By Suryc Nayr

The Palchor Monastery in Gyantse was built in 14th century Tibet during the Ming Dynasty and belongs to the Nying-ma-pa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Only a couple of buildings remain to this day as many of them were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. Originally there was close to a hundred buildings. The main temple building with its priceless art and statuary remains fully in tact as it has for several hundred years. It’s amazing! From the outside you wouldn’t expect that it is a magical place, but on the inside where butter lamps are still lit, incense still wafts through the air and a sacred atmosphere still surrounds when you enter.
I had seen a photograph of one of the statues in a picture and I could tell that there was something special about this statue. I’m a bit psychic in the sense that I was able to sense the sacred aura even from the picture of the statue long before I was able to go there. I wasn’t disappointed when I finally arrive there. What few people realize is that these Tibetan statues are very special not only as art but they have an occult or esoteric significance. They act as spiritual transformers. These statues in the Tibetan pantheon of deities are expressions of a higher dimensional being, a great cosmic individuality, on a 3 dimensional platform, the statue. Through rituals, the burning of incense, butter lamps, and other offering plus the chanting of mantrams these deities come down, closer to humanity. The statues act as a ground to allow for easier communication between the two evolutions, man and gods. Even though the rituals are not now being regularly held at the Palchor Monastery the aura of them is still embedded in the statues in the 3 main chapels.
When you walk in, the main shrine (chapel) directly in front is of the Buddha. On the right is a separate room and in it there is both a statue of Avalokitesvara with a 1000 arms (representing an expression of the Solar Logos in form) and a magnificent statue of Lord Maitreya. In fact, there are a couple of statues of Lord Maitreya. As I was practicing my meditation very intensely I only took several photographs. I have to admit that I felt awkward taking pictures in such a sacred atmosphere. But my greatest surprise came when the picture were developed (I was using a regular camera). The pictures revealed an energy aura that was, I feel, an expression of the Devas that still charged the statues with occult energy/Shakti. One of the hidden secrets of occult invocation has to do with the Devas and the role they play. There are Devas that are connected to the various occult schools and they help build the links between the higher planes and the lower planes. Thus the disciple on the Path of Initiation learns to make offerings to the Devas in order to maintain the energy field in ones sacred space, like a meditation room. This is very important. There is no real, at least in English, information about this fact in esoteric books.