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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 lots of: science, mathematics, music, writing, cycling, drama and sports, and He remarkably excelled in all of these. His college education was briefly interrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He soon moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much precious by household and professors, He surprised everyone 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."
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At the age of nineteen, without cash 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. Residing on a train platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He soon headed the entire volunteer corps there, working tirelessly 20 hours or more each day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees decreased and He returned to Calcutta.
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He resided on the outskirts of the city in a quiet ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, spiritual studies and prayer. He began to practice meditation and do yoga and participated in puja (traditional worship) at a neighboring 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 ten years, one-pointed onthe Objective of Freedom. Many locations of trip were checked out throughout those years, walking on foot lots of miles every day. However a small cave at Gangotri, the temple town 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 form 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 came down into the plains of India for His God-given objective to the world. The very first Ashram Gurudeva founded was Jyoti Ashram, under Ananda Niketan Trust, situated in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Throughout the years after leaving house, His mother 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.
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In 1961, He accepted a deal by a follower to go to the United States. Again, He took a trip unknown, though He soon brought in many who had never seen such a holy man. Eventually He was convinced to develop an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Fact Consciousness, a nonprofit organization that serves as a car for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva exposes is the marvelous fate of humanity, once devoid of our minimal identity of self. Lovingly and ceaselessly, He continues to boost and purify each of us for this awakening, for His way is the ancient relationship of the Master to the disciple, the candle lit directly from the burning flame of Truth. Prabhushri continuously advises us that we are at a breakthrough into a new age, where religions will be changed into direct awakening and communion with our Highest Source. Like a mom whose love knows no bounds for her kid, the Guru guides and supports the disciple on his/her own course to perfection, revealing in Himself the achievable Truth of God Awareness.
After four years invested in continuously taking a trip, giving Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and directing many souls to greater 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 including Sacred 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 hence end up being a beacon Light, a location of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to get in there.
The dedication of the Samadhi Sthal was performed throughout five days of intricate Vedic pujas and fire events attended by hundreds of followers, 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 millions of souls, and might 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 available from TruthConsciousness.org.