Gita Ch-11. Slo-29.




Srimad Bhagavad-Gita :

Chapter-11. (Visvarupa-darsana-yogam)

Slokam-29. ( I see all people rushing with full speed into Your mouths as moths dash into a blazing fire.)


yatha  pradiptam  jvalanam  patangah

visanti  nasaya  samrddhavegah,

tathaiva  nasaya  visanti  lokah

tavapi  vaktrani  samrddhavegah.


patanga  nasaya  =  moths  for  destruction;

samrddhavegah  =  with  full  speed;

pradiptam  jvalanam  =  in  the  blazing  fire;

yatha  visanti  =  as  enters;

tatha  eva  =  similarly;

lokah  api  nasaya  =  these  people  also  for  their  own  destruction;

samrddhavegah  =  with  great  speed;

tava  vaktrani  visanti  =  enetring  your  mouths  ( the great fire ).


After the illustration of currents of water which are inanimate in the previous slokam,

 Lord Krishna gives an illustration of animate beings referring to moths rushing into a blazing fire and being destroyed is the same as the mighty warriors of the Kaurava and Pandava armies rushing to their destruction on the battlefield as depicted by speedily entering the flaming mouths of Lord Krishna's visvarupa or divine universal form.


The metaphor of helplessly propelled was given in the previous slokam.

Now in this slokam the metaphor of the warriors consciously entering by their own volition into the mouths of Lord Krishna's visvarupa or divine universal form is given by the example of a moth entering into a blazing fire with great speed only to be destroyed.


As inanimate currents of rapid rivers are helplessly propelled into the ocean as given in the previous slokam and like animate moths speedily flit into a blazing fire and are destroyed.

The mighty warriors of the Kaurava and Pandava armies are propelled helplessly as they speedily rush to their deaths on the battlefield and into the fiery mouths of Lord Krishna's visvarupa or divine universal form.

To be continued  ...


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