|Chapter 11: The Universal Form|
su-durdarsam idam rupam
drstavan asi yan mama
deva apy asya rupasya
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear Arjuna, this form of Mine you are now seeing is very difficult to behold. Even the demigods are ever seeking the opportunity to see this form, which is so dear.
Previously Krishna had remarked that only Arjuna and the devas were qualified to see the diving universal form. No while displaying His two armed form, He indicates that even the devas are not qualified to see it. The two armed form is thus more confidential than the virat-rupa. One may become qualified to see the virat rupa my a tinge of bhakti covering the study of the Vedas or penances. However in order to be able to see the two armed form, one should be an unalloyed devotee, like Arjuna.
Ony may question that while Krishna was present in the battlefield of Kurukshetra, He was visible to every one, the pious and impious. Then how can He state that the form is revealed to a very few? An explanation to this was given by Krishna in 9.11, when He stated that "fool deride Me when I appear My original form." One can not see the Lord by the physical faculty of the eyes. He is visible with the eyes of faith and love. Factually speaking no one can see the Lord. However when a devotee is very sincere then the Lord takes mercy on him and reveals His form to the devotee. When one "sees" the Lord with spiritual eyes then they experience the sweetness of His name, form and qualities, otherwise they simpy see a material form. An example of this is in Caitanya Caritamrita when Caitany Mahaprabhu first took darshana of Lord Jagannatha in Puri. Because Mahaprabhu was seeing the Deity as non-different from the Lord and relishing the sweet ecstatacies in the present of the Lord, He displayed the highest symptoms of deovtion. Millions of others have see Lord Jagannatha with material eyes and have not actually seen the Lord present there. When Krishna was personally manifest then only a handful of people appreciated Him as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Some thought of Him as a powerful personality, some as the personal manifestation of the impersonal Brahaman and some as the expansion of Vishnu.
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