was Uddhava in Mahabharata?
Uddhava is mentioned as a great devotee, paternal
cousin, and friend of the Supreme Lord Krishna in Mahabharata. He was a
disciple of Brihaspati and had the fortune to learn Bhakti Yoga (the science of
pure devotion to the Lord) from Krishna Himself. Srimad
Bhagavatam mentions that Uddhava looked the same as Lord Krishna.
Therefore, when he went to Vrindavan to deliver Krishna’s message to the Gopis,
they mistook him for Lord Krishna. According to the Mahabharata,
Uddhava was the minister of the Vrishnis and everyone treated him with great
did Krishna give to Uddhava?
Uddhava was a staunch devotee of Lord Krishna. His
only aim in life was to please the Lord with his every action. When the Lord
was preparing to leave the planet after having performed all His pastimes and
fulfilling the purpose of His descent, He instructed Uddhava about the Absolute
Truth, the science of God. This conversation between Sri Uddhava and Shri
Krishna came to be known as the “Uddhava Gita”. Lord Krishna then sent Uddhava
with these transcendental teachings to deliver them to the sages of
is written in Uddhava Gita?
Uddhava Gita, a great mystery, is a divine
conversation between the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krishna and His
intimate friend and devotee Shri Uddhava. While going back to His eternal abode
Goloka, Lord Krishna spoke the Gita to Uddhava in which He elaborately
explained the path of self-realization, the modes of material nature, various
Yoga and mystic perfections, and the path of pure devotional service unto the
is the difference between Uddhava Gita and Bhagavad Gita?
Although Uddhava Gita and Bhagavad Gita
have been spoken by Lord Krishna to His intimate friends Uddhava and Arjuna
respectively, there are slight differences between the two. In the Bhagavad
Gita, Lord Krishna explained to Arjuna the real nature or identity of the
living entities and their relationship with Him. Whereas, the Uddhava Gita
takes the knowledge of the Absolute Truth one step further. Lord Krishna
elaborately explained to Uddhava how material nature works, what the different
paths of self-realization are, what the nature of the soul is, and how it can
achieve the highest perfection of life by performing pure devotional service.
is the father of Uddhava?
The father of Uddhava was Devabhaga who was the
brother of Lord Krishna’s father Vasudev. In other words, Uddhava was the
cousin of Lord Krishna. The bond between them was not on the bodily platform
but was completely spiritual. Because Uddhava was very attached to Lord Krishna
and always remained absorbed in His thoughts, He looked the same as the Lord.
was the Uddhava Gita written?
Uddhava Gita was spoken by the Supreme Lord Krishna to His
dear devotee, friend, and cousin Uddhava. The Lord wanted to enlighten Uddhava
with the highest philosophy of Bhakti (pure devotion) before leaving the planet
Earth to Goloka Vrindavan. He elaborately explained the path of
self-realization and sent Uddhava to pass that knowledge to the sages in the
Himalayas (Badarikashrama). After Lord Krishna and all the Yadus went back to
Goloka, the beginning of Kaliyuga took place and Shri Vyasadev compiled all the
and presented them to be accessible to common people.
Q7. Where is Uddhava Gita?
Uddhava Gita, a divine philosophical conversation
between the Supreme Lord Krishna and His dear friend and devotee Shri Uddhava,
is part of the eleventh Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata
Purana). In this conversation, Lord Krishna explained everything in detail
about the Absolute Truth, different ways of approaching it, the real nature of
living entities, the nature of the material nature, various paths of
self-realization, and the ultimate goal or purpose of all living entities. The
Uddhava Gita is therefore a great mystery that opens up the path to the highest
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