Uddhava Gita Explained
Publisher: Michael Beloved
Date: April 8, 2009
Page Count: 748
Trim Size: 10 x 7 x 1.7 inches
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit / Spirituality / General
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This translation and commentary is a deep-read, indepth study of the instructions given to Uddhava who questioned Sri Krishna about the perplexities of material existence. In the teaching to Uddhava, Krishna stated that He taught three yogas, namely karma yoga, jnana yoga and bhakti yoga. In the Bhagavad Gita discussion with Arjuna He admited teachng only the first two of these. The complete teachings of Sri Krishna were given to Uddhava. All unanswered questions which Sri Krishna either avoided or answered partially, are fully dealt with in the discourse with Uddhava. For that matter instead of advocating karma yoga which is detachment with worldly life, Sri Krishna insisted on jnana yoga, which is detachment and full abandonment of worldly life.
Karma yoga means that a person leaves aside the result of his or her activities, while jnana yoga means that a person refuses both the results and the opportunities for activity. And that was the path which Krishna recommended to Uddhava.
Ever wondered if there are other dimensions? Ever conjectured that there must be more than this? Ever thought that the best spaceship would be your spirit or its subtle body? Ever found yourself in a dream in another interactive populated world?
In this discourse between Lord Krishna and Uddhava, features of many adjacent and remote parallel existences are detailed. The categories of the various spirits are discussed. The situation of the Supreme Being is described. The individual limited spirits are shown a passage to higher worlds. This is deep-read. Take time.
Reveal it to yourself.
This book is a must for all persons who are interested in the Bhagavad Gita, and who supected that what Lord Krishna explained to Arjuna was just part of the story. We were told by some authorities from India, that the Bhagavad Gita's primay concern is bhakti yoga, but the text extols itself as being focused on karma yoga for making the warrior-prince Arjuna commit himself to duties on a warfield.
Uddhava Gita is primarily concerned with jnana yoga and bhakti yoga combined. It discourages karma yoga. The value of this discourse with Uddhava is that it shows the alternative for those of us who are disinclined from karma yoga, from the approach laid out for Arjuna.
Apart from this, many secrets of the mystic lay out of this existence is detailed to Uddhava. Much of this was not explained to Arjuna. As a practicing yogi, who travelled to other dimensions and seen the spiritual body of Sri Krishna, I assure you that after reading this, you will not have to read any other book about the subtle or spiritual existences.
This is the final explanation of spiritual reality.
Nobody can excell this!
One of the Greatest Books on Yoga Ever Written----
by Alfredo Delregato (August 24, 2012)
The author is a Yogi of the highest order, but not from India, the traditional land of yogis, but from Guyana and now settled in the United States. Yogi Madhvacharya Das has plumbed the depths of yoga. Perhaps there are few like him among us today. His yogic inclinations are deep-rooted and come from long and strenuous practices.
This book is a titanic endeavor. Only the Sanskrit elucidations place this work at a scholarly level with any other translations of Uddhava Gita. It is not easy task to translate this ancient and many-meanings words language.
This is the last in a trilogy by the author regarding the three specific teachings of Lord Krishna. The first two, contained in the epic Mahabharata, were delivered to Arjuna; namely, the Bhagavad Gita and the Anu Gita. The last, and most complete, was given later to Uddhava, and became known as the Uddhava Gita from the Srimad Bhagavatam.
It is perhaps important to emphasize the relevance to humankind of these three discourses. There is here esoteric knowledge of the highest order. But it is as important to highlight the specific purpose of the not well-known Uddhava Gita.
The book is masterfully structured, for it guides the reader first through the translations from Sanskrit to English for each verse which are designed for those interested in the meanings of the words and their intricacies. It follows with a very detailed commentary. It is here, in these commentaries, where the essence of this work is encountered and where deep attention is needed. It is in these provocative, esoteric dictums where the knowledge attained by intuition and deep yoga meditational practice is discerned. This is not a one-dimensional book, not even a two, or three-dimensional one, but a work of the highest spiritual order, a distillation of much wisdom that dabbles into the 4ht-dimensional spiritual realm.
The book contains 25 chapters. Each one is a jewel of yogic knowledge. Not only the Uddhava Gita is entertained, but there are many inroads, some of them in such depth so as to constitute by themselves short, compressed, treatises, for example into the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, as in Chapter 10 "Mystic Skills", or into Vedic Lore and the Manu Smritis, as in Chapter 12 "Righteous Lifestyle".
In summary, this is a yoga compendium of the highest quality and degree,
and should a primer for all aspiring and practicing yogis, as well as a book of
reference for those interested in the esoteric teachings of Lord Krishna.