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What is meant by ‘sacred’?

23 Sep 2011

The sacred embodies whatever we cherish above everything else, whatever stirs our deepest feelings and awakens our highest aspirations. This will differ from person to person and from culture to culture. Whatever it may be, the ultimate value expressed in the sacred provides meaning, direction, and purpose in life. It gives us a sense of place and inspires our greatest efforts. There is a rich symbolism associated with sacred mountains which have been viewed as places of revelation, centres of the universe, sources of life, pathways to heaven, as divine sources of life expressions of the ultimate reality in its myriad of manifestations. I visited Mount Shasta in Northern California mid-2011 – considered to be a sacred mountain – one of the ‘seven sacred mountains of the world’.

John Muir wrote about Mount Shasta in 1901:

“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out amongst the grasses and the gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature’s sources never fail.”



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