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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6 https://storage.googleapis.com/swami-amar-jyoti/Swami-Amar-Jyoti-.html, 1928 in a small town in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were numerous: science, mathematics, music, composing, cycling, drama and sports, and He remarkably excelled in all of these. His college education was briefly disrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He soon moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much precious by family and professors, He stunned everyone with thedecision to leave home a few 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 location Swami Amar Jyoti, 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 train platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He soon 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 went back to Calcutta.
He resided on the borders of the city in a quiet ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, spiritual studies and prayer. He started to meditate and do yoga and participated in puja (conventional praise) at a nearby temple of a well-known saint. In a short while He "understood" His life work. Soon He retired to Himalaya where He lived in silence and meditation for about ten years, one-pointed onthe Goal of Freedom. Lots of places of trip were checked out throughout those years, walking on foot many 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 type 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 came down 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 house, His mom had continued 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. Once again, He traveled unknown, though He quickly brought in many who had actually never seen such a holy man. Ultimately He was persuaded 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 works as an automobile for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening in the world that Gurudeva exposes is the remarkable destiny of mankind, once devoid of our minimal identity of self. Lovingly and ceaselessly, He continues to boost and cleanse each of us for this awakening, for His method is the ancient relationship of the Guru to the disciple, the candle lit straight from the burning flame of Fact. Prabhushri constantly advises us that we are at an advancement into a new age, where religions will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Highest Source. Like a mother whose love knows no bounds for her child, the Guru guides and supports the disciple on his or her own path to excellence, revealing in Himself the achievable Reality of God Consciousness.
After 4 years invested in constantly traveling, providing Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and guiding numerous souls to greater consciousness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- mindful release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His wishes, 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 therefore end up being 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 carried out during five days of fancy Vedic pujas and fire events attended by hundreds of devotees, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the commitment, the Brahmin priest who led the pujas proclaimed 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 Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Bio in His Own Words is available from TruthConsciousness.org.