The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
Aspiring Humanity and the Spiritual Work of the United Nations
How can we abolish the great lines of demarcation between races, nations and groups, and the cleavages that are to be found everywhere, working in such a manner that the "one humanity" emerges in the arena of world affairs?
...The answer comes in the form of a generally accepted platitude and is unfortunately in the nature of an anti-climax: Establish right human relations by developing a spirit of goodwill. Then and only then shall we have a world at peace and ready to move forward into a new and better era. Though a platitude is, in the majority of cases, the statement of a recognizable truth, it is difficult in this case to make people admit its feasibility. Nevertheless, because it is a truth, it is bound eventually to demonstrate as such, not only in the minds of a few people here and there but on a large scale throughout the world. People are looking eagerly for the unexpected and the unusual, for an anticipated miracle and for God (whatever they mean in their own minds by that term) to take action, thus relieving them of responsibility and doing their work for them.
Not by such methods do men move forward; not by shifting responsibility do they learn and progress. The miracle may happen and the beautiful and the unexpected appear but only when men have themselves created the right setting and by the wonder of their own achievement made it possible for a still more wonderful expression of rightness to manifest. We can have no further expression of divinity until men act more divinely than at present.
Problems of Humanity , by Alice A. Bailey, pp. 116-117
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.
Since its initial expression on our planet, the Ageless Wisdom has sought to impart to humanity the truth that, in fact, humanity is one interdependent whole and that the solution to humanity's problems could only result from a recognition of this inalienable truth.
Although the Charter of the United Nations was written on behalf of and for "We the peoples," and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was meant to be an expression of the world's conscience, thus far, many of the UN's practices instead, have reflected the cleavages, the separateness, the antipathies and hatreds of a humanity in conflict.
Whereas there are those who have tirelessly worked to realize the ideals and objectives of this organization, the resisting and warring elements have sought instead, isolation and separateness, greedily and selfishly clinging to the notion that one's own individual interests must be met to the exclusion of the good of the whole.
Slowly, however, over the years, this attitude of separation and self-absorption has been yielding to the truth of the One Humanity, represented by the 192 Nation States that now constitute the "United Nations." The spiritual principles emblazoned within the founding documents are slowly being actualized.
Although this would have been difficult to imagine just a few years ago, this month, it is with heart-felt enthusiasm that we feature the following two examples indicating a growing recognition at the United Nations of the One Humanity.
I. Our Common Humanity in the Information Age: Pointing to the common set of principles and values that were articulated in the Declaration of the Millennium Summit in 2000, a multiple number of UN agencies, offices and affiliated organizations, convened a program at the United Nations on Wednesday, November 29th entitled "Our Common Humanity in the Information Age."
Referring to "the values of freedom, solidarity, equality, tolerance, respect for nature and shared responsibility [which] form the foundation for collective action towards a 'peaceful, prosperous and just world,'" the background literature for this event emphasized the fact that in this age of globalization and interdependence, humanity's collective security and vision for shared development hinge on a spirit of cooperation based on the above principles and values. The meeting sought to convey the message that "the global community is one family with common values." The opening plenary featured statements addressing the challenges of globalization and the common destiny of human beings as neighbours on this planet.
II. Alliance of Civilizations: "Either we will sit and remain spectators as the culture of terror, violence and clashes spreads across the world like an infectious disease, or we can globalize a common understanding of humanity." Thus spoke the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on 13 November at the launch of the very first report of the Alliance of Civilizations-an initiative set up last year by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to try to bridge the gap between Islam and the West.
In this report, the 20-member High-level Group of the Alliance of Civilizations maintains that although religion is often cynically exploited to stir passions, fuel suspicions and support alarmist claims that the world is in a new "war of religion", the root of the matter is actually political and not religious.
In their "Statement for the Press," this High Level Group emphasized the truth of the One Humanity by stating, "All societies are interdependent, bound together in their development and security, and in their environmental, economic and financial well-being." Bringing attention to humanity's need to manifest a collective political will, the Statement further declared, "The Alliance seeks to forge collective political will and to mobilize concerted action at the institutional and civil society levels to overcome the prejudice, misperceptions and polarization that militate against such a consensus."
As the leading quote in this message attests, "we can have no further expression of divinity until men act more divinely than at present" and, as they do, then the beautiful and the unexpected-a still more wonderful expression of "rightness" can manifest.
It is exactly this process of broadening and illuminating the consciousness, leading to progressive accomplishments that is the purview of the cosmic energies currently influencing all life on our planet. The energies of the astrological sign of Sagittarius and its attendant cosmic energies call attention to humanity's eternal aspiration for a better and brighter future, made self-evident in the esoteric keynote of this sign: "I see the goal. I reach that goal and then I see another."
Urging humanity forwards, the energies of this sign facilitate the development of intuitive perception, allowing the prepared human being to travel upon the "wings of the soul" as the goal eventually becomes the expression of love-wisdom, which is ever selflessly developed and always consecrated to the good of the whole and not to the satisfaction of the individual. (Esoteric Astrology by Alice A. Bailey, p. 191)
Will those of you who can travel to the UN Headquarters in New York City, join us for silent meditation in the UN Meditation Room on Monday, December 4th from Noon until 12:30 p.m. and for discussion afterwards until 1:00 p.m., as we seek to avail ourselves of these energies to support the work of the United Nations? Open to the public, this "Room of Quiet" is located next to the Information Center in the UN Visitor's Lobby, at 46th Street and 1st Avenue.
For those who cannot travel to New York City to be with us in person, recollecting the power of lighted thought, 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 quote of the month will be available on the first of the month accompanied by a photograph of Stonehenge, the four thousand year old monument to the sun, covered by a celestial canopy.
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, which is now available from the home page address at the end of this message.
Depicting as it does, the note of this month's energies, ever urging humanity onwards, we leave you with the following information from the UN virtual tour about the design of the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC):
"A special feature of the room are the exposed pipes and ducts in the ceiling above the public gallery. The architect believed that anything useful could be left uncovered. The 'unfinished' ceiling is commonly seen as a symbolic reminder that the economic and social work of the United Nations never finishes; there will always be something more that can be done to improve the living conditions of the world's people."
With a willful, directed aspiration on the "wings of the soul",