Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Enlightenment On the Highest Mountain
By Fresh Catteneo
Mount Meru is a sacred mountain in Hindu, Buddhist cosmology, and Jain mythology. It is considered to be the center of all real and mythological universes. It is believed to be the abode of Brahma and other deities. At 80,000 yojanas or leagues (450,000 km) high and located in Jambudvipa, it is rare for anyone to climb to it's summit. Only the bravest and most determined spiritual seekers will attempt it.
I thought about Mt. Meru today when I explored the snowy mountain tops of Bodhi - Land of Buddha Dharma. After my meeting here with the strange creature Excelsior and his pack of magical pets, I decided I might stay here for a few more days. I suddenly saw a yellow dot down below. I flew closer and then spotted a young Japanese woman, MyssMichiko Kumaki, immersed in deep meditation on a giant lotus flower.
From ancient times the lotus has been a divine symbol in Hindu tradition. It is often used as an example of divine beauty. For example, Vishnu is often described as the 'Lotus-Eyed One'. Its unfolding petals suggest the expansion of the soul. The growth of its pure beauty from the mud of its origin holds a benign spiritual promise.
I did not want to disturb MyssMichiko's peaceful state of mind and annoy her with worldly matters. But I did take a good look at her and was mesmerised by her beauty and pureness. On her left shoulder quietly sat a cute little white mouse.
And then Gendhar, a warrior dressed in a black Kimono appeared. With a mighty sword strapped to his back, he stood on the edge of the mountain peak and scouted the area with his sharp eagle eyes. Ghendar is a Samurai and is MyssMichiko's partner. The word "samurai" is derived from the archaic Japanese verb "samorau," changed to "saburau," meaning "to serve"; thus, a "samurai" is a servant, i.e. the servant of a lord.
It was just the three of us on top of the highest mountain in Bodhi - Land of Buddha Dharma,
and maybe the highest mountain in all of Second Life. It was a clear day and I could see for miles around. The air stood still and only an occasional cry of a hungry wolf disturbed the silence. I was a stranger to these two people but somehow I felt it is not a coincidence that we met here, of all places, 8000 feet above sea level.
Before we said Good Bye, I asked Ghendar if he has any final words to say. And Gendhar replied: "I never add final words. I like to leave my future open (: "