Hilda Charlton was an extraordinary being who taught classes for 23 years in New York City in which she gave practical lessons to thousands for living a life of truth, courage and love. Read about her life in her words. As one student put it: “Hilda was obligated to no one except God, and she served everyone as God. She taught, counseled, and healed thousands, made herself available for lengths of time and at depths of intensity beyond what seemed humanly possible, and accepted no money or fame for all that she gave.”
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Baba says: “Man can derive ananda” — that’s bliss — “through the contemplation of his divinity or the divine as represented by all that he sees, hears, tastes, touches or smells outside himself. Brahman is immanent in all.” Well, then, what are we worrying about? “The Divine pours into your mold. What an inexhaustible source of ananda lies inside or outside you. Only you have to develop the mind” — that’s it! — “Only you have to develop the mind that will respond to the call, that will recognize the truth.”
Do you think that this week you could honestly keep your mind firm on who you are, day and night? Simply repeat it, saying who you are. If you have pains, say it is a lie. Say “I am in the image and likeness of God, and if God had pain, the whole world would screech. And I cannot have pain, because I am in that image and likeness.” Say it over and over and over and over and over.
Once I took on so much pain from someone that I couldn’t walk. It was so excruciating; there wasn’t a place in me that wasn’t excruciatingly painful. All at once I said, “Hey, God, I’ve had enough of this! I’m sick of this — this pain is finished!” And it got finished. What I get sick of is taking on pain from people who aren’t going to change. I’ll take anything on from you kids if you’re going to change afterwards. I’ll go along with anything. But if you get back your health and you don’t change one iota — if your mouth is still nasty, your mind is still cheap, and you’re still petty — then why don’t you just have your own pain?
It’s time you kept your mind on the truth of the matter. I would have so many people coming up next week to talk of miracles if you would keep your mind on God every moment. Say “I am made in His image and likeness.” If you want to say “Her,” you can. “I am made in the Mother’s image and likeness. I cannot have sickness, I cannot have trouble. It’s impossible, impossible, impossible. It’s a lie, it’s not true, it’s not true.” You go on all day like that, and something will break. Start doing it. I believe you could clean the water if you thought about it enough, if Baba can wave his hand and make something manifest. I swear by God Almighty that I’ve seen Baba do that over and over and over again. I’ve seen him blow like this — wwhhooohh — and the whole thing changes. It’s almost as it was in the beginning, when God went like this — wwhhooohh — and our world and we were all created. It’s a wonderful feeling to see someone do that. It opens your mind to a glory you haven’t touched yet. Open your minds and your hearts and see the things we haven’t seen yet! There are glories in the air we haven’t touched, and I’m determined to touch them. If Baba can touch them, I can touch them. If Moses can part that sea, then I too can part my troubles if I keep my mind right. Do you understand this?
Baba continues: “Misery is alien to man’s and woman’s makeup. Recognize the immanence of the Divine. One has to dedicate all acts to the Divine.” Everything we do is to the Divine. “What is an act when you analyze it deeply enough? It is the manipulation” — now listen to this — “the manipulation of the Divine by the Divine.” Isn’t that great? It is the manipulation of the Divine by the Divine. If you think positive and something happens, then who is the positive in your mind? God. And who is the thing that is manifested? God. If you pray, you take down from God’s storehouse and give back to God.
Baba says: “Dedication is to be carried out in many various ways. Take the food that we consume and offer it to God.” How many people forget to offer their food to God and change the vibratory rate of it from a stinking old nothing that’s been cooked in a hurry into something divine? “Any act done for the glorification of God is thereby rendered pure and potent. It is incapable of harming the doer, the beneficiary or society, for it is saturated with love, which is God. God is the director of this puppet show, the manipulator of the strings. Go behind the scene and see Him. It is now hiding Him. You have only to peek behind a flower or peer behind a cloud to see Him pulling the strings to show us the beauty, to show us the darkness of heavy moisture. So also you have only to peek behind your thoughts, to peer behind your feelings. You will find there the Inner Motivator behind everything.
“You tell me, `Swami, I have been practicing intense meditation for fifty years, but I have yet to gain concentration.’ This is the shameful confession. Jnana, or meditation, is the seventh of a series of the steps leading to the eighth, samadhi, or conquest of the mind. Unless you have secured a strong foothold on the five previous steps, you will fall back from jnana.”
You want to know what the five previous steps are? We’ve been doing them in this class, and I say you’re a wonderful, wonderful class. I’m very proud of you. The first step is the control of the senses. The second is the control of the emotions and impulses. The third is the mastery of balance and equipoise. The fourth is the regulation of breathing and movements of the vital airs. The fifth is the prevention of outer influences. If you don’t practice the first steps to make the foundation, you can go off and meditate and when you come out, you’ll slide down and it will be hard to hold it, however many years you have tried to stick to it.