Gita : Ch-11. Slo-46.




Srimad Bhagavad-Gita :

Chapter-11. ( Visvarupa-darsana-yogam)

Slokam-46. ( O universal Lord, I wish to see You in Your four-armed form, with helmeted head and with club, wheel, conch and lotus flower in Your hands. I long to see You in that form.)

 kiritinam  gadinam  cakra-hastam

icchami  tvam  drashtum  aham  tathaiva,

tenaiva  rupena  catur-bhujena

sahasra-baho  bhava  visva-murte.


 tatha  eva  =  in that position ( as  You  were  before );

kiritinam  gadinam  cakra-hastam  =  with  Kireedam / Makudam  ( Lord'head dress ), Gadha /Mace ( Lord's weapon in  first left hand ),

Sudarsana-cakra  (wheel /disc namely Sudarsanam in  second  tight  hand );

tvam  drashtum  aham  tathaiva  =  I  wish  to  see  Your highness;

sahasra-baho  =  with  many  thousands  hands;

visva-murte  =  O Universal  Lord;

catur-bhujena  =  with  four  hands;

tena  rupena  eva  iva  =  Please  acquire  that  form  only.


The very form of the Supreme Lord Krishna desired to be seen as before is now being described.

Arjuna was accustomed to seeing Lord Krishna in His catur-bhujena or four armed form with gadinam or mace and cakra-hastam or holding discus while bedecked with kiritinam or jewel ornamented golden crown diadem.

Now he is requesting Lord Krishna to withdraw the wondrous but terrifying visvarupa or divine universal form of 1000 arms and unlimited faces and revert back to His human looking four armed form with which he was familiar with.

In slokam 17 of this chapter Arjuna also refers to kiritinam in describing the visvarupa or divine universal form but then he is seeing unlimited crown diadems upon unlimited heads which was never seen before; so there is no contradiction in Arjuna requesting to see Lord Krishna's more peaceful four-armed form with kiritinam that he was regularly use to seeing before.


Lord Krishna is implored to conceal His visvarupa or divine universal form and show His four armed form with kiritinam or golden crown, gadinam or mace and cakra or discus which Arjuna was accustomed to seeing.

The Vaihaya Samhita states : -

Concealing His inconceivable visvarupa Lord Krishna revealed His human looking form which is to be meditated on.

The sense is that the original form of the Supreme Lord is superior and should be meditated upon as all other expansions and forms emanate from Him.


Addressing Lord Krishna as sahasra-baho meaning O' thousand-armed one, Arjuna now is specifically requesting to see the catur-bujena or four- armed form of Lord Krishna wearing kiritinam or jewelled studded golden crown and holding gadinam or mace and cakra or discus.


Lord Krishna is being requested to withdraw His 1000 armed visvarupa or divine universal form and show His four-armed form with gadinam or mace and cakra or discus.

To be continued  ...


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