About Shri Mataji (founder)

About Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi – Founder

Internationally recognised

Shri Mataji was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee,  recipient of the United Nations Peace Medal and was twice honoured by the United States Congress.  She was internationally recognised for her contribution to humanity through a lifetime of work for peace and the wellbeing of mankind.  She received awards and citations from the governments of many countries in recognition of her selfless efforts for social improvement.

“Shri Mataji’s discovery brings genuine hope to humanity.”
(Quote by Claes Nobel, grandnephew of Alfred Nobel, Nobel Peace Prize Foundation and Chairman of the United Earth Organization.)

Start of Sahaja Yoga meditation

In 1970, after studying the field of medicine and focusing on the scientific terminology of the anatomy and human physiology, she started Sahaja Yoga meditation, which she insisted be shared with all, at no cost.

Shri Mataji in early days of teaching Sahaja Yoga meditation

Shri Mataji’s core teaching is that within us all lies a transformative potential, which can be awakened using her method.  By doing so, we can bring peace and wellbeing to ourselves, our families, our social institutions, our nations and our world.

In keeping with her principles, Sahaja Yoga meditation  is now offered in over one hundred countries worldwide, free of charge.

Shri Mataji in Australia

After her first visit in 1981, Shri Mataji continued to visit Australia on many occasions, giving free public lectures to share her knowledge and teach the Australian public her simple method of Sahaja Yoga. During these years she gave over fifty public lectures around Australia, without charge.

Shri Mataji at Sydney Town Hall 2006

Over the years, many tens of  thousands of people attended her talks.  Shri Mataji would stay for many hours after these lectures, to individually meet all the audience members who lined up seeking her guidance.

Free follow-up meditation classes were also offered to those who came to her talks.

Quotes from Shri Mataji

“Only in meditation you are in present and you grow in your spirituality.”

Clean Heart
“If your heart is clean, you can see the other person clearly through and through.
Innocence is such a powerful thing.”

“You have to have complete faith in yourself and that your Self is nothing but

“The one who has balance is the man who is dharmic, who is in the centre.”

“You may be very great, you might be very intelligent, you may be earning lots of
money, whatever it is. It’s not so important. What is the most important thing is
that you are loved.”

“You have to have complete faith in yourself and that your Self is nothing but

Divine Joy
“Sahaja Yoga is a very subtler happening within us. It’s a very subtler happening
and this subtler happening gives you sensitivity to Divine joy”