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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on Might 6, 1928 in a small town in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were many: science https://storage.googleapis.com/swami-amar-jyoti/Swami-Amar-Jyoti-.html, mathematics, music, composing, cycling, drama and sports, and He remarkably excelled in all of these. His college education was momentarily interrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He soon transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by family and teachers, He shocked everybody with thedecision to leave home a few 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 cash or any specific location, 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 quickly headed the entire volunteer corps there, working relentlessly 20 hours or more each day. After about ten months, the flood of refugees subsided and He returned to Calcutta.
He lived on the borders of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued symphonic music, sitar, religious research studies and prayer. He began to meditate and do yoga and went to puja (standard praise) at a nearby 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. Numerous locations of trip were gone to during those years, strolling on foot lots of miles each day. But a little cavern at Gangotri, the temple town near the source of the Ganga River, was the location of His biggest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, lastly, Lighting.
In 1958, taking initiation of Vidyut Sannyas (lit: "lightning"-- a form 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 descended into the plains of India for His God-given mission to the world. The very first Ashram Gurudeva founded was Jyoti Ashram, under Ananda Niketan Trust, situated in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Throughout the years after leaving house, His mother 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 visit the United States. Again, He took a trip unknown, though He quickly drew in numerous who had actually 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 Consciousness, a nonprofit company that works as a lorry for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening in the world that Gurudeva exposes is the marvelous fate of humanity, when devoid of our minimal identity of self. Adoringly and continually, He continues to boost and cleanse each of us for this awakening, for His way is the ancient relationship of the Master to the disciple, the candle light lit directly from the burning flame of Fact. Prabhushri continuously reminds us that we are at a development into a new age, where religions will be changed 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, revealing in Himself the attainable Truth of God Consciousness.
After 4 years invested in continually taking a trip, giving Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and directing countless souls to greater 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 consisting of 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 thus become a beacon Light, a location of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The commitment of the Samadhi Sthal was carried out throughout 5 days of sophisticated Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies gone to 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, might 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 available from TruthConsciousness.org.