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Govinda-Lilamrta

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There is scant information about the life of Krishna Dasa Kaviraja Goswami, he was born in 1496 CE in a family of Baidya physicians in the village of Jhamatpur within the...

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There is scant information about the life of Krishna Dasa Kaviraja Goswami, he was born in 1496 CE in a family of Baidya physicians in the village of Jhamatpur within the district of Bardhaman,West Bengal. Both his parents died when he was young, thus he and his younger brother, Syamanand were raised by relatives. once his brother argued with a prominent Vaishnava devotee Minaketana Ramadasa over the ontological positions of Chaitanya and Nityananda (Chaitanya’s lifelong companion) and belittled the position of Nityananda. Krishna Dasa considered this to be an unpardonable offence and rejected his brother forthwith.   After receiving instructions in a vision from Nityananda, Krishna Dasa left Bengal and travelled to Vrindavana where he took initiation from Raghunatha Dasa Goswami (1494–1586 CE), one of the direct followers of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. At an advanced age and in poor health Krishna Dasa commenced work on his magnum-opus the Chaitanya Charitamrita (c. 1557) after being repeatedly petitioned by the devotees in Vrindavana who had never met Chaitanya and who were eager for details. He vividly describes in the text itself: “I have now become too old and disturbed by invalidity. While writing, my hands tremble. I cannot remember anything, nor can I see or hear properly. Still I write, and this is a great wonder.”   Due to its amount of detail on the life of Chaitanya and his precepts, the Chaitanya-charitamrita became the definitive biography of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The Govinda-lilamrita is a work explaining the daily pastimes of Bhagavan Sri Krishna and His associates in Vrindavana. His only other known title is the Saranga-rangada Kangada Tika, a commentary on the Krishna-karnamrita of Bilvamangala Thakura.

 

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