In the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika it is said that Srila Jiva Gosvami was formerly Vilasa-Manjari gopi.
From his very childhood Jiva Gosvami was greatly fond of Srimad-Bhagavatam.
He later came to Navadvipa to study Sanskrit, and following in the footsteps of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, he circumnambulated the entire Navadvipa-dhama.
After visiting Navadvipa-dhama he went to Benares to study Sanskrit under Madhusudana Vacaspati, and after finishing his studies, in Benares, he went to Vrndavana and took shelter of his uncles, Sri Rupa and Sanatana. This is described in Bhakti-ratnakara.
As far as our information goes, Srila Jiva Gosvami composed and edited at least twenty-five books.
They are all very celebrated, and they are listed as follows:
7. Sri Madhava-mahotsava,
8. Sri Sankalpa-kalpavrksa,
11. a commentary on Brahma-samhita,
12. a commentary on Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu,
13. a commentary on Ujjvala-nilamani,
14. a commentary on Yoga-sara-stava,
15. a commentary on the Gayatri-mantra as described in the Agni Purana,
16. a description derived from the Agni Purana of the lotus feet of the Lord,
17. a description of the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani,
18. Gopala-campu (in two parts), and
19-25 seven sandarbhas; the Krama, Tattva, Bhagavat, Paramatma, Krsna, Bhakti, and Priti Sandarbhas.
After the disappearance of Srila Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami in Vrndavana, Srila Jiva Gosvami became the acarya of all the Vaisnavas in Bengal, Orissa, and the rest of the world, and it is he who used to guide them in their devotional service.
– by Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP).
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