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Welcome to the web site of the International Nath Order.

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. It was Shri Mahendranath's stated belief that he was the final Guru and Sannyasi member of both these sects.

As Guru of these ancient sects, Shri Mahendranath resolved not to pass on the Indian Sannyasi initiation into these sects. He made no new Indian sadhus. This decision was made in response to changes in Indian socio-religious patterns and the difficulty experienced by sadhus of Tantric traditions to be welcomed and supported outside of areas where they were well known and loved. The spiritual pattern of sadhu or sannyasi life and its support by a broad public is 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 has passed on includes not only wisdom teachings from Indian, Bhutanese, and Soto Zen sources, but also includes 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 Magick within the Order, there are no rules, prohibitions, or dogma which must be blindly accepted by 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 superstition and the sterile formalities of the past.

The International Nath Order is for people who want, and will work for:

  1. Spiritual Development toward Awakening.
  2. The development of Occult attainment (Siddhi).
  3. A new, better, and more enlightened Social Order based on our Pagan past.

The International Nath Order has made available on the web a number of the key manuscripts written by Shri Gurudev Mahendranath. These writings provide the seed information and guidelines for the membership of the International Nath Order. The Scrolls of Mahendranath are an important introduction to our way of life, and outline the general direction of an individual's personal work within the Order. These Scrolls are required reading for all candidates seeking initiation, and are well worth looking into. Related projects and new writings are continually being developed and offered.

The International Nath Order welcomes you. May Peace, Freedom, and Happiness be Yours.

See also

Articles and essays by Nath authors

Other INO sites

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