How Can Global Consciousness Respond to the Cry of the Least Developed Countries?
In Observance of World Invocation Day
May 31, 2007; 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Inspirational Quotations to Ponder
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.
WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED
AND FOR THESE ENDS
HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBIME OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMS.
The world is not yet full of love and few there are that understand the true meaning of the word. But—speaking symbolically—when the United Nations has emerged into factual and actual power, the welfare of the world will then be assured. What is that welfare but love in action? What are right human relations but love among men, groups and nations? What is international cooperation but love on a world scale?
The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Alice A.Bailey, Lucis Publishing Co.© 1957, p. 603
How necessary it is to learn to feel one's heart not as one's own, but as the universal one.
Heart, par. 7, Agni Society, New York
Meditation is a process that cleanses the mind of impurities. It cultivates such qualities as concentration, awareness, intelligence and tranquility, leading finally to the attainment of the highest wisdom.
U Thant, Secretary-General of the United Nations, 1961-1971
In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.
Markings, Dag Hammarskjold, Secretary-General of the United Nations, 1953-1961
The world is not going to be saved by politicians or corporations, but by those in service to the divine that is within themselves and within the world. Higher knowledge has always come from within, but it needs those committed to this revelation to bring it into life, to unite the inner and outer and awaken the world to its spiritual nature.
Awakening the World, Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee, The Golden Sufi Center, 2006
The United Nations is a piece of machinery and it is up to the people of the world to insure that it will work.
Over bright-yoked San Francisco… where brave hopes sought consummation, where men of goodwill in free cooperation, attending the embattled birth of a planetary aspiration for peace…joined in a new project, noble to dare, against the scourge of war….and Earth's care becomes Universe's Care… So on and on and on through the stars and the planets: …I reach out and pluck of their light and their virtues. I pluck for the healing of the nations of Earth.
"The Song of the Seraph of San Francisco," Poem by Mary Esther Crump, Spring, 1945
Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The family of nations, viewed as a unit, its correct and proper interrelation, and the shouldering of responsibility for the one, or for the weak, must be the realised goal of all national enterprise; the resources of the entire planet must be shared collectively and it must be increasingly realised that the products of the earth, the gifts of the soil, the intellectual heritage of the nations, belong to the whole of mankind and to no one nation exclusively. No nation liveth unto itself, any more than any individual can happily so live; the nation or individual who attempts so to do must inevitably perish off the face of the earth.
The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Alice A.Bailey, Lucis Publishing Co.© 1957, pp. 373-374
I would assert here that the great and satisfying reply to all human questioning and human need is to be found in the doctrine of Avatars, and in the continuity of divine Revelations. This is the persistent belief—ineradicable and unalterable—that (at major moments of world need) God reveals Himself through Appearances, through a Coming One. This doctrine is found in all the basic world religions, in every time and age; it appears in the doctrine of the Avatars of the Hindu faith, in the teaching of the return of Maitreya Buddha or the Kalki Avatar, in the belief in the Western world in the return of Christ and His Advent or second Coming, and in the prophesied issuing forth of the divine Adventurer of the Moslem world. All this tied up with the undying belief of mankind in the loving Heart of God, Who ever meets man's need. The witness of history is that always the appearance of man's necessity has been met with a divine Revelation.
The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Alice A.Bailey, Lucis Publishing Co.© 1957, p. 286
People do not regard sensitiveness of the organism as an advantage. Even very enlightened people often are afraid of such refinements. In truth, a broadened consciousness is required in order to understand how indispensable for further advance is the acquisition of sensitiveness. Under the existing conditions of earthly life various pains may be expected, but certainly these sufferings occur, not as a result of sensitiveness, but by reason of abnormality of life. If there were an uninfected atmosphere, then sensitiveness would be seen as a true good; but people prefer to pollute the planet, if only they may dwell in the savage state. Do not think that words about savagery are an exaggeration. One may wear expensive clothing and still remain a savage. The more grave is the offense of those who have already heard about the condition of the planet and yet do not apply their efforts for the advancement of the Common Good.
Brotherhood, par. 208, Agni Yoga Society, New York
Release for humanity will come when the so-called good people of the world give up their pet theories and their beloved ideals and grasp the essential fact that entry into the Kingdom of Heaven and into the new age will take place when mankind is truly loved and selflessly served, and when the true, divine purpose is seen and humanity is found to be one indivisible whole. Then petty nationalisms, religious differences and selfish idealisms (for that is what they often are as most people are idealists because they seek to save their own souls) are subordinated to human need, human good and the future happiness of the whole. The simplification of the attitude of men is the crying need at this time. Ideologies must go; old ideals must be relinquished; petty political, religious and social schemes must be discarded, and the one driving purpose and the one outstanding determination must be the release of humanity from the imposition of fear, from enforced slavery and the reinstatement of men in freedom and with due opportunity to express themselves through right human relations
The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Alice A.Bailey, Lucis Publishing Co.© 1957, p. 255
Regardless of differences of nationality, ethnicity, culture or faith, it is high time to understand that we are all part of one human family, with shared core values, and what is more important is that we act accordingly.
Dr. Mohammed ElBaradei, Director-General, International Atomic Energy Agency
No isolated part of the emerging global community can hope to solve today's global problems on its own. The ethical and spiritual resources of religious and spiritual traditions are needed to address interconnected and global issues like justice, peace and sustainability.
Josef Boehle, Inter-Religious Cooperation and Global Change,
The immediate goal ahead for the United Nations is that the member-parts perceive the unified Whole—thereby demonstrating the One Soul of the One Humanity.
A Former NGO Representative to the United Nations
The Agni Yogi chooses spiritual relationship over blood relationship. The shield of an Agni Yogi lies in his consecration to world evolution and in the stern banishment of prejudice from his heart.
Agni Yoga, par. 171, Agni Yoga Society, New York
For the first time in human history, the lines of demarcation between that which is right from the angle of the spiritual values (the essential freedom of the human spirit) and that which is wrong (the imprisonment of the human spirit by materialistic conditions) are clearly perceived by the majority of the nations of the planet. Within the United Nations is the germ and the seed of a great international and meditating, reflective group—a group of thinking and informed men and women in whose hands lies the destiny of humanity.
Discipleship In the New Age, Vol. II, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Publishing Co. © 1955, p. 220
The era ahead of us—under evolutionary law and the will of God—is to see the establishment of right human relations....the only ideology that will prove finally and generally effective [is] that of right human relations.
Problems of Humanity, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Publishing Co.© Renewed 1992, pp.27-30
What cleanses the spirit more thoroughly than thoughts about the welfare of others? And what tempers the armor of steadfastness better than the wish to lead others to Light? And what weaves a better smile than a desire to see the very last child laughing?
Leaves of Morya's Garden; Illumination, III:III, par.10, Agni Yoga Society, New York
The unification to which the forward looking people aspire does not involve the neglect of any part, but it does involve the care and nurture of each part in order that it may contribute to the well being of the entire organism. It involves, for instance, the right government and proper development of every national unit so that it can adequately perform its international duties, and thus form part of a world brotherhood of nations.
A Treatise on White Magic, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Publishing Co. © 1979, p. 407
Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe—a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.
Albert Einstein in "Albert Einstein Quotes on Spirituality"
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from our prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all humanity and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein in Open-Site
My Friends! Happiness lies in serving the salvation of Humanity. Put aside all prejudices and, summoning your spiritual forces, aid mankind. Direct the unsightly towards the path of beauty. As the tree renews its leaves, so shall humanity flourish on the path of righteousness.
Leaves of Morya's Garden, Vol.I; The Call, par.4, Agni Yoga Society, New York.
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