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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6 https://soundcloud.com/swamiamarjyoti, 1928 in a small town in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were numerous: science, mathematics, music, composing, biking, drama and sports, and He brilliantly mastered all of these. His college education was temporarily interrupted by the partition of India in 1947, however He quickly moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much beloved by family and teachers, He stunned everyone with thedecision to leave house a few months prior to graduation, stating, "I wish to read an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen, without cash or any particular location Swami Amar Jyoti, 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. Surviving on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He soon headed the whole volunteer corps there, working relentlessly 20 hours or more each day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees subsided and He returned to Calcutta.
He lived on the outskirts of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, spiritual studies and prayer. He began to meditate and do yoga and attended puja (conventional praise) at a neighboring temple of a well-known saint. In a short while He "understood" His life work. Very soon He retired to Himalaya where He resided in silence and meditation for about 10 years, one-pointed onthe Goal of Liberation. Lots of places of pilgrimage were gone to during those years, strolling on foot many miles every day. However a small cavern at Gangotri, the temple town near the source of the Ganga River, was the place of His biggest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, finally, Lighting.
In 1958, taking initiation of Vidyut Sannyas (lit: "lightning"-- a form 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-- Never-ceasing Light), He came down into the plains of India for His God-given mission 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 looking 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 a deal by a fan to visit the United States. Again, He took a trip unidentified, though He quickly drew in many who had actually never ever seen such a holy man. Eventually He was persuaded to develop an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Fact Awareness, a not-for-profit organization that functions as a car for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening in the world that Gurudeva exposes is the marvelous fate of humanity, when freed from our limited identity of self. Lovingly 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 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 transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Highest Source. Like a mother whose love understands no bounds for her child, the Master guides and nurtures the disciple on his or her own path to excellence, exposing in Himself the attainable Truth of God Consciousness.
The dedication of the Samadhi Sthal was performed during 5 days of fancy Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies participated in by numerous devotees, 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, might this Samadhi Sthal be the Illuminator of countless souls, and might 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.