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Book Release: Uddhava Gita

By: on Sept. 15, 2007

We are happy to announce the release of the much awaited book, the
Uddhava-gita, for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada and the assemble
Vaisnavas.


That the Uddhava-gita, which is really an essential companion to
the Bhagavad-gita, has been largely overlooked is certainly a
great mystery. Lord Krishna spoke the Bhagavad-gita on the
battlefield of Kuruksetra when His friend Arjuna refused to execute his
duty, fearing the death of many family members. The same Lord Krishna
also spoke the Uddhava-gita to another dear and intimate
devotee, Sri Uddhava, teaching him to renounce worldly attachments to take to the path of complete dedication to God.


In essence, the messages of both texts are similar, but the
Uddhava-gita goes a little bit further in the science of God.
Lord Krishna instructed Arjuna at the end of Bhagavad-gita to
abandon all varieties of religion, to simply surrender to Him and to
execute His will only. Arjuna did just as the Lord had instructed.


At the end of His manifest pastimes on earth 5,000 years ago, the
demigods headed by Lord Brahma approached Lord Krishna and submitted to
Him that the purpose for which the demigods had prayed for His descent
into this world was now fulfilled. They prayed to the Lord to return to
His eternal abode in the spiritual world, since the purpose of His
appearance had been executed.


The Lord approved the request of the demigods, but there was one more
duty that needed to be performed: the withdrawal of the Yadu dynasty
from the face of the earth. Should the Yadu dynasty have been left
behind after Him, the Yadus would have felt unbearable separation from
Him, and thus would have subsequently created another burden for the
Earth. Under the pretext of some curses by great sages, there was
fratricidal war among the Yadu members, and the dynasty was withdrawn
from the Earth.


After this the Lord sat in a secluded place preparing to leave the
planet. Uddhava approached the Lord, feeling great separation, and
prayed that the Lord might take him with Him, but the Lord had
something else in mind for Uddhava. He wanted Uddhava to deliver His
final teachings to the sages in the Himalayas, who will in turn benefit
humanity. Just as Uddhava was earlier deputed by the Lord to take a
message to the inhabitants of Vrindavan, the Lord was again sending
Uddhava to take His ultimate teachings to the sages of Badarikashram.
Uddhava thus posed several questions, and the Lord answered with sound
logic and philosophy.


The instructions in the Uddhava-gita bear many similarities to
the Bhagavad-gita; however, there is more practical analysis of
how to execute the ideas briefly explained in the Bhagavad-gita.
Lord Krishna elaborately explained the path of self-realisation,
various yoga and mystic perfections, real religion, the modes of
material nature and their influences, analytical understading of
material nature, the process of philosophical inquiry and the ultimate
path of bhakti, which is the process of total dedication to God.
In one sense, Uddhava-gita is the ultimate companion to
Bhagavad-gita, as what was briefly taught in the
Bhagavad-gita was now elaborately explained by the same speaker,
Lord Krishna, in the Uddhava-gita.


While the Bhagavad-gita is part of the Mahabharata, the
Uddhava-gita occurs in the Bhagavata Purana; both epics
were composed by Srila Vyasadeva to highlight the glory of Lord
Krishna's descents into the world. There are countless translations and
editions of Bhagavad-gita, and the numbers are increasing
regularly. The most potent edition of Bhagavad-gita is the
edition presented by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Prabhupada, the founder-acarya of the International Society for Krishna
Consciousness. Srila Prabhupada presented Bhagavad-gita As It Is
and opened the eyes of this darkened world to the personality of Lord
Krishna, which had previously been hidden by unscrupulous and
impersonal commentaries.


It is our great fortune that we are presenting the Uddhava-gita
for the first time to the world. Though the Uddhava-gita is
drawn from the eleventh canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, which had
already being published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, this edition
is special. Lord Krishna's final teaching is fully elaborated upon with
the commentaries of two great Vaisnava spiritual masters, Srila
Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati
Thakura, the spiritual master of Srila Prabhupada. Srila
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati also made a summary of each chapter, thus
making the book easily understandable. The commentaries of Srila
Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura and the purports of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta
Sarasvati Thakura are presented sequentially on each verse of the book.


This book, Uddhava-gita, with the commentaries of Srila
Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati
Thakura, is complete with the original Sanskrit verses, roman
transliterations, English translations and full commentaries. Including
a glossary of terms and a full index, the book is 820 pages, 9"x7"
(229mm x 188mm), hardback. It's now available in India, and it will
soon be available in Europe through Bhaktivedanta Library Services and in
North America through Krishna
Culture.


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