A symbol is something that represents an idea, a process, or a physical entity. The purpose of a symbol is to communicate meaning. For example, a red octagon may be a symbol for “STOP”. On a map, a picture of a tent might represent a campsite. Numerals are symbols for numbers. Personal names are symbols representing individuals. A red rose symbolizes love and compassion.
In order to better understand the richness of the symbol, let us consider for a moment the pyramid. It commonly represents the famous tomb of Kings and Queens of ancient Egypt. To the layman, pseudo-scientific, supernatural and romantic entertainment on pyramids is appealing. Science fiction and Egyptomania leads readers to get caught in fantasies but in all cases Pyramids are the greatest monumental structures on the planet known to mankind.
“PYRAMID” is a greek word consisting of two words ‘PYRA’ + ‘MID’ where the term PYRA means”FIRE” and MID means “Center Core”. Hence it is said that an Object which contains “FIRE” (here the deeper meaning of Fire refers to the energy field) in its Center core or Nuclei.
This demonstrates that Egyptian people were fully aware of the deeper meaning of FIRE and were using it accordingly thousands of years ago.
Symbols are a language of silence, of inexpressibility, which is common to all cultures and to all times. Symbols help us to move towards a common truth.
The various interpretations of a symbol do not contradict each other. On the contrary, they complement each other as they give different shifts of emphasis of a unique metaphysical or supernatural reality, lying beyond the physical or natural world.
Symbols are deep representations of human beings taking the appearance of stories or drawings or gestures or sounds. As fruit of all cultures and all times, they reflect a reality of a superior order based on a representation of an inferior order.
Along these lines, symbols do not express, but suggest. They transcend the diversity of the existential or outer world to reach the universality, the unity of the essential or inner world. Beyond the physical and psychical life, they give access to spiritual life.
It is not the drawing, the shape, the gesture or the sound which makes the symbol, it is the symbol which enhances them.
Men are capable of perceiving the Pyramid in an astonishing number of ways. Some have thought the Pyramid was an astronomic and astrological observatory. Some have thought it functioned as the equivalent of a theodolite for surveyors in ancient times… Some think it performed as a giant sundial… Some think it records the mathematics and science of a civilization which vanished… Some think it is a huge water pump. Others have thought it was filled with fabulous treasures… One early investigator came away convinced it was the remains of a huge volcano. Another thought the pyramids were Joseph’s granaries. Some thought they were heathen idols which should be destroyed. Some believe the Pyramid captures powerful cosmic energies… Some think it is a tomb. Some think it is a Bible in stone with prophecies build into the scheme of its internal passages… Some think it was a mammoth public works project which consolidated the position of the pharaoh and the unity of the nation. Some think it was built by beings from outer space. Some say it was a temple of initiation. Some hold that it was an instrument of science. Some believe it is an altar of Guild built through direct Divine Revelation. And today, judging by the uses to which it has been put, some apparently think it is an outhouse.
But there is one idea that has not been presented or explored, and it is possibly the simplest of all: that it was designed and built to represent us.
The ancient Egyptian word for pyramids is “Mr”, pronounced as “mer”. But the origin of the word “Mr” is unknown. The term “pyramid” in the Arabic world is the most ancient and largest construction ever built.
The triangle shape represents the universal energy and the inverted triangle represents the process of creativity or regeneration. When these two forces, the universal energy and nature combine, then the process of creation starts.
The different steps of the pyramid symbolize the various stages of spirituality to be achieved. Reaching the top consists in re-assembling in a unique point the directions scattered at the four corners of our life. It is a matter of re-integration of the being into the Being. This reintegration process conveys the human being from an individual and specific state to a supra-individual and universal state, which is common to all of us.
Putting the finishing touches to this assent means realizing the perfect integration of human and divine worlds and really becoming the “Universal Man”. Having reached this stage of spirituality, the being is not able, in principle, to go back to its previous state of individual and to go down the pyramid steps.
Before becoming tombs for Royal remains, the pyramids, especially Egyptian ones, probably constituted ritual places where the Pharaoh was initiated to Mysteries.
The initiation consisted in a symbolic death of the current state of being and a re-birth into a higher order one; it occurred in all likelihood within the chambers fit up inside the construction. Consequently, the passage from a symbolic to a properly physical tomb must have corresponded to a degeneration of the initiation art.
The presence of these chambers meant that the pyramid could be climbed not only according to the external steps, but also from the inner room. As a symbol of the cave or cosmic world where every individual is living, the chamber was used as a heart for a spiritual journey of the initiate in order to reach the summit where the being communicates with the Spirit. In this case, the ascension did not occur on the external slope, but alongside the vertical axis linking the being to the top of the edifice. This direct way gave access to what the Ancients called the “Great Mysteries” or the rebirth of the human being as spiritual Being.
Many other pyramid aspects may be mentioned, but they would only confirm its deep meaning.
The pyramid and the cosmic cave may be symbolized by two reverse triangles, the first containing the second. The pyramid represented by the triangle pointing upwards evokes the supra-cosmic world and its Principle situated at the summit. The cosmic cave is assimilated to the triangle pointing downwards and symbolizes the manifestation of the Principle here below. The supra-cosmic or inner world contains the cosmic or outer world and includes everything as the Whole.
The reverse nature of both triangles provides a typical principle. When triangles intersect, they portray Solomon’s seal fulfilling the perfect union between Heaven and Earth, between the divine and the human realized within the “Universal Man”.
Recalling this example simply shows that a unique symbol may be understood in different ways according to the point of view chosen. A symbol can not have a single meaning, otherwise it would risk to be reduced to a simple piece of information.
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