Recognized by many as the most important spiritual figure of our times, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi has dedicated Her life to the spiritual ascent of mankind, reclaiming the role of women in the spiritual realm and laying the groundwork for a society based on enlightened spiritual awareness.
Born in India on 21st March 1923, Shri Mataji’s unique spiritual predisposition was immediately apparent to all who met Her, including Mahatma Gandhi. Together with Her family, She was deeply committed to India’s freedom struggle and, although She was little more than a child at the time, She happily gave up a very comfortable lifestyle for the sake of freedom.
She later married Sir C.P. Srivastava, one of India’s most respected and highly ranked civil servants, and together they raised a family. Only once their daughters were married and settled did Shri Mataji begin Her public spiritual work.
Although Shri Mataji was born with Her complete Self-Realisation and knew from a very young age that She had a unique gift, She wanted first to show, by Her own example, the perfect compatibility of a deeply spiritual life with the ordinary life of a householder.
Thus, on the 5th May 1970, while in meditation on a lonely beach of Nargol (India), She discovered the secret to en masse Self-Realisation through which thousands of people could achieve union with the deepest, most subtle aspect of their being, thereby triggering a process of spiritual self-transformation.