“People imagine that I have got a form.” We say that Lord Krishna was in Vrindavan, that he was in Dwaraka, that he was in Kurukshetra, and so on; but His essential nature was nothing of this kind. That which is not human was hidden in that apparently human form. Otherwise, that apparently human form could not have assumed a non-human cosmic form—which it did on various occasions. Bhagavan Sri Krishna’s Visvarupa was shown four times during his life, including once in the Bhagavadgita, and each time the presentation was qualitatively different. The Visvarupa appeared in a particular manner the first time, it appeared differently the second time, was another thing altogether the third time, and was something different the fourth time. It was a universal manifestation, no doubt, but it looked different according to the conditions or the exigencies of the time. In the context of the Bhagavadgita, it appeared as the Time Spirit that was up and doing for the destruction of all beings, as will be described in the Eleventh Chapter.
“People think that I am a human being—walking with two feet, living in a palace with a large family—but nothing of the kind is My nature. My body, my personality, is only a focusing point of a larger existence which is My real nature, which pervades all space and transcends space and time.”
(From commentary on the Srimadbhagwad Gita by Swami Krishnanand)
अवजानन्ति मां मूढा मानुषी तनुमाश्रितम् ।
परं भावमजानन्तो मम भूतमहेश्वरम् ।।11।।
मेरे परमभाव को न जानने वाले मूढ लोग मनुष्य का शरीर धारण करने वाले मुझ सम्पूर्ण भूतों के महान ईश्वर को तुच्छ समझते हैं अर्थात् अपनी योग माया से संसार के उद्वार के लिये मनुष्य रूप में विचरते हुए मुझ परमेश्वर को साधारण मनुष्य मानते हैं ।।11।।