Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 518

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

The Universal Form
Chapter 11: Verse-52

His body is never like a material body. But for some who make a study of krsna by reading Bhagavad-gita or similar Vedic scriptures,krsna is a problem. For one using a material process,krsna is considered to be a great historical personality and very learned philosopher, but He is an ordinary man, and even though He was so powerful He had to accept a material body. Ultimately they think that the Absolute Truth is impersonal; therefore they think that from His impersonal feature He assumed a personal feature attached to material nature. This is a materialistic calculation of the Supreme Lord. Another calculation is speculative. Those who are in search of knowledge also speculate on krsna and consider Him to be less important than the universal form of the Supreme. Thus some think that the universal form of krsna which was manifested to Arjuna is more important than His personal form. According to them, the personal form of the Supreme is something imaginary. They believe that in the ultimate issue, the Absolute Truth is not a person. But the transcendental process is described in Bhagavad-gita, Chapter Four: to hear about krsna from authorities. That is the actual Vedic process, and those who are actually in the Vedic line hear about krsna from authority, and by repeated hearing about Him,krsna becomes dear. As we have several times discussed,krsna is covered by His yoga-mäyä potency. He is not to be seen or revealed to anyone and everyone.

Only by one to whom He reveals Himself can He be seen. This is confirmed in Vedic literature; for one who is a surrendered soul, the Absolute Truth can actually be understood. The transcendentalist, by continuous krsna consciousness and by devotional service to Krsna, can have his spiritual eyes opened and can see krsna by revelation. Such a revelation is not possible even for the demigods; therefore it is difficult even for the demigods to understand Krsna, and the advanced demigods are always in hope of seeing krsna in His two-handed form. The conclusion is that although to see the universal form of Krsna is very, very difficult and not possible for anyone and everyone, it is still more difficult to understand His personal form as Syämasundara.



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