Priya Rapyal and Harihar Gaikwad
Shri Mataji (founder of Sahaja Yoga Meditation)
Her Holiness Shri Mataji was a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, recipient of the United Nations Peace Medal, was twice honoured by the United States Congress and received awards and citations from the governments of many countries in recognition of her selfless efforts for social improvement and her contribution to humanity through a lifetime of work for peace and the wellbeing of mankind.
“Shri Mataji’s discovery brings genuine hope to humanity.”
Claes Nobel, grandnephew of Alfred Nobel, Nobel Peace Prize Foundation and Chairman of the United Earth Organization.
In 1970, after studying the field of medicine and focusing on the scientific terminology of the anatomy and human physiology, she started Sahaja Yoga Meditation, which she insisted be shared with all, at no cost.
Shri Mataji’s core teaching is that within us all lies a transformative potential, (Kundalini) which can be awakened using her method. By doing so, we can bring peace and wellbeing to ourselves, our families, our social institutions, our nations and our world.
In keeping with her principles, Sahaja Yoga meditation is now offered in over one hundred countries worldwide, free of charge.
Priya Rapyal has been involved in the promotion of the spiritual, educational and medical benefits of Sahaja Yoga meditation in Australia over the past 17 years. In her early years in India, Priya explored various schools of yoga seeking peace, fulfillment and satisfaction. However it was only when she found Sahaja Yoga and experienced spontaneously the actual “yoga”, which means the union with the all pervading power of love, that she became convinced that she had finally found a lifelong practice which would sustain her in every aspect of her life.
A school teacher by profession, Priya introduced meditation to her classrooms giving hundreds of children the experience of inner peace, joy and satisfaction. She also participated in a number of medical research programs which demonstrated the positive effects and benefits of Sahaja Yoga meditation on participants with physical, emotional and mental imbalances and ailments.
Priya attended and participated number of Seminars in India, Italy, Greece, the United States and Australia where the founder of Sahaja Yoga, Her Holiness Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was in attendance. Priya was also able to spend time with H.H. Shri Mataji in her residence in Italy and in Sydney on many occasions.
Priya currently teaches Sahaja Yoga meditation in programs offered in Sydney. She sincerely believes that the benefits of Sahaja yoga are immense and hence seeks every opportunity possible to share the knowledge and techniques that has made a profound impact on her life.
Hari Gaikwad has been practicing Sahaja Yoga Meditation for over 25 year. Throughout this time he has maintained a positive relationship with practitioners at all levels of experience, providing information and instruction to achieve meditation outcomes.
Hari has attended seminars all over the world with the founder of Sahaja Yoga meditation, Her Holiness Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, and assisted in programs throughout Asia, Europe, Russia, the Americas and Australia. He has facilitated numerous workshops to give self realisation and to help people to experience inner peace and joy. Sahaja Yoga Meditation is now practiced in over a hundred countries and is recognized by many governments and organizations for its benefits in maintaining physical, mental and emotional well-being. HH Shri Mataji has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize, honoured by the US Congress and the United Nations and has received awards from many countries for her work on transforming humanity.
Being involved from a young age and at the forefront of this work has given Hari Gaikwad a wealth of experience as well as insight into the nature of this great spiritual movement. He brings wisdom and depth to the workshops he facilitates and a dedication to help others realize the importance of meditation in maintaining a healthy and balanced life. In Sydney, Hari has also played an active part in the Multi- Faith movement , “One people” which brings people from diverse backgrounds together to build harmonious communities.