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THE MYSTERY OF MT. KAILASH

MOUNT KAILASH-INTRODUCTION

“India does not rise as other countries do, for self or when she is strong, to trample on the weak. She is rising to shed the eternal light entrusted to her over the world. India has always existed for humanity and not for herself and it is for humanity and not for herself that she must be great.”

-Sri Aurobindo Ghose

Mountains, the most dramatic feature of the Earth, are considered by many religions as the mystical realms of the Divine, heaven, sages and spirits. Resting in the mighty Himalayan range, towards the south-western part of Tibet, and forming the border to the Kumaon Hills and Nepal, lies the legendary Mount Kailash. With an impressive height of 6714m, Mount Kailash lies deep in the womb of eight valleys, forming an eight petalled lotus1. Often referred to as the “Olympus Central Asia”, Mount Kailash, which means “precious jewel of eternal snow”2 denotes the axis of the world or the stairway to heaven, its cosmology being related to Mount Meru, is considered supremely sacred by the people of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and the indigenous Bon religion of Tibet. On the southern face of the holy Mountain, a vertical gash crosses horizontal layers, resulting in the creation of the image of a swastika. The word has its roots in svastika, Sanskrit for well-being and good fortune. Buddhists consider the mountain to be a mandala- the sacred circle from which the holy rivers- Indus, Satluj, Brahmaputra and Karnali flow, depicting the spokes of the eternal wheel3. Considered as the holy abode of Lord Shiva, the mountain is currently considered unconquered4, it is advised not to climb the mountain, since that would be sacrilege and forbode misfortune. With its four facades facing the four cardinal directions, i.e. north, east, south, and west, the shape is remarkable and has led to speculations over the centuries. It has been proposed by Russian researchers that the top of Mount Kailash is actually a huge man-made pyramid from ancient times5. If this theory is true, then human history ought to be re-written.

  1. A. REDKO&S. BALALAEV, TIBET-KAILASH. MYSTICISM AND REALITY (2009).
  2. JENNIFER WESTWOOD, SACRED JOURNEYS (1997).
  3. COLIN WILSON, THE ATLAS OF HOLY PLACES AND SACTRED SITES (1996).
  4. Mount Kailash and its Stone Mirror, August 2003, http://survincity.com/mount_kailash
  5. What really happened at Mount Kailash, http://ancientvisitors.blogspot.com/2012/11/what-really-happened-at-mount-kailash.htm.

 

ABODE OF MYSTERIES

The numerous mysteries that find abode in it, add to the grandeur of Mount Kailash.

The very shape of the mountain, with four well-defined faces, facing the four cardinal directions, has been a subject of speculation for many centuries. Scientists who have studied its topography and structure claim that it has a pyramidal shape, and not unlike all known pyramids, is strictly oriented to the cardinal points. The results of recent Russian studies of Tibet and the Kailash range in particular, if true, could radically alter our knowledge on the growth of humanity and civilizations. One of the theories that the Russians have put forth is that Mt. Kailash could be a vast, human-built pyramid, the heart of an entire complex of a hundred smaller pyramids. Additionally, this complex might be the centre of a world-wide system connecting other monuments or sites where miraculous and paranormal phenomena have been observed. Numerous travellers, especially in the beginning of the 20th century, have come to proclaim this owing to the fact that Mt. Kailas is too perfect to be a totally natural phenomenon, or at any rate give the appearance of human intervention. It’s shape resembles a vast cathedral and hellip; the sides of the mountain are surprisingly perpendicular and fall sheer for hundreds of feet. The strata is horizontal with the layers of stone slightly varying in colour. The dividing lines show up clear and distinct, which gives the entire mountain the facade of having been built by giant hands, of huge blocks of reddish stone1.

Mt. Kailash is considered to be the earthly manifestation of the Hindu mythic Mount Meru, or Sumeru, the spiritual centre of the universe or the “Axis Mundi” in Buddhist, Jain as well as Hindu cosmology. The Axis Mundi, the centre of the universe, the navel of the world, the world pillar, Kang Tisé or Kang Rinpoche, Mount Meru (or Sumeru), Swastika Mountain, Mt. Astapada, Mt. Kangrinboge- all these names, real or legendary, are bestowed upon this mountain.

At the base of the mountain lie two lakes. The higher lake, Lake Manasarovar, is round like the sun, and a lower lake, Lake Rakshastal resembles the shape of the crescent moon, thereby representing the solar and the lunar forces respectively. The inner consciousness of humans (the solar force) is often compared to the Manasarovar lake. Manas means ‘Mind’ in Sanskrit. Rakshasa translates to ‘demon’, i.e. creatures that are under the sway of lower desires (lunar forces). The crescent lake, Rakshastal partakes of the lunar or dark forces2.

  1. G.W. RAWLING, THE GREAT PLATEAU, LONDON (1905).
  2. Mount Kailash-Tibet, http://ybcreations.com/mount_kailash-tibet/

 

Another secret related to Mount Kailash pertains to the rapid aging of those who are near it. Taking into consideration, for example, the growth of hair and nails, it can appropriately assumed that the 12 hours spent near Kailash is equal to two weeks in normal conditions!1

Mt Kailash is the 7th Earth Chakra. The purpose of this chakra is to broadcast Earth’s signal, it’s purpose and it’s will2. It is forbidden to scale the peak of this mountain, and despite numerous attempts, no one climber has succeeded in conquering the summit of Mount Kailash. Those who approach too close to it with a wish to climb to the top of it, all of a sudden get set to go in the opposite direction. Climbing the home of the God’s and hindering with their peace and calm with mortal interferences is considered sacrilege and a slight to immortals, and results in misfortune and death.

The most mysterious Kailash secret relates to the fact that it is adjacent to the sarcophagus Nanda. After the conduction of a number of studies, the researchers found the presence of cavities inside the sarcophagus.  Ancient Chinese legends convey that the sarcophagus serves as a refuge in which all great teachers-Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Confucius, Zoroaster, and other sages sent to the world for its existence; are in a state of deep meditation (somatic). Their centuries-long stay is aimed at the preservation and restoration of the human gene pool in the incident of the death of civilization3.

This place is one of vital importance. It is rumoured that when the ice finally melts, it will reveal “THE EYE”. Prof. Ernst Muldashev Ph.D., a doctor and explorer, after exploring Tibet said: “There are two underground countries, the Shambhala and Agartha, which are each part of the gene pool of humanity and civilization. Information provided by the Thule Society (Eckhart and Haushofer), shows there is a higher civilization, coming from the Gobi, from the Himalaya and divided into two branches, the Shambhala and Agartha. The former being the center of power, protected by unknown forces and energy. One can assume that these places are the technogenic civilization and gene pool of humanity). It seems that not only are there underground centers in Tibet and the Himalayas but these tunnels are widespread all over the entire globe”4.

  1. Unsolved Mystery of Mount Kailash, Dec 31, 2012, http://survincity.com/unsolved_mystery_of_kailash
  2. Unsolved Mystery of Mount Kailash, Dec 31, 2012, http://survincity.com/unsolved_mystery_of_kailash
  3. Unsolved Mystery of Mount Kailash, Dec 31, 2012, http://survincity.com/unsolved_mystery_of_kailash
  4. Simon Day, The Secret of Secrets, 2012, http://bucegisecrets.com

CONCLUSION

Mount Kailash, where Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati lie together in bliss is a place where eternity meshes with time and the slightness and impermanence of mortality greet the intricacies of immortality. According to Buddhism, one circumambulation around the mountain can atone for all the sins committed throughout one’s current lifetime. Completing ten circles around the mountain leads to prevention of eternal damnation of hell tribulation in one’s reincarnations of 500 years. 108 revolutions remove the sins of all lifetimes and brings salvation from reincarnation (moksha). Alternatively, pilgrims who complete one circle of the Kailash and bathe in the frigid waters of Lake Manasarovar will also attain salvation. One circle around the mountain is 52 km (32.31 mi.) long and takes about three days1.

Hinduism says that, Lord Shiva, the destroyer of evil and sorrow, resides at the summit of the legendary mountain Kailash , where he sits in a state of perpetual meditation along with his wife Parvati. According to Vishnu Purana the mountain’s four faces are made of crystal, ruby, gold, and lapis lazuli. It is a pillar of the world and is located at the heart of six mountain ranges symbolizing a lotus. The four rivers flowing from Kailash thereon flow to the four quarters of the world and divide the world into four regions. The largest and most important rock-cut temple, Kailash Temple at Ellora, Maharashtra is named after Mount Kailash.

Tantric Buddhists are of the belief that Mount Kailash is the home of the Buddha Demchok who represents supreme bliss. It is also said that it was on this sacred mountain that Buddhism replaced Bon as the primary religion of Tibet.

In Jainism, Kailash is called Mount Ashtapada and is the site where the first Jain Tirthankara, Rishabhadeva, attained liberation from rebirth.

The Bon , an indigenous religion which predates Buddhism in Tibet, maintain that the whole of the mystical region and the nine-story Swastika Mountain are the seat of all spiritual power. It denotes the place where their founder, Shenrab, descended to the earth from the sky2. This mountain is also said to be the gathering place of masses of gods, among which are the highest gods of Hinduism.

  1. Mount Kailash, http://wikipedia.com/mount_kailash
  2. The Abode of Lord Maheswar, http://cosmicharmony.com/kailash

Unfortunately the citizens of India today have given in to the impact of modern civilization and world culture and many, especially in the large cities tend to de-emphasize their cultural and religious heritage as mere superstition. This unfortunate trend has made for a clash between material and spiritual values but the momentum of spiritual renewal continues to build and eventually the higher values will be restored in India as in the rest of the world.

The ancient ‘Gods’ favoured high-rise places and built installations. Ezekiel was brought to see one of these places. Zeus lived on one. So what about Mount Kailash? Does it represent another node in a global grid, built with some outworldly and divine technology that we cannot actually see and do not yet understand? Is it the origin of civilization? Is it suggestive of presence of nuclear activity? Can it provide us with the basis, origin and reason of our very existence and that of the entire universe?

The answers to these questions will remain embedded in the heart of the Himalayas and the mysteries of Mount Kailash will continue to intrigue millions in the future as well. One can only hope to decipher the baffling and inexplicable cryptic intricacies of Kailash. In the meanwhile, the cultural and spiritual significance of Mount Kailash which exists and will continue its existence contrary to mortal belief should be upheld by human civilization.

“Before creation I alone was, there was no other existence of the nature of cause and effect different from Me. After the creative cycle ends also, I alone exist. For, this universe is also Myself, and when everything is dissolved in its cause in Pralaya, what remains is only Myself.”

-The Bhagvada Gita.

HAR HAR MAHADEV!

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1 thought on “THE MYSTERY OF MT. KAILASH”

  1. sir,
    we heard that sages still existi right from bottom to top of Mount kailash and they constantly recite vedas and top the kailash,Lord Siva is in silent mood
    siva rama sarma
    hyderabad

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