Revelation of the Cosmic Form – Chapter 11 – Slokas 11.17 – 11.21

Arjuna said, “kiritinam gadinam cakrinam ca
tejo-rasim sarvato diptimantam
pasyami tvam durniriksyam samantad
diptanalarka-dyutim aprameyam
– I see You as wearing a diadem, wielding a mace and holding a disc; a mass of brilliance glowing all around, difficult to look at from all sides, possessed of radiance of the blazing fire and sun and immeasurable.

 

tvam aksaram paramam veditavyam
tvam asya visvasya param nidhanam
tvam avyayah sasvata-dharma-gopta
sanatanas tvam puruso mato me
– You are the Immutable; the Supreme One to be known; You are most perfect repository of this Universe. You are the Imperishable, the Protector of the ever-existing dharma. You are the eternal Transcendental Person. This is my belief.

 

anadi-madhyantam ananta-viryam
ananta-bahum sasi-surya-netram
pasyami tvam dipta-hutasa-vaktram
sva-tejasa visvam idam tapantam
– I see You as without beginning, middle and end, possessed of infinite valour, having innumerable arms, having the sun and the moon as eyes, having a mouth like a blazing fire, and heating up this Universe by Your own brilliance.

 

dyav a-prthivyor idam antaram hi
vyaptam tvayaikena disas ca sarvah
drstvadbhutam rupam ugram tavedam
loka-trayam pravyathitam mahatman
– Indeed this intermediate space between heaven and earth as also all the directions are pervaded by You alone. O exalted One, the three worlds are struck with fear by seeing this astonishing fearful form of Yours.

 

ami hi tvam sura-sangha visanti
kecid bhitah pranjalayo grnanti
svastity uktva maharsi-siddha-sanghah
stuvanti tvam stutibhih puskalabhih
– Those very groups of gods enter into You; struck with fear and unable to flee, some among them extol You with their palms joined. Groups of great sages and perfected beings praise You with elaborate hymns saying, svasti iti, ‘May it be well!’.

 

[Chapter 11, Slokas 11.17 – 11.21]

Author’s thoughts:

Arjuna is astonished at the wide cosmos and diverse beings in the Cosmic Form of Lord Krishna. He is dazzled by the brilliance of this Cosmic Form and is also fearful upon seeing this stupendous myriad gamut of creation. Lord Krishna, the personification of kindness and grace gave the divine vision to Arjuna to see His Self and anything else that he wished to.

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