Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 485

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

The Universal Form
Chapter 11: Verse-13

tatraika-stham jagat krtsnam pravibhaktam anekadhä
apasyad deva-devasya sarere pandavas tadä [1]


At that time Arjuna could see in the universal form of the Lord the unlimited expansions of the universe situated in one place although divided into many, many thousands.


The word tatra [2] is very significant. It indicates that both Arjuna and krsna were sitting on the chariot when Arjuna saw the universal form. Others on the battlefield could not see this form, because krsna gave the vision only to Arjuna. Arjuna could see in the body of krsna many thousands of planets. As we learn from Vedic scriptures, there are many universes and many planets. Some of them are made of earth, some are made of gold, some are made of jewels, some are very great, some are not so great, etc. Sitting on his chariot, Arjuna could see all these. But no one could understand what was going on between Arjuna and Krsna.



  1. tatra=there; eka-stham=in one place; jagat=the universe; krtsnam=complete; pravibhaktam=divided; anekadhä=into many; apasyat=could see; deva-devasya=of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; sarere=in the universal form; pandavah=Arjuna; tadä=at that time.
  2. “there”

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