The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity
Bringing Light to the Spiritual Work of the United Nations
At the time of the Full Moon of the Buddha in May 1945, the forces of enlightenment became active, and light began to stream into the minds of men. ... Those first to be affected by them are the great educational movements, the forums of the people in all lands and the values which are now unfolding.... people are the recipients today of the energies of enlightenment if they are prompt to recognise new emerging ideas; they are the custodians of this energy and its distributing agents, channelling it and directing it so that the masses of the people everywhere come under its influence.
The Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul in The Reappearance of the Christ, by Alice A. Bailey
UNESCO welcomes the creation of the World Digital Library, which reflects the values and priorities of our Organization. WDL offers an invaluable platform for the free flow of information, for international solidarity, for the celebration of cultural diversity and for the building of inclusive knowledge societies.
Ko´chiro Matsuura, Director-General, UNESCO
In world public opinion, the UN is often equated exclusively with issues of peace and security and with the work of the Security Council, yet the work of the United Nations touches the lives of humanity in every conceivable way. For example, the UN system includes 15 Specialized Agencies, all of which are focused on improving the lives of every person on the planet and in making the world a more hospitable and friendly place to live.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is one of these 15 Specialized Agencies. Founded on 16 November 1945, UNESCO's mandate is basically to "build peace in the minds of men." Among its many activities, UNESCO promotes international cooperation and the free flow of all forms of knowledge in education, science, culture and communication among its 193 Member States and six Associate Members.
One of UNESCO's most recent projects is the launching of the World Digital Library Web site. Functioning in seven languages and including content in 40 languages, as the above keynote quote indicates, the WDL offers an invaluable platform for the free flow of information, for international solidarity, for the celebration of cultural diversity and for the building of inclusive knowledge societies.
With collaboration from 32 partner institutions, this web site features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives around the world. The site includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, prints and photographs—all freely available, with unrestricted public access.
Recognizing that universal education is the key to international understanding, the WDL offers a new platform for showcasing the diversity of the world's civilizations.
The Ageless Wisdom tells us that the great theme of LIGHT underlies our entire planetary purpose. And Light is the great and obsessing enterprise in the three worlds of human evolution. The light of knowledge, as the reward of educational processes, is the incentive behind all our great schools of learning in every country in the world and it is the goal of much of our world organization. We are learning that the human being is composed primarily of light atoms and the light in the head (so familiar to esotericists) is a definite and factual phenomena brought about by the junction or fusion of the light inherent in substance itself and the light of the Soul. (The Rays and the Initiations)
The light of knowledge is superseded by the light of wisdom, which is superseded by the light of the intuition. Each stage indicates a penetration into a higher realm of consciousness and the achievement of each stage brings about the dissipation of ignorance, darkness and glamour, and a greater realization of the Reality behind the outer seeming.
"I see and when the Eye is opened, all is light." Such is the esoteric keynote of the sign of Taurus. And it was under this sign that Siddhartha Gautama achieved victory over desire and arrived at illumination, thus attaining the consciousness of Buddha, the "Englightened" or "Awakened One."
The Buddha was and is the Conveyor of Enlightenment to the world; He was and is the Lord of Light. And, as a Great Spiritual Teacher, as is always the case, he re-enacted in Himself, for the instruction of His disciples, the processes of illumination, thus acquiring the additional title of the "Illumined One."
Today, increasing spiritual seekers in the West embrace his Wisdom and celebrate the Holy Festival of Wesak, when he yearly returns to give his blessing to the world. Increasingly, humanity understands the practical efficacy of His Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, through which He exposed the causes of human suffering and pointed to the cure.
His eternal teachings are significantly relevant today as humanity faces multiple crises: cease to identify with material things; cease to identify with your desires; gain a proper sense of value; cease regarding possessions and earthly existence as of major importance.
Inspired by His sacrifice and continued service to humanity, aware of the availability of the Forces of Enlightenment and the "floodlight of illumination" emanating from the sign of Taurus, spiritual workers this month have the opportunity and challenge to expand and deepen the light of knowledge, of wisdom and intuition, thus, taking up our service to help in the planetary effort to dispel glamour and illusion in order to help transform the darkness of ignorance and of suffering, so prevalent everywhere.
For those of you who can travel to the United Nations Meditation Room, open to the public, we invite you to join us on Friday, May 8th to contribute to the worldwide effort undertaken by many at this time of the month, and during this sacred Festival of Wesak. 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.
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 and we leave you with the following appeal from the Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul regarding the Grand and Powerful and Loving Service taking place on our planet at this high spiritual tide of the year:
Therefore, get this clearly in mind, so that your cooperation can be intelligent and rightly directed. First, at the time of the May Full Moon, the Buddha will sound out a great mantram and become the 'absorbing Agent' of the first ray force. He will use the magnetic power of the second ray to attract this force to Himself and will hold it steady, prior to redirecting it. The Christ will then—on behalf of the Hierarchy—become the 'receiving Agent' of this potent energy, and the seven groups of Masters Who work with the human and sub-human kingdoms will (in response to His demand) become the 'directing Agents' for the sevenfold expression of this force. (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy by Alice Bailey, pp. 439-440)
We will be writing to you soon about a Seminar that will take place at the UN on Friday, 5 June, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. under the theme of Reconciliation and the Healing of Nations—The Voices of "We the Peoples..." Please reserve the date and time and plan to join us, if at all possible.
In loving service,