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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on Might 6 http://swamiamarjyoti.simplesite.com/, 1928 in a village in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were numerous: science, mathematics, music, writing, cycling, drama and sports, and He remarkably excelled in all of these. His college education was momentarily disrupted by the partition of India in 1947, however He quickly transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much precious by household and professors, He surprised everyone with thedecision to leave house a few months before graduation, saying, "I wish to read an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen, without loan or any specific destination 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 every day. Residing 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 10 months, the flood of refugees subsided and He went back to Calcutta.
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-- Immortal Light), He descended into the plains of India for His God-given objective to the world. The first Ashram Gurudeva founded was Jyoti Ashram, under Ananda Niketan Trust, situated in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Throughout the years after leaving house, His mom had actually 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 an offer by an enthusiast to check out the United States. Once again, He took a trip unknown, though He soon attracted numerous who had 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 Reality Consciousness, a nonprofit organization that functions as an automobile for Gurudeva's operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening in the world that Gurudeva exposes is the marvelous fate of mankind, when freed from our minimal identity of self. Lovingly and constantly, He continues to uplift and purify each of us for this awakening, for His way is the ancient relationship of the Guru to the disciple, the candle light lit straight from the burning flame of Fact. Prabhushri constantly reminds us that we are at an advancement into a new age, where religious beliefs will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mother whose love understands no bounds for her child, the Guru guides and supports the disciple on his/her own path to excellence, exposing in Himself the obtainable Truth of God Awareness.
After four decades spent in continually taking a trip, giving Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and assisting numerous souls to higher awareness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- mindful release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His wishes, His Asti Kalash (urn including Sacred Remains) was reminded Jyoti Ashram by disciples from India. Within a year, a Samadhi Sthal in the form of a pure white marble pyramid was created for irreversible consecration. It has hence become a beacon Light, a location of trip and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The commitment of the Samadhi Sthal was conducted during 5 days of fancy Vedic pujas and fire events participated in by hundreds of fans, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the devotion, 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 millions of souls, and may You continue to guide and bless us." Never-ceasing Light-- The Blissful Life and Knowledge of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Biography in His Own Words is available from TruthConsciousness.org.