Jiva Goswami

Thrilling To See!

On Vijaya ekadasi we visited Nityananda vat, near Madan Modan temple, on the banks of the Yamuna river. My old friend, Anup Goswami, who is a direct descendent of Lord Nityananda, once again allowed me to chant 16 rounds on the original beads of Srila Jiva Goswami. He also gave us darsan of the jewels [...]

Srimati Radharani

β€œIs it a new moon or Her brilliant form? Is it a golden lotus or Her brilliant face? Are these Her two eyes or are they two cakora birds? Is this Her glance or is it a wave of nectar?” Such questions cannot be asked about Sri Radha. Her beauty exceeds that of any beautiful [...]

Unimaginable Good Fortune

On the first day of Kartika I had the unimaginable good fortune to chant 16 rounds on the original japa beads of Srila Jiva Goswami. I chanted slowly and attentively, all the while praying for a genuine taste for the holy names of the Lord. I was well aware that the special opportunity was given [...]

Missing You

“I thought, ‘If I go to all the ecstatic places of Radha and Krsna’s pastimes, perhaps that will ease my grief.’ But when I got up after bowing to Radha Kunda, I saw instead of a beautiful lake the dark open mouth of a tiger. In fear, I turned to Syama Kunda, only to see [...]

A Transcendental Commotion

Today we took 20 devotees on parikrama to Nandaghat just two hours away on the banks of the Yamuna river. Nandaghat is the holy site where Nanda Maharaja bathed too early one morning and was taken away by Varuna. It is also one of the places where Srila Jiva Goswami did bhajan. As our parikrama [...]

Life In Vrindavan – Sataka 5

It is certainly not proper etiquette for a Vaisnava to advertise himself, so I feel uncomfortable posting this video of myself chanting on the original japa beads of Srila Jiva Goswami. I do so only in the mood of sharing my good fortune with others, so they too may be inspired to chant to the [...]

Srila Jiva Goswami’s Japa Beads!

In this photo album are the original tulasi japa beads of Srila Jiva Goswami. They are kept safely in the home of a Vrindavan Goswami, whose father was the head pujari at Radha Damodar Temple for many years, including the time Srila Prabhupada was living there.

Jiva Goswami’s Revelation of Damodhar-lila

When Mother Yasoda saw that her son had used his might to turn over a mortar and then sit on it and give away butter to the monkey, she was surprised and smiled mildly. In order to catch her son who had acted like a thief, she sneaked towards him. However, he saw her coming [...]

A Meditation on Jiva Goswami – Who’s Appearance Day is Friday

“To the peerless lotus feet of Srila Jiva Goswami, I offer constant obeisances. He is a desire-fulfilling tree who possesses a mind full of compassion, and is a true friend of the fallen and distressed. Always considering himself to be a beelike servant at the lotus like feet of Sri Rupa Goswami and Sri Sanatan [...]

Krishna – The Original Name

” … Krishna is the original name of the Lord and all other names are simply part and parcel of that original name Krishna. The original name Krishna is more powerful than the other names and the result of chanting the name of Krishna is greater than that of chanting the other names of the [...]