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

The source of Joy

Success is the result of a labor which is carried on in joy. Start your work with joy and the path of success will open in front of you. Communicate with joy, work with joy. Be joyful in all of your relationships, and even observe your failures with joy, in joy. Any failure observed in joy changes itself into success and victory. Any problems observed in joy dissolve. Joy is for Infinity. Joy is for changelessness. And joy is the witness of the imperishability of the human flame.

In the higher realms of the mental plane there is an energy center which resembles a lotus, or a chalice, radiating many colors when it is in full bloom.

Joy is the fragrance of the chalice, the lotus. As the petals of the lotus unfold, joy radiates out of the petals and gives vigor to the physical body, magnetism to the subtle body, and serenity to the mental body.

The lotus is the permanent source of joy. As it unfolds, joy increases. Joy is not conditioned by outer circumstances; it is like a beacon, the foundation of which rests on the ageless rocks.

Happiness is an effect of outer conditions. When favorable conditions change, happiness disappears, leaving the gloom of depression.

Joy never changes. It increases as the problems and conflicts increase in one's life. It grows in spite of conditions.

Joy is not a feeling, nor is it an emotion, it is a state of consciousness, a state which is detached from the domination of the three lower worlds.

Joy is not the absence of hindrances, problems, and difficulties. On the contrary, joy is the flash springing out of each victory earned by the inner man through these obstacles. Joy grows in battle, in conflict, in service, in sacrifice. Real joy creates crises and tensions, and overcomes them. This is how joy grows. Joy overcomes all hostilities, all doubt, and builds numberless bridges between the hearts.

Joy gives courage, inspiration and vision. It purifies, heals and sanctifies.

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

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Our sense of responsibility is the most important tool in our hand

Our sense of responsibility is the most important tool in our hand. Those who have it are the guardian angels of humanity.

We do not belong to ourselves; we belong to each other, to our family, race, nation, humanity, and even to the universe. We can help the well-being of the universe, or be an evil influence within it. With our sense of responsibility, we unite ourselves with the constructive forces, with the Forces of Light in the universe, and are blessed in our individual and family life.

Our sense of responsibility is the end of our selfish motives and egocentric activities.

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

Friday, November 29, 2019

The rejection of love

A rejected or an ignored Love Energy crystallizes and produces a hindering force which spreads into the mechanism of the person and creates psychological disturbances and sickness. This condition gradually produces more difficulties between the two parties until separation and then a total indifference toward each other becomes an established fact. Or love changes into selfish attacking force which we call hatred. Hatred is a demanding love, a love that wants to possess. If the person cannot possess, he tries to destroy the object of love so that others do not possess it. This is how love turns into rejection. Hatred never recognizes the good in the other person but only the wicked parts, and as the hating one concentrates his force upon the weaknesses of the other party, he increases the wickedness in himself, and thus becomes a destructive force in the world of men.

That is why the leaders of the race often advise us to forget, forgive, and try to remain indifferent, because the worst attachment is the attachment of hatred. Unconsciously, we copy those things we hate; forgiveness and forgetfulness is a process through which we dissipate the accumulated, rejecting, and negative forces which are continuously poisoning our psychological and physical mechanism. Through forgiveness we release these crystallized forces and change them into Love Energy.

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

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Every time you "love" without sacrifice...

Every time you "love" without sacrifice, you create a complex situation in your inner world. You create congestion. This can be avoided if you will stand behind your love and express it through your practical sacrifices. If you love and do not express your love with sacrifice, the fire of love burns your mental, emotional, and etheric centers creating in them insensitivity, dullness, ulcers, and many other unwholesome conditions. Every time you love and are not making sacrifices for it you are touching electrical energy which may burn you. It is said that our God is burning fire.

If you say to a beloved one, "I love you," but refrain from performing sacrificial acts to meet that person's various needs, your love is selfish. If you fail to make sacrifices necessary to uplift and to reach a deeper stage of understanding and creativity, your love is selfish. Selfishness is a state of mind in which the channel of love is congested. The Love Energy cannot circulate and communicate with the greater whole. Selfishness stops the transmutation of matter. Love causes transmutation of matter. The matter of your vehicles must be transmuted into higher sensitivity, enabling you to create under higher spiritual impulses.

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

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The only factor that changes your life is your goal

People do not realize that the only factor that changes your life is your goal. Change your goal, and all will change. Find a higher goal, and your whole life will orient itself to that higher goal. Without changing your goal, you cannot change your personality, your life, or your environment. If you have higher goals, a higher center in your being becomes active.

The Teaching in every age gives us a supreme goal. The universal goal at this time is synthesis. The individual goal at this time is Transfiguration. But these cannot be your goals until you make a contact with your Inner Lord and receive your goal as a gift.

Like an arrow, your spirit must fly toward the target of perfection.

-Torkom Saraydarian
The Wisdom of the Zodiac, vol3, p.399

Monday, November 25, 2019

The only way to learn the meaning of love is to love

When you suppress, within your heart, the greatest energy in the universe, the love energy, you burn with that energy, you are cracked with that energy; but if you release it, you are sane and harmonious. You are a rhythmic note in the Symphony of the Universe. Thus you grow and bloom with the universe, with the cosmos.

The only way to learn the meaning of love is to love. Once you have loved, then  and only then, can you know love. It takes you away. It sublimates you, releases you, and instead of becoming a self-centered man or woman, you become Universe-centered, Cosmos-centered; thus is love energy released.

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The difference between culture and education

Cultured people are those people who have a contact with their Inner Divinity to a certain degree. Culture is not education. Education is knowledge, data, information, and the understanding of how to use this information.

Culture is transformation, self-actualization. One can be educated, yet not be cultured. Education is the collection of facts; culture is transformation of one's nature. Culture cannot be created through knowledge only, but through the transformation of life. Education is our society's way of gaining material things; education is the study of culture. The whole subject of education is civilization and culture. Culture is the manifestation of beauty. Beauty is the result of contact with the Innermost Self. Education can learn about culture but it cannot create it unless man transforms himself.

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

Monday, November 11, 2019

We must try to live with such faith

Faith is the main characteristic of the child. We must try to live with such faith. People think that children believe something you say because they are stupid, because they are "just children." But if you analyze their faith, you will see that it is an intuitional understanding that all is possible.

To make things possible, one needs pure faith. Faith is the lever that puts many laws into action to create and sustain itself.

Remember that your True Self is everything; everything is in you and you are in everything.

-Torkom Saraydarian

Thursday, November 07, 2019

True art can be discriminated from false art...

True art can be discriminated from false art by observing its effect on people. If the art creates striving toward improvement and perfection, if the art creates a deeper sense of responsibility and duty, greater love and cooperation, then that art comes from Higher Sources.

If the art increases crime, causes greater attachment to material values and physical pleasures, puts pressure on people to escape from their responsibilities through drugs, alcohol, marijuana and uncontrolled sex, then such art is destructive and self-oriented.

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

A great amount of music carries only the force of the lower centers

A great amount of music carries only the force of the centers below the diaphragm, stimulating the lower centers of the listeners. Such music has a retrogressive effect upon humanity, because the lower centers are already overactive at the expense of the higher centers, and they do not need overstimulation.

Real creative labor awakens the higher centers and creates balance in the energy network of the human being, which slowly helps man to focus in higher centers to proceed on the path of his evolution.

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

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Love is a state of consciousness of unity

Love is a state of consciousness of unity, which is not affected by our physical, emotional, and mental reactions. Once you are above these reactions you truly love. You have unconditional love.

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

The transformational effect of meditation in our environment is shocking

The transformational effect of meditation in our environment is shocking. Soon people will respond to the increasing frequency of our individuality. They begin to put their house in order and bring their relationships into the rhythm of Beauty, Goodness, and Righteousness.

Even the bushes and trees will respond to our frequency, and they will blossom for us. They will emanate fragrance in our presence. Our shoes and clothes, pens and pencils will last longer and fuse with us in order to share the joyful frequency waves of our being. It is wonderful to meditate and day by day discover a new level of consciousness, a new strata of awareness within our being.

-Torkom Saraydarian

Do we retard the evolution of plants by eating them?

All kingdoms are traveling toward developing a selfhood, and each member gradually develops it as he enters higher kingdoms. For example, in the mineral kingdom, the spirit is locked and it advances through the fire of Nature. In the vegetable kingdom, each plant and tree is ensouled with the spirit not yet individualized but, rather, in a state which can be explained as follows:

All vegetable forms, bushes, and trees are like dewdrops which when they evaporate, become parts of a cloud. This cloud has many gradations. The huge pine tree and the grass do not go to the same level, but they do go to the same chemical formation and come back and produce a new plant. The important point to realize is that the gradations of the cloud advance and develop as a whole, not as individual trees, bushes, etc. A part of the cloud comes again and forms another tree, but the essence of this tree is not of any individual, particular tree.

For example, I have two hundred bottles of water. Each of them contains the same water. I pour them into a barrel and again fill my bottles with the water; it does not make any difference.

But each time a tree is exposed to different influences, the essence of the tree develops, and so does the "cloud". This is why, when we eat plants, we do not retard the individual process of development. When eating them fresh, we give to their essence the experience of a higher form of existence.

But the case of animals is different. The animal spirit is not a cloud, but it is separated into stable forms. In eating an animal we stop its progress as a separate being and retard its evolution toward higher kingdoms.

Killing a man is a greater crime because the human spirit is not only separated from the mass spirit but also individualized. In the animal stage, the spirit is functioning on the astral plane and is still not completely a self. In the human stage, the human soul is himself; all Cosmos is within the soul as a microcosm.

Karma heavily strikes those who shed human blood because they retard not only the progress of individuals but also the progress of those with whom those individuals were connected.

-Torkom Saraydarian
Other Worlds

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Vices and the Subtle World

To overcome our vices, we need to fight against them while we are on earth. It is only on the physical plane that we can develop the energies to overcome our vices. It is interesting to know that though we may carry our vices into the Subtle World, we cannot find satisfaction in them. One can never gratify his vices in the Subtle World because gratification of the vices is felt mostly by and through the physical vehicle. Each vice exercised in the Subtle World creates a flame which burns the astral vehicle, causing much pain and suffering to the soul.

The danger in carrying vices into the Subtle World comes from the fact that the carriers of vices try to come in close contact with low-level human beings whose consciousness is asleep on earth. They try to stimulate them and direct them to similar vices, in order to feel their satisfaction through their vices. Easier access is given to such spirits when alcohol is used; when one goes to sleep with the thoughts and feelings of malice, slander, and greed; or when one sleeps near slaughterhouses, whorehouses, or places where there is moral pollution, stagnated matter, or rubbish. Cleanliness is a great help in rejecting such nightly visitors from our homes.

Blood also attracts such visitors. One of the factors that greatly helps them is a foul mouth, a loose mouth, or a mouth that pours out filth, curses, and blasphemy. Such emanations radiate certain signals to the carriers of vices from the Subtle World.

Human vices and habits continue to exist throughout many incarnations. It is possible for them to grow and become stronger.

Vices or habits can be eliminated if the will is activated and used strongly to destroy them.

If the person succeeds in climbing consciously to the highest strata of the Subtle World, he can dissolve the accumulations of vices and habits in his astral body. Each vice or habit originates from a force formation in the aura, and this subtle tumor is not easy to destroy.

The higher harmony and fires of the highest levels of the Subtle World can dissolve them. They can also be dissolved if strong will is exercised on them while one is still living on earth.

It is also interesting that in the Subtle World one cannot develop new vices. It  is on the earth that vices are germinated, developed, and used. One can continue his vices in the lowest levels of the Subtle World, but as he climbs higher, they look stupid and non-interesting.

-Torkom Saraydarian
Other Worlds

All kinds of bloodshed bring the lower astral world into contact with the earth

In the battlefield where the blood of millions is shed and is in a state of decomposition, numberless entities from the astral world are attracted. The emanations from decomposed blood and the associated emotions, horrors, and thoughts are the food by which low astral entities live. Thus, all kinds of bloodshed bring the lower astral world into contact with the earth.

We are told that these astral entities are attached to the auras of those who eat meat, who work in graveyards and taverns, and who consume alcohol and drugs. The first sign of such an attachment is a feeling of vampirism in which all your energy is suddenly exhausted. After your body adjusts itself, you feel emotional and mental depression; then degeneration of your morals starts.

-Torkom Saraydarian
Other Worlds

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

In the month of Scorpio - Be very careful that you are not tempted by dark forces

In the month of Scorpio...

Be very careful that you are not tempted by dark forces. If any stupid thought, criminal thought, or mechanical urge or drive to do something that is not honorable or good for your prestige comes to your mind, it is usually coming from somewhere else. It may be coming from a subconscious urge and drive hidden within you, or dark forces may be influencing you.

Try always to stand in the light. Stick with everything that is Beautiful, Good, and Truthful. Most people are influences by dark forces, and they do not know why they are doing things. The way to avoid being trapped by dark forces is to use the standard of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth. Anything that is against Beauty, Goodness, and Truth is not coming from your Soul and you should not obey it.

A disciple is a person who wins victories over every kind of dark suggestion. For example, if a suggestion comes into your mind that you are lonely, nobody loves you, etc., stand in Beauty, Goodness, and Truth and reject it. You will see that the dark forces will immediately disappear.

You must have experiences of becoming a warrior. How can you be a warrior if you do not fight?

-Torkom Saraydarian
The Wisdom of the Zodiac, vol.3

Monday, October 28, 2019

In the month of Scorpio - Exercise strict control over your mouth and tongue

In the month of Scorpio...

Exercise strict control over your mouth and tongue. Do not talk about things that are not your business. Most of our failures are due to lack of control of the tongue. A disciple always tries -- even though he is not always successful-- to swallow wrong words before they escape from his mouth. Whenever you gossip or say something unnecessary, you pollute your aura and slowly destroy yourself. But if you swallow these words, you do not create that destruction for yourself or for others.

-Torkom Saraydarian
Wisdom of the Zodiac vol.3