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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6 Swami Amar Jyoti, 1928 in a small town in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His youth interests were many: science, math, music, writing, biking, drama and sports, and He remarkably excelled in all of these. His college education was briefly interrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He quickly transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by family and professors, He surprised everybody with thedecision to leave house a couple of months prior to graduation, saying, "I 'd like to check out an open book of the world for my education."
Swami Amar Jyoti
At the age of nineteen, without money or any particular 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 each day. Residing on a train platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He soon headed the entire volunteer corps there, working tirelessly 20 hours or more each day. After about ten months, the flood of refugees decreased and He returned to Calcutta.
He survived on the borders of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, religious studies and prayer. He started to practice meditation and do yoga and went to puja (conventional praise) at a nearby temple of a well-known 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 10 years, one-pointed onthe Goal of Freedom. Lots of locations of pilgrimage were checked out during those years, walking on foot lots of miles each day. But a small 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 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 descended into the plains of India for His God-given objective to the world. The very first Ashram Gurudeva founded was Jyoti Ashram, under Ananda Niketan Trust, situated in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Throughout the years after leaving house, His mother had actually continued searching for Him and awaiting His return. In answer to her prayers, He settled in Pune where she could be near Him.
Who's Swami Amar Jyoti?
In 1961, He accepted a deal by a devotee to visit the United States. Once again, He took a trip unidentified, though He quickly attracted lots of who had actually never ever seen such a holy man. Eventually 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 company that works as a vehicle for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva reveals is the wonderful destiny of mankind, as soon as freed from our restricted identity of self. Adoringly and ceaselessly, He continues to uplift and purify each of us for this awakening, for His way is the ancient relationship of the Master to the disciple, the candle lit directly from the burning flame of Fact. Prabhushri continuously reminds us that we are at a breakthrough into a new age, where faiths will be changed 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/her own path to perfection, exposing in Himself the achievable Reality of God Awareness.
After four decades invested in continuously taking a trip, offering Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and assisting many souls to greater awareness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- conscious release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His wishes, 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 created for long-term consecration. It has therefore become a beacon Light, a location of trip and meditation for all who are blessed to enter there.
The devotion of the Samadhi Sthal was conducted during 5 days of intricate Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies participated in by hundreds of enthusiasts, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the devotion, 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 may 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 offered from TruthConsciousness.org.