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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. Residing on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He quickly headed the entire volunteer corps there, working tirelessly 20 hours or more each day. After about ten months, the flood of refugees diminished and He returned to Calcutta.
He survived on the borders of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, religious research studies and prayer. He started to practice meditation and do yoga and attended puja (traditional 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 lived in silence and meditation for about ten years, one-pointed onthe Objective of Freedom. Many places of trip were visited throughout those years, walking on foot numerous miles each day. However a little cavern at Gangotri, the temple village near the source of the Ganga River, was the place 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 website of Badrinath of Himalaya, and taking the name Swami Amar Jyoti (Swami-- Knower of the Self; Amar Jyoti-- Immortal Light), He descended into the plains of India for His God-given objective to the world. The 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 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 an enthusiast to go to the United States. Again, He took a trip unidentified, though He quickly drew in lots of who had never ever seen such a holy man. Ultimately He was encouraged to develop an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Truth Consciousness, a nonprofit company that functions as an automobile for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening in the world that Gurudeva reveals is the remarkable destiny of mankind, once devoid of our restricted identity of self. Lovingly and constantly, He continues to boost and purify each of us for this awakening, for His way is the ancient relationship of the Guru to the disciple, the candle lit directly from the burning flame of Reality. Prabhushri constantly advises us that we are at an advancement into a new age, where faiths will be changed into direct awakening and communion with our Highest Source. Like a mom whose love knows no bounds for her child, the Guru guides and supports the disciple on his/her own course to perfection, exposing in Himself the obtainable Reality of God Awareness.
After four decades invested in continuously taking a trip, giving Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and assisting innumerable souls to greater awareness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- conscious release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His dreams, His Asti Kalash (urn containing Spiritual 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 long-term consecration. It has therefore become a beacon Light, a place of expedition and meditation for all who are blessed to get in there.
The devotion of the Samadhi Sthal was performed during 5 days of sophisticated Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies attended by numerous fans, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the commitment, 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, might this Samadhi Sthal be the Illuminator of millions of souls, and might You continue to guide and bless us." Immortal Light-- The Blissful Life and Knowledge of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Bio in His Own Words is readily available from TruthConsciousness.org.