At one time sharing a more solidary identity as a community, the two groups have diverged in the twentieth century, presenting different models of the alternative religious ideals that Nath tradition
has long offered Hindu society.
Both texts are about the experience and practice of yoga from the perspective of the Maharastrian Nath tradition.
In a thorough introduction to Songs on Yoga, Kiehnle analyzes the problems of authorship, collation, and translation, while she explores the relationship of the broader Nath tradition to its particular manifestation in Maharastra.
Her commentary on the Lakhota should serve as a model and resource for subsequent explorations of the Nath tradition remembered in song.
As the groups continue to diverge in the twentieth century, I will finally argue, they present different models of the alternative religious images long offered in Nath tradition.
Householders, in general, like to identify with the sadhus, regarding them as exemplars of Nath tradition.
The difference was that he was a born Nath, urbanized for two generations, and liked to visit sadhus from Nath tradition.
At Shankarai Nath's ashram in Kekri, for example, he and his sadhu disciple talked about the Nath ashram and wayfarers' lodge established at Haridwar - a pilgrimage place important for Hindus generally, but not particularly highlighted in Nath tradition.
86-87) presents the scholarly opinions on the dates of the early Nath yogis in a larger discussion of early popular Nath tradition (pp.