WLA_vanda_Vishnu_as_the_Cosmic_Man Vishnu as the Cosmic Man (Vishvarupa), Jaipur, Rajasthan- c. 1800-50. US Public Domain, Wikimedia

In the Introduction to the Second Section of Symbols of Transformation, Carl Jung addresses the nature of ‘creative divinity’ (para 183), elucidating its various archetypal forms. One such form is seen in a 19th Century paining of the ‘Cosmic Man,’ as shown above. Jung speaks of the ‘Cosmic Man’, drawing upon passages from the Shvetashvatara Upanishad:

“Without feet, without hands, he moves, he grasps; eyeless he sees, earless he hears; he knows all that is to be known, yet there is no knower of him. Men call him the Primordial Person, the Cosmic Man. Smaller than small, greater than great ….” (cited in CW5, para. 182, emphasis added).

The Cosmic Man is an archetypal figure, representing the cosmic form of all forms and of all deities. The Shvetashvatara Upanishad  speaks of  Purusha, the Cosmic Man:

“That Person, no…

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