Ancient Yoga texts, Upanishads and Puranas laud the practice of Ajapa. Ajapa literally means spontaneous repetition and hints at the natural breathing process. The practice of Ajapa is considered so important in classical Kundalini Yoga that Yoga Chudamani Upanishad declares thus :
अनया सदृशी विद्या अनया सदृशो जपः ।
अनया सदृशं ज्ञानं न भूतं न भविष्यति ॥
(No learning higher than Ajapa, no japa higher than Ajapa, no knowledge higher than Ajapa ever existed in the past nor will exist in the future.)
This clearly underlines the importance of Ajapa for any yoga practitioner. Ajapa is an important practice of Shaiva Sampradaya, Natha Sampradaya and Datta Sampradaya. It is believed that this practice was originally given out by Lord Shiva to Goddess Parvati. Even great siddhas and avadhootas such as Dattatreya, Gorakshanath, Matschindranath taught this practice to their disciples.
The literal meaning of Ajapa is something that is not Japa or 'sponteneous repetition' of mystic mantra. The practice of Ajapa consists of breath awareness along with certain mystic mantra. Thus Ajapa is a unique practice that is a sponteneous japa, a pranayama as well as a dhyana. Ajapa is also called a Gayatri, which means the energy that protects the vital life energy.
Although Ajapa seems a simple technique at first glance, it's benefits are profound. Ajapa is taught with a little variation by different lineages but the underlying principle is the same. Learning Ajapa from an expert is, therefore, extremely important.
Ajapa as taught by Bipin Joshi consists of energized or siddha Mantra, Pranayama, Hand Mudras and Meditation. The entire practice of Ajapa is taught in four stages. Each stage consists of a specific kriya. A stage fits into the previous and the next stage making the four stages one single practice.
Regular practice of Ajapa Meditation as taught by Bipin Joshi gives many physical, mental and spiritual benetits to the practitioner. Ajapa is an extremely useful practice for Chakra opening and Kundalini awakening.
More and more individuals are realizing that mere material pleasures are not making them happy. Inspite of having all sorts of material luxeries at their disposal they experience a feeling of voidness. And then they wish to explore the spiritual world to figure out the purpose of life and establishing a balanced life style. Ajapa Yoga is an indispensable tool for such aspirants.
If you are an individual looking for wellbeing at all levels Ajapa Yoga is a must for you!