The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
Divine Purpose and the Spiritual Work of the United Nations
One of the marks of readiness for initiation is the ability to see the expanding and inclusive Whole, and to note the law which is transcended when the part becomes the Whole.
The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul in Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II
The United Nations still has a lot to contribute to the world. However, in order to do so effectively it must be precisely what its name implies: an organization of united nations, not an organization of nations in disarray, much less one of subjugated nations. Unity based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members is currently the greatest demand placed on the Organization—unity in the struggle to democratize the United Nations and unity in the effort to preserve the world and all manifestations of life within it, for the sake of present and future generations, from the scourge of war between Member States and acts of aggression such as those occurring in Iraq and Afghanistan. There must be unity in the struggle to eradicate hunger and poverty, and unity in the struggle to preserve the world's indispensable biodiversity and cultural diversity.
H.E. Mr. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, President, General Assembly
Humanity is at a crisis point, leaving no area of life untouched. The crises are of great magnitude, affecting all Nation States and all people, on all levels of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual planes of existence.
Referred to as "ticking time bombs" are three disastrous planetary crises: the global financial crisis, magnifying and increasing the suffering of untold millions, the environmental crisis of climate change threatening the lives of not only humanity, but of many species within the animal and plant kingdoms, as well as the crisis posed by the existing nuclear weapons, leading to a recently reported "disturbingly high" number of nuclear thefts.
Recognizing that a crisis includes within it, not only a breakdown, but also a "breakthrough", at the United Nations there is intense activity around the attempt to find the "breakthrough" solutions, as evidenced by the following two recent initiatives.
Appointed by the President of the General Assembly, and headed by Dr. Joseph Stiglitz, the 2001 Nobel Laurete in Economics, the Interactive Panel on the Global Financial Crisis convened in the UN Trusteeship Council on 30 October under a large banner that read:
"UNGA 63; For the Democratization of the United Nations; Every Country Counts"
The aim of the meeting was to give the UN Member States "the opportunity to address the issues and interact with a panel of economists and sociologists in order to place the current crisis into a macroeconomic and social context."
Emphasizing the point that the global economy needs to be consistent with the values of social justice and solidarity, panel members called for the creation of new global financial policies and institutions—a new architecture that would be both inclusive and democratic.
The panel of experts called for the creation of a system that would be evaluated in terms of how well it was providing for the well-being of the people, as highlighted in Professor Stiglitz's statement that what is good for the international markets, may not necessarily be good for the global economy.
Another panel member, Professor Prabhat Patnaik of India affirmed and complemented this same idea by acknowledging a point often repeated in the world media: the current economic system has privatized profits, but socialized failure, unfairly and unevenly affecting the most vulnerable and destitute among us.
A webcast of the full day meeting and the available transcripts can be found on the following web page of the General Assembly: http://www.un.org/ga/president/63/interactive/gfc.shtml
In the preamble of the Charter of the United Nations, the first objective is "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war." To this end, the very first resolution adopted by the General Assembly, in London, in 1946, called for eliminating "weapons adaptable to mass destruction." Over its 63-year history, the United Nations has valiantly attempted the elimination of nuclear weapons and to date, the path to the goal remains a very slippery and steep incline.
However, new and vital attempts to attain the goal warrant our one-pointed focus and staunch support because the threat posed by the existing nuclear weapons and the possibility of their disastrous proliferation is increasingly dire.
At a recent conference organized by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and the EastWest Institute of New York, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency, provided the alarming details of "the increasing danger to our survival, and an objective of a world free of nuclear weapons that has gone completely awry."
Balancing the stark and dangerous reality described by Dr. ElBaradei, another panelist and leading disarmament specialist, Jayantha Dhanapala of Sri Lanka, invigorated the dialogue by calling on Nation States and civil society to adopt a carpe diem attitude that would allow the global community to seize the moment in order to create a global solution to a global problem.
The Japanese Ambassador, Mr. Sumio Tarui, injected an additional note of hope by reminding the participants that the political will by political leaders can be the "biggest breakthrough measure."
Mr. Tarui recounted a most notable example of the summit meeting between the then U.S. President Reagan and the then General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, Gorbachev at Reykjavik in October 1986, wherein except for a disagreement over the interpretation of the ABM Treaty, the two leaders in principle agreed to the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Reagan said, "It would be fine with me if we got rid of them all", and Gorbachev responded, "We can do that. We can eliminate them all."
A video recording and available transcripts of this conference are posted in the EastWest Institute Website: EWI Teams Up with World Leaders, including U.N. Secretary-General, to End Proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Interestingly both initiatives pointed to a lack of universal equality and justice as a major cause of the crises—the lack of universal accessibility to the needed resources in the one instance and the inequality of power and unfair implementation and assessment of disarmament benchmarks in the other.
The interdependent relationship between these two crises is unmistakable. As an example, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, reported that the global military expenditures in 2007 exceeded US$1.3 trillion. Additionally, according to Secretary-General Ban, ten years ago, the Brookings Institution published a study that estimated the total costs of nuclear weapons in just one country—the United States—to be over $5.8 trillion, including future clean-up costs.
In considering the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, many refer to these facts as the "elephant in the room."
Affirming the recognition that solutions to our global crises must involve all countries in a democratic process, Mr. D'Escoto reflected the thinking of many within the United Nations, when he said: "I believe that long-term solutions must include the G-192 [the number of Nation States represented within the UN General Assembly]. Only full participation within a truly representative framework will restore the confidence of citizens in our governments and financial institutions."
As per the keynote at the beginning of this letter, this month, we will strive to identify with the "inclusive Whole" as we apply ourselves in meditative thought, and seek alignment with the powerful planetary and solar energies emanating from the sign of Scorpio.
In this particular stage of human evolution Scorpio governs the Path of Discipleship and sensitizes humanity to the "unavoidable directed purpose." Scorpio is the great constellation, which influences the turning point both in the life of humanity and the life of the individual human being. (Esoteric Astrology, p. 198)
The esoteric keynote for the sign of Scorpio, as pronounced by the disciple, is "Warrior I am and from the battle I emerge triumphant." (Ibid., p. 226)
Will you join us to help humanity emerge wiser and "triumphant" from its current crises? For those who live outside of the New York City area, please join us subjectively. For those of you who can travel to the United Nations Meditation Room, open to the public, please join us on Wednesday, 12 November, 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.
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. If you would like to receive this e-newsletter in Spanish, please let us know.
We also want to mention that the transcripts to the recent Roundtable, "The Answer Lies Within; What Is the Relationship Between the Science of Meditation and the Practice of Human Rights?" are now online.
Additionally, you are also invited to contemplate the Quote of the Month and the accompanying cosmic image.
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In Loving Service and with Purposeful Intention,