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The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity

The Tests and Trials of Humanity and the
Spiritual Work of the United Nations

November 2006

They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Isaiah 2:4

Of iron man has forged his swords, of iron he has also made his ploughshares. Of iron he has constructed 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?

Dag Hammarskjöld, Dedication of the United Nations Meditation Room

The human spirit can create powerful manifestations of energy. One may state that the vortices of Light are saviors of the equilibrium of the planet. Nor is it far from the truth to state that the vortices of darkness contain a destructive gas, which is not only deadly to the crust of the planet but can alter the climate and even significantly effect a shifting of the poles. ... Powerful is the significance of the human spirit!

Fiery World I, (664), Agni Yoga Society

Dear Friends,

One of the three pillars of the UN's mandate is the maintenance of peace and security. In fact, the whole UN Charter is essentially a peacekeeping contract, with the primary objective of saving “succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” Emerging from two horrific world wars, the creators of the United Nations were hopeful and optimistic that the establishment of agreed upon international standards would eventually bring about the abandonment of the use of force and create one single permanent system of general security for all the people of the world. As the phoenix arising from the ashes, the representatives of the 50 nations that met to create the United Nations thought the world was finally ready to embrace the rule of law and reason, putting an end to the age-long rule of brute force and aggression. The vision of “Freedom from Fear” for all of humanity was thought to be attainable.

This optimistic worldview is succinctly laid out in Article 2:3 of the UN Charter: “All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice, are not endangered.” (Charter of the United Nations, Article 2:3)

Tragically, sixty-one years later, this hope and vision yet remains unrealized. Countless numbers continue to needlessly die and untold numbers have no choice but to endure the anguish and suffering of deprivation, violence and oppression of one sort or another. Humanity is yet held hostage by the dark forces that perpetuate war, violence, greed and oppression, and fear stalks the planet.

However, undeterred and undiminished, the heroes, heroines and saviors of humanity battle on. More starkly and clearly aware of the obstacles in their way and the forces arrayed against the realization of the vision, they more purposefully, powerfully and intelligently embrace their work with renewed commitment and one-pointed dedication as they seek to eliminate all which stands in the way of a liberated humanity.

This fact is obvious in the UN’s work of peacebuilding and peacekeeping. For example, as of October 4th of this year, United Nations Peacekeeping had surged to 93,000 troops, police and civilian personnel in 18 operations around the world, with the expectation that this figure will probably jump to 140,00 within one year, according to Jean-Marie Guehenno, the UN Undersecretary-General for peacekeeping.

Having become aware of the fact that around one-half of countries terminate their fighting only to lapse back into renewed conflict within five years, the World Summit of 2005 augmented the UN’s peacekeeping work by mandating the creation of a Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), which came into force on 23 June 2006.

Congratulating the General Assembly on this historic vote, Secretary-General Kofi Annan underlined how the mistakes of the past were being corrected by the creation of this Commission:

“We have seen an unacceptable number of peace agreements disintegrate within five years after the end of a civil war, with countries lapsing back into deadly conflict. Some of the weaknesses in current international responses to post-conflict situations are well known. One is a shortage of funds. Another is the lack of international coordination. A third is the tendency for international actors to leave too hurriedly. As we have just seen in Timor-Leste, undue haste to disengage from a transitional situation can result in reversals and a need to redeploy, at great cost to all, particularly the helpless civilian victims. All of these challenges directly informed the design and mandate of the Peacebuilding Commission, as well as the creation of the Peacebuilding Support Office and Standing Fund.”

Addressing the complex nature of keeping the peace, this ten-year veteran Secretary-General concedes: “This work has not been easy. Indeed, our hard-won successes have been tempered by some sad failures. But we have learned from our mistakes, and improved our capacity.”

Although the Charter of the United Nations was written in the Spring of 1945, officially, the United Nations came into existence on 24 October 1945—the day which is today celebrated as “UN Day.”

This information is relevant and significant as we consider the UN’s role in peace and security issues. Because of its official birthday, the United Nations is influenced by the sign of Scorpio. The esoteric note for this sign, which “the soul chants or sings,” is “Warrior I am and from the battle I emerge triumphant.”

The Ageless Wisdom tells us that at this particular stage of human evolution, Scorpio governs the Path of Discipleship. The keynote then refers to humanity’s long battle with the forces, which would suppress the soul—the spiritual nature as it seeks to uplift and enlighten the form.

Governing the turning point both in the life of humanity and the life of the individual human being, the constellation of Scorpio provides the tests and trials, which when embraced, can strengthen the resolve to move towards the Light, reorienting the individual and ultimately the whole of humanity towards the life of the Soul. Its promise, therefore—when the trials and tests are successfully undergone—is the triumphant liberation of the spiritual nature:

“Scorpio carries the test right down into the physical plane life, and then, when it is faced and handled there, the life of the man is carried up into heaven, and the problem which the test involved is solved by the use of the reasoning mind.” (Esoteric Astrology, p. 204)

The United Nations is a gauge or measure of humanity’s evolutionary status and stage of consciousness. And, because of the strong Scorpio influence in the life of the United Nations, this organization is known in the Ageless Wisdom as the crucible in which the highest and noblest of human attributes and qualities are challenged by the basest and darkest proclivities of human nature.

The question asked in the annals of the Ageless Wisdom is most poignant indeed: “Will the world Hercules lift this problem up into heaven and ‘elevate the Hydra’ of passion and hate, of greed and aggression, and of selfishness and ambition up into the region of the soul? Or will it carry the whole matter down on to the physical plane with the inevitable corollary of world disaster, world war and death?” (Esoteric Astrology, p. 217)

As ever, the deciding factor lies in the hearts and minds of the growing number of awakening aspirants, disciples and spiritual workers. And, therein lies the challenge to each of us.

For those who can travel to the United Nations, will you join us for meditation in the UN Meditation Room, next to the Information Center in the Visitor's Lobby, located at 46th Street and 1st Avenue at Noon this Friday, November 3rd? The Meditation Room is open to all and no guest pass is needed to enter.

For those who cannot travel to New York City to be with us in person, will you contribute your good energies by using the meditation outline, “The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity?”

For those who may need it, the meditation outline is available in different languages and as always, we encourage you to also use the meditation weekly, every Friday.

The new Diamond Light is now posted and the new quote of the month will be available on the first of the month accompanied by a stunning photograph of interacting galaxies, entitled, "Cosmic Whirlpool." Apart from recognizing the beauty that is the Universe in which planet Earth lives, moves and has its being, these "discover the cosmos" photographs also serve to remind us of the influences reaching our planet from the various planets, stars, signs and constellations. Planet Earth is part of a Cosmic Whole.

As always, your feedback is invited on this month’s letter, on previous letters and/or on any aspect of the theme of “The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity” for the Group Sharing section of the Aquarian Age Community web site.

We leave you with the following quotation from the very last address of Kofi Annan as UN Secretary-General in front of this year’s General Assembly, as he will leave his post at the end of this year. His shared thoughts underscore the fact that humanity is one, its sorrows and suffering are one and its joys and triumphs are one:

"Each of us must share the pain of all who suffer, and the joy of all who hope, wherever in the world they may live. Each of us must earn the trust of his fellow men and women, no matter what their race, colour or creed, and learn to trust them in turn. That is what the founders of this Organization believed in. It is what I believe in. It is what the vast majority of people in this world want to believe in."

In hope that the “World Hercules” is triumphant,

Aquarian Age Community
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