For example, in the Vedic
tradition, the sacred mountain at the center of the world
called Kailas or Meru, is said to be at the north pole and
the source of the four rivers which support the world. Most
cultures have their mythic world mountain. Kailas is
identified with a mountain in Tibet north of the Himalayan
range. Such an identification is symbolic or mythical.
Actually any mountain can be the sacred mountain.
Mount Meru in Tibet may not
be at the actual north pole, nor is it the highest mountain
in the world. But it may still be at the spiritual north
pole of the world. Its sacred dimension may give it a
quality that makes it the highest and most central mountain
in the world. It may be the home of many Divine teachers,
perhaps the Lord of the World on the subtle planes. In all
these things it is the inner meaning we must look to and not
just simply look down upon other cultures because they were
not speaking in our language. Such sacred languages
have their place in life. They are not to be interpreted
literally, though they may have some relevance to the outer
scheme of things.