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Trailanga Swami Biography
|Name||Swami Ganapati Saraswati.|
27 November 1607
|Died||26 December 1887 (disputed)|
|Death Age||280 Years|
Trailanga Swami (also called and written as Tailang Swami, Telang Swami) was a Hindu yogi and mystic who lived in Varanasi, India, and whose monastic name was Swami Ganapati Saraswati. In Bengal, he is regarded as a legendary character, with tales of his yogic abilities and longevity. Trailanga Swami lived to be 280 years old, according to some estimates, and resided in Varanasi between 1737 and 1887. Devotees believe he is an incarnation of Shiva. He was considered “The Walking Shiva of Varanasi” by Sri Ramakrishna.
Life of Tailang Swami
Trailanga was born as Shivarama in Kumbilapuram (now known as Kumili of Puspatirega Tehisil) in the Vizianagaram District of Andhra Pradesh. His biographers and disciples disagree over when he was born and how long he lived. Sivarama was born in 1529, according to one disciple biographer, and in 1607, according to another. Biruduraju Ramaraju wrote his biography as one book of his six-volume project ndhra ygulu.
Narashingha Rao and Vidyavati Devi, Sivarama’s parents, were Shiva worshipers. He gave over his money and family obligations to his half brother Sridhar after his father died in 1647 at the age of 40. His mother then told him that her father had expressed a desire to be born to her and continue his Kali sadhana for the sake of mankind at the time of his death. She told Sivarama that she thought he was reincarnated as her father (his own grandfather) and that he should practise Kali sadhana. Sivarama performed Kali sadhana in the neighbouring Kali temple and Punya Kshetras after receiving a Kali mantra from his mother, yet he was never far from his mother. He kept his mother’s ashes after she died in 1669. (chita bhasma).
He would keep her ashes on his person and do his Kali sadhana at all hours of the day and night (teevra sadhana). Sivarama lived as a recluse in a home erected by his half-brother near a cremation ground at this time. In 1679, he met his preceptor swami, Bhagirathananda Saraswati, from the Punjab, after 20 years of spiritual practise (sadhana). Shivaram was inducted into monastic vows (sannyasa) by Bhagirathananda in 1685 and given the name Swami Ganapati Saraswati. Ganapati is said to have lived a life of extreme austerity and embarked on a pilgrimage, arriving in Prayag in 1733 before settling in Varanasi in 1737.
Trailanga passed away in the evening of December 26, 1887. In the midst of sorrowful devotees gathered on the ghats, his body was given salilasamadhi in the Ganges, according to the Dashanami sect’s funeral rites.
Trailanga Swami lived between 1737 and 1887 in Varanasi, according to some reports, and lived to be 280 years old. Devotees consider him to be Shiva’s avatar.
Trailanga Swami Miracles
Trailanga and his spiritual abilities have been the subject of so many stories in India that he has almost become a mythical person. His miracles are “clearly recorded,” and “he demonstrated supernatural powers that cannot be dismissed as myth,” according to Robert Arnett, who also claims that there were living witnesses to his “extraordinary deeds.” Trailanga is thought to have lived for over 300 years and was a larger-than-life figure, weighing over 300 pounds (140 kg) despite the fact that he rarely ate. According to one report, he could “read people’s minds like novels.”
Trailanga has been spotted drinking deadly poisons with no ill effects on numerous occasions. A sceptic once tried to expose him as a con artist. Instead of buckets of clabbered milk (buttermilk), the sceptic delivered him a bucket of calcium-lime mixture used for whitewashing walls. The monk drank the full bucket with no adverse effects, while the sceptic collapsed to the ground in agony. The monk broke his customary stillness to discuss karma, or the law of cause and effect.
Trailanga, according to another version, often wandered around naked, much like the naga (or “sky-clad,” naked) sadhus. His actions outraged the Varanasi police, who had him locked up in a prison cell. He was shortly spotted on the prison roof, dressed in full “sky-clad” regalia. He was returned to his locked cell by the cops, only to reappearance on the jail roof. They eventually gave up and let him stroll the streets of Varanasi once more.
Thousands of people are said to have witnessed him levitating in a sitting position on the Ganges’ surface for days at a time. He would also appear to vanish under the waves for extended periods of time before reappearing unhurt. Some of Sivananda Saraswati’s miracles were attributed to the siddhi or yogic power Bhutajaya – mastery of the five elements: “Such a Yogi will not be consumed by fire. He will not be drowned by water.”
In regards to Trailanga’s alleged yogic talents, miracles frequent in his stories, and extraordinarily long life, Medhasananda states that attainment of these is not “impossible” according to the “science of yoga.”
Trailanga is also supposed to be the same as South Indian Kuzhandaiananda Swamigal, who has Samadhis in Madurai, Tenkasi, and Batalagundu.
Teachings of Trailanga Swami
Trailanga’s teachings are still available in a biography written by one of his disciples, Umacharan Mukhopadhyay. Bondage, according to Trailanga, is defined as “attachment to the world,” whereas freedom is defined as “renunciation of the world and absorption in God.” He went on to say that after obtaining the state of desirelessness, “this world is changed into heaven” and that “spiritual wisdom” might be used to free oneself from samsara (the Hindu concept that existence is a cycle of birth and death). Attachment to the “evanescent” world is “our chronic ailment,” according to Trailanga, and the treatment is “detachment.”
Man’s senses, according to Trailanga, are his enemy, while his regulated senses are his buddy. His definition of a poor person was “extremely greedy,” while he considered someone who was always content to be wealthy. He claims that the most important pilgrimage site is “Our own pure mind,” and he advises people to follow the “Vedantic truth from the Guru.” A sadhu, he said, is someone who is devoid of attachment and delusion. One who has risen above the ego.