Gita : Ch-11. Slo-52 & 53.
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita :
Chapter-11. ( Visvarupa-darsana-yogam)
Slokam- 52. & 53.( The Lord said: Arjuna, the form which you are now seeing is very difficult to behold. Even the demigods are ever seeking the opportunity to see this form which is so dear.The form which you are seeing with your transcendental eyes cannot be understood simply by studying the Vedas, nor by undergoing serious penances, nor by charity, nor by worship. It is not by these means that one can see Me as I am.)
sudurdarsamidam rupam drshtavanasi yanmama,
deva apyasya rupasya nityam darsanakankshinah.
naham vedair na tapasa na danena na cejyya,
sakya evamvido drshtam drshtavanasi mam yatha.
Sri-bhagavan uvaca = Lord said;
mama yat rupam drshtavan asi, ( tat ) idam sudarsam = the Visvarupam you have seen here to see that is very difficult;
devah api nityam asya, rupasya drshtavan asi = even deva-s to this (Visvarupam), what you have seen;
evam vidah aham = like that Visvarupam itself;
vedaiah drshtam na sakyah, tapasa na danana ijya ca na = by the study of Veda-s, tapas, danam, yajnam, with all these no one can see.
Revealing the extraordinary grace that He had bestowed on Arjuna, the Supreme Lord Krishna declares that idam-rupam His original two-armed form which is pure spiritual sat-cid-ananda or eternal existence, unlimited cognizance and endless bliss. This form is almost never seen by any of the demigods who always hanker to see it but are unable as it is extremely rare to behold. That Lord Krishna is no longer refering to the visvarupa or divine universal form is evident by the words drstavan asi which mean are presently seeing.
The original two-armed form of the Supreme Lord Krishna is very rarely seen any where in the material existence and even the demigods are always hankering for a glimpse of it; but despite immense life spans of hundreds of thousands of years they are unable to see it.
Lord Krishna explains His two-armed form is extremely difficult to behold and is very rarely seen. The demigods in the heavenly planets having heard about it are always hankering to see His visvarupa or divine universal form but it is inaccessible to them and His two-armed form they have no opportunity to witness as they are unaware of it.
Lord Krishna reveals that it is extremely difficult to see His human two- armed form and He emphasises this with the words su-durdarsam which means very rarely seen. The visvarupa or divine universal form is impossible to be seen without His grace, yet His four armed human form is so rare that the demigods are always hankering to see it even for a moment; but now Lord Krishna is revealing that His beautiful two armed human form is the rarest of all and that it is so seldom revealed the demigods never get the chance to see it.
Now Lord Krishna is answering why His two-armed human form is so rarely seen. Although millions and millions of brahmins study the Vedas every day, that in itself is not enough to qualify themselves to see His enchanting human form. Likewise neither by executing severe penance, offering extravagant donations, or performing Vedic rituals perfectly is one able to see Lord Krishna in His human forms as Arjuna has seen Him.
The same instructions that Lord Krishna declared in verse 48 about seeing His visvarupa or divine universal form apply also in being able to see His original two armed form which is pure spiritual sat-cid-ananda or eternal existence, unlimited cognizance and endless bliss.
To be continued ....