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Introduction to Gopala Tapani Upanishad. May 26, Footnote references were stripped and will have to be added. Also the numbering of references appears to not match with the numbers of the critical edition, which was completed after the writing of the introduction.
Babaji has agreed to publish this full translation from Jiva Institute in the near future. Then we will revise this intro a bit. Since there are no earlier references to the work, however, it is not likely that it is much older. This concords with the opinions of other scholars.
This is Monier-Williams verdict also. It seems that all of them were produced by an Advaita school with some sectarian leanings. But the same material is covered: the mantra; creation of the universe from the mantra, the yantra.
This is done by giving an etymology of the names. A further description of the mantra is given in This is answered by a description of the yantra used in the worship of the mantra. Texts start with another set of questions for more information about the meaning of the mantra.
It is only the mind that succumbs to the illusion of being an enjoyer. The twelve forests are described and the deities found in these forests, a theme that is repeated later Throughout this volume, we have designated this commentary by the letters PJ.
Where the commentaries differ, the letters P or J are used to distinguish between the two. Tuesday, 28 May, Unknown said…. Thursday, 30 May, Crossing over without free [from the body] enveloped in a pool of [liquid] light of the womb drinking in with the eyes.
Friday, 31 May, Kind regards, A reader of your blog for some years now. Sunday, 09 June, Jagadananda said…. Tripurari Maharaj used my notes. But I hope that Jiva will publish my full translation with the translation of commentaries by Jiva Goswami and others. Monday, 10 June, Brzezinski using a variety of printed editions. Tuesday, 11 June, So you may know.
Regarding the latin word 'foris' in this translation , the word 'opening' rather than door is more accurate. The very fabric of space and time opens up; the yogi briefly sees a cloud fringed opening before him as his lucid consciousness in the vehicle of the light body is impelled rushes or rapidly springs forward from the brow into the shining womb of liquid light.
Notes The the bright shining water moves in a rotating motion. Wednesday, 12 June, In regard to the previous 'Notes' "The the bright shining water moves in a rotating motion. Thursday, 13 June, Attaining the light of the womb, one abides in an undying state.
Friday, 14 June, Dear Jagadananda Das, If you have time, please try a little experiment; pick one line of Sanskrit from a favourite verse that you have translated in the past. Then find the English translation of every base pair.
Go on, humour me; and give it a go. Yours in truth, Anon. Yes, I see you doing that. It is a mantra-shastra thing, but I tend to shy away from that kind of interpretation, which seems artificial to me. Surely, an artificial construct is that which is skilfully heaped together from more than one base pair. It is the compound of more than two which is artificial. Yes, the compound is a convenient way to allow for such things as 'context' and 'grammar' etc. Think with your heart, not with your head Saturday, 15 June, May one also add; mantra like rhyme is a tool employed to easily remember words.
Tantric language is called "twilight language" sandha-bhasa, gongpe-ke , signaling the same transitional, liminal quality that we described in terms of dakini encounters. It must be experienced to be understood. See the discussion of twilight language in the introduction. Sunday, 16 June, Spirit in the Sky said…. Monday, 17 June, Post a Comment. Popular posts from this blog Erotic sculptures on Jagannath temple August 05, This was written on the basis of Sundarananda Vidyavinode's Sri Kshetra and intended for a devotee audience, as it was done on a commission by disciples of Bhakti Promode Puri Maharaj.
It has never been published. I decided to put this on line since there was a discussion on Facebook on the subject and I thought I would revisit what I wrote here nearly twenty years ago. This is from chapter ten on temple renovations. Please note that I have removed the images that I had found of some of the sculptures. I have been blocked from posting links to this blog on Facebook for some infringement of its "community standards". The only thing I can think of on this blog that might have offended some prudish person in cyberspace is this.
I do not have much hope for redemption as it has been over six months since my ban is "under review" and there has been no sign of action. Needless to say, I find this heavy-handed action on the part of Facebook dangerously authoritarian. Read more. May 13, We are talking about rasa a lot, and an understanding of the terms is important. As one progresses in knowledge and experience, such understanding is likely to undergo refinement.
I was just asked to clarify some terms, so here is a short article doing so. One who cultivates this threefold wisdom attains the ultimate yoga.
The experience of rasa, which is …. August 19, Bhaktivinoda Thakur's meat eating has been a subject of some interest on this blog. The article I wrote in has been one of the most read on this site and still regularly attracts readers. I have said emphatically, "absolutely not," because it is my feeling that this would completely destroy one of the principal themes of the book itself.
Bhaktivinoda Thakur's autobiography is an extremely interesting work, especially to one who is directly in disciplic succession from him. It was written as a letter to his son and disciple, my guru Sri Lalita Prasad Thakur, when he was only a boy of It is hard to understand what the purpose of such a confession would have been in that context. Lalita Prasad was born and brought up in a household where there was a shuddha sattvika diet of prasad.
He had feelings of hero-worship ….
Gopāla - Tāpanī Upanishad
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Srasvati Prabhupada compared the Vedic literatures to the body of the Supreme personality of Godhead. The Upanisads are Krsna's head, the Samhitas are his body, and the Brahmanas and Tapanis are his bodily limbs. That is why this Tapani is also known as Atharvana Upanisad. Because the subject matter of this book is Lord Gopala or Krsna, the son of Nanda. By studying this book one will certainly become liberated from material existence, and attain the lotus feet of Sri Krsna, the Supreme Controller of all controllers. Verify the characters on the left. Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts.
Gopala Tapani Upanishad
Other Religions. O Devas [angels, Gods], may we hear with our ears what is auspicious; May we see with our eyes what is auspicious, O ye worthy of worship! May we enjoy the term of life allotted by the Devas, Praising them with our body and limbs steady! May the glorious Indra bless us! May Garuda, the thunderbolt against evil, bless us!
Gopal Tapani Upanishad
The Upanishad belongs to the Tandya school of the atharvaveda. It is one of the largest Upanishadic compilations, and has eight Prapathakas literally lectures, chapters , each with many volumes, and each volume contains many verses. As part of the poetic and chants-focussed atharvaveda, the broad unifying theme of the Upanishad is the importance of speech, language, song and chants to man's quest for knowledge and salvation, to metaphysical premises and questions, as well as to rituals. The gopaltapani Upanishad is notable for its lilting metric structure, its mention of ancient cultural elements such as musical instruments, and embedded philosophical premises that later served as foundation for Vedanta school of Hinduism. The Gopalatapani text was extensively commented by the 16th-century scholar Jiva Goswami placing the two limits on its composition century.