Srila Rupa Gosvami

The topmost maidservant of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna is Sri Rupa Manjari who appeared as the head of the Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya, Srila Rupa Goswami (1489-1588). Sri Rupa appeared in East Bengal, the son of a pious brahmana named Kumaradeva along with his brothers, Sanatana and Anupama. The three brothers later moved to Ramakeli where they were solicited by the powerful Nawab Hussein Shah to join his government. Due to their association with the Muslim king, Rupa and Sanatana became known by the Muslim names Dabir Khas and Sakir Mallik.

When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu came to Ramakeli, the three brothers petitioned the Lord to alleviate their suffering condition and grant them His mercy. Mahaprabhu pacified them and told them that Krsna would deliver them very soon.

Not long afterwards, an intense feeling of renunciation awakened in the hearts of Rupa and Sanatana. Finally Rupa resigned from the Nawab’s service and sent messengers to Puri to find out when Mahaprabhu planned to travel to Vrndavana. When the messengers returned with the news that Mahaprabhu had left already for Vrndavana, Rupa wrote to Sanatana and requested him to extricate himself from the Nawab’s service as soon as possible and meet him in Prayaga. Rupa and Anupama then traveled to Prayaga where they met Sri Caitanyadeva who was staying at the house of a South Indian brahmana.

Guru Parampara

Sri Krishna
Brahma
Narada Muni
Vyasa
Madhva
Padmanabha Tirtha
Narahari Tirtha
Madhava Tirtha
Aksobhya Tirtha
Jaya Tirtha
Jnanasindhu Tirtha
Dayanidhi Tirtha
Vidyanidhi Tirtha
Rajendra Tirtha
Jayadharma Tirtha
Purusottama Tirtha
Brahmanya Tirtha
Vyasa Tirtha
Laksmipati Tirtha
Madhavendra Puri
Isvara Puri
Svarupa-damodara Goswami
Raghunatha Dasa Goswami
Jiva Goswami
Kaviraja Goswami
Narottama Dasa
Visvanatha Cakravarti
Baladeva Vidyabhusana
Jagannatha Dasa Babaji