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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on Might 6 https://twitter.com/swamiamarjyoti?lang=en, 1928 in a small town in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were lots of: science, mathematics, music, writing, biking, drama and sports, and He brilliantly excelled in all of these. His college education was temporarily disrupted by the partition of India in 1947, however He quickly transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much precious by household and teachers, He surprised everyone with thedecision to leave home a couple of months prior to graduation, saying, "I wish to read an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen, without money or any specific destination, 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. Surviving on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He quickly headed the whole volunteer corps there, working tirelessly 20 hours or more every day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees decreased and He went back to Calcutta. Swami Amar Jyoti
He resided on the borders of the city in a quiet ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, religious studies and prayer. He began to practice meditation and do yoga and went to puja (traditional worship) at a neighboring temple of a widely 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 Objective of Liberation. Lots of places of trip were visited throughout those years, walking on foot many miles each day. However a little cavern at Gangotri, the temple town near the source of the Ganga River, was the place of His greatest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, finally, Lighting.
In 1958, taking initiation of Vidyut Sannyas (lit: "lightning"-- a form 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 descended into the plains of India for His God-given objective to the world. The very first Ashram Gurudeva established was Jyoti Ashram, under Ananda Niketan Trust, located in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Throughout the years after leaving house, 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 an offer by a fan to go to the United States. Again, He traveled unknown, though He soon drew in numerous who had actually never seen such a holy man. Eventually 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 organization that works as a car for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva exposes is the marvelous fate of mankind, when freed from our limited identity of self. Adoringly and ceaselessly, He continues to boost and purify each people for this awakening, for His way is the ancient relationship of the Expert to the disciple, the candle lit directly from the burning flame of Fact. Prabhushri constantly advises us that we are at a development into a new age, where religions will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mother whose love knows no bounds for her child, the Expert guides and supports the disciple on his/her own course to perfection, revealing in Himself the attainable Truth of God Consciousness.
After four decades spent in constantly traveling, giving Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and assisting innumerable souls to higher awareness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- conscious release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His wishes, His Asti Kalash (urn including Spiritual 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 developed for irreversible consecration. It has thus end up being a beacon Light, a place of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The dedication of the Samadhi Sthal was conducted during five days of elaborate Vedic pujas and fire events attended by hundreds of fans, 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." Immortal Light-- The Blissful Life and Knowledge of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Bio in His Own Words is offered from TruthConsciousness.org.