Introduction / History
Jogi is a colloquial term for the "yogi", which refers to the people who practiced Yoga as part of their daily rituals. Over time, this led to the formation of a community, and subsequently was formed into a caste. The Jogi are followers of yoga and worshipers of the Hindu god Shiva. The Yoga system of philosophy taught the means whereby the human soul might attain complete union with the Supreme Being. In general terms, the modern Jogis claims to have attained that union and to be, therefore, a part of the Supreme. As followers of the yoga, they traditionally wear saffron-colored clothing. The Jogi are made up of purely religious mendicants (i. e., beggars) of the various Jogi orders, various people who live by fortune telling, practicing exorcisms and divination, and others. They have subgroups including the Nath. The Nath Jogis live all over northern India.
What Are Their Lives Like?
To earn a living, some turn to begging – taking up position on a straw mat in busy, overcrowded streets. Some tell fortunes, perform acts of divination, and even exorcise demons. They often live in dire poverty. Others have turned to agriculture. In Rajasthan the Nath are farmers. In Assam they are wet cultivators and landowners. In Himachal Pradesh they have adult marriages negotiated by discussion. They are endogamous, meaning they prefer to marry within the group or clan. They allow for divorce and remarriage. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son taking charge of the household.
What Are Their Beliefs?
Their lives revolve around yoga so every day they practice yoga rituals. Many Yogis believe that if they gain control over their fleshly desires, mind, and their will, they will have power to control nature and potentially become divine. Most worship the Hindu god Shiva as they seek to attain complete union with the supreme being. Some believe they have already achieved this "enlightenment." Though mostly Hindus, there are some Sikhs among them.
What Are Their Needs?
The Nath Jogis need a strong relationship with God the Father that will help them experience life to the full.
* Scripture Prayers for the Jogi (Muslim traditions) in India.
Pray that the council leaders will come to Jesus Christ and lead others to begin a disciple making movement. Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will lead many to salvation. Pray for intercessors and workers.