Bhagavad Gita -Madhvacharya 274

Bhagavad Gita -Sri Madhvacharya

(Bhashya and Tatparya Nirnaya)


Chapter 11
Vishvarupadarshana Yoga

43 – 44 – 45 - 46. You are the father of the animate and inanimate world, the object of worship and the venerable Teacher. No one is equal to you, how then can anyone be greater in the three worlds than you of incomparable greatness? Therefore, bowing down and prostrating before You, O Adorable One, I seek your grace. Like father to the son, friend to the friend, as lover to his beloved, you should bear with me. What was never earlier seen, seeing that even though my mind is shaken with fear, I verily rejoice. Therefore, being gracious show me, O Lord, Your pleasing form, the refuge of the worlds. With your crown, mace and the disc, I desire to see You even as before in that four-armed form. Therefore, You assume Your own Self, 0 of thousand arms and of Universal form.
Tatparya Nirnaya :- You show your own form; the purport being to show the original form by concealing the universal form. Concealing the inconceivable form sitting on the lotus, the human form should be meditated upon, thus, in Vaihaya Samhita.
47. The Resplendent Lord said: By My Grace, O Arjuna, and this supreme, luminous, universal, infinite and Primal form has been shown to you, which no one has seen earlier, save yourself.
Tatparya Nirnaya :- The supreme Lord is known as विश्वम्, the pervador because of the entirety of His attributes, thus in Padma Puraana. This Universal form has been seen by no other person earlier excepting you (Arjuna) now, since he is endowed with the body of Indra. This is not to say that no one has seen in earlier times, but no one earlier was it displayed as much as Arjuna has been done. The universal form was seen first by the four-faced Brahma, thereafter to a limited extent by Rudra, to further limited extent by Indra. Therefore Arjuna could see only as much as Indra saw in earlier times. Thereafter others also saw to the limited extent, each according to their capability, thus, in Brahmanda Puraana.