Upon hearing the name of Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī, the hearts of the Vaiṣṇavas dance in joy. By Mahāprabhu’s desire, Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī appeared to bestow mercy upon all the jīvas. His dissemination of bhakti-siddhānta is unparalleled. Therefore, he is known as the tattva-ācārya of the Gauḍīya sampradayā. At all times, he was under the discipline and care of Śrī Rūpa and Sanātana Gosvāmī.

Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī studied all the bhakti-śāstras under the tutelage of Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī. He then became recognized in the Gauḍīya sampradāya as the foremost ācārya in tattva- śāstra. After coming to Vraja, Jīva Gosvāmī never left.

While residing in Vṛndāvana, he composed 25 granthas. He also proofed, copied, and preserved the books of the Gosvāmīs. He wrote a book called Harināmamṛta-vyākarana. In this book, Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī uses Sanskrit grammar to glorify the Supreme Lord Śrī Hari. He wrote the Ṣaṭ-sandarbhas, which embody sambandha, abhideya, and prayojana—the knowledge of relationship between the soul, nature, and God, and the process and goal. Of the six Sandarbhas, the first three, Tattva- sandarbha, Paramātma-sandarbha, and Bhagavat-sandarbha, delineate sambandha-tattva. The Kṛṣṇa-sandarbha and Bhakti- sandarbha embody abhideya-tattva, the process. And the Prīti- sandarbha embodies prayojana-tattva, a description of the ultimate goal of life. Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī also wrote the Gopāla- campū and Mādhava-mahotsava, as well as many other books and commentaries.

Jiva Gosvami - Bhaktabandhav
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