Swami Amar Jyoti was born upon Might 6,1928 in a town in northwestern India,not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were lots of: science,math,music,composing,cycling,drama and sports,and He brilliantly mastered all of these. His college education was temporarily disrupted by the partition of India in 1947,however He soon moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much precious by family and professors,He shocked everybody with thedecision to leave house 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 money or any specific location,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. Residing on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh,He soon headed the whole volunteer corps there,working tirelessly 20 hours or more every day. After about ten months,the flood of refugees diminished and He returned to Calcutta.
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Swami Amar Jyoti resided on the outskirts of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued symphonic music,sitar,spiritual studies and prayer. He started to meditate and do yoga and participated in puja (traditional worship) at a nearby temple of a popular saint. In a short while He “understood” His life work. Soon He retired to Himalaya where He resided in silence and meditation for about ten years,one-pointed onthe Goal of Liberation. Lots of places of pilgrimage were checked out throughout 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 greatest spiritual disciplines,awakenings and,finally,Lighting.
In 1958,taking initiation of Vidyut Sannyas (lit: “lightning”– a kind 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 descended into the plains of India for His God-given mission to the world. The very first Ashram Gurudeva founded was Jyoti Ashram,under Ananda Niketan Trust,located in Pune,Maharashtra,India. Throughout the years after leaving house,His mom had actually never ceased 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 an offer by an enthusiast to check out the United States. Again,He took a trip unidentified,though He soon drew in lots of who had actually never ever seen such a holy man. Eventually He was persuaded to develop an Ashram,and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Truth Consciousness,a not-for-profit company that acts as a vehicle for Gurudeva’s work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva reveals is the remarkable destiny of humanity,when freed from our restricted identity of self. Adoringly and ceaselessly,He continues to boost and purify each of us for this awakening,for His way is the ancient relationship of the Expert to the disciple,the candle light lit directly from the burning flame of Truth. Prabhushri continuously reminds us that we are at a development into a new age,where religions will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mother whose love understands no bounds for her kid,the Expert guides and supports the disciple on his/her own path to excellence,exposing in Himself the obtainable Reality of God Consciousness.
After four decades spent in continually traveling,offering Satsang and Retreats,establishing Ashrams and directing many souls to greater consciousness,Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi– conscious release of the mortal body– on June 13,2001 in Louisville,Colorado. According to His dreams,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 created for irreversible consecration. It has thus become a beacon Light,a place of pilgrimage and meditation for all who are blessed to go into there.
The devotion of the Samadhi Sthal was conducted throughout 5 days of elaborate Vedic pujas and fire events participated in by numerous fans,from June 9-13,2002. At the end of the devotion,the Brahmin priest who led the pujas proclaimed 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 Bio in His Own Words is readily available from TruthConsciousness.org.