Raghunatha dasa Goswami

Raghunatha dasa Goswami

Raghunatha dasa Goswami, also known as Dasa Goswami, was one of the principal disciples of the Vaishnava saint, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the primary six of which were collectively known as the Six Goswamis of Vrindavan. Together the Six Goswamis established the philosophical writings and records which became the theological basis of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. Among the six, Raghunatha dasa was renowned for his qualities of simplicity and renunciation.



Born as the son of a wealthy landowner Govardhana Dasa from Saptagram[1], Raghunatha dasa is said to have showed a particular disinterest in everyday pleasures and an interest in more religious pursuits from a relatively young age. This was much to the displeasure of his parents, who eventually took to hiring guards in order to prevent Raghunatha dasa from leaving the family home with the aim of having a simpler life elsewhere. Eventually Raghunatha dasa escaped their home and made a journey to Jagannath Puri where he met his guru, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Regulated lifestyle

According to accounts in the Chaitanya Charitamrta, written by Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami, Raghunatha dasa led a life of extreme devotional practice, spending more than twenty-two hours out of every twenty-four chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, and eating and sleeping for less than an hour and a half per day, and on some days that also was reduced. His clothes included a simple torn cloth and a patchwork scarf.

In this connection Raghunatha dasa is quoted to have said:

"If one's heart has been cleansed by perfect knowledge and one has understood Krishna, the Supreme Brahman, he then gains everything. Why should such a person act like a debauchee by trying very carefully to maintain his material body?"

Raghunatha Dasa Goswami served Chaitanya for sixteen years at Jagannatha Puri. After which he went to Vrindavan in c.1543-44[1], where he lived for many years at a sacred lake known as Radha-kunda. His bhajana-kutir, or place of worship, still exists there and is visited by many pilgrims to this day.

List of main works

  • Abhista-sucana
  • Caitanyastaka (Stavavali)
  • Dana-keli-cintamani
  • Dana-nirvartana-kundastaka
  • Gopala-raja-stotra
  • Govardhana-vasa-prarthana-dasaka
  • Govardhanasraya-dasaka
  • Granthakartuh Prarthana
  • Harinamartha-ratna-dipika
  • Madana-gopala-stotra
  • Manah-siksa
  • Mukta-carita
  • Mukundastaka
  • Nava-yuva-dvandva-didriksastaka
  • Navastaka
  • Prarthanamrita
  • Prarthanasraya-caturdasaka
  • Prema-purabhidha-stotra
  • Premambhoja-maranda
  • Radha-krishna-ujjvala-kusuma-keli
  • Radha-kundastaka
  • Radhikastaka (Stavavali)
  • Radhikastottara-sata-nama-stotra
  • Raghunatha-dasa-gosvaminah Prarthana
  • Stavavali
  • Sva-niyama-dasaka
  • Sva-sankalpa-prakasa-stotra
  • Utkantha-dasaka
  • Vilapa-kusumanjali
  • Vraja-vilasa-stava

See also


  1. ^ a b Sen, Sukumar (1991, reprint 2007). Bangala Sahityer Itihas, Vol.I, (Bengali), Kolkata: Ananda Publishers, ISBN 81-7066-966-9, pp.244-50

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