Rupa Goswami was one of the six Goswamis of Vrindavan, who were instrumental in the development of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism tradition. He was born in 1489 in a wealthy family in Bengal, India. Despite his privileged upbringing, Rupa Goswami was known for his humility and devotion to Lord Krishna. He left his family and material wealth to join his brother, Sanatana Goswami, in Vrindavan, where they dedicated their lives to the service of Lord Krishna.
Rupa Goswami is considered the chief among the six Goswamis of Vrindavan due to his extensive contributions to the Gaudiya Vaishnavism tradition. He wrote many important works on the philosophy and practice of devotion to Lord Krishna, including the Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu, which describes the different stages of devotion and the various transcendental emotions that arise during the practice of bhakti. He also wrote many devotional poems and prayers, including the famous Hamsaduta, which tells the story of a swan that carries a message of love between Radha and Krishna.
Sri Rupa Goswami passed away in –1486 Saka era, 1621 calender year, 1564 A.D., on the day of Sukla Dvadasi in the month of Sravana (July-August). According to another view, he died in 1490 Saka era, 1625 calendar year, 1568 A.D. His disappearance is celebrated annually by devotees around the world. Sri Rupa Goswami’s teachings continue to inspire and guide all sadhana bhaktas who are eager to serve the Lotus feet of Lord Krishna.
Some of the key teachings of Sri Rupa Goswami include:
The importance of developing a loving relationship with Lord Krishna through devotional service
The need to cultivate a spirit of humility and surrender in one’s spiritual practice
The value of associating with like-minded devotees who can provide spiritual guidance and inspiration
The necessity of following the principles of purity and austerity in one’s daily life
The ultimate goal of life is to attain the love of God and to serve Him with devotion and dedication.
May our Love for Krishna ever increase as we take shelter under the feet of His pure devotees, who has no desire other than to be a servant of the Lord.