Cosmic Egg Symbolism in the Vedic Stupa

* Photo of Swayambunath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The earliest version of the Cosmic Egg originated in Sanskrit scripture and is known as Brahmanda, meaning 'expanding egg.' In the Rig-Veda it is called Hiranyagarbha, meaning 'golden fetus' or 'golden womb.'

Some might recognize it as the Orphic Egg, an egg enwrapped with a serpent. Others might prefer to understand it as the latest map of the universe showing an egg-like distribution of galaxies. Even the interstellar clouds of gas that create stars are called EGGs, an acronym meaning Evaporating Gaseous Globules (EGGs). There is real truth in the Cosmic Egg concept.

In the design of Vedic stupas (based on the Venus Blueprint egg-star geometry), an idealized Cosmic Egg surrounds a conceptualized inner stepped pyramid. Sometimes the stupa is built with the egg showing and sometimes only the inner pyramid (sacred mountain) is showing. The attached photo shows both side-by-side.

At the top of the Cosmic Egg / pyramid, a stylized head pops out as if it were being born from the egg of the universe. This head is called the Harmika and is often depicted with eyes above an open resonant chamber. The attached photo shows the eyes, but does not have the open chamber (e.g., "bell tower") found in most other stupa designs.

Above this is a protuberance emerging from the crown of the head (cognate with the Buddhist "ushnisha") known as the Cosmic Tree. It is represented by a tiered series of discs corresponding to the description of the sacred Mount Meru. At the top of the Tree is a "parasol," likely representing the top of a sacred mushroom. Above this then is the Vedic Trinity totem depicted by the crescent Moon, Sun and "Jewel" of Venus.

Altogether, the stupa symbolizes birth from the Cosmic Egg followed by (entheogenic) ascension up the Cosmic Tree to the top of Mount Meru where the sky-gods live. The entire structure is compatible with the egg-star geometry of the Venus Blueprint and proportions of the human body (see link in comments).

From this ancient temple template comes all forms of temples, pagodas, ziggurats, pyramids, basilicas, mosques, steeples, bell towers, capitol buildings and music halls. When applied horizontally instead of vertically, the same concepts are found to apply to the Hebrew temple, such as Solomon's temple, the Sistine Chapel and many other cathedrals, chapels and monumental buildings across Europe.

All of these buildings are descended from Vedic cosmology and the original religious goal of liberation from the body in order to achieve enlightenment. Yet, few today would know or admit any connection between these buildings and the entheogenic ascension rituals once performed inside them.

Alas, the original purpose of sacred spaces and divine architecture has been suppressed and forgotten. Any notion of entering into a relationship with the plant kingdom in order to transcend ordinary reality has been lost and ultimately outlawed.

Nevertheless, vestiges of the ancient Vedic symbolisms and rituals still remain in plain sight, built into the sacred architecture of countless buildings around the world.