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.

Guided Group Meditation: Using the Raja Yoga Approach and the Six-Fold Progression of Divine Love
"The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity"1

The main focus of this meditation outline leads to the seed thought on which we will meditate together: "The Divine Purpose that seeks to guide the work of the United Nations." This is the highest point of the meditation.

A growing international group uses this meditation, once monthly at the time of the Solar Festivals and weekly every Friday. As your program agenda indicates, it is based on the six-fold progression of Divine Love, which recognizes six different stages of consciousness.

It's a form of in-breathing and then a pause, which is when the real work of meditation takes place; out-breathing and then a pause, which is referred to as the lower interlude, when the mind and heart are flooded with the spiritual energies we have invoked and been able to contact. At this point, we focus on how to apply our inspiration in the world of human and world affairs. During the "distribution" phase of the meditation, you are invited to sound The Great Invocation, and radiate into the consciousness of the whole human race, the energies of light, love and the will-to-good.

We will end the meditation by sounding the sacred Om three times, impacting the mental, emotional and physical planes. ("Om" is that sacred word, which indicates the merging of spirit and matter.)

The Great Invocation

I would like to also say a few words about The Great Invocation. This great world prayer or matram has been translated into over 70 languages. A booklet is provided for you on the literature table that provides this mantram in the six languages of the UN, and includes a short description.

For now, I will briefly say that each of the stanzas refers to a different dimension of consciousness and so we will pause at the end of each stanza, giving ourselves an opportunity to focus on the centers of Light, Love and Purpose—and then finally on the one humanity that can implement these energies into the daily life.

Many religions believe in a World Teacher—a Coming One who is to reappear, as has been the case throughout the history of humanity. This Coming One is known by such names as the Lord Maitreya, the Imam Mahdi, the Bodhisattva, the Messiah, and the Kalki Avatar—just to acknowledge a few of the names by which this Spiritual Teacher is known.

In the English version of The Great Invocation, which is the original language in which this Invocation was given to humanity, the term Christ is used for this Coming One. And, it may be of interest to note that this term, Christ, evolved from the Greek word, Christos, which means "the Anointed One," or " the Inititate".

It is a term that refers to the divine spiritual principle—inherent and living in potential within each human being and it also refers to the One, Who at any given time in the history of humanity holds the title of the World Spiritual Teacher—the purified or Initiated One. This title and word has great esoteric significance and radiates its own powerful numeric vibration.

Finally, as the meditation outline explains, the word "man" is a derivative of the Sanskrit term, Manas, which refers to the mental principle—the positive element that characterizes humanity, emphasizing the fact that humanity is able to THINK and use the mind.

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