The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
The Cleansing Waters and the Spiritual Work of the United Nations
The true problem of the United Nations is a twofold one: it involves the right distribution of the world's resources so that there may be freedom from want, and it involves also the bringing about of a true equality of opportunity and of education for all people everywhere. The nations which have a wealth of resources are not owners; they are custodians of the world's riches and hold them in trust for their fellowmen. The time will inevitably come when in the interest of peace and security—the capitalists in the various nations will be forced to realize this and will also be forced to substitute the principle of sharing for the ancient principle (which has hitherto governed them) of greedy grabbing.
The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul in The Problems of Humanity
With might and main he laboured. By great exertions he succeeded in diverting both these streams from courses they had followed for decades. The Alpheus and the Peneus were made to pour their waters through the dung-filled stables of King Augeas. The rushing torrents swept the long-accumulated filth. The realm was purged of all its fetid murk. Within a single day the task impossible had been performed.
The Labours of Hercules, Alice A. Bailey
The story of the dramatic experiences of the most popular of Greek heroes, Hercules, has been celebrated in stories, sculptures, paintings, and even in the geography of the ancient world.
The mission of Hercules was to undertake 12 great labors, under each of the zodiacal signs and through these labors—all carried out on the physical plane—we thus have a vivid account of the journey of the Soul that is required of each awakened individual and, eventually, of humanity as a whole.
Through these 12 great labors, this ancient hero-teacher, symbolically depicted the Prodigal Son's journey back to the Father's house.
The recounted struggles of Hercules are the current struggles of humankind: through tests and trials, spurred on by pain and suffering humanity must liberate itself from the maya, glamour and illusion that oppress the glory and the power of the indwelling spiritual reality.
The labor required of Hercules under the influence of the energies of Aquarius is strikingly applicable to humanity's current political, economic and ecological crises. When Hercules approached the land where King Augeas ruled, he was instantly presented with his challenge: "a horrid stench that made him weak assailed his nostrils.... He wandered through the blighted place and saw a cart go by, piled high with [the] dead, the victims of the pestilence."
Is this not our experience today as we witness the accumulated, painful ramifications of a world society based on fear and greed and a materialism, which hardens the heart against compassion, decency and kindness?
As we watch the evening news, are we not assaulted in all possible ways by the "blight and fetid murk," which causes anguish and suffering to untold billions on our planet—both within the human and the animal kingdoms?
As depicted within the Charter of the United Nations, the vision of the Founders of the United Nations was the creation, if not of a "pestilence free" world, then a world which could progress towards the elimination of "blight and pestilence."
Today, in all scientific, economic, cultural, social and religious disciplines and sectors, many recognize and understand the interdependent, interconnected and interrelated nature of life. However, humanity's behavior does not yet reflect that understanding and that reality.
As articulated in its Charter, the peoples of the United Nations determined "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war" and "to promote social progress in better standards of life in larger freedom."
Yet, on 17 June 1992 in, his report, An Agenda for Peace, then Secretary-General Kofi Annan, while emphasizing the fact that the UN is only a reflection of its member States, also pointed to the beleaguering disappointment of the UN's inability to fulfill its mandate, attributing the failure, at that time, to "the adversarial decades of the cold war":
"The United Nations is a gathering of sovereign States and what it can do depends on the common ground that they create between them. The adversarial decades of the cold war made the original promise of the Organization impossible to fulfill."
With hopefulness, he referred to the growing conviction among "nations large and small," spurred on by the benchmark of a new millennium:
"In these past months a conviction has grown, among nations large and small, that an opportunity has been regained to achieve the great objectives of the Charter—a United Nations capable of maintaining international peace and security, of securing justice and human rights and of promoting, in the words of the Charter, 'social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom'. This opportunity must not be squandered. The Organization must never again be crippled as it was in the era that has now passed."
Unfortunately, to date, that opportunity has not been realized. Unlike Hercules who was able to perform his noble task in one day, humanity yet lumbers and struggles. The scourge of war continues to stalk humanity and the stench of suffering grows, as we witness the piling up of "the dead" and the continuing devastation.
After the bombs and the firepower is quelled; after they have wreaked their carnage, destroying, in many cases, all semblance of civilization, the UN rushes in and at the risk of their own lives, the brave servants of humanity bring succor and aid to the wounded and the suffering.
For context and to help us cope with this disappointing failure, we turn to the wisdom of Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General, who understood well this tension between the hoped-for ideal and the failure of humanity to realize it:
"The UN reflects both aspiration and a falling short of aspiration, but the constant struggle to close the gap between aspiration and performance now, as always, makes the difference between civilization and chaos."
And so, inspired by the many disciples of humanity who have gone before us and paved the way, we continue to strive towards the attainment of the vision.
Adding our quota of Light, Love and Power to the Soul energies seeking to express through this organization, this month, we will work with the spiritual opportunity provided by the sign of Aquarius and its attendant energies, striving to bring the healing waters into the United Nations.
Because Aquarius is an air sign, its influence is all pervasive and inter-penetrating. Under this sign the three following transformations are possible:
We invite those who live in the local area to join us in meditation and discussion from Noon until 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 9th in the Meditation Hall of the New York City Theosophical Society at 240 East 53rd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), located on the ground floor, next to the Quest Book Shop.
We will work with the meditation, The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity, from 12—12:30 pm and then move into discussion from 12:30—1:30 p.m.
*Please note that the venue change is for February only. Next month, on March 9th, we will return to the UN Meditation Room.
For a list of meditation meetings for the rest of 2009, please visit the following website: http://www.aquaac.org/un/medmtgs.html
This month's quote and cosmic image can be found at the following address: http://www.aquaac.org/qotm/qotm.html
Enjoining your continued contribution, we include at the end of this message several suggested ways in which you can continue to contribute to this redemptive activity, and we invite your suggestions as we work together within the greater group of all who seek to be of aid to humanity at this time of planetary need and opportunity.
May we strive to become containers and distributors of the living water of truth, right human relations and loving understanding,
Ways to Participate and Contribute to the meditation initiative, "The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity":