Recognition and Awards


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Shri Mataji has been recognized worldwide by several prestigious institutions for her selfless work and for the remarkable results of her spiritual teachings through Sahaja Yoga, The Maha Yoga, a few of which are listed below.

  • Italy, 1986
    Declared ‘Personality of the Year’ by the Italian Government.
  • Moscow, Russia, 1989 
    Following Shri Mataji’s meeting with the USSR Minister of Health, Sahaja Yoga was granted full government sponsorship, including funding for scientific research.
  • New York, 1990-1994  
    Invited by the United Nations for four consecutive years to speak about the ways and means to achieve world peace.
  • St. Petersburg, Russia, 1993 
    Appointed as Honorary Member of the Petrovskaya Academy of Art and Science. In the history of the Academy, only twelve people have been granted this honour, Einstein being one of them. Shri Mataji inaugurated the first International Conference on Medicine and Self-Knowledge, which became an annual event at the Academy thereafter.
  • Brazil, 1994  
    The mayor of Brazilia welcomed Shri Mataji at the airport, presented her with the key to the city and sponsored all of her programs.
  • New York, 1994  
    September 26 proclaimed ‘Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Day.’ Police escort was offered for a welcoming parade honouring Shri Mataji and celebrating her association with Mahatma Gandhi.
  • British Columbia, Canada, 1994 
    Letter of welcome was proffered by the Premier of the Province of British Columbia, Mr. Mike Harcourt, on behalf of the people of Canada.
  • Romania 1995 
    Awarded Honorary Doctorate in Cognitive Science by Prof D. Drimer, head of the Ecological University Bucharest.
  • China, 1995  
    Official guest of the Chinese Government to speak at the United Nations International Women’s Conference.
  • Pune, India, 1996
    On the occasion of the 700th Anniversary of Saint Gyaneshwara, Shri Mataji addressed the ‘World Philosophers Meet ’96 – A Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy,’ where she was felicitated for her spiritual movement, Sahaja Yoga.
  • London, 1997
    Mr. Claes Nobel, grandnephew of Alfred Nobel, chairman of United Earth and The National Society of High School Scholars, honoured the life and work of  Shri Mataji in a public speech at the Royal Albert Hall.
  • USA, 105th Congress, 1997 and 106th Congress, 2000
    Honorarium read into Congressional Record by Congressman Eliot Engle commending Shri Mataji for her dedicated and tireless work for humanity.
  • Cabella Ligure, Italy, 2006
    Shri Mataji was awarded honorary Italian citizenship, which was followed by the unveiling of the foundation stone for the ‘Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi World Foundation of Sahaja Yoga.’ This Foundation has its home in Cabella Ligure.

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