Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, born in India on March 21, 1923, spent a lot of time in the United States teaching Sahaja Yoga. She never took any money for her work. Her first nationwide tour in 1981 included New York, Houston and Los Angeles.
Shri Mataji returned many times to the U.S. and visited other cities, as well as the United Nations in New York City and the National Institutes of Health. Her last public program in the U.S. was in New York City in 2002. She passed away in 2011.
Through her simple method of meditation, Sahaja Yoga, Shri Mataji showed how to calm the mind and open the heart. She called this state “thoughtless awareness,” where one is completely alert, aware and fully enjoying life, free of worries, judgments and opinions. The results include more creativity, better communication, and an enormous reduction in stress.
Shri Mataji asserted that the United States was vital to the spiritual evolution of the world. As a freedom fighter in India working with Mahatma Gandhi, she experienced first-hand the oppression of colonialism. Many times Shri Mataji spoke of Americans’ love of freedom and justice and praised leaders such as Abraham Lincoln.
Today thousands of Americans continue to benefit in their daily lives from the practice of Sahaja Yoga, which is always taught free of charge.