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Swami Amar Jyoti Bio

Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6, 1928 in a small town in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were numerous: science, math, music, writing, cycling, drama and sports, and He brilliantly mastered all of these. His college education was briefly interrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He soon moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by household and professors, He stunned everybody with thedecision to leave home a couple of months prior to graduation, saying, "I wish to read an open book of the world for my education."

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At the age of nineteen Swami Amar Jyoti, without money or any particular 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 every day. Surviving on a train platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He quickly headed the whole volunteer corps there, working relentlessly 20 hours or more every day. After about ten months, the flood of refugees went away and He went back to Calcutta.

Swami Amar Jyoti

He survived on the outskirts of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued symphonic music, sitar, religious studies and prayer. He began 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 "understood" His life work. Soon He retired to Himalaya where He lived in silence and meditation for about ten years, one-pointed onthe Objective of Freedom. Many places of expedition were checked out throughout those years, walking on foot many miles each day. But a small cavern at Gangotri, the temple town near the source of the Ganga River, was the place of His greatest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, finally, Illumination.

In 1958, taking initiation of Vidyut Sannyas (lit: "lightning"-- a kind 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-- Immortal Light), He came down into the plains of India for His God-given objective to the world. The very 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 continued looking for Him and awaiting His return. In answer to her prayers, He settled in Pune where she could be near Him.

Swami Amar Jyoti Bio

In 1961, He accepted a deal by a fan to visit the United States. Once again, He took a trip unidentified, though He soon drew in numerous who had actually never seen such a holy man. Ultimately 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 not-for-profit company that acts as a lorry for Gurudeva's work in the United States.

The spiritual awakening in the world that Gurudeva reveals is the remarkable destiny of mankind, once freed from our limited identity of self. Adoringly and ceaselessly, He continues to uplift and cleanse each people for this awakening, for His way is the ancient relationship of the Guru to the disciple, the candle lit straight from the burning flame of Fact. Prabhushri continuously advises us that we are at a development into a new age, where religions will be changed 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/her own path to excellence, revealing in Himself the attainable Truth of God Awareness.

After four decades invested in constantly traveling, offering Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and directing numerous souls to higher awareness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- mindful release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His wishes, His Asti Kalash (urn including Spiritual 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 location of trip and meditation for all who are blessed to enter there.

The commitment of the Samadhi Sthal was conducted during 5 days of elaborate Vedic pujas and fire events attended 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." Never-ceasing Light-- The Blissful Life and Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Bio in His Own Words is available from


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