Kalachakra Shakti Thangka is handpainted in Kathmandu Nepal by Master Thangka Artist. Kalachakra means the ‘Wheel of Time’ & offers tools to help you free yourself from cyclical existence [Skt. Samsara].
Samsara refers to patterns of behavior such as habits & preconceived ideas concerning the nature of reality. Each of the tools held by the deity provides a specific solution.
The sum of all of Kalachakra’s attributes can lead you to pure consciousness beyond the normal conception of space & time.
Iconography of Kalachakra
The idea of Kalachakra revolves around the concept of time [Skt. Kala] and the cycles [Skt. Chakra’s] of existence. Everything from the cycles of a clock, the cycles of habit, the cycles of the planets through to the cycles of human breathing.
Everything is the world is governed by cycles of time & the clearer we understand cyclical patterns the more we can work with them & liberate navigate towards a more enlightened state. Kalachakra is temporarily conjoined with his consort yellow Kalachakri in an embrace called Yab-Yum.
Kalachakra has four heads, 24 arms & 2 legs. A principle head is blue, with a blue upper body & four blue left & four right arms. His two principle arms embrace Kalachakri.
Additionally a left redhead, four red left, four right arms & a red left leg a white right-facing head, four white right arms & a white right leg. Kalachakra is an emanation of blue Akshobhya [Skt.] [Eng. unshakable which is why Kalachakra is predominately blue.
The two other original transcendent Buddha Families (Meditation [Skt. Dhyana] Buddhas) depicted are red Amitabha [Skt.] meaning bearer of love who can greed into love & white Vairochana [Skt.] meaning illuminator who can snuff out delusion into realized wisdom.
The wisdom energies of Buddhist Art Amitabha, Akshobhya & Vairochana respectively transmute greed, hatred & delusion tuning the Wheel of Life. His crossed two principle blue arms are in Victory over the Three Realms gesture [Skt. Triolyavijaya Mudra], also called the Humkara Mudra with reference to the syllable ‘Hum’.
The three realms form the Trikaya Principle of Nirmanakaya, Sambhogakaya & Dharmakaya. The right-hand holds a vajra topped bell [Skt. Ghanta] (barely visible) symbolizing female wisdom & a diamond [Skt. Vajra] scepter which symbolizes method or compassion.
He wears a special necklace of interlocking Diamond Sceptres [Skt. Vajramala] & a second made of skulls [Skt Kapalamala]. He wears a tiger skin dhoti representing his power over hatred. He stands & subdues two four-armed demons.
One of his left hands holds a blue wooden club [Skt. Danda] representing the crushing of the veils of ignorance. The top left red hand holds a hammer [Skt. Mudgara] representing the destruction of greed.
The head of the hammer is bell-shaped symbolizing the female wisdom quality, the vajra-shaped back part representing the male method quality & surmounted by a jewel representing a conviction.
The third red left-hand holds an iron hook [elephant goad] with a vajra pommel [Skt. Vajrankush] which represents subjugating negative afflictions. The fourth red hand holds three unkindled firebrands [Skt. Agnidanda or Jvaladanda] often shown as three fire arrows [Skt. Agnibana] representing the power of subjugating the three original Kleshas being greed, hatred & delusion which form the center of the Wheel of Life.
The top right white hand holds the Four Heads of Brahma [Skt. Brahmashiras] representing the severance of all conceptualizations & development of the four measureless states being loving-kindness [Skt. Metta], sympathetic joy [Skt. Mudita], equanimity [Skt. Upekka] & lastly compassion [Skt. Karuna] which themselves know no bounds.
The Four abodes are also known as the Temples of Brahma. The third white hand holds a sun disc [Skt Suryachakra] representing absolute truth with the third blue hand holding a moon disc representing awoken realization of relative truth.
His fourth right white hand holds the right-turning conch shell [Skt. Dakshinavarta Sangha] representing sound & the seed [Skt. bija] syllables, Buddhism according to the Dharmas.
Mantra of Kalachakra
OM AH HUM HOH HAM KSHAH MA LA VA RA YA HUM PHET