|Not for us the cosmic form
10. Even if we see the cosmic form can we bear it? For a beautiful little
image of the Lord I feel a sweetness of love, a sense of belonging, that I can never
experience on seeing the cosmic form. Arjuna's state was not far different. He trembles and pleads
at last, "Lord, let me see your dearfamiliar form again." Arjuna
seems to tell us from his own experience, "Do not desire to see the cosmic form of the Lord." It is
best that the Lord is seen pervading all the worlds, and all times, past, present and future.
If that distant star should draw itself
up into a ball of fire, come down and stand in front of me, what would
happen to me? How peaceful those stars appear! They seem to speak to me from the far distance. But if
the star that calms the eye from afar, came near, then it is a burning
ball. I would be reduced to ashes. Let all things be where they are and
as they are in this boundless vast creation of the Lord. What joy can
there be in huddling them all up into a single room? Those thousands of
pigeons in the aviary in Bombay, what freedom do they have? It is a depressing sight. The pleasure is in
this, that creation is divided into three spheres, here, above and below.