Uddhava Gita Explained

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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 ...
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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.
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Amazon Books - Alfredo Delregado
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. Read more:
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981933214
  • Publisher: Michael Beloved
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 750
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Beloved (Madhvacharya das) took his current body in 1951 in Guyana. In 1965, while living in Trinidad, he instinctively began doing yoga postures and trying to make sense of the supernatural side of life.
Later on, in 1970, in the Philippines, he approached a Martial Arts Master named Mr. Arthur Beverford, explaining to the teacher that he was seeking a yoga instructor; Mr. Beverford identified himself as an advanced disciple of Sri Rishi Singh Gherwal, an astanga yoga master.
Mr. Beverford taught the traditional Astanga Yoga with stress on postures, attentive breathing and brow chakra centering meditation. In 1972, Madhvacharya entered the Denver Colorado Ashram of Kundalini Yoga Master Sri Harbhajan Singh. There he took instruction in Bhastrika Pranayama and its application to yoga postures. He was supervised mostly by Yogi Bhajan's disciple named Prem Kaur.
In 1979 Madhvacharya formally entered the disciplic succession of the Brahma-Madhava-Gaudiya Sampradaya through Swami Kirtanananda, who was a prominent sannyasi disciple of the Great Vaishnava Authority Sri Swami Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, the exponent of devotion to Sri Krishna.
After carefully studying and practicing the devotional process introduced by Sri Swami Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, Madhvacharya was inspired to do a translation and three commentaries to the Bhagavad Gita. This led to his completion of this translation of the instructions to Uddhava, advisories which complete the course given to Arjuna. An easy-read English translation is published as Uddhava Gita English.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    The Nook version is annoying because a lot of words have boxes i

    The Nook version is annoying because a lot of words have boxes in place of letters with overhead dots.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    The author is a Yogi of the highest order, but not from India, t

    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.

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