A Selection of Awards and Recognition 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, a few of which are listed below. In order of year.
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. 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.
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.