Over the ages, a rich treasury of powerful knowledge has accumulated, yet remains largely unknown to the Western world. Records of this wisdom are like the fragmented relics of a shipwreck; vastly more of the great knowledge of the past has faded into legend than has been revealed. Drawn from the journals of explorer M.G. Hawking's five years in the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet, this book explores several of the most captivating of all ancient legends, stories that for thousands of years have fascinated and inspired millions. Since the dawn of the earliest civilizations on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the mysterious inner region of the Himalayas has inspired countless stories of a hidden sanctuary of great masters possessed of all-encompassing knowledge. Absent an ember, there can be no smoke; there is a kernel of truth in all such ancient and enduring legends, and they cannot be easily, or wisely, dismissed. Yet, if this mysterious hidden realm still exists, who lives there? Why do they stay so carefully concealed? What knowledge do they possess? Journey into a fabled lost realm deep in the Himalayas and far back through the ages to the mysterious civilization of Ancient Egypt to explore answers to these profound questions and discover knowledge that for long millenniums has remained hidden under the most intense silence. As entertaining as it is richly enlightening, this anthology is an incomparable read for anyone seeking greatly expanded knowledge.