Welcome to the web site of the International Nath Order. Here you will find news and more information about the INO in one easy to navigate site. Our rich archives include hundreds of essays and articles, news and letters dating back to the 1980’s. We also host the Scrolls of Mahendranath and the writings of many other Nath initiates.
The International Nath Order was founded by Shri Gurudev Mahendranath in 1978 in order to share his own spiritual development and magick power with other sincere people in the West. As a sadhu, bhikkhu and sannyasin, Shri Mahendranath received many initiations during his years of travel in India and Asia. Among these traditions, Shri Gurudev’s greatest personal interests have been with the Adi-Nath and Uttara Kaula sects.
As Guru of these ancient sects, Shri Mahendranath resolved not to pass on the Indian renunciate initiation, into these sects. He made no new Indian sadhus. This decision was made in response to changes in the socio-religious patterns of India and the difficulties experienced by members of some Tantric traditions to be less than supported outside of areas in which they were already known and loved. The spiritual pattern of sadhu and sannyasi life and its support by the public is also foreign to the social structures of the West and most other countries of the world.
To meet this situation and to give occult spiritual pursuits greater expression in Western lands, Shri Gurudev put into motion the formation of the International Nath Order. The Guru tradition and initiation which he passed on includes not only wisdom teachings from Indian, Bhutanese and Soto Zen sources, but also gems of Taoism and such wisdom as is rediscovered by the science and yoga of meditation and contemplation.
A Nath or Devi of the International Nath Order is not bound by the rules of Asian sadhus and may work for gainful employment, marry and live the normal way of Western patterns. While there is a wealth of wisdom and magic within the INO, we have no rules, prohibitions or dogma which must be blindly accepted by its initiates. One key word of the International Nath Order is THINK. We look to a new awareness and patterns of thinking which are free from the superstitions and sterile formalities of the past.
The International Nath Order is for people who want, and will work for:
On this site the International Nath Order makes available a number of the key manuscripts written by Shri Gurudev Mahendranath. These writings provide the seed information and guidelines for the initiates and friends of the INO. The Scrolls of Mahendranath are an important introduction to our way of life and provides the general direction for our personal work within the Order. These Scrolls are required reading for all candidates seeking initiation and will be of interest to the broader yoga community as well. News of special events and new content can also be found here in our newsletter, The Open Door and at Facebook. For those of you reading this site on a small device, don’t forget to checkout the menu at the top of this page. There you can navigate all of our content by various categories.
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