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 91 
 on: July 12, 2012, 02:08:23 PM 
Started by Bhagavannath - Last post by Bhagavannath
Adesh Nathpanthis
Check this out:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/36604121/the-roots-of-yoga-a-sourcebook-from-the-indian-tra
Extremely valuable project
Bhagavan Nath

 92 
 on: March 07, 2012, 05:41:33 PM 
Started by Bhagavannath - Last post by Bhagavannath
Adesh Nathpanthis
Jim Mallinson has created a website with much important material, on the Nath Sampraday and Hatha Yoga and more.
Go to www.khecari.com
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 93 
 on: February 20, 2012, 11:21:29 AM 
Started by Matsyendranatha Yogi - Last post by Matsyendranatha Yogi
Shiva Gorakshanathaji ko Adesh!

Congratulations to all the Great Night of Shiva.
In India, during this night, Shiva Bhaktas perform four forms of abhisheka and pray to Mahadev.

 94 
 on: February 11, 2012, 11:25:42 AM 
Started by Bhagavannath - Last post by Matsyendranatha Yogi
Adesh dear Bhagavannathji!

This is good news, about Surajnath j. Sorry that I didn't have time to visit this siddha-pith. Shri Surajnath is a good yoga expert, and I was very impressed communication with him on Gorakh-Sabady. This is an invaluable and insightful work, felt that you lived together for what explained there. Someday we will visit this place and spend more time to communicate with Surajnathji.

It is also very impressed by Shri Shivnathji, his 12 years tapasya. I've heard of sadhu, who did mauna 20 years, if my memory serves me, he is living Punjab. I also know a yogi by the name Somnath, who was standing 3 years continuously. I think that even is unusual for many, but 12 years is much more than. I'd love to meet Shivnath and get his darshan in the future. The experience of such yogis, I think, is not simple.

Thank you for writing here news about Surajnathji. Such events are useful to cover. How big is that temple, where Surajnathji was  appointed as mahant?

 95 
 on: February 08, 2012, 08:03:53 PM 
Started by Bhagavannath - Last post by Bhagavannath
Adesh Adesh Nath panthis
Last month I went with Guruji Suraj Nath to his math in Ghorwad. His guru, Budh Nathji, had retired to that village after living in a kutir in Trimbak when he became old and ill and needed looking after.  The people of Ghorwad we delighted to have a Nath sadhu with them, and looked after him until he took samadhi last November.  When Suraj Nath went there for the burial ceremony, he was made Mahant of that math.
Suraj Nath figured that he was not into administration, and wanted to spend his time studying and teaching, so he appointed a young darshani sadhu, Shiv Nath, to act as manager-administrator.
This was a brilliant move, as Shiv Nath is a very capable guy.  Within a couple of months he had had a classic round dhuni built in the area in front of Budh Nathji’s samadhi, and was conducting arti and puja there very beautifully.  Work is under way for constructing a proper samadhi tomb for Budh Nathji.  Besides being an active and effective manager, Shiv Nath is carrying out the tapas of standing without sitting or lying down for 12 years – he has completed just over a year of this.  Needless to say, the people of Ghorwad are giving him great support.  And, as well as being a good manager and a serious yogi, he is a very pleasant guy, with a gentle manner, but also speaks with authority.
There are several temples at this site, an old Shiva temple, Ganesh, Hanuman (all Nath places have a Hanuman temple in their vicinity) and Devi, and Shiv Nath conducts arti to them all.  It is surrounded by tall banyan trees, which makes it just like a classical sacred grove.  The trees help it keep cool in the summer.
We spoke to Shiv Nath about Matsyendra Nathji’s suggestion that this place could serve as an excellent place for Naths and others to do their sadhana, and Shiv Nath was very approving of this idea.  Some work needs to be done to make it OK for westerners, but if interest is shown, then the place will respond.
Ghorwad’s position can be found by doing a Google search for that name.  It is close to Nasik, a major religious centre (& site of one of the 12-yearly kumbha melas), to Trimbak, where there is a major Nath math, the samadhi of Nivritti Nath, elder brother and initiator of Jñaneshvar, who stands at the pinnacle of the Nath tradition in Maharashtra.  Near Nasik is the hill of Sapta Shringi Devi, one of the main devi pithas of Maharashtra, which also has an excellent ashram, and has an ancient association with the Nath Sampraday.  It is also not far from Shirdi, where Sai Baba’s tomb is located.  It is not so far from Igatpuri, where the vipassana courses are held.
Adesh
Bhagavan Nath

 96 
 on: December 28, 2011, 09:07:31 AM 
Started by Shivnath - Last post by Willard
A solar or a lunar eclipse is a scientific phenomenon. It is quite like you walking in front of a light source and blocking a part of it from reaching the other side. During a solar eclipse the moon comes between the earth and the sun and blocks the part of the sun's rays from reaching the earth. During a lunar eclipse the earth comes between the moon and the sun. The earth also casts its shadow on the moon. This shadow is very similar to a shadow of a tree on the ground or a shadow of a tall building that falls on your home or garden.

Scientists and astronomers look forward to this nature's beautiful spectacle. Nowadays they are even considered tourist attractions.

However in many cultures around the world, superstitions and myths surround eclipses as they are considered a bad omen or divine discontent.

 97 
 on: December 28, 2011, 09:06:42 AM 
Started by Matsyendranatha Yogi - Last post by Willard
Good Question. i will try my level best to answer this question. i will be happy if it gives you satisfaction. Now we will go to the answer.

my answer: we will go step by step. 1. what is called Navaratri? 2. How this Navaratri celebrated in south india.? 3. How this Navaratri celebrated in North india?

1. what is called Navaratri?

Navaratri means nine Divine Nights. Divine signifies devotion. Devotion towards Divine Natures. While Shivratri signifies God Shiva, this Navratri festival of nine nights is dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine forms. Navaratri is divided into sets of three days to adore different aspects of the supreme goddess. Navaratri signifies the progress of the spiritual aspirant. During this spiritual journey, the aspirant has to pass three stages personified by instinctive Durga, motherly Lakshmi and finally wise Sarasvati. Then, he or she enters into the realm of the infinite, wherein one realizes one's Self."

Navaratri, which literally means 'nine nights,' dedicates three days each to worshipping the Divine in the forms of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. The tenth day, though, is the most important; it is known as Vijayadashami, the 'tenth day of victory.'

On the first three days, the Mother is invoked as powerful force called Durga in order to destroy all our impurities, vices and defects. The next three days, the Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees the inexhaustible wealth. The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the mother as the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. In order have all-round success in life, we need the blessings of all three aspects of the divine mother; hence, the worship for nine nights.

2. How this Navratri festival celebrated in south india?

Here the Goddess is worshipped in three forms. During the first three nights, Durga is revered, then Lakshmi on the fourth, fifth and sixth nights, and finally Sarasvati until the ninth night.

“Golu” in Tamil, also known as Kolu, is a unique display of various dolls and figurines in odd numbered steps (“padis”). These steps are covered with a white cloth and the dolls are arranged on it. The dolls are mostly of the gods and goddesses from Hindu mythology.On the full-moon night following Navaratri, it is believed Lakshmi Herself visits each home and replenishes family wealth.

Arranging Navrathri Golu is an event in itself, for it means an occasion for neighbours, friends and other relatives to visit each others homes to view and admire the Navarathri Golu .It is a custom that women exchange coconuts, cloths and sweets. Sumangali (married) women also exchange bags containing a small mirror, turmeric, comb, beetle leaves with supari (beetle nuts).This is also the time when women who sing well, sing songs in praise of the Goddesses Durga, Sarawati and Lakshmi.

The 9th day of Navratri is the day of Saraswati where special pujas are offered to Goddess- representing wisdom and enlightenment. All things of art and learning, books, instruments and creativity are placed in the puja and worshipped. Work tools and instruments are also worshipped and this is known as Ayudha puja. All types of ‘vahanas’ –vehicles–also have a special puja.

3. How the Navratri festival celebrated in North india?

Navaratri is celebrated in different ways throughout India. In North India, all three Navratris are celebrated with much fervor by fasting on all nine days and worshipping the Mother Goddess in her different forms. The Chaitra Navratri culminates in Ram Navami and the Sharad Navratri culminates in Durga Puja and Dussehra. The Dussehra of Kulu in Himachal Pradesh is particularly famous in the North. Navratri festival in Gujarat is one of the main festivals. Garba is dance which people use to dance after the Durga Pooja with the groups and live orchestra or devotional songs.

The last four days of Sharad Navratri, the biggest festival of the year take on a particularly dramatic form in the state of West Bengal where they are celebrated as Durga Puja.Exquisitely crafted and decorated life-size clay idols of the Goddess Durga depicting her slaying the demon Mahishasura are set up in temples and other places. These idols are then worshipped for five days and immersed in the river on the fifth day.In Goa, zatra begins during Navratri, entire Antruz (Ponda) is highly ornated. The Saraswat Brahmin temples are beautifully decorated and the idols are taken out for worship. The idols are dressed and adorned with flowers, sandalwood paste, turmeric and kumkum.

I actually interested to write more but shrinked due to space. Thanks for the opportunity!!!

 98 
 on: December 28, 2011, 09:05:42 AM 
Started by Nathan - Last post by Willard
The Navratri fast is observed from the first day to the ninth day of Ashvin month. People take bath in the morning and evening during this period and some even drink water only after the ritual bath in the morning.
Most devotees take only a single meal during the day. Non-vegetarian food is totally avoided. Some people confine to milk and fruits during the nine days.
Some devotees only observe fast during three days i.e., first fast during any one of the first three days and second fast during any one of the next three and last in any one of final three days.

 99 
 on: December 23, 2011, 06:28:50 PM 
Started by Matsyendranatha Yogi - Last post by Matsyendranatha Yogi
Shri Natha ji Guru ji ko Adesh!

I would like to share my experiences with respected Yogi Bhagavannath, Yogi Shankarnath (from Brazil) and other my friends, gurubhais, and students. There are few good news. First of all, my Guruji Shri Mithleshnath Maharaj was appointed as Mahant of temple in Devipatan by Adityanath ji. Great and sincere thanks to Adityanath from me and all my students. Devipatan is a sacred place for all nathas. Siddha Shri Ratannath made there his sadhana. In addition, to this place fell hand of Sati and Shakti pith was formed, so there is the famous Durga temple.

Secondly, I visited Galana, a place where samadhi of the famous Mahamantri Anandanath is loceted. In a small village the Gorakshanatha's temple is located, there is a small underground gufa where was made samadhi of Anandanath ji. Over the samadhi (on the first floor of the temple) is set large Gorakshanath murti. Anandanath ji, before leaving the body, ordered to put Gorakshanath over his head (yogis are buried in a sitting position). Around Gorakshanath murti, on the first floor, there are many statues of various Indian devatas, on the second floor are 84 murtis of Nathas, and on the top floor is the Lord Krishna temple, who represents devotion.




Also near the temple itself is a mountain, there is a small temple and gufa (a cave) where Anandanathji was practicing tapasya. This place impresses with its quiet and pure shakti.

Guruji Vilasnath condacted havan in the temple, this event was attended by many of his students, relatives and friends. That havan came out very detailed.
 






One of the Vilasnatha's pupils, is a family man Ramdas, invited me to his place. Ramdas has a small Gorakshanath temple, where he conducts pujas to Gorakshanath.








Not far from Nasik is Trayambakeshvar – one of the twelve famous Shiva pithas, there on the mountain is Gorakshanath-gufa, as well Gorakshanath temple.







Also, you can see Nivritti Natha's samadhi in Trayambakeshvar.




 100 
 on: November 28, 2011, 09:13:04 AM 
Started by Nathan - Last post by Matsyendranatha Yogi
Guru Gorakshanathji ko Adesh!

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Women of the sect are similarly called Nathni

They are called "nathni", but you can call them "nath" as well, both of the name are faithful. Often in the Nath Tradition women are called like that, I hope, it does not hurt them. :) The human soul is outside the body, therefore so many women in the Tradition called "nath". In the lists of famous Yogis of Tradition we can find "male" names, such as Ainath, Vimalanath, Mayanamatinath and others, but in fact, these names belong to women, who initiated in the Tradition. However, women are much smaller percentage among snnyasi-yogis. Probably this is due to the peculiarities of the Indian spiritual society. Maybe the women themselves are not particularly want to take the monastic way of life. Much depends on the area, where the Sampradaya was developed, for example, in in Nepal and Bengal, there are  more nath-grihasthas than in other areas.

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