The United Nations and the Destiny of Humanity
February 7, 2004
I'm going to begin my remarks by sharing with you two quotes with which I think most of you are familiar. I would like to ask that we reflect on these two ideas, using them as keynotes as we consider, in the next few minutes, the relationship between the United Nations and the Destiny of Humanity.
The first quotation is from the second volume of the book, Discipleship in the New Age, authored by Alice Bailey. Therein, the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul indicates that,
"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. ...their point of meditative focus is the intuitional or buddhic plane—the plane upon which all hierarchical activity is today to be found." (p. 220)
The second quotation is from the book, Glamour A World Problem, also authored by Alice A. Bailey. Herein we read that,
"The United Nations need to learn to apply the Law of Love…and to express the truth that 'no man liveth unto himself' and no nation either, and that the goal of all human effort is loving understanding, prompted by a programme of love for the whole." (p. 166)
If anyone has recently taken the guided tour at the United Nations; you will remember the first words of the guide, which I imagine gave you pause and evoked a spiritual stillness in you as they always do for me. With much pride and without hesitation, the guide announces, something to the effect of,
When you step through the entrance gates of the United Nations Headquarters, past the 191* flags of the Member nations that stretch from Afghanistan's at the north to Zimbabwe's at the southern end of the complex, you enter an international zone. It is land that belongs not just to one country, but rather, it belongs to all the citizens of all the 191 countries, which today make up this organization we call the United Nations.
As historical accounts indicate, it was not at all certain in the Spring of 1945 that the 50 nations meeting in San Francisco at the United Nations Conference on International Organization would be able to come to any agreement. The great efforts of the many representatives of civil society and non-governmental organizations played an invaluable role and it was only after the addition of what now seem to be those magical preamble words, of "we the peoples of the United Nations" that the tide was turned and public opinion accelerated to the point where all 50 delegations were influenced to unanimously agree and on June 26th signed on to the final version of the 10,000-word Charter that created the United Nations. Is this not the first symbolic and telling indication of the Aquarian nature of this organization?
As we know, we are leaving behind 2000 plus years of the Piscean Age, with its emphasis upon authority and belief and moving into the Age of Aquarius with its emphasis upon individual understanding and direct knowledge. The age of the Expert Authority, who makes decisions and speaks on behalf of all, is waning and the age of the common everyday person and his her ability to intuit straight knowledge is waxing. According to the Tibetan Master, June 1945—the time of the creation of the UN—is a pivotal time in humanity's progression into the Age of Aquarius.
Along with cooperation, brotherhood and synthesis, unity is a key concept and descriptor of the Age of Aquarius into which we are moving. Thus, even its name, "The United Nations" links this organization to humanity's evolving destiny, indicating also, humanity's nascent attempt to open its collective heart center—an anticipated result of our movement into the Age of Aquarius.
We are told that within the UN the great battle between the Angel of the Presence—the Soul of humanity and humanity's shadow nature, the Dweller, are waging a great battle and we witness this battle continuously as the UN's objectives—which are on the side of freedom, progress and the well-being of humanity—become thwarted again and again by the forces that would protect the selfish and aggressive interests arrayed against the good of the whole.
As The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states,
"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."Yet, who would question the ubiquitous violation of this first article?
So, just as in our own personal lives, when we consider the disparity between the vision we hold and the reality we experience, the challenges for the United Nations and therefore for humanity, are certainly daunting. However, as Walter Cronkite recently stated this past November at a high level conference that asked the question, "What Future the United Nations?" (Seton Hall University School of Law, November 14, 2003),
The question is not whether or how to save the United Nations; rather, Mr. Cronkite stated, it is how to strengthen this one organization we have, this one true hope we have of creating a world free of international violence, poverty, starvation, disease and plague.
And, I would respectfully add to Mr. Cronkite's description that the UN is also the one organization that can facilitate the passage of humanity from the Iron Age of Kali Yuga to the Golden Age of Satya Yuga—the Golden Age we know to be the Age of Aquarius.
In the next few minutes I would like to take a brief look at some of the recent activities and movements within the UN that I believe point to this fact, as they indicate the UN's alignment with the Plan of Love and Light and affirm the fact that in spite of the outer chaos and turmoil, humanity in actuality IS slowly but surely moving into its destined role as planetary saviour. And, I do believe that this progress will increasingly quicken and become more evident.
Since the new millennium, beginning with the General Assembly's agreement to set specific, measurable millennium goals that include, for example, the plan to reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger or live on less that a dollar a day, the UN has become very focused on turning abstract idealism into concrete manifestations on the physical plane.
Is this not a good example of the distinction between the outgoing Piscean Age of Idealism or of Abstract Visioning and the incoming Age of Aquarius that will facilitate the bringing into outer expression the abstract spiritual ideals that have been visioned, making these tangible and a part of our day-to-day reality?
As we've noted in one of the recent monthly letters about this work, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged that 2004 be the "year of kept promises" in order that together we can resolve the pressing issues that afflict the lives of billions on our planet; he asked that the world community join to make 2004 "the year when we begin to turn the tide," thus, to my mind, further adding emphasis to the Age of Aquarius 7th ray proclivity to relate spirit and matter and to anchor spiritual ideas onto the physical plane.
As esoteric students, we know that every crisis presents us with an opportunity. Crises are, as the Tibetan tells us, "only the points of examination as to strength, purpose, purity and motive and the intent of the soul." (Esoteric Astrology, p. 477) And, it is the emergence of a particular subjective rhythm or energy, which enables one to surmount the crisis and to capitalize on the opportunity. (Esoteric Astrology, p. 475)
Contrary to general perception, a crisis indicates progress and opportunity, and not disaster and failure. Nothing lights a fire, motivates and causes the harnessing of the new energies seeking entrance into the life like a drastic crisis. And disaster only comes if the point of crisis is not understood, embraced and used as a moment of opportunity.
It seems to me that it is in this positive manner that the UN and the world community are responding to the pre-emptive war on Iraq that threatened the relevance of multilateralism and the Charter of the United Nations.
Together with representatives of various international organizations and some of the finest minds in our most prestigious universities over the past year the UN has been highly motivated—in ways that might not have been possible without the Iraqi crisis—to find ways to strengthen the UN system.
Just this past November, the Secretary-General created a High-Level Panel that was to come up with concrete proposals of how to successfully address the collective security threats facing humanity in the 21st century.
At a recent NGO briefing (January 29, 2004) two of the members of this Panel gave us some insights into their process. It is now acknowledged that to date too much emphasis has been put on what are being called the "hard threats" such as terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, civil wars and peacekeeping and not enough attention is being paid to the so-called "soft threats" such as disease, poverty, hunger and alienation.
Although it might seem common sense to some of us, it is progress that for the first time, the interconnections and interdependence between these two designated forms of threats are being officially recognized and holistically addressed. And, as the Tibetan Master prophesied would happen, at the NGO briefing, we actually heard articulated the recognition that "anyone's threat is everyone's threat and demands a collective response."2
Along these lines, the Secretary-General affirmed that "there will be no peace and no security, even for the most privileged amongst us, in a world that remains divided between extremes of wealth and poverty, health and disease, knowledge and ignorance, freedom and oppression."3 To my mind, this statement directly reflects the Tibetan's words that in this Age of Aquarius we must arrive at that point of consciousness of "All for one and one for all."
In attempting a solution to not only meeting humanity's collective security threats, but to many of the other global problems with which the UN is faced, the need to engage the political will or the will of the people is today a common place recognition. And it has been pointed out that the Security Council has failed the UN and therefore humanity—not because of the limited make-up of the Council, but because, regardless of its membership, it was created to REFLECT the WILL of the majority within the General Assembly. Instead, what has happened is that the Security Council sees itself as the executive head of the United Nations and not as the organ to uphold the rule of law on behalf of the Common Good.4 Thus, once again, we see the battle between the Piscean tendency towards executive authoritarianism and the Aquarian necessity for right human relations.
There are several more examples that I think point to humanity's evolution towards its destined future through the actualization of the UN's goals, but for now, I will only briefly mention two more.
One is a renewed vitalization and focus on the Rule of Law as a substitute for the rule of force. A section of the UN web site is earmarked for this work and an "Action Plan" has been designated for an "Era of Application of International Law." One of the key points in that action plan states that "the best guarantee of the application of international law is a general public, which is informed about the rules of international law that have been developed for their benefit." Thus, educating public opinion is one of the main strategies in the Action Plan.
As we know, the Age of Aquarius requires an enlightened public opinion and the new incoming energies will increasingly help us recognize the fact that the Law of the Universe revolves around "love as pure reason."
And, last but not least, is the current emphasis, begun again, only this last Fall to invigorate the General Assembly. A resolution passed just this past December made some suggestions about how the General Assembly's Authority can be enhanced. It is through the General Assembly—the people's forum—that the energies of Shamballa via the Avatar of Synthesis are working.
It is of course, this reason that the General Assembly is the focus of the meditative stage of the meditation format for "The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity," that many of us regularly use and that we will also use here this afternoon.
Are the above then guarantees that humanity is steadfastly and surely marching into the golden age of Aquarius and a sign that we can comfortably relax our efforts?
Quite the contrary! The above are welcome and promising seeds, and perhaps even little sprouts, but there are no guarantees and the world situation is yet precarious and the bulk of humanity overburdened with suffering and travail. And, we must be aware that the forces ready to destroy this forward movement also gain their strength from the incoming energies. For thought is pure energy; it is impersonal and—like the sun it pours down upon the flowers and the weeds; upon the worthy and the unworthy, unless definitely and deliberately directed.
And, that is where the magical work of the esoteric community—the weavers in meditation comes in.
Helping us understand the importance of the role of the esoteric workers of the world and the men and women of goodwill, in The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, the Tibetan Master refers to how the Second World War could have been averted. He states, "had the aspirants and the disciples of the world realised the situation earlier, and had they worked more wholeheartedly, the present catastrophe could have been held within bounds; it could have been retained and the problem worked out upon the inner planes of thought and desire, and could there have been transmuted and the needed readjustments made. But they failed to understand, and the storm broke upon the physical plane."5
And, in another similar passage, "The present world crisis could be shortened if the spiritually minded people lived up to their inner belief and knowledge."6
Thus, we hold these monthly meditation meetings and we encourage spiritual co-workers to weekly use the meditation outline that seeks to strengthen the work of the UN so that the liberation of humanity may go forward.7
Affirming the difficulty of the task ahead of us, we turn again to the Tibetan Master who so clearly sums up the problem. He states, "The history of the world of thought evidences the fact that men are oft thrilled and enlightened and aided by ideas and by the promise of a developing future, but that when their aid is sought in the materialising of the idea, then their hope and interest fade out on the mental plane, or—if it reaches the world of emotion and of strong desire—the sacrifice required to bring the hope to birth on the physical plane is lacking or too feeble to produce the longed-for result."8
Much vigilance, discipline and dedicated, heartfelt work is required from the spiritual community. Great Forces are awaiting the hour when they can function as the Liberators and the Deliverers of humanity. But the door to Their entrance must be opened by humanity itself and it will be opened by a united act of the spiritual will.
To this end, the New Group of World Servers and the men and women of goodwill are called to stand as a great "army of implacable spiritual will" enabling those who make decisions on behalf of humanity to think with clarity and thus, through this clear thinking affect telepathically the minds of men.9
Through our dedicated efforts we can strive to be a part of that group of aspirants and disciples throughout the world, who can salvage a distressed world and bring light and understanding to humanity.
The constructive attitudes and undertakings in the area of thought and meditation must be assumed individually by every person and eventually by nations as collective wholes. And towards that purpose, let us re-dedicate ourselves to a greater understanding and application of the laws of thought and the science of meditation..
* As of 14 July 2011 South became the 193rd
Member of the United Nations. A full list of
all 193 Member States of the UN can be found at the
following UN web site: http://www.un.org/Overview/unmember.html
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