The Kalachakra deity and his entourage of deities surround him in the Kalachakra Mandala, which represents the components of a single individual person in purified form a fully enlightened human. The Sanskrit words “kala” and “chakra” signify time and cycle, respectively. The name alludes to the Buddhist and Hindu cosmologies’ cyclical aspect of time.
Kalachakra is a four-faced, black-skinned god with twenty-four arms and twelve faces. He is the personification of time, which is reflected in his name. This Kalachakra Mandala depicts an authentic castle that reflects five aspects:
1) Enlightened body 2) Enlightened speech 3) Enlightened mind 4) Enlightened wisdom 5) Enlightened bliss
The palace is surrounded by four elemental rings as well as two outer rings and when all of these elements are put together, it forms a microcosm of universe. Inside out, they symbolize:
1) Water 2) Fire 3) Wind 4) Earth 5) Wisdom and Space
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