Swami Guru Purnanandaji Paramahansa
Guru Purnanandaji was born as Basanta on September 14, 1834. He was a tall
and impressive young man, who loved music and athletics. He was a brilliant
student, and took the first prize in Sanskrit at the University of Faridpur.
When he completed his studies, Basanta was married (by his father's
arrangement) and worked as a school principal in the town of Raj Shahi.
He was drawn to the Hindu reform movement, Brahma Dharma. While involved
with this movement, Guru Purnanandaji met a wandering sadhu who impressed
him with his eloquence and wisdom. Guru Purnanandaji begged for initiation,
but the sadhu refused and sent Guru Purnanandaji to Swami Brahmanandji of
Sunderban, in the wild jungles of Bengal. Swami Brahmanandaji in turn sent
him to Siddhashram, high in the Himalayan mountains of Tibet.
On the way to Siddhashram Basanta met Pramod, who was destined to be his
companion on the journey. They traveled together to Lama Bazaar, where they
waited for the sadhus of Siddhashram to appear at the annual market. When
the saints left the bazaar, Basanta and Pramod followed them. The sadhus
beat them and knocked them to the ground, but Basanta and Pramod crawled
after them, cut, bruised and bleeding, until they collapsed. Then the sadhus
healed their wounds and led them to Siddhashram.
After an arduous journey, they arrived at a magnificent tropical paradise.
Pramod had to perform a 30-day purification, while Basanta waited for him
outside the gates of the ashram. Finally they were allowed to enter, and
were given the names Purnananda and Servananda. They were initiated by
Brahma Rishi Angira and taught scripture by Matang Rishi. For four years
they did intensive sadhana, sometimes staying in samadhi for 15 days at a
time, and became all-knowing.
In the fifth year, Guru Purnanandaji thought of the suffering people of
India, and wanted to bring the sadhana to them. But thoughts and ideas are
kalpana, and not permitted in Siddhashram. Since Guru Purnanandaji had had
this kalpana he would have to return to the world and fulfill his mission.
Guru Purnanandaji and Servanandaji left the ashram and wandered for 25 years
through India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burma, Afghanistan and Asiatic Russia.
Servanandaji often disagreed with Guru Purnanandaji over his charitable
work, and finally left him. He was rumored to have gone west, perhaps to
Guru Purnanandaji's first ashram was established in Bhenodpur, Bangladesh,
by the grateful family of a leper he had cured. Guru Purnanandaji's ashram
had no latrines, bathing facilities, or mosquito nets. No talking was
allowed, and the only foods provided were fruit, water, and one boiled
vegetable a day.
At this point, Guru Purnanandaji stopped his wanderings and re-entered the
world, so that serious disciples could find him. He again became a school
principal, in the town of Dharoda, near his ashram. Guru Purnanandaji's
closest disciples, knowing that he wished to establish an orphanage and a
home for widows, built Jagatpur Ashram outside of Chittagong, in 1899. The
ashram school is still in existence today, and has about 200 students.
Swami Guru Purnanandaji Parmahansa left his material body in 1928 at the age
of 94. A more detailed biography of this great saint can be obtained from
the Ajapa Yoga Ashram.
Swami Guru Bhumanandaji Paramhansa
Guru Bhumanandaji was born as Panchan Ganguli on Dec. 24, 1873, to devout
parents in the state of Bengal.
Later, he was married and had two sons. He lived in the small Bengali town
of Raj Shahi and worked as an accountant. He was a a great scholar, but
despite reading the Hindu Scriptures over and over, he felt something was
missing and was torn by this. Whenever a great sadhu or guru would come to
the area, he would question him but was never satisfied.
One day Guru Purnanandaji came to Raj Shahi to visit a disciple there.
Panchan came to meet him, and after a long talk with Guru Purnanandaji, he
realized that at last he had met a Guru who realized the essence of the
Panchan begged for initiation, but was shocked and brought to tears when
Guru Purnanandaji told him he was too immature and not ready. Guru
Purnanandaji told him he would return in a year and give initiation.
When three years passed and Guru Purnanandaji had not returned, Panchan
became desperate and finally tracked him down. After much persuasion, Guru
Purnanandaji agreed to initiate Panchan.
Guru Bhumanandaji practiced Kriya with great force and devotion and achieved
great results in a short period of time. According to Guru Purnanandaji's
instructions, he remained an accountant and only visited Guru Purnanandaji
When Guru Purnanandaji became advanced in age and began the final
purification process to prepare for leaving the body, the disciples wondered
who would be his successor but were afraid to ask. Guru Purnanandaji looked
at them and said, "Bhumanandaji." This was a great surprise because Guru
Bhumanandaji was not one of the disciples who lived near or on the Ashram.
He lived far away and came only infrequently.
On April 29, 1928, Guru Purnanandaji left the body. Guru Bhumanandaji
continued the Ajapa lineage from Kalipur Ashram in Assam Province. In 1931,
he initiated Guru Janardanji Paramahansa into the practice of Ajapa Yoga and
later gave Guru Janardanji the power to initiate others into the practice.
Upon Guru Bhumanandaji's leaving his material body in 1958, Guru Janardanji
became the world-wide master of Ajapa Yoga and began the spread of Ajapa
around the world.
Swami Guru Janardanji Pramahansa
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.
Swami Guru Prasadji Pramahansa
In January, 1966, based on an experience he had had while meditating, Guru
Janardanji told his disciples to search the banks of the Ganges River for a
newborn baby boy. The infant was discovered, and named "Guru Prasad" or "Gift of Guru."
Guru Janardanji predicted that the child would one day play an important
role in helping to relieve the suffering of humanity. Raised on the ashram,
Guru Prasadji was trained in Ajapa from the earliest age. He learned to
speak fluent English, and at the age of nine, he traveled to Canada and the
United States with Guru Janardanji.
In 1980, shortly before Guru Janardanji decided to give up his material
body, he named Guru Prasadji, then only fourteen years old, his successor as
Guru. Since that time, Swami Guru Prasadji Paramahansa has been traveling
and teaching Ajapa in India, Bangladesh, Europe and North America. He
currently maintains five ashrams and several Ajapa centers around the world.