Note from Gita: I was interviewed by Charlotte van Stuijvenberg, director of the editorial team of the LICHTWELLE magazine in Zurich, October 2011. The interview was published in German in the August 2012 issue of the magazine. Charlotte's questions reminded me how often I have been asked these very same questions and consequently inspired me to think of my life and my philosophy a little more deeply. I decided to elaborate on my original answers and share them with you in English in an expanded version. We have placed some sections on my blog and other sections pertaining to Torkom here.
Charlotte: How would you describe your father, Torkom Saraydarian, by whom you have been taught?
Gita: You know, as a girl I never saw him as a teacher – he was just my Dad. He was a very strict and disciplined man with us children – we are 5 children – and with himself. And that is the first thing I realize when I think back about my father: Whatever he asked us to do, he did so himself. He never made himself out to be a Guru, or a perfect person, but was very humble, acknowledging his talents and his faults. So there was a lot of integrity in his life.