Chapter XI: 12-13
If the splendor of a thousand suns
were to blaze out at once in the sky, that would be the
splendor of that mighty being.
There, in the body of the God of gods, Arjuna then saw the whole universe, resting in one, with its many groups.
CommentaryThe divine eye with which Arjuna was able to "see" God was capable of transcending time, space and materiality. Here, in verse 12, we have perhaps a description of the state of the universe at the beginning of the kalpa (the birth of the present universe). Scientists and astronomers tell us that before the stars and planets condensed into their present forms the Universe was in a state of hot plasma, radiant with the radiance of a thousand suns. That was just after the scientist's "superatom" or the Indian's "golden egg" broke. Perhaps Arjuna had a vision of that, or, perhaps, all materiality dissolved and he saw through the divine eye only "light" within the atom.
What did he see in the body of the God of gods? He saw: (1) the whole universe, (2) resting in one, (3) divided into many groups.
This is extremely difficult though vital to understand. We know God pervades all in an imperceptible way. However, in everything there is the obvious factor that is resorted to the moment the unobvious truth is abandoned. Then the obvious becomes the focal point of a relationship that is unnatural. The unobvious "relationship" is a oneness - and therefore it is not a relationship! God or the self alone exists. This means he is all-one. But he is not even conditioned by that criterion, or condemned to be one! All the different strata of creation, all the different orders of beings, are he (that is what is meant by "pervaded by God") on account of his omnipresence. The whole universe, which is the body of the God of gods, rests in him, not as an entirely different entity - like a child resting in its mother's lap - nor as identical unity, but in a relationship which is vaguely felt by us (the life-spark) in relation to our body: "It is I and yet not so."
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