A Lifelong Engagement


Shri Mataji in Delhi, around February 9th 1983From a very young age, Shri Mataji actively engaged the world around her. As a little girl she took responsibility for the household while her parents were involved in the struggle for Indian independence. In her teenage years, she, too, joined that movement. She cared for her family, but her concern was not limited to the familial circle. It is an expression in India that for a generous person, “the whole world is his family.”

Her spiritual insight and understanding were recognized at an early age by Mahatma Gandhi. He would often consult her about the daily prayers in his ashram. Her schoolmates looked to her for advice and support as well, and in college, she led her peers in the ‘Quit India Movement'.[1] When she married and started a family as a young woman, she continued to have an uplifting effect on those around her.  

Once her own daughters were married and settled, Shri Mataji could devote her time and attention to spiritual work. She developed a unique method to help people awaken their inner energy source (known as Kundalini) as well as a meditation technique enabling them   to benefit from this energy on a daily basis.

Throughout her life, Shri Mataji found herself face to face with a wide range of  people from different countries, circumstances, income levels 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 one of benevolence.

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And like the oceaN that strikes all the shores and then all the ripples go back and weave a pattern,
that’s how the whole of My life I could see as a beautiful pattern.
And that beautiful lacing you cannot describe in words.
vienna, june 7th 1988

1. ^ A civil disobedience movement launched by MK Gandhi and the Indian National Congress in August 1942, calling for determined but passive resistance to the British rule and for 'an orderly British withdrawal' from India (wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)