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Swami Amar Jyoti was born upon May 6 Swami Amar Jyoti, 1928 in a town in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His youth interests were many: science, mathematics, music, writing, biking, drama and sports, and He remarkably excelled in all of these. His college education was temporarily interrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He quickly moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much precious by family and professors, He shocked everyone with thedecision to leave home a couple of months prior to graduation, stating, "I wish to read an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen, without money or any particular destination, He took the first train to Calcutta. It was 1948. Refugees were pouring over the border of East Bengal (now Bangladesh) into West Bengal by the thousands every day. Residing on a train platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He quickly headed the entire volunteer corps there, working relentlessly 20 hours or more each day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees decreased and He returned to Calcutta. Swami Amar Jyoti
He lived on the outskirts of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued symphonic music, sitar, spiritual research studies and prayer. He started to practice meditation and do yoga and participated in puja (conventional praise) at a close-by temple of a widely known saint. In a short while He "understood" His life work. Very soon He retired to Himalaya where He resided in silence and meditation for about 10 years, one-pointed onthe Goal of Liberation. Lots of locations of trip were checked out throughout those years, strolling on foot numerous miles each day. But a small cavern at Gangotri, the temple town near the source of the Ganga River, was the location of His biggest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, finally, Illumination.
In 1958, taking initiation of Vidyut Sannyas (lit: "lightning"-- a kind of monasticism that is Self-initiated) at the holy site of Badrinath of Himalaya, and taking the name Swami Amar Jyoti (Swami-- Knower of the Self; Amar Jyoti-- Never-ceasing Light), He descended into the plains of India for His God-given mission to the world. The very first Ashram Gurudeva established was Jyoti Ashram, under Ananda Niketan Trust, located in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Throughout the years after leaving house, His mother had never ceased searching for Him and awaiting His return. In answer to her prayers, He settled in Pune where she could be near Him.
In 1961, He accepted a deal by a devotee to visit the United States. Again, He traveled unidentified, though He soon brought in lots of who had never ever seen such a holy man. Ultimately He was persuaded to establish an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Fact Consciousness, a not-for-profit organization that functions as a vehicle for Gurudeva's operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva exposes is the wonderful fate of mankind, when devoid of our limited identity of self. Adoringly and constantly, He continues to boost and cleanse each of us for this awakening, for His way is the ancient relationship of the Guru to the disciple, the candle light lit directly from the burning flame of Truth. Prabhushri constantly advises us that we are at an advancement into a new age, where religions will be changed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mother whose love understands no bounds for her kid, the Guru guides and supports the disciple on his or her own path to excellence, exposing in Himself the attainable Truth of God Awareness.
After 4 decades invested in constantly taking a trip, providing Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and assisting many souls to higher consciousness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- mindful release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His dreams, His Asti Kalash (urn containing Sacred Remains) was brought back to Jyoti Ashram by disciples from India. Within a year, a Samadhi Sthal in the form of a pure white marble pyramid was produced for permanent consecration. It has therefore end up being a beacon Light, a place of trip and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The devotion of the Samadhi Sthal was carried out throughout 5 days of sophisticated Vedic pujas and fire events gone to by hundreds of enthusiasts, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the commitment, the Brahmin priest who led the pujas enunciated the following: "As long as the sun and the moon and the stars and water (symbolic of life) exist, may this Samadhi Sthal be the Illuminator of millions of souls, and may You continue to guide and bless us." Immortal Light-- The Blissful Life and Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Biography in His Own Words is readily available from TruthConsciousness.org.