Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Your influence is your value

The Lords of Karma register very carefully the influence people have on others. A man or a woman is a continuous influence for good or for bad.

Suppose you are an actor and you are impressing upon the minds of people how to commit crimes, smoke, use alcohol, kill, use foul language, and so on. Here, ten million people are watching you, and out of that ten million, eight million are strongly impressed to imitate you in their lives. How and by what means will you be able to clear your karma when all these people will add to the account of your karmic liabilities with their crimes?

This means that you will continuously be responsible for what they are doing and will do because of your influence. How are you going to pay your debt to such people? Thus all those who are influencing multitudes because of their position and talents must be careful not to lead people to a dead-end street or into a path leading to destruction. On the other hand, you can create a steady karmic income eternally by influencing people's lives toward perfection.

We not only influence people by what we think, say, and do, but we also influence them by what we do not think, do not say, and do not do. Your influence is your value. You did not kill a person, but you did not prevent a person from killing. Sometimes people are more guilty in not doing than in doing something. In the future we will have laws that will consider things you did not think, words you did not speak, and actions you did not take that hurt people or led them into confusion or danger.

Our progress on the path of perfection is assisted by the inspiration and impressions we give to people to walk toward beauty and light. In the darkest time of our lives such influences come out of our subconsciousness and turn into leading lights on our path.

You must be somebody in order to make another person or persons somebody. You cannot lead people by what you are not. People always need to look up to a hero. When heroes disappear from our life and schools,  corruption and crime take their place. You must be an image in the memory of people for inspiration, courage, and striving. They may forget your help and your words, but they will never forget the example that you demonstrated in critical times in their lives, assisting them to overcome their troubles and limitations. Such images are blessed images that travel with us into infinity. Before he crosses the threshold, every person must feel in his heart the joy that he became a good influence in life and a way for others to achieve.

-Torkom Saraydarian

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Freedom from fear is gained through...

Freedom from fear is gained through being punctual in synchronization with the great mechanism of life. Fear is the result of delay in your duties, responsibilities, training, and discipline. Fear is the result of being late in your advancement or evolution. Punctuality will free you from such a fear because punctuality means keeping pace with the speed of progress, or at least being in harmony with that speed.

-Torkom Saraydarian
Education as Transformation vol.1

Friday, March 27, 2020

Gratitude is a process...

Gratitude is a process of dissolving all opinions within your mind that are selfish and egocentric. You must ask yourself the following question again and again in your life: "Is there anything in my life for which I cannot be grateful?"

-Torkom Saraydarian
Teachings of Great Ones, p.569

Friday, March 20, 2020

Sex without love creates a deep disappointment

Sex without love creates a deep disappointment. One can have intercourse with love and enjoy the act, but if joy and love combine, the couple reaches ecstasy. Ecstasy is not a feeling or state of consciousness, but a moment of opening the aura into the Intuitional Plane, from which comes a beam of bliss. Ecstasy in sex cannot be reached by those who commit adultery, who change partners frequently, who are not faithful to each other, or whose hearts are divided. Long years of sacrificial and joyful relationship can open the gates of ecstasy. This is why sex is sacred. It can transform a person, if he is ready for it.

-Torkom Saraydarian
Joy and Healing

Monday, March 16, 2020

All creatures are transformers

The more we can learn to sense God in all living creatures, the more our eyes will be opened to the wonder and beauty of Divine Purpose in creation. When you think about flowers and birds -- or any creature -- they are not just what they seem on the surface.

When a bird is singing, it is acting as a refinery, as a transformer in Nature, to enhance the life of humanity on this planet. Singing birds take in energies from the sun and change them into something that human beings can assimilate and actually increase the joy, health, and happiness of their lives.

All creatures are transformers, human beings as well. Blavatsky once said that the moon died because humanity, a vital transformer in its ecosystem, left it. And this planet will die when humanity does not live on it anymore, because humanity brings energy to the earth; it transforms energy from the sun on its way to the planet. It is the same with the plant and animal kingdoms.

-Τορκόμ Σαραϊνταριάν
Teachings of Great Ones

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

You must believe in only one God

Sufis teach that you must turn your back to the world and become a worshiper of one God, not a worshiper of many gods. What is God? God is something that you believe in and trust. But most of us trust our bank accounts, our car, our friends, our boyfriends, girlfriends, our teachers, our police, our country. We have many gods; we are polytheists.

You must believe in only one God, nothing else. But people believe in millions of gods. Their dollars in their pocket are a god; their strength is a god; their certificate is a god; their position is a god. Which god do you want?

Sufis say you must not be a polytheist; you must not worship many gods. You must worship one God. For example, in a time of danger if you trust your strength before you trust God, you are worshiping yourself.  In a time of stress when you are calling somebody to help you before you call God, you are worshiping another god. When you are depressed, if you are calling a psychiatrist, a psychologist instead of calling God, you are worshiping other gods. It is a very advanced Teaching.

You should worship only one God. You must say, "I have faith in that Almighty Power and He will do good." You pray two, three days, and then the third day you give up. Well, you found another god or you lost the god that you had. Do you understand? Immediately when the radio, television, telephone comes you forget God and the angels. That is their Teaching, a heavy Teaching.

-Torkom Saraydarian
Teaching of Great Ones

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

That one is not a good teacher if he pleases you...

What role should the teacher play in the life of the student? The teacher's job is to prod that student constantly and keep him or her uncomfortable. That one is not a good teacher if he pleases you in such a way that you go away saying, "Isn't he beautiful! I liked everything he said." On the contrary, you are going to leave the lecture with complaint, saying, "That teacher is pushing me too much. I can't stand him! He's bugging me!"

The real teacher will work in a way that brings all the hidden trash in your life to the surface. And the real students or disciples will respond with a heart that opens wider and wider with gratitude, the more uncomfortable the teacher makes them.

The student shows gratitude through service. Gratitude must be demonstrated through sacrificial service. It is not enough just to offer words. You must make gifts of practical labor to the teacher.

-Torkom Saraydarian
Teachings of Great Ones, p.418

Monday, March 02, 2020

Sufis hesitate to speak about God

Sufis hesitate to speak about God, not because they do not believe in God but because their whole heart and spirit is for God. When you ask a question, "What is God?" They look at you and say, "Who are you to ask about God, and who am I to tell you what God is?"

Here in our Sunday schools everybody already is a friend of God. They know what He is. He has a nose and ears. That is God. We brought God to such a limitation, to our level of understanding, that God became a cartoon. When I was in a foreign country one month ago, a little girl said, "Can you tell us what God is?" "Suppose," I said, "I can tell you. Will you understand? The best way you can know about God is to go to the desert at midnight and look at the stars for two, three hours, and ask them, what is God? And if the stars tell you, you are lucky."

Do not cheapen God. That is why in the Bible it says, "Do not take His Name in vain." Do not take His Name; you do not know what He is! Solar systems, millions of galaxies, millions of zodiacs, He is beyond it. What is beyond it? Beyond it is beyond it and beyond it and beyond it. Who you are to understand God? Sufis do not talk about it.

They say, "Only God reveals Himself to you if He pleases." And when He reveals Himself within your soul, you zip your mouth because it is an ocean, something you cannot contain. And here they say, "God, God, God."

God must not be spoken about; God must be observed in your actions and behaviors. Do not tell me you are this or that. Show me. Are you? If you are, you do not need to talk. A rose does not say, "I am a rose." You see it is a rose; it is so beautiful.

-Torkom Saraydarian
Teachings of Great Ones

Saturday, February 15, 2020

After the soul has broken the link with the physical body

It is observed that often after the soul has broken the link with the physical body, people around the subject try to bring the person back to the body. This is carried on especially in hospitals with various mechanical means. People must help the departing one to break his ties easily and joyfully with appropriate mantrams, prayers, and words. Sometimes the delay of departure causes many complications.

For example, immediately after the link between the soul and body is broken, the astral body begins to build itself rapidly. A speedy integration, reorganization, and formation takes place. But when people draw the soul back to the body, by machines or by emotions, the formation of the subtle body is disturbed, and it is badly wounded.

A similar thing occurs when a fetus is forced to take birth before it is ready for it.

Delayed departure also causes great suffering for the person and anxiety for those who are waiting to receive him in their spheres.

Great help can be given to people by teaching them how to detach themselves from the earth. Many experiences are needed to reach such a state of renunciation, and it is possible to create conditions in which people are not tied to their possessions and bodies. The Teaching can help people easily break the tie with earthly life by demonstrating to them the beauty of the Higher Worlds. Meditation and the occasional disciplines or renunciation will provide great help for the future ascent.

-Torkom Saraydarian
Other Worlds

Sunday, February 09, 2020

After death there are various obstacles which try to hinder our journey

After death there are various obstacles which try to hinder our journey. Symbolically and collectively they are called the dark angel. They are
a. Accumulations of our wrongdoings, wrong thoughts, and wrong words.
b. Astral attacks
c. Electromagnetic disturbances in the air
d. Collective pollution of human immorality
e. Cosmic Rays
f. Fear

All these obstacles are overcome by the energies created through these five steps:
1.  Prayer
2.  Meditation
3.  Sacrificial service
4.  Deeds of heroism
5.  Silence

Prayer, meditation, sacrificial service, heroic deeds, and silence, create some sort of an element in your aura which, when you pass away, turns into a fuel which propels you toward the Higher Worlds. Earthly attachment, memories, identifications, and duties pull you down to earth. To overcome that pull, you need the fuel created by these five steps which will propel you higher and higher, until you reach the plane where you fit.

Actually, virtues, which are the result of these five steps, are energy sources in your aura. A virtue is a power; it is an energy. This fuel begins to activate itself immediately when one leaves his etheric and physical bodies. In a sense, it disengages the astral body from the etheric body and propels it up toward the Higher Worlds.

Criminals cannot go higher than the lowest level of the astral plane because they lack the needed "fuel."

-Torkom Saraydarian
Other Worlds

Thursday, January 16, 2020

It is important to prepare oneself for the departure from earth

It is important to prepare oneself for the departure from earth. The mental body, together with the astral body, withdraws itself from the physical body. On the path of ascent, the astral body burns away, if the person is advanced and if he is ready to enter the Fiery World. But if his destination is the astral plane, the astral body serves as a vehicle of contact with the astral world through its centers and senses. Later, if man advances out of the astral sphere into the fiery sphere, the separation between the astral and mental bodies occurs. The mental body must be inflamed with the fire of the Intuition to be able to penetrate the Fiery World. Thus, step by step, the human soul unites himself with the Higher Worlds, leaving, stage by stage, the bodies which cannot be used in higher spheres.

The last hours of the departure from the physical realms to the Higher Worlds are considered sacred. These are hours in which the departing one, as much as possible, must concentrate his light on his Master or on Christ and joyfully relax himself in order to float out of the sphere of the body. Total silence and the feeling of joy and gratitude must fill the sphere of the room. If it is night, dim candlelight is proper, with some sandalwood and rose oil. It is also possible to have some soft music or singing of hymns.

People think of the moment of departure as a sad moment. This feeling must be reversed and the moment looked upon as a moment of great joy and liberation. An advanced soul is even anxious to depart, to experience the great beauty of the higher spheres.

-Torkom Saraydarian
Other Worlds

Sunday, January 05, 2020

No one can teach you how to contact God

No one can teach you how to contact God. Everyone has his own way to do it. While in Italy, I went to a monastery built by St. Francis. I saw the tree in front of which He used to teach the birds. He would speak about great ideas to the birds gathered there. People thought he was insane.

Another great mystic Sufi Teacher would shake the branches of a tree and say, "Good morning, God. I love You. I know You are here and everywhere." You are going to discover things by yourself. Basically, you are going to find a way to communicate with that Supreme Existence.

-Torkom Saraydarian
Teachings of Great Ones

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

In the month of Capricorn - Overcome pride and showing off

Those born in Capricorn often try to show off. Showing off means that you are identified with your physical, emotional, and mental outer shells; you are becoming the charcoal instead of the fire. A person shows off because he wants to prove to himself that he exists. He does this because he feels that he is empty inside, that he has no inner resources.

It is very important to understand that when you show off, you externalize yourself; you become matter, emotion, and thought. But you do not come closer to your True Self, which is beyond your personality.

People usually show off for only one reason -- because they feel a void inside them which makes them think they need someone else to prove they exist. They put their physical, emotional, and mental bodies on display so that people will say, "You are here. You are beautiful. You are funny."

-Torkom Saraydarian
The Wisdom of the Zodiac vol.4

Monday, December 30, 2019

Joy is mastery over your personality

Joy is an effort to control the elementals of your physical, emotional, and mental nature. Joy is mastery over your personality. Nobody can be a server if he has no joy.

Joy is so important because the world is depressed and the abyss of depression is so deep. A great Sage says that when you are joyful, you can jump over abysses. Joy has a special substance that enters the minds and hearts of people and brings them into sanity. If people are acting insanely around you, manifest joy, and you will see how they are coming to their senses.

-Torkom Saraydarian
The Wisdom of the Zodiac vol.4, p.74

Whatever you depend on, is eventually going to be taken away from you

Whatever you depend on, or whatever you cannot do without, is eventually going to be taken away from you. This is because when you identify yourself with something you are not, you lose your real Divinity. Then life creates these solar or zodiacal "winds" that come and blow away whatever you are not. The supports on which you are leaning are blown out from under you so that you stand on your own feet and eventually walk the path of self-actualization. A time will come when you will not depend on anything outside you, but you will depend only on your True Self, your real identity. If you depend on books, on teachers, on radio, television, artists, and movies, you will never advance. Only in breaking these dependencies and facing yourself can you advance.

-Torkom Saraydarian
The Wisdom of the Zodiac vol.4

Monday, December 23, 2019

Unless people have spiritual freedom, there will be no such thing as political freedom

Unless people have spiritual freedom, there will be no such thing as political freedom. To be free means that you are not identified with your physical body and its associates, your emotional body and its associates, your mental body and its associates. You sit in the car and tell the car, "Go where I want. Do not take me here. You must obey me."

Most of our life, the car drives us. Sit down and honestly ask yourself, "Who is driving whom?" Are you driving your body, emotions, and mind or are they driving you? If they are driving you, you are not safe on the freeway of the spiritual kingdom. Do not kid yourself. Try to face yourself without any hallucinations, preconceived ideas, or prejudices.

-Torkom Saraydarian
The Wisdom of the Zodiac, vol.4

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

We often impregnate our rooms, our gardens, our offices with worries, with negative feelings, with destructive thoughtforms

We often impregnate our rooms, our gardens, our offices with worries, with negative feelings, with destructive thoughtforms or various kinds. The sphere around our dwelling and working places gets so contaminated with such pollution that our soul has a hard time to breathe and to be creative.

Instead of such negative substances, we can fill our homes and offices with the substance of joy and love, and thus increase our vitality, creativity and service for the world.

"It is useful to impregnate space with joy." We seldom realize that as we think, feel and act, we inject various kinds of substance into space. Joy is a substance, fear is another substance. Love, hate and gratitude are different kinds of substances. It is necessary to ask ourselves what kind of substance are we dumping into the space?

"It is dangerous to strew the heavens with sorrow. Joy is the health of the spirit." A space stratified with sorrow is a space through which destructive and negative forces operate. Even germs like a space full of sorrow; they grow there more abundantly. Dark forces like depression and sorrow because they can easily control a person caught by sorrow and depression. Sorrow blocks the vision of the future, devitalizes your body and paralyzes your intellect.

-Torkom Saraydarian
The Flame of Beauty, Culture, Love, Joy

Thursday, December 12, 2019

In the month of Sagittarius - Silence

In the month of Sagittarius...

In an old book it says that the name of this sign is silence.

We must be totally silent toward cruel gossip. A person who has set his goal toward the Hierarchy and toward surpassing his limitations and entering his Divine heritage has no time for gossip because gossip creates the prison in which the aspirant buries himself. It will take ages and ages of labor for the disciple to free himself from that prison.

Spiritual silence is not just a matter of speech. It is a matter of holding your thinking. It is possible to speak subjectively about yourself, or to gossip without thinking. This is more dangerous than physical speech. Subjective talking is controlled when you control your lower mind. It is the lower mind that speaks negative things. If your consciousness if focused in your lower mind, you are the slave of gossip because the lower mind is mechanical. Anything can irritate it and make it react. This makes you the slave of conditions and circumstances.  When you control the lower mind and raise your consciousness higher than the lower mind, you can control the urge to speak and you keep silent.

-Torkom Saraydarian
The Wisdom of the Zodiac vol.3

Monday, December 09, 2019

The first step toward joy is scientific meditation

The first step toward joy is scientific meditation, through which you eventually achieve Soul-infusion. Scientific meditation is an effort to penetrate into the mind of the real Thinker, which is the Soul. This is the transpersonal Self - or the Inner Guide.

-Torkom Saraydarian
The Flame of Beauty, Culture, Love, Joy

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Freedom means to live in such a way...

Freedom means to live in such a way that others have a greater chance to enjoy the blessings of life, and choose their own ways to live, their own ways to worship and their own ways to create. We know that man has no right to hurt any human being, but we have not yet learned that man has no right to hurt himself either.

Drugs, alcohol, unhealthy sex, and other unwholesome activities cannot be tolerated even on a personal basis, because the effect of any personal action is shared by all of us in one way or another.

No one has the right to say, "I can do anything I want to do with myself."

True freedom is the ability to choose the wisest way to act, to feel, to think, so that you increase the chance of survival, success and prosperity of all that exists.

-Torkom Saraydarian
The Flame of Beauty, Culture, Love, Joy