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Swami Amar Jyoti was born on Might 6 http://swamiamarjyoti.simplesite.com/, 1928 in a small town in northwestern India, not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were many: science, mathematics, music, composing, biking, drama and sports, and He brilliantly excelled in all of these. His college education was momentarily interrupted by the partition of India in 1947, however He quickly transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much beloved by family and teachers, He shocked everyone with thedecision to leave house a few months prior to graduation, stating, "I wish to read an open book of the world for my education."
At the age of nineteen, without money 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 each 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 10 months, the flood of refugees decreased and He went back to Calcutta.
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 attended puja (traditional praise) at a neighboring temple of a popular saint. In a short while He "knew" His life work. Soon He retired to Himalaya where He resided in silence and meditation for about ten years, one-pointed onthe Objective of Freedom. Numerous locations of trip were visited during those years, strolling on foot many miles every day. However a small cavern at Gangotri, the temple town near the source of the Ganga River, was the place of His greatest spiritual disciplines, awakenings and, finally, Illumination.
In 1958, taking initiation of Vidyut Sannyas (lit: "lightning"-- a type of monasticism that is Self-initiated) at the holy website 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 mission to the world. The first Ashram Gurudeva founded was Jyoti Ashram, under Ananda Niketan Trust, situated in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Throughout the years after leaving house, His mom had never ceased looking for Him and awaiting His return. In answer to her prayers, He settled in Pune where she could be near Him.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva reveals is the remarkable fate of humanity, as soon as freed from our limited identity of self. Lovingly and continually, He continues to boost 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 continuously advises us that we are at a development into a new age, where religious beliefs will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Highest Source. Like a mother whose love knows no bounds for her child, the Master guides and nurtures the disciple on his/her own path to perfection, exposing in Himself the achievable Reality of God Awareness.
After 4 years invested in constantly traveling, offering Satsang and Retreats, establishing Ashrams and directing countless souls to higher awareness, Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi-- mindful release of the mortal body-- on June 13, 2001 in Louisville, Colorado. According to His dreams, 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 created for permanent consecration. It has thus become a beacon Light, a place of trip and meditation for all who are blessed to get in there.
The devotion of the Samadhi Sthal was conducted during 5 days of intricate Vedic pujas and fire ceremonies attended by hundreds of followers, from June 9-13, 2002. At the end of the dedication, 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, might this Samadhi Sthal be the Illuminator of countless souls, and might You continue to guide and bless us." Immortal Light-- The Blissful Life and Wisdom of Swami Amar Jyoti: A Bio in His Own Words is readily available from TruthConsciousness.org.