The Spiritual Work of the United Nations:
Building a Planetary Consciousness
Thursday, October 21, 1999, 3-5:30 p.m.
CREATING A UNITED NATIONS SPIRITUAL FORUM
By Luciano Meira, Legion of Goodwill
Before I even start, I want to thank Ida Urso for this wonderful opportunity. Today is a very special date for the organization that I represent at the United Nations, the Legion of Good Will. The Legion has an Ecumenical (or if you prefer an interfaith) Temple in Brasilia, which was inaugurated exactly 10 years ago.
The Temple of Good Will is this seven sided pyramid, also known in Brasilia as the Temple of Peace. Every year about 1 million people come to meditate in or visit this magnificent Temple. Right now thousands of people from the most diverse religious background are gathered under the huge crystal on the top of the pyramid, and they are in meditation for what we call the international movement for the expansion of the interfaith consciousness. I want you to know, dear Ida and dear friends, that they are also praying for the success of this important workshop we are in.
The Temple of Good Will's slogan, by the President of the Legion, Mr. Paiva Netto, is: "Unity in diversity to overcome adversity."
Here, within the same mentality, and together with many other NGOs we are endorsing an idea, that I think is not new but has not yet become a reality: the creation of a spiritual forum at the United Nations.
Let's talk briefly about three elementary points related to this issue:
First one: Why a spiritual forum at the UN?
Second: How would that occur?
Third: What are we doing about it?
I strongly believe that science in the 21st century will finally recognize the existence of the spirit: that before and after our human existence we are spiritual beings, or on the sayings of Teilhard de Chardin, "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. Rather, we are spiritual beings having a human experience."
And from that very premise, about which we could speak here forever, two conclusions can be drawn:
That is why the Forum is so important.
Now, the creation of a Spiritual Forum at the United Nations may seem to be impossible. There is a Red Sea of obstacles created by those who still don't see the importance of such a revolutionary step. Actually because it is Spiritual, I don't believe it can be created by our narrow human efforts. Instead, I feel a Cosmic Power that is really driving us here to do this, and when that kind of Power starts to work, nothing can stop it until it is done!
What we can say right now, and I think this opinion is shared by most of those who are joining forces to see the creation of the Forum, is that it would have the following characteristics:
People in different parts of the world are talking about this Forum at the UN. I first heard about that idea from Lama Gangchen Rimpoche, a Tibetan Lama that lives in Italy, who visited Brasil last year.
Nina Meyerhof, my dearest and inspiring friend has not only provoked two meetings about this issue this year, one held in her own property in Vermont, and a second one held in the Legion of Good Will's office in 5th Avenue. She has also written an initial document that I consider to be an extraordinary start for all of us. This document has been circulated to you today.
On November 17th, at 1:00 P.M., we will again meet at the Legion's Office at 383 5th Avenue to take this initiative one step further. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.