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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on 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 numerous: science, mathematics, music, composing, cycling, drama and sports, and He remarkably excelled in all of these. His college education was momentarily disrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He soon transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by family and professors, He shocked everyone with thedecision to leave home a couple of months before graduation, saying, "I 'd like to check out an open book of the world for my education."

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At the age of nineteen, without money or any particular location, 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. 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 10 months, the flood of refugees went away and He returned to Calcutta.

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He lived on the outskirts of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, religious research studies and prayer. He began to practice meditation and do yoga and went to puja (standard worship) at a close-by temple of a widely known saint. In a short while He "understood" His life work. Very soon He retired to Himalaya where He lived in silence and meditation for about 10 years, one-pointed onthe Objective of Freedom. Lots of locations of pilgrimage were gone to during those years, walking on foot lots of miles each day. But a little cave at Gangotri, the temple village near the source of the Ganga River, was the place of His greatest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, lastly, Lighting.

In 1958, taking initiation of Vidyut Sannyas (lit: "lightning"-- a type 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 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 never ceased 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 an offer by a fan to visit the United States. Again, He traveled unidentified, though He quickly drew in lots of who had actually never seen such a holy man. Ultimately He was persuaded to establish an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Fact Awareness, a nonprofit company that functions as a vehicle for Gurudeva's work in the United States.

The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva exposes is the remarkable destiny of mankind, as soon as freed from our restricted identity of self. Adoringly and constantly, He continues to boost and purify each of us for this awakening, for His way is the ancient relationship of the Guru to the disciple, the candle light lit straight from the burning flame of Fact. Prabhushri constantly advises us that we are at an advancement into a new age, where religious beliefs will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Highest Source. Like a mother whose love understands no bounds for her kid, the Master guides and supports the disciple on his or her own course to perfection, revealing in Himself the obtainable Truth of God Consciousness.

After 4 years spent in continually traveling, giving Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and guiding many souls to higher consciousness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- conscious release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His dreams, His Asti Kalash (urn consisting of 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 irreversible consecration. It has hence become a beacon Light, a location of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.

The commitment of the Samadhi Sthal was performed during five days of elaborate Vedic pujas and fire events gone to by hundreds of devotees, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the commitment, 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, 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 Bio in His Own Words is available from TruthConsciousness.org.

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