The Tenth Incarnation by Yogi Mahajan, An Excerpt
The day of spring equinox, March 21, 1923
The world was still reeling from the aftermath of World War I, and the grey clouds of World War II loomed over the horizon. Mother India was suppressed under the tyranny of the British Empire.
But at the precise noon hour of the day of spring equinox, March 21, 1923, the hand of God intervened, and a silver lining appeared in the clouds.
It was the dawn of a new era of hope, Shri Adi Shakti took birth—a baby girl was born to Prasad Rao Salve and Lady Cornelia in Chindwara. Looking with awe at the smiling and radiant baby, the grandmother exclaimed, “She is ‘Nishkalanka’, i.e. without any blemish. Nishkalanka being a boy’s name, the girl was named ‘Nirmala’, meaning immaculate.
On Easter Monday the miraculous child was baptized amidst great rejoicing.
The great sage of Maharashtra, Gagangiri Maharaj, who had mastery over the elements, was meditating in his ashram, Gagan Boara, near Kolhapur. Suddenly he saw the most beautiful sight of the complete Shri Chakra coming down upon earth. He described his vision as the birth of Shri Adi Shakti. Seated on his lion he followed the Shri Chakra to seek the blessings of Shri Adi Shakti. It stopped outside the Salve home in Chindwara.
Shri Adi Shakti Nirmala Devi blessed him but asked him not to disclose her identity to anyone. When the time would come, she herself would come to his ashram and inform him.
The newborn Nirmala did not want to reveal her divinity yet. All her powers remained hidden within her. She knew Sahaja Yoga from birth. No one taught her. She did not consult any books, and all her knowledge came from within.
“When I was a little girl I found the world was completely ignorant about how to find the truth, whether they were Hindus, Christians or Muslims. They were lost in all kinds of so called religions and rituals. All the seekers went to the wrong people and to wrong directions because they were really seeking from their hearts. So they were misled into such horrible areas that they did not know what they were seeking and what they were supposed to seek.”
It was a unique knowledge with which she was born. It was not easy to reveal it. She had to find a method to accomplish her mission. To do so, she wanted to understand human nature first. Hence, she chose to be absolutely human, to feel like a human being and to react like one. She wanted to experience the complete human cycle of childhood, youth, marriage, motherhood and a doting grandmother. She led a full life, going out shopping, building beautiful homes, entertaining, watching movies and embarking upon several ventures.
“I was very anxious that I should lead a very normal life. I should not be like some Himalayan fellow or something like that because this is needed for the common man.”