Vedic Stupa Symbolism

At the top of a Vedic stupa is a cone representing the Cosmic Tree. At the top of this tree is a "parasol." Above that is then placed the Vedic trinity representing the Moon, Sun and Venus, in that order.

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Through a number of passages in the Rig-Veda, we can understand the parasol as a symbol of Soma, the entheogenic mushroom and Vedic Moon deity. When combined with the Cosmic Tree (a.k.a. the Vedic Wisdom Tree or Mount Meru), it becomes the "mushroom tree" found illustrated in many religious texts.

According to Vedic tradition, the stupa also corresponds to the Buddha body where the tree/parasol symbolizes the "ushnisha" protuberance at the crown of the head. In this way, the mushroom tree was viewed as a kind of transducer to elevate consciousness and transport one up to the realm of the planet gods.

Now as I've mentioned before, it has been established that the Vedic stupa is the architectural model upon which all domed or steepled religious and government buildings are based. In this way, all such buildings are really symbols for the elevation of consciousness, induced by the ingestion of entheogenic mushrooms.