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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on Might 6 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5q8L9Zd8x55_xBwWfiS_qA, 1928 in a village in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His youth interests were many: science, math, music, writing, cycling, drama and sports, and He brilliantly excelled in all of these. His college education was temporarily interrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He soon moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by household and teachers, He stunned everybody with thedecision to leave home a couple of months prior to graduation, saying, "I 'd like to read an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen Swami Amar Jyoti, without loan or any particular destination, 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 every 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 every day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees diminished and He went back to Calcutta.
He lived on the outskirts of the city in a quiet ashram and pursued symphonic music, sitar, spiritual studies and prayer. He began to meditate and do yoga and went to puja (standard praise) at a neighboring temple of a popular saint. In a short while He "knew" 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 Freedom. Numerous places of pilgrimage were checked out during those years, strolling on foot many miles each day. However a small cavern at Gangotri, the temple village near the source of the Ganga River, was the place of His greatest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, finally, Illumination.
In 1961, He accepted an offer by an enthusiast to go to the United States. Again, He traveled unknown, though He soon drew in many who had never seen such a holy man. Eventually He was encouraged to develop an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Reality Consciousness, a not-for-profit company that acts as a vehicle for Gurudeva's operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening in the world that Gurudeva reveals is the remarkable fate of humanity, once devoid of our limited identity of self. Lovingly and constantly, He continues to boost and cleanse each of us for this awakening, for His method is the ancient relationship of the Master to the disciple, the candle light lit straight from the burning flame of Fact. Prabhushri constantly reminds us that we are at a development into a new age, where faiths will be changed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mom whose love knows no bounds for her kid, the Master guides and nurtures the disciple on his/her own course to perfection, revealing in Himself the achievable Reality of God Awareness.
After 4 years invested in continually traveling, giving Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and assisting innumerable souls to greater awareness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- conscious release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His dreams, His Asti Kalash (urn consisting of Spiritual 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 end up being a beacon Light, a place of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The devotion of the Samadhi Sthal was performed throughout 5 days of fancy Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies attended by hundreds of devotees, 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, might this Samadhi Sthal be the Illuminator of countless souls, and might You continue to guide and bless us." Never-ceasing Light-- The Blissful Life and Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Biography in His Own Words is available from TruthConsciousness.org.