Friday, February 20, 2015

The modern definition of God

The modern definition of God can be understood as One Who talks through our conscience, through our love, through our creativity, through compassion and goodness.

For some advancing human beings, the God idea is an idea of power, compassion and Light. God is

--  you
-- Father-Mother
-- The power of the planet
-- The power of the Sun
-- The power of Cosmos
-- The power of the Milky Way
-- The power of that around which our Milky Way revolves

The idea of God is relative to your expanding consciousness. The more you expand your consciousness, the more inclusive is your God. There is One God, but Centers in the One God gradually can be approached.

-Torkom Saraydarian
Leadership vol.2

Saturday, February 14, 2015

See the other side of something you want to hug

One day my Father took me to a forest where there were oak and pine trees. I had the habit of going and hugging huge trees to feel their strength and energy. In the forest near a little lake, I saw a big oak tree. I hurried to hug it, but my Father warned, “No, don’t do that.”
“Why not? I don’t understand.”
“Well, hold my hand, and let us walk to the tree.” We approached the tree and he said, “You see, this side of the tree is good, but let us look at the other side.”
We walked carefully to the other side of the huge oak tree and stood ten feet away from it. “What do you see there?”
“A big hole in the tree.”
“What else?”
“Daddy, what is that in the hole?”
“It’s a nest of rattlesnakes.”

I was terrified. My imagination ran wild... I was already hugging the tree and the snakes were running after me... I was squeezing the fingers of my Father’s hand and my body was sweaty. “This is a lesson for you,” he said, “to see the other side of something you want to hug...”

-Torkom Saraydarian
Education as Transformation vol.2

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Toys and children

Our American children are loaded with toys and they are so very toy conscious and greedy for toys. They need to have new toys continuously in order to be satisfied and happy.

After holidays you see children visiting and playing with with each other and showing their toys with great pride – their machine-guns, rifles, hand guns, bombs, various war weapons, disfigured animals, dolls, and so on. And if new toys are not bought for them, they became resentful and unhappy for a long time.

In the communities I visited in Asia, they did not believe in such toys. There was no such shop that used to make or sell children’s toys.

I did not have a chance to make an inquiry about this, but throughout the years I observed children who had various roomfuls of toys and children without toys.

The children without toys made by others were more creative, artistic, sensitive, and had a spirit of gratitude – much more so than those who had plenty of toys.

The children without such toys were very social. They used to play with each other and create their own games to play with sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers, and take part in all the labors at home. Children were also busy with their parents caring for the animals – the horses, donkeys, chickens, goats, cows, calves – or helped them in gardening, repairing, painting, building, working at home, or working with their fathers on vacation days from school.

Children without artificial toys had their toys too, but they made them.

Those who have toys made for them in some sense block their creativity, the spirit of adaptation and group work, and enter into a world of satisfaction, attachment, dependency, loneliness, and fantasy. Lazy boys, and those who used to wander on the streets, were looked at as failures and watched carefully by the authorities.

-Torkom Saraydarian