Many years ago, on an extended trek into a largely unexplored inner region of the vast Himalayan wilderness, in a small valley surrounded by towering ice peaks, explorer M.G. Hawking encountered a beautiful small village called Siddhalaya. In that extraordinary little community he met and had the privilege of spending time with truly remarkable men and women—introduced to him as “masters” and “adepts”—possessed of knowledge virtually unknown to the Western world.
The accounts presented in this anthology are drawn directly from Hawking’s journals and field notes of his encounters and conversations with those exceptional people, allowing readers to experience first-hand the masters’ expressions and explanations of the fundamental knowledge, essential principles of consciousness and specific practices that can convey extraordinary perceptive abilities and powers, ones not normally recognized or accepted in the Western world as part of the field of human activity or ability.
From the Author: “In this and other books based on my experiences in the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet, we have adopted the convention of utilizing the term ‘non-ordinary’ for events that demonstrate the ability of an individual to perceive and manipulate physical ‘reality’ in a manner that is not ordinarily recognized or accepted in the Western world. We’ve had many inquiries and comments from readers with regard to these ‘non-ordinary’ events and the knowledge that made them possible, variously referred to as being occult, arcane, or esoteric.
“Esoteric simply means hidden, and so intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest. If you’re reading this, it’s very likely you’re one of that small number of people. It has been our experience that people of this special nature have always felt themselves, vaguely or strongly, to be somehow ‘different’ than others. Not to say ‘better’ than other people, specifically, yet decidedly special in a manner that is difficult to define.
“Many of these individuals have told us that it’s as if on occasion they find themselves peripherally aware of another, separate world or reality, something a bit like, for example, the world of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), a wonderful children’s story by Lewis Carroll in which a charming young girl named Alice falls down a rabbit hole into a strange, dreamlike world of unexpected events, widened horizons, enriched awareness, and a sense of greatly enlarged probabilities.
“We’ve been taught from an early age to separate ‘fact’ from ‘fiction.’ Yet we can read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and be transported to a land of marvels. By imagining it, we partake in a hidden realm of wonders, but we retain our sense of propriety. We don’t redraw the line between what we believe to be fact and fiction; we rather wisely suspend it, and we are entertained and enlightened. We can assume that’s what Lewis Carroll himself did. He could write his books about Wonderland and still maintain his position as a respected Oxford professor. But imagine what would have happened if Carroll had proclaimed the reality of Wonderland. What if he had launched an expedition? What if he had discovered it?
“I found myself in something of a similar situation when I chanced on the Himalayan village of Siddhalaya. I found myself in a realm that was universally legendary, yet long presumed, at least in the Western world, to be little more than mythical. And yet, there I was. And in reading this, as one of the ‘small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest,’ you’re about to be there as well, in a world of magnificent potentials of which you’ve had visions perhaps from earliest childhood.
“The non-ordinary events and esoteric knowledge I encountered in Siddhalaya inspired me to write a book series recounting my experiences in that remarkable location, based upon the extensive chronicles I kept during that time. It has long been my practice to keep journals and field notes, composed of notable experiences and their implications, whether known, inexactly known, or purely speculative. These books are based on selections from those writings—recorded over a period of sixty-two months, primarily in Nepal—as gratefully enhanced and amended by the recollections of my companions.
“The experiences I endeavor to describe in these books I do for our special readers, and do with the greatest care, yet I realize that one must have experienced them to fully comprehend them, and that is that. Nonetheless, I believe that many of my experiences and the observations drawn therefrom can be of great value to others. I do not consider myself special in this regard, except by virtue of a very purposeful pursuit of the extraordinary.” —M.G. Hawking
As entertaining as it is richly enlightening, this book is an incomparable exploration for anyone on a spiritual path or seeking greatly expanded personal knowledge and power. 2018 Edition Anthology, 10 Books, 14 Sections, 38 Subsections, Kindle e-reader page count 286 (estimated, actual count varies depending on the reading device used). A Kindle Unlimited Book. For more information, please see the ‘Look Inside’ feature on the book’s Amazon page. Thank you.
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M.G. Hawking is an avid traveler, adventurer, and writer. Devoted to exploring remote areas of the globe to discover regions unknown to the Western world, always in search of extraordinary people and experiences, he has found many, especially in the Great Range of the Himalayas, the setting for most of his books. His focus is documenting profound wisdom traditions and revealing the knowledge and power they convey. Hawking is the author of the book series, ‘In The Valley of Supreme Masters,’ along with its associated companion volumes. When not traveling, he spends his time working on projects related to presenting books of an esoteric and metaphysical nature with his wonderful team in Northern California. Heather Cantrell, M.Litt., contributor and editor for Wisdom Masters Press, is an experienced world traveler. Having been born in Nepal to British parents who were teachers in various parts of Asia, she has extensive experience in the Himalayas. Heather is a devoted adventurer, trekker, equestrian and animal lover. Amber Chellings, M.Phil., contributor and researcher for Wisdom Masters Press, is an avid photographer, outdoor enthusiast, and ardent equestrian.