Swami Amar Jyoti was born upon Might 6 https://myspace.com/swamiamarjyoti1, 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, biking, drama and sports, and He remarkably excelled in all of these. His college education was momentarily interrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He soon transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much beloved by family and teachers, He stunned everyone with thedecision to leave home a couple of 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 particular destination 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 each day. Surviving on a train platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He soon headed the entire volunteer corps there, working relentlessly 20 hours or more every day. After about ten months, the flood of refugees diminished and He returned to Calcutta.
Who is Swami Amar Jyoti?
He lived on the borders of the city in a quiet ashram and pursued symphonic music, sitar, religious studies and prayer. He began to practice meditation and do yoga and went to puja (standard worship) at a neighboring temple of a well-known saint. In a short while He "knew" His life work. Very soon He retired to Himalaya where He resided in silence and meditation for about 10 years, one-pointed onthe Goal of Liberation. Numerous places of trip were gone to during those years, walking on foot many miles each day. However a small cavern at Gangotri, the temple village near the source of the Ganga River, was the location of His biggest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, lastly, 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 mission 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 house, 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.
Swami Amar Jyoti
In 1961, He accepted an offer by a devotee to visit the United States. Once again, He took a trip unknown, though He quickly attracted lots of who had actually never ever seen such a holy man. Eventually He was encouraged to establish an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Fact Awareness, a nonprofit organization that serves as a car for Gurudeva's operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva reveals is the glorious destiny of humanity, when devoid of our minimal identity of self. Lovingly and constantly, He continues to uplift and cleanse each of us for this awakening, for His method is the ancient relationship of the Master to the disciple, the candle light lit directly from the burning flame of Reality. Prabhushri constantly reminds us that we are at an advancement into a new age, where religious beliefs 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 supports the disciple on his or her own path to excellence, revealing in Himself the obtainable Reality of God Awareness.
After four years invested in constantly taking a trip, offering Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and guiding innumerable souls to greater awareness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- mindful 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 created for permanent consecration. It has therefore become a beacon Light, a place of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to enter there.
The devotion of the Samadhi Sthal was carried out throughout five days of sophisticated Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies participated in by numerous devotees, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the commitment, 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, may 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 Biography in His Own Words is available from TruthConsciousness.org.