The Meru Stupa

The prime symbol of Vedic Cosmology is the Meru stupa or temple. Combining the Cosmic Egg and Cosmic Axis of sacred Mount Meru and topping it with the Cosmic Tree, the stupa model represents the transcendental pathway to heaven. Based on the proportions of the ideal human body (the Buddha), this stupa model extended even to speech (known as "shabda").


Climbing the mountain was symbolized by the outward ascension ceremony and the inward entheogenic communion ritual. Incorporating psychoactive plants brewed into a Soma wine, this practice was designed to liberate the mind, introduce non-physical realities and prepare the individual for ascension to a higher plateau after death. Special acoustical tuning inside the temple, combined with chant and music, was then used to enhance and focus the entheogenic experience and assist in ascension (Kundalini rising).

The stupa was both in the sky and in the body. The body's seven chakras were mirrored in seven steps to the steeple tip and seven steps to the edge of the steeple edge, though five inside the stupa egg.

Also organized according to the Meru stupa design were the Ten Sacred Syllables or Kalichakra Mantragram of the Buddha body, symbolic of the sacred plant and solar messenger archetype of Mercury. These syllables would be chanted inside the temple to further liberate the mind.

Either side of the stupa were often added two towers representing the Morning and Evening Stars (or Moon) of Venus. The Morning Star was the birth/rebirth star while the Evening Star (or Moon) provided resurrection into the afterlife. Taken altogether, the Meru stupa complex became the "triple tower" of Magdala or Magdalene. The Christian Mary Magdaline character was symbolic of the stupa, translating literally as the "woman of the triple tower Meru."