Ben Yuan wrote:.....
What is interesting also is that the image shows the extent of samsara, different planes of existence above the sky, the immediate earth/ocean/land relationships with the sun/moon existence. At the lower levels to this per the vertical blue/red bar representing lower realms. In addition, the general depth of earth itself with a thin blue line at the bottom representing the movements of wind/water in relation to the earth itself.
Clearly, the image shows nothing but existence itself representing samsara.....the extent of the immediate environment where one finds oneself.....this would directly correspond to the teaching where existence is suffering by itself.....what is more interesting is what is OUTSIDE the image.....which also corresponds to the teaching that anything outside the aim of escaping samsara is not taught as it is not required.
As everything is nothing but an illusion, the image would also relate to this too in a sense. If one were to relate these as the real thing then we fall into the trap that we are looking for something physical on earth which clearly is delusional. This is the same as trying to answer the question of the chicken and egg or did man arrive before the woman.....as everything is nothing but cause and effect, the answer lies within the understanding of the effect to establish the cause.
Yet at the very heart of the image, there is an inverted triangle (inverted pyramid/cone in 3d) which is the main object/subject in direct relationship with the surrounding environment as everything evolves around this. So clearly, this Mount Sumeru (inverted triangle/pyramid/cone) has a direct link to one who is situated in such an environment.....the viewer!
This Mount Sumeru cannot be some magical physical place where if one locates it and enters the place, it means one can escape the cycle of existence because existence itself is an illusion therefore the physical place will also be an illusion.....the illusion itself cannot escape an illusion, the illusion must be understood first.
The image shows where one sees oneself in an environment beyond their control and conditioned to exist.....as an effect one caused.
The inverted triangle (inverted pyramid/cone in 3d) can be further investigated.....to establish exactly what it is.