Swami Amar Jyoti is a person who pursued a deep aspiration for God Realization at the age of nineteen. He was born into a Hindu family in India. He left school and move to the remote regions of the Himalayas to practice meditation and esoteric yoga. He stayed there for over a decade until he achieved full enlightenment.
The Life of Swami Amar Jyoti
The significant dates in Swami Amar Jyoti’s life are discussed below.
May 6, 1928
The birth of Swami Amar Jyoti in the Northwest part of India in a small town close to the Indus River banks. His parents named him Rama.
The college education of Jyoti was interrupted because of the partition of India. He transferred to a university in Mumbai. A few months before graduating, he left school to obtain education from the world. He was only 19 years old when he took a train to Calcutta without a single cent in his pocket. India was suffering from political tension and mass violence at that time.
Swami Amar Jyoti worked for an aviation company in Calcutta. He was eventually offered a partnership in the company, but he didn’t grab the offer. Instead, he left and volunteer his services to help the refugees. At that time, refugees were flooding into the West Bengal by thousands.
He lived on a railway platform close to the border of India and Bangladesh. He led the entire volunteer effort and spent more than 20 hours a day working. When the number of refugees subsides, he moved back to Calcutta. He was offered a government position but he preferred to work for the rehabilitation of the refugees.
He lived alone in Calcutta in ASHRAM. There, he learned classical music, religious studies, sitar, and prayer. He meditated, did yoga and puja. He started to have visions in the contemplative atmosphere and right then and there he knew his life’s work was leading him. For nearly a decade, he lived in silence. He focused all his efforts on God realization.
Swami started traveling throughout India as a silent holy man. His awakening took place in the temple village near the source of the Ganges River. He was initiated into Vidyut San-nyas (lightning-like monasticism) in Badrinath in the Himalayas. A name was given to him; Swami Amar Jyoti, which means eternal light and many hoped to meet the guru in person.
He founded ashram in Pune; a spiritual retreat. It is in the state of Maharashtra.
He came to the United States as per the invitation of one of the devotees. He was sought after by people who are in search of spiritual wisdom and guidance to become a guru. Jyoti spent four decades of his life establishing ashrams in India and America. He also traveled around the world giving satsang (spiritual discourses) retreats, guiding seekers and disciples across all religious backgrounds. Swami Amar Jyoti gave emphasis on timeless wisdom and that all paths lead to one God. His writings and Satsangs guide people on how to awaken consciousness and realize the innate divinity.
Jyoti set up the Sacred Mountain Ashram near Boulder, Colorado. He also established the Desert Ashram in Tucson, Arizona. He also created a non-profit organization under the Truth Consciousness. Its primary goal is to disseminate the teachings of Swami Amar Jyoti.
June 13, 2001
Jyoti continued to travel the world and impart his teaching until his dying day. He died on June 13, 2001.
Organizations founded by Swami Amar Jyoti
• Jyoti Ashram
• Sacred Mountain Ashram
• The Desert Ashram
• The Truth Consciousness Movement
Today, Jyoti Ashram becomes one of the most popular pilgrimage sites. It is a memorial temple that houses the remains of Swami Amar Jyoti.
Swami Amar Jyoti’s Guide to Higher Consciousness
A guide for higher consciousness can be found in the book, “The Light That Awakens: A Guidebook to Higher Consciousness.” It is a manual for awakening the inner wisdom through common sense spiritual principles that can help change our lives for the better. Everyone is seeking fulfillment in life; be it in a career, relationship, talent, knowledge, or spiritual enlightenment. This book makes us realize that the source of our seeking is within us. Swami Amar Jyoti gives emphasis on universal wisdom; a simple yet transparent language for seekers in a newsletter published by . The seek for spirituality does not need to be difficult as it is already within us.
Videos of Swami Amar Jyoti
Check out some the latest videos, music, and a satsang from Swami Amar Jyoti on his Youtube channel.