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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6 http://s3.amazonaws.com/swamiamarjyoti/Swami-Amar-Jyoti-.html, 1928 in a town in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were numerous: science, mathematics, music, writing, biking, drama and sports, and He remarkably mastered all of these. His college education was temporarily disrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He soon moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much precious by family and professors, He surprised everyone with thedecision to leave home a couple of months before graduation, saying, "I wish to check out an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen Swami Amar Jyoti, without money 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. Living on a train platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He quickly headed the entire volunteer corps there, working tirelessly 20 hours or more every day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees decreased and He went back to Calcutta.
He lived on the borders of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, spiritual research studies and prayer. He began to practice meditation and do yoga and attended puja (conventional praise) at a close-by temple of a well-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. Numerous locations of trip were gone to throughout those years, walking on foot numerous miles every day. However a small cavern at Gangotri, the temple town near the source of the Ganga River, was the location 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-- 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, located in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Throughout the years after leaving house, 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.
The spiritual awakening in the world that Gurudeva exposes is the wonderful fate of mankind, once devoid of our limited identity of self. Adoringly and ceaselessly, He continues to uplift and purify each people for this awakening, for His method is the ancient relationship of the Expert to the disciple, the candle lit directly from the burning flame of Truth. Prabhushri continuously reminds us that we are at a development into a new age, where religious beliefs will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mom whose love knows no bounds for her kid, the Master guides and supports the disciple on his/her own course to perfection, revealing in Himself the obtainable Truth of God Awareness.
After 4 years invested in continually taking a trip, giving Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and directing innumerable souls to higher awareness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- conscious release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His wishes, His Asti Kalash (urn consisting of 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 irreversible consecration. It has hence become a beacon Light, a place of expedition and meditation for all who are blessed to enter there.
The devotion of the Samadhi Sthal was performed throughout five days of fancy Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies gone to by hundreds of followers, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the devotion, 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 millions of souls, and may You continue to guide and bless us." Never-ceasing Light-- The Blissful Life and Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Biography in His Own Words is available from TruthConsciousness.org.