The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
Seeking the Attainment of Planetary Goals at the United Nations
The vision in men's minds today is that of the Aquarian Age, even if they recognise it not. The future will see right relationships, true communion, a sharing of all things…and goodwill; we have also a picture of the future of humanity when all nations are united in complete understanding and the diversity of languages—symbolic of differing traditions, cultures, civilisations and points of view—will provide no barrier to right human relations…the expressed aims and efforts of the United Nations will be eventually brought to fruition.
Master Djwhal Khul in The Destiny of the Nations, by Alice A. Bailey, p. 152
There is no silver bullet, but the resources, knowledge and tools for achieving the [Millennium Development] Goals do exist.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the unveiling of the Online Tool, MDG Monitor
One of the characteristics of the Aquarian Age into which we are progressing is that the abstract will be made real. Conceived under the passing Piscean Age, the ideal of the brotherhood of man will become the day-to-day reality. The golden rule—"do unto others as you would have them do unto you"—expressed in all of the world's major religions, will be understood as a practical necessity.
And, so humanity advances—from one goal and achievement to another, from mastery of one part of life to another. The work in this unfolding Age of Aquarius is the spiritualization of substance; it is ultimately the work of making our earth a sacred planet on all levels of existence; it is the work of bringing heaven to earth and of imbuing forms and substance with spirit, of lifting and beautifying matter and electrifying its vibratory frequency.
At the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000, the largest-ever gathering of world leaders, every UN Member State agreed to a declaration reaffirming the values and principles of the organization. They rededicated themselves to the promotion of peace and security, sustainable development, human rights, democracy and good governance—on a planetary scale.
Stating that the central challenge we face today is to ensure that globalization becomes a positive force for all the world's people," world leaders pledged in the Millennium Declaration to "create an environment—at the national and global levels alike—which is conducive to development and to the elimination of poverty." They also included in the declaration a set of clear, time-bound, and measurable development targets for combating poverty, hunger, disease, and environmental degradation, among others.
Subsequently referred to as the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), these targets provide a blueprint, or a common global development strategy that has generated an unprecedented level of coordinated action within the UN system, the donor community and the developing countries. The target date of 2015 was set by which time these goals were to be met.
Partnering with technology leaders, Google and Cisco, the United Nations recently unveiled "MDG Monitor," a new online tool, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon refers to as the "newest beacon in the fight against extreme poverty and inequality." Highlighting the role played by Google and Cisco in this work, Kemal Dervis, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said, "we really need all hands on deck."
Reminding us of the urgency of these goals, each Monitar webpage includes "Countdown to 2015," a running tally of the years, days, hours, minutes and seconds until the target date of 2015, which at the writing of this letter were 7 years, 73 days, 9 hours, 42 minutes and 49 seconds.
The MDG Monitor shows how countries are progressing in their efforts to achieve the MDGs—where they are on track, and where additional efforts and support are needed, both globally and at the country level. As the website indicates, the MDG Monitor is designed as a tool for policymakers, development practitioners, journalists, students and others to track progress through interactive maps and country-specific profiles, to learn about countries' challenges and achievements, to get the latest news and to support organizations working around the world seeking to attain the MDGs.
It is a most practical and comprehensive Aquarian tool for the expert and the lay person alike, which will bring about a better understanding and familiarity with our world; it serves to highlight how human need is or is not being met—and what can be done about it. It contextualizes and delineates in a most direct way the practical work of reconstruction and re-education that is required before humanity can move into its next stage of evolutionary development.
The Ageless Wisdom refers to the cycle of "Growth through Sharing" that is today being inaugurated in the world. This cycle includes both the ability of disciples, aspirants and spiritual workers to "share in the great hierarchical task of illuminating, precipitating and lifting" as well as humanity's simultaneous implementation of economic sharing. In this dual effort, we are told, "lies the sole hope of the world." (The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul in Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II, pp. 314-317)
The suffering, deprivation, anxiety and distress within humanity can only be healed as each of us engages and takes up our task—unique to everyone's individual destiny—of helping in this work of reconstruction and re-education.
For those of us who work with the Science of Meditation and the monthly cycles of the Solar Festivals, we will have the opportunity once again to meet in the United Nations Meditation Room on Friday, 23 November from Noon until 12:30 p.m. and for discussion outside the Meditation Room from 12:30-1:00 p.m.
We will be working with the energies of the sign of Sagittarius, with its esoteric keynote of "I see the goal, I reach that goal and then I see another." The book, Esoteric Astrology, indicates that "In Sagittarius, the intellect which has been developed, used and finally illumined, becomes sensitive to a still higher type of mental experience and to this we give the name of intuitive perception. There come flashes of light upon problems; a distant yet possible vision of attainment is seen; the man begins to climb out of the depths to which he has descended...and he sees what he has to do and he therefore makes rapid progress and travels 'fast upon the Way.'" (pp. 180-181)
For those of you who cannot join us in person, we count on your meditative thoughtforms to help humanity make rapid progress "upon its Way." Will you join in using the meditation outline "The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity," both this Friday, November 23rd and weekly, every Friday? If you would like a copy of this outline in English, Portuguese, Polish, Russian or Spanish, please inquire. Also, please let us know if you would like to receive this letter in either Spanish or in plain text.
Also available upon request is the flyer, "The Solar Festival Meditations at the United Nations: An Open Door to the Increasing Radiance of Light, Love and Power."
Your responses to this letter, the work of the United Nations as well as your contemplative thoughts on your work with the UN meditation outline are welcome. You may share these responses by posting them in the UN Discussion Forum or by using the UN@aquaac.org e-mail address, also listed under the greeting, at the end of this message.
As usual, the "Quote of the Month" and its accompanying cosmic image, which change on the first of every month, are available at the following website address: http://www.aquaac.org/qotm/qotm.html. As is indicated, you are welcome to share your favorite quote on the relationship between the individual, the planet and the Cosmos.
Joining With You in Seeking to Increase the Radiance of Light, Love and Power on our Planet,