Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī’s Extraordinary MeritA lecture given by Śrī Srimad Gour Govinda Swami on the occasion of Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī’s appearance on 8 September 1992 in Bhubaneswar, India.
Appearing as the nephew of Śrīla Rūpa and Sanātana Gosvāmīs, Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī displayed all the charming features of a mahā-puruṣa (divine person). He had lotus eyes, a high nose and forehead, broad chest, long arms, and a radiant golden body.
Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī was the direct disciple of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and he was the very humble and obedient servant of both Śrīla Rūpa and Sanātana Gosvāmīs. He was so very intelligent that he would edit their books.
One very wonderful lecture by Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami was actually given (and captured on video and tape) on the appearance day of Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī whereas we observe today his disappearance. However, the appearance and the disappearance are one and the same for true Vaiṣṇavas. Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī has quoted in his Hari-bhakti-vilāsa this verse from the Padma Purāṇa:na karma-bandhanaṁ janma vaiṣṇavānāṁ ca vidyate viṣṇur anucaratvaṁ hi mokṣam āhur manīṣiṇaḥ
“A Vaiṣṇava does not take birth under the jurisdiction of karmic law. His birth and disappearance are transcendental. The wise have declared that the servants of Viṣṇu are eternally engaged in the liberated service of the Lord and hence are free from the laws of material nature.” (Padma Purāṇa, quoted in the Hari-bhakti-vilāsa, 10.113)
Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī was the youngest but most prolific writer among the Gosvāmīs. He wrote an astounding half million Sanskrit verses (about 25 books). When Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī left this world many said that no one like him would ever appear on the planet again.
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