Sacred text hook: Bhagavad Gita 6:29

With “[I] in all beings and every being in Me,” Krishna affirms his totality as a Supreme Being beyond the subjectivity of time (Bhagavad Gita, 6:29). He is the past, present and future, embodying the universe and the infinite with boundless eyes, visions and brilliance in one form. This supreme vision, the visvarupa, is the most significant component of the song, since it is the culmination of the Bhagavad Gita. Although the visvarupa is communicated through a textual means, it induces a visual imagery within one’s mind through an elaborate description of Krishna’s form. In just one chapter, the author recapitulates and fortifies the central notions of Hinduism through a metaphorically visual medium, prompting the distillation of Hinduism and the teachings of evangelical virtues as they apply to human nature within society.

—Priya Patel