|Chapter 11: The Universal Form|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gita As It Is 11.12
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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