Honors And Awards
Shri Mataji’s humanitarian and spiritual work draws admiration not only from countless individuals in more than 95 nations who have personally benefited from her teachings, but also from governments, dignitaries, educational institutions and humanitarian organizations.
A Selection of Awards and Recognitions
- “Shri Mataji’s discovery brings genuine hope to humanity.” Claes Nobel, (grandnephew of Alfred Nobel, Nobel Peace Prize Foundation) Chairman of the United Earth Organization
- Nobel Peace Prize nominee
- 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.
- Brazil, 1994
The mayor of Brasilia 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.
- China, 1995
Official guest of the Chinese Government to speak at the United Nations International Women’s Conference
- 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..