Upadesha by Sri Krishna to Uddhava – Part 2
Uddhava: What is Tapas? (Austerities)
Sri Krishna: Casting off desires is the real Tapas.
Uddhava: What is Bravery (Shauryam)?
Sri Krishna: Winning over one’s one undesirable habituations and notations (vasanas) is the real sense of bravery. Just winning over others is not real bravery.
Uddhava: What is Satyam (‘Satyam’ in Sanskrit, means that thing or a statement, which never changes with time or place. Like Sun is the master source of all energies on earth) ?
Sri Krishna: ‘Sarvam VAsudeva Swaroopam’ – Having an attitude and understanding that everything is a manifestation of The Lord , is Satyam.
Uddhava: What is Rutam (‘Rutam in Sanskrit, is that truth which varies according to time and place. For example, to speak truth always is Satyam but it is better not to when speaking is going to hurt someone) ?
Sri Krishna: Affectionate words are ‘Rutam’.
Uddhava: What is cleanliness (Pavithram/ Soucham) ?
Sri Krishna: Being uninterested in the fruits of one’s own karma is real cleanliness.
Uddhava: What is renunciation (thyAgam) ?
Sri Krishna: Discarding favors on all things (sanyasam) is true renunciation.
Uddhava: What is wealth (selvam) ?
Sri Krishna: Adherence to Dharma is the real wealth.
Uddhava: What is YagNa (holy sacrifice/yaagam)?
Sri Krishna: ‘Yagno vai Vishnuh’ is the word of Vedas. I am YagNa.
Read other parts of Sri Krishna Upadesha here: Part 1 Part 3 Part 4
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