Gopala-tapani Upanisad

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Gopala-tapani Upanisad Krsnaya Govindaya Gopijanavallabhaya Sac-cid-ananda-rupaya krsnayaklista-karine Namo Vedanta-vedyaya gurave buddhi-saksine I offer obeisance to Krsna, the form of eternity, knowledge, and bliss, whose every act is wonderful, who is the object of knowledge identified by the Vedanta, and who is the guru, the witness present in the intelligence. Hail to the goddess as we begin this sacred commentary on Gopala-tapani! May the wise, as well as those without wisdom, heed her call to devotion. Blessed are the devotees! May they take pleasure in this effort despite its faults, and may those devotees senior to me in knowledge and devotion, and the pure-hearted commentators Sri Jiva, Visvanatha Cakravarti, and Sri Prabodhananda Sarasvati in particular, be merciful to me. Above all, I offer my pranamas to Sri Guru, Gauranga, Govinda, and Gandharvika. Just as it is standard in modern times to preface a book with a astatement that introduces the text and explains its scope and intention, similarly ancient Hindu text were customarily prefaced with an introductory statement known as a mangalacarana that accomplishes the same purpose and more. A mangalacarana invokes auspiciousness and, by so doing, creates a sacred atmosphere. When applied to sacred texts, an auspicious invocation technically consists of four elements: the subject of the text (visaya), the relationship between the text and its subject (sambandha), the goal to be attained by its study (prayojana), and the person who is qualified to enter into its mysteries (adhikarin). The first verse of Gopala-tapani contains all of these elements in the form of a prayer that offers obeisances to Krsna.
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