The Answer Lies Within
What Is the Relationship Between the Science of Meditation
and the Practice of Human Rights?

Roundtable In Observance of the 60th Anniversary of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UN Day

Friday, 24 October 2008; Noon-1:30 p.m.

Each era has its own call. The power of thought will be the evocative principle of the New World.

Agni Yoga, par. 101, Agni Yoga Society, New York

The Universe is worked and guided from within outwards...every external motion, act, gesture, whether voluntary or mechanical, organic or mental, is produced and preceded by internal feeling or emotion, will or volition, and thought or mind.

The Secret Doctrine, Vol. I, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

Dear Friends,

Please accept this invitation to participate in a roundtable that will focus on the relationship between the science of meditation and the practice of human rights. Thank you so much, if you have already registered.

The roundtable will be held in observation of United Nations Day on 24 October, the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Week of Spirituality sponsored by the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns at the United Nations, New York and the many other groups mentioned on the flyer announcing this program.

Sponsored by the Spiritual Dimensions of Science and Consciousness Working Group of which the Aquarian Age Community is the Co-chair, the theme of this roundtable, "The Answer Lies Within," has a double meaning.

Not only does it emphasize the truth that planetary transformation is only possible as a direct result of individual transformation, it also calls attention to the fact that we can look for solution from within—in this instance—from within the community at the United Nations, including NGOS and other friends and co-workers interested in supporting the work of the United Nations.

As we know, there are many different forms of meditation and, as you will see in the program flyer, some of these will be addressed by the practitioners of these different forms of meditation.

The roundtable will end with a group meditation, using the outline, "The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity." This outline is based on the Raja Yoga method of "meditation with seed" and on "the six-fold progression of divine love"—a form of meditation, which acknowledges the six stages of meditation (Aspiration, Concentration, Meditation, Contemplation, Illumination, Inspiration) outlined by Patanjali, as well as the six realms of consciousness from which the practitioners of this form of meditation seek inspiration.

We would like to take this opportunity to emphasize the fact that the term "spirituality" refers to the evolutionary process that drives humanity forward towards eventual wholeness. Although a religious person may be spiritual, a spiritual person is not necessarily religious because spirituality encompasses the whole of life. Spirituality thus encompasses all development—be it physical, emotional, mental, or intuitional. Derived from the word, "spirit", it refers to the spark of knowingness, the spark of consciousness at the heart of every individual.

It is this spark of consciousness (some would say, spark of divinity or God-Immanent), which connects the whole of humanity and makes of us as brothers and sisters, creating the family of humanity.

And, it is this spirit or spark that endures forever, progressing from point to point and from stage to stage upon the Path of Evolution, unfolding steadily and sequentially all attributes and aspects possible to the human being, so that spirituality is characterized by ever-widening horizons, growth and wholeness, greater vision, understanding, integration and synthesis.

Through the practice of meditation, wherein the objective tendencies and outgoing impulses of the mind are thwarted and the mind begins to be subjective, to focus and become intuitional, these ever-widening horizons of consciousness can be known and eventually manifested.

The following passage from paragraph 463 of the book, Agni Yoga, leaves no room to doubt the importance of meditative thought:

"Who can change destiny? Where is the power? Only in thought."

We look forward to your participation in this roundtable so that together we can strive to change humanity's destiny to one of love, joy, self-realization and therefore, liberation.

Please register as soon as possible and at the latest by Tuesday, 21 October. For those who cannot join us in person, we welcome your subjective and meditative support and invite you to use the meditation outline, "The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity," which is available in several languages upon request.

Your help in circulating this invitation to friends and colleagues who you think might be interested would be very much appreciated.

Please see below for the evolving Mission Statement of the Working Group on the Spiritual Dimensions of Science and Consciousness.

In loving service,

Aquarian Age Community
A 501(c)(3) not for-profit NGO in association with UN/DPI

Evolving Mission Statement of the Working Group on the Spiritual Dimensions of Science and Consciousness:

Recognizing that a problem cannot be solved at the same level at which it was created and that a higher, more inclusive and synthetic consciousness is required; and, recognizing that violence and hatred are not eliminated by further violence and hatred, but by love, we understand that the spiritual dimension must be brought to bear on the global problems that the United Nations was created to solve.

Further recognizing that "We the peoples of the United Nations [are]determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom" (from the Preamble of the Charter of the United Nations), we realize that this larger freedom resides in the higher levels of consciousness possible to all who strive to attain them. That is, world transformation is the result of individual transformation. Thus, we encourage personal striving and the daily practice of chosen spiritual disciplines. The greater the number of individuals who strive to thus attain, the more likely we are to attain the planetary vision, as set forth within the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For this we work.

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