Seeking and receiving help in times of distress : Uddhav Gita

 Uddhava Gita

The right approach to seeking and receiving right help from the right person (at times of stress) explained:

Why did Krishna not save the 
Pandavas when they played dice with Duryadhana and

Wonderful explanation by Krishna himself:
From his childhood, Uddhava had been with Krishna, 
charioting him and serving him in many ways. He
 never asked for any wish or boon from Sri Krishna. 
When Krishna was at the verge of completing His 
Avatar, he called Uddhava and said,‘Dear Uddhava, 
in this avatar of mine, many people have asked and 
received boons from me; but you never asked me 
anything. Why don’t you ask something now? I will 
give you. Let me complete this avatar with the 
satisfaction of doing something good for you also’.

Even though Uddhava did not ask anything for
 himself, he had been observing Krishna from his
 childhood. He had always wondered about the 
apparent disconnect between Krishna’s teachings and 
actions, and wanted to understand the reasons for the
He asked Krishna, ‘Lord, you taught us to live in one
 way, but you lived in a different way.
In the drama of Mahabharat, in the role you played, 
your actions, I did not understand many things. I am 
curious to understand the reasons for your actions. 
Would you fulfil my desire to know?’

Krishna said, ‘Uddhava, what I told Arjuna during 
the  war of Kurukshetra was Bhagavad Gita.

Today, my responses to you would be known as 
‘Uddhava Gita’. That is why I gave this opportunity 
to you. Please ask without hesitation.’
Uddhava starts asking – ‘Krishna, first tell me who is 
a real friend?’
Krishna says, ‘The real friend is one who comes to
 the help of his friend in need even without being 
Uddhava: ‘Krishna, you were a dear friend of the 
Pandavas. They trusted you fully as Apadhbhandava 
(protector from all difficulties). Krishna, you not only 
know what is happening, but you know what is going 
to happen. You are a great gyani. Just now you gave 
the definition of a true, close friend. Then why did 
you not act as per that definition. Why did you not 
stop Dharmaraj (Yudhishtra) from playing the 
gambling game? Ok, you did not do it; why did you 
not turn the luck in favour of Dharmaraj, by which 
you would have ensured that dharma wins. You did 
not do that also. You could have at least saved 
Dharmaraj by stopping the game after he lost his 
wealth, country and himself. You could have released 
him from the punishment for gambling. Or, you
have entered the hall when he started betting his 
brothers. You did not do that either. At least when 
Duryodhana tempted Dharmaraj by offering to return 
everything lost if he betted Draupadi (who always 
brought good fortune to Pandavas), you could have 
intervened and with your divine power you could 
have made the dices roll in a way that is favorable to 
Dharmaraj. Instead, you intervened only when 
Draupadi almost lost her modesty and now you claim 
that you gave clothes and saved Draupadi’s modesty; 
how can you even claim this – after her being 
into the hall by a man and disrobed in front of so 
many people, what modesty is left for a woman?
 What have you saved? Only when you help a person 
at the time of crisis, can you be called
 ‘Apadhbandhava’. If you did not help in the time of
 crisis, what is the use? Is it Dharma?’
As Uddhava posed these questions, tears started
 rolling from his eyes. These are not the questions of 
Uddhava alone. All of us who have read Mahabharata
 have these questions. On behalf of us, Uddhava had 
already asked Krishna.
Bhagavan Krishna laughed. ‘Dear Uddhava, the law 
of this world is: ‘only the one who has Viveka 
(intelligence through discrimination), wins’. While 
Duryodhana had viveka, Dharmaraj lacked it. That is 
why Dharmaraj lost’.
Uddhava was lost and confused.
Krishna continues "While Duryodhana had lots of 
money and wealth to gamble, he did not know how 
to play the game of dice. That is why he used his 
Uncle Shakuni to play the game while he betted. That 
is viveka. Dharmaraj also could have thought 
similarly and offered that I, his cousin, would play on 
his behalf. If Shakuni and I had played the game of 
dice, who do you think would have won? Can he roll 
the numbers I am calling or would I roll the numbers
 he is asking. Forget this. I can forgive the fact that he
 forgot to include me in the game. But, without
 viveka, he did another blunder. He prayed that I 
should not come to the hall as he did not want me to 
know that through ill-fate he was compelled to play 
this game. He tied me with his prayers and did not 
allow me to get into the hall; I was just outside the 
hall waiting for someone to call me through their 
prayers. Even when Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula and 
Sahadeva were lost, they were only cursing 
Duryodhana and brooding over their fate; they forgot 
to call me. Even Draupadi did not call me when 
Dusshasan held her hair and dragged her to fulfil his 
brother’s order. She was also arguing in the hall, 
based on her own abilities. She never called me. 
Finally good sense prevailed; when Dushasana 
started disrobing her, she gave up depending on her 
own strength, and started shouting ‘Hari, Hari, 
Abhayam Krishna, Abhayam’ and shouted for me. 
Only then I got an opportunity to save her modesty. I 
reached as soon as I was called. I saved her modesty. 
What is my mistake in this situation?"
‘Wonderful explanation, Kanna, I am impressed.

Can I ask you another question’, says Uddhava. 
Krishna gives him the permission to proceed.
'Does it mean that you will come only when you are 
called! Will you not come on your own to help
in crisis, to establish justice?’, asks Uddhava.
Krishna smiles. ‘Uddhava, in this life everyone’s life 
proceeds based on their own karma. I don’t run it; I 
don’t interfere in it. I am only a ‘witness’. I stand
 close to you and keep observing whatever is
 happening. This is God’s Dharma’.
‘Wow, very good Krishna. In that case, you will stand 
close to us, observe all our evil acts; as we keep 
committing more and more sins, you will keep 
watching us. You want us to commit more blunders, 
accumulate sins and suffer’, says Uddhava.
Krishna says.’Uddhava, please realise the deeper 
meaning of your statements. When you understand &
 realise that I am standing as witness next to you,
 how could you do anything wrong or bad. 
You definitely cannot do anything bad. You forget 
and think that you can do things without my 
knowledge. That is when you get into trouble. 
Dharmaraj’s ignorance was that he thought he can 
play the game of gambling without my knowledge. If 
Dharmaraj had realized that I am always present with 
everyone in the form of ‘Sakshi’ (witness), then
 wouldn’t the game have finished differently?’
Uddhava was spellbound and got overwhelmed by
 Bhakti. He said, ‘What a deep philosophy. What a 
great truth! Even praying and doing pooja to God and 
calling Him for help are nothing but our feeling /
 belief. When we start believing that nothing moves
 without Him, how can we not feel his presence as 
Witness? How can we forget this and act? Throughout
 Bhagavad Gita, this is the philosophy Krishna 
imparted to Arjuna. He was the charioteer as well as 
guide for Arjuna, but he did not fight on his own.’-
Realize that Ultimate Sakshi/ Witnesser within & 
without you! And Merge in that God-Consciousness!

Discover Thy Higher Self- 

The Pure Loveful & Blissful Supreme 


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