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The Six Goswamis of Vrindavana


The Six Goswamis (Sanskrit go = "senses," swami = "master") of Vrindavan were the leading disciples of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu during the sixteenth century CE. The brothers Rupa and Sanatana were ministers in the Islamic government of Bengal, India. Their nephew Jiva, is often considered the greatest philosopher of all time. Gopal Bhatta was from an aristocratic South Indian family, Raghunatha dasa's father and uncle were the wealthiest landowners in India, and Raghunatha Bhatta studied under Rupa and later established the famous Govindaji temple In Vrindavan.

Many of them gave up positions of considerable wealth and influence to devote themselves full-time to writing commentaries on the Vedas and uncovering lost places of Krishna's pastimes in Vrindavan. Under Lord Chaitanya's direction, they established that the essence of all the Vedas is Krishna consciousness, bhakti-yoga, devotional service to God. Their writings form the basis for the present Krishna consciousness movement, popularly known as ISKCON.

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