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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6 Swami Amar Jyoti, 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, cycling, drama and sports, and He brilliantly excelled in all of these. His college education was briefly disrupted by the partition of India in 1947, however He quickly moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much precious by family and teachers, He shocked everybody with thedecision to leave house a few months prior to graduation, stating, "I 'd like to check out an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen, without money or any specific 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 railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He quickly headed the whole volunteer corps there, working tirelessly 20 hours or more each day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees decreased and He went back to Calcutta.
He resided on the outskirts 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 participated in puja (conventional praise) at a nearby temple of a widely known saint. In a short while He "knew" His life work. Soon He retired to Himalaya where He resided in silence and meditation for about ten years, one-pointed onthe Goal of Freedom. Many locations of pilgrimage were gone to throughout those years, strolling on foot numerous miles each day. But a small cave at Gangotri, the temple town near the source of the Ganga River, was the location of His biggest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, finally, Lighting.
In 1958, taking initiation of Vidyut Sannyas (lit: "lightning"-- a form 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-- Never-ceasing 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, situated 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.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva reveals is the marvelous destiny of humanity, as soon as devoid of our minimal identity of self. Adoringly and ceaselessly, He continues to uplift and purify each people for this awakening, for His way is the ancient relationship of the Expert to the disciple, the candle lit straight from the burning flame of Truth. Prabhushri continuously reminds us that we are at a development into a new age, where religions will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Highest Source. Like a mom whose love knows no bounds for her kid, the Expert guides and supports the disciple on his or her own path to excellence, exposing in Himself the obtainable Reality of God Consciousness.
After four decades spent in continually taking a trip, providing Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and guiding countless souls to higher 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 containing Spiritual 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 produced for permanent consecration. It has therefore end up being a beacon Light, a location of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to enter there.
The dedication of the Samadhi Sthal was performed throughout 5 days of sophisticated Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies participated in by hundreds of followers, 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, might this Samadhi Sthal be the Illuminator of countless souls, and might 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 readily available from TruthConsciousness.org.