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Swami Amar Jyoti was born upon Might 6, 1928 in a small town in northwestern India https://swamiamarjyoti.blob.core.windows.net/swami-amar-jyoti/Swami-Amar-Jyoti-.html, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His youth interests were numerous: science, mathematics, music, writing, biking, drama and sports, and He brilliantly excelled in all of these. His college education was temporarily disrupted by the partition of India in 1947, however He soon transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by household and teachers, He stunned everybody with thedecision to leave home a few months before graduation, stating, "I want to check out an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen, 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. Surviving on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh Swami Amar Jyoti, He quickly headed the whole volunteer corps there, working tirelessly 20 hours or more each day. After about ten months, the flood of refugees went away and He went back to Calcutta.
He resided on the outskirts of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, religious studies and prayer. He started to meditate and do yoga and attended puja (traditional worship) at a neighboring temple of a popular saint. In a short while He "knew" His life work. Soon He retired to Himalaya where He lived in silence and meditation for about ten years, one-pointed onthe Goal of Freedom. Many places of pilgrimage were visited during those years, strolling on foot lots of miles each day. But a small cave at Gangotri, the temple town near the source of the Ganga River, was the place of His greatest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, lastly, Illumination.
In 1961, He accepted a deal by a devotee to visit the United States. Once again, He took a trip unidentified, though He soon brought in many who had actually never 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 organization that acts as a lorry for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
After 4 years spent in constantly taking a trip, providing Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and directing numerous souls to greater consciousness, 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 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 produced for irreversible consecration. It has hence become a beacon Light, a place of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The commitment of the Samadhi Sthal was carried out during five days of intricate Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies attended by numerous enthusiasts, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the commitment, 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." Immortal Light-- The Blissful Life and Knowledge of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Bio in His Own Words is available from TruthConsciousness.org.