Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (1836-1886) was born near Calcutta and spontaneously reached states of samadhi (ecstasy) as a child. At an early age, he became a priest of the Kali Temple of Dakshineswar and earnestly began the sadhana of the goddess. Following a vision of Kali, he studied with other teachers—including the famous female Tantric guru Bhairavi Brahmani. 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 this mission.