Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836-1886) was born near Calcutta, and spontaneously reached states of ecstasy even as a child. At an early age he became priest of the Kali Temple of Dakshineswar, and began in earnest the sadhana of the Goddess. Following a vision of the Goddess, he studied with other teachers including a famous female Tantric guru (Bhairavi Brahmani), and eventually a sage named Totapuri took him to the final stage of enlightenment. His great interest and mission was to teach the Truth of all world religions. His foremost disciple was Swami Vivekananda, who took over his mission.