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Swami Amar Jyoti was born upon Might 6 http://swamiamarjyoti.jigsy.com/, 1928 in a small town in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were numerous: science, math, 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, however He quickly transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by family and teachers, He stunned everyone with thedecision to leave home a couple of months prior to graduation, saying, "I wish to read an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen, without loan or any specific 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 every day. Residing 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 each day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees subsided and He returned to Calcutta.
He resided on the borders of the city in a quiet ashram and pursued classical music Swami Amar Jyoti, sitar, religious research studies and prayer. He began to meditate and do yoga and participated in puja (conventional praise) at a neighboring temple of a well-known saint. In a short while He "knew" His life work. Very soon He retired to Himalaya where He resided in silence and meditation for about ten years, one-pointed onthe Objective of Freedom. Lots of places of pilgrimage were gone to throughout those years, walking on foot many miles each day. But a small cave at Gangotri, the temple town near the source of the Ganga River, was the place 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 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 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 home, 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.
In 1961, He accepted a deal by an enthusiast to go to the United States. Again, He traveled unknown, though He soon brought in numerous who had actually never 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 Truth Consciousness, a not-for-profit organization that works as a car for Gurudeva's operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva reveals is the remarkable fate of mankind, when devoid of our limited identity of self. Lovingly and continually, He continues to boost and cleanse each people for this awakening, for His way is the ancient relationship of the Guru to the disciple, the candle lit straight from the burning flame of Truth. Prabhushri constantly advises us that we are at an advancement into a new age, where religions will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mom whose love understands no bounds for her kid, the Master guides and supports the disciple on his or her own course to excellence, exposing in Himself the obtainable Truth of God Consciousness.
After four years spent in continually taking a trip, offering Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and assisting many souls to greater awareness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- mindful release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His wishes, His Asti Kalash (urn containing 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 long-term consecration. It has therefore become a beacon Light, a place of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The commitment of the Samadhi Sthal was carried out during 5 days of sophisticated Vedic pujas and fire events gone to by hundreds of devotees, 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, might this Samadhi Sthal be the Illuminator of millions of 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 offered from TruthConsciousness.org.