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Swami Amar Jyoti was born upon May 6, 1928 in a town in northwestern India https://www.facebook.com/swamiamar.jyoti, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were lots of: science, math, music, writing, biking, drama and sports, and He brilliantly mastered all of these. His college education was temporarily disrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He quickly moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much beloved by family and professors, He stunned everybody with thedecision to leave home a few months prior to graduation, stating, "I want to check out an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen, without cash 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 quickly headed the entire volunteer corps there, working tirelessly 20 hours or more each day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees went away and He returned to Calcutta.
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-- 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 house, His mom 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 a deal by a fan to visit the United States. Once again, He traveled unknown, though He soon 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 Awareness, a nonprofit company that works as a vehicle for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening in the world that Gurudeva reveals is the glorious fate of mankind, as soon as devoid of our restricted identity of self. Lovingly and constantly, He continues to uplift and cleanse each people for this awakening, for His way is the ancient relationship of the Master to the disciple, the candle light lit directly from the burning flame of Fact. Prabhushri continuously reminds us that we are at a development into a new age, where religions will be changed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mother whose love knows no bounds for her kid, the Guru guides and nurtures the disciple on his/her own course to excellence, revealing in Himself the achievable Truth of God Consciousness.
After 4 decades spent in constantly taking a trip, offering Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and assisting numerous souls to higher consciousness, 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 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 developed for permanent consecration. It has hence become a beacon Light, a location of expedition and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The devotion of the Samadhi Sthal was conducted throughout five days of fancy Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies participated in by numerous devotees, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the devotion, the Brahmin priest who led the pujas articulated 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." Never-ceasing Light-- The Blissful Life and Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Biography in His Own Words is readily available from TruthConsciousness.org.