The Lord of TransformationYou know that Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva form the Cosmic Trinity. Krishna, who is the Lord in the Bhagavad Gita, is an incarnation of Vishnu, the Preserver. At the same time, being the Lord, he is also Brahma, the Creator, and Shiva, the Transformer. We do not call him the Destroyer because God does not destroy, He transforms. In the ninth chapter of the Gita, Krishna plays the role of the Creator. In the tenth chapter he wants to show that he is the Preserver. In the eleventh chapter, one of the most important chapters in the Gita, he plays the role of the Transformer. Many Westerners have criticised this chapter. They say, “How can your God, your sweet Lord, be the Lord of Destruction?” Unfortunately, they have misunderstood. In the eleventh chapter, Sri Krishna is not the Lord of Destruction, he is the Lord of Transformation. He wants to transform Arjuna’s human consciousness into the Divine Consciousness, since Arjuna represents humanity. It is our finite consciousness that we try to transform into the Infinite Consciousness.
Sri Chinmoy, AUM — Vol. 8, No. 9, April 1973, AUM Centre Press, 1973