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UDDHAVA GITA: The Last Message of Shri Krishna

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About the Book : Shri Krishna gives in this text His parting instructions to His beloved devotee and follower, Uddhava, shortly before His departure from this world. These teachings, which are in every way as important as those of the Bhagavad Gita, form the main part of the eleventh book of the great Hindu scripture, the Shrimad Bhagavatam. Various instructions are given, but in and through all, the necessity of seeing the Lord in everything, plus living a life of perfect self-surrender ...

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Shri Krishna gives in this text His parting instructions to His beloved devotee and follower, Uddhava, shortly before His departure from this world. These teachings, which are in every way as important as those of the Bhagavad Gita, form the main part of the eleventh book of the great Hindu scripture, the Shrimad Bhagavatam. Various instructions are given, but in and through all, the necessity of seeing the Lord in everything, plus living a life of perfect self-surrender and non-attachment, are continuously emphasized. In the end Shri Krishna says, 'I have just explained to you, in a concise as well as an analytic way, the essence of the philosophy of Brahaman, which is unintelligible even to the gods'.

Shri Ramakrishna always kept a copy of the Bhagavatam in his room. He used to say, 'It is fried in the butter of knowledge and soaked in the syrup of love.' The study of such a book cannot but be of the greatest help to a seeker after Truth.

 

Foreword

Shrimad-Bhagavatarn is one of the most authorita- tive of Hindu scriptures. Tradition ascribes its author- ship to the great Vyasa, by whom it was taught to his illustrious son, Bhagavan Shuka. The Bhagavata is -a high authority on Bhakti or devotion. But devotion, as depicted here, is not divorced from Jnana, as it is popularly understood, but rather Jnana is exceedingly helpful - to its perfect attainment. Bhagavan Shri Krishna is the central figure of this wonderful work, and in the Eleventh Book, the Lord on the eve of His exit from the arena of the world gives His parting instructions to His beloved devotee and follower, Uddhava. The lessons comprise a variety of subjects, but in and through all, the necessity of seeing the Lord in everything and living a life of perfect self- surrender and non-attachment is passionately incul- cated. The Bhagavata amply fulfils the chief task of the Puranas, - viz popularising the Vedic truths by means of narratives and such other aids. "It is", as Shri Ramakrishna aptly expressed it, "fried in the butter of Jnana and soaked in the syrup of Bhakti." The study of such a book cannot but be of the greatest help to a seeker after Truth.

The present edition comprises the two volumes which were first published with the title Shri Krishna and Uddbava and corresponds to chapters six to twenty-nine of the Eleventh Skandha of the Bhaga- vata. The- difficulty of the original will, it is hoped, be greatly overcome by the translation and notes here given. Of the many commentaries extant, Shridhara Swami's is the most famous, and it is this which we have mainly followed. We have every reason to hope that the present work will form a fitting sequel to the celebrated Shrimad-Bhagavad-Gita.

 

CONTENTS

 

FOREWORD iii
I. INTRODUCTION : THE GODS PRAY FOR THE LORD'S RETURN     1
II. THE AVADHUTA AND HIS EIGHT TEACHERS     20
III. NINE OTHER TEACHERS OF THE AVADHUTA     45
IV. SEVEN MORE TEACHERS OF THE AVADHUTA     59
V. THE REAL NATURE OF THE WORLD     71
VI. SOULS BOUND AND FREE; CHARACTERISTICS OF A SAINT AND A DEVOTEE     83
VII. THE EFFECT OF HOLY ASSOCIATIONS; THE TREE OF SAMSARA     99
VIII. KNOWLEDGE THROUGH THE DESTRUCTION OF GUNAS, THE LORD TEACHES AS A SWAN     110
IX. THE GLORY OF DEVOTION; DIRECTIONS ON MEDITATION     126
X. POWERS RESULTING FROM YOGA     141
XI. DIVINE MANIFESTATIONS     153
XII. CASTES AND ORDERS OF LIFE     167
XIII. FOREST LIFE AND MONASTICISM     185
XIV. PRACTICE OF DEVOTION     201
XV. JNANA-YOGA, KARMA-YOGA, AND BHAKTI-YOGA     216
XVI. MERITS AND DEFECTS WITH REGARD TO PLACE, TIME, ETC.     230
XVII. CATEGORIES : THEIR NUMBER, DISTINCTION BETWEEN PURUSHA AND PRAKRITI; LIFE AFTER DEATH     246
XVIII. HOW TO BE ABOVE INSULT, ILLUSTRATED BY THE STORY OF A MENDICANT     268
XIX. THE SANKHYA SYSTEM     290
XX. THREE GUNAS : THEIR EFFECTS     300
XXI. RESULTS OF EVIL ASSOCIATION; THE STORY OF EMPEROR PURURAVAS     311
XXII. MENTHODS OF WORSHIP     322
XXIII. THE CAUSE OF DELUSION     339
XXIV. AN EASY WAY TO SELF-REALISATION     356
  INDEX 373

 

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Item Code: IDG519 Author: Swami Madhavananda Cover: Paperback Edition: 2016 Publisher: Advaita Ashrama ISBN: 9788175051157 Language: (Sanskrit Text, English Translation and Notes) Size: 7.0" X 4.8" Pages: 382 Other Details: weight of the book is 450 gm
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