The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
The United Nations and the Rule of Law
The ignorant will say, 'We have many times defamed the Highest, and nevertheless we still exist; no fire has seared us, and nothing threatens us.' Then let us lead them to the public square, where blind beggars are crawling in filth, and say to them, 'There also are you.' Let us lead them into prisons, into mines, to fires, to executions, and say, 'Can it be that you do not recognize yourselves? You have just severed the thread with the Highest, and you have hurled yourselves into the abyss.' It is not necessary to terrify with threats, life is full of examples of such horrors. Remember that the pressure of fire is invisible, yet nothing can escape its consequences. ...even the ancients understood the justice of the law, and knew that offense against the Primary Principles is so great and terrible that the result cannot be immediately seen.
Fiery World, Vol. II, par. 237, Agni Yoga Society, New York
On this 60th Anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, let us recognize that the principle of 'Dignity and justice for all of us' can only flow from human civilization as a single functioning whole—and therefore the question of cross-border intervention versus state sovereignty is ultimately a false dichotomy. To allow everyone in the world the opportunity to live free from fear and want, and to develop our full potentials in a healthy and supporting environment, means that individual rights, states rights, and international rights must be seen as an indivisible and dynamic unity, not as a source of polarization and conflict.
Stipulated as one of four major objectives within the Preamble of the Charter of the United Nations is the need for the United Nations to establish conditions under which justice and respect for international law can be maintained.
Although the history of the United Nations is replete with the many tragic and agonizing disappointments resulting from its inability to enforce it, the rule of law is at the heart of the United Nations' mission.
In fact, over 500 multilateral treaties—on human rights, terrorism, international crime, refugees, disarmament, commodities and oceans—have been enacted through the efforts of the United Nations: http://www.un.org/law/
Addressing the Legal Committee of this past 62nd General Assembly, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Asha-Rose Migiro, emphasized the fact that everyone—from the individual, right up to the State itself—is accountable to laws that are "publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated."
As we know, this rule of law can only be implemented if the will of the nation states is firm in its support.
Increasingly, voices such as that of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal are seeking to establish a supportive global environment wherein "individual rights, states rights, and international rights must be seen as an indivisible and dynamic unity" and "not as a source of polarization and conflict."
However, as we painfully witness, the creation of such an environment is mightily opposed. The creation of such an environment promoting and upholding the Common Good is in direct opposition to the ancient and inherited habits, which for centuries have controlled humanity's collective life: aggression for the sake of possession and the authority of one individual or a group or a church over others. As the annals of the esoteric wisdom attest, these ancient and inherited habits are fueled by a selfish ambition and a violently imposed authority, which to date have ruled on our planet. (Djwhal Khul in The Destiny of the Nations)
Gradually, and seemingly ever so slowly, humanity's new habits of enlightened self-interest, cooperation and human solidarity based on recognition of the interconnectedness of all life are becoming the compelling directives of our day.
For example, in addition to the voices of people similar to that of Prince Hassan, groups and initiatives such as the Global Coherence Project clearly demonstrate the fact that humanity's consciousness is expanding and deepening.
In the face of impatience with the slow pace of transformative changes, it is helpful to remember that although the reasoning powers of the Soul are complete and developed, the necessary forms in the three worlds are not yet adequate for the expression of the knowledge which the Soul on its own plane and level of awareness expresses.
Towards this end, we have the opportunity to work. At this time, emanating from the constellations, which make up the Leo sign are the "'fires of God'—cosmic, solar and planetary." These energies produce "purification, the intensification of the light and eventual revelation to the purified man who stands in the light." The outstanding theme of Leo, continues the Master Djwhal Khul in the treatise on Esoteric Astrology, "can be summed up in the word 'sensitivity," which can be studied in four stages:
In meditation we will seek to align with the fiery spiritual energies now seeking entrance into our planet and thus serve as a group focal point through which these energies can be radiated into the work of the United Nations and out into humanity and the planet.
Will you join us this Friday, August 15th in the United Nations Meditation Room to contribute to the worldwide effort undertaken by many at this time of the month to rebuild a new and better world? Using the meditation outline, "The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity," we will there meet for silent meditation from Noon until 12:30 p.m. Discussion will follow outside the Meditation Room from 12:30 — 1:15 p.m.
As in the past, we invite those of you who live outside the New York City area to contribute to this work of planetary redemption through the power of focused meditation, using the above meditation outline, not only on Friday, August 15th, but weekly every Friday.
Copies of the meditation outline 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
We also wish to take this opportunity to let you know that by next month, we will be able to offer you a DVD of the Seminar on Harmonizing the Actions of Nations. If you would like to receive a copy, please let us know, providing also your postal address.
There will be no specified charge for the DVDs, although we will count on and trust that those of you who can, will give generously—as you have in the past. We appreciate this opportunity for a collective sharing, which will help meet the remaining, outstanding costs of the Seminar, and allow us to provide a copy of the DVD to all who request one. Credit card contributions can be made at the following secure website, which also includes a postal address, if you prefer to mail in a financial contribution: http://www.aquaac.org/donate/donate.html
We leave you with the following encouragement from a Master of the Wisdom regarding the nature, purpose and eventual benefits of meditation and focused intention:
Prayer, focussed desire, meditation and focussed intention are the graded and sequential lessons which mankind has to learn. Worship, or recognition of divine Transcendence and divine Immanence underlies all the mass recognition of spiritual potency. Thus the meditation of the planet penetrates into that which lies beyond the planet...[thus] the great processes of Redemption are furthered.
May our combined efforts help lead humanity: from death to Immortality; from darkness to Light; and, from the unreal to the Real.
In Loving Service,