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UDDHAVA (also known as PAVANAYADHI) is a character from the Puranic texts of Hinduism
Hinduism
, who is the friend and counsellor of Krishna
Krishna
the Avatar
Avatar
. He plays a significant role in the Bhagavata Purana
Bhagavata Purana
, being taught the processes of yoga and bhakti directly by Krishna. The principle of these discussions is often referred to as the Uddhava Gita , similarly to the Bhagavad Gita
Bhagavad Gita
wherein Krishna
Krishna
instructs Arjuna . According to some texts Uddhava was also Krishna's cousin, being the son of Devabhaga, who was the brother of Vasudeva
Vasudeva
, Krishna's father. His physical appearance was so like that of Krishna's that in some instances he is temporarily mistaken for the latter.

CONTENTS

* 1 Message to Vrindavan
Vrindavan
* 2 Uddhava Gita
Uddhava Gita
* 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links

MESSAGE TO VRINDAVAN

In the Bhagavata Purana, after Krishna
Krishna
had defeated Kansa , Uddhava came to see him, much to Krishna's pleasure. Krishna
Krishna
then requested Uddhava to visit Vrindavan
Vrindavan
with a message on his behalf to the Gopis and other residents of the village, who were missing his company. Krishna
Krishna
asks Uddhava to tell the people of Vrindavan
Vrindavan
to forget him, because only when they forget him can he complete his duties on Earth. Uddhava was so filled with the devotion of the Gopika towards Lord Krishna
Krishna
that he stayed in Vrindavan
Vrindavan
for the next 6 months, where he also asked the Gopis to be his Guru. The Gopis said "When Akrura
Akrura
came to Vrindvan, he took our Krishna
Krishna
with him, and now are you here to take away his memories too, from us?", to which Uddhava is speechless. The content of the message and the feelings aroused by it when heard by the residents of Vrindavan
Vrindavan
constitute the highest understanding of love of God in the tradition of Gaudiya Vaishnavism
Gaudiya Vaishnavism
.

UDDHAVA GITA

Main article: Uddhava Gita
Uddhava Gita

Krishna
Krishna
spoke the Uddhava Gita
Uddhava Gita
(also referred to as Hamsa Gita) to Uddhava shortly before he left the world in order to help console Uddhava after his forthcoming departure. It commences with Uddhava's perplexity after he saw the impending destruction of the Yadava community, in which Krishna
Krishna
was also brought up, born as a Kshatriya
Kshatriya
.

Uddhava was famous as devotee and a dear friend of Krishna
Krishna
but even he could not fathom why he had not prevented the destruction from happening. Brahma
Brahma
, the creator, and the celestials implored Krishna to return to his divine abode after the purpose of his descent was over.

Krishna
Krishna
then explained why the Yadavas had to be finished, "Made insolent by prowess, heroism and fortune, and inclined to take possession of the whole world, this celebrated race of Yadu has been kept in check by Me as the ocean by its shore. If I depart (from this world) without destroying the huge race of the Yadus, who have grown insolent the entire humanity will meet its destruction..." Greatly saddened by this Uddhava approached Krishna
Krishna
and beseeched him to take him also. In reply Krishna
Krishna
then expounds the Uddhava Gita.

SEE ALSO

* Vaishnavism
Vaishnavism
* Bhakti
Bhakti
yoga * Narada
Narada
* Four Kumaras
Four Kumaras
* Udhwa

.