Wednesday, December 07, 2016

The ego attracts all painful phenomena and sufferings to itself

Ego is like a magnet that has fallen into a bunch of nails -- every nail will be attracted to it. The ego attracts all painful phenomena and sufferings to itself. Egolessness is a state of indifference. When the ego is dissipated, one will not have concern for one's own happiness or unhappiness. This is a supreme realization, as the True Self is beyond all physical, emotional, and mental conditions.

-Torkom Saraydarian
The Art of Teaching

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Meditation is the science of withdrawal from your not-self

Meditation is the science of withdrawal from your not-self. Have you had that experience?

You are going to  have an experience that you have now left the physical body, left the emotional body, left the mental body, and you are in space. You see your town, your body sitting there. From five million miles you see the body is sitting like an ant there and you are meditating. That is how you can do it, but it needs work, labor. People do not like to do meditation because they are interested in making money.


-Torkom Saraydarian
Virtues & Values vol.3, p.31

Depression is a trap

Depression is a big trap. Why are people depressed? You will be surprised. When faults accumulate, your Soul looks at you and says, "You are so icky," and you become depressed. Depression is a sign of doing many many wrong things. It is the realization of your past faults without conscious awareness. It is a subconscious happening.

Faults and errors accumulate and cause depression. They come to the surface. Depression is a sign of having done many, many wrong things. Whenever you are depressed, be careful and analyze it. See if there are things you are doing that are wrong. Depression is a trap. It imprisons you.

Wrong and right  are not judged by the ideas of millions of common people. It is a very delicate thing. Only God knows how to find right and wrong; we do not know it. But the result will show it.



-Torkom Saraydarian
Virtues & Values vol.3


Monday, November 28, 2016

Our dealings with each other will condition our next birth

People never think that their relations with others will condition their birth next time. Why not? If they know this, they will be a little more careful  to have next time a body that is really healthy, is really beautiful, is really accident free. For example, I had a car accident that really hurt me. I said, "Who knows what I did?" Nothing happens without a reason. Nothing happens by accident. All these things bring us to our senses. We realize that we ourselves created the causes of our present pain and suffering.

Our dealings with each other are very important because our dealings with each other are forming the prototype, the physical, emotional and mental prototype that is going to give birth to our body, to our health, to our intelligence, and to our future success or failure. It is very important to think about that.


-Torkom Saraydarian
Virtues & Values vol.3

Friday, November 18, 2016

When people cannot persevere with the decisions they have made...

When people cannot persevere with the decisions they have made, it means that they do not exist yet as a soul. Only their bodies, emotions, and minds exist. People think that behind our eyes, someone exists. Actually, behind most people's eyes, there is no one. It is horrible to be aware of this fact, but it is reality.

When you start existing, you have a principle, a decision, a goal, a purpose toward which to strive. As obstacles come on your path, your perseverance increases. Read the biographies of great people. You will see how this occurs.


-Torkom Saraydarian
Virtues & Values vol.2

Monday, November 14, 2016

Scorpio - Victory over limitations

There is another very interesting thing in the Scorpio life. Scorpio fights against his own achievements, victories, positions, and successes. Every time a true Scorpio has a success, a great achievement, a great victory, he knows that these things are more subtle and powerful enemies than any enemy he knew in the past. You glorify yourself because you achieved something, you did something, you are so great. That is your trap. That is your prison.

A Scorpio is never, never enslaved in his own achievements. Achievements, successes, great progress make you pleasant. They make you happy. "I achieved. I am something!" That something that is at that level freezes you and you are frozen like the wife of Lot. You are frozen on the Path and you cannot proceed anymore because you have fallen in love with your own image. Your image became your own grave.

If you do not break that limitation of your achievement, of your position, of your expansion of consciousness, of your knowledge, of your realization, of your understanding, you are going to be a slave on that level and you are frozen. That is how we keep our humility.


-Torkom Saraydarian
The Wisdom of the Zodiac

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Your first step in the process of being divine is to take good care of your home

You must exercise perseverance in keeping your home clean. If you see a man or woman keeping their home steadily beautiful, he or she is a disciple. But everything that is chaotic in that house means that the person is going to waste his or her life. Perseverance in keeping your house clean is such a great sign of discipleship. When the hippie movement started, I visited certain homes. Their homes were like full trash cans, and they would be sitting there, supposedly meditating. You can never achieve anything until you build a foundation. Your first step in the process of being divine is to take good care of your home.

-Torkom Saraydarian
Virtues & Values vol.2

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Teaching will become more concise

As we come into the new age, the Teaching becomes more concise, direct and synthesized. The presentations are becoming shorter because they deal with the most essential. In the new age, we don't have time to waste on secondary matters. We must go to the essence and understand it. Also, our intellects are keener than those of our ancestors, so we can understand with less explanation and examples.

New-age writing is going to be really meaningful. There will not be a page with one unnecessary word on it. Authors will have great respect for their readers, so they will not waste their readers' time.

The new-age Teaching is extremely focused, direct and condensed.


-Torkom Saraydarian
Talks on Agni vol.1, p.92

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

If you are not healing the three vehicles of the personality, you are not healing

If you are not healing the three vehicles of the personality, you are not healing. You can heal the body for a few days, a few months, or one life, but then the symptom appears again in the next life in worse conditions. You are going to heal the three bodies together.

If you heal only your body, you will suffer ten times more in the astral plane with your astral sicknesses. These things are not spoken of in medicine, in psychology, philosophy, this or that. They are hallucinating that they are healing. If you take the cancer of a man but the roots of the cancer are in his astral body, he will face cancer again in the next life.

Pure healing is to make your mental, emotional, and physical bodies totally organized and in rhythm, in resonance with the spirit that is within you. Your spirit will eventually make your body, emotions, and mind totally fused with your Self. You become whole.


-Torkom Saraydarian
Esoteric Science of Healing, p.427

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The best way to open the higher centers

Sometimes Hatha Yogis or different yogis give you meditation and you sit down and imagine your head center or heart center or throat center to make them unfold. There is nothing worse than that because you are forcing something for which it is not ready.
 
The best way to open the higher centers is to develop virtues through creative imagination and visualization and try to actualize these virtues in your life. The degree to which these virtues are actualized in your life, to that degree your higher centers become active. Higher centers unfold when their energies, in the form of virtues, manifest in the life and relationships of the person.

 

-Torkom Saraydarian
Imagination & Visualization, p.135


Monday, October 24, 2016

Only living with pure motives will destroy our karma

Only living with pure motives will destroy our karma and expand our consciousness. We have no way of knowing what our specific karmic debts are. There is no computer that will show us the obnoxious things we did in the past. Only in the Akashic Records does this exist, and we do not have access to them. Because we cannot know what we did and do not need to know, we must increase our givingness and service. If we increase in Beauty, Goodness, Truth, Joy and Freedom, suddenly one day we will receive a letter from the bank of life that says our mortgage has been paid off.

If we want to know what bad karma is in general, we have only to visit an asylum or hospital. A visit to an asylum can make you laugh, it can make you depressed, or it can make you cry. What did such people do in the past that they are paying for now by being mentally ill? A visit to an asylum tells you that what you sow, you will reap.

Only the way of pure motive will destroy our karma and pay our debts. Only if we learn to live for others will we be able to build a strong foundation both in this life and in the life to come.


-Torkom Saraydarian
Virtues & Values vol.2

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Seven steps to destroy karma

There are seven steps to take to destroy karma:

1. The first step is to learn the science of giving. A book needs to be written about the science of giving. If we sit down and think about it, we can see that what, how, when, and to whom we give is a part of a great science. We often give ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally, and even spiritually without understanding at all about the laws and principles of right giving. When we give wrongly, we only create more karma. To give or not to give is based on a scientific understanding of the situation and persons involved. It should not be based on emotional reactions or prejudiced thinking.

2. The second step to destroy karma is to heal people. The techniques for healing vary widely according to the need. Some wounds are healed by applying a soothing balm, but others require painful and drastic surgery. Healing takes many forms, but if our intention is to heal people, our karma will dissolve.

3. The third step to destroy karma is to educate people. To educate someone means to lead him to an expansion of consciousness. Education also means to create discipline. If you can create self-discipline in someone, you help him raise his level and expand his consciousness. He may hate you for it, and that is your reward. But as you continue to create discipline in others, your reward will increase. One day your reward will stand between you and a car that is about to run over you, and the accident will be prevented.

4. The fourth way to destroy karma is to protect people from themselves. We try to protect each other, but that is not the answer. The real problem is to protect people from themselves. It takes courage to do this. Can we tell people when they need protection from themselves that they are destroying themselves? Can we find the way to tell them so that they are able to listen?

5. The fifth step to take to destroy karma is to keep silent. There are times when refusing to talk with someone is the right thing to do. Sometimes it is only our silence that can annihilate karma.

6. The sixth step to destroy karma is to think good thoughts. When we think low thoughts and criticize others, we add to our karmic debt.

7. The seventh step to destroy karma is to speak in goodness. Right speech eliminates karma, while harmful and thoughtless words increase karma.


-Torkom Saraydarian
Virtues & Values vol.2

Monday, October 10, 2016

Good leaders

The Tibetan master says that if a person can solve his family problems, he can solve the problems of his city. A President must not have a lot of trash in his past. He must have a good family life. A decent family man can be a decent president. Miss America must be the embodiment of purity and beauty.

Our consciousness is looking for good leaders. These leaders will come from those who are good to themselves, good to their families, good to their society and Nature. If a person does not create a mess in his personal life, it is unlikely that he will create a mess on a larger scale. That is why it is said that family life is a very good training place for initiates because it is the first Ashram. It can then be replaced by group life, or friendship.


-Torkom Saraydarian
Ashrams

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Our worst tendency is to thoroughly cover ourselves

Our worst tendency as human beings is to thoroughly cover ourselves. We cover ourselves with diplomas, positions, titles, and pleasant smiles. We hide from others, but the worst thing is that we hide from ourselves. This cover-up has to stop if we want to have a real foundation in life.

Unless we learn the technique of self-revelation, we can never progress because the very nature of the ego is to hide itself. Do we not see this in moments of clarity? Do we not observe the ego busily weaving its covers of rationalizations, justifications, reasoning, and logic? These make us hide our faces from ourselves. As long as we continue to hide, no matter what books we read or what position we attain, there is no spiritual progress at all.

The truth is that everyone covers himself in relations with others. Unless a person has a Teacher who is able to remove the coverings so that he has the chance to know what is hidden, or he learns to do this for himself, there is no way to change. As long as the concealment continues, there is no hope for transformation.

One cannot be sincere with others before he becomes sincere with himself.


-Torkom Saraydarian
Virtues & Values vol.2

A disciple is a person who is conscious in every situation

A disciple is a person who is conscious in every situation and knows the inner motive and character of the people he deals with. A disciple’s progress in life depends on his understanding of who he is and what he is, and who and what other people are. Spiritual advancement does not depend on speculation about how many and what kind of angels are in heaven, or what short of harp-playing is going on in paradise. If this is what is going on in heaven, we will find out about it when we get there. In the meantime, we are here. What about understanding where we are?

-Torkom Saraydarian
Virtues & Values vol.2

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Who are our enemies and how are they created?

Every time we hurt people, lie about them, slander them, we build their image within us, as our enemy because we feel guilty. Subjectively we feel that we made enemies because we hurt them, lied about them, and slander them. So we build their image within our mind and make it our enemy.

If we want to know who our enemies are, we must search our hearts and discover the people we hated, hurt, lied about, and slandered; their images are our enemies within us, even if outwardly the person knows nothing about our harmful actions.

We hate others not because others hurt us, but because we hurt them. This means you hate the part of yourself that hurt others, and this part of yourself becomes your enemy.

When you start to be your own friend, you will see that most of the people in the world are your friends, even so-called enemies. The friend in you is the result of good deeds you did for others.


-Torkom Saraydarian
The Art of Teaching

Monday, September 19, 2016

“It is in the genes”

Go to the hospitals and ask how many millions of babies are born with defects. They say, “It is in the genes.” Who created the genes?

It is so stupid! In the scientific journals you read about it. Genes do everything! If you are a criminal, it is in your genes. If you hate people, it is in your genes. If you have cancer, it is in your genes. Who made the genes? The genes are made collectively by your physical, emotional, and mental activities. You change your genes if you change your thinking and your striving.

Some people with cancer the next day heal themselves. Why are the genes not objecting and taking him to court? Genes are of the body; you are spirit. You can control the body if you find the key and if you are sincere enough.


-Torkom Saraydarian
Virtues & Values vol.2

Thursday, September 15, 2016

What is the mystery of hatred?

The first thing we are going to learn, as people who are aspiring toward light and beauty, is to eliminate every seed of hatred from our heart. This is very practical. Also, if you learn to do it, you will save money, time, energy, and your life. This is an easy thing to say, but it is very difficult to throw the hatred out of your heart.

What is the mystery of hatred? People think that hatred is an emotion. It is not an emotion. Hatred is a black entity, a black octopus. If you see once clairvoyantly how hateful people look, you will be horrified. A black octopus enters into their heart, their brain, and controls them. This octopus is related to a greater octopus that works around the earth known as the dark forces or the black lodge. Their intention is to stop the evolution of humanity. To stop the evolution of humanity the only way they can, the black lodge creates hatred between families, between nations, and in humanity. It wants people to devour each other through hatred and devour themselves and prevent their evolution, spiritual expansion, service, beauty, and creativity.

Knowing this, do not let that octopus attach to you. Once you start hating, you hate more and the octopus grasps your brain and says, “Come on, hate more because there is reason to hate more, hate more.” This is how you are totally sucked up into the black octopus.

Hatred is accumulating in your system, in your brain, your heart, especially in the vagus nerve that controls your stomach and heart. Irritation from the hatred starts to destroy bodily functions. Slowly, slowly you partially paralyze yourself here there. Eventually your immune system weakens and you cannot resist the germs, the microbes, and the viruses attacking your system.

Unfortunately, when you start hating you feel very happy because you are feeling that you are conquering something with your hatred. Actually, you are committing suicide.

My Mother used to say, “Before the snake is big, kill him.” If a snake grows, you cannot control it. If the hatred starts to show its head within your heart, within your mind, immediately pull it out and say, “You Satan, I am going to destroy you,” and put it into the fire. Only in the fire can you get rid of hatred.

That fire is love. Hatred is totally burned in the fire of love. You are going to find something in your mind and say, “Well, I hate that man because of all his activities, stupidities, rascalities, hypocrisy, and so on, but I love the Divinity that is still in him. If I touch that Jewel and bring it out, I can do something.” Your mood of hatred turns into the mood to save some person who is defeated by his or her own hatred.

Now immediately – today, tomorrow, next month, next year – if any hatred attacks you say, “No, I refuse you.” You will see what will happen to your health. Your health will improve, your heart will start working better, and your brain will be cleared. You will see things as they are. This is very practical.


-Torkom Saraydarian
Virtues & Values vol.2

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The more you love, the more you free yourself...

The more you love, the more you free yourself from those elements which limit you, which disintegrate you, which cause unhappiness and darkness in your heart and consciousness.
 
In love all ugliness disappears and all beauty emerges. And in beauty love blooms. Beauty is manifested love and love is actualization of beauty.

 

-Torkom Saraydarian
Virtues & Values vol.2


Hatred is a source of every kind of disease

One thing that psychologists, doctors, philosophers, and psychiatrists do not talk about is hatred. If you really think about hatred and do a big research on it, you will see that hatred is a source of every kind of disease – physical diseases, emotional diseases, mental diseases. I was thinking that when I come next time to my incarnation, I will build a great school for little children. I want to teach them from the beginning what hatred does to humanity and what it is doing now so that from the beginning the children can destroy the source of their future sicknesses, pains, and sufferings.

-Torkom Saraydarian
Virtues & Values vol.2, p.459