To spread the original, universal and eternal truth, path or law of yoga, which remains forever the same in essence, yet always adapts to the time and place.

Click for a bigger image of MatajiAs a 24 years old girl from Germany, in the 70's, Mataji arrived on the island where Baba Santosh Puri was doing his tapasya. She never left him again. Although he tried very hard, he could not make her abandon him and his teachings.

Mataji was then recognized by Babaji as a form of the Ganga Maata, as well as she recognized him as known from former lives, the aim she had been looking for all over the world. It was as if a miracle had happened. Guru Santosh Puri gave her the name "Narmada", two yellow clothes to cover the body and the holy name of Lord Shiva as a Mantra to repeat and to meditate upon for the rest of her life. For Narmada it was the begin of a very hard time of purification.

For almost ten years she stayed with Babaji on the Island only with a fire place under a tree and for food whatever happened to come by the divine will, once a day or not. Besides inner struggles for faith and devotion, struggle from outside with storms, rains, cold and heat as well as annoyances by Indian and foreign burocrates had to be overcome. But due to the divine grace nothing could ever separate them. Santosh Puri was a Guru of older times, giving hard lessons from inside, pulling out by the roots the main obstacles of the spiritual path: laziness of the body, pride, egoism, selfishness or vanity.

After eight years Mataji married Baba Santosh Puri, not for enjoyment, but out of the unshakable confidence into the divine will or the will of the holy Ganga Maata. Even before the birth of the first son, the Santosh Puri Ashram was founded, where spiritual and charitable service life continued. There they had also 2 daughters.

It had been the ideal of Guruji Santosh Puri and life partner - disciple Narmada - to take Samadhi together and remain in the union of the atma = paramatma = Brahman. But the divine will wanted it differently. The physical form of Babaji separated, but the more important spiritual relation continued by a constant consciousness of the presence of the departed soul in each and everything in the Ashram life.

As such, Mataji now had to take herself the role of the teacher, although she mainly did that by example, until she herself could leave her body and could rejoin her beloved Babaji. Their children continue the holy work on Earth at the Santosh Puri Ashram.

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