** The Italian newspaper “Il Secolo XIX” had offered a full page cover for this event in 2 detailed articles written by the reporters Irene Navaro and Laura Nicastro. Below we have Anna Mancini translating to English the entire page, article by article (the subtitles were also translated) and we’ve tried to complete the envision of this complex message by inserting photos received from sahaja yogis/ friends from all around the world. Please, take your time to read till the end all the personal experiences that were shared. I was so impressed about the Italian media to offer an amazingly large space, have 2 reporters focusing on this event, while there were “hotter” news with their PM and around the world. But they choose wisely to follow the Divine Cool Breeze instead. Let’s open our palms towards the monitor and experience the vibrations in a serene meditation while feeling Cabella’s Heart in our hearts.
Thousands of followers from all over the world would gather every year in Cabella
CABELLA LIGURE- Yesterday morning, as the first rays of the sun rose above the horizon, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, founder of the Sahaja Yoga International Movement, died from cardiac arrest. She had been in the Montallegro Clinic for some medical treatments. Born in India in 1923, she chose Cabella Ligure to be the international center for Sahaja Yoga Movement. Thousands of followers from all over Europe and other areas of the world would gather in Cabella every year.
In 1991 Shri Mataji bought the castle on the hilltop of Cabella called Palazzo Doria..
… which became the International center for the numerous gatherings.
The Wake at Palazzo Doria- Thousands wait to give their last Farewell to Shri Mataji
CABELLA LIGURE- No one is in mourning. Instead, one minute of silence was held during the Cabella’s City Administration’s homage to it honorary citizen, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. The great saint chose Val Borbera to establish the International Center of the Sahaja Yoga Movement. It is also the place in which she wanted to be remembered. “The directors of the Foundation have requested for a permit to build a mausoleum on the property of Palazzo Doria. Within the limits of the laws, we are ready to grant the permission,” explains Mayor Manlio Garibaldi. The body of Shri Mataji will be buried in New Delhi.
After the purchase of Palazzo Doria, members of Sahaja Yoga moved near the River Borbera. They purchased homes and lands in the area. Schools were started in Daglio and Centrassi, both small areas located within Cabella. The Foundation was in process of building a permanent center for meditation during the winter season.
But the hangar, located near the edges of the very swift river, turned out to be very impractical. The relationship between the practioners of Sahaja Yoga and the town people of Cabella apparently was a good one. Now many of them are asking what will happen next. Will the “pujas” continue? Will the thousands of followers at the international gatherings flock to the town? “The news was unexpected. It is useless to negate the fact that it caught us by surprise,” states the owner of one of the restaurants. “We knew she was not well. At the recent reunions there were always less and less people and some did not even stop in Cabella. But there were times when it seemed that Shri Mataji had recovered and that once again she was in good health.”
“Shri Mataji would have been 88 years old on March 21,” states Aldo Gandolfi, who is responsible for the Sahaja Yoga International Foundation in Italy. This foundation is responsible for all world wide Sahaja Yoga activities, including financial matters and properties. The residents of Cabella called Shri Mataji “the great saint.” She chose Cabella as her official residence and it was also here that she passed the summer months. Her followers called Shri Mataji “the Holy Mother.” The practitioners of Sahaja Yoga don’t like to be defined as a “cult”, in the 20 years that Sahaja Yoga has existed in Italy, it was always made easily available to the public and to its citizens. In 2006, Shri Mataji was made an honorary citizen of Italy. Mr. Gandolfi continues, “Shri Mataji felt the same positive vibrations in Cabella that she felt emanating from the River Ganges in India, her native country. She will be honored with a last farewell in Cabella before leaving for India, where the final burial service will most likely take place.”
THE MAYOR’S HOMAGE – READY TO DEDICATE A MAUSOLEUM TO SHRI MATAJI
Dead at 87 years old, Shri Mataji was the founder of the Sahaja Yoga Movement
“Shri Mataji’s health had not been the same for quite a while,’ explains Mr. Gandolfi. “During the winter months she would stay in a villa in Genova to be close to the clinic where she would occasionally be treated. Of course we were always aware that this moment of separation would occur. But one is never really prepared to face this pain.”
The following biographical information has been published on the Sahaja Yoga web sites. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was born into a Christian family in the town of Chindwara in India. Her parents, Prasad and Cornelia Salve, were direct descendents of the royal Shalivahana dynasty. Upon seeing the beauty of this baby, whose body was luminous and without any spots when she was born, they her called Nirmala, which means immaculate. Her father, who was very close to Mahatma Gandhi, fought together for the liberation of India. Shri Mataji herself was imprisoned many times for her association with Gandhi. She married Sir C.P. Srivastava, one of India’s most important state officials. He was the only Indian ever to be knighted by the Queen of England. In 1970 Shri Mataji started her “spiritual experiment, ” Sahaja Yoga, which became the international movement and has its basis in the techniques of meditation yoga and leads to the achievement of full Self- Realization. Towards the end of the 1980’s Shri Mataji arrived in Italy and then to Cabella. In 1991 she bought Palazzo Doria, the ancient residence for the Doria.
Sahaja Yoga has centers and followers all over the world, including Europe and the United States. Shri Mataji started schools for younger children in Rome, India, and France. The last one was built in Centrassi, a small area within Cabella. Over 40 children from all over northern Europe are enrolled in Centrassi. (note- translator states that a Sahaja Yoga elementary school was also started by Shri Mataji near Albany, New York and it is fully recognized by the New York State Department of Education.)
The movement has properties which include homes and land and since 2006, it has been directed by the World Foundation which is named after Shri Mataji. “She wants to make sure that the foundation, with all of its knowledge, will continue to spread Shri Mataji’s teachings,” states Gandolfi, a retired engineer from Ivrea. “The spiritual teachings which she has left are immense. Now we are more than ever determined to bring forth her teachings and to spread Sahaja yoga throughout the world.”
The body of Shri Mataji arrived from Genova to Cabella where it was placed in the main hall of Palazzo Doria for viewing. Thousands of followers of Sahaja Yoga are expected from all over Europe to pay homage to the beloved “Holy Mother.” And it was in Cabella where for many years thousands of her followers would gather for “pujas” and meet collectively in huge international gatherings.
Ever since yesterday morning Palazzo Doria has been constantly illuminated both during the day and night.’
In Genova the last medical treatments & “She left us alone to follow the path”
“At the Clinic Montallegro, followers arrive from all over Italy.
She rests covered by white flowers, the color of mourning in the Italian tradition”
“To have known her was a profound experience, unique, and unrepeatable. It was a real experience, lived not in the head but which enters the abdomen,” states Danilo, who arrived from Como to pay homage to his teacher. A fragrance of roses permeates the front door to the funeral parlor of the Montallegro Clinic, in Albaro. In front of the clinic there are many shoes that have been left by the devotees. They have arrived from all over the world to give their last farewell to Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, the founder of Sahaja Yoga, or the Spontaneous Yoga. She was almost 88 years old and died after a brief stay in the clinic.
“For us it is a great loss. But she left us with indications on how we must live. And it will be the path that we will follow forever. “
Last night Shri Mataji was taken to Cabella where she has lived since 1991. (note- reporter states 1981 but this is an error- Shri Mataji visited Italy in the late 1980’s and bought Palazzo Doria in Cabella in 1991). It is predicted that over 2000 practioners of Sahaja Yoga will arrive from all over Italy, Europe, Australia, and the United States.
“She was like a mother to us,” explains Marco Arciglio..
.. as he opens the door to the funeral parlor, “She was unique in this world. She was an incarnation. Her message has now spread throughout the world. Humanity is now ready a new awakening and a new step in its evolution. It is now ready for the union with the Divine.”
To allow the devotees from all the world to pay homage to Shri Mataji, the funeral ceremonies will last for two days in Cabella Ligure. (note- reporter states that the body of Shri Mataji will be cremated but that is incorrect. Shri Mataji was taken to New Delhi where her body rests in a mausoleum in Nirmal Dham- just outside of New Delhi)
Her “children” have been at the side of Shri Mataji’s body since Wednesday (Shri Mataji died on Wednesday, February 23, 2011). They dressed her in a beautiful red shawl and a white dress. Then they covered her body with white flowers, the traditional color of mourning in Italy.
Shri Mataji’s Sahaja Yoga has now spread throughout the entire world. By meditating and following the teachings of Sahaja Yoga, the individual is able to awaken all of his spiritual powers within. This awakening allows the person to achieve good health, both physical and mental. Whoever has met Shri Mataji has been fascinated and drawn to her.
“I saw Shri Mataji just once in Como,” explains Danilo. “I was spellbound. This was in 1981 and since then I have always followed her. She awakened within me the energy called Kundalini which had been sleeping.
Since then I am a completely changed man.”
Articles translated by Anna Mancini (New York, USA). The photos are mainly from Cabella (thanks go to Cythare, Sankalp, Jasbir, Omar and Ana Bianca) and some represent artwork from Palazzo Doria. Enjoy below 2 more Articles on this event.