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Swami Amar Jyoti

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, math, music, composing, cycling, drama and sports, and He brilliantly excelled in all of these. His college education was temporarily interrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He quickly transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by family and teachers, He shocked everyone with thedecision to leave house a few months before graduation, saying, "I want to check out an open book of the world for my education."

Swami Amar Jyoti

At the age of nineteen, without cash 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 every day. Residing on a train platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He soon headed the entire volunteer corps there, working relentlessly 20 hours or more each day. After about ten months, the flood of refugees went away and He returned to Calcutta.

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He survived on the outskirts of the city in a quiet ashram and pursued classical music, sitar, religious research studies and prayer. He began to practice meditation and do yoga and went to puja (standard praise) at a nearby temple of a widely known saint. In a short while He "understood" His life work. Soon He retired to Himalaya where He lived in silence and meditation for about ten years, one-pointed onthe Objective of Liberation. Lots of locations of pilgrimage were visited during those years, walking on foot lots of miles every day. But a small cavern at Gangotri, the temple village near the source of the Ganga River, was the place of His biggest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, lastly, Illumination.

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 descended into the plains of India for His God-given objective 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 mom had actually continued searching 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 go to the United States. Again, He traveled unidentified, though He quickly brought in many who had never ever seen such a holy man. Ultimately He was convinced to develop an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Truth Awareness, a nonprofit company that acts as a lorry for Gurudeva's work in the United States.

The spiritual awakening in the world that Gurudeva exposes is the wonderful destiny of mankind, as soon as freed from our minimal identity of self. Lovingly and continually, He continues to uplift and purify each of us for this awakening, for His method is the ancient relationship of the Expert to the disciple, the candle light lit directly from the burning flame of Fact. Prabhushri continuously reminds us that we are at a breakthrough into a new age, where religious beliefs will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mother whose love understands no bounds for her kid, the Guru guides and nurtures the disciple on his/her own path to perfection, revealing in Himself the achievable Reality of God Consciousness.



After 4 decades invested in constantly traveling, giving Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and guiding many souls to greater awareness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- conscious release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His desires, 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 developed for irreversible consecration. It has hence become a beacon Light, a location of expedition and meditation for all who are blessed to get in there.

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The devotion of the Samadhi Sthal was carried out during five days of fancy Vedic pujas and fire events attended by numerous fans, 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, may 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 Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Biography in His Own Words is offered from TruthConsciousness.org.

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