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Swami Amar Jyoti was born upon Might 6 http://swamiamarjyoti.jigsy.com/, 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, writing, cycling, drama and sports, and He brilliantly mastered all of these. His college education was temporarily disrupted by the partition of India in 1947, however He soon moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much beloved by family and professors, He stunned 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 loan 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 every day. Surviving on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He soon headed the entire volunteer corps there, working tirelessly 20 hours or more every day. After about ten months, the flood of refugees went away and He went back to Calcutta.
He lived on the outskirts of the city in a quiet ashram and pursued symphonic music, sitar, spiritual 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. Soon He retired to Himalaya where He resided in silence and meditation for about ten years, one-pointed onthe Objective of Liberation. Lots of locations of pilgrimage were visited throughout those years, walking on foot lots of 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, lastly, 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 came down into the plains of India for His God-given mission 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 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 an offer by an enthusiast to go to the United States. Once again, He traveled unidentified, though He soon 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 Reality Awareness, a not-for-profit organization that functions as a vehicle for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening in the world that Gurudeva exposes is the marvelous destiny of mankind, as soon as freed from our limited identity of self. Lovingly and ceaselessly, He continues to boost and purify each people for this awakening, for His way is the ancient relationship of the Guru to the disciple, the candle lit directly from the burning flame of Truth. Prabhushri continuously reminds us that we are at an advancement into a new age, where religions will be changed into direct awakening and communion with our Highest Source. Like a mom whose love knows no bounds for her child, the Guru guides and supports the disciple on his or her own course to perfection, exposing in Himself the obtainable Reality of God Consciousness.
After 4 decades spent in continually taking a trip, offering Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and directing numerous souls to higher consciousness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- mindful release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His wishes, 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 produced for irreversible consecration. It has thus end up being a beacon Light, a location of expedition and meditation for all who are blessed to enter there.
The dedication of the Samadhi Sthal was performed throughout five days of elaborate Vedic pujas and fire events participated in by numerous fans, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the dedication, 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, may this Samadhi Sthal be the Illuminator of millions of souls, and may 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 offered from TruthConsciousness.org.