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Vishvamata Devi - She is the Wheel of Time

Vishvamata (aka Bodhima) and Kalachakra adopt a striking pose, locked in a passionate embrace, lovingly gazing at each other. The intimacy they share and the dazzling display of arms create a dynamic tour de force.
Kalachakra is time and everything is under the influence of time, Kalachakra knows all. Whereas Kalachakri or Kalichakra (Visvamata), his spiritual consort and complement, is aware of everything that is timeless, untimebound, or out of the realm of time. They are temporality and atemporality conjoined. Similarly, the wheel is without a beginning or end.
Kalachakra is the Wheel of Time. Bodhima is the Universal Mother. And fused together they symbolize enlightened body-mind. Kalachakra originates from the ancient Vedic tradition which existed long before Buddhism appeared. The Kalachakra has been adopted by many different traditions, for example, the Hindu, Vedas, Upanishads, and Purana traditions, as well as Tibetan Buddhism and Jainism.

Shiva is 'The Great Time'

In the ancient Vedic time system, Kala (Time) is not regarded as linear or a single directional movement, like an arrow speeding from past to future. Likewise, the Hindus spoke of rhythm or universal order which is manifested as time. Time rhythms range from the fast ticking of the atom to the expansion of the entire cosmos. Time unfolds within the geological process of the Earth, the change of the season, the life cycle of a fly, etc.

Kala is directly linked to Siva. Siva is called Maha Kala “The Great Time.” His consort Kali Ma personifies the dynamic current that is shakti, action, liberated from the rhythms of Time.


In Sanskrit, the root visva means; Universe, and mata is Mother. Vishvamata exemplifies the Vedic term Rta, in Hindu; Rita – “that which is properly joined; order, rule; truth.” Rita is the principle of the natural order that regulates and coordinates the universe’s operation and everything within it. In the hymns of the Vedas, Ṛta is described as that which is responsible for the proper functioning of the natural, moral and social orders. Conceptually, it is allied to the injunctions and ordinances thought to uphold it, and referred to as Dharma, and the action of the individual in relation to those ordinances referred to as Karma – two terms which eventually eclipsed Ṛta in importance as signifying natural, religious and moral order in later Hinduism.

A Modern Perspective on Vishvamata

“From the outset, Vishvamata assured me that she was always on call and would discourse at length on anything relevant to her domain. Her tone was soothing, relaxed, and relaxing. She inspired confidence. Her transmission is somewhat discursive. It unfolds over time in a special manner because her style of instruction requires reflection and assimilation. She patiently explained to me that she communicates like a tour guide who walks you slowly through a site or a museum, commenting in detail on what comes up along the way.

Her transmission is not cogent or brutally incisive, as I had become accustomed to expect with the other devatas. Vishvamata needs to take time and show us what she teaches in the unfolding of events and relationships, concurrently as those events transpire and those relationships shift right before our eyes.

Vishvamata instructed me that concurrence is the signature of her unique style of teaching, unlike the brutal samurai-blade delivery of the other dakinis.

I take it that such a style characterizes Vishvamata as a “Female Buddha” who exercises extraordinary patience with those she instructs, and accordingly, adapts her teachings to their limitations. In concurrence—namely, her unique talent of reflecting insights against the shifting pattern of events and relationships—she is “variegated,” skilled in versatility. I am tempted to call her the Dakini of Fractal Modes. Fractality is similarity of form on different scales. The modalities of Vishvamata’s Buddha Wisdom come to mind easily and accessibly because she adapts her instruction fluidically to the scale of our experience, large and small. She will teach you a universal truth respective to your experience in specific terms, in the scale of your understanding at any particular moment, relative to any transient situation. How sophisticated is that.” JLL

Lastly, regarding the Maitreya process – World Teacher – Vishvamata plays a key role:

With reference to Buddhist and Hindu Tantric tradition, the divinatory power of the Aeon Sophia that radiates the recognition of the Maitreya into the ordinary mind is Vishvamata, “The Variegated Mother,” fondly referenced as Bodhi-Ma. She is the Mother of the Bodhisattvas. As Iachhos, the child of the Mysteries is the son of the Pleromic Sophia, so the Maitreya is the son of Bodhi-Ma — the living offspring of a divine feminine archetype. The Maitreya is what the Aeonic Mother imagines “It” to be. Sophia herself bears forth this fortunate child from the matrix of her dreaming attention, and divine imagination.

Bodhi-Ma confers the generic sense of humanity to the human-animal isolated in ego, single-self identity. She nurtures the consciousness of the species-self, as it may be called. The recognition of the Maitreya anchors this sense of humanity in the human mind as a non-abiding, transpersonal insight that passes from look to look as human animals encounter each other, strangers or not. The radiant gaze of Bodhi-Ma holds this insight steady in the broke-open heart of innocence. JLL

References: – Goddess: Divine energy – Chaya Chandrasekhar
Historical Shambhala: Kalachakra
Vishvamata on shift – JLL Visvamata
Maitreya Process: Essay JLL
Art Credit: RAW-SundariStudio

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Shakti Diagram Invocation: Use the Shakti Diagram – gaze at her position. Aim your attention on your heart center. Speak with reverence and respect. Repeat 3x as below. She will see you, and hear you.


Om Na  Ma Vishvamata
Om Na  Ma Vishvamata
Om Na  Ma Vishvamata


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