Dikṣā guru of Śrī Rūpa and Śrī Sanātana Goswami

From Śrī Guru Darśanam, page 286:

Question: Where and from whom did Rūpa and Sanātana Goswami take initiation?

Answer: They took initiation from Gadādhara Paṇḍita Goswami in Purī. They also studied Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam from him, and Svarūpa Dāmodara Goswami tested if they had understood it.

Question: Who was the dikṣā-guru of Raghunātha dāsa Goswami?

Answer: Svarūpa Dāmodara Goswami. Yadunandana-ācārya was only the family priest.

Question: Who was the dikṣā-guru of Kṛṣnadāsa Kavirāja Goswami?
Answer: He took dikṣā from Raghunātha Bhatta Goswami.

Queston: Who was the dikṣā guru of Svarūpa Dāmodara Goswami?

Answer: He took dikṣā from Gadādhara Paṇḍita Goswami.

Question: Who is the dikṣā-guru of Raghunātha Bhatta Goswami?

Answer: Gadādhara Paṇḍita Goswami.

Question: Who is the dikṣā guru of Gopāla Bhatta Goswami?

Answer: Gadādhara Paṇḍita Goswami although people do not accept it nowadays. Previously people did not talk about their guru. Therefore, today it is difficult to prove this fact historically. Originally all the temples of the Goswamis were managed and served by followers (disciples or grand disciples) of Paṇḍita Goswami.

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  1. It is interesting to note how great souls can sometimes differ.. We find the disciples of Srila Ananta das babaji say the following regarding diksa gurus:

    Sanatana Gosvami was actually the disciple of Vidyavacaspati.

    Bhakti Ratnakara (1.598-602): “Vidyavachaspati was the religious guide of Sri Sanatana and from time to time he stayed at Ramkeli. Sri Sanatana studied many scriptures under him and his respect for Vidyavacaspati knew no bounds. He respectfully mentioned the name of his guru in his book Sri Dasama Tippani.”

    Rupa Gosvami was a disciple of Sanatana Gosvami.

    Invocation to Laghu Bhagavatamrita (1.5): “Of Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrtam(written by Sanatan Goswami), manifested by the lotus words of my master, this book is a summary.”

    Jiva Gosvami was a disciple of Rupa Gosvami.

    In this connection, you may read the excerpts from Bhakti Ratnakara.

    Raghunatha das Gosvami was a disciple of Yadunandana Acarya.

    Vilapa Kusumanjali (3) “I take shelter of my teacher Yadunandana Acarya, who is so powerful because he is so dear to

    Yadunandana Sri Krishna, and who personally showered me with the nectar of his matchless mercy.”


  2. “Spiritual guide” does not mean diksha guru. It takes someone with the capacity to study the context, moods and history… a scholar to make the proper conclusion .. And not a person who just translate vague words written on paper,. Gadadhar was definitely the guru here. Those devotees use to assemble in Puri and took diksha from him.

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