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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6 https://sites.google.com/view/swami-amar-jyoti/, 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, 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, however He quickly moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by household and teachers, He shocked everyone with thedecision to leave house a couple of months prior to graduation, stating, "I 'd like to check out an open book of the world for my education."
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 each 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 decreased and He returned to Calcutta.
He resided on the borders of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, religious research studies and prayer. He started to meditate and do yoga and attended puja (traditional praise) at a neighboring 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 Goal of Liberation. Numerous locations of trip were gone to during those years, walking on foot lots of miles every day. But a small cave at Gangotri, the temple village near the source of the Ganga River, was the location of His biggest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, lastly, Illumination.
In 1958, taking initiation of Vidyut Sannyas (lit: "lightning"-- a type 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-- Never-ceasing 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 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 a follower to check out the United States. Again, He traveled unknown, though He quickly brought in many who had never ever seen such a holy man. Ultimately He was persuaded to establish an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Truth Awareness, a not-for-profit organization that acts as a vehicle for Gurudeva's operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva reveals is the remarkable fate of humanity, as soon as devoid of our restricted identity of self. Lovingly and continually, He continues to uplift and purify each people for this awakening, for His method is the ancient relationship of the Master to the disciple, the candle lit straight from the burning flame of Truth. Prabhushri constantly reminds us that we are at an advancement 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 Expert guides and supports the disciple on his or her own course to excellence, revealing in Himself the achievable Reality of God Awareness.
After four decades invested in continually taking a trip, providing Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and assisting countless 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 produced for permanent consecration. It has thus become a beacon Light, a location of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The dedication of the Samadhi Sthal was carried out during five days of fancy Vedic pujas and fire events attended by numerous enthusiasts, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the devotion, 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 millions of 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 readily available from TruthConsciousness.org.