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Birth and Childhood

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was born on March 21, 1923 in a Christian family in Chindawara, India. Her parents were Prasad and Cornelia Salve, direct descendants of the royal Shalivahana dynasty. Seeing the beauty of this child who was born with a spotless brilliance, they called Her Nirmala, which means 'Immaculate'.

Later on She came to be known by the multitudes by the name of Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the revered Mother who was born with Her complete Self Realisation and knew from a very young age that She had a unique gift which had to be made available to all mankind.

Her parents played a key role in India's Liberation Movement from under British rule. Her father, a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi, was a

member of the Constituent Assembly of India and helped write free India's first constitution. He was a renowned scholar, master of 14 languages, and translated the Koran in Marathi. Her Mother was the first woman in India to receive an Honors Degree in Mathematics
Fighting for India's Freedom

As a child, Shri Mataji lived with Her parents in the ashram of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji saw the wisdom of this child and used to appreciate Her immensely, affectionately calling Her Nepali due to the Nepali features of Her face. Even at a young age, Her deep understanding was evident to Gandhiji, who frequently sought Her advice on spiritual matters.

Shri Mataji's involvement in the freedom struggle is extremely remarkable. She was very courageous and played a daring role as a youth leader of this campaign. In the 1942 "Quit India Movement" announced by Gandhiji, She was even arrested and put in jail along with other freedom fighters for actively participating in this movement.

Shri Mataji was born with a complete understanding of the human nervous system and its energetic counterparts. In order to become acquainted with the scientific vocabulary attached to these subjects, She studied medicine and psychology at the Christian Medical College in Lahore.


Shri Mataji's Family

Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was married to Sir. C.P. Shrivastava, a civil servent on 7th April, 1947. He is pictured here with his immediate family, his wife Shri Mataji and their daughters Kalpana and Sadhana.

Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, 1990

For 16 years, 1974-1989, Sir. C.P. Srivastava was Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation, IMO, a specialist United Nations agency, which is based in London.

After his retirement he received a Knighthood, on the recommendation of the British Government, as Knight Commander in the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG).

  Sir C.P. is the author of the following books: "Lal Bahadur Shastri - A Life of Truth in Politics" and "Corruption - India's Enemy Within".
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