Thursday, February 28, 2013

104 - Common Good

Torkom revered the Agni Yoga Teachings and lectured extensively on the wisdom found in them. He studied these books throughout his lifetime. His comments have been published in the three volumes titled, Talks on Agni. We continue the last of this series from Leaves of Morya's Garden II.

     From Our Community We sow seeds of the Common Good throughout all parts of the world. You ask how to keep the Code of the Community? You have already heard about many features of Our Labor, and now remember this not merely for information but for immediate application. If renouncement of the personal brings one near, then abstinence from action for the Common Good removes one immeasurably - this is a rule of the Community.

     If renouncement of the personal brings one near.... What are you renouncing? You are renouncing everything that is good for you but bad for others. What is near? Where is it going to bring you? The more you work for the greater majority of the people, the closer you become to your soul. There was a man who was a President of a nation. He said to me, "When I became the President, something changed in me. I started to see that thoughts, words, emotions, and planning must be for all nations." See the change. What is the change? He became less personality and more soul.
     ...We can find out that everybody that we worshiped in the world was the embodiment of renouncement. When you read about the lives of Great Ones, you can see how greedy and materialistic we become. We became condensed and condensed and became so materialistic that eventually we lost whet we were. Renouncement brings you near. For example, you are fighting with each other. One little renouncement brings you together  You take the telephone and curse people and show your anger. You are separating. You can close the gap by renouncing your ego, your anger, your stupidity. Do you see how it works everywhere, in everything? From now on when you have something which is personal, for example someone said something and you were angry, renounce that anger. Renounce that irritation and you will see that you are nearer to peace, nearer to health, nearer to happiness, nearer to God.
     ...Then abstinence from action for the Common Good removes one immeasurably.... Immediately when you start to think about your personal gain, personal interest, you are "removed." This means there is a distance. You are creating a distance between you and the great principles that you have within you.
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[1] Agni Yoga Society, Leaves of Morya's Garden II, pp. 223-224.

Excerpt from Talks on Agni Yoga Vol. 3by Torkom Saraydarian pp. 193-196.
See also: Christ, The Avatar of Sacrificial Love by Torkom Saraydarian.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

103 - Developing Right Intentions

Torkom revered the Agni Yoga Teachings and lectured extensively on the wisdom found in them. He studied these books throughout his lifetime. His comments have been published in the three volumes of Talks on Agni. We continue this series from Supermundane II.

Urusvati [Helena Roerich] knows that intention equals action. More accurately, We can say that intention is more significant than action. Action discharges energy, whereas intention accumulates the energy that will be manifested as action. Therefore, when I advise being careful about intention, I have in mind the maximum benefit.
     People frequently leave their earthly existence with many intentions still unrealized. The ignorant think that these intentions will remain so, not understanding that life does not cease and the opportunity remains for intentions to be fulfilled elsewhere or at another time.
     Blessed are those who have a store of good intentions, for they will be beautifully realized. Truly, every intention will bear fruit, every promise will be kept, and every goodness glorified….[1]

     Question: How can one develop right intentions?

     Answer: You can develop right intentions by concentrating your mind, heart, and life upon the principles of harmlessness, on your duties and responsibilities, by developing co-measurement, by striving toward perfection, by opening yourself for higher inspiration, by your daily life, and by steadily watching the good intentions, so as not to let them disintegrate and degenerate. You must even be watchful that bugs from your subconscious mind do not infect your good intentions during your relatively unconscious moments. 
     Sometimes intentions are imported or hypnotically planted.
     Motives are consciously built. That is why there is greater responsibility in motives.
     Intentions are related to space and time and mater. They have a tendency for expression. Motives are the dynamics of intentions.
     Most of our dreams are the dramatizations of our intentions or the result of an internal friction between our purpose of life and intentions.

[1] Agni Yoga Society, Supermundane II, para. 362.

Excerpted from Talks on Agni Yoga Vol. 3, by Torkom Saraydarian pp. 62-63.
See also: The Sense of Responsibility in Society by Torkom Saraydarian.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

102 - The Fire of Love


Torkom revered the Agni YogaTeachings and lectured extensively on the wisdom found in them. He studied these books throughout his lifetime. His comments have been published in the three volumes of Talks on Agni. We continue this series on the topic of love:


     Love is the ability to share the beauty you have achieved. You want to share the high level of consciousness that you have achieved with others. Love is the actualization of the awareness that you are One. If you do not have that awareness, that beingness, no matter how much you have learned about love you do not have love for in a single minute it evaporates. That is why we say that beingness is the foundation. When that beingness is really achieved, then the manifestation of that high level of awareness, of beingness, and its actualization are called the fire of love.
     The fire of love destroys all separative thoughts that exist within our consciousness. Actually, when Great Ones speak about illusion They are talking about separatism, for illusion is nothing else by separatism. Anything you think that is based on separatism is a wall that limits your expansion. Think about it. Love destroys separatism in your thoughts, in your emotions, and in your actions. Every day for one minute or ten minutes thin and watch how separative you are in your thinking in your feelings, in your actions; and when separatism exists, you are not in the fire of love.


Excerpted from Talks on Angi, Vol. III, pp. 11-12 by Torkom Saraydarian
See also: The Flame of the Heart by Torkom Saraydarian

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

101 - Resist Transitory Values

Torkom revered the Agni Yoga Teachings and lectured extensively on the wisdom found in them. He studied these books throughout his lifetime. His comments have been published in the three volumes of Talks on Agni. We begin this series with Supermundane:

     We teach people to resist transitory values that can veil the great Infinity, and point out the supermundane spheres to broaden their scope of thinking. If people become accustomed to thinking about the higher worlds, they will not claim the superiority of mundane life, and will find within themselves the strength to live a life of achievement and the ability to fulfill Our commissions. They will not be perplexed by the problems of earthly life, knowing that these problems can be solved by a higher degree of inspiration.
     One must have such confidence in Our Help that the magnet of faith will attract the adamant energy. Our Inner Life is one of readiness to render help.[1]


     Question: Why does awareness of Higher Worlds prevent people from claiming superiority in mundane life?

     Answer: If you follow the shadows of realities you will never reach the realities. But if you meet realities you will never be occupied with the shadows. By advancing in the Higher Worlds, you enter into unlimited horizons and the limited pleasures of life no longer trap you.
     In the Higher Worlds you become occupied with higher and higher spiritual attainments and realize that the source of the attainment can only be possible by fulfilling the commission of the Great Ones.
     People running after transitory values blind themselves and do not see the future waiting for them in the Higher Worlds, just as kindergarten students cannot see what horizon of knowledge is waiting for them in the universities.
     Higher services are performed by those who graduate from this kindergarten and pursue higher knowledge, higher wisdom, and higher attainments.
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[1] Agni Yoga Society, Supermundane I, para. 141.

Excerpted from Talks on Angi, Vol. III, p. 302 by Torkom Saraydarian.

See also: Other Worlds by Torkom Saraydarian.
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