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Swami Amar Jyoti was born upon May 6 Swami Amar Jyoti, 1928 in a small town in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were many: 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, however He soon moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by household and teachers, He shocked everyone with thedecision to leave house a few months prior to graduation, saying, "I wish to check out an open book of the world for my education."
Swami Amar Jyoti
At the age of nineteen, without money or any particular 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. Living on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He soon headed the whole volunteer corps there, working relentlessly 20 hours or more every day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees subsided and He returned to Calcutta.
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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-- Never-ceasing Light), He descended into the plains of India for His God-given mission 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 mom 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.
In 1961, He accepted an offer by a devotee to visit the United States. Once again, He traveled unknown, though He soon attracted many who had actually never ever seen such a holy man. Eventually 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 functions as a vehicle for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening in the world that Gurudeva exposes is the remarkable fate of humanity, when freed from our restricted identity of self. Adoringly and constantly, He continues to boost and cleanse each people 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 Fact. Prabhushri continuously reminds us that we are at a development 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 kid, the Guru guides and supports the disciple on his or her own path to excellence, revealing in Himself the achievable Reality of God Consciousness.
After 4 years invested in continuously traveling, providing Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and directing innumerable souls to greater consciousness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- conscious release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His wishes, His Asti Kalash (urn containing 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 produced for long-term consecration. It has therefore end up being a beacon Light, a place of expedition and meditation for all who are blessed to enter there.
The devotion of the Samadhi Sthal was carried out during 5 days of sophisticated Vedic pujas and fire events participated in by numerous enthusiasts, 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 may You continue to guide and bless us." Never-ceasing Light-- The Blissful Life and Knowledge of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Bio in His Own Words is readily available from TruthConsciousness.org.