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Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

'Sahaja Yoga Meditation is simple, subtle and real'

'You cannot know the meaning of your life until you are connected with the power that created you.'

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Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

Founder of Sahaja Yoga


Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was born on March 21, 1923 to a Christian family in Chindawara, India. Her parents were Prasad and Cornelia Salve, direct descendants of the royal Shalivahana dynasty. Seeing the beauty of this child who was born with a spotless brilliance, they called her Nirmala, which means 'Immaculate'. Later on she came to be known by the multitudes by the name of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi - the revered Mother who was born with her complete Self-Realisation and knew from a very young age that she had a unique gift which had to be made available to all mankind.


Her parents played a key role in India's Liberation Movement from under British rule. Her father, a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi, was a member of the Constituent Assembly of India and helped write free India's first constitution. As a child, Shri Mataji lived with her parents in the ashram of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi saw the wisdom of this child and used to appreciate her immensely, affectionately calling her Nepali due to the Nepali features of her face. Even at a young age, her deep understanding was evident to Gandhi, who frequently sought her advice on spiritual matters.


Shri Mataji was born with a complete understanding of the human nervous system and its energetic counterparts. In order to become acquainted with the scientific vocabulary attached to these subjects, she studied medicine and psychology at the Christian Medical College in Lahore.


Shortly before India achieved independence she married Sir. C.P. Srivastava, one of India's most dedicated civil servant officers, who was knighted by the Queen of England and was elected for sixteen consecutive years to be the Secretary General of the United Nations International Maritime Organisation. As a result Shri Mataji lived in London from 1973-88.


As she was pondering on the many faceted problems confronting human beings, on the 5th of May, 1970, on a lonely beach of Nargol (about 150 km from Mumbai) a divine spiritual experience filled her whole being and suddenly she found an answer to her question. She discovered a process of giving en-masse Self-Realisation through which thousands of people could get this connection to their Spirit and thereby their inner transformation. Sahaja (Spontaneous) Yoga (Union with the Self) was born.


Shri Mataji made this experiment of awakening the spiritual power of every human being (which the Hindus name the Kundalini, the Muslims as the Ruh and in the Bible it is described as the Holy Ghost) and was amazed at the results. She tried it first on people near to her and noticed they were transformed physically, mentally and spiritually. Slowly she found out that only this process had the potential solution for all human problems and therefore she decided to spread it on an en-masse level. She invested her own time and money to talk to people and give them the key to their own spiritual power. Those few people who started feeling this spiritual power, which flowed like a cool breeze over their whole body, especially over the palms of their hands and on top of their head (around the fontanel bone area) were quite astonished that it worked, that this was the true spiritual experience that was being prophesized in every religion.


Amazingly, without any financial support from any person, Shri Mataji neither charges for Her lectures nor for Her ability to give Self-Realisation, nor does one have to become a member of this organisation. She insists that you cannot pay for your enlightenment and to-date she continues to denounce the false, self-proclaimed 'gurus' who are more interested in the seekers' purse than their spiritual ascent.


Since 1970, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi has kept a busy schedule, travelling around the world to teach the techniques of Sahaja Yoga meditation. She has demonstrated her capacity to trigger the awakening of the spiritual power in human beings (Kundalini) at an 'en masse' level. Large numbers of people, without distinction of race, religion, age or social status have acknowledged the value of her teachings by establishing Sahaja Yoga centers in over 100 nations.


Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi has dedicated her life to triggering the spiritual ascent of mankind through Self-Realisation, reclaiming the role of women in the spiritual evolution, and guiding humanity to correct today's moral dilemmas. It seems that the light of Gandhi's vision is being brought to fulfilment by this great lady who is revered as the compassionate Divine Mother by her followers, as the 'Messenger of peace' by Ayatollah Rouhani, an Avatar of the modern era by Claes Nobel, grand-newphew of Albert Nobel (the creator of the Nobel foundation) and Chairman of United Earth.