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Yoga Bija 1. Devi (Goddess) has said: I make obeisance to you, O Lord of the world, Adi Nath (the First One), the One who prevails creation, and who is beyond of it! 2. O Creator, Maintainer and Destroyer of Universe, defeater of Kleshas (the defects of human nature), O the Greatest from all Gods, O the Ancient Immortal Soul of all, I make obeisance to you again and again. 3. The Path of Yoga was established by you, O Lord of Yogis (Yoga Ishvara) who is perfect in all aspects, in whom the bliss of the world is concealed, I worship you! When the Natha yogis meet, they use word (desh) for greeting each other. If

looked in Sanskrit or Hindi dictionary, the word desh can be translated as order, rule, command or instruction, but Nathas apply to it meaning wider then these. By saluting each other with the word adesh, they remember the Adi Isha or Adi Isvara, and revere to His Divine order or command, which guides the universe and should guide their lives. The word adesh is derived from two parts, one is therefore + = . The word and other is

can be translated as first, primordial, of

beginning, and the word

means able to dispose of, capable of, owner, lord, ruler,

chief and also recognized as one of names of Shiva; it also express ability, power; dominion. Nathas believe that the Great God Shiva himself was founder of their order as (di Ntha), the First Nath, the Primeval Master, who unanimously

accepted by Yogis as di Guru (the first guru) and the Supreme Deity of the Ntha Sapradya. He is also known as Yogeshvara (the Lord of Yoga), the ideal of ascetic per se, the Lord of austerity and penance, the Lord of spirits and souls. In wider sense Adi Nath, also can be translated as the First Lord, in his role as the Lord of the whole creation. The Guru Goraksh Nath and other great yogis of the Siddha tradition have realized the state of Yoga (union) with the Lord in all aspects of their lives, and this is ideal the natha yogis strive for. To realize their oneness with Adi Nath Shiva is the higher objective of all nathas, and the Guru Goraksh Nath is the maker of the path leading to it, and the path itself. He never taught any one to worship his person, but has directed all his efforts to help others to recognize the same Primordial Lord inside themselves, to make them recognize the origin they came from. The Natha Panth was created by Guru Goraksh Nath as medium and as the path to realize this state of union permanently, without any chances of setbacks. In the commentary on Hatha Yoga Pradipica called Jyotsn, Brahma-ananda so explained the origin of the Natha

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sect: dintha sarve nthan prathama tato nthasampradya pravtta iti nthasampradyino vadanti | di Nth is the first from all Nathas, by him the Nth Sapradya was estabilished, that is why it is called the Ntha Sapradya . Although in accordance with the lineage of transmission of the Natha sect, the name Adi-nath comes first in the list of the great yogis of the tradition, (for he precedes the first two human Natha acharyas Matsyendra Natha and Jalandhara Natha), it would be not exactly correct to place him amongst other Mahasiddhas, because he is not of human original, but the Great God, the One God Creator, who is before creation. Being before existence, he is beyond of all pairs of dualities, which came forth along with it. As such he is not to be confused even with the Shiva as the part of the Divine Trinity of Hinduism, where Brahma (creation), Vishnu (maintenance) and Rudra (destruction) are the three aspects of the One God, the Lord Almighty uniting all of them into one. In one of his devotional couplets, Guru Nanak has addressed to the First Lord with words Adesh, and described him as Adi (who is first of beginning) for it is by whom all was started, Anadi (who is without beginning) because he existed before any created things came into existence, and Anahat (who exists in the from of upstroke sound) because being creator of all objects of the universe, He existed before any objective reality came into existence in form of sound Om kara (Para Shabda) or the Word of God, the eternal sound. The Natha Yogis also define Him as (Alakh Niranjana), where alakh is Hindi form of the Sanskrit word which

means beyond of qualities and perception of senses, invisible, unobserved, having no particular marks, and niranjana means unpainted, spotless and pure, void of passion or emotion. Because the Lord Shiva is not limited to the fold of the Natha Yoga Tradition, but also worshiped as the Great God of Hinduism, there exist lot of the literature related to Him in the different scriptures of India. However there are some stories which are unique for the Natha tradtion only, and which were circulated mostly as a spoken tradition amongst yogis. One of them is the story of Shiva telling to his consort Parvati the doctrine of immortality, which was overheard by Matseyndra Nath. The

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story presented below have few variations dissimilar in smaller details from each other. Amar katha Once Parvati has asked her consort the Lord Shiva: O the Greatest of Gods, you are wearing on your neck the garland of human skulls. Can you explain me why you are doing so and to whome they belonged before? With smile the Lord of Yogis answered: All they belong to you in your different previous lives, and I am wearing them duty sweet memories they bring me about you. Parvati become greatly astonished to learn this. She spoke with trembling in her voice: You are heartless person! Again and again I am, who is your bellowed partner of life die and you are, being immortal, shamelessly collecting my skulls and putting them around your neck? Such your love is! She was very angry on Shiva. As usually remaining peaceful in mind, Lord of Yogis answered with a gentle smile: My dear, it is not my fault that you are have to die and take birth again and again, but it is duty you only. Because you dont know Amar katha (Doctrine of immortality) you have to be like this only. Only person who knows it may become immortal. Amar Katha is the greatest secret and mystery in this world and only the way to get immortality. After he finished speak Parvati exclaimed: You should immediately give me knowledge of this Amar katha, so I will also become immortal as you and never die, other wise!She was furious as never before. On this iva smiled gently and told: Wonderful thing! You know, Parvati, each time in your previous lives you have asked the same question from me. And each time I was trying to narrate this katha (story) to you, but because you were not listening properly you was not able to attain its full knowledge. To attain immortality one has to listen it thoroughly from beginning till the end .You was not able to accomplish this task in any of your previous lives, so you have to die again and again. If you insist, let us try once more. But please my dear listen attentively this time, because to become liberated from endless cycles of birth and death, you have to know all katha from beginning till the end. Lets first seclude to some lonely place where no body can listen us, because we should keep this knowledge in secret from others. They reached the bank of the ocean, where they were completely alone and noise of coming waves was not allowing to anybody listen what they were saying. They sit comfortably and iva started narrating Amar katha to Parvati. It happened that some time before this event, in one Brahmins family a boy was

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born, and because position of the stars at the moment he was born was very inauspicious, his father threw him into the ocean. Child didnt sunk down, but was swallowed by a big fish, and in stomach of the fish he miraculously didnt died, but remained alive. Just before coming of iva and Parvati, the fish has reached at the same place and stopped there for a rest. At the same time, being covered with the water, it was invisible to them. Because the small child was in the stomach of the fish, he also reached there. So when iva and Parvati have come he was also with them, covered with water, and helpless. Duty this reason he also was able to listen all Amar Katha from start till the end without any disturbance. iva didnt notice his presence till last, and child remain quite and listen attentively. Parvati was very eager to listen in the beginning. She was listening very thoughtfully, but because katha was very long, ivas voice and sound of coming waves were so monotonous, she felt sleepiness after some time. Slowly she has gone into deep sleep. When iva has completed narration he told Parvati:So I hope this time you have understand all properly,-but she didnt answered. Now iva turned his eyes on Parvati and he was greatly astonished to see, that she is deeply in the sleep. He wake her up, and told: Again once more I have completed narration of the Amar katha for you, but as in your previous lives you was not able to listen it completely and gone into sleep. Now what else can I do for you? Parvati has felt herself ashamed and was disappointed duty this, and she has told with folded hands: O Mahadeva, please narrate it again for me, now I will not sleep. Sorry- answered iva, but I cant do it once more because such is the law, Amar katha can be told only one time in course of ones life. So now you have to wait for your next life, and I am very sorry duty this reason. Now Parvati was forced to accept, that what happened, happened duty her fault and because she was not able to do anything else, she became pacified. Suddenly iva noticed that some body is near by, but for fist moment he didnt understood where. By his yogic powers he immediately found that some one else has listened Amar katha with out his permission. Hey, who ever you