Gosais/Goswamis are followers (Shivgans) of Bhagvan Shiv Ji. In Shrimad Bhagavad Gita (a summary of Vedas from many yugs) Shree Krishn said that God has two forms – akar (shape) and nirakar (shapeless). Shivji (the destroyer), both as male and female (Shiv-Parvati) created Vishnu (the preserver) and Brahma (the creator). Gosais/Goswamis believe same as Shivji that the world and its material values are mirage and eventually will turn into ashes. They therefore either live in crematorium and are wear only ashes or are priests in Shiv temples. They either visit five homes per day for food or rely on donated food that must be finished on the same day (leftover given to the animals or insects). In modern times, they are in all professions and trade and have achieved fame in various fields.
Gou means cow and one meaning is that Gosai (sai=protector) or Goswami (swami=master/owner) is a bull that serves as a transport vehicle for Shivji. It also has another deeper meaning as senses and therefore any person who is able to control his five senses is regarded as Goswami.
The four Shankaracharyas (Shankar = Shivji & acharya is one who has implemented Shivji’s beliefs) hold highest position in Hindus. Adi Shankaracharya, who created Dasman Goswami (Giri, Puri, Bharti, Ban, Aranya, Sagar, Aashram, Saraswati, Tirth, and Parwat) cited this:
त्वया यदभयं दत्तं तद्दत्तमग्विलं मया ।
मत्तो विभिन्नमात्मानं द्रष्ट्रं नार्हसि शंकर ।।
योऽहं स त्वं जगच्चेदं स देवासुरमानुषम् ।
अविद्यामोहितात्मानः पुरुषा भिन्नदर्शिन ।।(Vishnu Purana 5.33.47-49)
That Abhaya which was given by you was also given by me. Oh Shankara do not see yourself different from me. That which is me the same is you, this entire creation, Devas, Manyushyas and Asuras. Only those who are deluded by Avidya see me and you as different.
All eighteen chapters of Gita by Acharya Yogi Anandji
Jai jai jai Hanuman Gosai
Shree Tulsidas Goswami, the 16th-century Indian bhakti poet, and an author of famous Ramcharitmanas, an epic poem in the Awadhi dialect of Hindi (Lake of the deeds of Rama) wrote Hanuman Chalisa (40 verses) that is famously chanted daily by devotional Hindus all over the world. The Chanters of seven times in a row receives the maximum blessings. Hanumanji is regarded as ‘kuldev’ (in charge of a cast) of Goswamis.
It is more than just a religion!
A lion will die of hunger but will not eat grass. On the other hand a cow, goat, giraffe or even an all mightily elephant survives on veg diet. Humans also fall within the second category as we neither have teeth like a lion nor can we digest meat raw like a lion. The website is dedicated to present valid arguments, based on health grounds rather than on religious grounds, to the readers to make their own mind!
Sevek (servant of God and people) Navtamgiri Gosai left his village called Mengni (between Rajkot and Gondal) in Gujarat in 1954 to join his father who was in Uganda since 1926. He left for the UK in February 1971 and has returned to Uganda over past many years to serve the people of Uganda directly and as a Deputy Gombolola Chief of Kampala Central under Buganda Kingdom. Due to his cardiac condition, he has now returned to London.