Significance of Mt. Kailash
Indians have embarked on many difficult yatras and, in the process, found that
some places radiate and elemental energy not felt elsewhere.
Physically the journey culminates in a definite destination, a tirth sthana
or a place that enables one to 'cross over'. The symbolic crossing is from ignorance
to knowledge, from mortality to immortality. The tirtha sthana holds a special
significance either because it is associated with a religious event or it may
have a special location which evokes an experience outside the dull and gross
phenomena of daily life. It is usually a place that lifts the mind out of its
limited functioning, stretching it to grasp new meanings.
Kailash and its surroundings vibrate with an unearthly energy where the transcendent
and the immanent, the noumenon and phenomenon appear to fuse together in surreal
complicity. It evokes an awe that stirs the mind to surrender and offer itself
in oblation. Petty and disparate waves of thought subside when faced with the
vastness that surrounds the spire of Kailash, which stands as a connecting link
between heaven and earth, the ethereal and the terrestrial , the spiritual and
the mundane, coalescing them into one unified whole.
Kailash is not a thing to be grasped by physical conquest or by intellectual
progression. It can only be discovered. Its power resides in the individual's
capacity to experience. And paradoxically, Kailash itself helps to sharpen that
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