Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6, 1928 in a town in northwestern India Swami Amar Jyoti, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were many: science, math, music, composing, cycling, drama and sports, and He brilliantly mastered all of these. His college education was momentarily interrupted by the partition of India in 1947, however He quickly moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by family and teachers, He surprised 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."
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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 train platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He soon headed the whole volunteer corps there, working relentlessly 20 hours or more every day. After about ten months, the flood of refugees diminished and He went back to Calcutta.
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In 1958, taking initiation of Vidyut Sannyas (lit: "lightning"-- a type 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 objective 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 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 visit the United States. Again, He traveled unidentified, though He quickly attracted lots of who had actually never ever seen such a holy man. Eventually He was persuaded to develop 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 acts as a vehicle for Gurudeva's operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva exposes is the glorious fate of humanity, as soon as freed from our restricted identity of self. Lovingly and constantly, He continues to uplift and cleanse each people for this awakening, for His method is the ancient relationship of the Guru to the disciple, the candle lit straight from the burning flame of Reality. Prabhushri constantly advises us that we are at a breakthrough into a new age, where religions will be changed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mom whose love understands 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 four years invested in continuously traveling, offering Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and directing innumerable 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 consisting of Sacred 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 go into there.
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The dedication of the Samadhi Sthal was performed throughout five days of fancy Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies gone to by numerous enthusiasts, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the dedication, 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, might this Samadhi Sthal be the Illuminator of countless souls, and may 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 available from TruthConsciousness.org.