As a child, Shri Mataji lived with her parents in the ashram of Mahatma Gandhi.Gandhi saw the wisdom of this child and used to appreciate her immensely, affectionately calling her Nepali due to the Nepali features of her face. Even at a young age, her deep understanding was evident to Gandhi, who frequently sought her advice on spiritual matters.
Shri Mataji's involvement in the freedom struggle is extremely remarkable. She was very courageous and playeda daring role as a youth leader of this campaign. In the 1942 "Quit India Movement" announced by Gandhi, she was even arrested, put in jailand tortured along with other freedom fighters for actively participating in this movement.