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Chapter 11 Vishwaroopa Darsh Yoga Verse 16

Amee hi twaam surasanghaah vishantiKechid bheetaah praanjalayo grinanti;
Swasteetyuktwaa maharshisiddhasanghaahStuvanti twaam stutibhih pushkalaabhih.

Verily, into Thee enter these hosts of gods; some extol Thee in fear with joined palms:
“May it be well.” Saying thus, bands of great sages and perfected ones praise Thee with complete hymns.


The focus of this shloka is on the way different gods and sages worship the Vishwaroopam of Sri Maha Vishnu. Arjuna begins by saying that without any hesitation many gods who live in Swarga loka and other lokas enter into the Vishwaroopam of the Lord. Extol here means praise. Arjuna says that some of them praise the Lord with fear that everything is going to be fine. Like this different people worship the Vishwaroopam in different ways and from many centuries great sages have been singing the hymns of the Lord to attain bhakti and moksha. 

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

The main point of discussion of this shloka is why sages and gods sing the praises of the Lord out of fear? Bhakti as we all know develops in peace, then why the great men with folded hands sing the praises of the Lord with folded hands. The answer for that lies in understanding the fact that the Vishwaroopam of the Lord also involves the “Kal Roopam” which translates into the terrifying form. This world is calm, serene, peaceful as well as violent, terrifying and destructive. One gives us peace and the other gives us fear.

You are shown both the forms in Vishwaroopam because both contain the element of Godliness in them. If God is the creator, He is also the destroyer. If He is white, the colour of peace and tranquillity, He is also black, the colour of evil and destruction. You have everything in it. As you feel good when you see the peaceful elements of Vishwaroopam, you also will be terrified to see the fearful elements. Arjuna is referring that terrifying form of the Vishwaroopam, which creates fear even in the minds of great sages and gods and they worship Him that nothing will happen to them and everything is going to be fine. This is what is the essence of this shloka.