Chetana Catherine Florida
July 4, 1941 – April 2, 2003
Founded Lighthouse Center Inc.
Catherine Florida was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She became a mantra meditator in 1972 after the death of her first husband. She taught metaphysics classes for “Do Something Different” in area high schools and colleges and in 1979 founded The Lighthouse Center for Spriritual Development in Whitmore Lake, Michigan.
She met Jain Master Gurudev Chitrabhanuji in the 1980’s and in 1991 was initiated as his first apostle atop the holy Jain Mountain Shatrunjaya in Palitana, India. It was here that she was given the spiritual name Chetana, which means pure awareness, pure consciousness. She completed her fifth pilgrimage to India with Gurudev in September, 2002 and received the International Vegetarian Award from the Bombay Vegetarian Society. She was the beloved Spiritual Mother to hundreds of meditation students at The Lighthouse Center and around the world.
Her meditation classes, personal readings and teachings were always about the universal message of Reverence and Respect for All Life. Read the 2003 Crazy Wisdom interviews with Gurudev Chitrabhanu and Chetana Catherine Florida, interviewed by Bill Zirinsky. Two Very Special Interviews on Reverence for Life and Relativity of Thinking – with Gurudev Chitrabhanu, the Worldwide Leader of Jains, and Chetana Catherine Florida (1941-2003) of the Lighthouse Center