Krishna’s Other Song  -  A New Look at the Uddhava Gita

Krishna’s Other Song - A New Look at the Uddhava Gita

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Author: Steven J Rosen
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Charles S. J. White
Publisher: Jaico
Year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 312
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-8495-252-X


The Uddhava Gita is Lord Krishna’s most esoteric teaching, and is an important document in Hindu literature. In contrast to its cousin text, the Bhagavad Gita, there exist only five or six English translations of the Uddhava Gita, most of which are severely outdated and written in poor English with archaic commentaries. Happily, this new translation remedies the situation.

Krishna’s Other Song: A New Look at the Uddhava Gita examines the entire Uddhava Gita in relation to other Hindu scriptures, especially the Bhagavad Gita, and shares its teachings in light of interreligious understanding and nonsectarian spirituality.

A foreword written by prominent Hinduism scholar Charles S. J. White joins the author’s own introduction to lay out the Uddhava Gita’s background, philosophical dimensions, and religious significance.

This edition does not include the original Sanskrit, nor does it labor to translate each word verbatim. Rather, it gives the reader all 1,030 verses in plain English, offering accessible commentary that allows the meaning and relevance of the Uddhava Gita to unfold to one and all.


Foreword by Charles S.J. White

1. Krishna’s Introductions to Udhava
2. The Lesson of Pingala
3. Detachment from All things Material
4. The Nature of Self-Centered Acts
5. How to Know Whether One is Conditioned or Liberated
6. What Lies beyond Renunciation and Knowledge?
7. The Swan Incarnation (Hamsa Avatara) and the Sons of Brahma
8. Lord Krishna’s Explanation of Yoga – An Introduction
9. The Limitations of Yogic Perfection
10. The Qualities of the Lord
11. The Varnashram System
12. Varnashram Continued
13. Perfect Spiritual Knowledge
14. Loving Devotion Surpasses Karma – Yoga and Jnana – Yoga
15. The Vedic Path
16. The Elements of Material Creation
17. The Avanti Brahmin
18. Sankhya Philosophy
19. Beyond the Three Modes of Material Nature
20. The Aila Gita
21. The Process of Deity Worship
22. Jnana-Yoga – The Yoga of Knowledge
23. Bhakti-Yoga – The Yoga of Devotion