Condolences on the occasion of the passing of Aldo Gandolfi
21th May 1936 to 20th Sept 2021
Jai Shri Mataji!
Australia acknowledges the passing of Sir Aldo Gandolfi former President of the World Foundation and National Coordinator for Italy.
Born in Alessandria on 21 May 1936, Aldo Ji had a distinguished career serving as a long time Director of the Olivetti. Aldo had a successful political career as a member of the National Direction of the Italian Republican Party from 1967 to 1992, Regional Councilor of the Piedmont Region and as a Member of the National Parliament 1987-’88 -’89. From 1994 to June 2002 he was first a member of the Secretariat and then President of the Action Movement “Justice and Freedom”.
From 2005, Aldo Ji was the President of the Sahaja Yoga World Foundation and the National Italian Coordinator during the period of time when Shri Mataji was resident in Cabella and Genoa where he helped to provide everything needed for the comfort of Our Mother during which time he developed a deep and personal relationship with all the Australian Yogis called to that service.
On behalf of our collective, we wish to express our love, appreciation and unlimited respect for our great friend and respected elder Sir Aldo Gandolfi whose death is a profound loss not only to his family, but to the world Sahaja collective. We know that no words can really help to ease the pain and loss we collectively bear when such a great saint and visionary leader departs his family and friends. The Italian collective must know that they are very close in our thoughts and prayers at this time. We pray that Our Mother Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi will comfort you all and will sustain you both during this time of loss and for the future.
During our days when Adlo Ji was the National Coordinator of Italy, and we were service for Our Mother Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi while resident in Italy, the Australian Yogis who were also in Shri Mataji’s service were in constant daily contact with Aldo Ji. We used to be involved in deep and significant exchanges, dialogue and working together as brothers to serve Shri Mataji. There was nothing that we could not ask of Adlo Ji in this service that he would not do to the utmost of his ability in that service.
Times spent with such brothers working side by side in the service of Shri Mataji will stay with us forever and will never be forgotten. Aldo Ji dedicated his entire life to uphold the noble values of Sahaja Yogis, of spiritual enlightenment, companionship, tolerance, equality and justice. Aldo Ji was a remarkable man who championed the cause for Sahaja Yoga Italy where he paid special attention to the needs of the Italian collective. Yet Aldo Ji was a father figure to us all. It is part of the reason as to why he was universally held in such high esteem and loved the world over. Aldo Ji was a morally visionary leader, righteous, with a glowing personality who made a remarkable contribution every single day of his life. He has left an indelible footprint in the history of our Sahaja world collective as he built a better world for all our collective.
In sanctifying his memory, we will always value his friendship, his guidance, his frankness and his infectious personality and his deep sense love for all Sahaja Yogis. We are certain that many of us will seek to emulate his exemplary life in bringing about a just and better Sahaja World as a son who faithfully served Shri Mataji to the best of his abilities. It is said that those who we love never truly go away. Their visionary life is with us always every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, loved, missed and very dear, bring hope always.
We pray that Shri Mataji will receive Aldo Ji soon in heaven and may She send Her Angels down from on high above to carry his soul upwards and to give sweet peace within all our hearts and surrounding us with the eternal love of Our Mother Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi.
Sincerely National Coordinator and Trustees.