It is said that people learn from experience and in general that is true. - Fear of Failure, Alexander Lowen
In early 1978, I visited the hermitage of HH Shri Gurudeva Mahendranath (Dadaji), an Englishman who was initiated into the Nath Sampradaya by his guru, HH Shri Guru Lokanath Avadhoot of Uttar Kashi.
Although I was not seeking initiation, and already having some spiritual experience of my own, particularly in the Shri Vidya tradition, Mahendranath initiated me into the Nath tradition and asked that I bring these ancient, yogic, teachings to the West, where he felt they might prosper better than in India.
In India, he said, the yoga had largely been forgotten and the essential message of the sampradaya, which was to do with being "awake", with conquering conditioning, and realising oneself, was in danger of disappearing.
Dadaji wanted me to ensure the Nath tradition continued in the West. Myself and one or two other Western Naths whom I had already initiated, prepared some training material for a group termed Amookos. This material, in abbreviated form, was subsequently published as "Tantra Magick".
This is a somewhat misleading term for the material within the pages of the book, which
demands that a person work against conditioning. This is not an easy task and is certainly
not for everyone. There is nothing in the Nath tradition expressed in Sanskrit or Hindi that cannot be as easily expressed in the English language, for one who has experienced
I have decided to re-issue this material, and it is currently being re-worked, along with much
more explanatory material. It is to be compiled in the form of an Adobe Acrobat PDF file, and placed on this site. I have also decided, after consulting with some present-day Naths in India, that in the remaining time I have on this planet, I should endeavour to continue to represent the Nath tradition here in the West, in the name of gurudev, Mahendranathji.
The Nath protocol, written by Dadaji and presented below, is a very good introduction to the Mahendranathi way of life and to the spiritual discipline it represents.
The Mahendranath Project, which will include a London centre, is now underway. Those who wish to help should establish contact via the email address on this site.
London, March 2001
The Nath Code and Protocol
If you are interested in solving the problems of life and gathering know-how for a future existence on any plane, then the Nath-Yogi-Magician way of life could be the best for you. What we have we treasure, but we will share it with others if they are ready and willing.
If you can shed inhibitions, false modesty, dirty thinking, shyness, superstitions about sex and certain parts of the body, you need no longer be ashamed of yourself, ashamed of others or anything.
A Nath can do no wrong. This is our spiritual way of life. What a Nath sees fit to do, they do, in private or in public. The only restraint is not to hurt the feelings of lesser-developed people. This, our pattern of life, was already established in India as far back as 7931 BC in the early Aryan civilisation in the days of Rishaba and King Bharat who gave his name to India (Bharat). In Sanskrit, this way of life is called Svecchacarya, doing according to ones own will; and Sahaja the path of natural joy; and Samarasa the perfect equipoise of liberation, moksha or nirvana. These are the gems of the Naths.
The Naths are an in-group who are not content to live in the rat race and think as they are told to think and do or not do as they are told by others. For them this pattern is necessary but for a Nath, nobody can assume the right to give orders or tell them what to do.
Naths are responsible for their own lives and the patterns of their life style. They know the correct ideas for themselves and uphold them, but do not try to impress their life style on other people.
A Nath is one who has thrown away past conditioning and has been transmuted to a level of life, which must be lived to the full.
Naths are by nature contemplative people and do not neglect the periods of meditation yoga which develop the higher powers and establish this charisma.
The Naths are in-group people and encourage the mind expansion of all within their zonules. They do not have to explain their ideas or way of life to others and, least of all try to justify it.
Naked or in rags, sack cloth or silk, the Nath Lords and Ladies are the aristocracy of knighthood in the new era.
Naths do not want the world, nor do they reject it. They float in life without being enmeshed in it. Only those who view the world with dispassion can know real freedom.
The patterns, which bring downfall to most people, are often the patterns which liberate the Nath. They live by Svecchacharya - the do as you will spiritual path.
Neither austerity on one hand nor over indulgence on the other. The Nath chooses the path of moderation and balance in all things. Speech, thought, deeds musts be constructive, informative and lead to better living.
Naths do not dwell on the misfortunes of life but make life and the body the instrument for enjoyment and for the elevation of spirit. The spirit cannot be liberated until it has satisfied and experienced all the attractions of the senses and their demands.
The Nath pattern and way of life is based on the intelligent acceptance of things as they are and not as other people would wish them to be.
This means the rejection of religions and fictitious artificial patterns, as well as future and social orders based on confusion and contradictory ideas.
Self-discipline is the Nath's way. Imposed discipline is the way of priests, politicians and predators. The Naths cannot harmonise with the possessiveness or oppression of others.
Purity belongs to both mind and body. A Nath is one who keeps body and mind clean. Our magical way of life is both sacred and pure because we have washed away erroneous ideas and dirty thinking.
The Naths are essentially alchemists because they know the transmutation of ordinary people cannot be attained without determination. The sordid ways and ideas of the modern world cannot be re distilled into nectar; but the way of nature becomes an Azoth to dissolve all evil.
If Naths belong to secret in-groups, it is because we do not wish our spiritual values to be polluted by the sordid civilisation which mankind has developed. We are not ashamed of this natural path. We maintain our secrecy only because we have no desire to entertain or amuse those puppet people who dance to the tune of worldly masters. Their eyes must not behold the dance of the cosmos.
The five sensory joys of the Naths are refined above the perception of ordinary people, but the five sensory joys of the cosmos are only attained by Nath-Yogi-Magicians.
By initiation, the line of succession passed down for thousands of years, a Nath has received a blessing unknown to most people. Initiation is the spiritual accolade and a new aristocracy for the new aeon.
The Lordship of the Naths is based on bi-polar, male and female relationships. The sensory experience is the intercommunication of natural joy.
The Nath has overcome the five obstructions to life (ego, ignorance, attachment, aversion, and fear of death). They own nothing, want nothing and are attached to nothing. When the obstacles are gone, nothing impedes the path to immortality.
In the inner sanctum of our temple is the magical laboratory where all things are subjected to Investigation. Then, those acceptable go through Experimentation, for all things must be tested. Then there is Documentation so that those who come after can be guided by our methods.
The gyves of the mind are more insidious than chains and shackles worn on the neck, wrists and ankles. Yet all are easily removed if people have the Will, Action and Knowledge. There is no equality in the Cosmos among living things so none should be sought among mankind. We cannot change the world, so we live so that the world cannot change us. There are clouds that rise in the sky and things which sink to the bottom of the ocean. Each must elevate themselves, for there can be no universal salvation. Our world of joy, song, power and laughter, we call the Kingdom of Shambhala, for it is a place, people and pattern we must construct for ourselves.
Sri Gurudev Mahendranath Dadaji (1910-1991)