Sanātan Gosvāmin

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sanātan Gosvāmin lived in A. D. 1481-1558. He was brother of Rupa Gosvāmin.[1] Along with their nephew Jīva Gosvāmin,[2] they formed the three pillars of the Caitanya Movement and the Acintyabhedābheda School of philosophy propagated by it.

Sanātana was a high grade officer in the court of a Muslim nawab. Once he was going to another place for some urgent work. When he was caught in a hurricane, he accidentally heard the conversation between a lady and her husband who wanted to venture into the hurricane. This had miraculous effect on his mind. He forthwith resigned from his job and joined Caitanya Mahāprabhu.[3] Though he was jailed by his employer, he managed to escape and approached Caitanya to be accepted as a disciple. Caitanya accepted him as his discipline.

Towards the end of his life, he started living in Vṛndāban, the place closely associated with the boyhood of Kṛṣṇa. His works are:

  1. Gītāvalī
  2. Vaisnavatosinī
  3. Bhāgavatāmrta
  4. Siddhāntasāra
  5. Rasamayakalikā[4]


  1. He lived in A. D. 1493-1568.
  2. He lived in A. D. 1609.
  3. He lived in A. D. 1485- 1533.
  4. It is his Beñgālī work.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore