Hamsa Upanishad – Ajapa Hamsa Mantra



The Ajapa Gayatri is a Japa yoga kriya. It should be performed like other Japa Yoga Kriyas. Rishi, Chandas, Devata, etc., are given in the Upanishad. It should be conceptualised that in every breath, inspiration is happening with the mantra “So” and expiration is happening with the mantra “ham”. “So’ham” mantra should be done without a break.  One breath is counted as one Japa. There are approximately 21600 breaths daily. For a day 21600 japas are done.

After performing Rishi, Chandas, Kara Nyasa and Anga Nyasa, Hamsatman is to be meditated at the Heart chakra. With this meditation, breath is to be seen with “So’ham”. Any Japa mantra should be initiated by a competent Guru. Hence I do not give elaborate details here.  For those who are aspiring to have initiation and competent to take initiation, the following link may be of help.

My advocating for this website is not out of any personal Interest. Their mission states “This technique is imparted by the great yogic masters into ears of disciples very secretly that too after strictly adhering to the conditions put forward by the master. CONDITIONS are that the disciples shall abstain from, non-vegetarian food, all kind of intoxications including smoking and chewing of betel leaves and areca nut, using alcoholic drinks and shall conform with all moral principles. No FEE or DAKSHINA, either in kind or in Cash, is charged for it. The master helps the disciples to practice the Vidya Step by Step and equalizes the disciple gradually with the master. It is interesting to note that never in the history of True Yogic masters the disciples were taught this vidya by receiving FEE or DAKSHINA.”
Having uttered this Japa for a 10 millions of times as given in the Upanishad, the yogi hears the Nada, sound in his ears. There are ten types of sounds.
  1. A sound like the word “Chini”
  2. Chini-Chini
  3. Bell
  4. Conch.
  5. Veena, a string Instrument
  6. Thala, a percussion instrument
  7.  Flute
  8.  Drum
  9.  Mridanga
  10. Thunder


On hearing the 10th sound, he becomes Paramahamsa.
Please follow the link for the Sanskrit Text of the Upanishad.


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