Guru Naropa lived in India about 900 years ago. Guru Naropa was a great learned man versed in Sutras, Tantras and much other ancient lore. During his stay in the famous Nalanda monastery his intellectual accomplishment was foremost and without any match. But his intellectual pride was humbled by an old lady who was an emanation of Vajrayogini. At that time, she also suggested him to consult Guru Tilopa for the real understanding of Mahamudra.
Guru Naropa searched for Guru Tilopa exerting much effort. His arduous search and devotion to Guru Tilopa has become a legend in itself. Guru Naropa found Guru Tilopa by the bank of a river. He was dressed like a mad man and was eating fish which was unusual for a holy man. Guru Naropa underwent training under him for about twelve years and received the inner transmission of Mahamudra practice. The profound Mahamudra teachings were received by Guru Tilopa directly from Buddha Vajradhara. Guru Naropa is generally dressed in the white lower garments of a yogi. His body is of an ash color like that of a wandering mendicant. His left hand holds a skull cup filled with nectar and his right hand shows Varada Mudra. Guru Naropa sits in Lalitasana posture under an antelope mat. Guru Naropa wears a meditation band on his waist.
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