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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6 Swami Amar Jyoti, 1928 in a town in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were many: science, math, music, composing, cycling, 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 soon moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much precious by household and teachers, He surprised everybody with thedecision to leave home a couple of months prior to graduation, stating, "I want to check out an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen, without money or any specific location, He took the very 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. Living on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He soon headed the whole volunteer corps there Swami Amar Jyoti, working relentlessly 20 hours or more every day. After about ten months, the flood of refugees diminished and He went back to Calcutta.
He resided on the borders of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, spiritual studies and prayer. He started to meditate and do yoga and went to puja (conventional worship) at a nearby temple of a popular 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 ten years, one-pointed onthe Goal of Liberation. Numerous places of pilgrimage were visited throughout those years, walking on foot lots of miles each day. But a small cavern at Gangotri, the temple village near the source of the Ganga River, was the place 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-- Immortal Light), He came down 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, situated in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Throughout the years after leaving home, His mom had actually never ceased looking 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 an offer by a follower to check out the United States. Once again, He traveled unknown, though He quickly attracted many who had actually never seen such a holy man. Ultimately He was encouraged to establish an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Truth Awareness, a not-for-profit company that serves as an automobile for Gurudeva's operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva reveals is the wonderful destiny of humanity, once freed from our limited identity of self. Lovingly and continually, He continues to boost and purify each of us for this awakening, for His way is the ancient relationship of the Master to the disciple, the candle lit directly from the burning flame of Reality. Prabhushri constantly reminds us that we are at a development into a new age, where religious beliefs will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Highest Source. Like a mom whose love knows no bounds for her child, the Expert guides and supports the disciple on his or her own path to perfection, revealing in Himself the attainable Reality of God Awareness.
The dedication of the Samadhi Sthal was performed throughout 5 days of sophisticated Vedic pujas and fire events participated in by hundreds of devotees, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the dedication, the Brahmin priest who led the pujas articulated 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 might You continue to guide and bless us." Never-ceasing Light-- The Blissful Life and Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Bio in His Own Words is readily available from TruthConsciousness.org.