VISION OF THE COSMIC FORM
said: My illusion is dispelled by the profound words of wisdom You
spoke ¾ out of compassion towards me ¾ about the supreme
secret of Spirit.
Krishna, I have heard from You in detail about the origin and dissolution
of beings, and Your immutable glory.
OF GOD IS THE ULTIMATE
OF A SEEKER
Lord, You are as You have said; yet I wish to see Your divine cosmic
form, O Supreme Being.
Lord, if You think it is possible for me to see Your universal form,
then, O Lord of the yogis, show me Your transcendental form.
Krishna said: O Arjuna, behold My hundreds and thousands of multifarious
divine forms of different colors and shapes. Behold all the celestial
beings, and many wonders never seen before. Also behold the entire
creation ¾ animate, inanimate, and whatever else you like
to see ¾ all at one place in My body.
you are not able to see Me with your physical eye; therefore, I
give you the divine eye to see My majestic power and glory.
SHOWS HIS COSMIC
said: O King, having said this; Lord Krishna, the great Lord of
the mystic power of yoga, revealed His supreme majestic form to
saw the Universal Form of the Lord with many mouths and eyes, and
many visions of marvel, with numerous divine ornaments, and holding
many divine weapons. Wearing divine garlands and apparel, anointed
with celestial perfumes and ointments, full of all wonders, the
limitless God with faces on all sides.
the splendor of thousands of suns were to blaze forth all at once
in the sky, even that would not resemble the splendor of that exalted
saw the entire universe, divided in many ways, but standing as all
in One, and One in all in the transcendental body of Krishna, the
Lord of celestial rulers.
MAY NOT BE PREPARED, OR QUALIFIED, TO SEE THE LORD
seen the cosmic form of the Lord, Arjuna was filled with wonder;
and his hairs standing on end, bowed his head to the Lord and prayed
with folded hands.
said: O Lord, I see in Your body all supernatural controllers, and
multitude of beings, sages, and celestials.
Lord of the universe, I see You everywhere with infinite form, with
many arms, stomachs, faces, and eyes. O Universal Form, I see neither
your beginning nor the middle nor the end.
see You with Your crown, club, discus; and a mass of radiance, difficult
to behold, shining all around like the immeasurable brilliance of
the sun and the blazing fire.
believe You are the Supreme Being to be realized. You are the ultimate
resort of the universe. You are the Spirit, and protector of the
eternal order (Dharma).
see You with infinite power, without beginning, middle, or end;
with many arms, with the sun and the moon as Your eyes, with Your
mouth as a blazing fire scorching all the universe with Your radiance.
Lord, You pervade the entire space between heaven and earth in all
directions. Seeing Your marvelous and terrible form, the three worlds
are trembling with fear.
of supernatural rulers enter into You. Some with folded hands sing
Your names and glories in fear. A multitude of perfected beings
hail and adores You with abundant praises.
the celestial beings amazingly gaze at You. Seeing your infinite
form with many mouths, eyes, arms, thighs, feet, stomachs, and many
fearful tusks; the worlds are trembling with fear and so do I, O
IS FRIGHTENED TO
THE COSMIC FORM
am frightened and find neither peace nor courage, O Krishna, after
seeing Your effulgent and colorful form touching the sky, and Your
wide open mouth with large shining eyes.
lose my sense of direction and find no comfort after seeing Your
mouths with fearful tusks glowing like the fires of cosmic dissolution.
Have mercy on me! O Lord of celestial rulers, and refuge of the
my cousin brothers, along with the hosts of other kings and warriors
of the other side, together with chief warriors on our side, are
also quickly entering into Your fearful mouths with terrible tusks.
Some are seen caught in between the tusks with their heads crushed.
warriors of the mortal world are entering Your blazing mouths as
many torrents of the rivers enter into the ocean.
these people are rapidly rushing into Your mouths for destruction
as moths rush with great speed into the blazing flame for destruction.
are licking up all the worlds with Your flaming mouths, swallowing
them from all sides. Your powerful radiance is filling the entire
universe with effulgence and burning it, O Krishna.
me, who are You in such a fierce form? My salutations to You, O
best of all celestial rulers, be merciful! I wish to understand
You, O primal Being, because I do not know Your mission.
DESCRIBES HIS POWERS
Krishna said: I am death, the mighty destroyer of the world. I have
come here to destroy all these people. Even without your participation
in the war, all the warriors standing arrayed in the opposing armies
shall cease to exist.
you get up and attain glory. Conquer your enemies, and enjoy a prosperous
kingdom. I have already destroyed all these warriors. You are only
an instrument, O Arjuna.
all these great warriors who are already killed by Me. Do not fear.
You will certainly conquer the enemies in the battle; therefore,
PRAYERS TO THE COSMIC FORM
said: Having heard these words of Krishna; the crowned Arjuna, trembling
with folded hands, prostrated with fear and spoke to Krishna in
a choked voice.
said: Rightly, O Krishna, the world delights and rejoices in glorifying
You. Terrified demons flee in all directions. The hosts of sages
bow to You in adoration.
should they not ¾ O great soul ¾ bow to You, the original
creator who is even greater than the creator of material worlds?
O infinite Lord, O God of all celestial rulers, O abode of the universe,
You are both Eternal and Temporal, and the Supreme Being that is
beyond Eternal and Temporal.
are the primal God, the most ancient Person. You are the ultimate
resort of the entire universe. You are the knower, the object of
knowledge, and the Supreme Abode. You, O Lord of the infinite form,
pervade the entire universe.
are the controller of death, the fire, the wind, the water god,
the moon god, and the creator, as well as the father of the creator.
Salutations to You a thousand times, and again and again salutations
salutations to You from front, and from behind. O Lord, my obeisance
to You from all sides. You are infinite valor and the boundless
might. You pervade everything, and therefore You are everywhere
and in everything.
You merely as a friend, and not knowing Your greatness, I have inadvertently
addressed You as O Krishna, O Yadava, and O friend merely out of
affection or carelessness.
whatever way I may have insulted You in jokes; while playing, reposing
in bed, sitting, or at meals; when alone, or in front of others;
O Krishna, the immeasurable One, I implore You for forgiveness.
are the father of this animate and inanimate world, and the greatest
guru to be worshipped. No one is even equal to You in the three
worlds; how can there be one greater than You? O Being of incomparable
O adorable Lord, I seek Your mercy by bowing down and prostrating
my body before You. Bear with me as a father to his son, as a friend
to a friend, and as a husband to his wife, O Lord.
that which has never been seen before delights me, and yet my mind
is tormented with fear. Therefore, O God of celestial rulers, the
refuge of the universe, have mercy on me; and show me your four-armed
MAY SEE GOD IN ANY FORM
wish to see You with a crown, holding mace and discus in Your hand.
Therefore, O Lord with thousand arms and universal form, please
appear in the four-armed form.
Krishna said: O Arjuna, being pleased with you I have shown you,
through My own yogic powers, this particular supreme, shining, universal,
infinite, and primal form of Mine that has never been seen before
by anyone other than you.
Arjuna, neither by study of the Vedas, nor by sacrifice, nor by
charity, nor by rituals, nor by severe austerities, can I be seen
in this cosmic form by any one other than you in this human world.
SHOWS ARJUNA HIS FOUR-ARMED AND THE HUMAN FORM
not be perturbed and confused by seeing such a terrible form of
Mine as this. With fearless and cheerful mind, now behold My four-armed
said: After speaking like this to Arjuna, Krishna revealed His four-armed
form. And then assuming His pleasant human form, Lord Krishna, the
Great One, consoled Arjuna who was terrified.
said: O Krishna, seeing this lovely human form of Yours, I have
now become tranquil and I am normal again.
CAN BE SEEN BY DEVOTIONAL LOVE
Krishna said: This four-armed form of Mine that you have seen is
very difficult, indeed, to see. Even celestial controllers are ever
longing to see this form.
four-armed form of Mine that you have just seen cannot be seen even
by study of the Vedas, or by austerity, or by acts of charity, or
by the performance of rituals.
through single-minded devotion alone, I can be seen in this form,
can be known in essence, and also can be reached, O Arjuna.
one who does all works for Me, and to whom I am the supreme goal;
who is my devotee, who has no attachment, and is free from enmity
towards any being; attains Me, O Arjuna.