Swami Guru Janardanji Paramahansa was born in the province of East Bengal, India, on December 2, 1888. When he was 12 years old his father died, throwing young Janardanji’s life into such turmoil that he ran away from home, seeking to understand the meaning of death and life. He wandered all over India, covering the length and breadth of the country more than seven times on foot. After decades of searching, he met Swami Guru Bhumanandaji, who initiated him into Ajapa Yoga. Guru Janardanji practiced this yoga with an attitude of “do or die” and eventually achieved complete self-knowledge.