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Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11 Reflections - Krishna Shows His Cosmic Form in Chapter 11

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11 is of great importance because Krishna shows his cosmic form to Arjuna in this chapter.

The blessed lord said, “Behold, O Partha! My forms, by hundreds and thousands, of different sorts, divine and of various colors and shapes. (11.5)

An explanation to this verse by Swami Chinmayananda – if gold is the essential stuff in all the ornaments, every ornament in the world must be available in the total gold. To see the gold in the ornaments is relatively easy, it being a physical perception. But to detect the presence of all ornaments of different shapes and colors in the total gold is comparatively difficult, in as much as it is the vision of the intellect.

Now behold, O Gudakesha! In this body, that the whole universe centered in one, including, the moving and the unmoving, and whatever else you desire to see. (11.7)


Swami Chinmayananda says – he must necessarily see framed in Krishna all at once, the entire universe compressed and miniature with its entire multiple details intact.

But you are not able to behold Me with these, you own eyes; I give you the divine eye; behold my lordly yoga. (11.8)

Swami Chinmayananda says – To see the ‘one in the many’ is the work of ‘heart’ soaked with faith; but to perceive ‘the many in the one,’ we need, besides the ‘heart,’ and educated ‘intellect’ that has learnt to see for itself the logic of the philosophers.


The concept of the Cosmic Man is the vision of the Universe through a mind that has ceased to act with the concept of time or space. This vision of ‘the many in one’ is not so much a physical perception. (11.13)

No authority or effectiveness in life is possible unless the man in power has self control and self mastery. No man can live a happy and mighty life unless he has conquered his passions and crowned himself with kingship over himself. (11.17)

The eternal truth is one and the same, everywhere, at all times; only its manifestations are varied and the degree of Divinity sparkling from each differs according to the grossness or subtlety of the equipment through which the same infinite reality expresses itself. (11.17)

Each man sees the world as he himself is. We look at the world through the windows of our mind; as our mind is, so is the world to us. (11.20)

SourceHoly Gita Read Reference – Page 250 published by Chinmaya international foundation.



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