Guru Gorakhnath

Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Guru Gorakhnath Mean?

Guru Gorakhnath was a Hindu yogi and saint, believed to have lived in the early 11th century in India, though the details of his life are unclear and still disputed. He was one of nine saints, known as Navnath, and some say that he was more than a human teacher because he appeared on earth at different ages.

Guru Gorakhnath was said to be the founder, or at least a guiding influence of the Nath Hindu monastic movement, and today he is considered the as the greatest of the Naths.

Guru Gorakhnath’s followers are usually known as yogis or Gorakhnathis.


Yogapedia Explains Guru Gorakhnath

It is believed that Gorakhnath was born into Buddhism, living in a region influenced by Shaivism, and that he later converted to Hinduism, championing the teachings of Shiva and Yoga. He is regarded as one of two main influential disciples of Matsyendranath.

In the Hindu tradition, Guru Gorakhnath is regarded as a maha-yogi or great yogi. Rather than emphasising a specific theory or a particular truth, he saw the search for truth and the following of a spiritual path to be a precious goal for humans. He advocated yoga, discipline and self-determination as the way to reach samadhi. He is said to have produced a number of writings, including the first books on Laya Yoga.

In rural India, Gorakhnath’s ideas have been very popular, with many monasteries and temples dedicated to his name.

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