H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, founder of the worldwide meditation movement called Sahaja Yoga, passed away peacefully on 23rd February, 2011 in Genoa, Italy, aged 87.
Hers was a life unlike any other. Whether walking with kings or walking barefoot with Gandhi, it was a journey of extremes managed effortlessly, living as she did with grace, dignity and, always, loving guidance.
Shri Mataji’s was to be a truly remarkable path.
Born of a royal dynasty; she conferred as a child with Mahatma Gandhi, living for a time in his ashram; was a medical student and a freedom fighter; was an adored mother, grandmother, great grandmother and the wife of a distinguished diplomat who himself was decorated by the Kings and Presidents of innumerable countries and knighted by the Queen of England. But incredibly, after all this, with her family grown and settled, she then embarked on an even more extraordinary mission.
Shri Mataji was born to Christian parents in India. Spiritually enlightened, she knew from very early on that her unique spiritual gift must be made available to everyone. And so it was that in 1970 she founded Sahaja Yoga meditation, which she shared freely. Using simple techniques, she discovered a unique process of Self Realisation through which huge masses of people could easily achieve the peace of true meditation. She charged no money, and instead insisted this was a birthright which should be available to all who desired it, at no cost. She said
“There can be no peace in the world until there is peace within”.
Thus began the next outstanding stage of her life: for the next forty years, she continuously travelled Continue reading
Four-week Sahaja Yoga meditation courses start in March 2011 at over 80 locations around Australia.
The courses are designed to teach you simple techniques for developing the mental silence of true meditation. They are comprised of one 90-minute class per week for 4 weeks.
At the completion of the 4-week course, one-day practical workshops will be held to help you further establish your meditation learnings.
• Suitable for complete beginners and regulars
• One 90-minute class per week for 4 weeks
• Join in at anytime, even if you miss a class
• No physical exercises, postures or special clothing required
• Chairs provided
• Daytime or evening classes available
• Ongoing weekly classes at most venues
• All courses and classes are free
Further details: Go to www.freemeditation.com.au/events
In a delightful setting for meditation, Sahaja Yoga in Cairns holds one of their programs at the Esplanade, located near the centre of the city where hundreds of people pass by. This particular program is held at 7.30am every Saturday morning. If the weather is unsuitable to sit on the ground a covered area is provided.
This is a very tranquil site to meditate, with beautiful green lawns and nice large shady trees to sit under in the cool breeze, with the Coral Sea and rainforest-covered hills as a backdrop. The local Council promotes the sessions and is very supportive.
The program attracts attendees who visit from all corners of the world. We have people from China, Japan, Korea and other South East Asian countries, Holland, Germany, France, England, Ireland, Canada, America, and South American countries.
If you are visiting Cairns, Sahaja Yoga programs are held on Monday nights and Tuesday mornings, in addition to the Esplanade program on Saturday mornings. Programs are also held in Herberton, west of Cairns on the Atherton Tablelands. Telephone 07 4032 1860 for details.
Holidays are over and we hope you’re refreshed and ready for 2011.
New year, new start!
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to learn how to meditate or to get back to meditating, now is the perfect time to come along to our free weekly meditation classes and courses. Our meditation is very easy to do and you are welcome to join us to experience the peace it may offer.
Many locations throughout Australia
For class locations, go to www.freemeditation.com.au/meetings.
To confirm class details, simply choose a convenient location and call the number provided for that class.
About our classes and courses
- Simple meditation techniques
- Suitable for both beginners and regulars
- No prior knowledge is necessary
- New people come along most weeks, so everything is explained
- Join in at any time
- Chairs provided
- Always free of charge.
During the year we’ll email details of special events such as courses, workshops, film showings and music events.
We hope we see you soon!
Sahaja Yoga Meditation, Australia