The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
World Unity and the Spiritual Work of the United Nations
The Festival of Wesak / May 2007
One of the essential things at this time is to bring home to humanity and to the nations of the world the nature of the work undertaken by the Buddha and the Christ, and to re-emphasise the truths projected by Them into the arena of world thought. The work of the Lord of Light and of the Lord of Love must be presented anew to a needy world. In this connection, it might be said that some nations need to grasp the teaching of the Buddha which He enunciated in the Four Noble Truths; they must be brought to the realisation that the cause of all sorrow and woe is the misuse of desiredesire for that which is material and transitory. The United Nations need to learn to apply the Law of Love as enunciated in the life of Christ and to express the vitality of the truth that "no man liveth unto himself" (Rom. XIV.7) and no nation either; the goal of all human effort is loving understanding, prompted by a programme of love and right human relations for all mankind.
The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul in The Reappearance of the Christ
In a few short days, at the time of the Taurus Solar Festival, occurring in the United States on Wednesday, May 2nd, many around the world will celebrate the Festival of Wesak, Vesak or Vaisakhathe most important, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, of the Theravada Buddhist festivals, commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha. This day, observed as a public holiday in many Southeast Asian countries, provides an opportunity to reflect on what it might mean to attain Enlightenment, as did the One to whom we now refer to as the Buddhathe One who awakened the powers of buddhi within himself, promising that others too could so accomplish if they sought their own self-mastery.
Hundreds of years later, the Great Teacher who holds the title of the Christthe Anointed or Initiated Onea term of spiritual status, continued the work begun by the Buddha and the other past and great Spiritual Teachers of humanity.
The East has preserved the rules for spiritual attainment for us since time immemorial, writes Alice A. Bailey in the preface to the book, The Light of the Soul. She continues, In the time of the Buddha and through the stimulation He produced there was a great gathering in of Arhats. These were men who had achieved liberation through self-initiated effort. Since that climaxing period attained in the East, the tide of spiritual life has steadily flowed westward, so that today we are experiencing a corresponding climax in the West, which it is prophesied will reach its zenith by the year 2025. And, towards this end the adepts of the East and of the West are unitedly working, for they follow always the Law.
The Buddha and the Christtwo Great Brothers, seeking to lead a suffering humanity out of its travail and into the Light and Love of which they were and are the Exponents. As they achieved, so they inspire others to achieve. See, for example, the Diamond Light article, Initiation and the Teachings of the Buddha and the Christ.
As presented within the esoteric wisdom brought forth by the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, within the books of Alice A. Bailey, unlike most spiritual holidays which celebrate a past occurrence, the Wesak Festival is a present living event, wherein for a brief few minutes, the Buddha returns from his high place and bestows his blessing through the agency of the Christ, to a needy world. For a fuller explanation, see, for example, The Wesak Festival.
How is this Festival of Wesak and the work of the Christ and the Buddha related to the Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity?
Although these two outstanding Spiritual Teachers have been appropriated by the religions that were formed in their wake, the focus of their work was for the whole of humanity, the whole of the planet. They sought to end suffering and to lead humanity from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from evil and death to life and goodness.
At the United Nations, there is the germ, the nascent attempt to similarly accomplish. As we often state within this letter, the opposition, the obstacles and the painful failures are starkly and plainly visible, yet, all the time, often beneath the radar of public and media awareness, the work of planetary uplift goes quietly and steadily forward.
Of the many projects that we could report on, we will mention the Informal Thematic Debate of the General Assembly: Civilizations and the Challenge for Peace: Obstacles and Opportunities that will take place this coming 10 and 11 May. The literature announcing this meeting explains that the main objective is to unravel the reasons behind the increasing level of mistrust between people of different religions and cultures; and, to ask why cultural and religious differences are increasingly used to describe conflicts: http://www.un.org/ga/president/61/follow-up/thematic-dialogue.shtml
We also want to take this opportunity to invite you once again to participate in a Seminar that will take place on Thursday, 31 May at the United Nations, which will address the following thematic question:
How Can Global Consciousness Respond to the Cry of the Least Developed Countries?
Integrating the energies of both the past Easter Festival and this coming Festival of Wesak, this Seminar will seek to honor the third of the three Spiritual Festivalsthe Festival of Humanity and World Invocation Day, a day when humanity en masse with its invocative cry can summon or invoke the hovering spiritual energies that can bring healing to the nations and the people of the world.
Sponsored by the UN Office of the High Representative of the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) in partnership with the Aquarian Age Community and with the support of other NGO organizations, the seminar will feature keynote talks, sacred art, meditation and audience participation. Guest passes will be made available and registration is now available through the home page of the Aquarian Age Community or directly at the following address: http://www.aquaac.org/meetings/wid2007/info/
You are also invited to join us subjectively or, if possible, in person, in the United Nations Meditation Room on Wednesday, May 2nd from Noon until 12:30, to silently meditate on The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity, and for discussion afterwards until 1:00 p.m. 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. A schedule of this years monthly meetings, is available at the following address: http://www.aquaac.org/un/medmtgs.html
As in the past, the new quote of the month along with its accompanying Cosmic Image will be available on the first of the month.
We leave you with the recognition that is becoming more clear and evident each and every day and that is that the number of those who aspire towards the spiritual realities, who seek for a new and better way of life for all, who strive for a true experience of goodness and of right human relations is today growing and it is worldwide.
May this recognition fortify and strengthen our resolve and motivate us to more fully accomplish for when the number of those who are in conscious touch with their souls is great enough, the transformation we all seek, can then be realized.
In shared planetary service,