नाथ, nātha

the name of Shiva, "lord"

Natha, Nath – refers to the gods (Gopinatha – the name of Krishna, meaning "lord of the senses") and to people; a title added to the name of a person belonging to the Nath Sampradaya. Natha – indicates a siddha-yogi, a self-realized adept, who is in the order of Nathas, created by Gorakshanath. Naths are considered to be founders of hatha-yoga. Like all Tantrikas, they don`t recognize caste differences in spiritual matters. Nathas are also called just followers of the Natha Sampradaya, even if they have not yet reached realization.