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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6 Swami Amar Jyoti, 1928 in a village in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His youth interests were numerous: science, math, music, composing, biking, 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 soon moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much precious by household and teachers, He stunned everybody with thedecision to leave home a few months before graduation, stating, "I wish to check out an open book of the world for my education."
Swami Amar Jyoti
At the age of nineteen, without money or any specific 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 each day. Surviving on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He quickly headed the whole volunteer corps there, working relentlessly 20 hours or more every day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees decreased and He went back to Calcutta.
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He survived on the outskirts of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued symphonic music, sitar, spiritual research studies and prayer. He started to practice meditation and do yoga and participated in puja (standard praise) at a neighboring temple of a well-known saint. In a short while He "understood" His life work. Very soon He retired to Himalaya where He resided in silence and meditation for about ten years, one-pointed onthe Objective of Liberation. Many places of pilgrimage were visited throughout those years, walking on foot numerous miles every day. However 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 objective to the world. The first Ashram Gurudeva established was Jyoti Ashram, under Ananda Niketan Trust, situated in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Throughout the years after leaving home, His mom 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.
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In 1961, He accepted a deal by a follower to go to the United States. Again, He traveled unidentified, though He quickly attracted numerous who had actually never 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 Reality Consciousness, a not-for-profit organization that works as a car for Gurudeva's operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva reveals is the marvelous destiny of humanity, as soon as devoid of 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 light lit directly from the burning flame of Fact. Prabhushri continuously advises us that we are at an advancement into a new age, where religious beliefs will be changed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mom whose love knows no bounds for her child, the Master guides and nurtures the disciple on his/her own path to perfection, revealing in Himself the obtainable Truth of God Awareness.
After 4 decades spent in constantly taking a trip, giving Satsang and Retreats, establishing 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 dreams, His Asti Kalash (urn including 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 developed for irreversible consecration. It has hence become a beacon Light, a place of trip and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The dedication of the Samadhi Sthal was performed during 5 days of elaborate Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies participated in by hundreds of devotees, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the commitment, 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 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.