He was born in 1511 AD in Ramakeli. Sri Jiva was a talented boy even from his childhood and had completed his studies in Vyakarana and other subjects within a very short time.The son of Sri Vallabha and nephew of Sri Sanatana
He lived for 20 years from birth to the end of his householder life, then left for Vrndavana where he stayed for 65 years until he left his body.
The passing away of Jiva Goswami's father Anupama had a remarkable effect of his life, and even though a small boy, he decided to renounce the world. He studied all the great Vaishnava Acarya's works as he grew into his teens.
Under Shri Madhusudana Vacaspati, the disciple of Vasudeva Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, he studied Vedanta, logic, philosophy and all kinds of scripture. Then he went to the holy tirtha of Navadwipa and met Lord Nityananda there, who took him to Lord Chaitanya's birthplace and all the places of Lord Chaitanya's Navadwipa pastimes.
Lord Nityananda took Jiva Goswami to Shrivasanga and met Shrivasa Thakura, and from there they went to Lord Chaitanya's mother's house where Sacimata and Lord Chaitanya's widow Vishnu Priya cooked some nice foodstuffs for them. Jiva Goswami had some amazing Deities of Krishna and Balarama which he daily worshipped, knowing them to be non-different from Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda. Afterwards he went to Shri Vrndavana Dhama and served Rupa and Sanatana Goswamis.
Jiva Goswami became the great acarya of the dhamas Vrndavana, Mayapur and Puri. After some time, many devotees join Shri Jiva in Vrndavan from Bengal and Orissa. Jiva Goswami taught all the Vaishnavas (Shrinivas, Narottama dasa and Dukhi Krishnadasa (Syamananda)) philosophy, then when he made them qualified he gave them the title Acarya, Thakura and Pandit to these three respectively.
In Vrndavana, after the disappearance of Rupa and Sanatana, Jiva Goswami practised the teachings of Lord Chaitanya. He wrote 25 books and commentaries.He ended his past time in 1598 AD.