Vish­warupa as Time­less­ness

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The con­cept of vish­warupa is a philo­soph­i­cal man­i­fes­ta­tion. In Hindu mythol­ogy we get to see its men­tion a cou­ple of times. Krishna once showed it to Yashoda in his child­hood and fi­nally to Ar­juna in the ‘bat­tle­field of prin­ci­ple and its vi­o­la­tion’ that we en­counter in our day-to-day life. The same con­cept of one­ness en­tered Bud­dhism as well. One huge form of Bud­dha holds mul­ti­ple forms of tiny Bud­dhas on mul­ti­ple hands. The tantric god­dess Kali who is be­yond kala or time, wears the gar­land of sev­ered heads, each rep­re­sent­ing time. From the eyes of an artist th­ese images are por­tray­als of time­less­ness en­com­pass­ing sev­eral phases of time, noth­ing­ness com­pris­ing ma­te­rial man­i­fes­ta­tions of tem­po­rary na­ture, end­less­ness in which fit in mil­lions of phases with end­points. Within what is known to be be­yond time are por­trayed in­nu­mer­able man­i­fes­ta­tions of time, each of which has a past, present and fu­ture; each of which emerges, blooms and ends.

Be­cause vish­warupa is be­yond time it can con­tain a num­ber of man­i­fes­ta­tions of time si­mul­ta­ne­ously. It is im­ma­te­rial to iden­tify the first or sec­ond in a se­quen­tial man­ner be­cause time­less­ness is the bench­mark, and this is rep­re­sented in the form of a gar­land or cir­cu­lar struc­ture. The jour­ney of life is from a state that rep­re­sents time to a state be­yond time. Un­less we en­ter time, we can­not re­alise time­less­ness.

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