What Is Hinduism’s Natha Sampradaya?
March 20, 2013 Comments Off on What Is Hinduism’s Natha Sampradaya?
The Natha Sampradaya, “the masters’ way,” is the mystical fountain head of Saivism. The divine message of the eternal truths and how to succeed on the path to enlightenment are locked within the Natha tradition. Aum.
Natha means “lord or adept,” and sampradaya refers to a living theological tradition. The roots of this venerable heritage stretch back beyond recorded history, when awakened Natha mystics worshiped the Lord of lords, Siva,
and in yogic contemplation experienced their identity in Him. The Natha Sampradaya has revealed
the search for the innermost divine Self, balanced by temple worship, fueled by kundalini yoga, charted by monistic
theism, illumined by a potent guru-shishya system, guided by soul-stirring scriptures and awakened by sadhana and tapas. Thus has it given mankind the mechanics for moving forward in evolution. Today two main Natha streams are
well known: the Nandinatha Sampradaya, made famous by Maharishi Nandinatha (ca 250bce),
and the Adinatha Sampradaya, carried forth by Siddha Yogi Gorakshanatha (ca 900). Yea, there is infinitely more to know of the mysterious Nathas. The Tirumantiram states, “My peerless satguru, Nandinatha, of
Saivam honored high, showed us a holy path for soul’s redemption. It is Siva’s divine path, San Marga, for all the world to tread and forever be free.”
Aum Namah Sivaya. – Sloka 151 from Dancing with Siva, from Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami’s trilogy: Dancing with
Siva, Living with Siva, and Merging with Siva;