How Can the Use of Goodwill, Meditation and Other Spiritual Practices
Support the Work of the United Nations?

A Roundtable

In Observance of World Invocation Day
The Festival of Humanity and The Festival of Goodwill
Friday, 9 June 2006; 1:15P.M. - 2:30 P.M.

What Is the Purpose of World Invocation Day and What Do the Various Names for this Festival—World Invocation Day/Festival of Humanity/Festival of Goodwill/Festival of the Christ—Represent?

A Talk by Ida Urso

Perhaps everyone here has heard the concept, "History is Biography."

The esoteric wisdom posits a similar truth. And, that is, that all ideas and concepts, which have given rise to our civilization have started as emanations from certain great Lives—who are themselves an expression of a particular lofty Idea.

It is, for example, in this way that the basic urge to freedom has slowly and consistently dominated human endeavours, and become one of the dearest ideals on our planet.

Equally, the idea of spiritual liberation via the expansion of human consciousness, of initiation and spiritual attainment is also becoming an ideal towards which people are striving.

How does this relate to the purpose of World Invocation Day, and the various names by which this Day is observed when the energies of the sun in Gemini reach their peak on planet earth, which happens this year on Sunday, June 11th?

There are two axioms that I think explain this relationship. (1) Energy Follows Thought, and (2) Always we get—in time and space—what we invoke. This second truth will later be addressed in Dorothy's talk.

"Energy follows thought." "As we think so we are." It was Krishna, who in ancient India proclaimed, "Whenever there is a withering of the law…., then I manifest Myself….He who thus perceives…my work as divine, as in truth it is ... he goes to Me, Arjuna." (Bhagavad Gita)

Again and again, throughout history, such Teachers have come forth, manifested as much of the divine nature as the humanity of the day could comprehend and thus the culture and civilization of a people was determined.

As planted seeds, these spiritual teachers left their ideas in the hearts and minds of humanity, there to germinate and bear fruit—leading us ever onwards from darkness to light, from the unreal to the real, and from death to immortality.

The Christ and the Buddha—two Great Spiritual Teachers came to share their Light and Love and in so doing swayed hemispheres and centuries. So that today, most of you in this room, for example, are comfortable with the idea of a higher spiritual consciousness and can easily accept or, at least consider, the possibility of life beyond the three worlds of human consciousness.

Increasingly people are becoming familiar with the radiant Rainbow Bridge of Light, which is the result of the Light, Love and Power wielded by these great Teachers and all others throughout time, across cultures and into the present who follow in their footsteps. This Rainbow Bridge of Light is the focus of World Invocation Day, when humanity is encouraged to reach out in highest aspiration to the great chain, or Hierarchy of Being that embodies these higher states of consciousness—waiting as the Bodhisattva vow* indicates, until the last weary pilgrim has found his and her way into that Light serene.

The keynotes for World Invocation Day are Love, Resurrection, and Contact. The many facets of this spiritual opportunity are reflected in the various names by which this spiritual Festival is known.

The Festival of Humanity refers to the fact that humanity is one whole and interdependent unit and that the invocation and evocation of these higher energies must come from the very depths of humanity itself.

The Festival of Goodwill refers to the energy, which is the touchstone that will transform the world, breaking down the walls of separation and misunderstanding.

The Christ's Festival brings attention to the universal Christ Principle at the heart of all life and to the living Christ, The point within the Circle—the One who is known and is expected to return, being referred to in the world's religions by such names as Maitreya, Bodhisattva, and so forth.

On this Day, this World Spiritual Teacher blesses the world by sounding the last sermon of the Buddha, thus linking the full enlightenment of the past to the current cycle with its focus on the distribution of the energy of Love and the will-to-good, which, through the process of invocation and evocation, each of us are called upon to actively seek, awaken and express in our day-to-day life.

Can we imagine how the work of the United Nations could be strengthened and vitalized by the inpouring of these spiritual energies, invoked and evoked by all who are aware of the opportunity?

* The Bodhisatva's Vow: So long as space remains, So long as sentient beings remain, I will remain; In order to help; In order to serve; In order to make my own contribution.

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