Who Is Gopa?

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Who Is Gopa?
Speaker Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Date 1978 August 31
Place Patna, India
Topic Without love God can not be reached
Included in Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 1
Location in Sarkarverse
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Who Is Gopa? is a discourse given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti on 1978 August 31 in Patna, India. This discourse is the 29th chapter of Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 1.[1]


I love you because I want my love to give you pleasure. So, in that last, final stage, the devotee’s only wish is to give Him pleasure. In Saḿskrta, the root verb “gup” means “to give pleasure to”, and the man who has developed this type of love for the Supreme is called “gopa.” “Gopayate yah sah gopae” – the one who gives pleasure to Lord Krśńa is “gopa.”

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Anandamurti starts the discourse by saying that japa kriyá (mere repetition of mantra) becomes meaningless if there is no love for the Supreme. He then explains the word dhyána which means withdrawing all psychic tendencies and guiding them towards the Supreme Entity. Anandamurti goes on explaining that devoid of love, spiritual quest is retarded. A wee bit of love is worth more than knowledge about yoga. A higher stage would be loving God for our own pleasure. But the highest form of loving Him is the sole desire to please Him, regardless of gaining anything in return.[1]


  1. ^ a b Shrii Shrii Anandamurti Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 1 
Preceded by
Tears of Supreme Happiness
Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 1
With: Who Is Gopa?
Succeeded by