With the mercy of Srila Prabhupada this tree contains some undeserving leaves like myself, however it is my duty to try to honour the thick branches, trunk and roots that make this tree so sturdy and ever growing. The opportunity to honour and glorify are due to the fact that it is Srila Jiva Goswami's Appearance day today!
So in this post we will humbly submit a few words to honour, Srila Jiva Goswami...
Srila Prabhupada stated, "The Vaishnavas are by far the greatest philosophers in the world, and the greatest among them was Srila Jiva Goswami".
Srila Jiva Goswami was a prolific writer and he wrote 25 works in sanskrit with a total of over 400,000 sanskrit verses! He became a great preceptor of the Gaudiya Sampradaya, as blessed and predicted by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Srila Jiva Goswami is one of the revered Six Goswamis of Vrindavan and the nephew of Srila Rupa and Sanatana Goswami. He is credited for establishing the prominent Radha Damodara temple which is so dear to Srila Prabhupada and his followers. Srila Jiva Goswami personally managed this temple as well as Govindaji, Madana Mohana and Gopinatha temples and also assisted Raghunatha Dasa Goswami in the excavation of Radha Kunda.
So great was Srila Jiva Goswami's bhakti and mastery of Krishna Conscious philosophy that in 1573 the Moghul Emperor, Akbar came to see the Goswamis of Vrindavan and after meeting Srila Jiva Goswami he became enthralled with the works of the six Goswamis.
Jaya Srila Jiva Goswami!