Chapter 11: The Universal Form

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gita As It Is 11.12

divi surya-sahasrasya

bhaved yugapad utthita

yadi bhah sadrisi sa syad

bhasas tasya mahatmanah


divi -- in the sky; surya -- of suns; sahasrasya -- of many thousands; bhavet -- there were; yugapat -- simultaneously; utthita -- present; yadi -- if; bhah -- light; sadrisi -- like that; sa -- that; syat -- might be; bhasah -- effulgence; tasya -- of Him; maha-atmanah -- the great Lord.


If hundreds of thousands of suns were to rise at once into the sky, their radiance might resemble the effulgence of the Supreme Person in that universal form.


What Arjuna saw was indescribable, yet Sanjaya is trying to give a mental picture of that great revelation to Dhritarashtra. Neither Sanjaya nor Dhritarashtra was present, but Sanjaya, by the grace of Vyasa, could see whatever happened. Thus he now compares the situation, as far as it can be understood, to an imaginable phenomenon (i.e., thousands of suns).

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