Vedic Symbols

First, the levels of the Vedic temple are divided according to the vertical golden sections of the Blueprint pentacle. These sections are associated with the five elements and Buddha body. Notice that the "eyes of the Buddha" are associated with the main horizontal cross-bar of the pentacle corresponding to the primary golden section.

The stupa itself represents the sacred Mount Meru of the Rig-Veda (and every other sacred mountain) with its central World Axis. At the top, there is the Cosmic Tree which has 13 rings sitting on the Harmika eyes which is an octagon. This symbolizes the 13:8 year orbital resonance of Venus to Earth that traces out the pentagonal rose in the sky. It also symbolizes the "ushnisha" protrusion at the top of the head found in all Vedic religions indicating enlightenment and transcendence from the body.

Above the Cosmic Tree is the "parasol", a symbol of divinity and royalty. Researcher R. Gordon Wasson presents substantial evidence that this represents the red and white psychedelic mushroom Amanita Muscaria used to make the entheogenic Soma communion drink.

Just above this is then the Vedic Trinity beginning with the Moon (associated with the moon god Soma), then the Sun (Surya or Indra), and finally the "Jewel". The Jewel is actually the Morning Star of Venus associated with the god Shukra and its Brahmanical feminine aspect named Vena. This goddess is described as hovering over the sacred mountain in the Rig-Veda.

According to Vedic researcher Subhash Kak, the name "Vena" is the likely root for the word Veda, Vedic and Venus (the Latinized version). In this way, the purpose and meaning of the Vedic stupa - along with every temple, pagoda, pyramid, cathedral, church and chapel descended from it - is to combine the entheogenic communion (parasol) and temple resonance (Cosmic Tree) to transcend into the realm of the sky gods. The supreme deity at the top of this ancient totem is in fact the goddess Vena.