Natha, Nath

the name of Shiva, the lord;

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 the siddha-yogi, the self-realized adept, who is in the order of the 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.