year of birth : 11th Century | place of birth : Punjab, INDIA
nationality : Indian | occupation : Yogi Philosopher, Goraksha Samhita, the Goraksha Gita, the Siddha Siddhanta Paddhati, the Yoga Martanada, the Yoga Siddhanta Paddhati, the Yoga-Bija, and the Yoga Chintamani
teacher/guru : Matysendranath | spouse : Sarasvati
website : www.gorakhnathmandir.in
“ One who remains steadfast in observing his sadhna
keeping his spiritual practice, food habits and
sleeping habits under strict yogic discipline,
neither grows old nor dies. ”
“ The mind itself is the abode of the good as well as of the evil.
One may either let the good prevail or
may allow free play to the evil instincts.
This mind is pure and pious only when it lets
the good in it prosper.
If the mind promotes the evil instincts residing in it then
it becomes impure and impious.
Yoga is the means by which the mind can be
trained to promote and sustain the good instincts. ”
“ Speak not in haste, walk not in haste,
Take slow cautious steps.
Let not pride overtake you.
Lead a simple life. ”
BOOKS BY THE MASTER
Gorakhnath (often called Goraksha, Gorakshanath, or simply Gorakh) is an elusive figure historically. He is many things to many people. Gorakhnath is traditionally said to be the originator of Hatha Yoga, the yogic system of asanas (physical postures) that are part of the Tantric alchemical process of physical perfection and energetic awakening. He is one the semi-divine Siddhas and is considered to be the founder of the Nath Siddha lineages, the supreme guru of the Gorakhnathi Jogis. For some Gorakhnath is no less than an incarnation of Shiva himself.
Gorakhnath is also a lineage bearer of Buddhist Tantra in Tibet. Gorakhnath is said to be the author of the Goraksha Paddhati ("Track of Goraksha" -- also called the Goraksha Samhita, a foundational treatise on esoteric Hatha Yoga, translated in Georg Fuerstein's excellent book The Yoga Tradition), Goraksha Shataka ("Goraksha's 100 Verses") and several other works.
A traditional story is told about the appearance of Gorakhnath. He was not born in the normal sense. A holy man named Matsyendranath used to go door-to-door to beg for food and, in exchange, offered blessings and wisdom. At one house, the woman asked if she would ever have a child. Matsyendranath gave her some holy ash and said if she swallowed it she would have a child. The woman told her neighbor who derided her naivete in believing such things, so she threw the ash away on a dung heap. Twelve years later, Matsyendranath returned and asked how the child was doing. The woman confessed what she had done with the ash. The holy man went to the dung heap and prayed, calling to the boy. A beautiful 12-year-old boy emerged. Matsyendranath took the boy with him. That boy was Gorakhnath.
The name Gorakh means "protected by the earth," since it was the earth, in the form of a dung heap, that nurtured him. Gorakshanath (also known as Gorakhnath) was an 11th century Nath yogi and one of the two most important disciples of Matsyendranath, the other being Caurangi. The Nath tradition underwent its greatest expansion during the time of Gorakshanath. He produced a number of writings and even today is considered the greatest of the Naths.
It was Gorakshanath who wrote the first books on Laya Yoga. In India there are many caves, many with temples built over them, where it is said that Gorakshanath spent time in meditation.