Chapter 11: The Universal Form

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 11.26-27

amī ca tvāḿ dhṛtarāṣṭrasya putrāḥ

sarve sahaivāvani-pāla-sańghaiḥ

bhīṣmo droṇaḥ sūta-putras tathāsau

sahāsmadīyair api yodha-mukhyaiḥ

vaktrāṇi te tvaramāṇā viśanti

daḿṣṭrā-karālāni bhayānakāni

kecid vilagnā daśanāntareṣu

sandṛśyante cūrṇitair uttamāńgaiḥ


amī — these; ca — also; tvām — You; dhṛtarāṣṭrasya — of Dhṛtarāṣṭra; putrāḥ — the sons; sarve — all; saha — with; eva — indeed; avani-pāla — of warrior kings; sańghaiḥ — the groups; bhīṣmaḥ — Bhīṣmadeva; droṇaḥ — Droṇācārya; sūta-putraḥKarṇa; tathā — also; asau — that; saha — with; asmadīyaiḥ — our; api — also; yodha-mukhyaiḥ — chiefs among the warriors; vaktrāṇi — mouths; te — Your; tvaramāṇāḥ — rushing; viśantiare entering; daḿṣṭrā — teeth; karālāni — terrible; bhayānakāni — very fearful; kecit — some of them; vilagnāḥ — becoming attached; daśana-antareṣu — between the teeth; sandṛśyanteare seen; cūrṇitaiḥ — with smashed; uttama-ańgaiḥ — heads.


All the sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra, along with their allied kings, and Bhīṣma, Droṇa, Karṇa — and our chief soldiers also — are rushing into Your fearful mouths. And some I see trapped with heads smashed between Your teeth.


In a previous verse the Lord promised to show Arjuna things he would be very interested in seeing. Now Arjuna sees that the leaders of the opposite party (Bhīṣma, Droṇa, Karṇa and all the sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra) and their soldiers and Arjuna's own soldiers are all being annihilated. This is an indication that after the death of nearly all the persons assembled at Kurukṣetra, Arjuna will emerge victorious. It is also mentioned here that Bhīṣma, who is supposed to be unconquerable, will also be smashed. So also Karṇa. Not only will the great warriors of the other party like Bhīṣma be smashed, but some of the great warriors of Arjuna's side also.

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