The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
Implementing Spiritual Ideas at the United Nations
The immediate objectives of the Plan might be stated as follows: To raise the level of the human consciousness so that intelligent thinking men and women will be consciously in touch with the world of ideas and the realm of intuitive perception. This means that they will be oriented towards reality.
The Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul in Esoteric Psychology, Vol II, by Alice A. Bailey
Cycles and interludes govern life, not only in the daily life and on the planet, but also in our solar system. Every manifested life for example, experiences the great cycles of birth, life and death; of appearance, growth and disappearance, of tamasic, rajasic and sattvic life.
Many have been comforted by the biblical verse from Ecclesiastes, which helps us gain acceptance of the cyclic occurrence of the manifold expressions of Life all around us:
To every thing there is a season, and
In nature, in the heavens and in the cosmos, cycles of birth and death abound—providing unquestionable testimony that birth and death evolve out of each other.
As we are born into one level of existence, so we die unto another. As the tree sprouts through the darkness of the earth, reaching towards the light, so the seed disintegrates. As the fruit appears, the flower withers. As the butterfly develops its wings, the caterpillar disappears. The moon wanes only to wax again in a monthly rhythm of dark and light. And over eons of time, one solar system disintegrates only to make way for another.
After obscuration succeeds the vision, and after night comes the day.
For those who follow the rhythms and cycles of the monthly Solar Festivals, we are preparing this month for the first of the three most powerful of the 12 Solar Festivals. According to the Ageless Wisdom as presented by the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, the Aries Solar Festival is also the Festival of Easter. It is the festival of the risen, living Christ, the Expression of the love of God. At this time, men and women everywhere have the opportunity to invoke that love, with its power to produce resurrection and spiritual livingness—because it is resurrection that is the keynote of nature and not death.
Resurrection of the spirit in the human being, in all forms, in all kingdoms is the objective of the entire evolutionary process, which eventually brings liberation from materialism and selfishness.
Aries, esoteric astrology tells us, is the "birthplace of divine Ideas." Aries is also the creator of those activities, conditions and processes which lead to the manifestation of the soul through the medium of form, and later of those higher creative undertakings which lead in due time to the manifestation of spirit through soul. (Esoteric Astrology, p. 95)
Interestingly, it is under the influence of the energies pouring in from this sign that the world is witnessing a re-orientation and a new attitude and consciousness on the part of the governments and peoples of the world, mostly as a result of the suffering brought about by the ongoing financial crisis.
As reported on the 2nd of April in The New York Times in an Op-Ed article by Nicholas Kristof, Robert Zoellick, the World Bank president brought perspective to the current economic meltdown: "In London, Washington and Paris, people talk of bonuses or no bonuses. In parts of Africa, South Asia and Latin America, the struggle is for food or no food."
Mr. Kristof also reminded his readers that according to a U.N. calculation of a few years ago, the 500 richest people in the world earned more than the 416 million poorest people. He points out that it is the first group who bears a measure of responsibility for the global economic mess—and who will do just fine in this crisis—but it is the latter group who has no responsibility in the making of the crisis, but who will suffer the worst consequences.
As if in response, in awareness of "enlightened self-interest" as well as some compassion and understanding, two recent global meetings gave hope to millions. A $1.1 trillion package was committed by leaders of the Group of 20 (G-20) nations in London, stressing that developing nations must receive the funds needed to stem the onset of a human development crisis, and reaffirming previous commitments made to help realize the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals. In his address to the group, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon enjoined, "The world will be watching"!
Reflecting the views of the 20 nations who strove to attain cooperation and collaboration, in a news conference at the end of the meeting, President Barack Obama affirmed, "Ultimately, the challenges of the 21st century can't be met without collective action." He continued, "In a world that's more and more interconnected, we all have responsibilities to work together to solve common challenges. And although it will take time, I am confident that we will rebuild global prosperity if we act with a common sense of purpose, persistence, and the optimism that the moment demands."
Within the General Assembly just a few days prior to the meeting of the G-20, from March 25-27, President Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann opened a three-day interactive dialogue on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development. The meeting sought to address the impact of the economic crisis on billions of people worldwide and according to Mr. Brockmann, "it was urgent and vital for the General Assembly to live up to its responsibilities to assure that all human kind, and the fate of the planet, was taken into account in developing a coordinated, coherent and effective approach."
In its draft recommendations, the Commission called for a global economic coordination council that would operate at a level equivalent with the General Assembly and the Security Council. Such a Council would meet annually at the Heads of State and Government level to assess developments and provide leadership in economic, social and ecological issues.
Presentations by Commission members also detailed several regional perspectives, while highlighting the need for a "global new deal," which required a "G-192" involvement in designing sustainable solutions.
Indeed, cooperation, collaboration, acting with a common sense of purpose, persistence and the optimism that the moment demands! Ideas whose time has come!
For those of us who come together to work in meditation at the time of the monthly Solar Festivals—with the sun this month highlighting the energies of Aries, we have a special opportunity to support the birth and sustenance of "divine Ideas." As we embrace this opportunity, let us also keep in mind some words of wisdom from the Agni Yoga teachings that call for the recognition of the various levels and depth of thought:
Thought is sometimes compared with the ocean—the comparison is plausible. Each man has three basic currents of thought. A superficial one—from the flesh, connected with muscular reflections, obvious in the external life. The second already concerns the heart, and contributes to improvement and progress in the subtle feelings. And finally, in the depths of the consciousness is being conceived the achievement of self-renunciation—here the Fiery World will be near. Each man can touch all Worlds; even in the routine of his everyday life he can choose the type of thinking he desires. In order to hearken to the voice of the heart it is not necessary to be poor or rich, lofty or lowly; it is not even necessary to be very learned. Verily, thought is an ocean with all its currents. (Fiery World III, par. 603, Agni Yoga Society, New York)
For those of you who can travel to the United Nations Meditation Room, open to the public, we invite you to join us on Wednesday, April 8th 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 join us subjectively. Please let us know if you need a copy of the meditation outline, which is available in several languages.
As every month, we 1) invite you to ponder the quote of the month and we hope you are joyously uplifted by its accompanying cosmic image, 2) share your thoughts in the Discussion Forum and 3) note the meditation meeting dates for the 2009-year.
This month, we also want to introduce you to the website dedicated to a service based on the ancient Delphic injunction, "Know Thyself" and ask you to note the availability of the weekly, Heart Circle. We look forward to working with those of you who can benefit from this new initiative and we welcome your feedback on this website and this service.
We count on your thoughtful and heart-centered contributions that can strengthen the Common Good, which can lead to a resurrection of the spirit—in the human being, in all forms and in all kingdoms.
In loving service,
For those who wish to make a financial contribution to support this work, these will be gratefully welcome and accepted here.