The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
Preparing for the Birth of the Soul
The time has come when it is necessary to bring the Subtle World closer to Earth, but it is impossible to do so without the cooperation of humanity. Even those who are ready to accept the existence of the Subtle World expect some tremendous shock that will immediately transform their entire life. Our help is in proportion to human cooperation.
Supermundane II, par. 357, Agni Yoga Society, NY
This month we are pleased to provide you with information about the upcoming 60th Annual DPI/NGO (Department of Public Information /Non-Governmental Organisation) Conference, which will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York City from Wednesday, 5 September until Friday, 7 September 2007. This year more than 2,000 representatives of NGOs from over 80 countries are expected to attend roundtables, panels and workshops during this annual three-day event. The theme of the conference this year is "Climate Change: How It Impacts Us All."
Organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) in collaboration with the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, the Conference will address the threat of catastrophe posed by climate change, inspiring participants to take action to mitigate and even reverse the effects of this growing environmental crisis.
Increasingly, over the years, the Conference has sought the participation of youth and this year, the Conference website includes a list of recommended practices especially for youth.
As in past years, the Conference website will host live webcasts of all plenary sessions, which will be archived and available through the Webcast page. From any area of the world, all who are interested and can gain access to the Internet may join the discussion by submitting questions to the speakers via the Forum page. The site also features conference programmes, special events, midday workshops, details of speakers, youth initiatives, as well as other resources for conference participants and the media. All who are reading this letter are encouraged to participate in this global attempt to transform life on planet Earth.
It is fitting that this Conference will take place one week after the Solar Festival of Virgo, which occurs on Tuesday, August 28th, at 6:35 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
Esoteric astrology indicates that the sign of Virgo "is one of the most significant in the zodiac for its symbology concerns the whole goal of the evolutionary process which is to shield, nurture and finally reveal the hidden spiritual reality." (Esoteric Astrology, pp. 251-252)
In Virgo, the pairs of opposites—soul and body—are blended and are of great and supreme importance to each other: "the mother protects the germ of the Christ life; matter guards, cherishes and nurtures the hidden soul." (Ibid.,p. 252)
The sign of Virgo also stands for a synthesis of the feminine energy as presented throughout humanity's long history dating back to the time of Atlantis. This feminine energy has been and is revered through the personages of Eve, Isis and Mary. She is the Virgin Mother, providing that which is needed for the mental, emotional and physical expression of the hidden but ever present divinity within each human being.
Virgo additionally "stands for the "womb of time" wherein God's plan (the mystery and the secret of the ages) is slowly matured and—with pain and discomfort and through struggle and conflict—brought into manifestation at the end of the appointed time." (Esoteric Astrology, p. 260)
The energies accompanying the sign of Virgo intensify the struggles going on upon the planet between the men and women of will—selfish and ambitious—and the men and women of good-will who seek the good of the whole. These energies can facilitate an awakening within humanity of the spiritual and not simply material possibilities, thus leading the human family into the ways of peace and progress.
The DPI/NGO Conference is a coming together of "We the Peoples of these United Nations," who see the vision and labour to bring it forth. Struggling and striving, for the most part, quietly and behind the scenes, the representatives of the grass-roots organizations who come together for these Conferences represent the nurturing, feminine aspect labouring to give birth to a new world society—one based on compassion, justice and unity.
It is our responsibility and joyous opportunity to cooperatively and mindfully work with the energies available at this time of the year, in preparation for the successful outcome of this Conference. As we are reminded by the Agni Yoga wisdom in the third volume of the book Supermundane, "Each person is a living particle of humanity, which is the most powerful force on the planet. This 'master of the planet'...carries an immeasurable responsibility, and may not escape it." (par. 641)
Each of you reading this letter is invited to join us, either in person or subjectively in the United Nations Meditation Room from Noon until 12:30 and then for discussion from 12:30 until 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28th—on the actual day of the Virgo Solar Festival. For those of you who cannot travel to New York City to be with us in person, we ask you to join us in focused, invocative thought, using the meditation outline, "The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity," available upon request in Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and in Russian.
We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to share your thoughts on the "Spiritual Work of the United Nations" in the UN Discussion Forum and to tell you that the new Diamond Light is now available on-line and, as usual, the new quote of the month and the accompanying cosmic image will be available on the first of the month.
We leave you with the following inspiring reminder from the Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul—a reminder that is obviously and clearly reflected in the forthcoming Conference of "We the peoples of the United Nations":
"I would remind you also of the integrity and solidarity of the human family. We are one people—one in our relationships, and capacities and desires, our origin and our goal. It is this essential and recognizable integrity, which is emerging at this time powerfully in the human consciousness. You are apt to think that this may not be so, that your position in believing this is somewhat unique and that you stand somewhat alone. But this is your error and is not true to the facts of the case. In every land and among widely differing peoples, the same desire exists for understanding, for the establishing of right and peaceful relations, and for the expression that basic goodwill which is one of the deepest human characteristics and our divine inheritance." (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy by Alice A. Bailey, pp. 80-81)
Persevering and Striving with you to bring the Subtle World closer to Earth,