The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity

Gemini Meeting, June 5, 2001
Freedom of Speech and Expression, Human Rights and Right Human Relations[1]

Beginning with the Taurus Festival meeting of last month, we initiated a new aspect to these monthly public meditation meetings in support of the work of the United Nations. Before going into meditation, we are going to take a very brief and sketchy look at the work of the UN through the filter of the four freedoms. These freedoms, as we know, were first enunciated by President Roosevelt and then emblazoned in the Charter of the United Nations and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each month we will address one of the freedoms as an attempt to educate ourselves about the progress the UN is or is not making in fulfilling the mandate, which first brought it into existence. The presentations are only a means of keeping in focus the freedoms that we wish to bring to every person on the planet-a way to remind ourselves of the spiritual values of liberty, fraternity and equality.

Tonight we will focus on Human Rights, which of course, includes freedom of speech and expression.

The first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that, "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."

After thorough scrutiny and 1,400 rounds of voting on practically every word and every clause, on December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Spelling out individual rights and freedoms for every human being, the unprecedented Declaration has been referred to as a "Magna Carta for all humanity" and the conscience of the world. "Everyone," states article two of the Declaration, "is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status."

Fifty-three years into the existence of this Declaration, humanity is slowly becoming aware of the need of what the esoteric wisdom refers to as Right Human Relations.

Right human relations can only exist if these are based on justice, on the recognition of inherited rights, on opportunity for all-irrespective of race, colour or creed-on the suppression of crime and selfishness through right education, and what is of keen interest to us here, on the recognition of the divine potential in all people. Related to this, humanity must realize that there is a divine directing Intelligence in Whom we live, and move and have our being.

Right Human Relations will be implemented when we better understand "The Science of Impression." When, this Science of Impression is correctly understood and brought down to the level of an educational objective, and we recognize that we must become sensitive to the supernatural world, just as we are to the natural world, we will be able to cooperate with this Divine Purpose, instead of thwarting it. When humanity can align its will with the Divine Will, this will lead to a great shift in human consciousness, bringing about planetary transformation. Humanity will then be able to shift its focus from the levels of emotional and physical life (where the bulk of humanity is today focused) on to the levels of mental perception.

The mind, rightly trained, can utilize the inpouring energies of light, love and the will-to-good from centers of consciousness above our own human state of consciousness.

That is the purpose in meditating here tonight. We seek to invoke those energies on behalf of humanity and the planet.

How successful has the UN been in implementing right human relations or human rights?

The fact that we are aware, as we never have been before, of the blatant abuses of human rights all over the world represents in itself an achievement. Amnesty International, for example, publishes a yearly report giving us a barometer reading of where we stand with regard to specific rights. This year, in its 40th annual comprehensive survey, it cites abuses in 149 nations. The report also indicates that not only government officials, state agents and armed groups are perpetrators of rights violations, but it also points to human rights abuses by families, community members and employers.

The Amnesty report puts the United States record at the top of a list of "the five greatest disappointments in the field of human rights in the past 40 years."

Among the reasons for this is the fact that the United States has not yet ratified the United Nations' "Convention on the Rights of the Child." However, the publication, the UN Wire indicates that Senator Barbara Boxer of the Foreign Relations Committee has indicated that she will hold hearings on this issue and seek to have the US ratify this treaty. The only other country that has not ratified this treaty is Somalia.

Because this September, the General Assembly of the UN will hold a Special Session on Children, an unprecedented global pledge campaign has been initiated on behalf of children. An impressive array of international personalities including Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates and Secretary-General Kofi Annan are seeking to rally people everywhere behind ten arching principles that seek to improve and protect the lives of children. For information on this campaign, you can visit the UNICEF web site. Also, the United States Committee for UNICEF has compiled some ideas on ways that you can aid the United States' ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Our challenge today with regard to not only the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or the Convention on the Rights of the Child, but just about every spiritual principle we hold in esteem is one of IMPLEMENTATION. It is one of LIVING the truths we esteem and hold dear.

Can we imagine what life on our planet might be like if everyone were treated "in the spirit of brotherhood?"-as the Declaration of Human Rights indicates? To help bring that day about, can we now work in meditation to invoke those energies of light, love and the will-to-good that will help create the atmosphere on our planet which will facilitate the implementation of human rights for all?

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[1] Transcript of a talk given by Ida Urso at the monthly meditation meeting supporting the work of the UN at the Gemini Festival on Tuesday, June 5th, 2001.

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