The Spiritual Work of the United Nations
and the Liberation of Humanity

The United Nations and the Four Freedoms

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945) played a major role in the founding of the United Nations.

On January 6, 1941, this dedicated disciple first proclaimed to the Congress of the United States the essential need and right of every citizen of the world to (1) freedom from fear, (2) freedom from want, (3) freedom of speech and expression, and (4) freedom of worship. In his presentation of these freedoms, he elaborated on the first and second freedoms:

Freedom from want means economic practices, which will secure every nation a healthy peacetime life for its citizens.

Freedom from fear means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be able to aggressively attack any of its neighbors.

These four freedoms were later emblazoned in the Charter of the United Nations as well as in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The intention was that the United Nations would be able to demonstrate a practical love and understanding that would insure the welfare of all people everywhere on the planet. Of course, we realize that such is not the reality. However, this was and yet is the vision that so many of us hold out for the United Nations. And, it is the hope of those of us who organize these public monthly meditation meetings[1] that the spiritually minded people of the world can help strengthen the work of the United Nations so that indeed it can fulfill its mission. We seek to help the UN establish: a world wherein all people everywhere are free from fear and want; where all people everywhere have the right to freedom of speech and expression as well as freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.

The movement towards freedom has served as a major catalyst and brought about significant transformational changes on our planet. In the book, The Rays and the Initiations, the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, indicates that one of the most spiritually exciting things taking place in the world today is the use, in every country, of the word, Freedom.

According to the esoteric wisdom, the "principle of freedom" is one of the attributes of deity about which we yet know very little. And, the four freedoms for which we struggle—the freedoms which seek the liberation of all the oppressed and enslaved people of the entire planet—are actually the lowest aspects of the cosmic "Law of Freedom" practiced on the greater sun, Sirius.

Freedom is akin to liberation. The esoteric wisdom scientifically defines stages of liberation, referring to these as initiations[2] into fuller, more inclusive stages of consciousness, which carry increasing responsibility. Millions within humanity are preparing for one or other of the first three initiations. Testifying to this, is the fact that increasing numbers of us understand in this Age of Aquarius, that All are responsible for the One and the One is responsible for All. The well known mantra, “think globally / act locally” is also reflective of this new, emerging state of consciousness and the correlating heightened sense of responsibility.

A first step in the spiritual liberation of humanity is the guarantee and protection of these four freedoms for every citizen in our world.

Since May 2001, the monthly meditation meetings, which seek to support the work of the United Nations, have been preceded by brief presentations about the UN’s work in implementing the four freedoms. The following sections contain the available transcripts of these presentations.

You are invited to share your thoughts, ideas and relevant information on any of the four freedoms. Or, you may wish to respond to the presented ideas in the following sections.

Additionally, can you take some time to develop some suggestions about how those of us who practice meditation and study the esoteric Ageless Wisdom can help improve and strengthen the work of the United Nations? What is it that we can (and must) contribute to planetary redemption?

Freedom From Fear                                         Freedom From Want

Freedom of Word and Expression                    Freedom of Worship

Issues Addressing Multiple Freedoms

[1] If you would like more information about the public monthly meditation meetings, or would like to join the international network that meditates weekly on "The Spiritual Work of the United Nations and the Liberation of Humanity" please write to

[2] For further information on initiation, the reader is referred to Initiation Human and Solar and The Rays and the Initiations by Alice A. Bailey.  Also, several of the Diamond Light Newsletters feature the process of initiation.

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