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About Totapuri

Ishwar Totapuri is not the same Totapuri we are discussing here. Most likely Sri Iswar Totapuri was a disciple of Totapuri Maharaj. As we have studied on him, we know that he was most likely born at Hinglaj in border area Of erstwhile Punjab and NWFP now fall under Balochistan of Pakistan some time in the year 1630AD. The Head of Monastery at Hinglaj. Totapuri Maharaj' (also known as Nanga Baba, Nangtababa, Nagababa, Languli Baba, Digambar Baba, Kankaria Baba and Tota Puri) affectionately known as "Nangta Baba" (1630AD), born likely in Hinglaj now in Baluchistan, Pakistan in a border village to Erstwhile Punjabi Suba of Mughal India.

He, was a parivrajaka (wandering monk) who have followed the path of the of Advaita Vedanta towards 18th. Some confusion has arisen due to the meager information that exists on Totapuri even in the minds of monks in Ramkrishna Mission.
 
By the time he arrived at Dakshineswar Temple in 1864, he was a wandering monk of the Dasnami order of Adi Shankara, and head of a monastery in the Punjab claiming the leadership of seven hundred sannyasins. He is said to have initiated Ramakrishna into Advaita Vedanta, as well as Anandpuri Ji from the Advait Mat tradition.
 
Trained from early youth in the disciplines of the Advaita Vedanta, he looked upon the world as an illusion. The gods and goddesses of the dualistic worship were to him mere fantasies of the deluded mind. Prayers, ceremonies, rites, and rituals had nothing to do with true religion, and about these he was utterly indifferent. Exercising self-exertion and unshakable will-power, he had liberated himself from attachment to the sense-objects of the relative universe. For forty years he had practised austere discipline on the bank of the sacred NarmadaNarmada
The Narmada means 'Magnificent Mother'. The word ‘nar’ means sweet as in fragrance and ‘matha’ means mother. The holy river Narmada is the embodiment of Goddess Narmada
and had finally realized his identity with the Absolute.

Thenceforward he roamed in the world as an unfettered soul, a lion free from the cage. Clad in a loin-cloth, he spent his days under the canopy of the sky alike in storm and sunshine, feeding his body on the slender pittance of alms. He had been visiting the estuary of the Ganges. On his return journey along the bank of the sacred river, led by the inscrutable Divine Will, he stopped at Dakshineswar. Totapuri, discovering at once that Sri Ramakrishna was prepared to be a student of Vedanta, asked to initiate him into its mysteries.
 
Totapuri taught Ramakrishna that the sole reality of the impersonal Absolute could only be realized in a state of consciousness devoid of all conceptual forms. Ramakrishna described Totapuri as "a teacher of masculine strength, a sterner mien, a gnarled physique, and a virile voice", and addressed him affectionately as Nangta, the "Naked One", because as a renunciate he did not wear any clothing.
 
Totapuri, a monk of the most orthodox type, never stayed at a place more than three days. But he remained at Dakshineswar eleven months. He too had something to learn.
 
Totapuri had no idea of the struggles of ordinary men in the toils of passion and desire. Having maintained all through life the guilelessness of a child, he laughed at the idea of a man's being led astray by the senses. He was convinced that the world was maya and had only to be denounced to vanish for ever. A born non-dualist, he had no faith in a Personal God. He did not believe in the terrible aspect of KaliKali
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, much less in Her benign aspect. Music and the chanting of God's holy name were to him only so much nonsense. He ridiculed the spending of emotion on the worship of a Personal God.
 
 

 
 

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