Part 8: The Universal Form

KRISHNA

ARJUNA

(Krishna and Arjuna)

ARJUNA: Krishna, I have a supreme desire.

KRISHNA: No true desire of yours will remain unfulfilled, Arjuna. Let me know what you want.

ARJUNA: My heart cries to see the Universal Form of God in you.

KRISHNA: Is that all. Behold!

(Arjuna, wonderstruck, sings.)

Pasyami devams tava deva dehe

Sarvams tatha bhutavisesasamghan

Brahmanam isam kamalasanastham

Rsims ca sarvan uragams ca divyan

[In Your Body, O Krishna, I see all the cosmic gods and numerous hosts of beings. I see Lord Brahma seated on his lotus throne and all the sages and celestial Nagas (snakes).]

Tvam adidevah purusah puranas

Tvam asya visvasya param nidhanam

Vetta ‘si vedyam ca param ca dhama

Tvaya tatarn visvam anantarupa

Vayur yamo ‘gnir varunah sasankah

Prajapatis tvam prapitamahas ca

Namo namas te ‘stu sahasrakrtvah

Punas ca bhuyo ‘pi namo namas te

[You are the Primal God.

You are the Ancient Purusha.

You are the Supreme Haven of the Universe.

You are the Knower.

You are the Knowable.

You are the Supreme Abode.

By You pervaded is the entire Universe,

O Being of infinite Forms.

You are Vayu, the wind god.

You are Yama, the cosmic destroyer.

You are Agni, the fire god.

You are Varuna, the sea god.

You are Shashanka, the moon god.

You are Prajapati, the grandsire of the Creation.

To You I offer my salutations,

To You I offer.

A thousand times, and again and again,

My salutations to You.]