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Swami Amar Jyoti was born upon Might 6, 1928 in a village in northwestern India http://swamiamarjyoti.simplesite.com/, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were many: science, mathematics, music, writing, cycling, drama and sports, and He remarkably mastered all of these. His college education was temporarily disrupted by the partition of India in 1947, however He soon moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much beloved by household and teachers, He shocked everyone with thedecision to leave home a few months before graduation, saying, "I wish to check out an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen, without money or any particular 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 each day. Living on a train platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He quickly headed the entire volunteer corps there, working tirelessly 20 hours or more every 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 quiet ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, spiritual studies and prayer. He began to practice meditation and do yoga and participated in puja (conventional praise) at a close-by temple of a popular saint. In a short while He "knew" His life work. Soon He retired to Himalaya where He resided in silence and meditation for about ten years, one-pointed onthe Goal of Liberation. Many locations of trip were checked out throughout those years, walking on foot numerous miles each day. However a small cavern at Gangotri, the temple village 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 type 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 first Ashram Gurudeva founded was Jyoti Ashram, under Ananda Niketan Trust, located in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Throughout the years after leaving house, His mother 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 devotee to go to the United States. Again, He traveled unknown, though He soon attracted many who had actually never ever seen such a holy man. Ultimately 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 car for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening in the world that Gurudeva reveals is the glorious fate of humanity, once freed from our minimal identity of self. Lovingly and continually, He continues to boost and purify each of us 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 reminds us that we are at a breakthrough into a new age, where religions will be changed 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 course to perfection, exposing in Himself the achievable Truth of God Consciousness.
After four years invested in constantly traveling, providing Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and directing 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 including 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 created for permanent consecration. It has thus become a beacon Light, a place of trip and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The dedication of the Samadhi Sthal was performed during five days of sophisticated 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 proclaimed 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 readily available from TruthConsciousness.org.