2.15.2010

Kailasa, sacred abode of Lord Shiva


Kailasa, Home to the Lord
Paradice in bleak regions
Sacred earth that calls to worshippers
Shrouded in myth and mysticism
Snow clad and white
Echoing the presence of the 3rd eye on itself...

Kailasa promises high spiritual powers to everyone. Here in prithvi loka, in this period of Kaliyuga,  aglimpse of this peak and an opportunity to do the parikrama is a great blessing. This great mountain soars above its earthly landscape, covering the skies and the heavens above with its sheer presence.

This mass of a monolithic rock in granite holds crystals of snow that shine in brilliance as the sun casts its light on them. By night this nectar of bliss powers over into the landscape as the moon glows, draping its divine presence on this great mountain.

I sit here at its foot trying to light my inner fire of enlightenment, as the guide leads us to the closest point. "Do not go any further, for those who have, never came back". Catching my breath, climbing to the highest point possible, my eyes soak themselves in the beautiful view of this mountain of light, this mountain of truth, this mountain of power that plays with the clouds that try to scale its peak. And then I wonder...

This earth is divine, so pure, so blessed that I in my human presence can go no closer to this great shrine. This is my line of consciousness. Beyond this line lies the next realm of power and spiritual enlightenment.

Time, the invisible measure has laid the path to me. What lies beyond is a mysterious world that belongs to all the other beings, celestial beings. In the mysterious realm of Kailasa, dotted with passing cloud, a different world comes to light, that of magic, of consciousness, of bliss. In this mystical world where clouds play vehicle to great spiritual being descending on to this earth, the aura around Kailasa is heightened, by its power and intensity though what appears to the eye is still a snow clad bleak region. And yet it glows in its inner light, in the energy that surrounds it.

Celestial beings from other lokas come here to stay, to witness the presence of the Lord, to witness the primordial sound that echoes loud among these great peaks and yet these divine sounds fall dead on ears as the winds whistle by. All the celestial world worships the Lord here, glowing in their being and performing severe penance to seek his audience, shining from within themselves, and yet, I can see only the subtle glow of the moon.

Sacred ambrosia trickles through the air, sweet notes of music play in this space as gandharvas and hrishis residing here breath and meditate, pulling all their consciousness to this central point - the great mountain of Kailasa.

Such is the power, so invisible and yet so strong for eachdrop of consciousness adds this intensity to the elixir of life, a life that I fail to understand right now. The air is pure and not a drop of dust falls through, the earth is still and the moon shines through the ice like a million stars. The atmosphere is clear, potent with divine consciousness, coupled with the powerful light that glows around the mountain giving me this uncanny feeling that I am not alone in this bleak land.

The heavens open and in my mind, I step closer to the power center of this divine peak. Th skies open up and this divine glow falls through leading me to steps snow white paving the way into this divine mountaneous abode. And then in the midst of this blinding light that glows from the sun, moon and fire, home to the collective consciousness of the devas, from the glittering beauty of the Goddess shining in yellow gold I witness, the formless Lord, the brilliance of this consciousness that led me through into this mountain, into this palace of gold. I am now pure consciousness, I an no body no more. I do not exist anymore in the human state I thought I was, I am now a drop in this divine cosmic ocean of light.

I breath and look up, as this short lived bliss fades into the darkness of my mind, leaving me staring up to this peak to see a vertical line of white snow cut through its surface, a cold white crack in the rock that remains still, cold and distant, as if He closed his third eye forever.

10 comments:

JC said...

In their Kailash abode, Shiva is believably known for His long duration 'samadhi': from one Ice Age to another - to start reviewing afresh the 'leela' or drama from the point where it was last left; as it is believed happens to all souls in animal forms in eternal cycles and being witnessed by Him, the Bhootnath, in Yognidra, or super conscious state, through His innumerable eyes...purposely?

JC said...

The only purpose of human life on earth - indicated by ancient 'Hindus' - is to seek the formless God and also gods with physical forms...and they seem to have realised Him to be present within all forms. For example, Earth itself through cryptical clues is indicated as Shiva while its gravity indicated as 'shakti' or His 'better half', Sati - reflected externally as Parvati (moon)...

Thus they advised generally to attempt reviewing God within one, for the wise Yogis realised human form to reflect the most evolved among all animal forms, say God in crude form and, thus, merely needing refinement over one life span by self...But, the task is apparently rendered difficult because of 'natural' existence also of innumerable means of distraction through weaknesses in, say, physical senses that lead to weakness in mind and spirit too...The average human life compared to earth's being negligible, they advised surrender in some deity, say in earth that gets reflected in 'shashtang pranam' or lying flat, prostrate in front of some image or even otherwise in some particular, or any, direction while thinking of nothing!

Kavitha said...

Interesting to note that you drew a parallel between Parvati and the moon... Whats the connection?

JC said...

Hindu mythological stories need to be read with the background knowledge that ancient Hindus were ‘siddhas’ – that is all-rounder - who believed in drawing essence of the overall knowledge, and not experts in some one particular field of activity only…and also they apparently didn’t want knowledge to fall into the hands of selfish people who tend to utilize the information – gathered by devtas or selfless people for common good - for their limited use only and, therefore, they used code words…

The ancients in the east conveyed the realization of evolution of moon from earth itself, as known to ‘scientists’ today also in recent times, through the story of Shiva being present in the beginning as Ardhanarishwar, the half male and half female God. And, how Sati, Shiva’s consort committed suicide in ‘sacred fire’, such that Shiva in anger performed ‘tandav nritya with Her dead body on His shoulder’, till Narayana, on the request of devtas, cut it away to save earth from destruction…and, subsequently He married ‘Parvati the daughter of Himalaya’ who, in fact was Sati herself in another form!

Christians conveyed the same ‘truth’ through the story of single in the beginning Adam, and Eve, who was created out of Adam’s rib itself!

JC said...

'India' originally was Jambudweep, an island (in appearance like, say, the 'present day' Sri Lanka)...As part of the design, thanks to tectonic movements, Himalayas emerged from Jambudweep's belly, 'where Ma Kali (the destructive force depicted symbolically as a dark bodied female with red protruding tongue - say like a burning flame out of a volcano's crater, ie, its mouth) is housed in the heart of Shiva', pushing the sea water in its North region down to the South, over the Vindhyas, where 'sage Agastya consumed it'!

Geologically, the powerful Himalayan range is a young mountain that has molten magma relatively at a lesser depth underneath it and the region is relatively more earthquake prone...Last catastrophic earthquake ('Shiva's tandav nritya') in the northeast region, in Assam - the centre of energy or 'shakti peeth' in the Lower Himalayas (where 'Sati's genitals reportedly fell') - occurred on 15th August 1950...

JC said...

The Himalayan Range is believed to represent Lord Vishnu, the Yogeshwar, reclining west-east...and to a Yogi the tail-bone end in the human form is called 'Mooladhar' or the 'Basic Seat' of universal energy contained in 'asht chakra' or 'eight wheels' from tail-bone end, or the genitals, to head, that is, energy contained in eight different galaxies, representing together the universe, that are believed concentrated as essences of eight 'grahas' (each representing a different galaxy as controller of one direction out of eight cardinal directions)...

However, 'Navgraha' conveys the role of the ninth graha that controls the movement of energy/ information from tail-bone end to head, 'Sahasrara chakra', where the Boss (the essence of moon or 'Parvati') is housed while the essence of Mars (Ganesha, the favourite son of Parvati) is located, while that of Venus (Kartikeya, the favourite son of Shiva, responsible for 'maya' or illusion through sound energy, 'Om'), is located in the throat!

JC said...

Kavitha, 'I' hope from the above one would be able to connect Parvati (one who belongs to 'parvat', or mountain) - 'the daughter of Himalaya' - with Moon that apparently evolved from the 'womb' of the original earth-moon (that is, Ardhanarishwar Shiva) and escaped modified earth's gravitational field to become its only satellite, or consort, in a new physical form detached from it...and continues to guard it from space since time immemorial...While in the solar system (Mahashiva) Venus depicts Shiva's throat, Mars His Mooladhar or base, and is guarded by Moon acting as all knowing Shiva's head while He Himself, the modified earth, acts as the third eye that holds innumerable eyes, of His different images, that present to Her different view points at different times for decision making after 'reading between lines'...and thus allowing Shiva to remain in long duration Samadhi...

Sri Kamalakkanni Amman Temple said...

Atmaya Nama
Atmalingaya Nama Om
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Intersting devotional website.
thank you.
but its possible write tamizh. its too good.

Kavitha said...

Thank you

pd said...

May that Kailashvaasa grant that we be in the presence of the Holy Mountain peak ONCE in our life time..

Many kudos to you for such a great blog!!!

You are very very blessed!

Cheers!