The “Brahmin nun.” An ascetic who was an adept of Tantra Yoga and Vaishnavism. Along with Totapuri, she was one of the two main spiritual teachers of Ramakrishna. When she met him in 1861, Ramakrishna had already experienced many mystical states but lacked the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to stabilize his realizations. It is said that upon meeting him, Bhairavi burst into tears and said, “My son, I have been looking for you for a long time.” She guided Ramakrishna for three years, in which time she initiated him into Tantric practices leading to spiritual communion.