- Hilda Charlton
name = Hilda Charlton
birth_date = 1906
birth_place = London, England
death_date = January 29, 1988
death_place = New York City, NY, USA
occupation = Dancer, Spiritual Teacher
Hilda Charlton was a spiritual teacher, author, dancer, and healer who taught classes in meditation and prayer in
New York Cityfor 23 years.cite book|author=Hilda Charlton|title=Saints Alive]
Hilda was born in
Londonin 1906, and moved to the United Stateswith her parents when she was 4 years old. She was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Los Angeles, California. At the age of 18, she began performing as a modern dancer. For the next 20 years, she danced and taught in the San Francisco area.
Hilda toured India as a dancer from 1947 to 1950, and stayed in India for fifteen more years, studying eastern mysticism and meditation. She met and was guided by great spiritual masters, including
Bhagawan Nityanandaof Ganeshpuri, Sri Mahadevananda of Bombay, and Sri Sathya Sai Babaof Puttaparthi.
Hilda settled in New York City upon returning to America. She became a spiritual teacher at the request of people she met, and over the years her classes grew in size from two people to more than a thousand. The location was moved from a students apartment to the basement of St. Luke's Church. In 1976, the location was moved to the nave and later to the Synod House of the cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Hilda was a friend of
Rudi (Swami Rudrananda), and was an invited guest at his meditation sessions held in New York City in the 1960s and early 1970s. [http://www.rudimovie.org/rudi_lectures.html cite book|author=Swami Rudrananda|title=Rudi Lectures on CD] ]
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.
*"Saints Alive", by Hilda Charlton (ISBN 0927383-00-4)
*"The New Sun", by Hilda Charlton (ISBN 0927383-01-2)
*"Master Hilarion", by Hilda Charlton (ISBN 0927383-02-0)
*"Skanda", by Hilda Charlton (ISBN 0927383-03-9)
*"Divine Mother Speaks", by Hilda Charlton (ISBN 0927383-18-7)
*"Pioneers Of The Soul", by Hilda Charlton (ISBN 0927383-12-8)
*"Hell Bent For Heaven", by Hilda Charlton (ISBN 0927383-15-2)
* [http://www.hildacharlton.com Hilda Charlton official site]
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