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By Steven J. Rosen

Students of faith and jap notion will welcome this readable translation and sensible observation at the Uddhava Gita, a Hindu textual content during which Krishna's teachings brought within the Bhagavad Gita are prolonged and nuanced.

• provides the Uddhava Gita's 23 chapters, totaling 1,030 verses

• comprises observation the place appropriate

• offers a foreword through Dr. Charles S. J. White of yankee college that contextualizes the paintings and explains its value

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Commentary Sound vibration is more powerful than most people think. Just as mantras and especially kirtan—call-and-response chanting of God’s names—can lead to liberation and spiritual awakening, mundane sounds, borne of goodness, passion, and ignorance, can bind one to the material world. Even when conveyed with beautiful and mellifluous melodies, such lower-echelon sound vibrations can infect the consciousness with mundane attachments, bringing listeners into an ever deepening state of conditioned existence.

This is the example of the python: He does not overly endeavor for personal maintenance, and he only accepts food that comes of its own accord, not caring if such food is delicious or tasteless, ample or meager. A wise soul will follow this example. 30 KRISHNA’S OTHER SONG 3. A saintly person will simply fast if food is not readily available. Such a soul sees no need to make an elaborate endeavor just to acquire edibles. His vision is as follows: If, by God’s arrangement, food is not forthcoming, there must be some unseen reason for this, and I will accept His desire graciously.

Even if raped or pillaged, the earth is never distracted from its duties; nor should we be distracted from ours. 38. Further, we should learn from the mountain to devote all our efforts to the service of others, which is reminiscent of the tree, too—always dedicated to others, even if neglected or abused. Commentary As the great apostle of devotional love Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486–1533) taught to his followers: A true spiritual seer should be more tolerant than a tree, willing to give shade and shelter to all, no matter what the circumstances.

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