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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6, 1928 in a village in northwestern India Swami Amar Jyoti, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were numerous: science, mathematics, music, writing, cycling, drama and sports, and He remarkably mastered all of these. His college education was momentarily disrupted by the partition of India in 1947, but He quickly transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by family and professors, He stunned everyone with thedecision to leave home a few months prior to graduation, saying, "I wish to read an open book of the world for my education."
He lived on the borders of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued symphonic music, sitar, spiritual research studies and prayer. He started to meditate and do yoga and went to puja (traditional praise) at a close-by temple of a widely known saint. In a short while He "knew" 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 Liberation. Many places of expedition were visited throughout those years, strolling on foot many miles each day. However a little cavern at Gangotri, the temple town near the source of the Ganga River, was the location of His greatest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, finally, 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-- Immortal Light), He came down into the plains of India for His God-given mission to the world. The very 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 continued searching 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 a fan to go to the United States. Once again, He took a trip unidentified, though He quickly brought in numerous who had never seen such a holy man. Eventually He was encouraged to establish an Ashram, and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Reality Awareness, a nonprofit organization that functions as a vehicle for Gurudeva's work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva reveals is the wonderful destiny of mankind, once freed from our restricted identity of self. Lovingly and constantly, He continues to uplift and purify each of us for this awakening, for His way is the ancient relationship of the Master to the disciple, the candle lit straight from the burning flame of Reality. Prabhushri constantly reminds us that we are at an advancement into a new age, where religious beliefs will be changed into direct awakening and communion with our Highest Source. Like a mom whose love knows no bounds for her child, the Master guides and nurtures the disciple on his or her own course to perfection, exposing in Himself the achievable Truth of God Awareness.
After 4 years invested in continually traveling, giving Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and assisting innumerable souls to greater awareness, 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 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 developed for permanent consecration. It has therefore become a beacon Light, a location of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The devotion of the Samadhi Sthal was performed during 5 days of sophisticated Vedic pujas and fire events attended by numerous fans, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the devotion, 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 countless souls, and may 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 readily available from TruthConsciousness.org.