the insight that is beyond constructions such as time and space.
He holds up the Mirror of Wisdom, reflecting samsara or the Wheel
of Existence, with its causes and conditions.
Yama is known as Manjushri in his peaceful aspect, and, as he embodies
the wisdom that eliminates confusion, he is known as the father
of all the buddhas. As such he is the intelligence that is inherent
in all living creatures, and is an innate sacred principle that
needs not be limited to the particular terms or definition of one
language, religion or science. For agnostic persons he could simply
be identified as the naked insight that sees through deception.
However, for this insight to effectively liberate from the suffering
of confusion, recognition of insight needs to be cultivated and
fully realised. In the image of the Wheel of Existence, Yama is
represented as a wrathful buddha in order to awaken from the dullness
The image of the Wheel of Existence, reflected in
the Mirror of Wisdom, describes the confused experience of sentient
beings. These experiences have nothing to do with belief or culture,
but are universal experiences based on universal causes. The mirror
has two purposes: a mirror is not partial to what is reflected –
it is a symbol of truthfulness; and in itself it symbolizes the
vivid yet unreal nature of appearances: a reflected image, however
vivid it may be, is not truly anything but a reflection. Although
the experiences of our existence seem very real due to the causal
conditions – delineated in the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination
- they only exist in appearance. On the other hand, even though
the reflections are not real, the beholder might not be aware of
this, and therefore experience the reflections as vividly real.
In this case mistaken belief in reality brings about unceasing cycles