“I’ve come here to share with you some ways to get over the last little things in us. I can see that you’re far advanced, but it’s the last little bit, that last little climb up the mountain which is the hard part. The first part is easy because, oh, gee, it’s so much fun… Miracles are happening. Sure, we should have some miracles. I just adore them — they’re wonderful. But they are not the final goal… Yes, we can give up all and yet not really have given it up in the deep recesses of the caverns within, which we have been afraid to face.” – Hilda Charlton
Hilda Charlton was born in London in 1906, and moved to the United States with her parents when she was 4 years old. She was raised primarily in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. At the age of 18, she began performing as a modern dancer and for the next 20 years she danced and taught in the San Francisco area.
Hilda toured India as a dancer from 1947 to 1950, remaining in India for an additional fifteen years to study eastern mysticism and meditation. Upon returning, Hilda settled in New York, where she became a spiritual teacher. Over the years her classes grew in size from two people to more than a thousand. Hilda taught Robert Hansen, the later Shaivite “satguru/jagatguru” (spiritual/world teacher) Sivaya Subramuniyaswami as a teenager and was a friend of Albert Rudolph (Rudi). Hilda was an invited guest at his meditation sessions held in New York City in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Her teachings incorporated the fundamental principles of the world’s religions and she spoke of the importance of a life of giving and forgiving, unconditional love, and remembrance of God. She died in New York City on January 29, 1988.
“The Planetary Beings and all of those teachers I mentioned, all work in harmony for the One God. Only down here do we separate into little groups and call ourselves names and make separations. And if there’s any separation in any of your hearts tonight, put there by some stupidity, let’s wipe it out tonight and go away free souls that can look at the sky and know that we are free in the Infinite Absolute God Almighty, that we’re not bound by anything or anyone. Yet we can still walk into a church, you understand.” – Saints Alive
“Yes, I firmly believe that when the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear. No one in this world is alone in his search for God-realization, but is watched and inspired if the mind is quiet and not garbled by worldly thoughts. Joan of Arc, when asked why only she could see the saints, gave the reply that no one cares to go apart to pray. In the Bible it is put, “Go into the closet and close the door.” (Mt. 6:6) In other words, sit quietly with mind turned inward.” – The New Sun
“The third step is the hardest and yet is the easiest when learned. It is control of mind. The mind is a slippery eel if it is not handled with a kind but strong hand. Be firm but loving, for the mind is the rein that controls the horses – the emotions and the body – and guides them to safety along the road of life. Train the mind always to be loving and kind and to see the best in others. In yourself, see the slightest flaw and ruthlessly correct it. Let nothing escape the eye of the mind.” – Master Hilarion
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Hilda Charlton was a spiritual teacher, author, dancer and healer, and this book is a compilation of remarkable classes she gave at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City — classes in which she spoke with love, wisdom and humor of the saints and holy people who were a living part of her life. The saints and great souls she spoke of include Jesus, Joan of Arc, Sai Baba, Pericles, Ammal, George Washington Carver, St. Therese of Lisieux, J. Krishnamurti, Sri Nityananda, Martin de Porres, Our Lady of Fatima, Ramakrishna, Colette, and Yogi Ramsuratkumar.The book also includes practical lessons for living a life of truth, courage, and love.
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