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 lots of: science,mathematics,music,writing,cycling,drama and sports,and He brilliantly excelled in all of these. His college education was temporarily interrupted by the partition of India in 1947,however He soon transferred to a college in Mumbai (Bombay). Much beloved by family and professors,He shocked everyone with thedecision to leave house a couple of months before graduation,stating,”I want to read an open book of the world for my education.”
At the age of nineteen,without loan or any specific destination,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. Living on a railway 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 subsided and He went back to Calcutta.
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Swami Amar Jyoti survived on the borders of the city in a quiet ashram and pursued symphonic music,sitar,spiritual studies and prayer. He started to meditate and do yoga and went to puja (conventional worship) 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 lived in silence and meditation for about 10 years,one-pointed onthe Objective of Liberation. Lots of locations of expedition were visited throughout those years,walking on foot lots of miles each day. However a little cave 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 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 objective 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 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 follower to check out the United States. Once again,He traveled unknown,though He soon drew in lots of who had never ever 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 company that serves as an automobile for Gurudeva’s work in the United States.
The spiritual awakening in the world that Gurudeva exposes is the remarkable fate of humanity,once freed from our minimal identity of self. Lovingly and constantly,He continues to boost and cleanse each of us for this awakening,for His method is the ancient relationship of the Guru to the disciple,the candle lit straight from the burning flame of Reality. Prabhushri constantly advises us that we are at an advancement into a new age,where faiths will be changed into direct awakening and communion with our Greatest Source. Like a mother whose love knows no bounds for her child,the Guru guides and supports the disciple on his/her own path to perfection,revealing in Himself the obtainable Reality of God Awareness.
After 4 years spent in continually traveling,offering Satsang and Retreats,establishing Ashrams and directing numerous souls to greater consciousness,Gurudeva took Mahasamadhi– conscious release of the mortal body– on June 13,2001 in Louisville,Colorado. According to His wishes,His Asti Kalash (urn including 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 therefore become a beacon Light,a place of expedition and meditation for all who are blessed to enter there.
The commitment of the Samadhi Sthal was conducted throughout five days of sophisticated Vedic pujas and fire events gone to by numerous fans,from June 9-13,2002. At the end of the commitment,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,may this Samadhi Sthal be the Illuminator of millions of souls,and may 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.