The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
Making Responsible Decisions for the
Good of the Whole at the United Nations
Love is fallen and blinded when desire is rampant; desire vanishes when love triumphs.
The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul in Esoteric Astrology, by Alice Bailey, p. 171
Poverty is not created by the poor. Poverty is created by the institutions we have built; poverty is created by the concepts we have promoted; poverty is created by the policies that we adopt; So, if we revisit those policies and find out the biases that we put into those policies...then there will be no poverty...we can push poverty into the museums.
Professor Muhammad Yunus, Special United Nations Tribute
At this special season of the year we cannot help but recall the life of that Holy Teacher who openly walked on our planet some 2,000 years ago, teaching the law of love and asking that we each apply this law in all that we do. It is the application of this divine, intelligent love that will break the chains of bondage, ending the various forms of oppression and suffering on our planet—for those who live in great material luxury as well as those who live in great material poverty. Here, the rituals of this season remind us that giving is the complement or other side of receiving. And, good health—in all its aspects—is not possible if the divine circulatory flow is obstructed.
Knowing that 2% of the world’s people own more than 50% of the planet’s wealth is a blatant warning of a planetary dis-ease that needs to be corrected. As Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury, the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, recently stated at a United Nations Tribute to the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus: “Peace and poverty eradication are two sides of the same coin.”
Recently issued UN statistics tell us that the number of the world’s hungry is now 852 million, with one child dying every five seconds from malnutrition and related diseases. Increasingly, this tragedy is being acknowledged as the shame of humanity.
As we celebrate the joy and power of this season of Love and Light, we cannot help but turn our thoughts to these oppressed and suffering ones who are unable to share in our joy and celebrations. And thus with a willful and hopeful heart, we turn towards the United Nations—that one universal organization whose mandate is to serve the common good, bringing about a planetary shift in consciousness. It is this organization that points to the isomorphic relationship between peace and security, development and human rights; and, it is this organization that has taken on the goal of poverty eradication, seeking, as a start, to reduce the poverty in the world by half, by the year 2015.
The astrological and solar energies with which we work this month can aid us in this objective.
The astrological sign of Capricorn is ever the sign of conclusion. It is the sign of what has been esoterically called, “periodic arresting.” The Ageless Wisdom tells us that “progress becomes impossible under the existing forms, and there has to be the descent into the valley of pain, despair and death before a fresh attempt to scale the heights takes place.” (The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul in Esoteric Astrology by Alice Bailey, p. 158)
Capricorn is also the sign in which is inaugurated a new cycle of effort: “Effort, strain, struggle, the fight with the forces native to the underworld, or the strenuous conditions entailed by the tests of discipleship or initiation—these are distinctive of experience in Capricorn.” (ibid., p. 159)
Thus, we witness today the promise of this sign and its attending energies. The fact that such great numbers of people are aware of the existing planetary turmoil points to the possibility that humanity is preparing to take its great next step forward in self-conscious unfoldment. The energies available this month present each of us with the responsibility of choice, evoking our free will, emphasizing the trend towards self-determination, while encouraging us to make more enlightened choices at this time of planetary crisis.
As in past months and years, along with all who use these monthly opportunities to align with these solar energies, on January 3rd, when the available energies are most propitious, we will seek to create a planetary group container—a mental crucible, in which we will contemplate “the purpose that seeks to guide the little wills of men”—and “the work of the United Nations.”
We invite those of you who can travel to the UN Headquarters in New York City, to join us for silent meditation in the UN Meditation Room on Wednesday, January 3rd from Noon until 12:30 p.m. and for discussion afterwards until 1:00 p.m. Open to the public, this “Room of Quie” 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, we enjoin you to join us and 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 join us in using the meditation weekly, every Friday.
Noting the power of enlightened thought, we continue to invite and welcome your thoughts and ideas on “The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity” in 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.
Related to this work, we close with a quote from the fourth volume of the Agni Yoga Book, Supermundane, that enjoins us to mindfully consider the power of thought and elevated thinking: “In order to accept the current of higher tension, it is necessary, first of all, to refine one’s consciousness through lofty thinking; thus will come the expansion of consciousness and the kindling of the fire of the heart.” (853)
It is this lofty thinking and the resulting actions that will allow us “to put poverty into the museums” and bring about right human relations, ending on our planet—in the words of a beloved Christmas Carol, “the woes of sin and strife.”
We thank those of you who have sent us loving holiday blessings and good wishes by e-mail or by postal mail. These are deeply appreciated. They serve to lift our hearts, encouraging and inspiring us to persevere in our common work of spiritualizing substance by refining and elevating consciousness.
We wish each of you a joyous New Year of vitality, increased opportunities for selfless service to the Common Good and much inspiration from the Light Supernal.
In the Joy of shared service,