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What books did the Six Goswamis write?

It wouldn't be possible to list all the Goswamis' books here, but below is a list of their books that are currently available from the Krishna.com Store. Links are provided for online versions, when available:

Books by Sanatana Goswami:

  • Sri Brhad Bhagavatamrta—Written in Sanskrit nearly five hundred years ago, this is a three-volume, epic example of the quest genre, but different from the sort commonly encountered in fable and fiction. The heroes of Brihad-bhagavatamrita are searching for a key to fulfillment much subtler than wealth, influence, mundane love, the Fountain of Youth, or even the Holy Grail.
  • Sri Krishna Lila Stava—Among the priceless books contributed by Srila Sanatana Goswami to the literary heritage of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas, his Sri Krsna-lila-stava is the shortest and simplest. An offering of praise in 432 verses, it gives a personal meditation of Krishna's Vrindavan pastimes as told by Sukadeva in Srimad-Bhagavatam.
  • Hari bhakti vilasa—Among the important books compiled by Sanatana Goswami is the Hari-bhakti-vilasa, which explains the duties and behavior for Vaishnavas. In twenty chapters (vilasas) Sanatana explains the duties and behavior of Vaishnavas. The sixth through tenth chapters contained in this volume describe the process of deity worship, the glories of Tulasi, and the characteristics of the devotee of Krishna.
  • Sri Damodarastakam & Kartika Mahatmya—Whether you're planning to visit Vrindavan this Karttika or simply desire to know more about Lord Damodara at this sacred time, this book is a great resource. The extensive translation of the Damodarashtakam explores a delightful childhood pastime of Lord Krishna. Kartika Mahatmya explains the spiritual significance of the month of Kartika and describes the practices a Vaishnava should perform during this time.

Books by Rupa Goswami:

  • The Nectar of Devotion, commentary by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. This is a summary study of Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu, the Vaishnava classic written by Rupa Goswami that analyzes the various stages of bhakti (devotion) as a methodical practice resulting in love of God. Nectar of Devotion Online
  • Nectar of Instruction, commentary by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Across five centuries and half the globe comes this compact guidebook of essential spiritual teachings. How to choose a guru, how to practice yoga, even where to live—you'll find it all in this invaluable work originally written in Sanskrit by Srila Rupa Goswami, one of the great spiritual geniuses of medieval India.
    Nectar of Instruction Online
  • Sri Radha-Krsna Ganoddesa Dipika—Krishna has innumerable friends and family members, and each relationship is uniquely flavored according to the love of the individual devotee. In this book, Srila Rupa Goswami names and describes the main characters in Krishna's life.
  • Sri Mathura Mahatmya, translation by Kusakratha dasa. Srila Rupa Goswami beautifully describes the various holy sites of Mathura and the spiritual benefits gained by visiting and worshiping at each site.
  • Padyavali: Anthology of Devotional Poetry—The many verses in this collection are written by devotees of Lord Krishna such as Madhavendra Puri, Rupa Goswami, and Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya. The verses in this anthology offer a glimpse into the hearts of these great saints and Vaishnavas.

Books by Jiva Goswami:

  • Sat Sandarbha—In the Sat-sandarbha, Jiva Goswami has systematically presented the philosophy of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with complete scriptural evidences.

Books written about the Goswamis:

  • The Goswamis of Vrindavan, by O.B.L. Kapoor. This book describes the lives of fourteen Goswami followers of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, including Lokanatha, Sanatana, Rupa, and Jiva.