(, Jīva Gosvāmī, c. 1513-1598 AD) is one of the most prolific and important philosopher and saint from the Gaudiya Vaishnava
school of Vedanta
tradition, producing a great number of philosophical works on the theology and practice of Bhakti yoga
, Vaishnava Vedanta and associated disciplines. He was a member of Six Goswamis of Vrindavan
, being the nephew of the two leading figures, Rupa Goswami
and Sanatana Goswami
Birth and early years
There seems to be some controversy amongst biographers about Jiva Goswami's birth. Some opine that he lived from 1511–1596 CE, while others claim that he lived from 1533 to 1618 CE.
Not much is known about Jiva Goswami's childhood. He was born in Ramakeli in the district of Maldah, West Bengal
as the son of Srivallabha Mallika (also known as Anupama
), the younger brother of Rupa and Sanatana, his mothers name is unknown. He had a strong affinity to the worship of Krishna
even from his childhood and excelled in his education completing his studies in Sanskrit Vyakarana
(grammar) and Kavya
(poetics) within a very short period.
When Jiva was three or four years old, his uncles resigned from their ministerial posts at the court of Alauddin Hussein Shah (ruled 1493–1519 CE) after their initial meeting with Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
(1486–1534 CE) and they decided to join his ranks as mendicants. Jiva's father, Anupama, also met with Chaitanya at this time and... Read More