A. Raghunatha Dasa Goswami

1500s–1600s

Raghunatha Dasa Goswami (1495–1571) was the only son of a wealthy landowner. At the age of fifteen, however, he met Lord Chaitanya and later became one of the six Goswamis of Vrindavana who were Lord Chaitanya's direct followers. Raghunatha Dasa led a most austere life of pure devotion. He was the very emblem of renunciation. He wrote the three books Stavavali, Muktacharita, and Dana-charita. He was known as the prayojana acharya, he who by example teaches life's ultimate goal. His samadhi stands on the bank of Radha-kunda, Vrindavana.