Link:- After listening to A juna's humble prayer, the Lord asks him to behold His Cosmic Form.
pasya me partha rvpani sataio'tha sahasrasah
nanavidhani divyani nanavarnakr.tini ca
The Blessed Lord said:-
Behold My forms, 0 Partha (Arjuna), hundreds and thousands, multifarious and divine, of various colours, sizes and shapes. 5
Pasya me partha rupani sataso'tha sahasrasah: - Listening to the humble and hesitating prayer of Arjuna, the Lord, was very much pleased with him. So He addressing him as 'Partha' (the son of Prtha, Kunti), asks him to behold His forms, by hundreds and thousands i.e., innumerable forms. Thus, the Lord explains that as His divine glories are infinite, so are His forms.
Nanavidhani divyani nanavaroakrtini ca:- Now, the Lord describes the characteristics of those forms. They were heterogenious in character, consisting of different shapes, colours and sizes.
As a particle of the earth, is earth in miniature, this world, being, a fragment of the Lord having a Cosmic Form, is nothing besides the Lord. But, it is not manifest to all, in its divine form, it is manifest only in its worldly form. It is so, because a man, instead of beholding the Lord, sec only, the perishable world. As the Lord, even in an incarnation, is not manifest to all (Gita 7/25), He appears, only, as a common man, to all; similarly, the universal form of the Lord is seen as of the world, by a common man. Here, the Lord by revealing Himself in His divine imperishable Cosmic Form, calls upon Arjuna to behold, His divine forms.