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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on Might 6 https://sites.google.com/view/swami-amar-jyoti/, 1928 in a village in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His youth interests were lots of: science, mathematics, music, composing, biking, drama and sports, and He brilliantly mastered all of these. His college education was momentarily interrupted by the partition of India in 1947, however He soon transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much beloved by family and teachers, He shocked everyone with thedecision to leave home 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, 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. Residing on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He quickly headed the whole volunteer corps there Swami Amar Jyoti, working relentlessly 20 hours or more every day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees diminished and He returned to Calcutta.
He lived on the borders of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued symphonic music, sitar, spiritual studies and prayer. He started to meditate and do yoga and attended puja (traditional worship) at a nearby temple of a well-known 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 10 years, one-pointed onthe Goal of Freedom. Many locations of pilgrimage were gone to during those years, strolling on foot numerous miles every day. But a little cave at Gangotri, the temple town near the source of the Ganga River, was the location of His biggest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, finally, Lighting.
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 first Ashram Gurudeva founded was Jyoti Ashram, under Ananda Niketan Trust, situated 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 an offer by a fan to go to the United States. Again, He traveled unidentified, though He quickly drew in numerous who had never seen such a holy man. Eventually He was encouraged to establish an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Reality Awareness, a not-for-profit organization that serves as a vehicle for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva reveals is the glorious fate of mankind, once freed from our limited identity of self. Adoringly and continually, He continues to boost and cleanse 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 Reality. Prabhushri continuously advises us that we are at a breakthrough 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 kid, the Master guides and nurtures the disciple on his or her own path to perfection, exposing in Himself the attainable Reality of God Awareness.
After 4 years invested in continually traveling, giving Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and assisting many souls to greater 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 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 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 get in there.