Monday, August 15, 2016

151 - String of Attachment

By J. V. Constas

Attachment, even if it is to a “good” idea, can be destructive to our personal relationships and society as a whole.

Many thoughtful and principled people often imagine better worlds and societies, usually free of struggle, conflict and competition. These well-intentioned men and women look at their failings, disappointments and frustrations in the present world and construct a mental image of a world fashioned in such a way that their weaknesses would not be liabilities, their aspirations would not be foiled by circumstance or their opinions otherwise challenged. In other words, the personal utopias we imagine are often manifestations of our desire to escape magically from our own limitations, rather than take up the heavy labor of individual effort to expand our consciousness and station in life.

Yet, attempting to impose our views on others to fix what is actually wrong with us is not utopia, instead it is dystopia.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

150 - Torkom's Autobiography

By Connie Kadansky, student of Ageless Wisdom Teachings

I have been studying Torkom's books for 13 years.  After re-reading Joy & Healing was particularly moved by the story about Torkom's father handling a dire circumstance as a "great challenge to prove to his Lord that he could begin his service again."

I wanted to see a photograph of Torkom's father and asked Gita if she had a picture of her grandfather.  She shared that there were photographs in Autobiography: Torkom Saraydarian

When presented with this thick book, I asked myself "do I have time to read this book?"  After reading the first few pages, it is clear that wisdom is infused on every page.

Am only on page 66 and these are the top three learnings thus far:

1.  Silence is vitally important when we are around people who are suffering. "People heal more quickly when those around them are silent."

2.  Do not sympathize with people who are suffering through words.  It does not help them.  "Our sympathies deprive them of an opportunity to be strong."

3. When we have a real problem to solve, or are feeling hurt or depressed or defeated in any way by the things that happen in life, in solitude we will find real strength that comes from within.  Our minds become clear. Our heart becomes courageous. We will see events more objectively from the point of view of eternity.

My heart is full of gratitude for Torkom's dedication to Ageless Wisdom Teachings.  Highly recommend this book.  If you have read it, please share your comments on this blog. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

149 - Meditation on God

By Gita Saraydarian

“In this age we must expand our understanding of the word God.” *

I meditated on God and my universe expanded. My heart became more peaceful; my mind serene.

There is no human being on earth who does not ever ask about God.

God is unfathomable; yet we try. So why ponder on the imponderable?

Because we get parochial otherwise; we want only our “God” to be the one. This creates separatism and shrinks our mind, our world. We do not see other possibilities and views. Our consciousness shrinks. A shrinking consciousness then identifies a turf — then works to protect it — creating ideologies to buttress the view, and then takes action preemptively. Slowly our soul shrinks and we create a space for evil to take root. When the soul shrinks further, we lose our divine connection; evil has free play. Evil does not just come and sit inside of us; we invite it by commission or omission. Then we identify us vs. them; we then make “them” less than us, less human. We see the world as limited.  Less than “us” therefore creates a philosophy of not deserving the privileges and opportunities that we feel we have a right to have. This fractures our inherent moral fiber and we disconnect further from our soul. Then evil takes root ever more deeply and eventually the soul is kicked out; the elementals are in charge. We blame others, the "them” for all our troubles.  It is a predictable death march after that; it will end in death because evil cannot triumph for long; the elementals will return to earth. Evil goes down and takes its body with it. But it is always ready to reactivate itself. Until we “seal the door where evil dwells” it will wait for opportunities to rise up.  We certainly provide many such opportunities.

Have you pondered on the meaning of God?

What are our “Gods”?  Our religious definitions and exclusive identities and

Friday, June 17, 2016

148 - The Rhythm of Prayer and Meditation

Here are three links to some beautiful and inspiring clips from Torkom Saraydarian’s lectures.

The first one is a recitation of the Mantram of Unification. This mantram expresses the need for love, unity and not hate and separatism. It is a powerful mantram to say any time we feel the need for healing and unity. (Link #1: : )

The second one is a recitation of the Great Invocation. It invokes divine light, divine love, and divine power to help humanity seal the door where evil dwell. Where does evil dwell? In our hearts when we are full of hatred, separatism, and when we use religious/spiritual/cultural ideals to rise and have more at the expense of others. (Link #2: )

The third one is a very deep and healing meditation and visualization using the Great Invocation. Listen to the selection and let Torkom guide your meditation. Spread these ideas of love and light and divine will into the thought currents of humanity. (Link #3: )

I hope you enjoy these selections and I hope that these powerful sounds and rhythms help humanity bring the higher rhythm into our daily lives, conversations, and thoughts. As we sort through the crises that are befalling all of us now, sometimes the best approach is to take a few minutes to link to our inner soul, the spirit in us, recognizing the spirit in each human being, and simply affirming this unity. The chaotic forces will then have no power over our lives.

Gita Saraydarian

Gita Saraydarian is the Founder and President of TSGFoundation, home of all of Torkom Saraydarian’s creative works.

Monday, June 6, 2016

147 - Living In Harmony

I took a hike in the forest and after a while decided to take a brief rest. I found a fallen pine tree by the side of the stream, and decided that was a good place to sit and take a drink of water and to drink in the beauty. I breathed in the earthy aroma of the forest, spiced with pine and spruce and reached for my canteen.
I took a drink and noticed a rock lying on the sand, worn smooth by years of being subjected to the currents. The mid-summer water level was a few feet lower than the crest of the spring runoff, and now the rock sat exposed on the warm sand. As I concentrated on the rock, I noticed its grey and white coloration, punctuated by the occasional sparkle of blue, green, yellow and red. As I moved my head, tiny quartz crystals embedded in the rock served as microscopic prisms that captured a tiny bit of light and sent back a different color back to me.

As I concentrated, I began wondering – where did this rock come from? How did it get here? Who made it? What chain of events and consequences brought it to this place where it would come under my gaze? Why in the world and how did I come upon this rock right here, and find it worthy of my focus? Working backwards from what brought the rock and me together was a mystery worth solving, and is a journey that covers perhaps four billion years.
With the rushing current playing its symphony to its audience of regal trees and forest creatures, my thoughts became one with the scenery and felt great joy. I forgot about myself and began to think about where the rock and I would go from here, not right now, but in the future. In another eight billion years will I be in the same place looking at different rock just like this one, only this time, the rock is human and I am a planet? I am laughing at myself now!

Taking the time to observe, listen and think of my place in the grand Cosmos developed a sense of unity, if only for a brief moment, but in that moment, I experienced harmony.
I smiled at my new friend and continued down the trail with a greater sense of appreciation, gratitude and humility. Someday, I suspect the rock and I will meet again.

By J. V. Constas, Student of Ageless Wisdom Teachings
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

146 - Prayer for Healing

Let my recent lessons and learning’s help direct me

to being of greater service.

Let me rise above my fears and love all unconditionally.

Let the walls and blockages in my space fall away.

Let Light, Love, and Beauty be restored within me.

Let my thoughts be purified and focused on the Light

within myself and others.

Let Peace reign within the cells of my soul

and down through all the layers to the bottom.

Let my heart be a fountain of Joy.

Let my mind be a fountain of Love.

May I be led where I am honored and valued from Love and Light,

and may I return it tenfold.

Let Love, Light, and Beauty be what radiates, ripples,

and overflows out of me.

May I be restored to full connection with my True Self.

May I shine brightly in the darkness at all times,

to infinity and beyond.

May I be Healed!

May It Be So!

Prayer written by MyEsha S. Maheena, Student of Ageless Wisdom
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Monday, April 4, 2016

145 - Mirror of Joy

By J. V. Constas

I wish I was a child again. Not the innocent, weak and ignorant newborn, but the blank canvas uncluttered by a life of past wins, losses, regrets, failures and successes.

Sometimes, my emotions get the better of me. When they do, I find myself embarrassed or left feeling like I failed. It shouldn’t be so surprising that letting negative emotions take over makes me feel less than human, but why does negativity even exist? Why do we feel “bad” sometimes? After thinking about it with the perspective that only time and experience can provide, it seems that some of the mystery was at least partially handed to me in an earlier time.

As a boy, my family would take vacations in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, known for their dramatic contrasts in elevation, terrain and unique plant, animal and mineral life. The Sierra Nevada range is home to Yosemite National Park and Mammoth Lakes, both extraordinarily beautiful places.

I recall hikes we took to TJ Lake, located near tree line and sitting below the majestic Crystal Crag peak. Crystal Crag stood defiantly above the nearby landscape, brushing up against the sky at 10,300 feet above sea level, unscathed by the ancient glaciers that scraped away much of the surrounding terrain, which in their wake left beautiful valleys filled with trees, streams and wildlife. The waters of TJ Lake were so clear that I could see trout swimming deep below the surface. Small, slow moving, streams gently fed the lake from one end, sourced from the melting pure snowpack above. On the opposite end of the lake, another stream flowed out and down the hill, feeding other lakes below and creating a vibrant habitat for abundant ferns, pines, spruce, small animals and brightly colored birds. To me, TJ Lake was everything I had imagined of what the forest primeval would be like.

On one of our hikes to TJ Lake, we were having such a good time fishing, searching for frogs and drinking in the beauty, we didn’t notice the sun set behind the rim above the lake. Darkness would be approaching soon and my parents decided it was time to head back to the trailhead on the opposite side. The alpine bowl in which the lake sat got darker by the minute as we made our way back.

Just before heading into the trees and down the trail, something tugged at us, compelling us to turn around and get one last look at the lake and the rocky outpost of the towering crag. Our presence of mind to obey the call was rewarded by a striking view of the full Moon arcing across the indigo sky towards Crystal Crag. The Moon was reflected so perfectly in the still waters that I almost thought I was looking at two; as if I was standing on a distant planet orbited by dual satellites. Looking closer, the still and perfect waters formed a flat liquid surface on which the Moon, emerging Milky Way and the entire cosmos were reflected, creating an image of infinite beauty here on Earth.

Over 30 years have passed since my feet tread the path at TJ Lake, but it is only now that I realize the full significance of that experience and how it illustrated the nature of our emotions. Our emotional body behaves very much like a mountain lake. When it is still and purified from negativity, the emotional body can reflect the beauty of the creation that surrounds us back into the world – to our families, friends, colleagues, spouses and children.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

144 - Marijuana, Alcohol and the Brain

By Robert Constas, M.D.

             During his recent trip to the United States, the Pope advised not to legalize marijuana.  His concern is shared by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  The Pope and the Academy are aware that alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana.   Alcohol removes the control over the emotional brain and exaggerates whatever emotion is prominent in the emotional brain.  

            Compared to alcohol the effect of marijuana is much more subtle.  Recent research shows that long-term regular use of marijuana can lower the intelligent quotient by 8 to 10%.  This can decrease academic functioning especially in adolescents because their brains are still developing. Marijuana and alcohol affect the adolescent brain more than the brain of adults.

            Chronic and frequent use of marijuana leads to diminished motivation to study, to achieve, to improve and to look for a job.  This is called the amotivational syndrome.  It can make a person lazy.

Friday, January 22, 2016

143 - The Mystery I am

By J. V. Constas

It is human nature to love mystery. People instinctively love to read mystery books and enjoy movies that lead them down a path of confusing plot twists, a series of seemingly chaotic, unrelated events peppered with exotic characters, contradictory relationships and engaging dialogue. At first, we see only the symptoms and outer events, and our preconceived notions and entrenched opinions often lead us astray. As the storyteller reveals the plot, however, and the true cause is revealed, we are rewarded with understanding. There is something inherently satisfying to this process, and why we all love a good story.
Appreciating a good mystery seems almost pre-programmed into human nature, and after reading more of Initiation, it is clear why that is the case. As I have come to learn, there is far more to my Self than previously anticipated! That I am conscious of perhaps only six percent of my true nature means there is much hidden behind the curtains of illusion, vanity, ego and habit. What lies behind the barriers in front of me is indeed mysterious.

Monday, January 11, 2016

142 - Joy Exercise that Releases the Diamonds Within Us

After listening Gita Saraydarian's lectures on Petrification and Transformation of the Aura, it became blatantly clear that the book Joy and Healing must be studied over and over again.  Gita said "when it gets too tattered to read, buy another one and start over!"

The first recommended exercise is to remember a joy that you experienced in the earliest part of your life.  Go back in your mind and try to find a moment of joy as early as possible. 

What is the "why" behind this exercise?  Page 29 in Joy and Healing it states that "every true experience of joy which was locked in our auras in the past can be released through exercises and the flow of joy energy can be used to uplift ourselves, to create integration, alignment and harmony and even to eliminate many disturbances in our natures."

I remember as a toddler on Sunday mornings, my Mom would get me all dressed up. I would walk out into our living room and my Dad would lovingly tell me how beautiful I was. I felt his love and admiration for my little being.  He was not the gushy type and the words were not what I remember. It was the authentic love he expressed that has given me confidence to this very day.  Oh what a joy to remember!

What are your early experiences of Joy? 

- Blog written by Connie Kadansky, student of Ageless Wisdom.
Joy and Healing by Torkom Saraydarian is available through TSG Foundation. Meditation courses using joy exercises are also available. Please contact TSG Foundation for more information.
- Gita Saraydarian gives classes and lectures on the Ageless Wisdom Teaching.