The concept of Meru is pyramidal in shape. Pyramids are there all over the world. In Egypt, in Mexico, in Bosnia, in Turkey and in many other places. At each place, the physical pyramids have different purposes. Researchers are today unravelling newer meanings for what these pyramids stood.
In the Indian civilization too, the concept of pyramids does exist, not in the physical form of gigantic pyramids but in the concept of Meru. At a ritual level, there is Meru worship.
For the noble factors that are inherent in Meru, it is referred to as Su Meru.
We call Egyptian pyramids as “pyramids”, as the word is derived from the Greek word, “pyre mid”, meaning there is fire energy in the middle of the pyramid. The ancient Egyptian word in the native Egyptian language in “Mru”. It is indeed interesting to note that Mru and Meru are phonetically similar and refer to a similar concept.
Conical Meru Shaped structure, Turkey
Pyramid of the Moon Mexico
While archaeological remains of pyramids are available all over the world as hardware, the information on why they were made and how they were made has been lost in all these lands.
In India however, we have exhaustive texts on Meru, on what it means and on why we give importance to this concept of Meru.
Does this suggest that while hardware is strewn all over the world, the software to understand them lies in the ancient Indian Meru texts?
A connect is needed between the two to unravel the mysteries of pyramids. In iconography, one of the forms of Vishnu is known as Srivatsa. This can be identified with a pyramidal triangle etched on the chest of Vishnu over His heart.
Among many things, the Meru symbol also denotes knowledge. This symbolism of denoting knowledge is not just in Indian thought but can also be seen in architecture in Greco Roman style Fasad as well.
In the Indian thought, the base knowledge on each subjects originates from the Veda which is the starting point. That knowledge is explained in different Upanishads. This knowledge is also explained with stories in different Purana. The scholars and rishi give further information as relevance to their times. This creates a plethora of other subjects. In present day Hindi, these are commonly called as Tipany.
This way of arranging of knowledge from the source through all these explanatory texts are pyramidal in shape. Thus we see, among the many explanations for Meru, the explanation and arrangement of knowledge as it has come down to us today, is in the shape of Meru.
More on Meru, in our book, Brand Bharat Vol-2.