- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Amorata Press (28 September 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781569753200
- ISBN-13: 978-1569753200
- ASIN: 1569753202
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
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The Uddhava Gita comes from a much larger text called the Bhagavatha Purana, the "Book of God". Throughout its twelve volumes, the Bhagavatha Purana depicts the life and teachings of Krishna, considered to be the eighth and total incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
This Holy text is a companion to the Bhagavad Gita and is a guidebook on ecology, for it applies to all relations among all things, "animate" and "inanimate". It gives us as spiritual seekers, a teaching on how to live as human beings in a way that does justice to creation and to That which transcends creation.
Unlike the urgency of an impending battle that drives Krishna's dialogue in the Bhagavad Gita, this dialogue with His dear old friend Uddhava takes place on the eve of Krishna's departure from the world and is filled with philosophy, poetry and practical advice.
I prostrate before the Supreme One,
Shri Krishna, source of the Vedas.
As a bee draws the essence from the flower,
His teaching has given us the essence of the Vedas.
Through His mercy His devotees have drunk nectar
From the ocean of bliss. (24:49)
Translated by a foreigner but I think she does a splendid job
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But few are familiar with the episode Krishna had with one of his other devotees, Uddhava, who spent many years by Krishna's side and was there to speak with Krishna and witness his final moments on Earth.
The scenario: Uddhava intuitively felt Krishna would soon exit the Earth plane, and Uddhava beseeched Krishna to join him in his sojourn. Krishna told him he could not join him in such an ascension, as Uddhava still had his spiritual evolution to forward on earth in Krishna's absence. He asked Krishna how he could survive without him, and Krishna explains in a beautiful discourse the road to enlightenment.
While the Bhagavad Gita focuses more on dharma -- right action -- the Uddhava Gita focuses more on bhakti -- devotion. The beauty is that both point to the same source in their own unique way that speaks differently to each reader.
The Uddhava Gita is a must for true spiritual aspirants who thrive on ancient and rich spiritual texts. While I tried another version that went back and forth between the Sanskrit original and the English translation, I found the flow of this version much more fluid and poetic. I underlined and highlighted a lot of this book, and I look forward to re-reading it again in the coming years.