Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura
Sri Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura (Hari Vallabha Dasa), who first appeared in 1638, followed Sri Narottama Dasa Thakura as a disciplic successor. Taking diksa from Sri Radha Ramana Cakravarti was Visvanatha. Visvanatha was apathetic and abandoned family life despite being married. At Radha-kunda, he performed Krishna bhajana after travelling to Vrindavana dhama.
Because of his unwavering dedication, knowledge, and realised vision of Radha Gokulananda’s private conjugal pastimes, he was referred to as “the crest jewel of the Vaisnavas”. Sri Rupa Goswami is a vag-devavatara, or an incarnation of the deity of speech, according to Gaudiya scholars. And Gaudiya acaryas think Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura is a manifestation of Sri Rupa Goswami, especially among his close followers.
Only Visvanatha Cakravarti of all Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas comes near to Srila Rupa Goswami’s profound realisations of the Absolute Truth.
Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura was the defender, guardian, and acarya during the middle period (1600–1700) in the historical development of Gaudiya Vaisnavism, according to Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu marked the beginning of the Gaudiya Vaisnavism’s expansion. Later, Srila Thakura Bhaktivinoda revived it, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati disseminated it, and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder acarya of ISKCON, aired it all over the world.