The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
The United Nations—Taking Decisive Action
on Behalf of the People of the World
It is interesting to note that the cycle now being inaugurated in the world is that of "Growth through Sharing," and that advanced humanity can now share the work, the responsibility and the trained reticence of the Hierarchy, whilst paralleling this and simultaneously, the mass of men are learning the lessons of economic sharing; and, my brothers, in this lies the sole hope of the world.
Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II, Alice A. Bailey, pp. 316/317
We have heard from 111 Heads of State and Government. ...As you all pointed out, we are meeting at a time when our deeply flawed global economic system teeters on the brink of collapse. All of us recognize the seriousness of this crisis, which has its roots in a "mania of selfishness" that has come to dominate today's culture of "I and mine". We have heard more about "we and ours" during this debate. Those appealing for courage and compassion have far outnumbered those who inspire fear and distrust.
H.E. Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann,
Meeting within the maelstrom of the global economic crisis, the 111 Heads of State and Government, who recently came to the United Nations to address each other and the world, often referred to the fact that the global crises of the day signaled a need to radically depart from "business as usual."
One after the other, the leaders of the countries of the world shared their fears, their hopes, their visions and their analyses of the current global crises, as they suggested solutions for humanity's plight. These archived webcast videos and available transcripts can be found within the United Nations website: http://www.un.org/ga/63/generaldebate/23sept08.shtml
Echoing the above remarks of H.E. Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, the words of Her Excellency, Dr. Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, also reflected the expressed thoughts of many of the world leaders: "the greed and irresponsibility of a few, combined with the political neglicence of others, has plunged the world into a situation of great uncertainty."
Also affirmed was the United Nations as the "Beacon of Hope for millions worldwide", as indicated by the Prime Minister of the small Caribbean Island State of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Denzil Douglas told the Assembly that it was easy to side with cynics when the Security Council becomes deadlocked on an issue or political posturing by individual countries, preventing the UN from taking concerted action on a crisis.
"But," he went on to say, "the history, particularly of the past two decades, instructs me that the United Nations is far more than the sum of its weakness. Because for millions of people around the world, this Organization is their only hope—a bridge between life and death, a bastion of freedom and a beacon of hope."
As the other leaders, speaking before and after him, he too focused on the economic uncertainties of the day, providing the unique perspective of his small Island State. He called for an appreciation of how the decisions made by the world's larger economies can traumatize those living within the smaller Nation States:
"It is also my hope that the economic uncertainties now being experienced in some of the world's larger economies will sensitize us all to the breadth of the uncertainty, the depth of the anxiety, and the real psychological trauma that often grip small States when policies that are formulated far beyond their shores, and are utterly unresponsive to their entreaties, we nonetheless thrust unflinchingly upon them."
Providing insight into the esoteric causes of the current economic crisis, the Ageless Wisdom teaches that over the millennia, humanity has repeatedly chosen ambitious and materialistic selfishness, and isolated separativeness over sounder, redemptive values and right human relations: "humanity has not chosen to exert itself in this redemptive activity and for thousands of years has been controlled by that which is material; it has thus constructed the 'broad and easy way.'" (The Rays and the Initiations, p.753)
However, as so many of the world's leaders affirmed in the General Debate of the United Nations, a drastic change is needed in the way that humanity governs its life.
The solution offered within the annals of the Ageless Wisdom—a solution, which was often repeated within the General Debate—is the need for "the principle of Sharing" to govern humanity's economic relations. As the Ageless Wisdom has perpetually and unequivocally emphasized, the resources of the planet must be equitably shared by all of humanity and there must be a just distribution of the essentials of life. The principles of cooperation and of sharing must be substituted for those of possessive greed and competition. This is the inevitable next step ahead for humanity—one for which the entire evolutionary process has prepared humanity.
Reflecting this understanding, the President of Chile called for the formulation of international agreements to govern globalization and to make democracy and the social rights of all citizens a universal requirement. She emphasized the responsibility of each nation in achieving this goal: "Each country has the right and the duty to contribute to the creation of a world in which the great values of mankind prevail, regardless of the country's economic or demographic dimension, of its influence or its power, or of how close it is to or how far it is from the centres where decisions are taken that affect the lives of each and every one of the planet's inhabitants."
And here is where the spiritual workers of the world can play their part. As we seek to cooperatively align ourselves with the needed energies of the sign of Libra, we have an opportunity to support and strengthen the desired new mind-set this month. With concerted intention, we can radiate these energies more directly into the work of the General Assembly of the United Nations, through our focused and meditative thoughts.
Libra, symbolized by the scales, is a sign of balancing, and of the careful weighing of values. Libra engages the judicial mind and predisposes towards reflection, deliberation and balancing of the various ways. It is an air sign upon the Cardinal Cross and thus rules man's subjective and spiritual life, helping humanity project spiritual purpose into physical expression.
Because of its attendant energies, it brings about recognition of the relationship between spirit and matter, through which can eventuate an enlightened understanding of the mystery behind the creation, production, and spiritual use of money.
Aptly describing our current economic crisis, the Ageless Wisdom tells us that in this sign, opportunity comes and a situation is staged which makes a choice and a determination inevitable between the material personal desire and intelligent spiritual love. (Esoteric Astrology, p. 244)
Will you join us in helping to tilt the scales in favor of practical and intelligent, spiritual love? Will you join us either subjectively or in person on Tuesday, 14 October in the United Nations Meditation Room to contribute to the worldwide effort undertaken by many at this time of the month to find solution to our current global crises?
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.
We find this month's meeting of special significance, as it was on 14 October 1952 that the United Nations Meditation Room was first opened.
As in the past, we suggest the use of the above-mentioned meditation outline, not only on this meeting day, but also, weekly, every Friday. If you yet don't have a copy of the meditation outline, please feel free to request one, available in multiple languages.
We wish to take this opportunity to let you know that the new Diamond Light is posted on line and that you are yet 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?"
You are also invited to contemplate the Quote of the Month and the accompanying cosmic image.
We will leave you with the concluding thoughts of Father Brockmann as he closed the General Debate of the General Assembly on 29 September:
I hope we can take to heart the appeals that we have heard over and over again during this general debate. These appeals have been in different languages. They reflect the needs of cultures even more diverse than our 192 Member States. But they come down to an essential truth. We are all brothers and sisters and, if we hope to climb out of the terrible mess we have created, we must treat each other with respect and love.
Call it compassion. Call it brotherhood and sisterhood. Call it stewardship. Call it solidarity. The idea is the same in all parts of the world. We owe it to each other. We owe it to Mother Earth, who is struggling to survive our abuses. We owe it to succeeding generations. Let us join forces to assure that we rise to these challenges together, setting aside our petty differences. We can, we must make a difference in the months ahead.
In Loving Service and with Purposeful Intention,