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 Natha-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.