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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on Might 6, 1928 in a village in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His youth interests were lots of: science, mathematics, music, composing, cycling Swami Amar Jyoti, drama and sports, and He brilliantly mastered all of these. His college education was momentarily interrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He soon moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much beloved by family and teachers, He stunned everyone with thedecision to leave house a few months prior to graduation, saying, "I want to check out an open book of the world for my education."
He resided on the outskirts of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued symphonic music, sitar, religious research studies and prayer. He began to practice meditation and do yoga and went to puja (standard praise) at a nearby temple of a popular saint. In a short while He "understood" His life work. Very soon He retired to Himalaya where He lived in silence and meditation for about 10 years, one-pointed onthe Objective of Liberation. Many places of expedition were checked out during those years, walking on foot many miles every day. However a small cavern at Gangotri, the temple village near the source of the Ganga River, was the place 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, 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 a follower to visit the United States. Once again, He traveled unidentified, though He soon brought in many who had actually never ever seen such a holy man. Eventually 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 nonprofit organization that serves as a lorry for Gurudeva's operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva exposes is the wonderful destiny of humanity, as soon as devoid of our limited identity of self. Adoringly and constantly, He continues to uplift and cleanse each of us for this awakening, for His method is the ancient relationship of the Expert to the disciple, the candle lit straight from the burning flame of Truth. Prabhushri constantly advises us that we are at a development into a new age, where faiths will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Highest Source. Like a mother whose love knows no bounds for her child, the Master guides and nurtures the disciple on his/her own path to perfection, exposing in Himself the attainable Truth of God Awareness.
After 4 decades spent in continually traveling, providing Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and directing innumerable souls to higher consciousness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- conscious release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His desires, His Asti Kalash (urn consisting of 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 permanent consecration. It has thus become a beacon Light, a place of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The commitment of the Samadhi Sthal was performed throughout five days of intricate Vedic pujas and fire events attended by hundreds of followers, 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 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 Biography in His Own Words is readily available from TruthConsciousness.org.