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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6, 1928 in a village in northwestern India Swami Amar Jyoti, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were many: science, mathematics, music, writing, biking, drama and sports, and He brilliantly excelled in all of these. His college education was momentarily disrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He soon moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much precious by household and professors, He shocked everyone with thedecision to leave home a couple of months prior to graduation, saying, "I wish to check out an open book of the world for my education."
Swami Amar Jyoti
At the age of nineteen, without loan or any particular location, 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 each day. Living on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He soon headed the whole volunteer corps there, working relentlessly 20 hours or more each day. After about ten months, the flood of refugees diminished and He went back to Calcutta.
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He survived on the borders of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued symphonic music, sitar, religious research studies and prayer. He began to practice meditation and do yoga and participated in puja (standard praise) at a neighboring temple of a popular saint. In a short while He "knew" His life work. Soon He retired to Himalaya where He resided in silence and meditation for about ten years, one-pointed onthe Goal of Freedom. Numerous locations of expedition were checked out throughout those years, strolling on foot numerous miles each day. But a little cave at Gangotri, the temple village near the source of the Ganga River, was the location of His biggest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, lastly, Lighting.
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 first Ashram Gurudeva established was Jyoti Ashram, under Ananda Niketan Trust, located in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Throughout the years after leaving home, His mom 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.
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In 1961, He accepted a deal by a follower to check out the United States. Once again, He traveled unidentified, though He soon drew in numerous 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 nonprofit company that acts as a lorry for Gurudeva's operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva reveals is the glorious destiny of humanity, when devoid of our limited identity of self. Adoringly and ceaselessly, He continues to uplift and cleanse each people for this awakening, for His method is the ancient relationship of the Expert to the disciple, the candle lit directly from the burning flame of Truth. Prabhushri constantly reminds us that we are at a breakthrough into a new age, where faiths will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mother whose love knows no bounds for her kid, the Master guides and nurtures the disciple on his or her own course to excellence, exposing in Himself the achievable Reality of God Awareness.
After four decades spent in constantly traveling, giving Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and guiding numerous 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 created for permanent consecration. It has thus become a beacon Light, a place of trip and meditation for all who are blessed to get in there.
The dedication of the Samadhi Sthal was carried out during 5 days of fancy Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies gone to by numerous 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 countless souls, and may You continue to guide and bless us." Never-ceasing Light-- The Blissful Life and Knowledge of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Bio in His Own Words is available from TruthConsciousness.org.