The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
The Compassionate and Spiritual Work of the United Nations
Suffering, deprivation, anxiety and distress can lead to a reversal of human orientation upon the wheel of life, just as it does in the case of the individual aspirant. It can lead to the focussing of all the life tendencies upon a world of truer values and reality and thus inaugurate the new and better civilization for which we all hope. Looking at the world today if you could but see it as we the teachers on the inner side can see it, you would become aware of such a re-focussing and re-orienting on all sides.
The Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul in Esoteric Astrology by Alice A. Bailey
As we have often mentioned in these letters, as difficult and as traumatic as crises can be, they also provide opportunities that would not have been possible had the pain and suffering of a crisis not spurred us on.
It is those insurmountable limitations or wounds within us, which although they cause suffering in the ordinary life, nevertheless make us question and open the way to a greater understanding of the higher laws of life. Within those seemingly unsolvable problems and limitations lies the opportunity for depth, compassion and understanding where otherwise, we would remain content to lead superficial, stagnant lives.
Humanity has the habit of crises and it is only as the precipice is braved that the wings of growth and liberation are forged.
As the planetary crises of destitution, famine, war, violence and injustice intensify, so the men and women of goodwill and the spiritual workers of the world intensify their efforts to bring the needed changes to a world that has outgrown old and entrenched habits of thinking and living that no longer serve.
The attempts to lead humanity out of the prison house of past limiting behaviors and attitudes and into a healthier, saner and brighter future is well reflected in even the first page of any issue of the United Nations News Service. For example, reading in today's March 6th issue, we find not only the Secretary-General and the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, but also the President of the General Assembly President calling for an end to discrimination against women.
Acknowledging and encouraging a new generation of powerful women growing up around the world with a strong sense of identity and strength, Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights affirms these women: "They say 'no' to harmful practices such as early marriage, female genital mutilation and sexual harassment. They want to go to school and get an education. They want to be lawyers, doctors, judges and members of parliament. They want to change the world. I celebrate these girls on International Women's Day. They are our future."
However, given the duality that is a hallmark of our current transitional times, today's News Service also carries a devastating report about the millions of victims of human trafficking. Reflecting humanity's characteristically dualistic experience, Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) declared, "There is a lot of ignorance about modern slavery. There is also a lot of good will to fight it."
With these words he launched a new "blue heart" campaign in Vienna, Austria at the Women's World Awards as he rallied support to combat this modern form of slavery.
According to a news release issued by UNODC, the blue heart represents "the sadness of trafficking victims, the cold-heartedness of the perpetrators and the commitment of the United Nations to fight this crime."
The campaign's launch comes ahead of this year's International Women's Day (8 March), whose theme is "Women and Men United to End Violence against Women and Girls."
Shedding some light and providing a helpful perspective on these dualities that today confront us everywhere, the Ageless Wisdom indicates that in the first cycle of experience upon the wheel of life, the Soul itself is in captivity to substance: "The Soul has come down into the prison house of matter and linked itself to form." (Esoteric Astrology, p. 116)
This reference is made in describing humanity's experience under the influence of the sign of Pisces—the sign whose energies this month are flooding our planet. The commentary continues: "Hence the symbol of Pisces, of the two fishes linked together by a band. One fish stands for the soul and the other for the personality or form nature, and between them is to be found the 'thread or sutratma,' the silver cord which keeps them bound to each other throughout the cycle of manifested life." (Ibid.)
Through this experience the soul and form are brought into synthetic interplay.
The one fish "blinds the soul to truth, holding it in durance vile," whereas, the other fish aware of the higher laws and grander possibilities calls forth compassion, redemption, service and eventual liberation.
Those of us who work in meditation at the time of the monthly Solar Festivals—when the sun is highlighting the energies of one of the 12 astrological signs, do so because these Festivals offer a special opportunity for humanity and life on our planet.
At these monthly Festivals, it is as if a door were opened between the Sun and the Moon, making certain events of a spiritual nature possible. The band of golden light, extending between the Sun and the Moon, completely irradiating the lunar surface symbolizes the relationship between the Soul and the form, the subjective and objective worlds, as well as the relationship between humanity, the fourth kingdom in nature and the Hierarchy of Love and Wisdom, the fifth kingdom in nature—those enlightened beings who guide humanity's evolution, also known as the "Supermundane World" in the teachings of Agni Yoga.
It is a special opportunity for those who seek to offer themselves for this creative planetary service—helping to change conditions, invoke the powers of the Soul and work in concentration—vertically and horizontally—within the world of spiritual energies and within the world of human affairs.
In recollecting the esoteric keynote of Pisces, "I leave the Father's home and turning back, I save," we are reminded that our meditative efforts are offered as a planetary service. We may contact the Light and Love now available on our planet, if we do so on behalf of the Common Good and the whole of humanity.
For those of you who can travel to the United Nations Meditation Room, open to the public, we invite you to join us on Tuesday, March 10th in the United Nations Meditation Room to contribute to the worldwide effort undertaken by many at this time of the month. 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.
For those who live outside of the New York City area, or cannot join us in person, we ask you to serve with us subjectively. We realize that thought is non-local; it travels through the ethers irrespective of physical plane boundaries and thus, we count on your meditative thoughts to strengthen the UN's ability to function according to divine Purpose. We take heart from the spiritual law that states that two concordant thoughts increase the power seven times. (Leaves of Morya's Garden, Vol. II, Par. 7, Agni Yoga Society, New York).
Please let us know if you need a copy of the meditation outline.
We would also like to take this opportunity to call your attention to the quote of the month with its attendant cosmic image, the Discussion Forum and to the meditation meeting dates for the 2009-year. If you would like a paper copy of the schedule, please provide your postal mailing address and we will gladly send it.
Thank you for reading thus far. We count on your thoughtful and heart-centered contributions that can aid in the externalization of the Soul and the Supermundane world.
In loving service,