The Founder

“Freedom is when you really get your own powers which are within you.”

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Founder of Sahaja Meditation

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was born on March 21, 1923, in Chindawara, India.  When she was young, Shri Mataji worked with Mahatma Gandhi in the fight for India’s Independence. Her vision of universal peace and unity continues his dreams on a spiritual level.

Knowledgeable in science, art, politics, economics, sociology, and medicine, Shri Mataji maintains that peace in our societies can only be brought about through discovering peace within ourselves.   After giving thousands of free lectures and programs, Shri Mataji has worked tirelessly to ensure that generations to come will benefit from the ability to realize one’s self, and be surprisingly easily able to reach the deepest roots of our existence, to have complete power of our own behavior, habits, and self-destructive patterns.

In 1970, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi began teaching the Sahaja Meditation technique, and has never accepted money for any of its’ teachings, explaining that the experience of realizing one’s inner self is the birthright of every human being, and you cannot charge for something that you are born with.

Since 1970, Shri Mataji has traveled the world educating people and speaking about world peace.   Shri Mataji has been awarded the United Nations Peace Medal, among others, for her achievements and teachings.   She has also established a hospital, research facilities and an orphanage in her native India.  Today, millions of people, adults and children, enjoy the benefits of Sahaja Meditation in over 90 countries all around the world.

“When you get your self realization you become entitled to an awareness by which you can find out the roots of everything. You can find out the roots why people get sick, you can find out why there are incurable diseases, you can find out why there are psychological problems, you can find out why there are moral crisises, you can find out why there are political problems, why there are economic problems.” – Shri Mataji

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