It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!
Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6 https://medium.com/@swamiamarjyoti, 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, 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 transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by family and teachers, He shocked everybody with thedecision to leave house a few months before graduation, saying, "I 'd like to read an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen, without loan or any specific destination, He took the 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. Residing on a train platform near the border of India and Bangladesh Swami Amar Jyoti, He quickly headed the whole volunteer corps there, working tirelessly 20 hours or more each day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees subsided and He went back to Calcutta.
He lived on the borders of the city in a quiet ashram and pursued symphonic music, sitar, spiritual research studies and prayer. He started to meditate and do yoga and participated in puja (conventional praise) at a close-by temple of a popular saint. In a short while He "knew" His life work. Soon He retired to Himalaya where He lived in silence and meditation for about ten years, one-pointed onthe Goal of Liberation. Numerous places of pilgrimage were gone to during those years, strolling on foot numerous miles every day. However a small cave at Gangotri, the temple town 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 kind 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 objective to the world. The very first Ashram Gurudeva established was Jyoti Ashram, under Ananda Niketan Trust, located in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Throughout the years after leaving home, 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.
In 1961, He accepted a deal by a fan to visit the United States. Again, He took a trip unidentified, though He soon drew in lots of who had never ever seen such a holy man. Ultimately He was persuaded to develop an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Truth Consciousness, a not-for-profit company that serves as a lorry for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva reveals is the glorious fate of humanity, when freed from our restricted identity of self. Adoringly and ceaselessly, He continues to boost and cleanse each people for this awakening, for His method is the ancient relationship of the Expert 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 religious beliefs will be changed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mom whose love understands no bounds for her child, the Expert guides and nurtures the disciple on his or her own course to perfection, revealing in Himself the achievable Reality of God Awareness.
The dedication of the Samadhi Sthal was conducted throughout 5 days of sophisticated 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 enunciated 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 Biography in His Own Words is available from TruthConsciousness.org.