How a simple spiritual discovery has transformed the lives of millions

How a simple spiritual discovery has transformed the lives of millions

(Written by Adj. Prof. Sudipto Roy in celebration of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi’s birth centenary.)

From Chhindwara India to Chicago, Manchester to Milan, Brasilia to Brisbane, Tokyo to Tunisia, across multiple cultures and faith, 21st March 2023 was celebrated this year in an unusual manner: with silent meditation.

Revolutionary spiritual discovery

Because on 21st March, a hundred years ago, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was born, and her revolutionary spiritual discovery transformed the lives of millions of people across the world. She referred to her spiritual discovery as ‘Sahaja Yoga’, the spontaneous process of ‘Self Realisation’, a spiritual awakening.

A cool breeze

Shri Mataji had a unique gift that enabled her to awaken the dormant spiritual energy residing in every individual. This awakening could be experienced as a cool breeze coming out of the fontanelle area on top of the head. Many ancient scriptures across multiple cultures and faith have highlighted the significance of this dormant spiritual energy residing in every individual. Referred to as ‘Holy Spirit’ by Christians, ‘Kundalini’ by Hindus, and ‘Ruh’ by Muslims, the awakening of this spiritual energy is considered the pinnacle of spiritual achievement that can potentially unify humanity. Shri Mataji’s vision was to change the world by transforming and unifying people through this spiritual awakening.

Internationally recognised

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi 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 spent working for the well-being of mankind. She received multiple awards and citations from the governments of many countries in recognition of Her selfless efforts for world peace and social improvement.

Genuine hope to humanity

Claes Nobel, grandnephew of Alfred Nobel, Nobel Peace Prize Foundation and Chairman of the United Earth Organization recognised the importance of Shri Mataji’s work in the following statement: ‘Shri Mataji’s discovery brings genuine hope to humanity’.

Free meditation classes

Throughout 2023 and beyond, Sahaja Yoga will continue hosting free in-person and online meditation classes across the world to commemorate Shri Mataji’s birth centenary. At these programs, attendees have the opportunity to:

• Learn to silence mind, release stress and relieve emotional problems.

• Discover the Subtle System that works through autonomic nervous system.

• Transform by improving spiritual awareness and connection.

Learn more

To learn more about Shri Mataji’s Sahaja Yoga meditation and her legacy, visit:

H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi’s 100th Birthday

Founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation
A Life dedicated to Humanity – From Freedom Fighter to Beloved Guru

On Tuesday 21st March 2023, we celebrate the 100th Birthday of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation. Shri Mataji is honoured globally for dedicating her entire life to the spiritual ascent of humankind.

“You cannot know the meaning of your life until you are connected to the Power that created you.” Shri Mataji

Her meditation – Enjoyed by millions

Her Meditation – Enjoyed by millions
Shri Mataji introduced Her unique meditation in 1970 which is now practised and enjoyed in over 100 countries, free of charge. Her foundation practises and teaches a meditation beginning with Self Realisation which awakens our inner spirit. As a result, we experience ‘thoughtless awareness’ in our meditation which promotes mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well being.

Join the online Birthday Celebrations

A day of meditation and talks by Shri Mataji and stories, music, song and dance by international Sahaja Yogis.


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A Life dedicated to Humanity with an everlasting Legacy
Hosted by Sahaja Yoga Australia


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One Mother’s Journey: From Freedom Fighter to Beloved Guru
Hosted by Sahaja Yoga Italy


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One Woman’s Journey: From a Freedom Fighter to a Beloved Guru
Hosted by Sahaja Yoga USA