The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
Cancer Festival, July 5, 2001
Freedom From Want and the Principle of Sharing
The esoteric texts, which have been given to humanity for our time period, indicate that when the United Nations has emerged into factual and actual power, the welfare of the world will then be assured. They further indicate that with all its faults, limitations, weaknesses and nationalisms, the United Nations is focusing the planetary conflict between what is referred to as the Dweller-the circumscribed and limiting personal self and the Solar Angel-the inclusive and loving Soul.
The conflict is between the spiritual ideal on one hand and its material opposite, on the other hand. Very gradually, however, the United Nations IS throwing the weight of its effort and aspiration on to the side of the Angel-the Soul, thus restoring a balance lost in old Atlantis. Slowly the United Nations is producing on a planetary scale those attitudes and conditions which will eventually liberate humanity from the imprisoning forms of illusion, glamour and maya now holding it in thrall.
This is happening as a result of the increased clear thinking of the general public of all nations, by the UN's growing ability to conceive ideas in terms of the whole and by its capacity to discriminate between the Forces of Light and the countering and imprisoning forces of darkness.
The family of nations, viewed as a unit, expressing right relations and shouldering responsibility for each other must be the realised goal of all national enterprise. The resources of the entire planet must be shared collectively and it must be increasingly realised that the products of the earth, and the intellectual heritage of the nations, belong to the whole of humanity and not to any one nation exclusively.
We know that humanity itself must be the goal of interest and effort and not any particular nation or group. All that is done must be founded on the basic recognition of human brotherhood, expressing itself in right human relations.
This brings us to this month's theme of "freedom from want."
This same theme constitutes the third section of the Report, "We the Peoples" by Secretary-General, Kofi Annan for the UN Millennium Summit held last year. Therein we read that the past half-century has seen unprecedented economic gains. Yet, today, 1.2 billion people have to live on less than $1 a day. The combination of extreme poverty with extreme inequality between countries, and also within them, is an affront to our common humanity. This situation also aggravates all other problems, including the many violent conflicts that today are part of the global landscape.
This same theme of" Freedom From Want" was also the focus of the World Summit for Social Development held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1995. At this conference, poverty was likened to slavery and there was much enthusiasm behind the idea that just as slavery has been abolished as an acceptable practice, so too can poverty become abolished.
The world leaders at the UN Summit pledged to cut poverty in half by 2015 and we know that the upcoming Finance for Development Conference to be held in March 2002 will also focus on this theme of creating a global climate freeing people from the desperation of meeting basic want.
Additionally, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has begun a project named after a recently written book entitled, Global Public Goods. In the foreword to this book it is indicated that "national public goods and services are fundamental to people's well-being and that governments and markets must work together to provide them."
The authors suggest that a globalizing world requires a theory of global public goods to achieve crucial goals such as financial stability, human security and the reduction of environmental pollution. They point out, as does the Millennium Report, that many of today's international crises have their roots in a serious undersupply of global public goods.
Increasing numbers of us know within the depth of our hearts and conscience that there is no justifiable excuse for the deprivation that today exists in so much of our world. We are becoming increasingly incensed at the growing inequity between the two poles of extreme poverty, on the one hand, engulfing greater numbers of people and extreme wealth, on the other hand, concentrated in fewer and fewer hands.
What is it that gets in our way as we attempt to realize "Freedom from Want" for all people on our planet?
In discussing the "economic problem" within the book, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, the Tibetan Master indicates that "sound commonsense" can solve this problem. He goes on to say, "the deplorable conditions are based on some national or group selfishness and on the failure to work out some wise impartial scheme for the supplying of human need throughout the world." This problem is not the fault of any one particular group or nation; rather, he states, "our period is simply one in which human selfishness has come to its climax and must either destroy humanity or be brought intelligently to an end."
The keynote to good health, esoterically speaking, is sharing or distribution, just as it is the keynote to the general well-being of humanity. The economic problems of humanity closely correspond to disease in the individual. Sharing is a soul quality or energy and it is only through a sane and worldwide grasp of this principle that our global problems can be solved. Just as the inclusive Soul must eventually supersede the limiting personal self, so the principles of sharing and cooperation must be substituted for those of possessive greed and competition.
Hazel Henderson in her new book, Beyond Globalization, makes the point that "Our global networks economy is composed of millions of daily actions and interactions at all levels-between governments, banks, investors, corporations, employees, and consumers-all nested in ecosystems." She provides some solutions toward reshaping the Global Economy. Among these, she cites the need for individuals to expand their awareness and understanding; to learn about their own inner lives and motivations, and to learn inner peace. She writes,
"In all our efforts to help oppose injustice, alleviate poverty, and reshape the global economy to serve people, higher standards, human development, and Earth ethics, we are learning that all these efforts begin at home-with our selves."
Just as educating ourselves and future generations in the need for sharing and for a free circulation of all the essential commodities is an imperative, so too is the deliberate and conscientious use of the energies of goodwill and the will-to-good.
We read in the earlier mentioned book, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy that, when the "little wills'"of those who serve the public, and those above all who are working in some connection with the United Nations, become strengthened, stimulated and focussed on goodwill, the union of the two energies of Love-Wisdom and of Will can bring about the needed changes in the planetary life.
We are meeting tonight under the astrological influences of the Cancer constellation and it seems fitting to remember the esoteric keynote of Cancer which is "I build a lighted house and therein dwell." May we work together in meditation to help create of our planet Earth a true "lighted house."
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 Transcript of a talk given by Ida Urso at the monthly meditation meeting supporting the work of the UN at the Cancer Festival on Thursday, July 5th, 2001.