SOURCE: Sahaja Meditation

March 23, 2011 00:10 ET

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Founder of Sahaja Meditation, Died February 23, 2011

World Loses Significant Spiritual Figure of the Modern Era

SAN RAFAEL, CA--(Marketwire - March 23, 2011) - Nirmala Srivastava, better known as Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, esteemed humanitarian, and founder of the Sahaja Meditation movement, passed quietly in Genoa, Italy, on February 23, 2011. She was 87 years old.

Shri Mataji was born on March 21, 1923 in Chindwara, India, to Prasad and Cornelia Salve, direct descendants of the royal Shalivahana dynasty and close friends of Mahatma Gandhi.

Shri Mataji founded Sahaja Meditation in 1970. On a lonely beach in Nargol, India, she discovered how to give en masse self-realization, a process that awakens the inner spiritual energy in human beings. Determined to share this revelation with the world, Shri Mataji set about teaching others how to tap into their inner energy to become balanced and connected emotionally, spiritually and physically.

Sahaja Meditation is bringing significant benefits to an overworked and spiritually disconnected world, including improvements in the physical and mental health of those who practice it. Sahaja Meditation has recently collaborated with HealthCorps, the proactive health movement founded by the eminent cardiologist Dr. Mehmet Oz of the syndicated television programs The Dr. Oz Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Through partnership with HealthCorps, Sahaja Meditation is increasing U.S. public high school students' awareness of the importance of their physical and mental health.

The U.S., and its people, held a special place in the heart of Shri Mataji. In fact, to finance a visit in 1972, she sold her jewels to obtain the necessary funds for travel. She was to visit this country many times over the years, giving free lectures in many cities including New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston and Cincinnati.

While she never courted the attention of the rich or powerful, mayors praised Shri Mataji in proclamations, and governors thanked her for her work in the U.S. Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York, wrote to Shri Mataji on the occasion of her birthday in 2010. He stated, "On behalf of the residents of New York City -- many of whom enjoy more peaceful and balanced lives as a result of your lifelong work -- I wish you good health and great happiness."

Always a great humanitarian, Shri Mataji created an international health and wellness center and a shelter for the destitute in her birth country of India. She also founded an international academy of the arts, vocational training schools for disadvantaged students and The Theater of Eternal Values, a multi-national group of artists dedicated to spreading the eternal values of theater across continents.

All who had the great fortune to know Shri Mataji personally were touched by her wisdom, her infectious laughter and her great sense of humor. Throughout her notable life, she was known for her eloquence, pragmatism and compassion. She will live on within the hearts and minds of the followers of Sahaja Meditation as well as the countless others throughout the world whose lives have been improved through contact with her. Her generosity, both spiritually and materially, knew no bounds. It is because of this wisdom and generosity that many regard her as the most significant spiritual figure of our time.

Anyone who desires to experience the physical and spiritual benefits of the meditation practice created by Shri Mataji can find a free program in their area by visiting

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Sahaja Meditation is a volunteer not-for-profit organization committed to teaching and sharing the benefits of the Sahaja Meditation practice to any and all people who seek to learn. Sahaja Meditation is a form of meditation with roots in the spiritual practice of Sahaja Yoga.

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