Nalina was a very poor man from Saliputra, who made a living by gathering lotus roots from the lakes. One day, he met a yogin who preached the ills of samsara and the qualities of nirvana. Instantly, Nalina experienced a revulsion against samsara and ask the yogin to give him the method to gain liberation. The yogin then initiated him into Guhyasamaja and gave instructions which use one’s own body as method.
Nalina meditated accordingly. The four joys of meditation manifested in the four chakras, and through meditating, he was no longer bound by samsara. After 9 years, he realized the meaning of his meditations, purified the stains of his delusions and obtained the siddhi of Mahamudra. For 400 years he worked for the benefit of living beings and ascended to the realm of Dakas with 550 followers.