My experiences at many luminous places is one of mental tranquility, including very coherent states of mind, at times almost completely free of thoughts. Places of power and luminosity, for me, induce a state of meditation, concentrating my mind via the energetic fields of these special environments, and incline my mind to a sustained degree of attentive awareness.
We can imagine explorers of the Himalayas, a very long time ago, who approached mountains such as Mt. Kailash, and experienced profound states of mental focus, spontaneously, naturally, and upon returning to their homes choose to practice inducing a similar state of focused awareness by paying attention consciously, duplicating, as best they could, their exalted experiences at luminous sites in the Himalayas. I believe that this was the origin of meditation, a practice of concentrating the mind, as it occurs naturally at certain luminous places.
Shiva, a principle God of Hinduism, is portrayed in art and scriptures as residing upon Mt Kailash, His Home. He is the patron of yoga, and He is seen seated in meditation* on the top of Mt Kailash. Lama Govinda and Walter Evans Wentz, both scholars and experts on the subject of Tibetan yoga and meditation refer to Mt. Kailash, and other sites in the Himalayas, which have induced powerful spiritual experiences for many people.
*Cannabis Indica is a sacrament used by many spiritual aspirants in Northern India. It is used to incline awareness to pay attention to the mind, and is thus considered by some people to be an aide for meditation. It facilitates withdrawing the mind from the senses, looking inward, and paying attention to qualities of the mind and consciousness. Cannabis was a medicinal herb held in high esteem by Shiva. We can imagine what the combination of Cannabis Indica was for early explorers who par took of this intoxicant while visiting luminous places in the Himalayas.
Reading: Circling the Sacred Mountain by Robert Thurman Way of the White Clouds by Lama Anagarika Govinda Cuchama and Sacred Mountains by Walter Evans Wentz Three Years in Tibet by Ekai Kawaguchi
YouTube: Kailash Beyond the Possible
Paul C Adams (c) 2017 updated: 1/9/17