Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
For more than forty years, Shri Mataji travelled internationally, offering free public lectures and the experience of self realisation to all, regardless of race, religion or circumstances. Shri Mataji not only enabled people to pass this valuable experience on to others, she also taught them the meditation technique necessary to sustain it. This technique is known as
Shri Mataji maintained that there is an innate spiritual potential within every human being and that it can be spontaneously awakened. She emphasised that this awakening, described as self realisation, cannot be purchased. Money has never been charged, nor will it be ever charged for the experience of self realisation or teachings of Sahaja Yoga meditation.
The inner balance and stress reduction that accompanies the practice of Sahaja Yoga meditation has already benefited hundreds of thousands of people 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 fulfilment.
Sahaja Yoga meditation is the technique Shri Mataji developed to sustain the awakening experienced through self realisation. The word ‘Sahaja’ means both 'spontaneous' and ‘born with you' and describes the subtle energy (Kundalini) which exists in every human being.
Contrary to popular belief, yoga does not designate a series of exercises or postures but, in fact, means 'to join or to unite'. The individual unites with their true self, or one can say individual consciousness joins with the collective consciousness. When this union occurs, the integrating force of the kundalini brings balance and peace both within and between individuals.
Shri Mataji studied the human condition for many years, looking for a way to unlock the spiritual potential of human beings. On 5th May, 1970, while meditating on the seashore in Nargol, India, she experienced the awakening of her own inner primordial energy. Shri Mataji knew then that it was time to make this experience and knowledge accessible to all human beings. She also knew that this experience could not be forced on anyone, that it must be left to the freedom of each individual to decide for themselves if they wanted it or not. She began – at first locally, and
eventually globally – to offer self realisation which is the awakening of the subtle inner energy known as Kundalini at her free public lectures. Shri Mataji would spend hours after these programs with those people who desired to meet her; offering advice or correcting the imbalances in their subtle systems using the very energy she had just awakened in them.
And today, more than 40 years later, Sahaja Yoga meditation is practiced by millions of people in more than 95 countries all around the world.