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Naath Sampradaaya started with Lord Shiv (Bhole Naath) when he initiated Lord Dattaatreya (Shreepaad Naath) who in turn initiated many others.
Machchaindra Naath got his Deekshaa when he was in the stomach of a fish
(Matsya) when Shiv was instructing Dattaatreya.
The Saumya Taantrik (or Dakshin Panthee) use very mild Mantra and Tantra to evoke the various powers of Nature while the Aghoree (the Vaam Panthee) do all sorts of forbidden things like resorting to alcohol, drugs, sex, non vegetarian food etc.
Gorakh Naath laid the
foundation for the expansion of the Naath. So every Taantrik is not an
Aghoree. Gorakh Naath had the knowledge of both of these paths and he
initiated disciples according to their attitudes. Taamasik were given
the Aghoree path while Saattwik were given Saumya
So even after acquiring all the powers of a Naath Yogee has to finally resort to the above two Tantra (methods) to attain Salvation. Naath Sampradaaya in fact includes all the Hindu Philosophies. Some Naath Sampradaaya members are Bhakt like Sant Gyaaneshwar who set up the Warakari Sect in Mahaaraashtra that worships Paandurang. Some Nath members worship Shiv, some Krishn... So you can see that Naath Sampradaaya is actually all accepting.
For a Naath Yogee nothing is impossible in the universe for he experiences God through all angles as that of a Bhakt, because Guru Bhakti is the highest Bhakti in Naath, as Nature because Taantrik invoke the powers of Nature, as Alakh Niranjan - the foremost A-Dwait principle, as Karm - Helping the needy is a vow that a Naath takes and all.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 10/01/13