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 technique necessary to sustain it, known as Sahaja Yoga meditation.
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga is known in the world for her inspiration and efforts of establishing global peace. She has brought this revolution in the modern times through Sahaja Yoga, for what she never charged any money.
Because of her extremely affectionate and motherly nature, she is known to humanity as the “Mother” or “Shri Mataji”. Her insights into the understanding of humanity are deep and invaluable. On the year 1970, she has discovered this technique and since then she has traveled tirelessly worldwide, speaking at thousands of seminars worldwide, giving the actual experience of self-realization to hundreds of thousands of people, visiting almost in every nation.
Shri Mataji was born in 1923 in Chindwara, in the very center of India. She lived her early childhood during India’s fight for independence. As a child, she lived with Mahatma Gandhi in his ashrams and impressed Gandhi with her wisdom and maturity. In her youth, Shri Mataji led a number of student demonstrations, focusing on political and social freedom for India. After India became independent, she continued to strive toward her vision of universal peace and unity, and worked along side those achieving important social, educational and economic reforms for India.