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
Friday, 24 October 2008; Noon—1:30 p.m.
Transforming Consciousness Through the Practice of Raja Yoga Meditation
and the Six-Fold Progression of Divine Love
Dr. Ida Urso, Ph.D.
As we know, meditation is the process whereby the objective tendencies and outgoing impulses of the mind are thwarted, and it begins to be subjective, to focus and to intuit...[Meditation] relates the individual mind eventually to the higher mind and later to the Universal Mind.
The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, in Education in the New Age by Alice A. Bailey
Some of you who have heard me speak about meditation before have heard me say over the years that there are two keynotes that sub stand the science of meditation: " Energy follows thought;" and, "As you think in your heart, so you are."
Today, I would like to ask that we keep two additional thoughts in mind.
The first is that "the more we know, the more we know, we don't know." And, the second is related:
"We don't know that we don't know what we don't know."
If we consider these thoughts and take them to heart, it follows then, that when we consider the science of meditation, and indeed the full dimension of spirituality, we do so with an attitude of reticence, caution, humility, open-mindedness and a commitment to constant striving for self-perfection, realizing that perfection is not attainable, yet engaging in the striving nonetheless.
Reminding us about humanity's middle position in the grand hierarchy of the Spiritual Beings who guide and watch over Planet Earth is the chart that you see on the easel and available for those of you who are interested, on the literature table.
According to the Ageless Wisdom, humanity is the fourth of six Kingdoms that make up our planetary life. The Masters of the Wisdom, also referred to as the Hierarchy of Love and Light or the Great Spiritual Teachers of humanity constitute the fifth kingdom. The sixth kingdom of consciousness is the Kingdom of Shamballa, made up of those Lives who have taken responsibility for the purpose of our planetary life and from whom constantly emanates the will-to-good.
The principles of Raja Yoga, also known as the Kingly Science of the Soul, were laid down by the ancient sage, Patanjali, some say, as far back as 11,000 years ago.
Within these sacred Teachings presented in the form of 195 Sutras that are meant to help the practitioner attain the Light of the Soul, the science of meditation is described as having six stages: aspiration, concentration, meditation, contemplation, illumination, inspiration. The form of Raja Yoga therein described is meditation with seed.
For example, the seed thought we will presently use in the group meditation is "the Purpose that seeks to guide the work of the United Nations."
How Can this Form of Meditation Transform Consciousness and How Can It Affect the Practice of Human Rights?
Over time and with practice, as we learn to still the mind, it eventually becomes as a reflector of the higher worlds of perceptive and intuitive awareness.
As we lift our consciousness, we seek to identify with the "Divine Stream of Love, Light and the Will-to-Good," ever pouring down or ever available on our planet. In an act of selfless planetary service, we then radiate whatever energies and ideas we have been successful in contacting out into humanity and the planet.
What each of us thinks reverberates through the subjective field—the etheric or energy body surrounding the planet, coloring and influencing the substance from which others draw their thoughts.
The constant seeding and energizing of the mental plane and the steady sending forth of light, love and the will-to-good eventually uplifts and transforms the consciousness of humanity in a manner unparalleled by any other activity.
Nothing else is as effective in dissipating the darkness and therefore diminishing the suffering and anguish in the individual life and on our planet.
However, any thought or idea must be fed by other analogous thoughts in the minds of many before it can take form; thus, for example, the importance of group meditation, rhythmically carried out over time.
The formation of a snowflake here comes to mind and it might serve as an instructive metaphor: a certain number of particles must be present and certain conditions are necessary before the actual snowflake can come into being.
That is, ideas are as magnetic, attractive centers of force and can only make a sufficiently strong impact upon planetary consciousness when they carry enough potency.
The cares, worries, interests and concerns of the personal self are all put aside as we give ourselves in service to the greater cause of first identifying with and then radiating light, love and the will-to-good into a suffering planet and we remember that most ancient of mantras, which has spurred humanity's evolutionary growth throughout the ages. It was first recorded in the Brhad-Aranyaka Upanishad I, 3, 28.
Lead us, O Lord, from death to Immortality;
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