Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 511

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

The Universal Form
Chapter 11: Verse-46

kiritinam gadinam cakra-hastam icchämi tväm drastum aham tathaiva
tenaiva rüpena catur-bhujena sahasra-bäho bhava visva-mürte [1]


O universal form, O thousand-armed Lord, I wish to see You in Your four-armed form, with helmeted head and with club, wheel, conch and lotus flower in Your hands. I long to see You in that form.


In the [2] it is stated, rämädi-mürtisu kalä-niyamena tisthan: the Lord is eternally situated in hundreds and thousands of forms, and the main forms are those like Räma, Nrsimha, Näräyana, etc. There are innumerable forms. But Arjuna knew that krsna is the original Personality of Godhead assuming His temporary universal form. He is now asking to see the form of Näräyana, a spiritual form. This verse establishes without any doubt the statement of the Srimad-Bhägavatam that krsna is the original Personality of Godhead and all other features originate from Him. He is not different from His plenary expansions, and He is God in any of His innumerable forms. In all of these forms He is fresh like a young man. That is the constant feature of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One who knows krsna becomes free at once from all contamination of the material world.



  1. kiritinam=with helmet; gadinam=with club; cakra-hastam=disc in hand;
    icchämi=I wish; tväm=You; drastum=to see; aham=I; tathä eva=in that position; tena eva=in that; rüpena=form; catuh-bhujena=four-handed;
    sahasra-bäho=O thousand-handed one; bhava=just become; visva-mürte=O universal form.
  2. Brahma-samhitä 5.39

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