Paramahamsa Ishwara Totapuri - (1780-1866),

Sri Totapuriji Maharaj born likely in Punjab, India, was a parivrajaka (wandering monk) who followed the path of the Advaita Vedanta. He spent forty years practicing austerity and other disciplines of self-exertion on the banks of Narmada. By the time he arrived at Dakshineswar Temple in 1864, he was a wandering monk of the Dashanami order of Adi_Shankara, and head of a monastery in Punjab claiming the leadership of seven hundred sannyasins. He initiated Ramakrishna into Advaita Vedanta, as well as Anandpuri Ji from the Advait Mat tradition.Totapuri was "a teacher of masculine strength, a gnarled physique, and a virile voice". Ramakrishna affectionately addressed him as Nangta, the "Naked One", because as a renunciate he did not wear any clothing.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa 

Sthapakaya cha dharmasya, sarva dharma svarupine I

Avatara Varishthaya Ramakrishnaya te namaha II

Meaning; O Sri Ramakrishna, founder of religion universal and the embodiment of all world religion! To thee, the noblest of Divine Incarnation, I offer my salutation

Sadashiva samarambam shankaracharya mandyamam I

Asmadacharya paryantam Dakshinamurthraye namah  II


Meaning: salutation to the lineage starting with Lord Sadasiva, with Adi Sankara in the middle and continuing up to my immediate teacher.
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ध्यानमूलं गुरुर्मूर्तिःपूजामूलं गुरुर्पदम् ।
मन्त्रमूलं गुरुर्वाक्यंमोक्षमूलं गुरूर्कृपा
 ॥

Dhyana-Mulam Gurur-Murtih Pujaa-Muulam Gurur-Padam |
Mantra-Mulam Gurur-Vaakyam Moksha-Mulam Gurur-Krpa
a ||

Meaning: The Root of Meditation is the Form of the Guru   The Root of Worship is the Feet of the Guru, ​The Root of Mantra is the Word of the Guru, The Root of Liberation is the Grace of the Guru

 

निधये सर्वविद्यानां भिषजे भवरोगिणाम् ।
गुरवे सर्वलोकानां दक्षिणामूर्तये नमः
 ॥
Nidhaye Sarva-Vidyaanaam Bhissaje Bhava-Roginnaam |
Gurave Sarva-Lokaanaam Dakssinnaamuurtaye Namah
||
​Meaning:Salutations to Sri Dakshinamurthy Who is a receptacle to all Knowledge, Who is a Medicine to all the diseases of Worldly bondage, Who is a Guru to all the Worlds; Salutations to Sri Dakshinamurthy.
Adi Shankaracharya:

Lord DAKSHINAMURTHY 

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Sri Adi Shankaracharya

Sri Paramahamsa Ishwara Totapuri




Guru-Shishya parampara is the greatest boon of Sanatana Dharma.  This wonderful tradition is the basis of life.  Here the shishya expresses his gratitude at the lotus feet of the lineage of Guru Parampara.

The Lineage

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