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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Wgtwr5Q0fs, 1928 in a small town in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His youth interests were many: science, mathematics, music, composing, cycling, drama and sports, and He brilliantly mastered all of these. His college education was momentarily disrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He soon moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much beloved by household and professors, He surprised 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 money 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. Living on a train platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He quickly headed the whole volunteer corps there, working tirelessly 20 hours or more each day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees decreased and He went back to Calcutta.
He survived on the outskirts of the city in a quiet ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, religious research studies and prayer. He began to practice meditation and do yoga and participated in puja (conventional praise) at a neighboring temple of a well-known saint. In a short while He "understood" His life work. Soon He retired to Himalaya where He resided in silence and meditation for about 10 years, one-pointed onthe Goal of Liberation. Lots of locations of pilgrimage were gone to throughout those years, walking on foot numerous miles each day. However a little cavern at Gangotri, the temple town near the source of the Ganga River, was the location of His biggest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, finally, Illumination.
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-- 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 actually continued 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 check out the United States. Once again, He traveled unidentified, though He soon attracted numerous who had never ever seen such a holy man. Eventually He was convinced to develop an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Fact Awareness, a nonprofit organization that works as a vehicle for Gurudeva's operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva exposes is the remarkable fate of mankind, when devoid of our restricted identity of self. Lovingly and ceaselessly, He continues to uplift and purify each of us 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 Fact. Prabhushri continuously reminds us that we are at a development into a new age, where religious beliefs will be changed into direct awakening and communion with our Highest Source. Like a mother whose love understands no bounds for her kid, the Guru guides and supports the disciple on his/her own course to perfection, exposing in Himself the attainable Reality of God Consciousness.
After 4 years invested in continually taking a trip, providing Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and assisting numerous 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 containing 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 permanent consecration. It has thus end up being a beacon Light, a place of expedition and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The dedication of the Samadhi Sthal was performed throughout five days of intricate Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies participated in by hundreds of devotees, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the commitment, 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 might You continue to guide and bless us." Immortal Light-- The Blissful Life and Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Biography in His Own Words is available from TruthConsciousness.org.