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Prayers to the Six Goswamis

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by Srinivas Acharya

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I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Goswamis, named Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami and Sri Gopal Bhatta Goswami, who are always engaged in chanting the Holy Name of Krishna and dancing. They are just like the Ocean of Love for God, and as such they are popular both with the gentle and with the ruffians, because they are not envious of anyone; and whatever they do, they are all-pleasing to everyone. As such, they are respectful to all, because they are fully blest by Lord Chaitanya. Thus they are engaged in missionary activities meant to deliver all the conditioned souls in the material universe.

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I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Goswamis, named Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami and Sri Gopal Bhatta Goswami, who are very expert in studying all the revealed scriptures scrutinizingly, with the aim of establishing eternal religious principles for the benefit of all human beings. On account of this they are honored all over the three worlds, and they are worth taking shelter of because they are in the mood of the Gopis [Krishna’s most perfect devotees], and are engaged in the transcendental loving service of Radha and Krishna.

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I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Goswamis, named Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami and Sri Gopal Bhatta Goswami, who are very much enriched in the matter of understanding Lord Chaitanya, and who are thus expert in narrating His transcendental qualities. They can puirfy all conditioned souls from the reactions of their sinful activities by pouring upon them the transcendental songs about Govinda [Krishna]. As such, they are very expert in increasing the limits of the Ocean of Transcendental Bliss, and they are the saviors of the living entities from the devouring mouth of liberation.

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I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Goswamis, named Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami and Sri Gopal Bhatta Goswami, who kicked off all associations of aristocracy as insignificant. In order to deliver the poor conditioned souls, they accepted loin cloths, treating themselves as mendicants, but they are always merged in the ecstatic Ocean of the Gopis’ love for Krishna, and bathe always and repeatedly in the waves of that Ocean.

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I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Goswamis, named Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami and Sri Gopal Bhatta Goswami, who were always engaged in worshiping Radha Krishna in the transcendental land of Vrindaban, where there are beautiful trees full of fruits and flowers, having under their roots all valuable jewels. The Goswamis are perfectly competent to bestow upon the living entities the greatest book of the goal of life.

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I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Goswamis, named Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami and Sri Gopal Bhatta Goswami, who were engaged in charting the Holy Name of the Lord and bowing down in a scheduled measurement. In this way, they were utilizing their valuable lives, and in executing these devotional activities they conquered over eating and sleeping, and were always meek and humble, enchanted by remembering the transcendental qualities of the Lord.

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I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Goswamis, named Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami and Sri Gopal Bhatta Goswami, who were sometimes on the bank of the Radha Kunda lake on the shores of the Yamuna, and sometimes in Bansibhat. There they appeared just like madmen in the full ecstasy of love for Krishna, exhibiting different transcendental symptoms on their bodies, and sometimes being merged in the ecstasy of Krishna Consciousness.

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I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Goswamis, named Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami and Sri Gopal Bhatta Goswami, who were chanting very loudly everywhere in Vrindaban, shouting as follows: “O Queen of Vrindaban—Radharani! O Lalita [Her associate]! O Son of Nanda Maharaj [Krishna]! Where are You all now? Are You just on the Hill of Goverdhan? Or are You under the trees on the bank of the Yamuna? Where are You?” These were their moods in executing Krishna Consciousness.

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