As a 24 years old girl from Germany, in 1969 Mataji arrived on the island where Baba Santosh Puri was doing his tapasya (austerities) and literary stayed forever. Although he tried very hard, he could not make her abandon him or his teachings.
Mataji was then recognized by Babaji as a form of the Ganga Maata, as well as she recognized him as someone she had known from former lives, for whom she had been searching. To meet him (in this life) once again was as if a miracle had happened. Guru Santosh Puri gave her the name “Narmada”, two saffron colored 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 nearly ten years she stayed with Babaji on the Island, their “home” only a fire place under a tree, eating meals of whatever happened to come by the divine will, once a day or not. Despite her own inner struggles for faith and devotion, struggles with nature’s storms, rains, cold and heat, as well as annoyances by Indian and foreign bureaucrats, divine grace provided the means to overcome it all and nothing could ever separate them. Santosh Puri was a Guru from the times of older traditions, 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 does that by example. If anybody would like to live that experience, they can visit her at the Santosh Puri Ashram.