Sunday, 16 October 2005; 5:30 P.M.- 7:00 P.M.
Main Floor Meditation Room
Quest Book Shop, 240-242 E.
53rd Street, New York City
The United Nations Meditation Room was first opened on October 14, 1952. The existence of this room was a hard won battle by a group that included such prominent people as J.C. Penny, Warren Austin who had been the Chief of the US Mission to the UN, and others. This same group also saw to it that there would be a moment of silence at the beginning and closing of each General Assembly—a tradition continued until today.
Indicating the difficult, uphill battle that this group was waging, one of the UN officials is said to have remarked that it would take an Archangel to find space for a prayer room in the UN building.
The original meditation room was later transformed by Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld who served as the UN Secretary-General from 1953-1961—his term being cut short by a tragic airplane crash over Zambia, which killed him and all others on board.
Because of his published journal, Markings, where we get a glimpse into the inner life of this man, Dag Hammarskjöld has been referred to as a modern day Mystic. He recognized and articulated the need for spirituality to be at the center of the United Nations and he is often quoted as saying that world peace would not occur without a spiritual renaissance on our planet.
Among the many crises he had to contend with, he took on as a special personal project, the enlargement and reconstruction of this room. For example, he is known to have visited the room at 2 a.m. in the morning supervising the painters to make sure that the light in the room would be to his specifications. In his private correspondence that can be found in the UN Research Library, one letter refers to the floor plan, which as he wrote “has been described in detail and marked with red lines.” And, for the sake of precision, he writes that he gave the dimensions in centimeters. He even included a memo for some weaving instructions for the rug that was to be placed in a very specific part of the room.
At the center of the room he placed a great slab of raw iron ore, millions of years old, in its purest form that he had shipped from Sweden. Weighing six tons, he described this magnetic piece of rock as representing the qualities of timelessness and strength, while pointing to humanity’s need to choose, as he said, between destruction and construction, between war and peace. Quoting from his dedication, “of iron man has forged his swords, of iron he has also made his ploughshares. Of iron he has constructed his tanks, but of iron he has likewise built homes for man. The block of iron ore is part of the wealth we have inherited on this earth of ours. How are we to use it?”
Striking this huge slab of iron ore is a single shaft of light, symbolizing the light of the skies or of heaven meeting the light of earth—spirit contacting and joining with matter.
His intention was to create in this small room a place where the doors may be open to the infinite lands of thought and prayer and thus, he commissioned his artist friend from Sweden, Bo Beskow, to design a fresco for this room, which turned out to be an abstract of geometrical designs entitled Infinity.
As with any truly occult or spiritual symbol, this room represents more than meets the eye. It is replete with significant symbols, and the numerology, astrology and sacred geometry that are all a part of this very small room radiate their own silent but powerful spiritual vibrations, invoking the Soul of this organization.
I would like to share some of these with you. First and foremost, is the significance of the date of birth—10/14/1952—the room thus came into existence seven years after the creation of the United Nations. As we know, the seven year cycle is extremely important and it is at age seven that the soul first takes hold or begins to appropriate the body. Through this birth date, we note also the Life Lesson Number—that is, the cosmic gifts with which one can accomplish one’s destiny, and see that it is a five (10+14+1952 = 41/5 or 14/5)..
The Ageless Wisdom tells us that the number five is one of the most occult and the most deeply significant of the numbers. It represents the Soul or the fifth group of divine lives who have combined within themselves the dual attributes of the universe—the spiritual and the physical, unifying within themselves the two poles. The five vibration therefore includes both the esoteric and the exoteric; the objective and the subjective. The late Manly Hall, President and Founder of the Philosophical Research Society in California, also refers to the number five as representing the human soul rising from the bondage of the animal nature and finally, the goal of the number five is “freedom” or Liberation.
If we take the date 11/11/1957, which is the date when the doors of the transformed meditation room were officially opened, the Life Lesson Number of this second birth or, reincarnation, if you will, is all about master numbers, beginning with eleven and ending in 44 (11 + 11 + 1957/22 = 44)—all indicating a great spiritual potential.
Recently, the Aquarian Age Community received an excerpt from the on-line book, Shift of Ages by David Wilcock that further outlines the esoteric symbolism incorporated into this room. And, I’ll share just a few short excerpts from this material. Referring to the UN Meditation Room, Mr. Wilcock writes:
“What we see…is specific data regarding a room that is built with all of the same harmonic specifications that we have just discussed in relation to the cathedrals [such as the cathedral at Chartres, which were sized] in direct proportion to the measurements of the Great Pyramid of Giza!”
“The room itself is built in the shape of a truncated pyramid, which is certainly a ‘sacred shape,’…This truncated pyramid shape was worked into the mural in several different places, as was the full pyramid with capstone as well.
“The very geometric and colorful mural helps to organize the meditator’s visual centers with sacred geometry….Other symbols are hidden within this mural as well, including the circle with a dot in the center, the astrological symbol for the Sun.
“Obviously, the architects of the UN Meditation Room had this harmonic system down to a science. A minor grid line directly overlies Geneva, Switzerland, so that satisfies the global energetic location requirements. We have the proper room structure, the proper visual structure…We then have a gigantic piece of natural magnetite, which obviously has a tremendous magnetic field. Why would the architects of the UN Meditation Room wish to import such an expensive material if it didn’t 'do’ anything? Wouldn’t it make a lot more sense that this magnetite actually helps to harness and enhance the natural spiraling magnetic Earth energies in the room?
“By meditating in a room with a giant magnet in it, the natural hyper dimensional energies from the Earth are greatly enhanced.”
Now, whether what Mr. Wilcock writes is indeed and in fact what was in the mind of Dag Hammarskjöld and his supporters involved in the transformation of this “Room of Quiet,” we do not know.
We do know however, from the Tibetan Master that as he writes, the conference in San Francisco that gave birth to the United Nations even drew the attention of those great lives in Shamballa. And, we are aware of his other statements to which we have often referred, that the United Nations is the crucible in which the Angel of the Presence—the Soul of Humanity, and the Dweller on the Threshold—the imprisoned and imprisoning lower nature, are therein battling for supremacy.
We also know that it was in 1945, shortly after the creation of the United Nations that the Christ took on the responsibilities of leading humanity into the Age of Aquarius and it was also in June 1945 that He was given permission to give out to humanity, the Great Invocation.
We know too that the Symbol of the Aquarian Age, as it appears in all the ancient zodiacs is that of a person bearing a jar of water which the Aquarian pours out as needed in order to sustain and enrich all life. The message of this emerging age is one of unity, communion and a relationship of brotherhood derived from the fact that we all gain our sustenance from the same cosmic source. Thus the keynote of all spiritual progress in this evolving Age of Aquarius is the love of humanity. It is this fact that will indicate the awakening of humanity's collective heart center. And, it is this idea that is enshrined in the very first article of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, which reads that all human beings should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Only as the United Nations realizes its goals and objectives can humanity move into the prophesied shift of the Ages, allowing for millions to undergo the first and second initiations, thus transforming life on our planet, resulting in the supremely grand goal—18 ½ million years old—of helping planet Earth shift from a non-sacred to a sacred planet.
Thus, our need and responsibility to contribute in whatever way we can to the success of this organization, is really not about the organization itself, rather it is about contributing to the Plan of Love and Light; it is about cooperating with the great Spiritual Beings who have been working for the past millions of years to establish the Good, the Beautiful and the True on Planet Earth—because that is part of the Cosmic Plan.
How, then, can we—through our meditations—support and help strengthen the spiritual work of the United Nations?
As we know, meditation is a powerful method of planetary service. In meditation we use the mind as a channel for the reception of the energies of light and love and the will-to-good and direct these energies into the United Nations and into human consciousness. And the time of the Solar Festivals each month offers the greatest opportunity for meditation, for it is at these times that the energies can more readily reach our planet.
We are each of us as radio sets bathed in a sea of energy, and we have the opportunity to strive to tune in to those subtler and more rarified energies and ideas that we refer to as Light, Love and the Will-to-Good, thus becoming part of the circulatory divine flow; breathing in and breathing out the Good, the Beautiful and the True.
Meditation is the mind’s power to hold itself in the light.
No matter how small or unimportant an individual thinker may be, yet in cooperation with his brethren, he wields a mighty force. Only through the steady strong right thinking of the people and the understanding of the correct use of mental energy can progressive evolution go forward along the desired lines.
A Treatise on White Magic*
One of their [the Initiates on our planet working with the seven centres within the Form of the One In Whom we live and move and have our being] first tasks is to bring about a free flow and right energy relations between the three major centres in our planet which correspond to the head, heart and throat centres in man. They are occupied with the circulation of energy between Shamballa, the Hierarchy and Humanity. This circulation, which for the first time in planetary history includes the highest centre, Shamballa, is not yet completely established. Shamballa has been in touch with the centre called Humanity by impact several times in the history of the race. But there has been no reciprocal action and no free flow. Humanity has taken the impact of energy and this impact has wrought changes in the activity of the centre, but there has been no "responsive return," as it is esoterically called, and hence no circulation. The Shamballa force has hitherto been transmitted via the Hierarchy. For the first time, and in this century there has been direct impact.
We shall eventually have a free circulation and a veritable vortex of force set up between the three centres; it will be of such an increasing radiatory activity that—moving in both directions around the three centres—it will eventually contact the radiations emanating from the other four centres of the planetary Life, thus completing the interplay and the interrelation between all seven. These four include the three lower kingdoms of nature and a certain basic centre (corresponding to the centre at the base of the spine in man) about which nothing is as yet known nor will be known.
All who—in quiet reflection, focussed appeal and with a true background of knowledge—are able to ‘think through’ into a higher state of consciousness than the one of which they are normally aware; in that higher state they arrive at those intuitional and spiritual ‘discoveries’ which can produce the seed of a new creation, or which can open up (for those unable thus to meditate) a new field of possible awareness. The motive of all such group meditation must be selfless service; the keynote of all such groups is creativity; they are all of them demonstrations of the perfected third aspect of active intelligence, plus other developing aspects; all of them are in direct relation or alignment with one of the Buddhas of Activity, Who embody within Themselves the essence of the third Ray of Active Intelligence, through which the third aspect can successfully project and express itself. It is these three Buddhas Who were instrumental in the amazing and occult process of implementing the mental principle upon our planet, and Who—through Their creative meditation—brought our planet, the Earth, and the planet Venus into direct alignment. This made possible the coming of the Sons of Mind and the formation of the fourth kingdom in nature, Humanity. They are Embodiments of the intuition, and control the inflow of intuitional energy into the minds of men.
The power to act as transmitters of that spiritual energy we call love is the promised reward of the triumphant solar Angels and the prized goal of the meditation work.
1.) What is the spiritual destiny of humanity?
2.) How can the United Nations help create the conditions that will allow humanity to realize its spiritual potential?
*A talk given by Ida Urso, Ph. D., at the Libra Solar Festival Meditation Meeting to Support the Work of the United Nations.
*These books contain the wisdom of the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul; they are authored by Alice Bailey and published by the Lucis Publishing Co.