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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on May 6, 1928 in a village in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His youth interests were many: science https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/swami-amar-jyoti, math, music, composing, biking, 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 soon transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by family and professors, He shocked everyone with thedecision to leave home a few months prior to graduation, saying, "I 'd like to check out an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen, without cash or any specific destination Swami Amar Jyoti, 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. Living on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh, He quickly headed the entire volunteer corps there, working relentlessly 20 hours or more every day. After about 10 months, the flood of refugees went away and He went back to Calcutta.
He survived on the outskirts of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued symphonic music Swami Amar Jyoti, sitar, religious research studies and prayer. He started to meditate and do yoga and attended puja (standard worship) at a nearby 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 locations of expedition were visited during those years, walking on foot lots of miles every day. But a little cavern at Gangotri, the temple village near the source of the Ganga River, was the location 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 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 continued 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 marvelous fate of humanity, once freed from our restricted identity of self. Lovingly and constantly, He continues to boost and cleanse each of us for this awakening, for His way is the ancient relationship of the Master to the disciple, the candle light lit directly from the burning flame of Fact. Prabhushri constantly advises us that we are at a breakthrough into a new age, where faiths 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 supports the disciple on his/her own path to excellence, revealing in Himself the achievable Truth of God Awareness.
After four decades invested in continually traveling, offering Satsang and Retreats, developing Ashrams and assisting many souls to higher awareness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- mindful 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 long-term consecration. It has hence become a beacon Light, a location of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to get in there.
The commitment of the Samadhi Sthal was performed during five days of elaborate Vedic pujas and fire events participated in 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." Never-ceasing Light-- The Blissful Life and Knowledge of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Biography in His Own Words is readily available from TruthConsciousness.org.