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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6 https://swamiamarjyoti.blob.core.windows.net/swami-amar-jyoti/Swami-Amar-Jyoti-.html, 1928 in a village in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His youth interests were lots of: science, math, music, writing, cycling, drama and sports, and He brilliantly excelled in 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 beloved by household and professors, He shocked everybody with thedecision to leave home a couple of months prior to graduation, stating, "I 'd like to check out an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen, without cash or any particular destination, 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. Residing on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He soon headed the whole volunteer corps there, working tirelessly 20 hours or more every day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees subsided and He went back to Calcutta.
He survived on the outskirts of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued symphonic music, sitar, religious research studies and prayer. He began to practice meditation and do yoga and went to puja (standard praise) at a neighboring temple of a popular saint. In a short while He "knew" His life work. Soon He retired to Himalaya where He resided in silence and meditation for about 10 years, one-pointed onthe Objective of Liberation. Lots of locations of expedition were visited during those years, strolling on foot numerous miles every day. However a small cavern at Gangotri, the temple village near the source of the Ganga River, was the place 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 site of Badrinath of Himalaya, and taking the name Swami Amar Jyoti (Swami-- Knower of the Self; Amar Jyoti-- Immortal 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, located in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Throughout the years after leaving home, His mother had continued searching 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 an offer by an enthusiast to go to the United States. Once again, He took a trip unknown, though He quickly brought in many who had actually never ever seen such a holy man. Ultimately He was encouraged 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 organization that acts as a car for Gurudeva's operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva exposes is the glorious destiny of mankind, as soon as devoid of our restricted identity of self. Adoringly and ceaselessly, He continues to boost and purify each people for this awakening, for His method is the ancient relationship of the Expert to the disciple, the candle light lit straight from the burning flame of Fact. Prabhushri constantly advises us that we are at an advancement into a new age, where religious beliefs will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Highest Source. Like a mom whose love understands no bounds for her child, the Expert guides and supports the disciple on his/her own course to excellence, exposing in Himself the achievable Reality of God Consciousness.
After 4 decades spent in continually traveling, offering Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and directing numerous souls to greater 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 consisting of Spiritual Remains) was brought back to Jyoti Ashram by disciples from India. Within a year, a Samadhi Sthal in the form of a pure white marble pyramid was created for irreversible consecration. It has hence become a beacon Light, a location of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to get in there.
The commitment of the Samadhi Sthal was carried out during 5 days of intricate Vedic pujas and fire events gone to by numerous devotees, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the devotion, 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 Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Bio in His Own Words is available from TruthConsciousness.org.