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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


God’s Play

September 24th, 2010 | by Harmonist staff

In various forms his reality overflows into the world of our experience, and sacred texts such as the Bhagavata try to capture and relate to us the essence of that expression


Gopala-tapani Upanisad: Verses 44-47

August 29th, 2010 | by Harmonist staff

Krishna alone is the jagad-guru, or the macrocosmic expression (samasti) of the guru principle (guru-tattva), because he is the source of the knowledge that all gurus disseminate; indeed, he is that knowledge


Gopala-tapani Upanisad: Verses 35-43

August 18th, 2010 | by Harmonist staff

Brahma prays: Salutations to the cowherd who is addicted to playing his flute, who defeated the snake Aghasura, who enjoys playing on the banks of the Kalindi, and who wears swinging earrings


Gopala-tapani Upanisad: Verses 33 and 34

August 8th, 2010 | by Harmonist staff

For those who aspire for Krishna’s abode, his eternal associates are more important than Krishna himself because they embody the love that is sought. This love is nondifferent from Krishna, for his appearance in his form of eternity, knowledge, and bliss in Vrindavana is in reciprocation with that love


Gopala-tapani Upanisad: Verses 29-32

July 15th, 2010 | by Harmonist staff

Reality is a person. He is both majestic and charming. His majesty is such that he is all-pervasive and nothing exists outside of him. His charm is such that he defeats the lust of material desire in general and the charms of Cupid in particular


Gopala-tapani Upanisad: Verses 26-28

June 24th, 2010 | by Harmonist staff

In this section Brahma concludes the present lesson of this Upanisad by urging everyone to chant the Gopala mantra. The repetition of the words nityam abhyaset is meant to emphasize that one must make this practice a daily function to achieve the desired result


Crow’s Nest of Misconception

May 22nd, 2010 | by Harmonist staff

The sectarianism and religious fanaticism that Hari Sauri’s posts represent are telling. They speak loudly as to how the swan-like paramahamsa Srila Prabhupada may have flown the coop of Iskcon, while leaders seek to secure the faith of its members, clip their wings, and fear monger them to embrace their crow’s nest of misconception


Gopala-tapani Upanisad: Verses 21-23

May 18th, 2010 | by Harmonist staff

To those who are constantly engaged in worshiping this supreme abode of Vishnu rather than their material desires, he immediately appears in the form of a cowherd boy and carefully reveals his own abode at that very time



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