Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
1998 No. 2
Back Issues
World Invocation Day: The Festival of Humanity
Strengthen your thoughts along the path of austere practical achievement, of beauty of service for the General Good, of joy of cooperation with the Forces of Light, and light and beauty will enter your life. Without the bond with the Higher World there is no progress, neither is there true joy.

Many times throughout history individuals have had dreams of creating a unified, harmonious and peaceful world culture. The dream of an integrated world order in fact is one of the oldest of rational visions. In India, for example, the concept of a cakravartin first appears in the Pali canons of early Buddhism. The cakravartin was seen to be a just and virtuous world monarch who, in some future age, would put an end to the struggles of contending states by manifesting on a secular plane the same universal principles of benevolence and righteousness manifested by the Buddha on the spiritual plane.

In our fast fading 20th century, it is a well accepted fact that we live in a global age. Concepts such as interdependence, interconnectedness, planetary thinking and global consciousness have become commonplace. As if having a dynamic and life of its own, global integration is proceeding in new and, sometimes, unexpected ways. We have realized the earth to be one biologically and ecologically and at a pace that is historically astounding, countless other existing connections and integrations are daily being discovered and new ones forged. We realize too that the problems befalling one segment of our global society quickly reverberate, affecting the rest of society.

Thus, finding solutions to the global problems affecting humanity occupies the thoughts and work of many individuals and organizations—be it in the realm of politics, religion, science or education. Global reports providing information and statistics from a world perspective are no longer an exception, but are becoming more and more common. Due to the work of that most global of institutions—the United Nations—people throughout the world recognize such internationally celebrated days as Human Rights Day, International Day of Peace, World Environment Day and World AIDS Day.

Increasing numbers throughout the world are also beginning to recognize and celebrate World Invocation Day or "The Festival of Humanity." Since 1952 people in small and large groups—from New Zealand to Africa to Europe to North America and Asia—have been meeting in meditation, discussion and prayer to focus on and celebrate the spiritual and divine nature of humanity. The day is one of deep invocation, aspiration and appeal. It is equally a day of fellowship based on human and spiritual unity. Those who celebrate this day, aspire towards God Transcendent while acknowledging and seeking to express God Immanent within their daily lives.

Recognized is the fact that we are all related in sisterhood and brotherhood through our common divine nature—the divine spark within each human being that is connected to and a part of the fullness of the One Divine Universal Source of all. It is this recognition of our common divinity which eventually will prove much greater and more powerful than the many differences which to date have been a source of warring conflict.

As a spiritual center within the planet, humanity needs to fulfill its mission to bridge between the world of spirit and the world of material forms. Humanity, as a unit, needs to heal the breaches, bring an end to the cleavages and break down the barriers that stand in the way of our realizing and expressing a more potent spiritual vitality in loving service to the planet and to each other. Thus, it is the loving salvage of our planet and all its inhabitants that unites and occupies the minds and hearts of the many diverse human beings throughout the world who in their respective ways and in their respective communities honor this day.

The date for the Festival of Humanity is fixed annually in relation to the Full Moon of June, this being an indication that the energies of the sun reaching our planet are at their peak and most readily available. In the Eastern Time Zone in the U.S.A., the date of the full moon this year is June 10th. As a planetary service, Light, Love and the Will-to-Good are invoked via the Great Invocation which is sounded aloud and in group formation, whenever possible.

So let true love, silent, uncomplaining, non-critical and steadfast, be your goal and the quality of your group life.
Alice A. Bailey, Esoteric Healing