Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The Universal Form
Chapter 11: Verse-52
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear Arjuna, this form of Mine you are now seeing is very difficult to behold. Even the demigods are ever seeking the opportunity to see this form, which is so dear.
In the forty-eighth verse of this chapter Lord krsna concluded revealing His universal form and informed Arjuna that this form is not possible to be seen by so many pious activities, sacrifices, etc. Now here the word su-durdarsam is used, indicating that Krsna’s two-handed form is still more confidential. One may be able to see the universal form of krsna by adding a little tinge of devotional service to various activities like penances, Vedic study and philosophical speculation. It may be possible, but without a tinge of bhakti one cannot see; that has already been explained. Still, beyond that universal form, the form of krsna with two hands is still more difficult to see, even for demigods like Brahmä and Lord Siva. They desire to see Him, and we have evidence in the Srimad-Bhägavatam that when He was supposed to be in the womb of His mother, Devaki, all the demigods from heaven came to see the marvel of Krsna, and they offered nice prayers to the Lord, although He was not at that time visible to them. They waited to see Him.
A foolish person may deride Him, thinking Him an ordinary person, and may offer respect not to Him but to the impersonal “something” within Him, but these are all nonsensical postures.krsnain His two-armed form is actually desired to be seen by demigods like Brahmä and Siva. Init is also confirmed, avajänanti mäm müdhä mänusim tanum äsritah: He is not visible to the foolish persons who deride Him. Krsna’s body, as confirmed by Brahma-samhitä and confirmed by krsna Himself in Bhagavad-gita, is completely spiritual and full of bliss and eternality.
- sri-bhagavän uväca=the Supreme Personality of Godhead said;
su-durdarsam=very difficult to see; idam=this; rüpam=form; drstavän asi=as you have seen; yat=which; mama=of Mine; deväh=the demigods; api=also; asya=this; rüpasya=form; nityam=eternally;darsana-känksinah=aspiring to see.
- Bhagavad-gita 9.11