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I was reading a commentary on Goloka by Jiva Goswami and it led me to the Rig Veda Book 1, Hymn 154 which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and ends with an exhortation to reach his Supreme abode:

1 I WILL declare the mighty deeds of Viṣṇu, of him who measured out the earthly regions, Who propped the highest place of congregation, thrice setting down his footstep, widely striding.

2 For this his mighty deed is Viṣṇu lauded, like some wild beast, dread, prowling, mountain-roaming; He within whose three wide-extended paces all living creatures have their habitation.

3 Let the hymn lift itself as strength to Viṣṇu, the Bull far-striding, dwelling on the mountains, Him who alone with triple step hath measured this common dwelling-place, long, far extended.

4 Him whose three places that are filled with sweetness, imperishable, joy as it may list them, Who verily alone upholds the threefold, the earth, the heaven, and all living creatures.

5 May I attain to that his well-loved mansion where men devoted to the Gods are happy. For there springs, close akin to the Wide-Strider, the well of meath in Viṣṇu's highest footstep.

6 Fain would we go unto your dwelling-places where there are many-horned and nimble oxen, For mightily, there, shineth down upon us the widely-striding Bull's sublimest mansion.

As I discussed in this answer Goloka or the Abode of Cows is the highest Loka in this world where Lord Krishna is supposed to reside. The verses above also seem to hint towards the same calling it the highest abode where many cattle are thriving. This commentary of course interprets it in a Vaishnava way seeing in the verse a reference to Krishna's abode but is there any other commentary/scripture that can confirm (or refute) that this Supreme Abode of the thrice-stepping Vishnu is actually Goloka?

  • You said As I discussed in this answer Goloka or the Abode of Cows is the highest Loka in this world where Lord Krishna is supposed to reside. -- Goloka which is known to be Lord Krishna's abode is not the highest loka or planet in this material world but is way above this material world, and is the highest loka in the spiritual world also known as World of Brahman or Vaikuntha. I think that is seen even from those quotations which you posted there in that answer at that link above. – brahma jijnasa Sep 15 '18 at 17:33
  • There was also Nilakantha who was a commentator on Mahabharata who said those Rig Veda verses are talking about Goloka. – brahma jijnasa Sep 15 '18 at 17:34
  • Cows in golaka? Go doesnot necessarily mean cow! – commonman Jan 24 at 12:04

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