Leela: The Universal Play
You’re a unique expression of consciousness, limited by body and mind, playing in time and space… yet powerful beyond belief!
Your birth was no accident; it was precisely timed and intricately orchestrated to sync with the overall dance or play of the universe.
You’re integral to the universal play; your part is, and will take place whether you like it or not. The show must go on!
It is up to you whether you will enjoy the play or not.
Enjoyment or happiness, in the play, stems from presence, whereas unhappiness stems from fear. When you’re out of sync with life, fear naturally arises… fear is born out of ignorance, from “not knowing”, yet the adventure, the excitement of life is had only when you “don’t know”! The resolution to this seeming paradox is to root yourself in the here and now, this will bring you into natures flow and you'll be supported by natures infinite source energy while being surprised and awestruck at every moment.
Life is a perpetual show of twists and turns, ups and downs… there is no need to fear, as life’s very nature is one of surprise and intrigue. It is showing you its full range. Putting on a show for you! All its textures, colors and intricate patterns are being shown to you so that you may be in perpetual awe and enjoy the full range of emotions as the energies flow through you. This is why you are embodied! This bodily vessel is equipped with all the features to allow for the energy to move through you in such a way that you may feel, think, imagine, and act in this energetic universe and seemingly create and move energy to your liking. You are here to create and live your individual expression of consciousness and move the play forward so that the play can continue and all may have a wonderful exciting experience in this physical realm…
When you’re done with playing you may exit gracefully by working it into the play. It starts with planting the seed, you do this by desiring to wake up, desire is the seed and the planting… when the longing becomes strong it will start the process and the universe will work it into the play. It might not be in this lifetime, each lifetime is like the blink of an eye in the bigger scheme of things, but it will come to fruition.
Whatever is planted will bear fruit in time, depending on the intensity of focus and attention.
But, don’t short change yourself! Life in the here and now is being shown to you, enjoy it as a spectator and you’ll find yourself being able to spiral out in this life…
Allow your identification with “I” to expand to include all and you’ll come to know “you” in each and everything. This is everlasting bliss, deep wisdom, and abiding truth. You come to know your immortal nature here and now while the body and mind live out its life span, playing its integral part in the whole. Om Shanti.
Some people live their Life for a Cause. And Chitra Sukhu is one such Lady. She has committed her Life in diligent Service (Seva) to enhance the Lives of so many Others. Her Cause is, “To Enrich, Empower, and Enlighten (E3) through Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedanta, and Meditation.” Her Purpose (Dharma) is, “To raise the Consciousness of the World, so that All may live Happier, Healthier Lives together as a Whole.” Chitra was born in Guyana to a Family of Indian ancestry. Although raised mostly in the United States, She also grew up in the many Sivananda Ashrams scattered around the world. Chitra’s parents, Yogi Hari and Leela Mata, joined the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization when She was three years old. And since the tender age of three, Chitra has practiced Yoga and Meditation daily. Such immersion in this Classical Culture, Discipline, and Celebration of Life has given Her a rather rare orientation for someone in the Western World. Reflecting Inner Wisdom She says, “Even though I come from the Sivananda lineage and respect all Teachers, I don't claim any Guru. My Guru has been Life – and through Life I have learned My greatest Lessons.” During her University years, while continuing Her “Foundational Practice” of Yoga and Meditation, Chitra also developed an interest in “the pleasures of the material world”, and pursued a career in Modeling and Acting. And while garnering success in this area, She did not attain Fulfillment. Later on, following the 9/11 attacks, Chitra experienced a powerful Spiritual Calling. She recognized the need to provide answers to the multitude of (often disregarded) questions inside a Child’s mind – questions about Terrorism, Killing, Death, Suffering, and the many other complexities of Life. People everywhere were fearful and confused, and these young minds were hardly ever given straightforward answers. She soon realized that many more and more people find it difficult to face stressful and demanding situations, and this inability to cope could be attributed to a failure to recognize One’s Inner Self. Being Herself a Mother, Chitra has always encouraged her Children to meditate and find an Inner Peace, a state of Mind, which helps them find the answers themselves. Chitra is an experienced Yoga teacher, registered with The Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level. She has a Diploma in Ayurvedic Sciences from Kerala Ayurveda. She is also an accomplished Indian classical dancer in the ancient style of Bharata Natyam. Chitra’s Mother, Leela Mata, travels the world teaching Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedanta Philosophy, and Meditation. Leela has a Spiritual Center (Leela Mata Peaceful Valley Ashram) in Pennsylvania. Her Father, Yogi Hari, a Master of Hatha, Raja, and Nada Yoga, is well known and respected around the world, has an Ashram in Florida, and has published over 20 CDs and 3 books. Chitra now continues the distinguished legacy of her Parents' LifeWork. She teaches and leads many Retreats around the world for adults and children. She has “birthed” the organization, New Age Kids Inc. -- a sincere effort to generate well-balanced individuals with a Sense of Self, from an early age. She has eleven Guided-Meditation CD’s and one CD where she sings Vedic slokas. Some of her CDs have become part of the Curriculum at schools. They have proven to reduce stress and confusion for Children, propagating healthy lifestyle, creativity, happiness and success. She has authored an acclaimed Children’s book, “Elven Rhyme – Journey through Time”. Chitra is now a published Playwright with Her play “To My Amazement”, garnering praise from recent performances in Canada. Chitra was the first to create the Youth Yoga Teachers Training Course (YYTTC) for Youth ages 16-21, Herein, young people can come together to learn more about Higher Consciousness and the Journey of the Self, while becoming Certified Yoga Teachers. Chitra is currently working on a Yoga video for Teens and Tweens, and one for Youth. When She is not traveling, She resides in Los Angeles.