The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity

Promoting the Value of the Individual and the Fact of the One Humanity

December 2008


The strength of nations and states will be gauged on their humaneness, on their wisdom, compassion and generosity, and on their justice and inclusiveness in home and foreign affairs, and no longer on the weight of political, economic and military power and size.

Mary Bailey, in Things To Come


I perceived clearly that I was participating in a truly significant historic event in which a consensus had been reached as to the supreme value of the human person, a value that did not originate in the decision of a worldly power, but rather in the fact of existing—which gave rise to the inalienable right to live free from want and oppression and to fully develop one's personality. In the Great Hall…there was an atmosphere of genuine solidarity and brotherhood among men and women from all latitudes, the like of which I have not seen again in any international setting.

Hernán Santa Cruz of Chile, member of the drafting sub-Committee of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, at the General Assembly meeting in Paris,
10 December 1948


Dear Friends,

After the Second World War and the creation of the United Nations, the international community vowed never again to allow atrocities like those of that conflict. World leaders decided to complement the UN Charter with a road map to guarantee the rights of every individual everywhere, always.

The document they considered, and which would later become the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was taken up at the very first session of the General Assembly in 1946.

Mandated to prepare "an international bill of rights," the Commission on Human Rights was made up of 18 members from various political, cultural and religious backgrounds; however, Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of American President Franklin D. Roosevelt, chaired the UDHR drafting committee and became the driving force for the Declaration's adoption.

At a time when the world was divided into Eastern and Western blocks, finding a common ground on what would become the essence of the document proved to be a colossal task. Although the 58 Member States which formed the United Nations at that time varied in their ideologies, political systems and religious and cultural backgrounds, and although they had different patterns of socio-economic development, in the end, they recognized that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights represented a common statement of goals and aspirations—a vision of the world as the international community would want it to become.

Hailing it as "the protest of humanity against oppression," as "a positive landmark in human progress" and as "the international Magna Carta of all men everywhere," the General Assembly, meeting in Paris on 10 December 1948 adopted the Declaration by a vote of 48 in favor with eight abstentions (two countries were not present for the vote).

Increasingly, as humanity evolves, this powerful Declaration continues to grow in its influence, exerting an enormous effect on people's lives all over the world.

Having been translated into over 360 languages, the Declaration holds the world record as the most translated document. The theme of this 60th year anniversary campaign as the above logo indicates is, "Dignity and justice for all of us." Depicting a human being with arms outstretched, this logo represents liberation and equality, and reinforces the vision of the Declaration as a commitment to universal dignity and justice and not something that should be viewed as a luxury or a wish list.

From the very first, it was recognized that if the human rights enshrined in the Declaration were to become a realized fact, it would be so because of the efforts of individuals working in their own capacity and in their own localities. Eleanor Roosevelt tirelessly and enduringly emphasized this fact: "the destiny of human rights is in the hands of all our citizens in all our communities."

Encouragingly, this year's campaign emphasizes the fact that "it is time for a global conversation about human rights and the values that unite us as one human family," while it recognizes the need for each of us to take human rights into our daily lives, individually and collectively.

All spiritually aware people will see reflected therein an understanding of the Law of Love which appreciates the value of the individual and the fact of the One Humanity. Is not the value of the individual based on the inherent divinity of the human spirit and on the integrity of the whole of which each human being is a part? Individual effort, group opportunity and identification with each other—such is the message of the One who taught us to "Love your neighbour as yourself."

Of course, witnessing the widespread conflagrations and tribulations everywhere and in every field of life, we realize that the struggle to ensure that all people everywhere benefit equally from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is far from over. And thus we continue in our spiritual strivings and take up our meditation work this month under the influence of the solar and cosmic energies emanating from the fiery sign of Sagittarius as we consider the following words of truth and wisdom from the "Old Commentary":

"The burning fire releases all that blocks the way of life. Bliss comes and follows after fire....the radiance of the rising sun and perfect knowledge of the Truth appear....The fires burn the hindering forms which seek to hold the pilgrim back and so bring release." (Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. I)

Each expansion of consciousness is preceded by a burning, through the medium of the inner fire—the inner spark of consciousness, the Soul, and by the destruction of all that separates. As the lower (that which would hold back and limit) is destroyed, so the greater is assimilated. Fire acts not only as a purifier—gradually breaking through and destroying the confining walls, but it also acts as a great connector. What was separate in consciousness is now whole. The divine circulatory flow by which all energies move freely and are distributed throughout the etheric body of the planet and the individual is established. Thus, the infinite chain of contact and the great channel for the inflow of spiritual energy is unimpeded and free and the separating walls are no more.

According to the esoteric wisdom, under the influence of Sagittarius, "the intellect, which has been developed, used and finally illumined, becomes sensitive to a still higher type of mental experience and to this we give the name of intuitive perception. There come flashes of light upon problems; a distant yet possible vision of attainment is seen; the man begins to climb out of the depths to which he has descended… He walks no longer in the dark, for he sees what he has to do and he therefore makes rapid progress and travels 'fast upon the Way.'" (Esoteric Astrology)

In an act of planetary service, will you join the effort to help humanity make rapid progress from darkness to light? 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 Friday, 12 December in the United Nations Meditation Room to contribute to the worldwide effort undertaken by many at this time of the month to bring the needed new energies into our planetary life.

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 several languages. If you would like to receive this e-newsletter in Spanish, please let us know.

We also want to mention that the new Diamond Light is now posted on-line and it will be sent out via postal mail to those who have requested a paper copy by next week.

And, as every month, you are invited to contemplate and ponder the Quote of the Month and the accompanying cosmic image.

Your responses to this letter and/or your thoughts and ideas on any aspect of the "Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity" are welcome within the Discussion Forum. In order to protect your privacy and insure freedom of expression, the Discussion Forum is accessible only to those who register. Please remember that you are not notified of replies to newly posted messages unless you request to be so notified.

At the end of this newsletter, thanks to co-workers who have brought some of them to our attention, please also note the many resources on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As the United Nations campaign indicates, these rights are your rights and the destiny of human rights is in your hands!

At this time of the year, we wish to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to those throughout the year who have generously given their support both subjectively and financially so that the work of the Aquarian Age Community can continue. Our work is sustained by your generosity and we welcome your contributions either via credit card or postal mail:


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We wish each of you light-filled, joyous holidays, full of all that is sacred to you and a Blessed, Happy New Year. May the New Year bring each of you greater service opportunities for increasing the Light, Love and the Will-to-Good on our planet—for the benefit of all life.


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A Selected List of Resources on the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948-2008: http://www.un.org/events/humanrights/udhr60/index.shtml

Study the Overview to learn about the Universal Declaration's origins and significance. Read biographic Profiles of Eleanor Roosevelt and others responsible for the drafting and adoption of the Declaration - witness how the commitment of each individual advances human rights for all individuals. Review the Timeline to understand the Declaration's important place in the ongoing struggle for human rights. And if you still have Questions about the Universal Declaration, look carefully at some of the historic speeches, essays and reports provided here or at some of the books and articles recommended in the Bibliography.

The destiny of human rights is IN YOUR HANDS!
http://www.knowyourrights2008.org/index.php?nave=home

The universal declaration of human rights: A living document:
http://www.un.org/events/humanrights/udhr60/declaration.shtml (Includes historic photos)

Youth for Human Rights International:
http://youthforhumanrights.org/index.htm

Videos on YouTube:

Human Rights Action Center: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (4:31)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTlrSYbCbHE

Human Rights Action Center: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights II (5:41)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiFIu_z4dM8

Amnesty International: Universal Declaration of Human Rights (20:23)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epVZrYbDVis

Youth for Human Rights: We are All Born Free and Equal (1:00)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixjACBvv2mE