By Swami Harshananda
Sanātan Gosvāmin lived in A. D. 1481-1558. He was brother of Rupa Gosvāmin. Along with their nephew Jīva Gosvāmin, 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. 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:
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore