Darkness in whatever form may be clearly defined as those things that give primary power to egotism, materialism, and the attendant harms that follow to others and to us. Essentially, the dark is anything hindering spiritual evolution—in other words, hindering Love.
Mountain climbing is a symbol of achievement. If we seek the higher correspondence of worldly achievement, we find a door to deep mystery. According to legend, Merlin buried the sun in Mount Tombe. And in Persian mythology the sacred fire was kept alight on Mount Quedah, “the mansion of fire.” Thus fire, the symbol of spirit and illumination, is associated with lofty achievement.
“Ye are even as the fire which in the darkness of the night has been kindled upon the mountain top.”
— Persian scripture
“But I shall be on the mountain top. I shall look down upon the night, as I am learning to climb and look down upon the storms. I shall be in the new day of the mountain-top, forever above the night.”
— The University of Hard Knocks