The United Nations Striving to Build a Lighted House
Those who are demanding to be saved have cried aloud. Their voices penetrate into the formless world and there evoke response.
The "Old Commentary" quoted by the Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul in Esoteric Astrology by Alice A. Bailey
There is a need for a new culture of international relations. This new culture I believe must rest on the principles of human rights, human security, responsibility to protect, shared responsibilities and sustatainable development. But let me stress that this new culture is not just about major institutional reforms but really about a change in our mindset: it is about changing our focus from States and security and the well-being of States to also the well-being of people.
Srgjan Kerim, President of the United Nations General Assembly, 9 July 2008
No other intergovernmental body in the world can claim such a universal membership or address such a broad spectrum of humanity's global concerns, as does the General Assembly of the United Nations.
The Agenda of the yearly regular session of this main body of the United Nations is categorized into the following nine comprehensive themes:
The ability of the General Assembly to effectively and fully address these issues is obviously of crucial importance to the people of the world. And, increasingly, the General Assembly, made up of the representatives of all 192 Member States, realizing that it can do better about attending to humanity's business, has been focusing on the need for revitalization.
Discussions have revolved around the need to enhance the role and authority of the General Assembly, the role of the General Assembly in the election of the Secretary-General and the need to improve the working methods of the General Assembly.
Periodically, over the last few years, NGOs have been updated on the work of the General Assembly, with the most recent update occuring on Thursday, 10 July. A webcast of this briefing is yet available for anyone who is interested in the UN webcast archives. Scroll down to "10 July 08: Special Event: NGO briefing."
In that our planet is now being flooded with the energies from the astrological sign of Cancer, it is most fitting that we focus on the General Assembly and its revitalization.
The esoteric wisdom tells us that the whole story of astrology is basically the magnetic interplay "for the production or externalization of the inner reality; it is the story of the response of form—vast as in a solar system, microcosmic as in a human being, and minute as in an atom or a cell—to the urge or pull of foci of energy and of streams of force." (Esoteric Astrology, p. 336)
The esoteric keynote for the sign of Cancer is "I build a lighted house and therein dwell."
This is the word of the Soul, which indicates the objective of the Cancer experience and the purpose of incarnation. The focus is on the successful development and eventual use of the form aspect so that it is sensitive to the surrounding life.
The sign of Cancer is also a place of symbolic imprisonment as it indicates the pains and penalties of wrong orientation.
The General Assembly of the United Nations—the central organ of the United Nations and the forum for the people of the world—is it fully sensitive and responsive to the needs of humanity? Is it open to the inspiration of the "Saving Ones"? Is it a lighted form itself and is it truly striving to create a Lighted House of planet Earth?
Certainly, there is room for improvement.
And, here is where the work of the spiritually awakened aspirants and disciples of the world can be most helpful. The esoteric wisdom indicates that the instrument of release is, in the last analysis, the right use and control of the organ of illumination, which is the mind. Thus, the practice of meditation can be of great service at this propitious time of spiritual opportunity.
Poignantly aware of the voice of the "Crying Ones" and seeking inspiration from the voice of the "Saving Souls", a small group will meet in the UN Meditation Room for silent meditation on Thursday, 17 July, from Noon until 12:30 and for discussion afterwards, outside the Meditation Room from 12:30—1:15 p.m. If you are within proximity to the United Nations, will you join us?
As always, we count on the contributions and strivings of you who are reading this letter. If you live outside the New York City area will you subjectively participate in 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 Thursday, 17 July, 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 is available on-line, as is an explanation of the benefit of meditating at the time of the monthly Solar Festivals (full moons) in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
You are invited to ponder the "Quote of the Month", and its accompanying cosmic image, which are posted on the first of each month.
For those of you who have participated in and inquired about the Seminar held on Thursday, 19 June 2008, we are pleased to let you know that much good work was accomplished at the Seminar and we heartily thank those of you who contributed to that good work. All your messages about the Seminar are appreciated and these will be responded to soon. All the available materials are now on-line.
We are yet looking into the possibility of creating a DVD from the videotapes made of the Seminar and we will send you information about this, if this becomes possible. As per the request of some of the seminar participants, the text of Dr. Ida Urso's keynote address has now been posted on-line in both Spanish and English.
Unfortunately, the text of the other two keynote addresses is not available.
May our individual and collective strivings result in the building of a truly lighted planetary house, for humanity and all life on our small jewel of a planet,