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Mataji Narayani & Swami Ananda
Behind the motto of Soham has been the strong inspiration of our Gurus Mataji Narayani and Swami Ananda, the disciples of Swami Venkatasananda.Swami Venkatasananda was a person of great spirituality standing far beyond the trend of humanity. He was a disciple of Swami Shivananda of Rishikesh. Mataji Narayani,formerly Norma Harman, of British origin, was born in South Africa on 17th January,1924.

She was happily married with three children .Swami Ananda,formerly Girdharlal Makan was a well known jeweller by profession.They both met their Guru, Sw. Venkatasananda and Mataji was introduced to homeopathy in the early sixties.They were both close to Swami Sahajananda , of Divine Life Society, who asked them to dedicate their lives to the world of service. Mataji studied and became a qualified homeopathic practitioner in 1968, and started her free clinic from home.

The clinic work in Mauritius began in 1977 after Mataji and Swamiji taught two groups of students. A healing centre came into being through the dedication of the students. In 1979, the work spread in India from Rishikesh to Bangalore, Bombay to Gujurat. Student were taught and free homeopathy clinics were opened in Bangalore, Bombay, Bhavnagar and Ahmedabad. In Aug. 1981, they were initiated into the order of sannyas by H.H.Swami Omkar of Shanthi Ashram, a friend and contemporary of Swami Shivananda . SOHAM became her Guru Mantra and she taught Self Analysis as a tool to spiritual upliftment.. In 1984, Soham Sanctuary Ashram was established by them on the banks of Narmada at Tilakwada. A free homoepathic clinic was run and spiritual camps were organised in their presence. In 1986, Soham Foundation was then established , primarily to manufacture homeopathic home -kits and village kits and look after the publications of Mataji's books.

After Mataji's return to South Africa in 1986 a clinic was started in a flat in Durban . Mataji moved to Pretoria and with the help of dedicated healers and helpers the Durban Clinic continued to see patients. Mataji visited this clinic on a regular basis .In 1987, Soham Sanctuary, South Africa was established in Johannesburg. Mataji was nominated for the Albert Schweitzer prize awarded by the Open International University for Complimentary Medicine. She was invited to present a paper on her experiences in Homoeopathy at the World Congress held in Athens in 1989. Swamiji accompanied Mataji to Greece. She was awarded the gold medal at the Congress for Alternative Medicines, bringing home to South Africa a great honour, In 1992, with the blessings of Mataji and Swamiji, Soham Foundation. Vadodara took over all the activities of Soham Sanctuary, Tilakwada. They continued to stay at Soham Sanctuary, South Africa visiting India every year to forsee the work being carried out there. In 1995, Mataji Narayani passed away to her heavenly abode after a brief illness.Swami Ananda continues to work with Sw. Padma and Sw. Gopala in South Africa and visits India frequently to help the work grow.They have inherited this tradition of service and are spreading Mataji's message of Love and Healing.
 

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