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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6, 1928 in a village in northwestern India Swami Amar Jyoti, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His youth interests were many: science, mathematics, music, composing, cycling, drama and sports, and He brilliantly mastered all of these. His college education was briefly disrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He soon moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by family and professors, He shocked everyone with thedecision to leave house a few months prior to graduation, saying, "I wish to read an open book of the world for my education."
Swami Amar Jyoti
At the age of nineteen, without cash 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. Living on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He quickly headed the entire volunteer corps there, working tirelessly 20 hours or more every day. After about ten months, the flood of refugees diminished and He returned to Calcutta.
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He resided on the borders of the city in a quiet ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, religious studies and prayer. He began to meditate and do yoga and participated in puja (conventional worship) at a neighboring 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 Goal of Freedom. Many locations of pilgrimage were visited during those years, walking on foot many miles every day. But a little cave at Gangotri, the temple village near the source of the Ganga River, was the location of His biggest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, lastly, Illumination.
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-- Immortal Light), He descended 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 house, His mother had continued looking 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 devotee to check out the United States. Again, He took a trip unidentified, though He quickly brought in many who had never 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 Reality Awareness, a not-for-profit organization that works as a vehicle for Gurudeva's operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva reveals is the marvelous destiny of humanity, once devoid of our limited identity of self. Lovingly and ceaselessly, He continues to uplift and cleanse each of us for this awakening, for His method is the ancient relationship of the Guru to the disciple, the candle light lit straight from the burning flame of Truth. Prabhushri constantly advises us that we are at an advancement into a new age, where faiths will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Highest Source. Like a mom whose love understands no bounds for her child, the Expert guides and nurtures the disciple on his or her own path to perfection, exposing in Himself the achievable Truth of God Consciousness.
After four years invested in constantly traveling, providing Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and directing innumerable souls to greater 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 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 created for long-term consecration. It has hence end up being a beacon Light, a place of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to get in there.
The commitment of the Samadhi Sthal was conducted throughout 5 days of fancy Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies 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." Immortal Light-- The Blissful Life and Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Biography in His Own Words is available from TruthConsciousness.org.