Literature on Goraksha Nath
One who can turn this black universe to an enlightenment is Goraksha. The word Goraksha is a Sanskrit name of Gorakh Nath. Goraksha founded the “Nath” Sect hundreds of years ago. He also founded the hath yoga and kundalini yoga. His doctrines believes in self enlightenment.
The word “Goraksha” has hundreds of meanings. If you go into the deep of Goraksha you will meet the absolute truth. Some of the popular meanings of word “Goraksha” are Cow Protector, Absolute Truth and Controlling Senses.
There is no strong evidences available from the history which can tell you when he was borne and when he died. He is considered to be a supreme form of Lord Shiva, and therefore neither had birth nor death. He appears occasionally to accomplish specific goals only. He is an eternal who remains available in the beginning of this universe and the end of this universe. He is popularly called as
Goraksha highly believes in yogic practices and with yogic practices one can achieve an enlightenment. He doesn’t believe in a concept of GOD and supreme power. His doctrines concentrate on experiencing the self only.
Goraksha formed the Nav Naths and 84 Siddhas as disciples from his yogic powers to spread his yogic practices to the world. All Nath Ashrams across the world follow and teach his yogic practices to the world.
The chief disciple of Guru Goraksha Nath is “Bhairav Nath”. Some of the other popularly known disciples of Guru Goraksha Nath are “Bharathari Nath”, “Uday Nath”, “Charpat Nath” etc.
Goraksha was in the Yogic Samadhi since the beginning of this universe and appeared first time to teach tantra to “Guru Dattatray”. Goraksha founded the “tantra” hundreds of years ago and his first disciple who learned tantra from him was “Guru Dattatray”. Dada Matsyendra Nath became the first disciple of “Guru Dattatray” who learned the tantric doctrines from him and wrote the “Shabar Tantra”, the world’s largest tantra contains 84 crores tantric mantras.
Goraksha have authored several books including the Goraksha Samhita, Goraksha Gita, Siddha Siddhanta Paddhati, Yoga Martanada, Yoga Siddhanta Paddhati, Yoga-Bija and Yoga Chintamani.
Gurkhas of Nepal also take their name from Goraksha. Gorakhpur, the district headquarters of Gorakhpur District, is believed to derive its name from Guru Gorakh Nath.
Goraksha says one who is living with absolute truth is my master. I am a student of the absolute truth. Whenever I feel like I live with him otherwise I stay alone.
Who is a Master?
Goraksha defines a master as:
One who perform yogic practices is my student.
One who live beyond Maya is my student.
One who experienced the self is my student.
One who control its senses and sex is my student.
One who don’t associate himself with nature is my student.
One who live simply is my student.
One who do not be proud is my student.
One who repeats what I have said is my student.
One who do not give a name to a GOD is my student.
Goraksha says if you possess the above characteristics then you are very close to me and I will help you in your destiny.
Goraksha says one who pursues yoga practices, one who doesn’t indulge himself into the senses & sex and one who live beyond Maya is a true “Yogi”.
Goraksha says anyone can be a
yogi if follow the rules has already been set by me in the beginning
of this universe. Whether you are a bachelor or a married, anyone
can perform the yogic practices and attain the enlightenment in
its life. Being a married also, you can also keep away yourself
from senses and sex. If you do sex with your partner for a child
only then I call you as “Yogi” but if you do sex with
your partner for enjoyment then I call you as “Bhogi”.
Anyone who indulge himself in sex for enjoyment, will not attain
the enlightenment with yogic practices. Enjoyment whether its
from sex or any other things is under the rule of Maya. You need
to live beyond Maya to make yourself as “Yogi”. More
you get into the deep of yogic practice and start pursuing the
practices for a longer time, it will keep you away from Maya.
Try to associate yourself with yogic practices only. Do not associate
yourself with things which gives power to your senses. Power to
senses generate a seed of sex. Senses and sex are the forces of
nature that always keep you away from absolute truth. By doing
the yogic practices, you can control the forces of nature. You
must believe in experiencing the self only. With yogic practices
only, you can experience yourself else is a rule of a Maya. Goraksha
says absolute truth is a GOD. With yogic practices, you can reach
the absolute truth else there is no other way around. I am a master,
I help you in controlling your senses and sex so that you can
live beyond Maya. I am an absolute path and an absolute truth.
When you attain the enlightenment by pursuing the yogic doctrines formed by me, you will find yourself in the beginning and in the
end. Hence you will become an eternal.
Who is a Yogi?
One who pursue yogic practices formed by me is a yogi.
One who control its senses is a yogi.
One who control its sexual desire is a yogi.
One who live beyond Maya is a yogi.
One who do not associate himself with nature is a yogi.
Goraksha says one who chant “Alakh Niranjan” is a yogi. He says “Alakh Niranjan” means I live beyond Maya.
Goraksha says I am the master and the “Alakh Purush”. I formed the “Alakh Niranjan” for yogis who live beyond Maya.
Goraksha says “Die O Jogi Die, death is very sweet but die in such a manner so that you will achieve what myself has achieved”.
What a wonderful statement he said. Death is the ultimate truth of life. Death is a supreme rule applicable to all written by a nature (“Maya”). Every body has to follow it. With all senses, we have to die one day. It’s like if you see a night dream in which you will find yourself associated with your loved ones but when you wake up in the morning, you see there is nobody with you. Similarly with all senses, you find, there are many people who love you but when you die you will find nobody with you. You will find yourself alone in this universe. You will find yourself as you were earlier before death. Only difference that you see is you have lost your body only and rest all will be same as you were earlier. Only soul will be left. Then your soul will start looking for another body to full fill its desires. Soul with desires will look for another body while soul with no desires is supposed to called as an eternal. It’s like what you would like to achieve in your life. Then you make efforts to achieve it. It’s your soul only while your body is just a medium of doing it.
Goraksha says I teach death. It’s death of your ego. It’s death of your desires. By pursuing the yogic practices taught by me to my disciples you can achieve the victory on death. You will see yourself away from all kind of desires after death. Soul need a body to full fill its desires. Soul with no desires do not need a body again.
Hence die only once and become an eternal spirit.
Goraksha says love to death because only after death you can become an eternal. You will see yourself in the beginning and the end of this universe after death.
Goraksha says I live beyond Maya. So you have to die in a manner I stated if you want to meet me. Without yogic practices, you with all senses is like a dead body. You can purify your soul to that level with yogic practices till the time your soul have control on your senses and body. Once you will be able to achieve it, I say now you are die in a manner like I died. You will see a difference between now and what you were earlier after the death.
To become an eternal spirit, you need to die in a manner like I died. You do not need to believe on any supreme power because supreme power is nothing but a “Maya”. So you have to live beyond it by pursuing the yogic doctrines. Universal Goddess is Maya and God is one who control the Goddess. But God has to live with Goddess to control her. So believe in experiencing the self and start doing the practices that’s how only you can live beyond its creation(God & Goddess).
Goraksha says “Zero is not the universe and universe is not the zero. Like is so infinite, and imperceptible. The child speaks on crest in the cosmos, How will you give a name to it?.
Goraksha doesn’t believe in rules and concepts. Whatever Goraksha says is based on his experiences. Goraksha invokes you in experiment. Goraksha doesn’t give a name to a God. Goraksha believes in experiencing the self only. Goraksha says you need to come out of the rules and concepts to experience yourself. Goraksha says who associate themselves with rules and concepts cannot attain enlightenment in hundreds of years. Goraksha says who believe in supreme power or God, will become Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, etc. One who experience himself with yogic doctrines is a Yogi only. Yogi has no religion. I am the master and I help you in attaining the enlightenment. Goraksha says you do not need to go into the path of rules and concepts to practice yoga. There is no rules and concepts in Yoga. It’s a practice to help you to keep away from all desires. This practice is applicable to all whether you are a Hindu or a Muslim or a Sikh etc. Goraksha doctrines are completely independent. Goraksha does not work to establish a different creed. He works to point you towards the right path.
Goraksha only talks about the
goal. Goraksha says “Your goal should be to turn this black
universe into the light by doing the yogic practices.” He
says goal is most important and we need to concentrate on the
goal only. One has to experience himself first without starting
believing in GOD and supreme power. If you start experiencing
yourself, you will meet the supreme power whenever you attain
the enlightenment. Meeting with supreme power is possible once
you become eternal. Hence there is no need to believe in supreme
power to become an eternal. It all happens due to yogic practices.
Once you attain the enlightenment you will see both master and
student has lost. You will see only yourself in the beginning
and the end of this universe. Those who believe in God and Supreme
power, its very difficult to understand the words of Goraksha.
Goraksha neither forbids believing in god nor he gives his agreement.
Goraksha direct his disciples towards the absolute path so that
they can attain enlightenment (absolute truth).
Goraksha defines enlightenment as
"In this universe everything is black, its you who can turn it
into the light". Anything associated with Maya is black. So live
beyond Maya by pursuing the yoga and lighten each and every black
object that comes in your absolute path. He says enlightenment
is experiencing yourself by pursuing the yogic practices.
Goraksha says "God himself is my student, Dada Matsyendra is my son. Without guru you cannot get into the absolute path of an absolute truth that is why I resorted the backward way of life and accepted Dada Matsyendra as my master.
Goraksha says I do not have a necessity of a master because I am an eternal spirit. I am the one who was in the beginning of the universe and I will remain as eternal after the end of this universe. However I accepted Dada Matsyendra as my master just to show an example to my students and disciples that one must have a master before you start pursuing the Yogic practices formed by me. This is also to the reason that false people will not say Goraksha has achieved the supreme spirit without having the master. I am the one who formed the Yogic practices (Hath Yoga and Kundalini Yoga). You should learn all these practices from a master only. It's not easy to learn these practices without a master. So to become a yogi, you need a master.
Goraksha says “God himself is my student”. Goraksha said this statement based on his experiences. In a Yog Samadhi, Goraksha reached to a level where he saw himself only and no one else to be there. He reached the enlightenment. He met an absolute truth. So what he says is belief in supreme power or God is just based on the inexperienced facts. Once you experience the enlightenment, you will see that you are the only one who remains in the beginning and the end. You will not see any supreme power with you. You will become an eternal.
Those who believe in God, are not bad, but there is a big danger of remains arrested with the rules and concepts. Search of an absolute truth will get lost. They keep on wondering the rules and concepts only. Now a time has come to change from blindly belief to the search of an absolute truth, with the help of a master. There is no path for the absolute truth. Only master is an absolute path who can help you to reach there.
To achieve the absolute truth, belief in God is one of the many techniques. But this techniques will bind you with its rules and concepts. Your thinking towards the truth will get limited. So you need find out a path like that of Buddha. Buddha were able to search the absolute truth and reached the enlightenment without believing in supreme power and God. He became the supreme spirit. Supreme spirit is an extended form of your self only.
Goraksha says till the time you do not jump into the sea, you will never come across its deepness. Once you start swimming in an ocean, you will gain faith, devotion and confidence in yourself. Similarly till the time you do not start pursuing the yoga, you will not come across the real truth. Only yogic practice can bring faith, devotion and confidence in yourself.