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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6, 1928 in a small town in northwestern India https://swamiamarjyoti.tumblr.com/, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were lots of: science, mathematics, music, composing, biking, drama and sports, and He brilliantly excelled in all of these. His college education was momentarily disrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He quickly transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much precious by household and teachers, He stunned everybody with thedecision to leave house a couple of months before graduation, stating, "I wish to read an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen Swami Amar Jyoti, without loan 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. Living on a railway 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 10 months, the flood of refugees went away and He returned to Calcutta.
He survived on the borders of the city in a quiet ashram and pursued symphonic music, sitar, spiritual research studies and prayer. He started to meditate and do yoga and went to puja (traditional worship) at a nearby temple of a popular saint. In a short while He "understood" His life work. Soon He retired to Himalaya where He resided in silence and meditation for about ten years, one-pointed onthe Goal of Freedom. Lots of locations of expedition were checked out throughout those years, walking on foot lots of miles each day. However a small cave at Gangotri, the temple village near the source of the Ganga River, was the place of His biggest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, finally, Illumination.
In 1958, taking initiation of Vidyut Sannyas (lit: "lightning"-- a kind 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-- Immortal Light), He came down 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 home, 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 an enthusiast to visit the United States. Again, He traveled unidentified, though He soon brought in many who had actually never ever seen such a holy man. Eventually He was convinced to establish an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Truth Consciousness, a nonprofit organization that acts as a vehicle for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening in the world that Gurudeva reveals is the marvelous fate of humanity, once devoid of our restricted identity of self. Adoringly and ceaselessly, He continues to uplift 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 Reality. Prabhushri continuously reminds us that we are at a development 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 nurtures the disciple on his/her own course to excellence, exposing in Himself the attainable Reality of God Awareness.
After four years invested in constantly traveling, providing Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and directing many souls to higher consciousness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- mindful release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His desires, 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 developed for long-term consecration. It has thus become a beacon Light, a location of trip and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The devotion of the Samadhi Sthal was carried out throughout 5 days of elaborate Vedic pujas and fire events participated in by numerous devotees, 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 countless 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.