Five Interesting Things About The Universal Form Shown To Arjuna

Krishna's Mercy

[virata-rupa]“O mighty-armed one, all the planets with their demigods are disturbed at seeing Your many faces, eyes, arms, bellies and legs and Your terrible teeth, and as they are disturbed, so am I.” (Arjuna, Bhagavad-gita, 11.23)

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What Krishna had said was impressive. It certainly wasn’t typical. It wasn’t expected, either. When you’re in doubt over how to proceed, when you’re at a crossroads, and you approach a teacher, usually you’re anticipating a yes/no response for guidance. “Yes, it’s a good idea to follow your instinct.” “No, your thinking is wrong because of this and that.”

“Know that which pervades the entire body is indestructible. No one is able to destroy the imperishable soul.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 2.17)

Arjuna got a lesson on life and death itself. He learned the true nature of the individual, how it is imperishable. There is action in…

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