway and I took my time leisurely going through each and every one of them.
Soon, we approached a fork in the road and a sign post indicated that the road ahead lead to the housing quarters and cottages where both national and international tourists could reside.
The washrooms were located to the right and towards the left were a couple of benches which enabled people to relax and enjoy the view of the small pond which was facing them. We proceeded to take a left to make our way towards the spectacular Maitreya Buddha Pyramid.
From a distance, we caught sight of the pyramid looming over the man made garden which surrounded it.
A few meters to the left we could see a statue of Buddha positioned in the centre of a small fountain.
After clicking a few pictures and selfies, we proceeded towards the main entrance of the pyramid. Up close, it was truly a magnificent sight with the faint buzz of children frolicking around in the background. Before entering the pyramid, we were advised to switch off our cell phones. Photography and videography was strictly prohibited. However, I did manage to capture a few shots from inside.
The exterior of the pyramid was spectacularly decorated with spiral-shaped murals which represented the various elements of life. Another notable feature of the pyramid was its angle of elevation. According to the information provided by the brochures, the pyramid is said to receive the highest cosmic energy on planet Earth and is also known to be the most stable structure mainly due to its angle (51deg 51ft). Pyramids in general are known to be the best places to meditate since they are known to amplify the energy due to their geometric structure. Hence, Pyramid meditation is deemed to be 3 times more powerful than ordinary meditation, which makes this location a must-see for all spiritual seekers.
Once inside the pyramid, we were mesmerized by the sudden aura of silence which fell upon us. It felt as if we were totally cut off from the busy jabber of the outside world. The wall to our left was adorned with posters which explained the significance of the pyramid as well as the right way to meditate. This, we soon found out found out was the base of the pyramid.
To our immediate right was a flight of stairs which led to the next level of the pyramid. Upon reaching the top, we found ourselves faced with yet another flight of stairs which led to the apex. A number of chairs were arranged all around the sloping walls of the pyramid and we saw people of all ages, castes, nationalities and religions seated upon these chairs meditating their way to bliss.
We also noticed a few people disposing their footwear at the bottom and making their way up the spiral staircase to the apex and decided to follow them. Once we reached the top, we found ourselves on a circular platform with mattresses spread across its circumference. Most of these mattresses were occupied by people who were lost in states of meditative bliss. We found a few empty mats and took our seats. We crossed our legs, closed our eyes and set out on a journey within. Fifteen minutes through, I found myself lost in a vast black sea of silence, my line of sight periodically blotched by random spots of colour. With the passage of time, the experience intensified, with a low hum replacing the stark silence.
Finally, after 45 minutes of intense meditation, I opened my eyes to a whole new world around me. Being the fidgety person that I was, my family and I were equally baffled by my ability to sit idle for as long as this. To put it short, I can describe it as being one of the most profound experiences of my lifetime.
We gradually made our way down the spiral staircase and further down the flight of stairs leading to the base. Towards our left, we found a wall adorned with carvings of Buddha in different postures as well as several posters which promoted the concept of vegetarianism and veganism.
Further ahead was a library which had a wide range of spiritual books on display. Further inside, we found ourselves in a section which was dedicated to organic products including naturally flavored incense sticks. A variety of paintings, beads, garlands, bracelets and crystals were also on display.
I also happened to notice tiny pyramids which hung from the shelves and soon realized that the purpose of these were to intensify the energy of the surroundings and instill balance.
Since the beginning, I have always been more inclined towards spirituality rather than religion which has hence resulted in me drawing a fine line between the two. After a thorough search of all the bookshelves, I found myself a book: “Waking Up” by Sam Harris. The quote at the base of the book said “Finding Spirituality without Religion”. This was something which attracted me to this book and I eventually ended up purchasing it along with a few flavored organic incense sticks.
Once we were out, we spent the rest of the evening leisurely walking around the lush green lawns surrounding the pyramid. My family settled down on a nearby bench while I took to exploring what was left of this divine Shambala. After a brief conversation with a security guard, I found out that the place in fact had a lot more activities and facilities than I had imagined.
Behind the pyramid was a narrow road which led to the cafeteria which offered simple vegetarian meals as well as soft drinks, snacks and tea.
Towards the left was a road which led to the meditation lab and an auditorium where events were frequently conducted.
Unfortunately, since it was running late, my family called me and we had to leave. Moreover, the place was shutting down to tourists and was only accessible to the people who were residing at Pyramid Valley.
All in all, our visit to Pyramid Valley was an insightful one. Needless to say, I did come out with a lot more than I went in. Being located in the outskirts of the city, far away from the buzz of civilization, this beautiful tourist spot is most often missed out by most tourists who visit Bangalore and sometimes by Bangaloreans themselves! Besides being serene, the fact that it is free of cost and welcome to all indeed makes it one of the few places worth visiting while in Bangalore.