The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
The United Nations—Providing Steadfast Service to the People of the Planet
The spirit in man is undying; it forever endures, progressing from point to point and stage to stage upon the Path of Evolution, unfolding steadily and sequentially the divine attributes and aspects.
The Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul in Problems of Humanity
The United Nations continues to be the most important organization in the struggle for the survival of the human species and of any manifestation of life here on Earth. All of us here in the United Nations, however, are and should continue to be committed, individually and collectively, to respecting the principles and rules of behaviour established in the Charter. It makes no sense to sign the Charter and then proceed to act as if it entailed no obligations—as if others are obliged to abide by it, but we are not. In addition to being a grave mistake, that would work against the noble principles of the United Nations and the hopes of humanity.
Daily reading the news stories about the work and activities of the United Nations, as reported within the UN News Service to which all readers of this monthly letter are encouraged to subscribe, one can't help but recall the myth of Sisyphus, made popular by the existential French philosopher/author, Albert Camus.
In this myth, the gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly roll a rock up to the top of a mountain, but before he could reach the top of the mountain, the rock would fall back of its own weight, forcing Sisyphus to begin again, and this became his eternal work and struggle.
Humanity has the habit of war, conflict and strife and as yet, has not been able to fully abide by the principles and goals set forth within the Charter of the United Nations or the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which this year observes its 60th anniversary.
As a result, the United Nations engages in untold missions and activities of rescue and aid, seeking as best it can, given its finite resources and de facto mandate, to bring relief, comfort and assistance to the people of the world, often thwarted in this goal by the obstinate, short sighted will of Nation State governments, whose goal is often not that of the Common Good.
Year in and year out, daily, the United Nations persists in countless acts of heroism, which, some might even say border on futility. Governments create disasters for the people of the world and the United Nations rushes in to bring the blankets, the clean water and the food, the make-shift shelter and the medical supplies—often as its workers become themselves the targets of gunfire and deadly attacks.
Since it first coordinated humanitarian relief operations in Europe, following the Second World War, the United Nations has been relied on by the international community to respond to both natural and man-made disasters.
For example, in 2000 alone, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) launched 16 inter-agency appeals that raised more than $1.4 billion to assist 35 million people in 16 countries and regions.
Looking at the efforts of the United Nations within one specific country, the UN perseveres in Iraq in spite of the fact that on 19 August 2003, twenty-two UN personnel, including the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, were brutally murdered by a terrorist bomb.
The Consolidated Appeal for Iraq 2008 describes the continued attempt to meet immediate priority needs through delivery of assistance and protection, wherever humanitarian actors can gain access. Most recently, on 10 September, the UN News Service also reported that both the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) were cooperating with the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Iraqi government to curb the deadly outbreak of cholera, which last year witnessed 5,000 cholera cases.
And, of course, these examples represent but an infinitesimal percentage of the UN's total humanitarian assistance.
As the newly elected President of the General Assembly, H.E. Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann reminds us in his acceptance speech: "...all of us, without exception, are to a lesser or greater degree responsible for the regrettable state of our world." And, further, "The unity that the world requires of us is born of love and a desire to transform all of us into instruments of peace, justice and solidarity."
Where people have been the problem in the past, so they can also become the solution. And, here is where the work of the spiritually oriented aspirants and disciples of the world can be of greatest help.
All growth within the individual and collective life is through experiment, struggle and perseverance and this month as we work with the solar and cosmic energies streaming onto our planet from the sign of Virgo, we become more aware of the absolute need for painstakingly patient, nurturing and persistent striving.
As the on-line explanation of the monthly Solar Festivals (in English, Spanish and Portuguese) indicates, each monthly Solar Festival meditation is influenced by the astrological sign that is ruling during any particular month and its attending spiritual energies. At this time of the month, the full strength of the energies conditioning the qualifying sign pours into our planetary life. Each sign of the zodiac represents a key quality, or qualities necessary for the evolution of humanity. Thus, the twelve zodiacal signs constitute a revelation of divinity, fostering the cultivation of divine characteristics and their development in humankind.
The esoteric keynote for the sign of Virgo is "I am the Mother and the Child, I, God, I Matter am." This indicates that the mother (matter) protects the germ of the Christ (Love) life; that is, "matter guards, cherishes and nurtures the hidden soul." (Esoteric Astrology, p. 252)
Said another way, in Virgo, the purpose for which form life exists begins to be realized and the inner spiritual reality is eventually released from the thralldom of matter and becomes manifest in its own true nature in the world. (Ibid., pp. 259-260)
In this sign, the depths, darkness, quiet and warmth of the inner life is discovered and eventually brought to light: "it is the place of slow, gentle and yet powerful crises and periodic developments which take place in the dark and yet which lead to light." (Ibid., p. 260)
Each evolutionary era on our planet has its own call. The power of thought is the evocative principle of our age. Thus, each month, and weekly, every Friday, we invite you for a few minutes to pause and turn your consciousness within, away from personal concerns and activities and towards the meeting of human and planetary need, focusing on thoughtforms of solution, using, for example, the suggested meditation outline, "The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity."
Ideas are attractive, magnetic centers of force, making an impact upon human consciousness when they carry enough potency.
Will those of you who live in the New York City area, therefore join us on Monday, 15 September 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 Monday, September 15th, but weekly every Friday. Please feel free to request a copy of the meditation outline, available in multiple languages, if you need it.
This is an especially auspicious opportunity because the 63rd General Assembly (physically located above the UN Meditation Room) will officially open and begin its work for the year the following day on 16 September. Additionally, many around the planet are engaged in preparations for vigils and activities to observe and promote the UN International Day of Peace, on 21 September.
We wish to let you know that you are now welcome to request DVD copies of the Seminar held this past June 19th on the theme, "Harmonizing the Actions of Nations; How Can We Help?"
Additionally, we also wish to take this opportunity to invite you to a roundtable on UN Day, Friday, 24 October, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. as part of a "Week of Spirituality" sponsored by the UN/CONGO Committee on Spirituality, Values, and Global Concerns. Observing the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the theme will be: "The Answer Lies Within; What Is the Relationship Between the Science of Meditation and the Practice of Human Rights?" Please mark your calendars and plan to participate. We will send you further information, shortly.
We leave you with the following inspirational thought from a Master of the Wisdom regarding the possibilities open to each of us at this time of planetary need:
I rejoice to see how the lightning flashes of foresight regarding the people's welfare sparkle amidst your thoughts. These thoughts have to be launched into space. If you could daily spare half an hour for the future! Verily, the bonfire of your thoughts would receive Our welcome. Let the things of everyday life vanish, but let the country of the future be embodied in thought. And what cleanses the spirit more thoroughly than the thoughts about the welfare of others? And what tempers the armor of steadfastness better than the wish to lead others to Light? And what weaves a better smile than a desire to see the very last child laughing? I urge you to think thus about the future, to place daily a pearl into the necklace of the Mother of the World. And so, concisely and simply think how to adorn the Hearth of the World. (Leaves of Morya's Garden II, Illumination; III:III:10, Agni Yoga Society, New York)
In Shared and Loving Service,