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The six goswamis of Vrindavan left an invaluable legacy of knowledge of all things within vaishnava culture which has made them relevant for over 500 years. Even today, we have the unique opportunity to honor them by following their example. These saints established the seven principal temples of Vrindavan, and you can establish the same kind of temple within your own home by purchasing one of the many artfully designed altars we have for you here at New Vrindaban.
First, let’s take a look at the life of Gopa Bhatta Goswami, who lived centuries ago, but remains an inspiration within the realms of deity worship and vaishnavaetiquette.
January 14th, 2020 marked the appearance anniversary of Gopal Bhatta Goswami, one of the six goswami saints who, upon the order of Lord Caitanya, dedicated their lives to serving and telling others about the glories of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna in Vrindavan. Born in the year 1503, Gopal Bhatta first developed a strong attraction to serving Lord Caitanya as a young boy when the Lord stayed in the house of Vyenkatta Bhatta, Gopal Bhatta’s father. Lord Caitanya would stay with their family for four months during the rainy season. The Lord was taking a tour of South India and when He arrived in SriRangam, Vyenkatta Bhatta requested that Lord Caitanya stay at his house since traveling was nearly impossible at that time of year.
In a divine vision, Lord Caitanya revealed to Gopal Bhatta Goswami that He was none other than Lord Krishna himself. He told the young boy that one day Gopal Bhatta would travel to Vrindavan where he would meet the two saints Rupa and Sanatana who would explain and outline the details of his life’s service. After that moment, Gopal Bhatta served Lord Caitanya faithfully every day.
When Lord Caitanya wanted to resume His travels, Gopal Bhatta Goswami had developed such a deep attachment that he wanted to follow Lord Caitanya and fulfill the Lord’s prophecy that he would travel to Vrindavan to perform seva. Lord Caitanya, advised that the boy who was no older than seven or eight years old at the time, should stay home and serve his parents. Lord Caitanya promised that once he was older and his parents no longer needed him, Gopal Bhatta would be able to travel and do important service for the entire Vaishnava community.