BG 11.12 (1972)
- दिवि सूर्यसहस्रस्य भवेद्युगपदुत्थिता ।
- यदि भाः सदृशी सा स्याद्भासस्तस्य महात्मनः ॥१२॥
- divi sūrya-sahasrasya
- bhaved yugapad utthitā
- yadi bhāḥ sadṛśī sā syād
- bhāsas tasya mahātmanaḥ
divi—in the sky; sūrya—sun; sahasrasya—of many thousands; bhavet—there were; yugapat—simultaneously; utthitā—present; yadi—if; bhāḥ—light; sadṛśī—like that; sā—that; syāt—may be; bhāsaḥ—effulgence; tasya—there is; mahātmanaḥ—of the great Lord.
If hundreds of thousands of suns rose up at once into the sky, they might resemble the effulgence of the Supreme Person in that universal form.
What Arjuna saw was indescribable, yet Sañjaya is trying to give a mental picture of that great revelation to Dhṛtarāṣṭra. Neither Sañjaya nor Dhṛtarāṣṭra were present, but Sañjaya, by the grace of Vyāsa, could see whatever happened. Thus he now compares the situation, as far as it can be understood, to an imaginable phenomenon (i.e. thousands of suns).