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(aka: Gorak, Goraksha, Gorakh Nath, Gorakhnatha, etc.) A disciple of Matsyendranath (Matsyendra), and an early exponent of Hatha Yoga. In fact, Goraksha is credited with founding Laya or Kundalini Yoga, as well as Hatha Yoga. Specifically, he founded an order called the Kanphata Yogis which is based on Hatha Yoga, and which still survives today. Goraksha and Matsyendra were both famous yogis who lived sometime between the 9th and 12th centuries. However, we know very little about them historically, because soon after their deaths, their accomplishments were quickly blended with myth, folklore, and magic, to the point of their virtual deification. Countless legends of them abound throughout the north and west of India, telling of their fantastic powers and magical feats. Goraksha seems to have been instrumental in establishing a powerful synthesis between Shaivism, Tantra, and traditional yoga. He was was also familiar with Tantric Vajrayana Buddhism, and features of it appear in his own teachings, as well as in such later writings on Hatha Yoga. Gorakhnath is known to have authored at least two works: Goraksha Shataka , a conversation between himself and his teacher Matsyendra. This text survives in translation, but apparently not in the original Sanskrit and Hatha Yoga , which is lost except for brief passages included in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika of Svatmarama. This later work is now the oldest significant surviving manuscript of Hatha Yoga.
See also: Ogre , Yogin , KRIYA , Hinayana , Kagyupa

 

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