Srila Jiva Goswami made his appearance in 1533 and disappeared from view at the age of 85 in 1540.
As a child, Sri Jiva took up the worship of Rama-Krsna Deities. Carefully decorating Them, and offering bhoga and arati, he served Them attentively. Even when playing, Jiva’s games were often connected with Lord Krsna’s pastimes.
Later, in a dream, Sri Jiva saw that Rama-Krsna had taken the forms of Nitai-Gauranga, and They were dancing. Giving him the dust of Their lotus feet, the two Lords then disappeared. Friends suggested that he go to Navadvipa to bathe himself in the coolness emanating from the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda Prabhu.
Sri Jiva enjoyed various pastimes with Nityananda Prabhu, touring the nine islands of Navadvipa and taking darshana of the holy places of the Lord’s pastimes.
Sri Jiva later traveled to Vrndavana, where he joined the company of his two uncles, Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatana. Jiva stayed with Sri Rupa, who taught him Srimad Bhagavatam and gave him mantra initiation.
While in Vrndavana, Sri Rupa took up the service of Sri Sri Radha-Damodara. According to the Sadhana dipika, this Deity of Damodara was fashioned by Rupa Goswami’s own hand for his dear disciple, Sri Jiva.