TORKOM SARAYDARIAN was born in Asia
Minor. From early boyhood he lived in monasteries and secret brotherhoods
in remote areas throughout the world. His first-hand experience gave
him deep insight and understanding of major world religions and philosophies.
From his experiences emerged a deep love and commitment to serve humanity.
In addition to being a prolific writer, he was an international lecturer,
and an accomplished violinist, pianist, and composer. His recordings
have been released on CD and cassette. His numerous publications have
been translated into twelve languages. His
assimilation of the wisdom of Great Teachings gave him a unique ability
to teach a synthesized understanding of cultures, religions, and science
with emphasis placed on practical application of these truths. People
throughout the world have increased their health, joy, and success as
a result of his labor. In
1997 he appointed Joann Saraydarian, his
wife, to succeed him as leader and president of the Institute.