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Radhanath Swami on Jiva’s training

on February 12, 2013 in Vrindavan Articles with 22 Comments

Nityananda Prabhu knowing the inner most heart of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, understood the mission of Jiva Goswami. He was going to be empowered to be the greatest philosopher and scholar of spiritual philosophy and knowledge the world has ever seen. He sent him to Varanasi to study under Madhusudhan Vacaspati, the disciple of Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya. Jiva thoroughly learned the Vedic scriptures according to the conclusions of bhakti and became a great scholar. Because of his character, devotional qualities and humility, his fame spread throughout India.

After completing his studies when Jiva Gosvami came to Vrindavan, Sanatana Goswami offered him to Rupa Goswami. Rupa Goswami wanted to teach the world through his own disciple the principle of pridelessness. For almost a year, Jiva Goswami offered the most menial services in the mood of a servant of the servant. On the path of Bhakti, where there is love, there is no question of high or low according to relative positions. Kolavecha Sridhar wasn’t well educated. He was just a simple banana leaves seller and no body had ever heard of him. But after Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu transformed the heart of Chand Kazi, He went to Kolavecha’s house and drank the water from his beaten old iron pot, just to show the world that the greatest of all wealth is devotion.

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  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    “Where there is love, there is no question of high or low according to relative positions.” – Wonderful realization. Thank you.

  • Rajeev

    Amazing realization through the examples shown by these great acharyas of the past. Thank you very very much for sharing.

  • Ravi Garg

    Truly, Bhakti is beyond all material parameters…..

  • Phani Karthik

    “greatest of all wealth is devotion” – Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful realization.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    HH Radhanath Swami nicely brings about the true characteristics of Bhakti in this article.

  • Aishwarya

    Thank you for sharing a very educating article. Nice to know that Bhakti is beyond material considerations!

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Pride comes before the fall, so surely pridelessness is a very important principle of spiritual life.

  • Milind M Churi

    The Supreme Personality Of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna is Bhavgrahi. Yes there is question of relative position when we are connected with each other with selfless pure love.

  • Sanjiv

    Pridelessness is critical..

  • damodar

    I have heard a lot about Jiva goswami, thanks for sharing this information from Chaitanya charitamirta

  • Rajshekhar

    Actual knowledge and actual devotion bring deep humility within the heart. This is the universal principle, beyond time and space.

  • Sumit Sharma

    A devotee is never attached to any fame or great position in the society. Bagavad Gita also supports this. Thank you Radhanath Swami for providing a glimpse of Srila Jiva Goswami’s transcendental qualities which we should be inspired to attain.

  • Manish

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj …..

  • Goraksha

    Very inspiring article.

  • Monia Sharma

    Haribol !! Very Nice article..

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  • Sahil khosla

    Greatest of all wealth is devotion.

  • Pankaj

    Pastime of Kolavecha Sridhar is really inspiring for all of us. We should learn humiliy & devotion from him.

  • Priya

    the characters in the story are so intelligent and genuine. Love this passage.

  • Pranjal Dixit

    Where there is love, there is no question of high or low according to relative positions.” – Truly amazing lesson.

  • vinod kumar verma

    most valuable gift by acharyas .hari bol

  • Onkar Deshpande

    Superb Article by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj. Maharaj has perfectly brought out the glories of Jiva Goswami in this article ! Its the Humbleness and Sincerity that HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj is talking about from the life of Jiva
    Goswami ! Thank you Maharaj