The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
The Forces of Light Working Through the United Nations
I see and when the Eye is opened, all is light.
The Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul in Esoteric Astrology by Alice A. Bailey
Real progress in overcoming poverty, ill-health, environmental degradation, and injustice throughout the world, we now recognize, requires not only the authority and resources of governments, but also the ingenuity and initiative of the world's growing civil society sector and the millions of people it can help mobilize for effective social action. However, our ability to engage this sector effectively remains impeded in many places by a lack of clear understanding of its true nature and potential.
The result of humanity's awakening consciousness is visible all around us. Humanity is becoming aware of its potential and power as the Great Redeemer of planet Earth. Moved by a sense of responsibility and compassion, individual citizens—alone, in groups, organizations, far-reaching networks and global partnerships are tackling problems, which in the past seemed entrenched and unsolvable.
At the United Nations, for example, there is renewed energy and hopefulness about humanity's ability to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. With the aid of the United Nations Foundation, the Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors, and the Permanent Missions of Austria, Qatar and the United Kingdom, the President of the General Assembly, Dr. Srgjan Kerim convened the following thematic debate in the early part of April: "Recognizing the Achievements, Addressing the Challenges and Getting Back on Track to Achieve the MDGs by 2015."
In opening the debate, Dr. Kerim reported much promising information to the 110 participating delegations, including the following:
Since the Millennium Declaration in the year 2000,
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also delineated the areas of "undeniable progress," globally and in specific countries. However, all present stressed the fact that "the MDG track record is mixed," and that humanity yet has a long way to go before achieving them fully.
Importantly, and as is the case increasingly, the interdependent nature and synthesis of all issues and all sectors of society were recognized, as evident in Dr Kerim's following assessment: "global consensus recognizes that economic growth, by itself, is not enough. Inclusive growth needs to be accompanied by good governance, care for the environment, social justice, human rights, gender equality and quality public services."
This point was further emphasized by Ted Turner, President and Founder of the United Nations Foundation who pointed to the value of constructive partnerships among the diverse global sectors: "Over time, we've realized that our real value is not in the number or amount of projects we start. Our value is in forging partnerships between business, civil society and the United Nations. When these sectors work together, there's virtually nothing we can't do."
In closing the thematic debate, Dr. Kerim announced that the General Assembly (representing "we the peoples of the United Nations") has a critical leadership role to play in mobilizing global support to achieve the MDGs and to that effect, until the target date of 2015, the Assembly will yearly convene a meeting to take stock of global implementation and to hold all partners to account for their Millennium Development Goals commitments.
His own commitment, focused will and dedication were well reflected in his ending thoughts: "Let this debate be an impulse which will resonate not only in New York but around the world. 2008 must be the year of action."
It is with joy that we report this good progress reflective of new and enlightened awareness at this time that we find ourselves immersed in the powerful Lighted energies of the first of the Taurus Solar Festivals that are now flooding our planet.
As the energies emanating from all signs create a point of tension and conflict for humanity, such is also true of the sign of Taurus, wherein the pull of opposites is between selfish desire and illumination:
"Will this Taurian influence…produce the floodlight of illumination of which Taurus is the custodian, or will it simply foment desire, increase selfishness and bring humanity to the 'fiery heights of self-interest' instead of to the mountain of vision and initiation?" (Esoteric Astrology, p. 374)
"Will the Bull of desire or the Bull of divine illumined expression succeed?" (Esoteric Astrology, p. 377)
The energies from the sign of Taurus induce struggle. We know that a single-minded focus on the form or material side of life causes the individual to be led by blind desire; however, the promise of this sign is reflected within its esoteric keynote, coming from the Soul: "I see and when the Eye is opened, all is light." Eventually, the vision of the individual must be lifted up and open in response to the available cosmic light.
It is under the sign of Taurus that Siddhartha Gautama achieved victory over desire, and arrived at illumination, thus attaining the consciousness of Buddha, or the "Enlightened" or "Awakened One."
Born in the 6th century BC into a wealthy family, in spite of his parents' attempts to shield him from the tragedies of the world, in his 29th year, Siddhartha saw a sick man, a poor man, a beggar and a corpse. These four sights troubled him so deeply that henceforth he renounced his privileged life as a royal Prince and dedicated his life to finding a way to end human suffering.
His life's experience and achieved enlightenment, culminating in the Four Noble Truths can readily be applied to humanity's current experience as it awakens to the sufferings and tragedies extent everywhere on planet Earth and as it seeks to end poverty, and realize the MDGs.
The Second Major Spring Festival of Wesak is observed at the time of the Taurus Solar Festival (Full Moon). This year, there are two Solar Festivals in the sign of Taurus, thus intensifying the energies of Taurus on our planet.
In the East the day of the Full Moon of May is usually observed as the Wesak Festival—the day when at great sacrifice and in continued service to humanity, the Buddha, in cooperation with His "Great Brother," the Christ, returns to bless humanity, bringing extraplanetary energies from Shamballa. (For an article on the cooperative work undertaken by the Buddha and the Christ, see the following Diamond Light web page: http://www.aquaac.org/dl/05nl4art2.html).
Here in the West, some groups have chosen to observe Wesak at this first Taurus Festival, while others are observing Wesak during the second Taurus Festival, occurring Monday, May 19th. Both Festivals provide an opportunity to reflect on the message and work of these two great Brothers and they also provide an auspicious opportunity for us to cooperate with Them—to the best of our ability—in the work of increasing the Light, which will lead humanity from the unreal to the real, resulting in planetary redemption.
Because Pope Benedict XVI is visiting the UN this Friday, April 18th, only those with an official UN grounds pass can enter the UN; thus, we will be holding the meditation meeting in the meditation hall, next to the Quest Book shop from Noon until 1:30 p.m. Will you join us for meditation from Noon until 12:30 and for discussion from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. and contribute to the worldwide effort undertaken by many at this time of the year? The Quest Book Shop is located at 240 E. 53rd Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.
If you live outside the New York City area will you contribute to this work of planetary redemption by contributing your meditative, focused thoughts, using the meditation outline, "The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity"—not only on April 18th, but weekly every Friday? Copies of the meditation, available in multiple languages, are available upon request.
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
Information about the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United Nations is posted in the UN Discussion Forum, which you are invited to visit. As was mentioned at an NGO briefing this past Thursday, April 10th, the Pope's message to the UN Community will address the theme: "Might Does Not Make Right." You are also invited to post your thoughts about the work of the United Nations or your responses to this letter in this Forum (available only in English), 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 heartening thought from the esoteric wisdom as presented by the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul:
That the will of Shamballa may be enabled to express itself through love and through the meditation of the Hierarchy, working through all disciples, aspirants and men and women of goodwill, is the earnest prayer of your fellow disciple and co-worker. The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p.229)
May the Growing Radiance of Light Bring Us as a Global Community into Greater Light,