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Swami Amar Jyoti was born upon May 6, 1928 in a village in northwestern India https://sites.google.com/view/swami-amar-jyoti/home, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were lots of: science, mathematics, music, composing, cycling, drama and sports, and He brilliantly excelled in all of these. His college education was momentarily disrupted by the partition of India in 1947, however He quickly transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by family and professors, He shocked everyone with thedecision to leave home a few months prior to graduation, saying, "I wish to check out an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen, without money or any particular location Swami Amar Jyoti, 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. Surviving on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He quickly headed the whole 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 resided on the borders of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, spiritual studies and prayer. He started to meditate and do yoga and went to puja (traditional worship) at a nearby temple of a widely 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 ten years, one-pointed onthe Goal of Freedom. Lots of locations of pilgrimage were gone to throughout those years, strolling on foot lots of miles every day. But a little cavern at Gangotri, the temple village near the source of the Ganga River, was the location of His greatest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, finally, Lighting.
In 1958, taking initiation of Vidyut Sannyas (lit: "lightning"-- a type 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 first Ashram Gurudeva founded was Jyoti Ashram, under Ananda Niketan Trust, situated in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Throughout the years after leaving home, His mother had never ceased 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 devotee to check out the United States. Again, He took a trip unknown, though He quickly attracted lots of who had actually never 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 not-for-profit company that works as a car for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva exposes is the marvelous fate of humanity, as soon as freed from our restricted identity of self. Lovingly and constantly, He continues to boost and purify 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 Truth. Prabhushri constantly advises us that we are at a development into a new age, where faiths will be changed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mom whose love understands no bounds for her child, the Expert guides and supports the disciple on his/her own path to perfection, revealing in Himself the achievable Truth of God Consciousness.
After four years spent in continuously traveling, giving Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and assisting countless souls to greater awareness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- mindful release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His dreams, 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 long-term consecration. It has therefore become a beacon Light, a location of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The devotion of the Samadhi Sthal was conducted during five days of intricate Vedic pujas and fire events attended by hundreds of fans, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the commitment, 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, may this Samadhi Sthal be the Illuminator of millions of souls, and might You continue to guide and bless us." Never-ceasing Light-- The Blissful Life and Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Bio in His Own Words is available from TruthConsciousness.org.