Raghunatha Dasa Goswami

Raghunatha Dasa Goswami

Raghunatha dasa Goswami took his birth in 1495 AD. He lived as a householder up until 19. Then he moved to be with Lord Chaitanya and spent 19 years in Puri, and 41 years in Vrndavana. His years were spent completely absorbed in Krishna consciousness.He used to go to the Nama-acarya Haridasa Thakura at Balarama Acarya's house and hear of Krishna's pastimes from him.Lord Nityananda asked Raghunatha to perform the cida dahi (chipped rice) festival at Panihati.Chaitanya Mhaprabhu told Raghunatha dasa to live with  Svarupa Damodara.he was favourite disciple of Chaitanya.

In Puri, Raghunatha performed severe austerities only eating what people gave him at the Simha Dwara Gate (Lion's Gate) of the Jagannatha Temple. Lord Chaitanya was very pleased with his renunciation and the Lord instructed him thus.

Lord Chaitanya gave Raghunatha dasa Goswami His own gunja shell neck beads and His personal "ista-deva",  the Giri Govardhana sila fter Lord Chaitanya's disappearance, Raghunatha tried to kill his body by trying to throw it off Govardhana Hill, but was saved by Rupa and Sanatana Goswamis. During his last days, he spent his time paying prostrated obeisances around Vrndavana dhama and chanting 100,000 times daily the Hare Krishna maha mantra, and paying 2,000 prostrated obeisances to the Vaishnava devotees daily.

He was ordered by Lord Chaitanya to worshipped Radha-Krishna and bathed in Radha-Kunda three times daily . Thus he would sleep one and a half hours every day, and some days he forgot to. He wrote three books during his life, and finally passed away in intense bhajan at Radha-Kunda where his samadhi is today.

Bhajans by Raghunath Dasa Goswami