Ferdinand Ossendowski

During my stay in Urga, I tried to find an explanation for this legend of the King of the World.  Naturally, the Living Buddha was the one who could best give me this information and therefore I endeavoured to make him speak on this subject.  In one conversation with him, I cited the name of the King of the World.  The elderly Pontiff jerked his head around to me and fixed his still, lifeless eyes on me.  Involuntarily, I remained silent.  The silence lengthened and the Pontiff took up the conversation again in such a way that I understood that he did not want to talk about this subject.  On the faces of the other people present, I noticed the expression of astonishment and fear that my words had produced, particularly on that of the Bogdo-Khan librarian.  One can easily understand that this only made me that much more impatient to know more on this subject.

As I was leaving the Bogdo-Hutuktu’s study, I met the librarian who had left before me, and I asked him if he would consent to take me to visit the Living Buddha’s library.  I used a very simple ruse with him:

“Do you know, my dear Lama, one day I was on the plain at the time that the King of the World was speaking to God, and I felt the impressive majesty of this moment.”

To my surprise, the elderly Lama replied calmly:

It is said that, in the underground centre of Agarttha, thousands of Tibetan monks work and pray under the direction of the King of the World, the supreme chief who is connected to the thoughts of those who govern Humanity's destiny.

“It is not right that Buddhism and our Yellow Religion hide it.  The recognition of the existence of the Most Holy and Most Powerful of men, of the Blessed Kingdom, of the Great Temple of Sacred Science is such a consolation for our sinners’ hearts and our corrupt lives, that to hide it from Humanity should be a sin.

“Ah well!  listen…  all year, the King of the World guides the task of the Panditas and the Goros of Agharti.  Only, by moments, he goes into the Cavern of the Temple where the embalmed body of his predecessor reposes inside a black stone coffin.  This Cavern is always dark, but when the King of the World penetrates it, the walls are striped with fire and from the lid of the coffin tongues of flame rise.  The Doyen of the Goros stands before him, his head and face covered, his hands joined on his chest.  The Goro never raises the veil on his face, for his head is a naked skull, with living eyes and a tongue that speaks.  He communicates with the souls of those who have gone from there.

“The King of the World speaks for a long time, then approaches the coffin while extending his hand.  The flames burn more brightly;  the stripes of fire on the walls go out and re-appear, interlacing, forming mysterious signs from the Vatannan Alphabet.  [The language of the Underground State of the King of the World.] From the coffin, transparent strips of light, barely visible, begin to come out.  They are the thoughts of his predecessor.  Soon, the King of the World is surrounded by a halo of this light and the letters of fire write ceaselessly on the walls the wishes and the orders of God.  At this moment, the King of the World is connected to the thoughts of all those who direct the destinies of Humanity:  the Kings, the Tsars, the Khans, the War-Lords, the High Priests, the scholars, the powerful men.  He knows their intentions and their ideas.  If they please God, the King of the World will favourise them with his invisible aid;  if they displease God, the King will provoke their failure.  This power is given to Agharti through the mysterious Science of Om, the word by which we begin all of our prayers.  [This sacred monosyllable, well known to Yoga adepts, is also written AUM.]  “Om” is the name of an Ancient Saint, the first of the Goros, who lived three hundred thousand years ago.  He was the first man to know God, the first who taught Humanity to believe, to hope, to fight evil.  So God gave him complete power over the forces which govern the visible world.

“After his conversation with his predecessor, the King of the World assembles the Great Council of God, judges the actions and the thoughts of the great men, helps them or brings them down.  Mahytma and Mahynga find the place of these actions and of these thoughts among the causes which govern the world.  Then, the King of the World enters the Great Temple and prays in solitude.  Fire appears on the altar, gradually spreading to all the altars nearby, and through the ardent flame gradually appears God’s face.  The King of the World respectfully announces to God the decisions of the All-Powerful.  When he leaves the Temple, the King of the World shines with divine light…”


To be continued.