True Meditation is a Happening
Through true meditation we experience a state of cosmic Consciousness, perceiving the whole Cosmos as part of oneself. When you are able to feel connected in this way, love for all nature and Humanity flows forth in every thought, word and action. In this way, You can't help but make choices that are for the benefit of the planet because it is an extension of yourself. Would you take care of only a certain part of your body? No, it takes the whole body to be healthy in order for you to function well and to have a joyful experience in this world. All eastern sciences, religions, and teachings encourage you to meditate, for lasting transformation.
True meditation is a happening, It happens when you refine the body/mind system. Meditation isn't something you do but rather something you prepare for, when it happens it's because you've done the work.
The work is a system that ends with meditation, and starts with:
Yamas and Niyamas - Moral and ethical system that when observed, helps to keep the energy flowing undisturbed throughout the body and mind.
Asanas - What most people think of as yoga, but actually refers to a posture or seat used for meditation. When we do certain postures combined with breath we're able to keep the energy (prana) flowing freely throughout the body; when prana flows unobstructed it centers and stills the mind allowing for meditation.
Pranayama - Breath is everything! It circulates the prana (divine intelligence) throughout your physical, emotional, and mental systems. This practice allows for awareness of this divine intelligence that operates at every level of life.
Pratyahara - Withdrawal of the senses into mind so that the internal world is known as easily and vividly as the external world. With control of the senses mind stills and meditation becomes easy.
Dharana - Concentration/focus brought about by intense control of mind. This allows for you to pierce the veil of Maya (illusion) bringing you face to face with your true nature.
Dhyana - "True" meditation. This is a happening, all the other practices you can do, this you cannot. If all the other practices are done then this is the fruit, the flowering of your work.
Samadhi - When Dhyana is realized and held for a period of time the natural movement is deeper awareness, Samadhi happens.
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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.