Vishwarupa as Timelessness
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.