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.
About 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.