Shri Mataji’s humanitarian and spiritual work draws admiration not only from countless individuals in more than 100 nations who have personally benefited from her teachings, but also from governments, dignitaries, educational institutions and humanitarian organizations.
A mother’s position is different, this patience and this love and this forgiveness is innately built in a mother … her attitude is very different. Not any achievement, not any big name or a sort of an award or anything … she does it because she is a mother.
A Selection of International Achievements and Recognitions
Great Britain, 1997: Separate personal tributes paid to Shri Mataji from Claes Nobel (Grandnephew of Alfred Nobel, the founder of the Nobel Foundation) and Ayatollah Rouhani (leader of the Shia Moslems in Europe). Mr. Claes Nobel, honoured the life and work of Shri Mataji in a public speech at the Royal Albert Hall quoting that “Shri Mataji’s discovery brings genuine hope to humanity.”
China, 1995: Official guest of the Chinese Government to speak at the United Nations International Women’s Conference in Beijing.
Romania, 1995: Awarded Honorary Doctorate in Cognitive Science from Ecological University of Bucharest.
Brazil, 1994: The Mayor of Brazil welcomed Shri Mataji at the airport, presented her with the key of the city and sponsored all of her programs
St. Petersburg, 1993: Appointed as Honorary Member of the Presidium of the Petrovska Academy of Art and Science. In the history of the Academy only 12 people have ever been granted this honor, along with Einstein. Shri Mataji inaugurated the first International Conference “Medicine and Self-Knowledge”, which became and annual event at the Academy thereafter.
Moscow, 1989: Shri Mataji met with the head of the Russian (USSR) Ministry of Health, subsequently Sahaja Yoga was granted full government sponsorship, including funding for promotion and scientific research.
Italy 1986: Shri Mataji was declared “Personality of the Year” by the Italian Government.
Honours received in the U.S.
105th Congress, 1997: Honorarium read into Congressional Record by Congressman Eliot Engle commending Shri Mataji for her dedicated and tireless work for humanity.
New York, 1989-1994: Invited by the United Nations for four consecutive years to speak on ways to achieve world peace.
New York, 1994: September 26th was proclaimed as “Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Day”. Police escort was offered for a welcoming parade honouring Shri Mataji and celebrating her association with Mahatma Gandhi.
Philadelphia, 1993: October 15th was proclaimed as “Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Day”.
Cincinnati, 1992: September 10th was proclaimed as “Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Day”.