The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
The United Nations: Building a New and Better World
Mankind has marched steadily forward from a state of blind ignorance and unawareness to one of an intelligent preoccupation with life and a growing sense of responsibility. This sense of responsibility, which is awakening in all of you, is—on its present large scale—relatively new and is one of the factors definitely increasing the distress and pain you are all feeling. You ask yourselves, where, as a race, have we failed and what can we do to rectify our mistakes? In spite of everything, however, men have gone from stage to stage of intelligent and spiritual unfoldment and no matter what the outer happenings have been or may be, the race has made real progress. There has been no turning back, and there will be none. Mankind has weathered many storms and survived many difficulties; men have emerged from periods of crisis better and stronger, purified "so as by fire" and definitely nearer the goal.
Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul in The Externalisation of the Hierarchy
We must build a new world—a far better world—one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected.
The motivating impulse to create the United Nations came from "we the peoples" who were determined "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war."
In his report to President Harry S. Truman on the completion of the Charter of the United Nations in June 1945, Edward R. Stettinius, the then U.S. Secretary of State underscored what seems to us as obvious commonsense: freedom from fear and freedom from want are interactive and intertwined. In the words of Mr. Stettinius,
"The battle of peace has to be fought on two fronts. The first is the security front where victory spells freedom from fear. The second is the economic and social front where victory means freedom from want. Only victory on both fronts can assure the world of an enduring peace. No provisions that can be written into the Charter will enable the Security Council to make the world secure from war if men and women have no security in their homes and their jobs."
Maintaining international peace and security, as we know, is one of the primary purposes of the United Nations. It may be surprising to some that the UN can claim many accomplishments in this area of its work. For example, since 1948 the UN has undertaken 63 peacekeeping operations and it has facilitated over 170 peace settlements that have ended regional conflicts, maintained ceasefires, monitored troop withdrawals in numerous global hotspots and conducted free and fair elections in more than 45 countries. However, as many are quick to point out, the failings are tragic and heartbreaking.
The nightmarish devastation, carnage and hellish experience for too many lives (human and animal) on our planet, testifies to the fact that despite its efforts over the past 60 plus years, ensuring international peace and security yet remains a daunting challenge for the United Nations.
Acutely aware of its failures, last year, the General Assembly asked the Secretary-General to submit a comprehensive report on the question of peacekeeping operations in all of their aspects. In his report, "Securing peace and development: the role of the United Nations in supporting security sector reform," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon once again, as others before him, reiterates the obvious:
"In the continued search for effective response to address insecurity, two related central themes have emerged. The first is that security, human rights and development are interdependent and mutually reinforcing conditions for sustainable peace. The second is the recognition that these fundamental elements can be achieved only within a broad framework of the rule of law."
The interesting factor in this report is that it describes a deeper appreciation and certainty about both the root causes and solution to the problem of peace and security. What was envisioned by the Founders of the United Nations and painstakingly articulated in the Charter is now being worked out in the detail of implementation on the basis of over 60 years of experience—much of which has been fraught with suffering and failure.
In one of its final concluding observations/recommendations, the report is clear about the persistent, long-term effort required of all Nation States—in cooperation with the United Nations:
"There are no quick fixes for establishing effective and accountable security institutions. The development of strategies, structures and capacities is a time-consuming effort. The evolution of perspectives, dialogue and understanding is equally a long-term process. As an organization of Member States, the United Nations serves as a permanent partner for national actors in the effort to build a world in which men and women can live their lives and raise their children in dignity, free from hunger and fear of violence, oppression or injustice."
Undeniably, the United Nations cannot accomplish against the will of its Member States. Undeniably, Member States are expressions of the will of their citizens. Undeniably, each of us is implicated. Either through our actions or inactions, by commission or omission each of us influences the work of the United Nations—and the spiritual workers of the world, poignantly aware of the chasm between what could be and what is, bear an even greater responsibility.
This month, under the influence of the energies of Aries, we have the opportunity to awaken the spiritual will, bringing this energy to bear in our striving to find solution to the global problem of peace and security. It is via Aries that the first Ray of Will or Power reaches our planetary life. In the ancient archives it is written that Aries "awakens the will to reach the lowest and there control, to know the uttermost and thus to face all experience." (Esoteric Astrology, p. 92)
Aries is the birthplace of ideas—and ideas are basically a spiritual impulse taking form. Creation—Being—Activity—Strife—Synthesis: these are the possibilities held out for us under the universal energies impacting our planet at this time of the year.
Based as they are on the nature of the particular sign pouring its energies into our planet, the twelve spiritual (solar) festivals, occurring at the time of the full moon, constitute a revelation of divinity, providing an opportunity for humanity to expand its consciousness and reach closer to the mind of God.
Beginning its cycle on the Vernal Equinox, this sign of Aries is the herald of the astrological new year and marks the first of the Three Major Festivals, carrying with it the energies and note of resurrection—the resurrection of the undying spirit, which can help humanity become part of the divine circulatory flow.
Will you join us this Friday, March 21st in the United Nations Meditation Room to contribute to the worldwide effort undertaken by many individuals and groups at this time of the month to bring in new and powerful energies for the purpose of rebuilding a new and better world?
Using the meditation outline, "The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity," you are invited to participate in silent meditation from Noon until 12:30 p.m. Discussion will follow outside the Meditation Room from 12:30 — 1:15 p.m.
Those of you who live outside the New York City area, or who cannot meet in the United Nations Meditation Room are invited to contribute to this work of planetary redemption by using the above meditation outline, not only on Friday, March 21st, but weekly every Friday. Copies of the meditation outline are available in multiple languages. Please inquire.
A schedule of all forthcoming meeting dates for 2008 can be found at the following address, which also includes an explanation of the benefit of meditating at the time of the monthly Solar Festivals (full moons) in English, Spanish and Portuguese: http://www.aquaac.org/un/medmtgs.html#dates
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 secure UN Discussion Forum to which you are invited to register, or by using the UN@aquaac.org e-mail address, also listed under the greeting, at the end of this message.
The new "Quote of the Month" and its accompanying cosmic image will be available on the first of the month at the following website address: http://www.aquaac.org/qotm/qotm.html.
We leave you with the following inspiring passage from the Master Djwhal Khul, which illustrates how humanity can become part of the divine circulatory flow—if it is willing:
"The establishing of certain major festivals...will bring about a strengthening of the spirit of invocation and the resultant inflow of evoked influences. The truth lying behind all invocation is based upon the power of thought, particularly in its telepathic nature, rapport and aspect. The unified, invocative thought of the masses and the focussed, directed thought of the New Group of World Servers constitute an outgoing stream of energy. This will reach telepathically those spiritual Beings Who are sensitive and responsive to such impacts. Their evoked response, sent out as spiritual energy, will in turn reach humanity after having been stepped down into thought energy and in that form will make its due impact upon the minds of men, convincing them and carrying inspiration and revelation. Thus has it ever been in the history of the spiritual unfoldment of the world and the procedure followed in writing the world Scriptures." (The Reappearance of the Christ, p. 154)
In the Light and Love and Power of the Blessed Spiritual Energies pouring into our Planet,