In Observance of the Christ Festival/World Invocation Day 2010
Thursday, 27 May, 2:30 p.m.— 4:30 p.m.
United Nations Foundation Conference Room, Suite 1300
801 Second Ave, New York, NY
Welcome and Moment of Silence
Good Afternoon, Friends.
It is my great pleasure and privilege to welcome you here today to this Seminar of keynote talks, sacred music, discussion and meditation.
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Dr. Ida Urso, or, Ida, for our purposes here today. I am the President and Founder of the Aquarian Age Community, the NGO organization, who with the helpful support of several individuals and the organizations listed in the Agenda, is responsible for today’s meeting.
In the next two hours we will consider and explore how meditation, invocation and evocation can strengthen and support the work of the United Nations on behalf of all people and all life on Planet Earth.
As you have read in the literature publicizing this Seminar, we are meeting here today to observe World Invocation Day—a yearly occurrence at the time of the Gemini Solar Festival, about which you will hear more from our guest speakers—including myself, in a short while.
As you will see in your Agenda, we have four speakers, including a Brazilian friend and co-worker, who, if the technology cooperates, will be streamed in live from London via Skype and Webcam. Everyone speaking carries many titles, responsibilities and accomplishments; however, for our purposes here today, as we keep a focus on the work at hand, we hope you don’t mind if we dispense with formal introductions.
A significant portion of our program has been allotted to discussion and it is at this time that we would like to hear from you—either in terms of questions and or comments on what the guest speakers will share with us, or on ideas that you may have brought with you into this Seminar or that the speakers may spark in you that you might then want to share.
Among our honored guests today, I would like to recognize, UN Ambassador and Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN, Anwarul Chowdhury. We’re most grateful that his health allowed him to participate with us today and we look forward to hearing from him as the Seminar unfolds. One year ago, we were sending him get-well cards and some of us in this room were involved in prayer vigils for his healthy recovery and today we are so pleased that he could be with us.
Thank you, Ambassador Chowdhury and thank you—to all of you—guest speakers and participants, who are here today.
As in past years, there are individuals and groups from around the globe who are joining us subjectively today—friends and co-workers, who like us, deeply desire a spiritual renaissance on our planet—a spiritual renaissance that will heal the many existing crises, conflicts and breaches and thus, help eliminate some of the deep suffering experienced by so many of our fellow human being on our planet—suffering due not only to material deprivation, but also due to spiritual deprivation.
We also want to gratefully acknowledge the UN Foundation for allowing us to meet here today. I think many of you are aware of the fine work they do—on behalf of the UN and all on our planet, and perhaps some of you also regularly receive their very informative publication, UN Wire, sent via e-mail.
Before we begin, we would like to take a moment of Silence to gather our thoughts and focus our hearts and minds on the good work that, together, we will accomplish here today.
How can World Invocation Day Affect Planetary Consciousness?
Ida Urso, Ph.D.
I would like to begin my talk by inviting you to engage your creative imagination.
It might be helpful to recollect that the esoteric wisdom refers to the creative imagination as that distinctly human faculty which is actually the seed of the intuition and even the precursor, ultimately, to that enlightened state of bliss which in the East is known as samadhi.
So, within that context, if you would, for the next few minutes, close your eyes and imagine the 6.8 billion people now on our planet as one vital, dynamic organism, one interconnected, interrelated planetary center—a multicolored, multi-hued, geometrically diverse mandala.
Keeping this image in the mind’s eye, and reaching deep from within the recesses of your Highest Self, allow your imagination free reign and consider the following two questions:
1. According to the highest possibilities that you can now imagine, what IS your vision for the spiritual work of the United Nations and its impact on humanity and the planet?
2. What is it that you, as an individual can uniquely contribute to help bring about your vision?
When you are ready, bring your consciousness back into the room and open your eyes.
The vision, which I hope you will continue to evolve and develop, is your connection to your Soul’s intention. This vision is what YOU hold in trust for the rest of humanity and all life on the planet.
It’s a part of the promise of how the new Age of Aquarius and the Satya Yuga or Golden Age we are now entering might unfold—that is, if each one of us takes responsibility for our vision and works in the day-to-day life to make it a reality.
Remember this vision as we will return to it.
You may be asking, how is this exercise related to World Invocation Day and its impact on Planetary Consciousness?
A description of World Invocation Day, I think, will provide the answer.
Known also by such names as the Festival of Humanity, The Christ Festival, and the Festival of Goodwill, since 1952, World Invocation Day has been observed as a global day of spiritual healing.
Occurring when the sun is in Gemini, it is an opportunity to recognize the whole earth poised in conscious and unconscious invocation.
It is a day wherein people in small and large groups—from Australia and New Zealand to Africa and Europe, from North and South America to all parts of Asia—are meeting—just as we are—in meditation and discussion to contemplate the spiritual and divine nature of humanity—and humanity’s link with planetary and cosmic sources of energy.
The esoteric wisdom tells us that we live in a second ray solar system of Love-wisdom and that this energy reaches our solar system through the sign of Gemini, which with the constellations of the Great Bear and the Pleiades, forms a cosmic Triangle, affecting the healing of the nations.
Gemini, we are told, esoterically controls the heart of our solar system and thus controls the pulsation of life which sustains all that is. And, herein is our great opportunity today to be of planetary service.
The third of three Major Spiritual Festivals, following as it does, the Easter Festival and the Festival of Wesak or the Festival of the Buddha, World Invocation Day is a culminating point—providing a crescendo of revelation, which can lead to transformative planetary changes.
This Festival celebrates the spirit of humanity—aspiring towards God or higher consciousness. It brings attention to the fact of a Higher Cosmic Will and Plan, recognizing that humanity is not living an uncharted course, and that humanity can be in communication—in contact—with the higher realms of consciousness that exist on our planet and in the cosmos.
It focuses on humanity’s unique role as a bridge builder and its task, ultimately, to become aware of the unimpeded relationship existing among all centers and states of being, relating "that which is above and that which is below," or that which is inward (esoteric) to that which is outward (exoteric)—a form of inbreathing and out-breathing, of receiving and giving.
In this way, humanity becomes part of the divine circulatory flow, receiving the invoked higher energies and distributing these to the whole of humanity, as well as to the animal, the plant and the mineral kingdoms, helping thus, in the work of making our planet a sacred planet.
Once the purpose of this day is fully recognized, its legacy will be an understanding of how humanity, as a whole, can scientifically engage in the process of invocation and evocation—a process that describes both the voiced and voiceless appeal, and the inherent urge towards the light—which is innate in all forms, producing interplay and relationship, urging us to penetrate further into the Light.
This process is as true of the flower that pushes its way through the dark of the earth into the light of the sun, as it is of the disciple who intentionally strives to pierce into the higher (deeper) dimensions of consciousness.
Thus, in time to come, "life in the three worlds" of the physical, emotional and mental states of consciousness, will be superseded by the fact of “life in the five worlds,” including an awareness of the Buddhic and Atmic dimensions of consciousness, which today are available only to the few.
Here it might be helpful to mention the esoteric keynote for the sign of Gemini: “I recognize my other self and in the waning of that self, I grow and glow.”
As a dual sign, Gemini helps us distinguish between the twins, Castor and Pollux who represent the dual nature of humanity. One twin represents the mortal half—the personality, and the other twin—the immortal half—is of the soul, or the spiritual self.
This part links each of us to the Great Chain of Hierarchy, made up of those Beings who watch over humanity’s evolution and create that stream of Light, Love and Will-to-Good that has existed on our planet since the dawn of humanity and which grows ever more electrified each time that any one individual takes up his or her work of world salvage and healing.
From the Emerald Tablets of Thoth, the Kybalion of Hermes Trismegistus the Agni-Puranas, the Upanishads and other ancient sacred writings, to the contemporary esoteric wisdom, the Spiritual Teachers of Humanity have long held out the promise of a Higher Way of life, if humanity could recognize and apply the eternal spiritual principles and precepts.
Again and again, throughout history, Enlightened Spiritual Teachers have come forth, manifesting as much of the divine and cosmic wisdom as the humanity of the day could comprehend. As planted seeds, these spiritual teachers left their ideas in the hearts and minds of humanity, there to germinate and bear fruit—leading us ever onwards from death to Immortality; from darkness to Light and from the unreal to the Real.
Increasingly, people are becoming familiar with the radiant Rainbow Bridge of Light, which is the focus of World Invocation Day, when humanity is encouraged to reach out in highest aspiration to this great chain of Beings who labor, as the Bodhisattva Pledge indicates, until the last weary pilgrim has found his and her way into the Light serene.
Referring to World Invocation Day as the Christ Festival brings attention to the universal Christ Principle at the heart of all life and to the living Christ, The pulsating center within the Circle–the One who is known and is expected to return into outer activity, being referred to in the world’s religions by such names as Maitreya, Bodhisattva, Messiah, Imam Mahdi, and so forth.
On this very same day, as we meet here today and as others are also meeting around the globe, this World Spiritual Teacher is now blessing the world by sounding the last sermon of the Buddha and the Great Invocation; thus linking the full enlightenment of the past to the current cycle, with its focus on the distribution of the energies of Love and the Will-to-Good.
The Container—the Individual
This brings us back to your vision for humanity and the planet that you brought forth a few minutes ago.
One of the keynotes of the New Age is the value of the individual and the fact of the One Humanity—the value of the individual and the fact of the One Humanity.
All spiritual training must be self-applied. No word spoken or written can transmit the inner spiritual sense. Written and spoken words can arouse the hidden fire of divinity in the human soul, and through the kindling of that flame burn the dross of imperfection, limitation and unworthy desire, cleansing the lenses of perception; however, each individual must take up the task on his or her own.
The Greatest of Spiritual Teachers could be standing in front of us; yet, if we had not done the necessary work of personal redemption and transformation, we would not recognize this Teacher.
This is why it is said that if the “pick-pocket meets a Holy Person on the road, the only thing he or she recognizes are the pockets.” Recognition—wrought in the transfiguring fires of dispassion, detachment and discrimination is the major key.
Needed is recognition of the Soul, of the great chain of Hierarchical Beings and recognition of the Plan of Love and Light—and the part that we each must play within that Plan.
On that note, and with this blessing I would like to end: May we each recognize our unique role in the spiritual renaissance now needed on our planet—and once recognized, may we each play our part with earnestness, Love and dedication, recollecting the Agni Yoga wisdom: Without the bond with the Higher World there is no progress, neither is there true joy! (Letters of Helena Roerich, Vol. I)
Energy Follows Thought: How Can This Recognition Contribute to Planetary Healing?
Greetings to Ida. I wish to express my gratitude and I am honored to receive this invitation.
In the movie Avatar, where the director James Cameron had the brilliant idea to represent the connectivity among all living beings by showing a visible network of energy and light, one of the lines I enjoyed most was when the spiritual leader of the native tribe tells the human character: "lets see if your insanity can be cured." It is a strong statement, but a true one.
When we look at the past and see what has happened to all those who brought new ideas for the advancement of humanity, we always get surprised at how primitively humanity responded to simple truths and how we have reacted with the violence of crucifixion, fire, guillotine, etc. Insane.
Fortunately, the collective consciousness evolves—slowly—but surely, it evolves.
Currently, we face strong challenges to overcome together as nations. Our struggle today is to not be extinguished by our own technological adolescence and to create a sustainable way to live in peace. This is why I always love to read the preamble of the Constitution of UNESCO, approved in 1945, that wisely states: "Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that defenses of Peace must be constructed."
Yes, it is important to spend time, efforts and money to find solutions for poverty, disarmament, protection of the environment, gender equality and many of the other pressing issues we see daily discussed here at the UN. However, it is essential to prioritize a new education system that will bring about a culture of peace, love, understanding, goodwill, cooperation, respect and justice, to the new generations to come.
In the schools of the Legion of Good Will, the organization I represent here at the UN, we always emphasize in the "Ecumenical Citizen Pedagogy" that we need to link minds and hearts, learning to think with the heart and feel with the brain.
Ecumenical spirituality is the key to empower children, youth and adults to reeducate themselves in order to work less in the fields of effects and focus more on the causes of all problems. If brains and hearts are united at the first moment, everything else will transform itself.
That's the paradigm shift we all aspire to achieve. Meditation and/or prayer will help us humbly admit that the continuous process of getting a higher level of consciousness is in essence the great meaning of the so called "pursuit of Happiness." And by engaging in these activities, we also contribute to improving our good energies and feelings that later will manifest themselves into good thoughts, ideas, words and actions.
May this be our collective vision for World Healing!
Voltaire has said, "Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do."
The New Age Science of Invocation/Evocation: How
Creative Meditation as a World Service
Strengthen the Work of the United Nations?
Maria Cristina do Amaral
It is a joy to be together with you all for celebrating World Invocation day. Like ourselves millions of people, around the globe, people of all races, religions and background are also gathered for celebrating this day, and this in itself constitutes a strong and collective invocation. Adding to this the fact that we are gathering at the United Nations Foundation and recollecting that the UN is the organism formed and represented by all nations united, also means that what we are invoking is in name of the soul of all nations of the world. Can we imagine the power of the united invocation of all nations together?
With this thought in mind, let us pause for one moment and consciously link up with all human minds and hearts, imagining planet Earth, and then millions of lines of bright light uniting all human beings, all nations and all kingdoms. Let us invoke, and imaginatively offer them through the UN a thought of light, love and power. Now, let us put sound to this invocation, saying together: “Let Light, and Love and Power, restore the Plan on Earth.”
If we look at the word invocation we can see that it is composed of two words: “invoke” and “action.” Thus, it is clear that invocation is the action of “invoking something.” To invoke may also mean to ask, to pray, to demand, to appeal, to require, to wish, to want, to exact, to attract, to desire, to long for, to look for, to seek for, and so on, and in their essence all these verbs have the meaning or indicate an urge to seek or look for something that is sensed as lacking, missing, or wanted; something essential, or that we believe is essential, and that without it we cannot live.
This needed something will depend on the individual’s level of consciousness, and reflects one or other stage of evolution. There is the “seeking for light” in the plant kingdom, procreation in the animal kingdom, and food and shelter in the human kingdom until one arrives at that stage of seeking for a heavenly paradise by the Mystics of the race. Beyond that stage, the more evolved of the human race look for and work to manifest higher values such as human rights, right human relationship, fair and just sharing of the world’s resources, international unity, and world peace. Such individuals are becoming group conscious. These are the servers of the race.
It can be said that the union of all nations as already manifested in the form of the organism called de United Nations, with all its agencies and affiliated Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), is the result of the human urge or invocation for world improvement, betterment, peace and liberation. Thus, at this time the UN constitutes one of the most powerful organisms for world invocation, and for bringing liberation to the human race.
Connecting, absorbing, circulating and distributing higher energies creative meditation is the most effective technique to strengthen the work of the UN. Meditation mediates and unites. The meditation of all spiritual groups is the most excellent means to inspire, support, strengthen, vitalize, and illuminate the “house of the one humanity”—the United Nations.
Coming back to the theme of invocation, it is to that innate urge to strive for light or liberation that World Invocation Day is dedicated. It recognizes and celebrates the fact that this inner instinctual urge will take us back to the place from where we all came.
In the human kingdom this invocation may take the form of a prayer, a political plan, an education program, a conference, a meditation, or any other “formula” to bring about human liberation. Here, it might be helpful to recollect that throughout the ages, humanity has produced “collective formulas of invocation,” or “world invocations” based on sounds (words) that express the symbol, the ideal, the stage and the need of each age.
If we look at the two past astrological ages which preceded the one we are entering now, at the age ruled by Aries around 4000 years ago, the symbol of that age was the Ram, the Sheep or the “Agnus Dei” (the Lamb of God), and we find that the collective invocation of that age was Psalm XXIII, through which humanity was looking for green and fresh water, following, like sheep, the shepherd that would provide everything to fulfill its needs.
The age of Aries came to an end and it was followed by the Piscean age, around 2000 years ago. The Piscean age with its symbol of the fish and of a fish man, had as the collective invocation of that age, a formula that expresses a less passive humanity, recognizing and honoring the Heavenly Father, invoking the 5th kingdom and the Will of God, not just waiting to be fed and cared for, but already asking for ‘bread’ and forgiveness. The goal and ideal of the Piscean Age are contained in the collective invocation of that time in the formula known as the “Lord’s Prayer.”
The age of Pisces has come to an end and humanity is now in a more evolved and more mature stage. It is realizing its rightful place in the wider scheme of things and it is assuming its position as a co-creator with “God.” Humanity is not passive anymore or asking in the way that children or teenagers do. Now, humanity is acting as a grown up, affirming and manifesting in the outer world the inner reality of life, light and love.
As we all know, the age we are entering now is the Aquarian Age, its symbol is a man carrying a pot of water on his shoulder. The Aquarian is pouring out and providing water for all thirsty men. This symbol is a symbol of the waters of life, permanently poured down, and also of an active server, the water bearer. This symbol expresses the ideal of this New Age wherein humanity as a co-creator with God starts to serve the kingdoms below and above it. The keynote of the present age is service and sharing, the collective invocation of this age is called ‘The Great Invocation.’ The ideal of the Aquarian Age is contained in this invocation that is the new “collective or mass invocation.”
In this Great Invocation the human race, as a co-creator with God, demands and commands: “Let Light descend on Earth;” ”May Christ return to Earth;” “Let purpose [God’s Will] guide the little wills of men;” and “From the centre which we call the race of men, Let the Plan of Love and Light work out, And may it seal the door where evil dwells;” and “Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.”
This new invocation contains in it all the ideals of the previous ages. It is like a culminating appeal and it is the formula that can finally bring about liberation.
This new invocation does not ask anything for the separated self. It expresses the reality of the group conscious individual, the ideal of the Aquarian Age. It is said that “The Great Invocation,” is the most powerful Mantram (sounds or words) for healing the planet, for bringing about human liberation and for manifesting the kingdom of heaven on Earth. And the best of it, this Invocation does not belong to any one group or religion but to all humanity. It is truly Aquarian.
We are gathered here to observe and celebrate World Invocation Day, and this is an act of planetary service—an expression of both goodwill and the will-to-good. World Invocation Day is also known as the Festival of Goodwill, when, at the time of the Gemini Solar Festival, the Christ distributes on the planet the received energy from the Buddha, who in turn, received this energy from higher extra planetary Beings. Through our dedication and intention, we are helping The Christ in the work of receiving, anchoring and distributing the energy of the will-to-Good and goodwill on Earth. Goodwill is love in action. It is also an Aquarian ideal. All of us here, those who are participating through the internet and those who are subjectively linked with us are helping in the work of the Christ on behalf of the whole humanity, and this is just wonderful.
Let us together close this reflection pausing again for a moment, using the imagination to see ourselves as points of light; let us link up with all others human points of light on the planet, seeing millions of lines of light uniting all human beings, all nations, all kingdoms, and let us direct our thoughts to the higher kingdoms. As a result of contact made, invocation and evocation, imaginatively offer to humanity, through the UN, waves of light, love and goodwill. See the whole planet made of light. Hold this image in the mind’s eye as we use sound to make this invocation a reality, saying together: ‘Let Light, and Love and Power, restore the Plan on Earth.”
How Can a Concerted and Mindful Use of the Great Invocation Affect Planetary Consciousness?
Susan MacNeil, Ph.D.
The Great Invocation is a group invocation and prayer and belongs to all of humanity. The time for the next phase of evolution has arrived. A great passing from the Piscean Age into the Aquarian age is occurring. The world had been given spiritual statements in the past such as Shri Krishna’s the “Lord’s Song” from the “Bhagavad-Gita,” preparatory to the coming of the Christ in Roman Times. In that song he says: “Whenever there is a withering of the Law and an uprising of lawlessness on all sides, then I manifest myself.” There is evidence that great world prayers and spiritual statements have a relation to world events.
The “Lord’s Prayer” served the Piscean Age and the past 2000 years, and it is the purpose of the Great Invocation to serve humanity through the Aquarian Age for the next 2000 years by raising human consciousness from the emotional center to the heart center. It is an appeal to people’s higher nature; love and thought. The Great Invocation relates the Will of Shamballa (I’ll explain the term in a moment), the Love of the Hierarchy, and the Service of Humanity, into one great triangle of energies. Shamballa is the center where the Lord of the World/God resides, and the Spiritual Hierarchy are Masters of Wisdom that have transcended from the human kingdom into the spiritual kingdom, helping to show us the Way. This triangle of energies, (the Will of Shamballa, the Love of the Hierarchy, and the Service of Humanity) will have two major results: the “sealing of the door where evil dwells,” and the working out on earth of the Plan of Love and Light.
The Great Invocation lets loose the spiritual inflow from the macrocosm to the microcosm where the invocative cry of humanity is now being heard, it is an evolutionary crisis—and as we know, crisis creates opportunity. That opportunity is to become instruments of service to seal, frustrate, and render futile “evil” (being materialism, selfishness, greed, separatism and hate) through the “center which we call the race of men.” Since it is through humanity itself that evil will be obliterated.
The Great Invocation appeared in June 1945 at the time of the full moon. Alice Bailey had already been working in collaboration with Djwhal Khul, a Tibetan Master of the Wisdom, since 1919, and this was a culmination of their sustained effort. Foster Bailey in “Running God’s Plan,” talked about how it was one of the most momentous achievements in their body of work; and, that Alice Bailey came from that meeting exhausted and exhilarated. What we do know is that every word was taken into account with rhythmical, numerological and astrological considerations, and that when thousands of individuals and groups sound it together, a vibration is created that heightens our consciousness and energizes the world with the divine Masters love and Will.
Why does the Invocation refer to “men”? A brief explanation is that “man” is from the Sanskrit word manas, meaning “human being,” the root of which means “to think.” Yet we do not say “into the minds of thinkers,” ostensibly because of the energies and vibrations of the words. And we use “mind” since it is through the mind that Love emanates.
We know that the doctrines of all the world religions speak to the coming of Avatars, world Teachers and Saviors. What are they coming to teach? That there is a Plan to forward the evolution of humankind through right human relationships. Two Avatars, whose missions have been greatly studied, are the Buddha, the messenger of light from the East, and the Christ, the messenger of love from the West, known as the World Teacher, and the Head (CEO if you will) of the Masters of Illumination (the Hierarchy). The Ageless Wisdom teachings give us a unique opportunity for understanding the purpose of their work.
Since The Great Invocation speaks to Christ’s reappearance, we must understand that Christ is known as the World Teacher representing all faiths, not just a Christian one, and is known by many names such as the Lord Maitreya, the Bodhisattva, the Imam Mahdi, and the Messiah.
The Christ gave his intention to reappear on Earth in visible presence. One way of preparing humanity for this event is by giving the world the Great Invocation to aid us by expanding the quality of loving-understanding that is expressed when love and intelligence are brought together. Christ consciousness is one of equilibrium and an expression of the will-to-good. We are told that the Masters “use this great Invocation and that not a day goes by that the Christ Himself does not sound it forth.”
The trend towards truth seeking and the spirit of relationship are materializing everywhere with the growth of the principle of sharing. It is a positive sign when the sensibilities of the men and women of goodwill are much greater than most leaders. Therefore, the Great Invocation may also be regarded as a prayer of Enlightenment of all leaders who handle world matters, as such the United Nations may fulfill its destiny in binding together these leaders for the common good. That is why when we sound The Great Invocation, our pure and loving intentions are so essential.
The Great Invocation,
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is an extraordinarily effective tool. So, let’s every day move
humility, love, understanding, and joy, having a powerful effect on
consciousness by enlightening our fellow travelers with love and
“restore the Plan on Earth.”
The Spiritual Work of the United Nations
And the Liberation of Humanity
Based on the Six-Fold Progression of Divine Love
Introduction to the Meditation
The guided meditation we will be using is based on two truisms: Energy Follows Thought, and As We Think in Our Heart, So We Are.
There are many forms of meditation; this one that we will use is based on the raja yoga method of meditation, which means meditation with a seed thought and the whole meditation is leading up to a focus on the seed thought on which we will meditate together: "The Divine Purpose that seeks to guide the work of the United Nations."
We lift that thought into the perceived realm of the Soul and there we focus in a concentrated and one-pointed way.
The meditation is based on the six-fold progression of Divine Love—recognizing six different stages of consciousness towards which we aspire and from which we seek inspiration, and which we then seek to distribute in selfless service.
The Higher Interlude is a form of in-breathing and then a pause, which is when the real work of meditation takes place; the Precipitation stage is a form of out-breathing and then a pause, which is referred to as the lower interlude, when the mind and heart are flooded with the spiritual energies we have invoked and been able to contact.
We then, in selfless service, we focus on how to apply the invoked energies into our daily lives for the improvement and upliftment of world conditions.
There are three mantras that you will have the opportunity to sound out-loud. One under Alignment the second under Precipitation and finally The Great Invocation and the Sacred Word, sounded three times.
Sounding mantric words and formulas aloud can have a powerful effect. When sounded with pure intention these create a vacuum between those sounding the mantram and the higher energies we seek to invoke, purifying and hastening humanity’s evolutionary life.
The Great Invocation
I would like to also say a few words about The Great Invocation that we will sound at the end of the meditation. This great world prayer or mantra was given to humanity in 1945, although we are told that it is thousands of years old. It has been translated into over 70 languages and at the end of the meditation, if technology cooperates, we will hear it sounded in the six official languages of the UN.
Each of the stanzas refers to a different dimension of consciousness and so we will pause at the end of each stanza, giving ourselves an opportunity to focus on the centers of Light, Love and Purpose—and then finally, we have the opportunity to distribute these energies into the consciousness of the whole human race.
The mantric power of the words and the phrases used in The Great Invocation create a rhythmic vibration, invoking spiritual energies that can strengthen the work of the United Nations as it strives to uplift the quality of life on our planet, and thus, we sound each word intentionally and with as much awareness and mindfulness as possible.
Many religions believe in a World Teacher-a Coming One who is to reappear, as has been the case throughout the history of humanity. This Coming One is known by such names as the Lord Maitreya, the Imam Mahdi, the Bodhisattva, the Messiah, and the Kalki Avatar—just to acknowledge a few of the names by which this Spiritual Teacher is known in the world’s religions.
In the English version of The Great Invocation, which is the original language in which this Invocation was given to humanity, the term Christ is used for this Coming One. And, it may be of interest to note that in the ancient archives, before Christianity came to be, this term was a title, attributed to the One, Who at any given time in the history of humanity holds the title of the World Spiritual Teacher—the purified or Initiated One.
Just as the title of Buddha was given to Siddhartha Gautama as a title of attainment indicating his ability to access buddhic consciousness, so the Christ is a title, recognizing the attainment of the 7th degree of initiation and indicating a love so inclusive that it encompasses the souls of all life on the planet.
It is for this reason that all of the major world religions look to this Great Being and refer to Him by many different names, knowing Him through their own tradition. In the English language, this title, Christ, has great esoteric significance and radiates its own powerful numeric vibration.
Finally, the word "man" is a derivative of the Sanskrit term, Manas, which refers to the mental principle—the positive element that characterizes humanity, emphasizing the fact that humanity is able to THINK and use the mind—distinguishing it from the other three kingdoms it is meant to protect and nurture.
Shared Thoughts from Two Co-Workers
These forces of reconstruction are effective mainly in relation to those entities which we call nations. The Hierarchy is at this time attempting to channel them into the Assembly of the United Nations; the use made of these impersonal energies is dependent upon 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. These energies can, therefore, increase that aspect of their lives. They can, however, and in spite of this, increase the potency of the objective which the United Nations (at present) theoretically hold before the eyes of men everywhere. The main object of the Hierarchy is so to distribute these constructive, synthesising 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.
The following are just a few thoughts on the forthcoming World Invocation Day.
How timely it is to be reminded of the above words from the Reappearance of the Christ and to focus on the work of letting the constructive, synthesizing energies become truly, meaningfully and visibly practiced in all relationships between nations and peoples.
A recent conference brought home to me the many currents running through and influencing all we do. It became a meeting place for much fragmented and confusing polemics and self-serving posturing, but also for a deep and real expression of insightfulness and unconditional cooperation from the participants: strong spirals of currents pulling in both directions. And yet, most of us came away with a predominant sense of greater unity, more clarity, and renewed energy for the work ahead—and thankfulness!
Preparing for the coming meditation, and with thoughts on the emerging new civilisation, I have been reading in the book, Esoteric Psychology Vol. II by Alice A. Bailey: (pages 35-49), focusing in particular on Ray Seven where the Pilgrim, seeking the pathway into form, wanders “far into the deepest depths” and becomes “immersed in chaos and disorder”:
“He could not understand, yet still held to the hand of the Magician. He sought to bring about that order that his soul craved. He talked with all he met, but his bewilderment increased”.
And the Magician said:
“Listen, O Worker in the furthest world, to the rhythm of the times. Note the pulsation in the heart of that which is divine. Retire into the silence and attune yourself unto the whole. Then venture forth. Establish the right rhythm; bring order to the forms of life which must express the Plan of Deity.”
And in the book, The Rays and Initiation, Ray Seven (p47):
“The Angel of the Presence lifts one hand into the blue of heaven. He plunges deep the other into the sea of forms. Thus he connects the world of form and formless life. Heaven to earth he brings; earth into heaven….The two are one. Naught more remains to grasp. The Word is manifest…”
Consciously, together and with great intent – let us
“Let the Plan of Love and Light restore the Plan on Earth.”
Let the Will of God be done – on earth as it is in Heaven.
In love and companionship,
Spirituality and the United Nations
While I will not be able to attend the upcoming meeting to observe World Invocation Day, the following ideas have been running through my mind and hopefully will add somewhat to the collective energy of the group.
With love and blessings to all.
A Co-worker in Pennsylvania
Within the last decade, the word Spirituality has taken on a broader meaning. It no longer refers merely to those who participate in a specific religious practice and ritual. It now embraces all those who sense or feel a relationship with all living things, wonder at the mysteries of nature and of man, and have a sense that there is some intelligent purpose behind the human adventure.
Like the Hindu Goddess, Indra and Spider Grandmother in American Indian legends, they believe that there is a Web of Life that permeates all existence.
Sensing on one level or another that there is an interaction and interdependence on all that has been created, and that a proper understanding of these relationships will only benefit mankind, they echo in their own manner the Eastern belief that "Pervading all things, I am." And the Western belief, “Thou in Whom I live and move and have my being." Who or what this "I Am" is, and who and what this "Thou" is has been disputed, laughed at, and considered a fantasy of childlike imaginations.
Similarly, a belief that there is some transcendent power that can be invoked in need or direction is also considered a remnant of childhood daydreams. To the majority of the scientific community these ideas are all a large dose of hogwash.
But there are several new ideas emerging in quantum science in the field of physics that are beginning to put a scientific language to these beliefs.
Beginning with Einstein's formula e=mc2 there has been the realization that energy and matter are interchangeable, that the formula could be written mc2=e. Einstein also believed that the past, the present and the future were all present simultaneously at any given point in time and space. Commencing from those ideas, quantum physics evolved new and fascinating theories that would drastically change our vision of reality and find the much searched for links between science, religion, spirituality and the quality of the civilization in which we live.
There are five basic theories in the new physics, the interaction and interdependence of which could—when understood— provide the framework for the healing of our peoples and our world and provide a more speedy manifestation of the millennium goals of the United Nations.
1. Our Universe and our World is a Quantum Hologram, where every thought, feeling, and action is instantaneously reflected at every point in the hologram.
2. Permeating what we have called Space is a tightly woven web of energy which is part and parcel of the hologram and bathes and permeates all that exists. It has within it the past, present and future, again, all present simultaneously. It is perhaps what has been called the Zero Point Field.
3. Within this field the so called "string theory” becomes a vital constituent of infinite strings which when entangled cause manifestation of some kind. Supposedly they contain, when entangled, all that ever has been, is, and can possibly be. The strings apparently extend into ever higher and higher energy fields and finally join as one.
4. Because of these energy fields it is believed that there exist 10-11 parallel universes, the access to which is through "vertical time."
5. In attempting to explain vertical time, Greg Braden, aeronautical scientist and long time student of the Dead Sea Scrolls, describes what he imagines it to be visually: As ten or eleven doughnut shaped circles surrounding a vertical pole with each circle being a separate dimension and each opening up a "reality" of a different quality— each having unlimited possibilities; Each activated by heartfelt feeling and activated by conscious choice; Each being available to entrance at the same time.
It is his belief that the seers of ancient times saw alternate futures for mankind in this vertical time and not in the sense of one event following the other in the progressive way we see time. (Hence, our difficulty in determining the time schedule of Isaiah and Nostradamus in our successive time thinking.
The outcome, the experiences of each, again, always simultaneously present, would depend on feeling and choice.
Braden, an expert in archaic Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek and having studied the meaning of symbolism of those ancient days, has discovered in the ancient Scrolls of the Essenes, the Isaiah scroll, and other scrolls within the Hagmadi collection an ancient technique lost to us during the destruction of the Alexandrian Library and the early church councils, which did not have at their disposal the lost documents when creating the belief system of the early Christian Church.
These ancient documents, in the language of their day seem to validate the theoretical science of the quantum physics of today.
Braden has included two major steps in activating the alternative realities that we envision today. One is to believe and see - in the heart - that the reality we desire is already present; i.e., that the United Nations Millennium goals are already achieved. There is no more poverty, the ways to achieve this state are already in place and have been activated. The world has health care, prenatal care, education, equal rights, is free from pollution, nuclear weapons and other modes of destruction, and disease of all kind.
Heart-filled imagination, which is qualified by the will of the heart, is the missing secret of the Ages.
The labors of recognized science are finding an echo in the Ancient, yet Ageless, lost scriptures of the World.
A spiritualized world can be achieved. The "inner union” would demonstrate, and the “outer cleavages” would be gone. Vision would come and insight. The future would be revealed and Love would prevail and—all men would Love.
“For as long as space endures; And for as long as living beings remain; Until then may I too abide; To dispel the misery of the world”: from, A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life by Santideva. The Bodhisattva Vow: “So long as space remains, So long as sentient beings remain, I will remain; In order to help; In order to serve; In order to make my own contribution.”
 Excerpted thoughts from “The Mantram of Unification” in Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. I, by Alice A. Bailey, p. 790.