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So instead of wasting all your energy for decorating all these things, you should decorate yourself, within yourself. With sincerity, with nice thoughts about yourself that you are capable, absolutely capable people and you can use your imagination, your intelligence, rationality, whatever these things you have to find the way - to find the way, again I say - to keep your heart large. And this the message for today's birthday all over the world because I felt that the whole world was today like a big heart pulsating. I received the last phone and came here. From all over the phones coming, flowers are showering, the beautiful nice things they are saying. Everything is there. When I am just drenched into it, just drenched - it was too much for Me. Such sweet things for the children, from the children, such things from the ladies, some very, very nice from the men and it was amazing how these people are bubbling with enjoyment that today is My birthday.

In the same way, please consider that everyday is your birthday, that you have to raise your Kundalini all the time and keep the standard of your Kundalini higher and higher. The more you open out, the more threads of Kundalini will come up and the more your heart will open out and it will be awakened, it'll become more powerful...."

(21.03.1990, Australia, Birthday Puja)


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82 years since the birth of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

The National collectivities of the entire world are celebrating Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi's birthday

21st of March 2005 marks the day when the renowned spiritual leader, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi celebrates her 82nd birthday. Numerous festivals, concerts of classical Indian music and seminars all over the world marked the occasion. The festivities highlight the essence of her life's work, the simple and very efficient method of meditation known as Sahaja Yoga.

Shri Mataji's Birth

On March 21st at 12 noon, year 1923, Shri Mataji was born in Chindwara (Central India), which is located on the longitude of the Tropic of Cancer. Coincidentally the Holy City of Mecca is also on the Topic of Cancer. Seeing the beauty of this child who was born with a spotless brilliance and very bright shining eyes, they called her Nirmala, which means 'Immaculate'. "When I was born, there was darkness around. I thought - how would I tell the people and how to give them realization?"

Childhood & Family Home

Her family the Shalivahanas were Christian and of noble decent. They are direct descendants of the Shalivahana's royal dynasty, which reigned in the Indian province of Maharashtra from 230 B.C. to 230 years after Christ.
Shri Mataji passed Her childhood years in the family house in Nagpur. Nirmala was very happy and was loved by everyone. Most of the time, She was bursting with childhood energy and inspired Her playmates of all different ages in drama, songs and dance. Other times, one might find Her alone in a remote corner of the house, with Her face beaming with inward joy, lost in meditation. She would even go to school barefoot in order to feel Mother Earth.

Sahaja Yoga is the culmination of Shri Mataji's work. She spent her childhood in Mahatma Gandhi's ashram and was one of the leaders in the youth movements during India's fights for independence from the British Empire. Shri Mataji was born with the consciousness that enlightenment is the natural right of every human being, and she developed the method of Sahaja Yoga (meaning, "spontaneous union") to share this experience with humanity. In recognition of her contribution, she was nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Shri Mataji's Marriage

In 1947, subsequent to her studies at the Christian Medical College in Ludhiana and the Balakram Medical College in Lahore, Shri Mataji married Sir C.P. Srivastava who was to become one of India's living legends, knighted by the Queen of England, Joint Secretary to India's Prime Minister, and who served for 16 years as Secretary General of the United Nations International Maritime Organization. 

Shri Mataji has two lovely daughters, Kalpana and Sadhana. Both are happily married with children.

Emancipation of Humanity

After raising two daughters, Shri Mataji began to devote Her time fully to the spiritual emancipation of humanity. She began contemplating how to give en mass realisation to seekers of modern time. Shri Mataji decided in to study what all these so-called God men gurus were doing. Completely disgusted, She was shocked to see them looting people under the guise of spirituality.

Feeling that the seekers all over the world were in danger from these False Gurus and corrupt Priests, and the demonic theories of Freud, on May 4th 1970, near Bombay in Nargol, She went to the seashore.

Opening Sahasrara

In the early morning on May 5th 1970, on a lonely beach of Nargol (about 150 km from Mumbai), Shri Mataji out of shear compassion opened the Sahasrara for Humanity.

"I saw the Kundalini, which is the primordial force within us, which is the Holy Ghost within us, rising, like a telescope opening out. And then I saw the whole thing open and a big torrential rain of beams started flowing through My head all over. I felt I am lost. I am no more. There is only grace. I saw it completely happening to me."

Sahaja Yoga Begins

Sahaja Yoga started with a handful of seekers in Bombay and Delhi. Friends would organise small meetings in their homes, where Shri Mataji would give Self-Realisation, and work tirelessly for hours in establishing the chakras of the seekers. Gradually She started giving en mass realisation at public programs. The number of Sahaja Yogis rose to a few hundred and Sahaja Yoga centres were established in Delhi and Bombay. She was not concerned with the quantity of people, but with the quality of the seekers. She never took any money for giving self realisation and started Sahaja Yoga with Her own resources.

Sahaja Yoga aims to bring meditation into the lives of ordinary people who seek a meaningful spiritual experience in the course of their hectic daily life. The state of meditation is attained through a spontaneous awakening of the Kundalini, a dormant spiritual energy inside every human being. Once awakened, the Kundalini serves as a boundless source of a peaceful and balancing force. "Through this process an inner transformation takes place by which one becomes moral, united, integrated and balanced," states Sahaja Yoga's official website (

Shri Mataji explains the fact that the awakening of this energy is necessary in order to attain global pace. "The world is in a state of crisis that can only be solved by enlightened people. The awakening of Kundalini enlightens, and Sahaja Yoga awakens spontaneously the Kundalini energy," Shri Mataji explains.

A universal teaching, Sahaja Yoga functions regardless of the cultural level, religion, ethnic or social background. It is also unique among the Yoga types because increasing scientific and clinical research proves its effectiveness as an alternative therapy in treating diseases such as asthma, depression, hypertension and ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder).

Recognizing Shri Mataji and Sahaja Yoga

On 12th November 1993, (Saint Petersburg, Russia) the Petrovskaya Academy of Art and Science conferred on Shri Mataji the Honorary Presidium Membership of the Academy. This academy also conferred a similar award on Albert Einstein. However the President of the Academy remarked that Einstein worked with dead matter whereas the work of Shri Mataji is far greater, as Her work brings peace to mankind. In the history of this institution, one of the oldest academies in the world, only 12 people have ever been granted this honor.

On 14th September 1994, the Academy held a Science Conference with Sahaja Yoga. This was a major breakthrough in the field of science. Eminent scientists accepted Sahaja Yoga as the 'Meta Science' and declared that science had not advanced to anywhere near the level of Sahaja Yoga.

In 1994, France granted official recognition to Sahaja Yoga as a religion. During Her visit to Brasilia in 1994, the Mayor received Her at the aircraft and presented Her the keys to the city. Ecoforum in Bulgaria awarded Her with a Gold Medal in August 1995 and the same year the Romanian University conferred upon Her a doctorate in Cognitive Science. In September 1995, Shri Mataji was an official guest of the Chinese government and addressed the World Women's Congress in Beijing.

The National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C. hosted on June 19th, 2000 a conference on Sahaja Yoga and Health which was attended by 550 medical professionals. Shri Mataji spoke to a rapt audience about the 'Secret of Medicine'. She said that modern medicine addresses only the left and right sympathetic nervous system that correspond to the left and right channels of energy, while Sahaja Yoga opens the way for 'Meta-Medicine' which for the first time is concerned with the parasympathetic nervous system (the central energy channel, through which the Kundalini energy is activated). This is an actualization that has been proved in Sahaja Yoga.

Benefits of Sahaja Yoga

Since the method of Sahaja Yoga originated on the 5th of May 1970, thousands of people in more than 90 countries have felt its extraordinary benefits. The courses cover a multitude of subjects, including the experience of Self Realization, health and balancing of the subtle system in order to attain inner peace and self-confidence in the context of the present global turmoil. To participate in one of these public conferences is a unique opportunity to experience what amazed thousands of people starting from simple persons to chiefs of state.

Sahaja Yoga classes are free. As the potential to experience the self is innate in every human being, it cannot become the commodity of any business and cannot give rise to any financial pursuit. Shri Mataji states that "We cannot pay for our spiritual evolution."

Sahaja Yoga Continues

Today, as she turns 82, Shri Mataji keeps on traveling worldwide to spread her message of global peace. As part of her spiritual work, she has laid the basis of some international schools for the children from all over the world; she has created organizations to assist the poor women in India; she founded centers for arts and music, as well as hospitals and clinics that use the methods of Sahaja Yoga.

For her tireless work, Shri Mataji had received many international distinctions. When nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Claes Nobel, the grandson of Alfred Nobel, declared: "Shri Mataji's discovery brings genuine hope to humanity."

A Poem by Shri Mataji from childhood.

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Toronto Mayor, David Miller congratulated Shri Mataji on the occasion of 82nd birthday.

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Sitar recital
Sahaja Yoga Canada would like to invite you, on April 7th, downtown Toronto to a presentation of Indian Music combined with a Sitar recital by Hema Kukreja (student at "Sitar School of Toronto")

The class will begin with an introduction to Sahaja Yoga Meditation technique and with the Kundalini energy awakening experiment.

The admission is free.

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