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KALA [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] 'Time.'

A name of Yama, the judge of the dead. In the Atharva-Veda Time is addressed as the source and ruler of all things. "It is he who drew forth the worlds and encompassed them. Being their father, he became their son. There is no other power superior to him."

The Vishnu, Bhagavata, and Padma Puranas state that Brahma existed in the form of Time, "but the Puranas do not generally recognise Time as an element of the first cause."

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