Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 483

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Universal Form
Chapter 11: Verse-9

sanjaya uväca
evam uktvä tato räjan mahä-yogeSvaro harih
darsayäm äsa pärthäya paramam rüpam aisvaram [1]


Sanjaya said: O King, having spoken thus, the Supreme Lord of all mystic power, the Personality of Godhead, displayed His universal form to Arjuna.

Chapter 11: Verse-10-11

aneka-vaktra-nayanam anekädbhuta-darsanam
aneka-divyäbharanam divyänekodyatäyudham
divya-mälyämbara-dharam divya-gandhänulepanam
sarvascarya-mayam devam anantam vissvato-mukham[2]


Arjuna saw in that universal form unlimited mouths, unlimited eyes, unlimited wonderful visions. The form was decorated with many celestial ornaments and bore many divine upraised weapons. He wore celestial garlands and garments, and many divine scents were smeared over His body. All was wondrous, brilliant, unlimited, all-expanding.


In these two verses the repeated use of the word many indicates that there was no limit to the number of hands, mouths, legs and other manifestations Arjuna was seeing. These manifestations were distributed throughout the universe, but by the grace of the Lord, Arjuna could see them while sitting in one place. That was due to the inconceivable potency of Krsna.



  1. sanjayah uväca=Sanjaya said; evam=thus; uktvä=saying; tatah=thereafter;
    räjan=O King; mahä-yoga-isvarah=the most powerful mystic; harih=the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna; darsayäm äsa=showed;
    pärthäya=unto Arjuna; paramam=the divine; rüpam aisvaram=universal form.
  2. aneka=various; vaktra=mouths; nayanam=eyes; aneka=various;
    adbhuta=wonderful; darsanam=sights; aneka=many; divya=divine; äbharanam=ornaments; divya=divine; aneka=various; udyata=uplifted;
    äyudham=weapons; divya=divine; mälya=garlands; ambara=dresses; dharam=wearing; divya=divine; gandha=fragrances; anulepanam=smeared with; sarva=all; ascarya-mayam=wonderful; devam=shining; anantam=unlimited; visvatah-mukham=all-pervading.

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