maa te vyathaa maa cha vimoodhabhaavo dristhvaa roopam ghorameedrangamamedam |
vyapetabheehee preetamanaahaa punastvam tadeva me roopamidam prapashya || 49 ||

 
Do not be disturbed, and do not be deluded on seeing that, my frightful form. Be fearless, with a pleasant mind, behold again this very form of mine.
 
maa : do not
te : you
vyathaa : disturbed
maa : do not
cha : and
vimoodhabhaavaha : state of delusion
dristhvaa : seeing
roopam : form
ghoram : frightful
eedranga : such
mama : my
idam : this
vyapetabheehee : fearless
preetamanaahaa : pleasant mind
punaha : again
tvam : you
tadeva : that very
me : my
roopam : form
idam : this
prapashya : behold
 
Knowing fully well that Arjuna’s mind could not deal with the fear-inducing cosmic form, Shri Krishna asked Arjuna to not worry, and to remove all traces of fear. He reassured him that it was his friend, charioteer and companion all along, not some other person. Nothing had changed. He used the word “prapashya” meaning “behold”, urging Arjuna not to look away, that the familiar form of Shri Krishna was on its way.
 
Unlike Arjuna, we have not seen the grand sweep and scale of the cosmic form. But, our daily life is part of that very universe, so whatever Shri Krishna says to Arjuna is also applicable to us. The terrors, the destructive forces in the universe usually create fear and agitation in our minds. Shri Krishna urges all of us to go about our lives with a fearless attitude and a pleasant mind, because he is present in everything. Only when we forget this fact will we create fear and agitation.
 
Ultimately, the root of all sorrow and fear is delusion, the confusion between right and wrong knowledge. In Arjuna’s case, it was the delusion created by attachment to his relatives. In our case, it is our attachment to our body, to our possessions, to our family, our job, our position, the list goes on and on. Shri Krishna says “maa vimoodhabhaavaha”, he urges all of us to cast our state of delusion away, and learn to see Ishvara in everything, and everything in Ishvara.

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