The Uddhava Gita: The Final Teaching of Krishna

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Widely read, The Bhagavad Gita is a classic of world spirituality while The essential companion to The Bhagavad Gita, The Uddhava Gita has remained overlooked. This new accessible and only English translation in print of The Uddhava Gita offers a previously unexplored path to understanding Hinduism and Krishna’s wisdom. Written centuries apart, the ideas of the two dialogues are similar although their approach and contexts differ. The Bhagavad Gita is filled with the urgency of battle while The Uddhava Gita ...
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Overview


Widely read, The Bhagavad Gita is a classic of world spirituality while The essential companion to The Bhagavad Gita, The Uddhava Gita has remained overlooked. This new accessible and only English translation in print of The Uddhava Gita offers a previously unexplored path to understanding Hinduism and Krishna’s wisdom. Written centuries apart, the ideas of the two dialogues are similar although their approach and contexts differ. The Bhagavad Gita is filled with the urgency of battle while The Uddhava Gita takes place on the eve of Krishna’s departure from the world. The Uddhava Gita offers the reader philosophy, sublime poetry, practical guidance, and, ultimately, hope for a more complete consciousness in which the life of the body better reflects the life of the spirit.
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Ever since Emerson called the Bhagavad Gita "the first of books" and recommended it to his pal Henry David Thoreau, that sacred text has been the foundation of an evolving Western understanding of Indian religion. But its later "companion volume," the Uddhava Gita, has been all but unknown to Western readers. Here, Swami Saraswati (Principles of Breathwork) offers the first English translation of the classic, which tells further tales of Krishna and is an important text for Krishna devotion. Like its more famous predecessor, this Gita teaches that the path of Bhakti, or devotion, is an important means to self-liberation and enlightenment. It is set on the eve of the avatar Krishna's departure from the earth, when he imparts wisdom to an elderly man named Uddhava. In a too-brief but still helpful introduction, Thomas Cleary writes that translator Saraswati has opted for a "spiritual interpretation" over a "technical analysis" of the text, her primary goal being to educate spiritual seekers, not to appease scholars. She offers useful synopses and teachings before each of the text's 24 dialogues, explaining how Krishna uses stories, poetry and counsel to promote a path of renunciation and non-attachment. "The true source of misery is the acquisition of anything you hold dear," explains one avadhuta (purified spiritual person). "One who knows this and desires nothing will enjoy lasting happiness." Anyone who has enjoyed the Bhagavad Gita will cherish this rich, contemplative spiritual classic. (Dec.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569753200
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 693,015
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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