MEDITATION AND THE UNITED NATIONS
The major requirement for the
return of Christ is a world at
and this is the objective of the U.N.
The United Nations is a place of convergence for the dreams and prayers of all people for a better world. It constitutes one of the greatest and most exciting attempts at total human fulfillment in the entire evolution of the species. The Charter of the U.N. is the Ten Commandments of nation-states.
The Meditation Room at the United Nations was first established by a lay Christian organization, and re-modeled by Dag Hammarskjöld, a former Secretary-General, who called it a 'Room of Quiet'. It was thought that the 'house', the council of nations, dedicated to work and debate in the service of peace, should have one room dedicated to silence in the outward sense and stillness in the inner sense.
U Thant, another Secretary-General, spoke of the Buddhist conception of meditation as - 'a cleansing of the mind of impurities and cultivating such qualities as concentration, awareness, intelligence and tranquility, leading finally to the attainment of the highest wisdom'. For him the solution to many of the national and international problems rested in the practise of brotherhood; in other words, goodwill.
Dr. Robert Muller, Secretary of ECOSOC, speaking at the 20th Anniversary of the U.N. Meditation Room said, 'Meditation, prayer, dream, hope, vision, guidance, foreseeing and planning all go hand in hand in so many different ways at the U.N. For me the tall building of the U.N. is an edifice of human hope and dream jutting into the universe and receiving from that universe increasingly clearer messages. Perhaps we have reached a time of cosmic evolution. Little by little, a planetary prayer book is being composed by an increasingly united humanity seeking its oneness, its happiness, its consciousness and its full participation in the continuous process of creation'.
Once again, but this time on a universal scale, mankind is seeking no less than its reunion with the 'divine', its transcendence into even higher forms of life.
Andrew Young, the United States permanent representative to the U.N., speaking of the Meditation Room said: 'I pray that the tranquility of the "Room of Quiet" transcends throughout the world and provides the inspiration for peace and brotherhood'-Goodwill.
In the center of the Meditation Room there is a large ironstone rock. Upon this central block streams a shaft of light from an unseen source. A symbol of man's hope for 'light or understanding' to flood the 'world of misunderstanding'. It symbolizes the light of or divine Wisdom that we can invoke upon the affairs of the world; how the light of the spirit gives life to matter. 'From the point of Light within the mind of God, Let light stream forth into the minds of men. Let light descend on Earth.'
The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, says: 'The expression of divine love is still in the making and few there are that understand the true meaning of the word. But speaking symbolically-when the U.N. has emerged into factual and actual power, the welfare of the world will then be assured. What is that welfare but love in action? What are right human relations but love among men, groups and nations? What is international cooperation but love on a world scale? Those are the things which the love of God in Christ expressed and those are the things which we are working here today (through the U.N.) to bring into being. We are attempting to do it on a vast scale. These are the things which the Hierarchy is aiding and will continue to aid.'
In Discipleship in the New Age The Tibetan Master introduces an exciting thought: 'Within the U.N. is the germ and the seed of a great international and meditating, reflective group - a group of thinking and informed men and women in whose hands lies the destiny of humanity.'
Hierarchy Working Through U.N.
In further reference to the U.N., Alice A. Bailey in The Reappearance of the Christ said, 'The Hierarchy is at this time attempting to channel the forces of reconstruction into the Assembly of the United Nations. (The forces of reconstruction are related to the Will aspect of divinity and are effective mainly in relation to those entities, which we call nations.) The use of these impersonal energies is dependent on the quality and the nature of the recipient nation; on its measure of true enlightenment and on its point in evolution. Nations are the expression today of the massed self-centredness of a people and of their instinct to self-preservation. The main object of the Hierarchy is so to distribute these constructive energies that the theory of unity may slowly be turned into practice and the word "United" may come to have a true significance and meaning.' Also in The Reappearance of the Christ it is stated that the one who works to produce at-one-ment, unification and fusion is generating a slowly growing will-to-unity within the Assembly of the United Nations. This being can only channel His energies through the mass consciousness or through a group conscious entity, such as the U.N.
The U.N. may be looked upon as the meeting house of nations, the house of goodwill, humanity's council 'house', and stands for the unity of nations. From a down to earth view it may be considered as a world unity. Viewed esoterically, unity is at-one-ness, wholeness, to know God as the Eternal Cause and Source of all. It may also be referred to as the Kingdom of God or the Father's House. So through unity there is a relationship between the Father's House and the U.N.-humanity's 'house'.
Let us now consider some thoughts on the reappearance of the Christ in relation to the U.N. The Tibetan Master has said it is in the hands of the masses of right thinking people in every land that the salvation of the world lies and by them the preparatory work for the coming of the Christ will be done. The Tibetan Master says He will come when mankind is ready. It may not be unreasonable to suppose that the Christ may return to Earth through the ' house' of the nations. If He wishes to reach the people of all nations, what better place than the focal point of the nations, humanity's point of tension-the U.N.? Perhaps this may be thought of as 'the Son returns to the Father's House'. Again it would not be beyond reason to expect that one of the first places He would visit would be the U.N., to see how, through humanity, the plan is working out. Perhaps Dag Hammarskjöld and U Thant may be considered as forerunners, as 20th Century John the Baptists.
The Tibetan Master says 'that when Christ comes from the Place of Power bringing His Disciples, the Masters of Wisdom, with Him, that place of Love and Power will be situated on Earth and will be publicly recognized; the effects of that appearance and that recognition will be terrific'.
The major requirement for the return of the Christ is a world at peace and this is the objective of the U.N. However, that peace must be based on an educated goodwill, which will lead to right human relations, and therefore to the establishment of lines of light between nation and nation.
Let us consider this: 'The Son of God is on His way and He cometh not alone, His advance guard is already here and the Plan which they must follow is already made and clear. Let recognition be the aim.' Pondering on this, in relation to the U.N., can lead to some interesting thoughts.
The following is from a recent issue of Triangles Bulletin No. 47:
There is much preparatory work to be undertaken by humanity itself before the Christ can reappear to establish His work at the opening of the Aquarian era. It is not the functioning of the Christ to correct the mistakes made by humanity over the centuries or to put right the inequities and imbalance of the present world order. He will not attempt to solve the complex problems of world hunger, world poverty, disarmament, or of the international ' political, economic and social systems. We have ourselves created these problems and they are not beyond the ingenuity and capability of human hearts and minds, when we care enough and are willing to accept the sacrifice of selfishness needed for united world action. It is the spiritual right and the spiritual responsibility of humanity to set its own house in order.
This work is being undertaken and carried forward by the U.N.
The article goes on to say that 'the Christ will add a new element to His work - the Spiritual Will, the Will-to-good, the principle needed for synthesised, unified world action. These principles and energies will be interpreted and applied by the Christ and His group of world workers to world reorganisation and world planning according to the new growth possible under the influence of Aquarius'. Again-what more appropriate centre than the U.N.?
Some further points for consideration: the U.N. was formed in June 1945 with one of its main objectives being the establishment of right human relations. In June 1945, the Christ announced that He had decided to emerge again into physical contact with humanity, if they would bring about the initial stages of establishing right human relations. Also in June 1945, at the time of the Full Moon of the Christ, He gave to humanity a world prayer-the Great Invocation. To consider the Great Invocation, line by line, in relation to the U.N. can be most exciting and rewarding thought expansion.
The exact time and place for the Christ's reappearance are not yet known to humanity, He will appear when and where the definite work of preparation has created suitable conditions, in the meantime, preparation must go on. At the present the best chance of the plan of light and love working out, is through the U.N. If the evocative appeal from the men [and women] of goodwill is strong enough, may it be that the Christ will return through the United Nations?
1By Brian Arrowsmith, from the Beacon, May-June, 1980, pp. 285-287. For suggested Meditations, see Roundtable, "Esoteric Meditation" and Summary Report "Public Meditation."
* Christ is one of the names by which the Awaited World Spiritual Teacher is referred. This Planetary Teacher is also known by such names as the Lord Maitreya, the Imam Mahdi and the Bodhisattva.
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