Ajapa Gurus

Nearly forgotten, the method of Ajapa Yoga was carefully guarded through the ages at Siddhashram - a secret monastery hidden in the Himalayas.In 1860’s a great sage Swami Purnananda Paramahansa (1834-1928) made an arduous journey to Siddhashram where he was taught this ancient technique. He was there for five years and attained Brahmagyan - the knowledge of the Absolute or Ultimate Reality. The masters of Siddhashram ordered him to go back to the world to spread this secret knowledge to others. He was the first teacher of Ajapa Yoga in modern times.


After he left his material body, his mission was taken over by his disciple SwamiBhumananda Paramahansa (1873-1958). After him, his disciple Swami Janardan Paramahansa (1888-1980) took over this task and for the first time in the history spread the knowledge of Ajapa to the West. In 1970 he was invited to visit the Academy of Science in Prague, Czechoslovakia to give a lecture on Ajapa Yoga.Next he travelled to Germany, Canada, and the United States where he also delivered lectures. He initiated many people into Ajapa there and established an ashram in California.


In January, 1966, based on an experience he had had in deep meditation, Guru Janardan told his disciples to search the banks of the Ganges River near Rishikesh for a new-born baby boy. The infant was discovered, and named Guruprasad or Gift of Guru. Guru Janardan predicted that the child would one day play an important role in helping to relieve the suffering of humanity. Raised in the ashram, Guruprasad was trained in Ajapa from the earliest age. He also learned to speak fluent English, and at the age of nine, for the first time he travelled to Canada and the United States with Guru Janardan. In 1980, shortly before Guru Janardan decided to give up his material body, he named Guruprasad, then only fourteen years old, his successor as the only Guru of Ajapa Yoga. Since that time, Swami Guruprasad Paramahansa has been traveling and teaching Ajapa in India, Bangladesh, Europe and North America. He currently maintains five ashrams and several Ajapa centres around the world.