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Krishna's Other Song

A New Look at the Uddhava Gita

by Steven J. Rosen
Foreword by Charles S. J. White

 

The Uddhava Gita is Lord Krishna's most esoteric teaching, and although virtually unknown in the West, it 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the Bhagavad Gita, there exist only five or six English translations of the Uddhava Gita, several of which are severely outdated and written in poor English with archaic commentaries. Happily, this new translation remedies the situation.

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April 2010

Praeger

Pages 293
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Religion/Theology
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Students of religion and Eastern thought will welcome this readable translation and practical commentary on the Uddhava Gita, a Hindu text in which Krishna's teachings introduced in the Bhagavad Gita are extended and nuanced.

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. This edition's elaborate commentary, written by a prominent American scholar of Hindu studies, who is also a practitioner, opens up the text's esoteric teaching to a Western audience for the first time, adding context and relevance that make the book accessible and its teachings practicable for a Western readership.

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.

Features

  • Presents the Uddhava Gita's 23 chapters, totaling 1,030 verses
  • Includes commentary where appropriate
  • Provides a foreword by Dr. Charles S. J. White of American University that contextualizes the work and explains its value

Highlights

  • Provides a contemporary, readable translation together with a commentary that gives context and defines terms and concepts, offering the essential meaning of each and every verse in the massive Uddhava Gita
  • Extends the teaching of the much more well known Bhagavad Gita
  • Brings a neglected text to light
  • Deepens the understanding of students of Hinduism and Eastern spirituality who have studied the standard texts
Author Info

Steven J. Rosen is the author of numerous books, including Praeger's Krishna's Song: A New Look at the Bhagavad Gita and The Yoga of Kirtan: Conversations on the Sacred Art of Chanting.

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Endorsements

"It is high time we paid attention to Gitas other than the Bhagavad Gita. Steven Rosen begins the process with this attractive English translation of the Uddhava Gita from the Bhagavata Purana, a profound work where Krishna sings his theology to the devotee Uddhava just before leaving the earth. In many ways Krishna's teachings here build upon and go beyond those of the Bhagavad Gita, for his auditor Uddhava is more advanced in his understanding and spiritual capacity than was Arjuna. Rosen here provides an accessible rendering of the Sanskrit original along with his own commentary, drawing upon the teachings of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. Students of Indian religious literature, devotees of Krishna, and Hindus of every persuasion will find valuable insight in this important work."—Richard Davis, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies, Bard College

"For centuries the western world has been enlightened by the Bhagavad Gita, but few know its fascinating counterpart, the Uddhava Gita. In this ancient text, Krishna, the speaker of the Gita takes us even deeper into the mysteries of knowledge and devotion through stories, analogies and philosophy. Now, thanks to Vaishnava scholar and practitioner Steven Rosen, the essential teachings of this profound work will become manifest in the modern world. We are indebted to Mr. Rosen for making this sublime scripture both available and accessible." —His Holiness Radhanath Swami, author of The Journey Home, Autobiography of an American Swami and spiritual leader

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