Devotees also engage their devotion through texts, notably the Bhagavadgita and Bhagavata Purana. These two books offer numerous stories of Krishna's relationships with subjects, servants, friends, parents, and lovers. Devotees read these materials as models for relating to God. For example, to engage in shringara rasa, the highest form of devotion, ISKCON members attempt to emulate the experience of overpowering intimate love that the gopis (cowherd girls) felt for Krishna as they danced with him. Through use of these bhakti methods, ISKCON devotees hope to form a loving relationship with Krishna, one that will bring them tranquility in this lifetime, and rebirth into the abode of Krishna in a future one.

Study Questions:
     1.     Describe the nature of the self to Hare Krishna devotees.
     2.     How do all living beings share the essence of Krishna? Why do they lack his personality?
     3.     What is Krishna Consciousness?
     4.     What are the five rasas of ISKCON? Why are they used?

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