Prabodhananda Sarasvati Brief Biography:
After associating with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Sri Rangam, Sri Prabodhananda Sarasvati converted from Sri to Gaudiya Vaisnavism. Empowered by Sri Caitanya, he taught Srimad Bhagavatam and other devotional works to Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, his nephew. His eloquent speech would engladden everyone.
Good qualities and pure devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead ornamented his life. Even while sleeping he would remember Lord Caitanya. Prabodhananda Sarasvati was an extremely enthusiastic exponent of Sri Caitanya’s doctrine and divinity.
parama-vairagya-sneha murti manoram maha-kavi gita vadya-nrtye anupam
“Very austere and renounced, Prabodhananda Sarasvati overflowed with love for the devotees. His handsome form pleased the eyes. He was a learned poet and scholar. No one could compare with him in the arts of singing, dancing, and playing musical instruments.” (Bhakti-ratnakar)
Leaving Sri Rangam, he lived a detached life in Sri Vrndavana as a fully dedicated servant of Radha-Govinda. He was a rasika acarya, perfect in describing the nikunja-lilas of Gandharvika-Giridhari. He glorifies Lord Caitanya, Radha-Krishna, Navadvipa, and Vrndavana with enlightened devotion. Prabodhananda Sarasvati’s writings bless the beginner with bhakti and shower rasika Vaisnavas with pure nectar. Sangita Madhava, Navadvipa-sataka, Caitanya-candramrta, Radha-rasa-sudhanidhi, Vrndavana-mahimamrta are some of his books.
Prabodhananda Sarasvati serves Sri Radha in Goloka Vrndavana as Tungavidya-gopi, one of Her asta-sakhis.