The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
The Light Supernal and the Work of the United Nations
He who faces the light and stands within its radiance is blinded to the issues of the world of men; he passes on the lighted way to the great Centre of Absorption. But he who feels the urge to pass that way, yet loves his brother on the darkened path, revolves upon the pedestal of light and turns the other way.
The Tibetan Master in Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II, by Alice A. Bailey
On December 10th of last year, when he accepted the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei laid out a three-point programme to save the world from self-destruction by ensuring that nuclear weapons have no place in the collective conscience and no role in security. (http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=16893&Cr=Nobel&Cr1=prize)
Posing the question that has also been asked about world poverty, Dr. ElBaradei poignantly considered, “How do we create an environment in which nuclear weapons—like slavery or genocide—are regarded as a taboo and a historical anomaly?”
As reported in the UN News Centre cited above, he called “on the world to embrace the mind-set of brotherhood, tolerance and sanctity of life." He then invited the audience to imagine a saner world of right human relations:
Imagine what would happen if the nations of the world spent as much on development as on building the machines of war. Imagine a world where every human being would live in freedom and dignity. Imagine a world in which we would shed the same tears when a child dies in Darfur or Vancouver...Imagine a world where we would settle our differences through diplomacy and dialogue and not through bombs or bullets. Imagine if the only nuclear weapons remaining were the relics in our museums. Imagine the legacy we could leave to our children. Imagine that such a world is within our grasp.
In the press release announcing the award to be shared in equal parts by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its Director-General, Mohamed ElBaradei, the Norwegian Nobel Committee sought to recognize the IAEA and Dr. ElBaradei for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes be used in the safest possible way.
The Nobel Committee went on to describe the growing concern of many on our planet: Our time is one when the threat of nuclear arms is again increasing; it is a time when disarmament efforts appear deadlocked, when there is a danger that nuclear arms will spread both to states and to terrorist groups, and when nuclear power again appears to be playing an increasingly significant role. (http://nobelprize.org/peace/laureates/2005/press.html)
This recognition of the increasing deadly threat that nuclear arms pose to all life on our planet and the contrasting inspirational and moving statements made by Dr. ElBaradei, highlight well the complex human duality, which is often referred to in this monthly letter. These conflicting expressions call attention to the dual nature of the human being and of humanity itself.
The extremes herein represented are also an inherent part of the Capricorn energies with which we are working this month: “This sign gives us a rather complete picture of man with his feet upon the earth, yet running free and climbing to the heights of worldly ambition or of spiritual aspiration in search of what he realizes (at any particular time) to be his major need.” (Esoteric Astrology: http://www.lucistrust.org/lucispub/24books/esoast.shtml)
When through meditation and one-pointed striving to achieve the Common Good, the individual and humanity learn to vibrate to the Light Supernal of the Soul and the Planetary Hierarchy of Love-Wisdom, which the energies of this sign make possible, then will humanity be able to triumph over its dual nature: selfishness in its many blatant and subtle forms will be transformed into the one-pointed experience of world consciousness, selflessness and illumination.
Please join us in using the meditation “The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity”—weekly, every Friday as well as this Saturday, January 14th. If you need a copy of the meditation outline, now available in Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and English, it will be sent upon request.
We will be writing to you soon about the web forum through which you will be able to share your thoughts and planned activities evolving out of your reflective meditations on the spiritual work of the United Nations.
Thank you for the beautiful cards, heartfelt and loving good wishes and financial contributions that many of you sent over the holidays. All are deeply appreciated.
You are invited to visit the quote of the month and the accompanying spectacular photograph of planetary nebula, NGC 2440: http://www.aquaac.org/qotm/qotm.html
The latest issue of the Diamond Light is now on line: http://www.aquaac.org/dl/05nl4top.html
n the coming year, may we each strive to strengthen and grow the existing stream of Light, Love and the Will-to-Good.
In loving service,