1. Salutation to Âdinâtha (Siva) who expounded the knowledge of Hatha Yoga, which like a staircase leads the aspirant to the high pinnacled Râja Yoga.
2. Yogin Swâtmârâma, after saluting his Gurû Srinâtha explains Hatha Yoga for the attainment of Râja Yoga.
3. Owing to the darkness arising from the multiplicity of opinions people are unable to know the Râja Yoga. Compassionate Swâtmârâma composes the Hatha Yoga Pradipikâ like a torch to dispel it.
4. Matsyendra, Goraksa, etc., knew Hatha Vidyâ, and by their favor Yogi Swâtmârâma also learnt it from them.
5. The following Siddhas (masters) are said to have existed in former times:-- Sri Adinâtha (Siva), Matsyendra, Nâtha, Sâbar, Anand, Bhairava, Chaurangi, Mina Nâtha, Goraksanâtha, Virupâksa, Bilesaya.
6. Manthâna, Bhairava, Siddhi Buddha, Kanthadi, Karantaka, Surânanda, Siddhipâda, Charapati.
7. Kâneri, Pujyapâda, Nityanâtha, Niranjana, Kapâli, Vindunâtha, Kâka Chandiswara.
8. Allâma, Prabhudeva, Ghodâ, Choli, Tintini, Bhânuki, Nardevâ, Khanda Kâpâlika, etc.
9. These Mahâsiddhas (great masters), breaking the sceptre of death, are roaming in the universe.
10. Like a house protecting one from the heat of the sun, Hatha Yoga protects its practisers from the burning heat of the three Tâpas; and, similarly, it is the supporting tortoise, as it were, for those who are constantly devoted to the practice of Yoga.
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