On Bhagavad Gita: What is the supersensuous sight granted to Arjuna by Krishna?

Acharya Prashant
5 min readJan 3, 2021

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

इहैकस्थं जगत्कृत्स्नं पश्याद्य सचराचरम् ।

मम देहे गुडाकेश यच्चान्यद्द्रष्टुमिच्छसि ।। 7 ।।

ihaika-sthaṁ jagat kṛitsnaṁ paśhyādya sa-charācharam

mama dehe guḍākeśha yach chānyad draṣhṭum ichchhasi

See now, O Gudakesha, in this body of mine, the whole universe centered in one including the moving and the unmoving and all else that thou desires to see.

~ Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 11, Verse 7

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अहं सर्वस्य प्रभवो मत्त: सर्वं प्रवर्तते ।

इति मत्वा भजन्ते मां बुधा भावसमन्विता: ।। 8 ।।

ahaṁ sarvasya prabhavo mattaḥ sarvaṁ pravartate

iti matvā bhajante māṁ budhā bhāva-samanvitāḥ

But thou cannot see me with these eyes of thine; I give thee supersensuous sight; behold me, behold My supreme yoga power.

~ Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 11, Verse 8

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Questioner (Q): What is the divine form of Shri Krishna? What is there for Arjuna to understand from it? How is this divine form different from the Truth that can’t be seen or known?

What is meant by the divine sight given to Arjuna? Is there any way to experience the Supreme while being in this body through such sight usually referred to as siddhis (extraordinary powers), or some esoteric powers?

Acharya Prashant (AP): All forms of the Truth are divine. It’s just that we are not able to perceive divinity in all forms. It is not so much about a particular form of…