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KRSNA'S TWO ARMED FORM

KRSNA'S TWO ARMED FORM

11.51: When Arjuna thus saw Krishna in His Original Form, he said: Seeing this human-like Form, so very beautiful, I am now settled in mind, and am restored to my original nature.
52: The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear Arjuna, the Form which you are seeing now is very difficult to behold Even the demigods are ever seeking the opportunity to see this Form, which is so dear.
PURPORT
IN THE FORTY-EIGHTH VERSE of this chapter, when the Lord concluded the manifestation of His Universal Form, He informed Arjuna that this Form is not visible by dint of so many activities-penances, charities, sacrifices, etc. Now here it is said that, although one may be able to see the Universal Form of Krishna by adding a little tinge of devotional service to the various pious activities, still, beyond that Universal Form, the Form of Krishna with two hands is yet more difficult to see, even for demigods like Brahma and Lord Shiva. We have evidence in The Srimad Bhagwatam that, when Krishna was in the womb of His mother, Devaki, all the demigods from Heaven came to see the marvel of Krishna, and they offered nice prayers to the Lord, although He was not at that time visible to them. They waited to see Krishna. Therefore, the foolish person may mock at Him, that He is an ordinary man, and one may not offer respect to Him, but, rather, to the impersonal something which is within Him-but these are nonsensical postures. Krishna is desired by demigods like Brahma and Shiva. They long to see Him in this Two-handed Form. In The Bhagavad Gita it is elsewhere confirmed that He is not visible to the foolish who deride Him. Now, the reason for mocking at Krishna's Form may be stated as follows: Krishna's Body is completely spiritual, full of bliss, and eternal. His Body is never like our material body. But for those who are making a cultural phenomenon of Krishna, by studying The Bhagavad Gita or similar Vedic scriptures, He is a problem. This problem has three methods of approach: by the transcendental process, by the material process, and by the speculative process. According to the material process, Knshna is considered a great historical personality, a very learned philosopher; but He isn't an ordinary man. And, even though He was so powerful, He had to accept a material body. The Absolute Truth is impersonal, and therefore His manifestation means that, from the impersonal Feature, He has assumed a Personal Feature, attached to material Nature. This is the materialistic calculation of the Supreme Lord. The next calculation is speculative: Those who are in search of knowledge also speculate on Krishna, and consider Him less important than the Universal Form. They think also that the Universal Form of Krishna which was manifested to Arjuna is more important than His Personal Form. According to them, the Personal Form of the Supreme is something like imagination. Otherwise, in the ultimate issue, the Absolute Truth is not a person. And, next, the transcendental process: The transcendental process is described in The Bhagavad Gita, Second Chapter: to hear about Krishna from authorities. That is the actual Vedic process, and those who are in the Vedic line hear about Krishna from authority. And, through repeatedly hearing about Him, Krishna becomes dear. Because, as we have several times discussed, Krishna is covered by the Yogamaya potency, He is not to be seen by, or revealed to, anyone and everyone. Only those to whom He reveals Himself can see Him. This is confirmed in Vedic literature: By anyone who is a surrendered soul, the Absolute Truth can actually be understood. This transcendentalist, by continuous Krishna consciousness, being engaged in devotional service to Krishna, has his spiritual eyes opened. Krishna is seen by him, through revelation. Such a revelation is not available even to the demigods; even for them it is difficult to understand Krishna. And amongst the demigods, those who are a little advanced are always in hope of seeing Krishna in His Two-hand Form. The conclusion is that, although to see the Universal Form of Krishna is very, very difficult, and not possible for anyone and everyone, it is still more difficult to understand His Personal Form as Syamasundar.

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