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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6, 1928 in a small town in northwestern India https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1DAgq06X2FJ_w_2kgGVYl4dEo1hGpT7fuetE8gyw6ubA/edit?usp=sharing, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His youth interests were lots of: science, mathematics, music, composing, cycling, drama and sports, and He brilliantly mastered all of these. His college education was briefly interrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He quickly moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much precious by household and teachers, He surprised everybody with thedecision to leave house a couple of months before graduation, saying, "I 'd like to read an open book of the world for my education."
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At the age of nineteen Swami Amar Jyoti, without cash or any specific location, 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 every day. Surviving 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 each day. After about ten months, the flood of refugees subsided and He returned to Calcutta.
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He survived on the borders of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, religious research studies and prayer. He started to practice meditation and do yoga and went to puja (conventional worship) at a close-by temple of a popular saint. In a short while He "understood" His life work. Soon He retired to Himalaya where He lived in silence and meditation for about ten years, one-pointed onthe Objective of Freedom. Many places of pilgrimage were visited throughout those years, walking on foot numerous miles each day. But a little cave at Gangotri, the temple village near the source of the Ganga River, was the location of His greatest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, lastly, Illumination.
In 1958, taking initiation of Vidyut Sannyas (lit: "lightning"-- a form 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 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 mother had continued looking for Him and awaiting His return. In answer to her prayers, He settled in Pune where she could be near Him.
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In 1961, He accepted a deal by a follower to go to the United States. Again, He took a trip unknown, though He soon drew in many who had never ever seen such a holy man. Ultimately He was convinced to establish an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Truth Consciousness, a not-for-profit company that serves as a lorry for Gurudeva's operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva reveals is the glorious destiny of humanity, once freed from our restricted identity of self. Adoringly and constantly, He continues to uplift and purify each people 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 Reality. Prabhushri continuously reminds us that we are at a development into a new age, where faiths will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mother whose love understands no bounds for her kid, the Master guides and supports the disciple on his or her own path to perfection, exposing in Himself the attainable Truth of God Awareness.
After 4 decades invested in continually taking a trip, giving Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and assisting innumerable souls to higher awareness, 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 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 permanent consecration. It has hence end up being a beacon Light, a location of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
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The devotion of the Samadhi Sthal was carried out during five days of elaborate 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 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 may You continue to guide and bless us." Immortal Light-- The Blissful Life and Knowledge of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Biography in His Own Words is offered from TruthConsciousness.org.