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Introduction Mt. Kailash

Mt. Kailash, 6,740 m. is situated to the north of the Himalayan barrier, wholly within Tibet. It is the perfect mountain with awesome beauty, with 4 great faces. It is the spiritual center for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre Buddhist animistic religion - Bonpo. To Tibetans it is known as Khang Rimpoche (Precious Jewel of Snow) and they see it as the navel of the world. It is said that a stream from the mountain pours into a nearby lake and from here rivers flow in the four cardinal directions. The River of the Lion Mouth to the North, the River of the Horse Mouth to the east, the River of the Peacock Mouth to the south and the River of the Elephant Mouth to the West. Strangely enough, four major rivers do indeed originate near Kailash, the Indus, the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra), the Karnali and the Sutlej. Tibetans believe that it is the residence of Demchog, a fierce looking tantric deity who lives there with his consort, Dorje Phagmo. For the Tibetans also, it is a particularly special place in that their poet saint Milarepa, spent several years here meditating in a cave.

For the Hindus Mount Kailash is the earthly manifestation of Mt. Meru, their spritual centre of the universe, described as a fantastic ‘world pillar’ 84,000 miles high, around which all else revolves, its roots in the lowest hell and its summit kissing the heavens. On the top lives their most revered God, Shiva, and his consort Parvati.

For the Jains, an Indian religious group, Kailash is the site where their first prophet achieved enlightenment. For the older, more ancient religion of Bon, it is the site where its founder Shanrab is said to have descended from heaven. It was formerly the spiritual center of Zhang Zung, the ancient Bon Empire that once included all of western Tibet. Bon people walk around the mountain in a counter clockwise manner, unlike the other religions.

Over the centuries pilgrims have constantly journeyed immense distances to achieve enlightenment or cleanse themselves of sin, braving enormous distances, particularly harsh weather and bandit attacks.

Although main focus of this trek is Mount Kailash in Tibet, the journey through Nepal's border with Tibet at Zhangmu, Saga and Paryang to Darchen is culturally and scenically rewarding.

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What does Shivlinga means? 
The word Ling in shiv ling has come from two words that is Leen and Gati. 
Leen means dissolve and Gati means grow. It means man should dissolve(Leen) 
in shiva  then he should grow(Gati). (leen+ga)= ling. 
Most people around the globe think that meaning 
of ling in concerned with gent's sex point but this is 
totally wrong theory. These are my views.  Rajesh Chopra

Who is Shiva? 

Understanding God As He is worshiped at Kauai's Hindu Temple 

God Shiva is among the most mysterious, complex, compassionate and profound conceptions of the one
Supreme Being to be found in the religions of mankind. He is looked upon as the Creator, Preserver and
Destroyer of all existence, the Cosmic Dancer who animates the universe from within. He is honored as
Pure Love, Light, Energy and Consciousness. He is contemplated as the timeless, formless and spaceless
Absolute Reality. In all three of these perfection's is Shiva revered in Kauai's Hindu temple. 

In Ways to Shiva, curator Joseph Dye Lahendro wrote: "Who is Shiva? What is Shiva? To His devotees, Shiva
is everything: He is the root and support of the universe; He is the creative destructive flow of life that
rushes through it. He is motion and calm, male and female, light and dark, ascetic and lover, everything
and its opposite. Shiva is an ambiguous God who embodies, defines and reconciles within Himself all of
life's processes and paradoxes. Shiva is existence. He embodies the structure of the universe." 

Living with Shiva, by Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, explains, "Shiva dances in the atoms throughout this
universe. Shiva dances energetically, eternally. Shiva is eternal movement. His mind is all pervasive, and
thus He sees and knows everything in all spheres simultaneously and without effort. Shiva is the Self, and
He is the energy we put forth to know the Self. He is the mystery which makes us see Him as separate
from us. He is the energy of life, the power in the wind. He is the dissolution called death, the peace of
motionless air. He is the great force of the ocean and the stillness on a calm lake. Shiva is All and in all.
Our great God Shiva is beyond time, beyond space, beyond form and form's creation, and yet He uses
time and causes form. He is in the sky, in the clouds, in the swirling galaxies. Shiva's cosmic dance of
creation, preservation and dissolution is happening this very moment in every atom of the cosmos. God
Shiva is immanent, with a beautiful human like form which can actually be seen and has been seen by
many mystics in visions." Twenty centuries ago Rishi Tirumular, a South Indian saint, praised Shiva's
dance: "In all worlds He is, the Holy Lord. In darkness He is, light He is. In sun He is, in moon He is.
Everywhere He is. The Lord is in all creation. None knows His coming and going. He is distant. He is
near. Multiple He is. One He is. Water, earth, sky, fire and wind, the spark within the body all these He
is. He is the walking soul here below. Deathless He is." 

The religion of Shiva: Those who worship Lord Shiva are Saivites, and their religion is called Saivite
Hinduism. Saivism represents roughly half, perhaps somewhat more, of Hinduism's one billion members.
It shares more common ground than differences with other denominations. Scholars tell us Saivite
Hinduism is mankind's oldest religion, the venerable Sanatana Dharma. They trace its roots back 6,000
years and more to the Indus Valley civilization. But sacred writings and legend tell us that there never was
a time when Saivism did not exist. Its grandeur derives from a sweet tolerance for the views of others,
coupled with a practical culture, an emphasis on personal spiritual effort and experience, the perception
that God is everywhere present, and therefore no aspect of life may be divided from religion, and a
joyous devotion to the one God which all men worship and which it knows as Shiva, "the Auspicious
One," and the knowledge that Truth lies within man himself. 

The four sacred Vedas, mankind's oldest scriptures, intone, "To Rudra [Shiva], Lord of sacrifice, of hymns
and balmy medicines, we pray for joy and health and strength. He shines in splendor like the sun,
refulgent as bright gold is He, the good, the best among the Gods (Rig Veda 43.4­5)." "He is God, hidden
in all beings, their inmost soul who is in all. He watches the works of creation, lives in all things, watches
all things. He is pure consciousness, beyond the three conditions of nature (Yajur Veda, Svet.U.6.11)."
"There the eye goes not, nor words, nor mind. We know not. We cannot understand how He can be
explained. He is above the known, and He is above the unknown (Sama Veda, Kena U. 1.3)." "Fire is His
head, the sun and moon His eyes, space His ears, the Vedas His speech, the wind His breath, the universe
His heart. From His feet the Earth has originated. Verily, He is the inner Self of all beings. (Atharva Veda,
Mund.U. 2.1.4)."

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