Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2007 No. 3 & 4
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The United Nations Meditation Room
The power to act as transmitters of that spiritual energy we call love is the promised reward of the triumphant solar Angels and the prized goal of the meditation work.1

The United Nations Meditation Room was first opened on October 14, 1952. The existence of this room was a hard won battle by a group that also saw to it that there would be a moment of silence at the beginning and closing of each General Assembly—a tradition continued to this day.

The original meditation room was later transformed by Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld who served as the United Nations Secretary-General from 1953-1961—his term being cut short by a tragic airplane crash while on a peace mission in the Congo, which killed him and his staff on 18 September 1961.

Because of his published journal, Markings, where we get a glimpse into his inner life, Dag Hammarskjöld has been referred to as a modern day Mystic. He recognized and articulated the need for spirituality to be at the center of the United Nations and he is often quoted as saying that world peace would not occur without a spiritual renaissance on our planet.

Among the many crises he had to contend with, he took on as a special personal project, the enlargement and reconstruction of this room. For example, he is known to have visited the room at 2 a.m. in the morning supervising the painters to make sure that the light in the room would be to his specifications. In his private correspondence that can be found in the United Nations Research Library, one letter refers to the floor plan, which as he wrote "has been described in detail and marked with red lines." And, for the sake of precision, he writes that he gave the dimensions in centimeters. He even included a memo for some weaving instructions for the rug that was to be placed in a very specific part of the room.

At the center of the room he placed a great slab of raw iron ore, millions of years old, in its purest form that he had shipped from Sweden. Weighing six tons, he described this magnetic piece of rock as representing the qualities of timelessness and strength, while pointing to humanity's need to choose, as he said, between destruction and construction, between war and peace. Quoting from his dedication, "of iron man has forged his swords, of iron he has also made his ploughshares. Of iron he has constructed his tanks, but of iron he has likewise built homes for man. The block of iron ore is part of the wealth we have inherited on this earth of ours. How are we to use it?"

Striking this huge slab of iron ore is a single shaft of light, symbolizing the light of the skies or of heaven meeting the light of earth-spirit contacting and joining with matter.

His intention was to create in this small room a place where the doors may be open to the infinite lands of thought and prayer and thus, he commissioned his artist friend from Sweden, Bo Beskow, to design a fresco for this room, which turned out to be an abstract of geometrical designs entitled Infinity.

As with any truly occult or spiritual symbol, this room represents more than meets the eye. It is replete with significant symbols, and the numerology, astrology and sacred geometry that are all a part of this very small room radiate their own silent but powerful spiritual vibrations, invoking the Soul of those who seek to work through this organization for the benefit of humanity and the planet.

For example, there is the significance of the date of birth, which is 14 October 1952. Through this birth date, we note that the Life Lesson Number—that is, the cosmic gifts with which one can accomplish one's destiny, is the number five.

Numbers, the Ageless Wisdom tells us give the clue "to the form and purpose of the life which the form veils."2 The number five is one of the most deeply significant of the numbers. It represents the Soul or the fifth group of divine lives who have combined within themselves the dual attributes of the universe—the spiritual and the physical, unifying within themselves the two poles. The five vibration therefore includes both the esoteric and the exoteric; the objective and the subjective. The late Manly Hall, President and Founder of the Philosophical Research Society in California, also refers to the number five as representing the human soul rising from the bondage of the animal nature. Interestingly, when all the letters in all the words of the Great Invocation are converted to numbers, added together and reduced to a single digit, the final result is the number five.3

This "Room of Quiet" thus points to the great spiritual potential of the United Nations, which can be anchored and realized through the use of meditation as a planetary service, wherein the energies contacted can be directed into the United Nations and into human consciousness.4

1 A Treatise on White Magic, Alice A. Bailey, © Lucis Trust, 1979, p. 90
2 The Rays and the Initiations, Alice A. Bailey, © Lucis Trust, 1988, p. 180
3 Sacred Vessel of the Mysteries; The Great Invocation, John Berges, Planetwork Press, Northfield, NJ, September, 1997, p. 54
4 Write for a copy of the meditation outline, "The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity."