Swami Amar Jyoti was born upon May 6,1928 in a village in northwestern India,not far from the banks of the Indus River. His childhood interests were many: science,math,music,composing,biking,drama and sports,and He brilliantly mastered all of these. His college education was temporarily disrupted by the partition of India in 1947,but He quickly moved to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much cherished by family and professors,He surprised everybody 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.”
At the age of nineteen,without loan or any particular 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 each day. Surviving on a railway platform near the border of India and Bangladesh,He quickly headed the whole volunteer corps there,working tirelessly 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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Swami Amar Jyoti lived on the borders of the city in a peaceful ashram and pursued symphonic music,sitar,religious studies and prayer. He started to meditate and do yoga and attended puja (traditional praise) at a nearby temple of a widely 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 Liberation. Lots of locations of expedition were gone to during those years,walking on foot many miles each day. However a small cave at Gangotri,the temple village 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 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 mission to the world. The very first Ashram Gurudeva founded was Jyoti Ashram,under Ananda Niketan Trust,situated in Pune,Maharashtra,India. Throughout the years after leaving home,His mother 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 a deal by a devotee to visit the United States. Again,He traveled unidentified,though He quickly drew in many who had actually never seen such a holy man. Ultimately He was encouraged to establish an Ashram,and Sacred Mountain Ashram was founded in 1974 followed in 1975 by Desert Ashram under Truth Awareness,a nonprofit organization that acts as a car for Gurudeva’s operate in the United States.
The spiritual awakening on earth that Gurudeva exposes is the wonderful destiny of mankind,as soon as devoid of our limited identity of self. Adoringly and continually,He continues to boost and purify each people for this awakening,for His way is the ancient relationship of the Expert to the disciple,the candle light lit straight from the burning flame of Truth. Prabhushri constantly advises us that we are at a development into a new age,where religions will be transformed into direct awakening and communion with our Highest 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 perfection,exposing in Himself the achievable Truth of God Awareness.
After four decades spent in constantly taking a trip,giving Satsang and Retreats,developing Ashrams and assisting numerous souls to higher 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 consisting of 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 developed for permanent consecration. It has thus become a beacon Light,a place of expedition and meditation for all who are blessed to enter there.
The dedication of the Samadhi Sthal was performed during five days of sophisticated Vedic pujas and fire events participated in by numerous enthusiasts,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.” Never-ceasing Light– The Blissful Life and Knowledge of Swami Amar Jyoti
: A Bio in His Own Words is available from TruthConsciousness.org.