Dimensions of War and Peace and the Work of the United Nations

An Esoteric, Spiritual Perspective

Will the demand of the people be strong enough to evoke the higher potency, or will it be too feeble because of the failure of the world disciples and aspirants to focus this massed intent throughout the planet? The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Alice A. Bailey, p. 305

Dear Friends, welcome. Thank you for being here and thank you for your interest in this initiative to recognize and support the spiritual work of the United Nations and its relationship to the "liberation of humanity." And, as ever, let us be mindful of the others around the globe who are subjectively linking with us tonight and joining us in meditation.

I would like to invite you and, in fact challenge you at the outset of this talk to engage your creative imagination. The creative imagination as we know is that distinctly human faculty which the esoteric wisdom tells us is 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 6.3 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. "According to the highest possibilities that you can now conjure, what IS your vision for humanity and the planet at this point in time?" "According to your best assessment, what will the liberation of humanity look like?"

When you are ready, bring your consciousness back into the room and open your eyes.

As most of you are aware, an astrological age lasts for approximately 2500 years. We are leaving behind the Piscean Age and moving into the Aquarian Age which is the Age of the flowering of the Soul—the Christ principle[1] or that inner spark of consciousness animating each one of us and all life on our planet. Whereas the Piscean Age with its emphasis on idealism helped us develop belief in the Soul, the Aquarian Age will bring knowledge of the Soul.

The vision, which you just called forth and experienced, is your lifeline, your connection to your Soul's intention. It is unique to you although, of course, there will be similarities to the vision of others. It is the highest and best that you can perceive at this moment in time. This vision is what YOU hold in trust for the rest of humanity and all life on the planet. It is a part of the promise of how the Aquarian Age might unfold—that is, if you—and each one of us take responsibility for our vision and work to make it a reality. Hold on to this vision as we will return to it.

For now, I would like to turn to the vision and promise held out for the United Nations. The two seminal documents, which lay out this vision, are the Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

For our purpose here tonight, I would like to read just the first article from this founding Charter. Signed on 26 June 1945 in San Francisco at the conclusion of the UN Conference on International Organization, which began on April 25—two days before the Wesak Festival of that year, Article one of the Charter succinctly sets out the four purposes of the UN:

  1. To maintain international peace and security;

  2. To develop friendly relations among nations based on the respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples;

  3. To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and, ;

  4. To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.

As we know, the keynote of humanity, the fourth planetary kingdom is "harmony through conflict." Wouldn't you agree that if the above four designated purposes were actualized that humanity would be practicing right human relations and thus moving closer to the experience of harmony?

Now, how do these purposes of the UN relate to the esoteric and spiritual dimensions of war and peace? The esoteric wisdom makes a great distinction between peace as a soporific and the true peace possible when right human relations are actualized and when the vices that obstruct true peace are eradicated.

In the books of Alice Bailey, the Tibetan Master helps us understand how peace was the goal of the Atlanteans whose objective was the development of the emotional body. Thus, when derived from the selfish intention to be personally happy, it follows that peace and the love of peace can be a deadening soporific.

The goal of our current humanity is that of awareness and activity—both necessary to the establishment of right human relations based on a fixed determination to do what is best for the whole of humanity. True and authentic peace will be a natural outcome, a natural effect of right human relations.

Quoting the Tibetan, "the peace usually desired and discussed concerns material peace, and in every case is related to the personality, whether it is the individual personality or that of humanity as a whole." He goes on to say, "Therefore I deal not with peace, but am concerned with love, which oft disturbs the equilibrium of matter and material circumstance, and can consequently work against so-called peace." (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p. 278)

Echoing a similar thought, in the second volume of Supermundane, the Agni Yoga wisdom affirms, "We say that the illusion of so-called peace is worse than actual war." (295) "Until the vices that obstruct peace are eradicated, true peace will not be possible. ...[and,] woe unto those who promote pseudo-peace, which will lead only to corruption." (319)

The correlation between the absence of right human relations and the lack of true peace is increasingly brought up at UN meetings and conferences. For example, a recent issue of the publication, UN Wire , reports on a UN Panel session in which the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, made the following statement. "Armed conflicts around the world and in particular the war in Iraq demonstrate how denying and violating economic, social and cultural rights harms countries and their people." He went on to say, "economic, social and cultural rights will be central to the creation of new democratic institutions in Iraq, with civil and political rights given equal attention." Does this not speak to the UN's recognition of the seminal need for right human relations?

According to the esoteric wisdom presented by the Tibetan Master, "war is factually, a great explosion of energies and forces, generated on the inner planes where the esotericist ought to be working (but is seldom to be found), and finding its dire and catastrophic expression upon the physical plane. ...When the inner, esoteric and predisposing causes of war are discovered through esoteric research, then war and wars will come to an end. This is in the nature of truly esoteric work, but is scorned by present day esotericists who regard themselves as spiritually superior to such affairs and—in their ivory tower—concentrate on their own development, plus a little philosophy." (Education in the New Age, pp. 63-64)

The Agni Yoga wisdom offers a similar view: "The beginning of the present century was marked by war and national upheavals, whereas psychic energy pointed toward the conquest of other worlds. Thus willfully were the destined values perverted. In the middle of our century there will flash forth the signs of various unassimilated energies, and again people will scurry about in false directions." [Signs of Agni Yoga, (216)]

Contrary to popular thinking, the esoteric wisdom holds that peace and war are not a true pair of opposites. Instead, the true opposites are peace and change or peace and movement. War is but an aspect of change, and has its roots deep in matter. (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p.277) The reason for this is that substance and matter—the opposite pole of spirit—is characterized by a relationship of fire-by-friction.

Here it's important to remember that the fifth planetary Kingdom made up of the enlightened Masters, who hold in trust for our earth evolution, the energy of "love-wisdom" is characterized by solar fire resulting in a state of cooperative unity. The 6th Kingdom, made up of the Liberated Beings in Shamballa, who hold in trust the Purpose of our planetary evolution and the causative, initiating energy of "Will and Power" is characterized by electric fire, resulting in synthesis and an identification with the whole.

Humanity, as we know, is the mediating Kingdom whose keynote as we said before is "harmony through conflict." Standing at the midway point between the material side of evolution and pure, divine energy, humanity is a product of the union of the two. In anchoring and providing opportunity for the expression of the Spiritual energies, humanity also has the opportunity to awaken, enliven and redeem material substance. The process however, is not automatic, nor is it easy or effortless. As we well know, the attempt to unify and synthesize these diverging but related aspects of life, produces great conflict and marked upheavals—in the personal and the planetary life.

Because Planet Earth is not a sacred planet, the material substance dominates. It imprisons and eclipses the spiritual life. Inertia, a blind and incessant instinct to maintain the status quo and a powerful personal will that covets supremacy are all characteristics of material substance which opposes and finds antagonistic the life of its opposite pole—the pure energy attempting unification and manifestation. Until a certain degree of Self-consciousness is achieved, spiritual energy is anathema to the lower planes of evolution. It is for this reason that so many of our Spiritual Teachers have met with such resistance and often with such tragic ends.

Yet, planet Earth IS the cosmic turning point, destined to become a sacred planet—not only at the abstract levels of consciousness such as is the case today—but on all levels of expression. The question is just one of time. How quickly or slowly can humanity forswear its foolish ways and succeed in throwing the full weight of its conscious, heartfelt dedication and striving into cooperating with the Plan of Love and Light and the Beings of Consciousness who ever seek the Common Good?

And, this is where the role of the spiritual and esoteric workers of the world is so crucial and so imperative. As we know, outer happenings are the precipitated effects of hidden causes, which lie deep in the subconscious of humanity.

Referring to the second World War, the Tibetan Master tells us that "It had been the hope of the Christ and the longing of all the Masters that men would see clearly and make free and right choice, so that—without physical plane warfare—they would bring about the needed changes and the ending of wrong conditions. But the conflict descended on to the physical plane and the sword of material war (symbolically speaking) was taken up by humanity.

"….The Hierarchy [of Love-Wisdom] did what it could to change the trend of human living and thinking, awakening the consciences of the intelligent, stimulating the activity of the humanitarians and impressing the minds of Their disciples in order to arouse goodwill, a driving desire for right human relations and peaceful conditions. But the movement was not strong enough; the sword appeared on earth and mankind was plunged into war.

"Since then the work of impressing the minds of the world disciples and of those whom They can influence has been along the lines of clarifying the issues, making plain that for which We fight, and arousing men and women to take such action as will, once and for all, end the possibility of a similar world cataclysm." (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, pp. 434-5)

The balance of the world situation lies in the hands of the New Group of World Servers. It lies in the hands of those spiritual workers who, inspired by a love for humanity and having done the necessary transformational work within themselves, can cooperatively channel and wield the energy of the will-to-good. Nothing else can redeem the forces that are antagonistic to the inpouring Spiritual energies. Nothing else can end the suffering on planet earth. Nothing else can prepare the way so that the Masters of the Wisdom can once again openly walk among humanity (as They did in Atlantis), radiating the Good the True and the Beautiful into the everyday life. Nothing else can prepare the path for the reappearance of the Christed One—the Planetary Teacher of this Aquarian Age.

The Hierarchy of Love-Wisdom asks for our aid and support in the arena of world affairs. They ask for our cooperation "in our mutual responsibility—the helping of humanity." (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p. 445)

In the Agni Yoga book, Illumination, Master Morya reassures us and also challenges us: "My Hand will not tire to lead," he says, "but you do have to walk, each one with full strength. It is correct to apply one's strength to the difficult, because everything easy is incommensurate with the future." [Leaves of Morya's Garden, Vol. II (14)]

This brings us back to the purposes of the UN and the vision each of you experienced a few minutes ago. Through the books authored by Alice Bailey, the Tibetan Master spends quite some time on the "Destiny of the Nations" and the importance of the United Nations—about which he makes the following statement. "Speaking symbolically—when the United Nations has emerged into factual and actual power, the welfare of the world will then be assured." (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p. 603)

In fact, the Externalisation of the 5th Kingdom of the Hierarchy of Enlightened Masters and the Reappearance of the Planetary Teacher for this Aquarian Age depends on this organization's successful realization of the stated purposes. For the realization of these purposes will bring about the necessary global environment (objectively and subjectively) in which These guiding Masters can work.

Now, returning to your vision. As you continue to reflect on it, take note of what it is that creates an obstacle to your attainment of that vision. What gets in the way?

Addressing the relationship between the Teachers on the inner planes and Their disciples, in the first volume of Discipleship in the New Age, the Tibetan Master has this to say:

"Disciples evoke from Us…many and diverse reactions. We look at some of you and feel that much time must elapse before we can fully trust you with our confidence; integration, wisdom and soul contact must first be induced. Others emerge into the hierarchical Light and we know—as we study them—that though there is contact and knowledge there is also ambition, violence and selfishness and that these qualities must be offset and subdued before there can be freedom of action, both on our part and on theirs. Others again are lovely in themselves with a high and sweet vibration but they are weak and full of fear, sorrowful or weighed down with care; they have to be taught the way of strength and of divine carelessness before their service can measure up to demand. Others again come into our sphere of influence who are integrated, wise, trustworthy and with far more than the average capacity to serve and to prove useful. Their power to live, to influence and to serve is very great. Yet in some one part of their nature there is weakness and their expression is limited. That weakness could be so easily offset, given sufficient illumined desire and spiritual will (qualities present but unused)." (p. 371)

Can we identify with any of those weaknesses/hindrances? If we can, let us also take to heart the Tibetan's encouragement when he says that such weaknesses could be so easily offset. And, may we strive to cultivate the needed "illumined desire and spiritual will" in order to offset them!

Pure channels and released minds, able to invoke the transfiguring spiritual Will—these are the major requirements at this time. We are called to a preparatory purification and mental discipline. We are called to use the dynamic spiritual will which can break down barriers carrying us through and over all obstacles. The stakes are high. We know that the Hierarchy of Light and Love has been waiting for over 18 million years for just this time when humanity could be counted on to cooperate in restoring the Plan of Love and Light on the physical plane.

The Tibetan tells us, "Once the New Group of World Servers and the Hierarchy are working in the closest kind of cooperation, then the visualisation and the projection of the intended civilisation will have reached a definite and a most important point of precipitation. Then the invocative appeal of the united Hierarchy and of the New Group of World Servers will be so potent that it will evoke a response from humanity and a cycle of organisation, of planning and of effective expression will follow. Reflection, meditation and visualisation will give place to scientific thinking, which is essentially meditation and to the needed physical plane activity." (Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II, pp. 218-219)

Just as the individual at some point in his/her life is confronted with the opportunity to function as a disciple in training with a view to initiation, so today humanity is faced in the same way with a similar situation and possibilities. And, as we well know, this Age of Aquarius is the Age in which untold millions can make a quantum shift in consciousness, undertaking initiation into Life more abundant.

I would like to close with some "occult phrases" from the first volume of Discipleship in the New Age. These relate to the vision you earlier experienced—the vision that you hold in trust for humanity and the planet.

"The blueprint lay before the Master Workman and the plan, in all its detail, lay disclosed upon the Trestle Board. Within the Middle Chamber waited those who had to build the Temple according to the plan laid down.

"But the plan was not complete. Some knowledge of the ground plan upon which the Temple must be reared was lacking and he who sought it and he who had it were not there. The Master Workman waited.

"The one who sought the needed knowledge, who guided those who laid the ground for later building, he slept and ate and played upon the outer plain. And yet at every hour, his thought was focussed in the Middle Chamber of the waiting artisans and recollection came. His soul at moments hovered o'er the blueprints in the Inner Room and looked the Master Workman in the face. And still the Master waited. Then recollection came and active work." (p. 369)

So, friends, let us turn to our meditation—the immediate work in front of us, and let us practice and engage in scientific thinking.

End Note:

Christos (Greek) Anointed; applied in the Greek Mysteries to a candidate who had passed the last degree and become a full initiate. Also the immanent individual god in a person, equivalent in some respects to Dionysos, Krishna, etc. The Hebrew word for anointed (mashiah) is generally written in English as Messiah. What we know as Christianity is a syncretism of borrowings from Neoplatonism, neo-Pythogoreanism, Greek Gnosticism, and Hebrew religion. Christos was commonly used in the Greek translation of the Bible as a title of the Jewish Kings, those who had been anointed for reigning—a symbolic rite taken originally from the Mysteries. St. Paul's use of the word shows that he understood its true mystical meaning, but spoke with precaution in his public epistles or writings. Encyclopedic Theosophical Glossary—On Line (Copyright ©1999 by Theosophical University Press.)

Chrestes, Chrestos, Chrestians: chrestos (Greek) Applied by the Greeks as a title of respect equivalent to "the worthy." Chrestes meant an interpreter of oracles. In the language of the Mysteries, a chrestos was a candidate or neophyte, and a christos (anointed) was an initiate. Christ is a mystical expression for the human inner god, while chrest is the good but as yet unregenerated nature; using here the language of the Mysteries, Christ may be likened to Dionysos, Osiris, or Krishna, who will deliver the suffering Chrest, mankind or Prometheus, in its trial. It is Christos that incarnates in Chrestos. These usages were taken over by the Gnostic schools out of which Christianity largely sprang, and there is abundant evidence to be found among the early Christian writers and the Gnostics themselves that the adherents originally called themselves Chrestians. Encyclopedic Theosophical Glossary—On Line (Copyright © 1999 by Theosophical University Press.)

Adapted from a talk given by Ida Urso, Ph.D., Founder/President, Aquarian Age Community, on Wesak, May 15, 2003 at the monthly public meditation meeting to support the work of the United Nations. For further information about this initiative, please write to UN@aquaac.org. The Aquarian Age Community is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations.

[1] See end note for a definition of Christos and Chrestos, dating back to Greek Mystery Schools, which existed BCE.

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