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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.

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  • Are referring to slokas in chapter 11 of BG , especially BG 11.30? @Lazy Lubber – Srimannarayana K V Nov 23 '19 at 3:43
  • @srimannarayanakv yes and also 11.45. It is interesting to note that Utanka sees the same Viswarupa in Ashwamedhika parva and has a different reaction. But I think you have already answered the question elsewhere as I mention. :) – user16581 Nov 23 '19 at 3:48
  • Thanks. That was why I queried, before answering, as BG 11.7 answers many questions.@Lazy Lubber – Srimannarayana K V Nov 23 '19 at 3:50
  • @srimannarayanakv Thanks to you actually. Today I really learned something new. – user16581 Nov 23 '19 at 3:54
  • @srimannarayanakv So also, sage Narada sees a very shAnta Viswarupa in Shanti parva. It all falls into place by that single phrase यच्चान्यद्द्रष्टुमिच्छसि. Simply amazing! Please accept my humble namaskaarams. – user16581 Nov 23 '19 at 4:09

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