11 Facts About Nath


Nath tradition has extensive Shaivism-related theological literature of its own, most of which is traceable to 11th century CE or later.

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The Nath have a large settled householder tradition in parallel to its monastic groups.

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Nath tradition was influenced by other Indian traditions such as Advaita Vedanta monism, and in turn influenced it as well as movements within Vaishnavism, Shaktism and Bhakti movement through saints such as Kabir and Namdev.

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The most common remaining Nath gurus include Caurangi, Jalandhara, Carpatha, Kanhapa, Nagarjuna and Bhartrihari.

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Nath tradition was not a new movement, but one evolutionary phase of a very old Siddha tradition of India.

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Nath Sampradaya is traditionally divided into twelve streams or Panths.

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Nath yogis practiced yoga and pursued their beliefs there, living inside caves.

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Nath tradition has two branches, one consisting of sadhus and other married householder laypeople.

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Yogis and Shaiva sampradayas such as Nath metamorphosed into a warrior ascetic group in the late medieval era, with one group calling itself shastra-dharis and the other astra-dharis .

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Hatha Yoga ideas that developed in the Nath tradition influenced and were adopted by Advaita Vedanta, though some esoteric practices such as kechari-mudra were omitted.

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Nath tradition was influenced by the Bhakti movement saints such as Kabir, Namdev and Jnanadeva.

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