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yoga of gorakhnath's tradition...
« on: November 18, 2011, 09:57:04 AM »

THE followers of Gorakhnath are known as Yogi, as Nath Yogis, Gorakhnathis, Kanphatas. The fist of these names refers to their traditional practice of the Hatha Yoga, the second to the name of their reputed founder, and the third to their unique practice of having the cartilege of their ears split for the insertion of the ear-rings In the Punjab, in the Himalayas, in Bombay and elsewhere they are often called Natha, which is a general term meaning ' master.' Women of the sect are similarly called Nathni. In Western India they are generally known as Dharamnathi (or Dhoramnathi), after a famous disciple of Gorakhnath, by that name. In other parts of India the names Kanakphata and Nath Yogis are commonly used.

It is said that the practice of splitting the ears originated with Gorakhnath The word Yogi is a general descriptive term applied to many who do not belong to the Nath Yogis. It is also a general term for ascetics, particularly for those who are endeavoring, by restraint and discipline of the body, to secure union with the Brahman from the generalized point of view, the Nath Yogis constitute the principal group and the better class of Yogis, although some of the less desirable characters of ascetics bearing the name Yogi, may be found amongst them. They forma distinct order of Yogis.

Nath Yogis Yogis are found everywhere in India, being as widely scattered as any of the ascetic orders. They are met with separately as mendicants and as hermits, and in groups, in the Northern Deccan, in the Central Provinces, in Gujarat, in Maharastra, in the Panjab, in the provinces of the Ganges basin and in Nepal.

Yogis go on piligrimages, visiting shrines and holy places all over India. In the rainy season of 1924, there were very few Yogis at Gorakhpur, most of them being away visiting various sacred places. However, they make their Ashram their headquarters. Some do live alone, in the jungles, practising Yoga; but hermits of this kind are exceedingly difficult to find. The author was able to get track of but two adepts, Baba Hira Nathji at Kali Mohini in Alwar, between Bhatinda and Bandikui, and Bawa Tejnal, at Patanjali Asrama in Hardwar; and was unable to find either. Some of these are considered to be real adepts.

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Re: yoga of gorakhnath's tradition...
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2011, 09:13:04 AM »

Guru Gorakshanathji ko Adesh!

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.