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Gopala-tapani Upanisad: Obeisances to Gopala
July 9, 2011 – 9:02 am | No Comment
Gopala-tapani Upanisad: Obeisances to Gopala

Obeisances to Gopala, the true form of the Supreme Truth.

Gopala-tapani Upanisad: The Deities of Mathura Forest
June 23, 2011 – 1:14 am | No Comment
Gopala-tapani Upanisad: The Deities of Mathura Forest

As this new section of the text begins, Brahma expresses the doubts that arose in him on hearing Narayana’s description of the twelve deities of Mathura’s twelve forests.

Approaching the Catuh-Sloki of Srimad-Bhagavatam
May 29, 2011 – 12:52 pm | 3 Comments
Approaching the Catuh-Sloki of Srimad-Bhagavatam

Swami Tripurari explores Sri Krsnadasa Kaviraja Goswami’s use of the four essential verses of the Bhagavat in the opening portion of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta.

Gopala-tapani Upanisad: The Universal Form
May 22, 2011 – 3:02 pm | No Comment
Gopala-tapani Upanisad: The Universal Form

The dear devotee who constantly meditates on me in this way will attain liberation. Once he is liberated, I most certainly give myself to him.

Gopala-tapani Upanisad: Klim and Om
April 22, 2011 – 12:37 am | No Comment
Gopala-tapani Upanisad: Klim and Om

Those who are knowledgeable about Brahman utter the syllable klim in the understanding that it is one with Om. All who meditate on me, especially those in the land of Mathura, enjoy the state of liberation.

Sanga: Modern Sensibilities
April 5, 2011 – 10:57 pm | 3 Comments
Sanga: Modern Sensibilities

Swami B. V. Tripurari fields questions on some modern issues viewed through the lens of Gaudiya Vedanta.

Gopala-tapani Upanisad: The One Expands
March 30, 2011 – 7:29 pm | No Comment
Gopala-tapani Upanisad: The One Expands

It is stated in the Vedanta-sutra that Brahman’s motivation for expanding himself as the universe is to express joy in the form of divine play (lokavat tu lila kaivalyam), the lila of creation (srsti-lila).

Gopal-tapani Upanisad: In the Beginning was One
March 15, 2011 – 1:06 am | No Comment
Gopal-tapani Upanisad: In the Beginning was One

Narayana begins his answer to Brahma’s inquiry by explaining that the entire varied creation expands from a singular source.

Gopala-tapani Upanisad: Gopala is Svayam Bhagavan
February 28, 2011 – 1:08 am | No Comment
Gopala-tapani Upanisad: Gopala is Svayam Bhagavan

Narayana praises Gopala Krishna and underscore Krishna’s superior position by stating that he will forever reside in Gopala Krishna’s abode.

Gopala-tapani Upanisad: “I am Gopala”
February 10, 2011 – 12:30 am | One Comment
Gopala-tapani Upanisad: “I am Gopala”

“Therefore, in the consciousness that ‘I am the divine Lord beyond the mode of passion,’ one should meditate on the self, [thinking], ‘I am Gopala.'”

Gopala-Tapani Upanisad: The Forms of Gopala
January 22, 2011 – 1:02 am | No Comment
Gopala-Tapani Upanisad: The Forms of Gopala

In the twelve forests of Mathura, Krishna is present in twelve different forms.