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At the age of nineteen Swami Amar Jyoti, 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 every 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 each day. After about ten months, the flood of refugees went away and He went back to Calcutta.
He survived on the borders of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, spiritual research studies and prayer. He began to practice meditation and do yoga and attended puja (traditional worship) at a close-by 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. Numerous places of trip were checked out throughout those years, strolling on foot many miles every day. But a little cavern at Gangotri, the temple village near the source of the Ganga River, was the place of His biggest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, finally, 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 came down 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, located in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Throughout the years after leaving house, His mom had actually never ceased 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 a deal by a fan to check out the United States. Again, He took a trip unknown, though He soon brought in numerous who had 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 Reality Consciousness, a not-for-profit company that serves as an automobile for Gurudeva's operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening in the world that Gurudeva reveals is the glorious fate of mankind, when freed from our minimal identity of self. Lovingly and continually, He continues to boost 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 directly from the burning flame of Fact. Prabhushri constantly reminds us that we are at an advancement into a new age, where religions will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Highest Source. Like a mother whose love understands no bounds for her child, the Guru guides and supports the disciple on his/her own path to excellence, revealing in Himself the achievable Truth of God Consciousness.
After 4 decades spent in continuously taking a trip, offering Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and directing countless souls to greater awareness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- mindful release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His dreams, His Asti Kalash (urn including 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 irreversible consecration. It has therefore become a beacon Light, a location of expedition and meditation for all who are blessed to get in there.
The dedication of the Samadhi Sthal was carried out throughout 5 days of fancy Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies attended by hundreds of enthusiasts, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the devotion, 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, 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 offered from TruthConsciousness.org.