Sahaja Yoga started with a handful of seekers in Bombay and Delhi. Friends would organise small meetings in their homes, where Shri Mataji would give Self-Realisation, and work tirelessly for hours in establishing the chakras of the seekers. Gradually She started giving en mass realisation at public programs. The number of Sahaja Yogis rose to a few hundred and Sahaja Yoga centres were established in Delhi and Bombay. She was not concerned with the quantity of people, but with the quality of the seekers. She never took any money for giving self realisation and started Sahaja Yoga with Her own resources.
Sahaja Yoga aims to bring meditation into the lives of ordinary people who seek a meaningful spiritual experience in the course of their hectic daily life. The state of meditation is attained through a spontaneous awakening of the Kundalini, a dormant spiritual energy inside every human being. Once awakened, the Kundalini serves as a boundless source of a peaceful and balancing force. "Through this process an inner transformation takes place by which one becomes moral, united, integrated and balanced," states Sahaja Yoga's official website (www.sahajayoga.org).
Shri Mataji explains the fact that the awakening of this energy is necessary in order to attain global pace. "The world is in a state of crisis that can only be solved by enlightened people. The awakening of Kundalini enlightens, and Sahaja Yoga awakens spontaneously the Kundalini energy," Shri Mataji explains.
A universal teaching, Sahaja Yoga functions regardless of the cultural level, religion, ethnic or social background. It is also unique among the Yoga types because increasing scientific and clinical research proves its effectiveness as an alternative therapy in treating diseases such as asthma, depression, hypertension and ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder).