|Arjuna's eagerness to see it
1. Brothers, we learned last week how to recognize the Supreme who pervades the countless object of
the Universe, and how to make this vast spectacle our own. How to see
God, first in the gross then in the subtle, first in the simple then in the
complex and thus to see Him in all things, how to realize Him, how through practice
day and night, to come to feel that the whole world is oneself all this we saw in the last
Chapter. Now we turn to the Eleventh Chapter. In this Chapter the Lord reveals His visible form,
and so His grace. Arjuna said, "Lord, I wish to behold with these eyes your complete form, the form
in which is manifest all the power of your glory." What Arjuna prayed for
was vishvaruupa-darshana, the vision of cosmic form.
2. We use words like vishva and jagat, the universe and the world.
This world is a small part of the universe. And even this small part
we are unable to understand. If we think of the whole universe, this
world which seemed so vast now seems tiny. If we look at up the night sky we see innumerable orbs.
Do we know the real nature of those festoons of light hung up in the
heavens, those lovely little flower, those millions of twinkling stars?
Those little stars are immensely big. They are big enough to contain
countless suns. They are shining spheres of elements burning. Who can count them?