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Swami Amar Jyoti was born upon May 6, 1928 in a small town in northwestern India https://medium.com/@swamiamarjyot/prabhushri-swami-amar-jyoti-1f9ee552be4e, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were lots of: science, mathematics, 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, however He soon transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much precious by household and teachers, He shocked 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 Swami Amar Jyoti, without cash or any specific 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. Surviving 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 each day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees went away and He returned to Calcutta.
He resided on the borders of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued symphonic music, sitar, religious studies and prayer. He started to meditate and do yoga and went to puja (conventional worship) at a nearby temple of a widely known saint. In a short while He "knew" His life work. Soon He retired to Himalaya where He lived in silence and meditation for about 10 years, one-pointed onthe Objective of Liberation. Numerous places of pilgrimage were gone to throughout those years, strolling on foot many miles every day. But a small cave at Gangotri, the temple town near the source of the Ganga River, was the location of His biggest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, finally, Lighting.
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-- Never-ceasing Light), He came down 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 actually 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 an offer by a fan to visit the United States. Again, He took a trip unknown, though He quickly drew in lots of who had actually never ever seen such a holy man. Ultimately He was persuaded to develop an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Reality 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 reveals is the marvelous destiny of humanity, when devoid of our restricted identity of self. Adoringly and ceaselessly, 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 lit directly from the burning flame of Truth. Prabhushri continuously advises us that we are at a development into a new age, where religions will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mother whose love understands no bounds for her kid, the Guru guides and nurtures the disciple on his or her own course to perfection, revealing in Himself the obtainable Reality of God Consciousness.
After four years invested in continuously traveling, giving Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and guiding innumerable souls to greater awareness, 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 Sacred 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 long-term consecration. It has therefore 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 performed during 5 days of intricate Vedic pujas and fire events participated in by numerous devotees, 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." Immortal Light-- The Blissful Life and Knowledge of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Bio in His Own Words is offered from TruthConsciousness.org.