Gates of the Issyk-Kul hail

Prjewalsky witnessed hail at the Issyk-Kul Lake and told of his experience in one of his letters.
�It is peaceful here among Asian mountainous wilderness. The Kyrgyz people use the blue lake water to cure tuberculoses. From our fort, we saw the crystal dome of cubic defined structure and the trees waving in the wind. We saw people in their man made devices of transportation. Just as the sun rays reflect off the calm blue water at 45 degree angle, making the surface lose its blue color and become white as milk, we can reflect on these incredible miracles here.�
Even the scientists can not argue that such mirages are possible. The unusual physical effects are evident here: �and incredibly high concentration of silver is dissolved in these waters.�
Monks Uighur�s living in a wooden monastery on the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul assured Prjewalsky and his companions in the fact that this city of saints is best seen mostly from the mountain foothills, at sunset, in mid-July, when the air is cold and the water is warm. Prjewalsky saw the city of mystery again from the foothills through his telescope. His companions also shared with him the observation, that it seemed the majestic buildings turned into ruins, leaving only trees standing. There were no sign of people or handmade devices for transportation. Only the sun from the water reflects on this city of saints. How can we understand this metamorphosis? Monks Uighurs were not surprised. They said: "it is possible to see anything here, but you cannot enter without an invitation." They also warned that if Prjewalsky continued to attempt to open the forbidden gates, it will cost him his life. Prjewalsky said that he is still young to die. The monks replied: �a man does not die of old age, but when he is wise. It seems that your time is up as you are wise. Prjewalsky laughed. We will not give up until we find this underwater city. Unfortunately, the technical devices were poor. The search was only possibly in shallow waters and they saw something made of stone. As a result, they were able to gather from the ruins something with floral ornaments of the ancient shards of dishes, crafted by human hands with pieces of granite and glass. The capsule with a scroll which keeps the most important legend for humankind, passed on from the underwater city is walled in the granite monument in memory of a great explorer. It is standing on the shore of the Issyk-Kul Lake near his grave. People attempted to destroy the monument up until the year 1920, however even an explosive cannot ruin it.
Prjewalsky wrote: "Those who get to know the lake after staying on its banks for a long time, get their mind renewed and spirituality dominates. The water brings one into the entrance of the eternal ineffable light.�

A. Volodya.
News, 27.11.2009

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