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Gopala-tapani Upanisad: The One Expands

March 30th, 2011 | by Harmonist staff

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)

Gopala-tapani Upanisad: The Twelve Forests of Gopala Puri

December 31st, 2010 | by Nitaisundara

All of these forests facilitate Gopala Krishna in his cowherd lilas and his rendezvous with the gopis. Among them Vrndavana is the most important, and it is to be understood that Vrndavana is the group leader of all twelve of Gopala Puri’s forests

Iskcon Reform

December 19th, 2010 | by Harmonist staff

History has shown that significant change comes more readily from committed individuals, not organizations or governments, and certainly not committees

Gopala-Tapani Upanisad: Two Birds

November 7th, 2010 | by Harmonist staff

There are two beautifully plumed birds making their home in this body, which, like a tree, is meant to be felled. The lesser of the two is the fragmentary portion of Brahman who enjoys and suffers; the other is merely an observer

The Prema-Yuga

October 29th, 2010 | by Harmonist staff

Spiritual emotion, bhava, is constituted of Sri Krishna\'s internal energy, svarupa-sakti. Its awakening in the devotee\'s heart signals the first ray of the sun of prema, ecstatic love of God

Gopala-tapani Upanisad: “Durvasa Never Eats”

October 17th, 2010 | by Harmonist staff

How could Durvasa be said to have fasted after eating what they had offered him, and how could Krishna be a brahmacari? What was the mystic truth behind the apparently contradictory statements made by both Durvasa and Krishna

Gopala-tapani Upanisad: “Krishna is a Brahmacari”

October 3rd, 2010 | by Harmonist staff

Although the gopis had not fully understood the import of Krishna’s contention that he was celibate, being inspired by the affirmation of his prowess, they nonetheless uttered the words “Krishna is a brahmacari” as he had told them to. The Yamuna then immediately gave them passage

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