Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2008 No. 3
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The Answer Lies Within
How Can the Science of Meditation Affect
the Practice of Human Rights?*

Lead us, O Lord, from death to Immortality;
From darkness to Light;
From the unreal to the Real.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations on 10 December 1948. Referred to by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as "a Magna Carta for all humanity", this "conscience of humanity" was the very first international recognition that all human beings have fundamental rights and freedoms. Having been translated into over 360 languages, the Declaration holds the world record as the most translated document. The theme of this 60th year anniversary campaign as the above logo indicates is, "Dignity and justice for all of us." Depicting a human being with arms outstretched, this logo represents liberation and equality.

The Answer Lies Within points to the ancient Delphic injunction, "Man Know Thyself, for in thyself is to be found all that there is to be known." The microcosm is made in the likeness of the Macrocosm and thus, it is only through the indwelling God, that God Transcendent can be known. Through the Law of Analogy, or correspondences, the cosmic processes, and the nature of the cosmic principles are indicated in the functions, structure, and characteristics of a human being.

How to know oneself except through the process of deep and reflective meditation? It is a sign of our times and a testament to humanity's understanding of this fact that if we look up the available books on meditation in the Amazon website, we find therein listed a total of 198, 879, and when we google the word, "meditation", we find 43,700,000 entries.

The esoteric wisdom teaches that the human experience is one of duality, with the human being suspended between the poles of heaven and earth—concepts, which are but the symbols of the finite and the infinite. As human beings, we share equally in both poles—although, as we know, "heaven," or the infinite, is seldom acknowledged or considered as part of the every day experience. However, as the Amazon and Google figures testify, this is changing.

With humor, modern psychology reflects humanity's duality, between these two dimensions of itself, by pointing out that each human being is part jerk and part jewel.

This duality is also addressed in many religious traditions; for example, St. Francis of Assisi often referred to his physical vehicle as "brother ass" and Jesus is depicted riding into Jerusalem on a donkey; the Buddha is often pictured astride a water buffalo, and Mother Mary is seen with her foot atop of a snake. In spiritual terms, humanity is the meeting point of spirit and matter—and meditation is the process by which the two begin to know each other and eventually become integrated, leading, in due evolutionary course, to the spiritual dimension ultimately transforming and transfiguring its opposite pole of matter.

How can meditation affect our every day behavior and more specifically, as related to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, how can meditation affect our practice of human rights?

Meditation is "the process whereby the objective tendencies and outgoing impulses of the mind are thwarted, and it [the mind] begins to be subjective, to focus and to intuit…[Meditation] relates the individual mind eventually to the higher mind and later to the Universal Mind."1

Over time and with practice, as we learn to still the mind, it eventually becomes as a reflector of the higher worlds of perceptive and intuitive awareness. As we lift our consciousness, and seek to identify with the "Divine Stream of Light, Love and the Will-to-Good," flowing from God Transcendent, so we have the opportunity—in an act of selfless planetary service, to then radiate whatever energies and ideas we have been successful in contacting, out into humanity and the planet.

The constant seeding and energizing of the mental plane and the steady sending forth of light, love and the will-to-good, eventually uplifts and transforms the consciousness of humanity in a manner unparalleled by any other activity. Nothing else is as effective in dissipating the darkness and therefore diminishing the suffering and anguish on our planet because what each of us thinks reverberates through the subjective field—the etheric or energy body surrounding the planet, coloring and influencing the substance from which others draw their thoughts. As we change our thoughts, so we change our behavior. As we focus on the qualities of light, love and the will-to-good, so our behavior reflects these qualities—and right human relations, as detailed within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can then become the realized standard on our planet.

* This article is based on a recent roundtable held at the United Nations on 24 October in observance of United Nations Day and this year's 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
1 The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul in Education in the New Age, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Trust, © renewed, 1982, p. 9.