The spokes of the wheel divide experience into six Realms. These states of being – Jealous Gods, Bliss, Human, Animal, Hell, Hungry Ghosts, describe psychological frames of mind – Joseph Epstein says. Or do they indicate social conditions as one many of the other images on the Bhavacakra do? The demonic figure that holds the circle of life between his jaws, tells the Tibetan of the transience of life, we all die, and to be fierce in your quest for enlightenment.
One way to think of a realm is that all the folks who dwell in one share the same attitude.
Yama was a devoted monk sitting for 99 years in a cave, until his profound meditation was interrupted by cattle thieves hiding a stolen bull. They cut off the head of the bull and put it over the quiet monk.
So Yama wears the skull & eyes of the slaughtered bull. The sweet sound “yama suggests the sincere patience tale of the devoted monk. Yet the fearsome transformation symbolize impermanence. Like the West’s Carpe Deum seize the day, don’t waste time
The complete painting stands 12′ high, hung, or sometimes painted directly, on a temple wall. This image was painted by Tashi Dargyl seen here working on another painting in Sebastopol California. Mr. Dargyl gave us permission to reproduce a high resolution photo of the wheel he painted in India. We credit the second version, to an online article posted from Tricycle Magazine.