hri Mataji was born on March 21, 1923 from a Christian family in Chindwara, India. She lived in the ashram of Mahatma Gandhi as a young girl and her exceptional and unique spiritual nature was recognized by this great man, who frequently consulted her on spiritual matters. Shri Mataji studied Medicine until she became a student activist in Gandhi's Quit India Movement. She is married to Sir C.P. Srivastava, who was the Secretary General of the U.N. International Maritime Organization until 1989. She has two daughters, four grandchildren and two great grand children.
"Self-Realization is your birth right and you can not pay for it.", says Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.
In 1970, Shri Mataji began her spiritual mission, dedicating herself entirely to the spreading of Sahaja Yoga. She has travelled tirelessly to the 5 continents giving lectures about Sahaja Yoga and granting the experience of Self-Realization. Shri Mataji emphasizes that, "the true spiritual knowledge is FREE by itself". Also, she denounces false spiritual teachers, who are always manipulating and deceiving their disciples.