This story starts in 1985. Naren King was invited to a New Years Eve party at the home of Mal Cooper who had employed Edwin Kingsbury an eccentric architect to design a unique and magnificent building. The building was positioned right on the point where the earths energy lines, or ley lines intersect. It was a magical place, radiating harmony and peace and Naren fell in love with it. When the Mal Cooper went broke due to only demanding the very best materials for his “harmonious architecture” it became a dream and an obsession for Naren to own it.
After a number of set backs the property became his and he and his wife began a life long project of creating a place of magic. Naren was Australia’s first direct importer of quality natural crystals from around the world and this was to be the ideal place for him to showcase their beauty.
In 1986 the land had been cleared for grazing and banana growing so now the work began to transform it into a garden, a tropical wonderland.
Jump forward to 2015 and we are house sitting only a 30 minute car ride from this extraordinary place so of course we had to visit it.
But where do I start to show you the captivating, overwhelming beauty of the gardens with magnificent statues of the deities at every corner. The tranquil Buddha and the magnificent stupor that was blessed by the Dalai Lama.
I will start as we walk in and follow the track to the Stupor…
A rustic path meanders through the beds densely planted with tropical vegetation. Prayer flags are waving in a slight breeze as we round the corner.
The first of the many serene statues we are to see, stands guard over the large koi fish.
Passing the Tibetan prayer wheels the path leads down to the Stupor.
Beautiful eastern music floats through the air surrounding me as I recorded this short video as I sit and watch all ages walk reverently around this symbol of peace.
Crystals were Naren’s passion and they are to be found all round the gardens. A short way past the Stupor “Rosie”, a 4 tonne mini-mountain of rose quartz is one of the largest ever found in the world with such a large “crystalized face”.
I spent quite a while in this area absorbing the feeling of calm and beauty that pervaded the atmosphere.
Going back past the other side of the pond the track now winds through the tropical gardens back to the house that Narin fell in love with.
After wandering through the Botanical Shambhala Gardens admiring the variety of sub-tropical and tropical plants we spotted the café through a screen of red kangaroo paws. But first we looked around the courtyard outside the café. This is where we saw this amazing trompe l’oeil.
This extraordinary water feature dominates the courtyard. Using rose quartz it was crafted by highly skilled fountain makers from Germany. The base is granite from Switzerland. The 310 kilogram sphere rotates on a mere 0.3 millimetres of water. It glows as it catches the sun and according to mystic lore, rose quartz emanates the qualities of love and compassion and this is the spinning heart of the Crystal Castle.
There is so much to see in this courtyard. The ground is embedded with 20,000 pieces of rose quartz
This seat is made from Sodalite’ this is what I found about it on the internet.
“Sodalite is the stone of athletics, as it stimulates endurance. It is said sodalite will harmonize the inner being or the conscious and subconscious mind. Sodalite promotes peace and harmony. Sodalite is extra lucky for writers.” (I sat there for a while!)
Magnificent clusters of crystals were everywhere, sparkling and glistening giving off so much energy. Almost overwhelming.
Time for lunch.
We were there during school holiday time so it was busy. But the service was friendly and quick and the food delicious. Most of the salads and vegetables are grown in their own organic vegie garden.
This was an Indian Plate and delicious. But look what we followed it with…
As we waited for lunch we had a lovely view down into the gardens, and across to the distant Border Ranges.
There is still more to see but for now I will leave you as we eat our lunch and take you on the Buddha walk in the next episode.
(To be continued)
I’m joining with Restless Jo’s cyber walking group this week. Bloggers sharing walks all over the world.