Rupa Goswami (1489-1564) is considered the chief among the six Goswamis of Vrindavan. A direct follower of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Rupa was renowned for his scholarship and devotion to Lord Krishna. Together with his elder brother, Sanatana, he served as a government minister of Bengal, India. After meeting Lord Chaitanya, the brothers dedicated their lives to Mahaprabhu’s mission by (1) uncovering Krishna’s lost places of pastimes; (2) installing Deities and establishing Their worship; (3) writing devotional literature; and (4) teaching the rules of bhakti-yoga, devotional service to God. Srila Rupa Goswami wrote many books, including Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu (summarized by Srila Prabhupada as The Nectar of Devotion”).
Gauridasa Pandita, another prominent follower of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu, is spoken of in Chaitanya-charitamrita as “the emblem of the most elevated devotional service in love of Godhead.” He sacrificed everything for the service of Nityananda. Both Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu personally appeared as Deity forms in his home.
- Gauridasa Pandita in Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi-lila 11.26-27
- Gauridasa Pandita’s biography on Gaudiya History
- Article: Lord Chaitanya’s Teachings to Rupa Goswami, by Mathuresha dasa
Photo of the samadhi (shrine) of Gauridasa Pandita courtesy of SivaramaSwami.com
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