The magic of number four
Mount Kailash, which means ‘precious jewel of eternal snow’ remains a place shrouded in mystery and legend. Located in the Himalayas, near the region of Tibet. According to ancient beliefs, this enigmatic Tibetan mountain represents the axis of the world or the stairway to heaven. In many eastern countries Mount Kailash is considered the holiest place on Earth. Some ancient sources say this is where we can find the mysterious city of the gods. This mount, truly is one of the greatest wonders of the world and a celestial delight to our environment.
The Mount is also home to four religions, Buddhism, Hinduism, Bon and Jainism. For the Buddhist religion, the mount represents the navel of the universe and Tibetan monks refer to this as the precious snow mount. Bon texts state many names for the mount, such as Waters flower, or nine stacked swastika mountain, for Hindus, it is the home of Shiva and for Jain, it is where the first leader was enlightened.
The four faces of the mountain also all point towards the cardinal elements, earth, fire, water and air. There are four rivers, the Indus River, the Sutlej River, the Brahmaputra River, and the Karnali River, that surround the mountain adding to her divine mystery.
This mount sits among six other mountains ranges, emulating the lotus flower of the crown chakra, adding to its enigmatic mystery as to why and how, this mount is regarded as the centre of the world and home to the legends.
Every year, thousands of people make a pilgrimage to kailash, a tradition going back thousands of years. Pilgrims believe that circumambulating (the pilgrim bends down, kneels prostrated full length, makes a mark with his fingers and then repeats the process, which can take at least four weeks to complete,) sources state that to walk around Mount kailash on foot, is a holy ritual that will bring good fortune. The path is 32 miles long, and takes around 15 hours to walk, for the most experienced of hikers. No body has ever climbed the snowy mount, and some sources believe that only a man without sin, can climb the mount. In 2001 the Chinese government put a ban on anybody climbing the mount, stating that if the sacred mount is climbed and conquered, it resembles a conquering of mans soul!
Mount Kailash remains a very sacred place and a great repository of mystical knowledge and is considered as the holy abode of Lord Shiva, the mountain is currently considered unconquered. Allegedly, Its advised not to climb the mountain, since that would be sacrilege and cause misfortune. Other texts state that the mount speeds up the ageing process, including hair and nails and skin!
According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva, the Destroyer [of evil], resides at the summit of a legendary mountain named Kailāśa, where he sits in a state of perpetual meditation along with his wife Pārvatī. He is the Lord of Yoga and therefore the ultimate renunciate ascetic, yet he is also the divine master of Tantra.
One description of the mountain states that its four faces are made of crystal, ruby, gold, and lapis lazuli.
As you can see, Mount Kailash is a pillar of the world and is located at the heart of six mountain ranges symbolizing a lotus, adding to the enigmatic mystery, alongside the seventh earth chakra.
In physical representations, the body represents one aspect of human nature, the emotions represent another aspect of the human, the thought processes represents another and finally, the intuition or senses being the fourth component that makes up the whole human being! All four human constructs correlate with the four faces of the mount – earth, air, fire and water. Earth is the human vehicle, air is the oxygen for life, water is the bodies volume for survival and fire is the passion or action driven desire.
In 2015, the Buddha boy was attracting visitors from around the globe, they all wanted to see the mystery boy, who had been meditating under a tree, for six days, without food or water. It was during this deep state of meditation that he exploded into a ball of fire! He was seen alive and well, after he combusted and it was suggested that he may of gone into hiding to continue his meditation. However, it does pose a question! Since his meditation practice was attracting hundreds of visitors, it is possible that the mysterious Buddha boy has either gone into hiding, or, he has been kidnapped!