Arjuna Seeks the Return of Lord Krishna’s Gentle Form – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 41 – 46

Arjuna prostrates before Lord Krishna
Arjuna prostrates before the omniscient Lord Krishna

This post addresses the glory and greatness of Lord Krishna, the mortification and entreaty of Arjuna, three worlds, and the gentle four-armed form of the Lord.

In the story of the Mahabharata war, this Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna. Listening in, we receive the teachings of Lord Krishna as he relates them to Arjuna.

The Blessed Lord Krishna speaks:

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Due to ignorance and my affection for You and thinking of You as my friend, I have presumptuously addressed you saying, Hey, Krishna! Hey Yadu! Hey, Friend!, not knowing of Your Glory and Greatness. Having dishonored You so many times—jesting as we played together, lay on the same bed, or sat or ate together, sometimes alone and sometimes in the company of others. For all these offenses, please forgive me.

Krishna and Arjuna playing

Arjuna, Krishna’s childhood friend, has come to consider Krishna to be his guru, but he didn’t really know Him until now. Now that he has seen Krishna’s true form, he knows he is indeed God in human form: an avatara. Thinking back on their youthful friendship he is horrified at how casually he has treated Him.

Do you think Lord Krishna will reprimand him for this? If He does, I am going to have some serious explaining to do. I consider God to be my friend, my companion, my beloved, my father, my mother, the boss, and my Guru. I find lightness in this relationship, as well as a presence that permeates body and soul with peace and a soft, embracing joy. In laughter and silliness, joy and sorrow, peace and riotous discord, God is always with me. Living in virtual isolation, I am never alone.

(You may wonder why I don’t speak of being merged into God as One. Well, the answer to this is simple: We like it this way.)

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You are the father of the whole Cosmos, of the moving and non-moving, its worshipful master. None is your equal in all the three worlds. How could anyone possibly be greater than You, O Lord of Immeasurable Power. 

3 Bodies / Worlds“Three worlds.”
The three worlds according to Hinduism are earth, heaven and the underworld. In Yoga, the three worlds are in the body: earth (up to the diaphragm), sky (from the diaphragm to the eyebrow center), and heaven is above. The three worlds are also associated with the three bodies: the physical body, the astral body (mental), and the etheric body (emotional). Some see the astral body as both mental and emotional, and the etheric as the causal body.

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Nothing in your three worlds is greater about you than the unlimited power of God. This God-power is always at hand. When you are up against difficulties—mental, emotional, physical or material—seek out this God-power and allow yourself to become immersed in it. Then, when you are happy and life is going smoothly, you will rightly thank God.

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This being the case, I, prostrating my body in surrender to You, ask Your indulgence, Worshipful One. As a father to a son, a friend to a friend, a lover to the beloved, please, O God, have mercy!

Arjuna has gotten terrified experiencing the Cosmic Form of Lord Krishna, and is beside himself with concern….

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Though I have seen something that has never been seen before and I am overjoyed, my mind is agitated by fear. Worshipful Lord, please cause me to see that form in which You were previously manifested. O Thousand-armed One whose body is the Universe, I wish to see You crowned and armed with mace and discus in hand as You were before. O You of all forms, become once again Your beautiful four-armed form.

The Four Arms of Vishnu

“Four-armed form”
Arjuna is asking Lord Krishna to return to his gentle form with four arms. Arms represent implements and spheres of action.

In this image, Lord Krishna’s four arms are seen to bear a conch (verse 37), a lotus, a discus, and a mace. On the left side, is Yoga Nidra (conch) and the feminine (lotus), and on the right side, the discus (chakra) and the club. In murtis and icons, the club bears a remarkable resemblance to the scepter of power and sovereignty—independence and dominion over your own realm.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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The Cosmic Form of Lord Krishna – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 5 – 6

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The Power of God in You

Upon seeing the power of God in everything around you, it is only a short hop to realizing that God is also in you. 

Arjuna Sees the Cosmic Form of Lord Krishna

During this dialogue between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna, Lord Krishna shows him His Cosmic Form.

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The Blessed Lord spoke:
Arjuna, behold the hundreds and thousands of My divine forms, of various and manifold kinds, and different and various colors.

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Behold the Adityas, the Vasus, the Rudras, the Ashvins, the Maruts, and innumerable wonders never seen before. 

A form suggests the Relative Realm of Creation, not the Absolute and Highest of God from which it comes. What Lord Krishna is showing Arjuna (and us) is Himself in all that exists in the Relative Realm.

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These gods suggest some of the characteristics of God within you:

Adityas, unlimited. There is no limit to your potential.

Vasus, dwelling in all beings. You dwell in all beings.

Rudras, fear that drives away evil. The rudimentary fear within your body protects you from harm.

The Ashvin Twins, twin gods who are heavenly physicians. Your body is structured to heal itself.  

Maruts, storm gods residing in the North (the head) drive away evil (impurities, misplacements) within the mind and brain. (In meditation the Maruts are seen and experienced as thunder and lightening bolts in the crown of the head.)

The Ashvin Twins
The Ashvin Twins

These ‘gods’, some of whom are regarded as frightening, are aspects of God that dwell within us. We are mostly unaware of them, so their discovery in meditation can be surprising, even scary. But they are our allies, and perform their tasks for our benefit.

You can think of these gods as their functions, or you can think of them as actual entities. As westerners, we are probably more comfortable thinking of them as functions that are inherent within ourselves, but I think it is also important to know that these gods are members of our divine family: They are Divine Individuals who are everywhere (just like You), each acting in the capacity of a specific function within each us. Each of these functions is ruled by one of these gods. I realize that this idea is difficult to comprehend, but it is true none the less.

For a long time now, I have been having very disturbing experiences during my meditation. This began to concern me. After forty-plus years, one expects lovely samadhi experiences, not nightmares. These experiences had me worried and asking God to take these horrors away, but they only increased. While writing this post, I suddenly realized what had been going on, and I now thank God for dismissing my entreaty and upping the ante on this Divine Process.

We are all gods.
We are all everywhere always.
We act in various capacities within all beings.

We are all gods, and each of us rules some function in the Relative Realm of Creation, whether a person, a tree, the wind, an energy, or even such things as darkness and light. Each of us has been named by mystics who have experienced this truth at some time or other, in some place of another.

For this reason alone, it can surely be seen that our lives here are only a side effect of something much Greater, and that this Life we are living is something we are meant to use to know and understand Truth, and bring our human selves into sync with It. This is the purpose and ultimate destiny of all human beings. The more we move forward in this, the better the effects on all others, and hence ourselves as well. To ignore it is to produce the exact opposite effect of helping others.

The Net

Have you ever seen one of those 3D spider webs where hundreds of spiders have built their webs in such a way that all the webs are interconnected? This network of webs looks like one huge, multidimensional web, but there is a center in each individual web that each spider calls home.

When a thread in a single web is plucked, the vibrations are felt throughout the net by the other spiders. Those closest feel it the most. Those farthest away feel it least. In a similar way, the vibrations of what each of us does affects everyone else.

Of course this image is inadequate, but it works this way in nature, and gives us an idea of how each of us affects all other individuals. The only real difference is that there are no connecting lines, because each of us is everywhere always.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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Mindful Life Mastery synchronizes you and your life with your naturally divine characteristics and the Real You emerges. Attain and maintain success. Gain greater self-awareness and a happier life.

Every step you take pulls every one of us with you.