Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
A Life Dedicated to Humanity
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi quietly transformed lives. For more than forty years, she travelled internationally, offering free public lectures and the experience of self-realization to all, regardless of race, religion or circumstance. She not only enabled people to pass this valuable experience on to others, but taught them the meditation technique necessary to sustain it, known as Sahaja Yoga.
Shri Mataji maintained that there is an innate spiritual potential within every human being, and it can be spontaneously awakened. She emphasized that this awakening, described as self-realization, cannot be purchased. Money has never been charged, nor will it be, for the experience of self-realization or for the teaching of Sahaja Yoga meditation.
The inner balance and stress-reduction that accompanies the practice of Sahaja Yoga meditation has already benefited hundreds of thousands worldwide. The ability to quickly and easily activate our innate, spiritual energy - and experience its benefits - differentiates Sahaja Yoga from other forms of meditation. With practice, individuals are able to direct their own energy and redress mental, physical and emotional imbalances to achieve a state of well-being, serenity and fulfillment.
In addition to Sahaja Yoga, which is now established in more than 95 countries, Shri Mataji founded a non-governmental organization for destitute women and children, several international schools teaching a holistic curriculum, health clinics offering treatment through Sahaja Yoga meditation techniques, and an arts academy to revitalize the classical skills of dance, music and painting.
London – Throughout her life, Shri Mataji found herself face to face with a wide range of people from different countries, circumstances and cultures, and she related to them all with genuine regard. Whether discussing matters of state with world leaders or family issues with a taxi driver, Shri Mataji was sensitive to what is essential to human beings and her concern was always for their benevolence.