Ever since his marriage with SHRI MATAJI NIRMALA DEVI in 1947, Dr C.P. Srivastava has adhered firmly to
the path of ethics lighted for him by SHRI MATAJI, with total dedication to his duties and responsibilities
in serving his country India and the International Maritime Organisation of the United Nations. The result
is a career of outstanding achievements.
Sir C.P. Srivastava, KCMG, Secretary-General Emeritus, of the International Maritime Organization,
United Nations, and recipient of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in
Public Administration, Academics and Management, from the Government of India.
In September 2007 during his time in Australia we sat with Sir CP on many occasions and talked of his
life of achievement with his characteristic simplicity and sincerity. From those discussions we felt it
would be inspirational for our Yuva Shakti, young people, Sahaja Yogis, and all people, to
compile Sir CP’s curriculum vitae and make
this available to all.
Sir CP has lead an incredible life, and his record of achievement stands alone, and provides a clear
message about his accomplishments. Yet it is his role as Shri Mataji’s husband which is a definition
of who he is, and how he sees himself, and the primacy with which Sir CP sees Sahaja Yoga in the world.
A journalist once asked Sir C.P. that being so highly decorated how he remained sincere to which Sir CP
“My life has been greatly influenced by my wife, now known globally as Mataji Nirmala Devi,
the founder of Sahaja yoga. Her vision of one Almighty God and one human family has motivated me in all
aspects of my life. I am sure this can be done world wide as well. I also practice Sahaja Yoga meditation
that my wife Nirmala founded. This is a meditation which changes people from the core. It helps them become
more balanced and strong. It's always taught free of cost all over the world as we believe that spirituality
cannot be paid for in money”.
It is a motivation and encouragement for readers that the heights can be achieved through Sahaja Yoga, yet
in this address in 1995 to a group of Sahaja Yogis Sir CP places Sahaja Yoga in a unique position in the
world today when he speaks of the unique transformation that can be only be possible through Sahaja
“ She has created a new universal family of Sahaja Yoga. Each Sahaja Yogi in my view is
an angel. And I mean this. I mean this because I have known human beings in the world. When you meet a
Sahaja Yogi, he or she is a very different person. The face is different, the inner self is different,
the outer self is different. It's another creation. And She has created thousands and thousands of such
persons. Each one of you is a miracle. Transformation is what I see in you. And that is a miracle. That
is what She has done. And now a new world is being created. I sincerely hope that Sahaja Yoga will
spread more rapidly. It has spread very, very fast but it needs to spread much faster”