Photo: A Hindu fakir sitting on a bed of nails with other holy men, 1910.
What is it, which is
Divine-Love Filled --
What is it, which willed
To contain the countless universes
In boundless space
And there flourishes as Life of life, -
What is it, which stood
Transcending thought and word,
What is it, which remained
As the ever contentious object
Of countless faiths claiming,
''This, my God,'' ''This, our God''--
What is it, which exists as
and Eternal -
What is it, which knows
No limits of
Night and day -
That indeed is what is agreeable to thought,
That indeed is what fills all space in silentness.
That indeed is what we in meekness worship.
'The Uddhava Gita: The Final Teaching of Krishna'
By Swami Ambikananda Saraswati (Translator), Thomas Cleary (Introduction)
Widely read, The Bhagavad Gita is a classic of world spirituality while The essential companion to The Bhagavad Gita, The Uddhava Gita has remained overlooked. This new accessible and only English translation in print of The Uddhava Gita offers a previously unexplored path to understanding Hinduism and Krishna’s wisdom. Written centuries apart, the ideas of the two dialogues are similar although their approach and contexts differ. The Bhagavad Gita is filled with the urgency of battle while The Uddhava Gita takes place on the eve of Krishna’s departure from the world. The Uddhava Gita offers the reader philosophy, sublime poetry, practical guidance, and, ultimately, hope for a more complete consciousness in which the life of the body better reflects the life of the spirit.