Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 515

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

The Universal Form
Chapter 11: Verse-50

sanjaya uväca
ity arjunam väsudevas tathoktvä svakam rüpam darsayäm äsa bhüyah
äsväsayäm äsa ca bhitam enam bhütvä punahsaumya-vapur mahätmä[1]


Sanjaya said to Dhrtarastrah: The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, having spoken thus to Arjuna, displayed His real four-armed form and at last showed His two-armed form, thus encouraging the fearful Arjuna.


When krsnaa ppeared as the son of Vasudeva and Devaki, He first of all appeared as four-armed Näräyana, but when He was requested by His parents, He transformed Himself into an ordinary child in appearance. Similarly,krsna knew that Arjuna was not interested in seeing a four-handed form, but since Arjuna asked to see this four-handed form,krsna also showed him this form again and then showed Himself in His two-handed form. The word saumya-vapuh is very significant. Saumya-vapuh is a very beautiful form; it is known as the most beautiful form. When He was present, everyone was attracted simply by Krsna’s form, and becausekrsnais the director of the universe, He just banished the fear of Arjuna, His devotee, and showed him again His beautiful form of Krsna. In the[2] it is stated, premänjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena: only a person whose eyes are smeared with the ointment of love can see the beautiful form of Krsna.



  1. sanjayah uväca=Sanjaya said; iti=thus; arjunam=unto Arjuna;
    väsudevah=Krsna; tathä=in that way; uktvä=speaking; svakam=His own; rüpam=form; darsayäm äsa=showed; bhüyah=again; äsväsayäm
    äsa=encouraged; ca=also; bhitam=fearful; enam=him; bhütvä=becoming; punah=again; saumya-vapuh=the beautiful form; mahä-ätmä=the great one.
  2. Brahma-samhitä 5.38

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