I have a very straightforward question. This is pertaining to the ViswarUpa displayed by Krishna to Arjuna in the course of the Bhagavad Gita. Krishna/Vishnu is a shAnta and soumya roopa, a very benevolent God. Why then is his ViswarUpa so fierce that even a brave warrior like Arjuna got scared? I am assuming most people here know this episode, so I am not giving any references from the Gita. That the ViswarUpa was fierce and Arjuna got scared on seeing it, is well-known. The question is - Why is a very benevolent God's Viswarupa so fierce?
PS: Please do not bother giving answers like - ViswarUpa is not actually Krishna/Vishnu but some other god xyz. Also please dont convert this into a Vishnu/Krishna vs other gods thing. Further, please dont convert this into Krishna vs Vishnu thing. Thanks for your understanding.