We are happy to present to you a collection of the best stories Torkom told in his many lectures and writings to illustrate special lessons to be learned. In the longstanding tradition of storytelling, Torkom would tell and re-tell stories, often creating them on the spot, embellishing and changing them to fit the occasion or borrowing from other storytellers and fables and classic tales…
Torkom deeply understood the creative process and Torkom’s stories are his creative labor. Torkom says, “When I was a boy my mother read a story which I have never forgotten.” He understood that stories have a powerful and lasting impact on our hearts and our minds. Storytelling, memorized elaborate stories spoken aloud, was the most effective means of education before the advent of the written word and widely available books.
Torkom’s stories always have a message behind them–something he wants us to understand and remember. Of one of his stories he says, “This simple story portrays the principle of self-control, the principal of sublimation, economy, and the meaning of purposeful love. Let us remember that the purpose of love is to take us back to Divine Unity, into the Cosmic Magnet. This being the case, each act of love must be a step toward Home.”
Our human nature is wired for memorizing stories, telling stories and re-telling stories. The art of storytelling and the stories and fables of a culture define that culture for generations. Torkom writes, “The stories of powerful, omnipresent, omniscient, and creative Gods were the main incentive of the progress and striving of many races.”
Not only did Torkom understand the power of a good story, he was a master storyteller. His stories take you to places all over the world, both outer worlds and inner worlds. Travel with him this summer with this extraordinary collection of stories. He told not to entertain, but to make a point and to take his audience into a higher vibrational level so that his point was easily understood.
Available in softcover only.
Illustrations by John Dumigan.
Here is a story about Stories that is sure to warm your heart.James Constas
As luck would have it, we received a package from my father containing three copies of Stories a few days before our son was going on a week-long Boy Scout camp. He immediately began devouring the stories!
He loved the book so much, that he decided to take it to camp. At first, I thought he should leave the book at home, knowing that he was going to be living in a tent for a week. Something told me it was best to let him make his own decision, so I shrugged as he stowed the book in his foot locker.
A week later we picked him up from camp, and on the way back he told me about his adventures, merit badge classes and some new jokes.
He showed me a little medal he was awarded for being that day's Outstanding Scout. Only one scout is recognized with this honor at the end of each day. When I asked him what he had done to earn such a recognition, he explained.
In the middle of the week, the new scouts were feeling homesick and getting depressed. For many, this was their first time away from home. After dinner, he rounded them all up and said, You may be sad now, but your families don't want you home yet, because before you go home, you have to come back with a really good story. It might be about your adventures and experiences, but it also might be about what you learned.
He took out Torkom's book and read a few stories to the younger boys. He said their eyes lit up, and they felt much better. From that day on, there was no more homesickness, as every scout was seeking to create his own story, and maybe received some inspiration from Torkom's seeds of wisdom. And for that, the troop leaders recognized him as the Outstanding Scout of the day.
We can never know all of the nooks, crannies and spaces into which our words find their way into. When the situation presents itself, often in the most unexpected ways, we become the ambassadors of the Virtues and wisdom.