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His teachings are for those who are strong in spirit and fiery of heart. They are written in great suffering, tension, love, ecstasy and discipline; they are a gift to the youth of the world, a gift to inspire them to free themselves from handmade chains and prisons.

(Quote taken from The Science of Becoming Oneself, a resource book used in the WMEA St. Sergius University and Seminary)



Torkom Saraydarian

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Learn about Torkom’s life and Teachings at Wikipedia

“At 18, she met her Teacher and future husband,Torkom and Joann Torkom Saraydarian, in the forest in silence. He said in a poem of their meeting that, “the light of bliss and ecstasy shone from her whole being.” This meeting began a journey of twenty-five years of working closely together, teaching, lecturing, and uncovering the mysteries of Ageless Wisdom. Together, Joann and Torkom immersed themselves in deep esoteric truths, studying and practicing the lifestyle of sacrifice and self-alignment. The Saraydarian Institute, formerly known as the Aquarian Educational Group, was founded by Torkom in 1962 as a means to disseminate his insight and wisdom and bridge the chasm between esotericism and every- day practical existence.

“Joann stayed by Torkom’s side until he drew his last breath, and it was in the moments of quiet stillness that the energy and power of his love for her transformed into an elevated humanitarian purpose. Before Torkom’s passing in 1997, he appointed Joann to lead the Saraydarian Institute into the future. Joann has been an invisible force of change for thousands of people in the past ten years, indirectly and inconspicuously changing even the course of history. She has a gift of reaching the core of a soul within seconds of meeting and seeing only the true essence of a person’s beauty and potential. She lives in the deep truths of the universe and sees that depth in every single interaction that she makes with people. She believes that ‘everything is deep. It’s people that make things shallow,’ meaning everyone has the ability to live on a level of openness to wonders of the universe, but unfortunately, most people choose not to.” (Saraydarianinstitute.org)


Some Practical Hints by Torkom

“Each human being, each unit of consciousness, is so unlike any other that the individual need can only be supplied when full causal consciousness exists on the part of the teacher, and when the pupil has himself reached a point where he is willing to know, to dare and to be silent. The dangers involved in the misuse of the Word are so great that we dare do no more than indicate basic ideas, and fundamental principles, and then leave the aspirant to work out for himself the points necessary for his own development and to carry out the needed experiments until he finds for himself that which he needs. Only that which is the result of self-effort, of hard struggle and of bitter experience is of permanent and lasting value. Only as the disciple—through failure, through success, through hardly won victories, and the bitter hours that succeed defeat—adjusts himself to the inner condition, will he find the use of the Word scientifically and experimentally of value. His lack of will defends him largely from the misuse of the Word, whilst his endeavor to love guides him eventually to its correct intoning. Only that which we know for ourselves becomes inherent faculty. The statements of a teacher, no matter how profoundly wise he may be, are but mental concepts until experimentally part of a man’s life. Hence, I can but point the way. I may give but general hints; the rest must be threshed out by the student of meditation for himself.”

(from a meditation course on The Secret Doctrine)


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