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Hinduism - Who Are The Goswamis Of The Gaudiya Vaishnava Religious Group?

 


Jiva, Goswami (ca. late 16th c.) Along with his uncles Sanatana Goswami and Rupa Goswami, he was a prominent role in the Gaudiya Vaishnava religious group.

Despite the fact that the poet-saint Chaitanya formed the Gaudiya Vaishnavas, it was the Goswamis who gave discipline and systematic reasoning to Chaitanya's ecstatic devotionalism.

The Goswamis were originally from southern India, but their family had relocated to northern India.

When Rupa and Sanatana met Chaitanya, their lives were changed forever.

Chaitanya sent the brothers to Brindavan, the hamlet where Krishna is said to have spent his infancy, with orders to reside there and reclaim it as a sacred site.

The three Goswamis remained there for decades, recovering holy locations (tirthas), erecting temples, and, most all, establishing the Gaudiya Vaishnava community's principles and institutions.

Jiva was a versatile scholar who wrote on a variety of topics related to Vaishnava devotion, but he is most recognized for his metaphysical writings, which give the community's conceptual foundations.

Sushil Kumar De, Early History of the Vaishnava Faith and Movement in Bengal, from Sanskrit and Bengali Sources, 1961, is a good source of knowledge.

Rupa Goswami, Rupa Goswami, Rupa Goswami, Rupa Gos (ca. mid-16th c.) Along with his brother Sanatana Goswami and nephew Jiva Goswami, he was a follower of the Bengali saint Chaitanya, and was a crucial player in the creation of the Gaudiya Vaishnava society.

Despite the fact that the poet-saint Chaitanya formed the Gaudiya Vaishnavas, it was the Goswamis who gave discipline and systematic reasoning to Chaitanya's ecstatic devotionalism.

According to records, the Goswamis were brahmins whose ancestors came from the Karnataka area.

Rupa and Sanatana were in the service of a local Muslim monarch in Bengal, where the family had settled.

When Rupa and Sanatana met Chaitanya, though, their lives were changed forever.

Chaitanya sent the brothers to Brindavan, the hamlet where Krishna is said to have spent his infancy, with orders to reside there and reclaim it as a sacred site.

The three Goswamis remained there for decades, recovering holy locations (tirthas), erecting temples, and, most all, establishing the Gaudiya Vaishnava community's principles and institutions.

Rupa was a devout follower of Krishna (bhakta), but she was also a playwright and a scholar.

He concentrated on examining bhakti as an emotional experience in addition to composing poetry as a medium for expressing devotion to Krishna.

He is well known for enumerating the five forms of devotion, which describe the many ways to experience God's love.

Sushil Kumar De, Early History of the Vaishnava Faith and Movement in Bengal, 1961; and Shrivatsa Goswami, "Radha," in John Stratton Hawley and Donna Wulff (eds. ), The Divine Consort, 1982, for further information.


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