Many ancient cultures believe in a particular origin myths. Whether we came from the heavens, oceans, or inner-earth; there are multitudes of stories to accompany such beliefs. Though there are many uniting factors throughout these tales, sacred geometry and aesthetics are ones that deserve a more refined look.
People have always admired landscapes that resemble certain shapes and colors. Ancients noticed similar behavior among plants and the stars. It has been some people’s life work to discover a singular denomination, a force that governs all that is above and below; Namely, Aristotle. What is it about aesthetics that make people pay more attention to something?
A mystical mountain resides within the transhimalayian mountain range in Tibet. This mountain is called Mount Kailash. It is said that if a person completes a pilgrimage around the entire base that a lifetime of sins will be atoned. It is both cherished within Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as, others. Its four sides point directly to: North, South, East, and West. Four of Asia’s greatest rivers originate from within Mt. Kailash and is believed to be singular point in which mother earth resides. It is no surprise that this mountain was taken notice of. Its faces are made of crystal, ruby, gold, and lapis lazuli according to excerpts from the Vishnu Purana. It sits in the heart of six vast mountain ranges symbolizing a lotus. Lord Shiva, the destroyer of ignorance and illusion, resides at the summit. Protecting the peak and punishing any who dare trek its summit. Mt. Kailash is the origin of all life on Earth and the catalyst of terraformation.
My question to you is this: Would observations like this happen without people’s affinity for geometric beauty? Take notice in the subtle arrangements of objects, both organic and man-made, on our planet. You may, for a moment, see through the eyes of the ancients and feel the importance and purpose everything emits around us.
- Nomachi, Kazuyoshi. Tibet. Boston: Shambhala, 1997.
- “A Tibetan Guide for Pilgrimage to Ti-se (Mount Kailas) and mTsho Ma-pham (Lake Manasarovar).” Toni Huber and Tsepak Rigzin. In: Sacred Spaces and Powerful Places In Tibetan Culture: A Collection of Essays. (1999) Edited by Toni Huber, pp. 125–153. The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, H.P., India. ISBN 81-86470-22-0.