See everything in Me and Me in everything. Surrender yourself unto Me. Do
all actions for My sake. Cut off all sorts of attachments. Have perfect
unswerving devotion to Me. Sing my glories."
teachings are Karma Pradhana. Lord Krishna has laid great stress on the
importance of Nishkamya Karma, whereas His teachings to Uddhava are Bhakti
Pradhana. He has emphasised much on the importance of Bhakti to Uddhava. In
the Gita also the Lord has laid great importance on self-surrender. The
Puranas hold a unique place in the history of religious literature of the
Hindus. They contain mine of knowledge and information on all philosophical
and religious topics. They are indeed an encyclopaedia of Hindu religion and
Bhagavata is a practical guide for all. It teaches that God-realization
alone can give salvation for man, and shows the ways to attain
God-consciousness. It teaches that God alone really exists and that
God-realization is the be-all and end-all of life. It teaches us to realize
God everywhere and always and in every situation of life. It is indeed a
wonderful book. Bhagavata is the solace of life. It is unique in its beauty
and charm, in its diction and philosophy. It is a valuable treasure-house of
The book is worshiped in all Hindu houses. It is recited all over India by
learned Pundits, Sadhus and Sannyasins. Jnana, Bhakti and Karma are assigned
their respective places in this book. Karma is prescribed for those who are
very much attached to the body and this world. Jnana is prescribed for those
who are detached and dispassionate (Virakta). Bhakti is prescribed for those
who are neither very much attached nor very much detached and who are
indifferent. It teaches all about Bhagavata Dharma or the religion of love.
Bhagavata Purana alone the history of the universe is systematically dealt
with. Lord Krishna is the central figure of this unique book. Bhagavata
teaches devotion that is associated with Jnana (Bhaktiytikta-Jnana). It does
not divorce knowledge from Bhakti. It teaches that Jnana is extremely
helpful to its perfect attainment. In Bhagavata the treacle of Bhakti is
mixed with the elixir of Jnana.
The teachings given by Lord Krishna to Uddhava on the eve of His departure
from this world, are wonderful. These are contained in the eleventh Skandha.
Sri Krishna clears all the doubts of Uddhava, His friend, foremost disciple
and the chief of the Yadavas. He gives instructions on a variety of
subjects. But the one ringing note is: "See Me in everything. Surrender
yourself to Me. Do all actions for my sake. Cut off all sorts of
attachments. Have perfect unswerving devotion to Me. Sing My glories."