The Uddhava-gita is one of many Gitas associated with the worship of Lord Krsna. Though the Bhagavad-gita is undoubtedly the most famous of these Gitas; in the bhakti tradition are Gita Govinda, Go-Bhramara-gita, Avanti-gita and several others. Gita means "song" and within the context of devotional literature, it refers to particularly sweet and blessed songs of divine truth, uttered by great devotees or by the Lord Himself. The songs are both philosophical and devotional outpourings.
Uddhava-gita is practically the most important of all the gitas for it focuses on Lord Krsna final instructions just before leaving the earthly planet. Moreover these in-structions are delivered to Uddhava, recognized as the greatest among the devotees of the Lord, and foremost among those who are intimate with Him. When Lord Krsna was on earth five thousand years ago, Uddhava was the Lord's cousin and his bodily features was exactly like that of the Lord. For this reason end others, it is mysterious that Uddhava-gita has never enjoyed the fame of its sister text, the Bhagavad-gita, with which it shares several verses in common. In several ways, Uddhava-gita goes further than the Bhagavad-gita, illu-minating the Bhagavad-gita’s central teaching of devotion to Lord Krsna and emphasizing the importance of seeing Krsna everywhere, in everyone, and at all times.
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