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Is Crestone/Baca the “Vatican City of the New World Order?” An Expose of the “New World Religion”
Part X. Crestone/Baca Context and Connections: Maurice Strong, the “Global Governance Agenda,” United Nations as “World Instrument,” New Age Religion, Gaia worship, “Spirit of Rio,” “new planetary consciousness,” Aspen Institute, Lindesfarne Foundation, United Religions Initiative (URI), Religious Syncretism, Shamballa, the Avatar of Synthesis, chanelling, The Great Invocation, the World Core Curriculum, the School of Ageless Wisdom, the Council of 12, Solar Logos, Lucis Trust, Arcane School, Goodwill, Triangles, Aquarian Age Community, The Altar of Everything, the “All-Seeing Eye,” Cooperation Circles, Wicca, etc.- Part A
Dr. Eric Karlstrom, Emeritus Professor of Geography,
Truth cannot be sacrificed at the altar of a pretended tolerance. All religions, plain and simple, cannot be true, are not in concert, and do not all point to God. Every religion at its core claims exclusivity and all-inclusive philosophies can only come at the cost of truth.
When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything.
The UN is the organizing principle behind world government. Who is the power behind the UN? After years of research, author/activist, Joan Veon, has concluded that global government is run by a financial-economic alliance between the British Royal Family and the House of Rothschild. The British Royal Family has mostly ruled the “civilized” world since 800 AD. Prince Charles has been a major power player in setting up the Public-Private Partnerships (i.e., fascism) that have been instrumental in supporting the environmental agenda and “sustainable development.” Britain’s Chatham House (the Royal Institute for International Affairs) published a 14-year retrospective report on the Rio Earth Summit, focusing on “how to make gold out of green.”
At the Cancun World Trade Organization meeting, Veon learned how Britain controls the UN and their many satellite agencies through their ex-colonies: There are some 53 ex-British colonies now in the British Commonwealth. Each gets one vote in the U.N. So Britain can count on having 54 of a possible 191 votes, and thus, always has a voting majority in the U.N.
In 2000, the U.N. declared its “trusteeship” over the “global commons,” i.e., its sovereignty over all the oceans, the atmosphere, and space. The Law of the Sea (LOST) will one day be used to take control over all the oceans. Smart Growth is identical to the U.N. Biodiversity Treaty. It says the state will decide where people live. The point is to move people out of “core areas” and “buffer zones” and into small areas (human settlements) where they can be easily controlled. Might this explain part of what is going on in Crestone/Baca?
When asked about U.N.-magnate, Maurice Strong, Joan Veon responded that Strong has been the main character behind the selling out of the environmental movement. He was the Secretary General of the 1st UN Earth Summit in Stockholm, Sweden (1972) as well as Secretary General of the Rio Earth Summit (1992). He founded UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program). Strong came from poverty, never received a college education, and has been a puppet of the ruling elite. He is a friend of Prince Charles and Prince Phillip, the latter of whom set up the World Wildlife Federation. Strong’s aunt was a communist who had considerable influence in both communist Russia and communist China. Today, he too is living in communist China, trying to make more billions by marketing a Chinese car to the West.
(From notes on audio interview with Joan Veon on UN/Agenda 21 (https://911nwo.com/?p=2216)
An understanding of the forces that have shaped this twentieth century is predicated not on facts to be learned, but rather on secrets to be discovered.
I began this investigative series in the fall of 2011 to try to determine if Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center stated in 1996 speech entitled “The Most Dangerous Man in the World” (referring to Maurice Strong) that Strong and his powerful associates believe that Crestone/Baca is the “Vatican City of the New World Order.” In order to better understand the many topics that bear on this question, I have had to cast a very wide net across history and, in the process, have discovered an alternative, mostly secret and suppressed version of history, politics, and religion. As a university geography professor, I have long been aware of the “secret”/“shadow”/“double” government that shapes America’s domestic and foreign policies through their many semi-private agencies, foundations, think tanks, etc.
This investigative series is essentially a detective story. Metaphorically, it involves the application of logic and facts to try to assemble an immense jigsaw puzzle which seems to be missing many critical pieces. Before we can see the puzzle picture whole, we first have to locate the many missing pieces. Thus, for me, this has been an extended journey of discovery that has revealed much about what is really going on in our modern world. It has brought me far beyond the sleepy little town of Crestone/Baca. It has also brought me much further down the “rabbit hole” than I had previously ventured. I did not undertake this research journey for my own gratification, profit, or amusement. Rather, my hope and faith is that by educating myself and others regarding these “hidden” facts and this “hidden” history, American citizens and citizens of other countries will benefit. I believe that when a critical percentage of citizens understand that “globalization” projects such as the United Nations, the New Age Movement, Gaia worship, UN Agenda 21, etc., are ultimately destructive to their nations, religions, families, and lives, public support for these institutions and projects will evaporate.
Toward these ends, then, I have tried to apply standard academic tools of reason and research in order to identify and resolve critical unanswered questions and to expose and explain many of the contrived deceptions that currently mislead so many naïve, well-meaning citizens. I claim no “insider status” or access to “insider information” except my life experience, which includes 30 years as a university geography professor and my two decades as a part-time, and now full-time, resident of Crestone/Baca.
This investigative series is primarily a compilation and synthesis of others’ work. Facts and findings presented herein are so well documented that they cannot be considered controversial. Indeed, they are incontrovertible. I now believe that understanding this crucial information is critical to understanding major trends in history, politics, and religion, in general, and “Operation Crestone/Baca,” in particular. The findings/discoveries presented herein, though often at variance with “official” history, explain many otherwise inexplicable events and aspects of history: It becomes fairly obvious that Operation 9/11, the global warming fraud, the assassinations of JFK, RFK, MLK, and the host of well-publicized serial killings etc., are contrived instances of “mass trauma-based mind control.” Evidence suggests these and other brainwashing/social engineering projects were/are devised at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in London, England and its myriad affiliate think tanks in America and elsewhere. Such operations are typically carried out by intelligence agencies, their innumerable private sector cutouts, and/or rogue special forces operatives.
This series also conclusively identifies the world’s would-be controllers. It attempts to explain the “logic” behind their three+ millennia-long destructive drive toward world dominion and the modus operandi by which this group infiltrates, subverts, and destroys nations, societies, religions, etc. Facts presented herein demonstrate decisively that this multi-millennial plan for world conquest is a “Jewish” plan. The case for this proposition is made in this series largely by citing statements of innumerable Jews and highly-placed historical figures (Part IV and Appendix 6) and is abundantly corroborated in Part V, Appendix 8, and Zionism Quotes. British journalist, Douglas Reed offered this critical insight in his 1956 book, “The Controversy of Zion:”
Judaism is a political program disguised as religion.
In like manner, the New Age Movement and countless other cults, frauds, conspiracies, up to and including war and terror, have been concocted by this international cabal so that the self-described “chosen people” may usher in their long-awaited “Jewish Universal State” (“Jewish Utopia”), a one-world-totalitarian government to be ruled by Jews. Jesus Christ himself referred to this group as the “Synagogue of Satan” and I know of no better description than this.
A glimpse at the Table of Contents this series indicates its broad scope, universal relevance, and critical importance for all of us:
Part I: Crestone/Baca, Maurice Strong, and the “New World Religion? “
Part II. The Rockefeller and Rothschild Empires, the Freemasons, and the Birth of the Illuminati
Part III: Illuminati/Masonic Structure, Connections to the New Age Religion, and Origins of the Illuminati and Freemasonry
Part IV: “The Controllers” and Their Destructive Mission
Part V: How the Controllers Control Us: The Co-option and Corruption of Culture and Institutions
Part VI: Mind Control: History and Applications
Part VII: Electronic Mind Control and Weapons
Part VIII: Cult Connections
Part IX: Cults and Timelines: From Cabala to John Dee to Freemasonry to British Psychiatry and Intelligence to the Church of Scientology; From Urantia to “Voices of God” and the 9/11 Cover-up
Part X. Crestone/Baca Context and Connections: Maurice Strong, the “Global Governance Agenda,” United Nations as “World Instrument,” New Age Religion, Gaia worship, “Spirit of Rio,” “new planetary consciousness,” Aspen Institute, Lindesfarne Foundation, United Religions Initiative (URI), Religious Syncretism, Shamballa, the Avatar of Synthesis, chanelling, The Great Invocation, the World Core Curriculum, the School of Ageless Wisdom, the Council of 12, Solar Logos, Lucis Trust, Arcane School, Goodwill, Triangles, Aquarian Age Community, The Altar of Everything, the “All-Seeing Eye,” Cooperation Circles, Wicca, etc.
Part X-b: Crestone/Baca Context and Connections Continued (Part B)
Part XI: Hypotheses and Conclusions: What on Earth is Going On Here in Crestone/Baca? Part A
Part XII: Hypotheses and Conclusions: What on Earth is Going On Here in Crestone/Baca? Part B
Appendix 1. Recent Crestone/Baca Land/Water Battles: Water Quality, Drought, Access to Public Land, Election Fraud, etc.
Appendix 3. Crestone/Baca’s Emerging Theocracy: Comments from Cyberspace
Appendix 4. Spiritual Armor
Appendix 5: America’s Long History of Human Experimentation (very partial list)
Appendix 6: Quotes on Judaism and Zionism
Appendix 7: Invisible Energy and Nicola Tesla
Appendix 8: Quotes from The Trail of the Serpent (1936), by Inquire Within
Appendix 9. “Gang Stalking:” Organized and Electronic Targeting of the “Domestic Enemy.” Notes from Books, utube Presentations, and Blogs.
Appendix 10: Truth, Lies, Double Binds, and Crestone/Baca
Appendix 11: On the Terms “Conspiracy Theory” and “Anti-Semitism”
Appendix 12: The “Black Awakening,” “Nephilim Project” and Supernatural Realm from a Christian Perspective
Appendix 13: Biblical Precedents and Scripts
As we finally approach the conclusion of this lengthy series, it is evident that the following topics are especially critical to this investigation: 1) the New World Order/Global Governance Agenda, 2) the New Age Movement, and 3) the New World Religion and 4) the United Nations as “world instrument.” In this section, then, I provide additional context and connections for these topics by quoting directly from others’ work. There is some necessary overlap and repetition of information already presented in other segments of this series. The following excerpts of books and articles supply additional information/insights critical to understanding the United Nations/Global Governance Agenda/New Age Movement as they pertain to Crestone/Baca and the New World Religion. Hence, I quote these materials at length here to supplement the extensive data base in this series.
1. Elite Machinations: (from “Cloak of Green” (1995) by Elaine Dewar: On Crestone/Baca, Maurice Strong, modern robber barons, Ludlow, the United Nations’ Rio Earth Summit, government/business/military/intelligence complex, “the ultimate information network,” the hi-jacked environmental movement, the New World Religion, Manitou Foundation, and the “Global Governance Agenda:”
John D. and David Rockefeller and Maurice Strong
David Rockefeller’s grandfather, John D. Rockefeller, had created one of the world’s great global businesses by virtue of a myriad of strong working relationships. As detailed by Daniel Yergin in The Prize; The Epic Quest For Oil, Money, and Power, including such tools as stealth, deception, spies, violence, and the secret takeover of enemies who became friends, the Standard Oil group he headed achieved a stranglehold on the exploration for and the distribution of oil and its products around the world before the turn of the (20th) century.
In 1913, a company in which John D. Rockefeller, Jr. had controlling interest, the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, became embroiled in a widely publicized strike in Ludlow, Colorado. Ludlow was a company town; working and living conditions were terrible. The company refused to recognize the union. There was a strike. The militia was brought in to break the strike. Seventy-two women and children were killed in fires set by company security agents when they attacked the strikers’ tent camp. There was a public outcry: there had already been a congressional investigation and soon there was a commission of inquiry. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., through the Rockefeller Foundation, contracted Mackenzie King, formerly (Canadian) minister of labour under Laurier, to advise him on what to do in Ludlow. In due course, Mackenzie King presented him the solution- which later spread to many other industries in the U.S. -the formation of a company union. This inspired public relations concept, to control unions while appearing not to, was not far from the notion of a government-funded NGO.
When (Canadian) Maurice Strong met David Rockefeller in 1947… he was being introduced into an expanding post-war empire as it was being made by those leading “the work,” an empire that long included the prime minister of Canada who was about to retire. Strong started work at the U.N., preparing accreditation cards and passes, on September, 15, 1947 (at the age of 18)….
Strong’s staff had sent me his curriculum vita. His tower of hats made Elizabeth May’s look pathetic. He listed so many businesses, honours, and NGO involvements, it was impossible to understand how one man could do so much. At first his curriculum vitae also struck me as odd, as if it was designed to sell a life, not as if a life had produced the document. When I had checked it and reviewed it, it also seemed to mirror the patterns of the Global Governance Agenda…. NGOs, governments, politicians, native peoples, Marxists, Maoists, and democrats tied in knots with power companies and other grand trade empires. His cv was a record of a lifetime of arrangements.
He was born in Oak Lake, Manitoba, in 1929, had only a grade 11 formal education, but had been granted 27 honorary degrees from universities around the world. (The latest count – as of 1995 – is 35). He had combined private, public and non-profit ventures at several points in his career, giving rise to questions about conflicts of interest, but as one of his protégés, the writer John Ralston Saul, liked to put it, there was nothing in this that would have startled anyone in the U.S. establishment. That master of the golden braid, John J. McCloy, the man biographer Kai Bird credits with the creation of the national security apparatus of the U.S., had done such things for almost a century.
By 1951, Strong had married, bought a house and gone to work at Dome Petroleum as (Jack) Gallagher’s assistant. In Gallagher’s memory, Strong was no genius; his most important characteristic was that he had a flexible mind. In 1952, Strong sold his new house, quit his new job, and travelled with his new wife around the world. His friends thought he must have made a fortune because prairie people, seared by the Depression, often could not bring themselves to walk away from any job. His friends knew he reveled in finding multiple virtues and uses for every course of action he took. Nothing was done for its own sake. So what, one wonders, were the multiple utilities to be found in these travels? It was a difficult time to wander. The Korean War was on and J. Edgar Hoover’s tool, Senator Joseph McCarthy, was attacking the CIA as an institution crawling with communists (ergo, Jews- ETK note). The Eisenhower Administration had made covert action a major pillar of its foreign policy…. In the spring of 1953, he authorized a major review of the country’s Cold War strategy in a series of seminars codenamed Project Solarium. The resulting study urged the president to prosecute an “intensified cold war covertly using a national program of deception and concealment from public disclosure and Soviet discernment.”
…. In the early days of the Cold War, the FBI labeled (John J.) McCloy and others as members of a huge communist spy ring…. McCloy (Assistant Secretary of War during WWII and “leading figure in post-war U.S. business/military/intelligence establishment”) sat on the boards of both the Rockefeller and Ford foundations, which provided funds for thinkers, writers, scientists. Certain political thinkers of the right ideological hue (ETK- i.e, Jewish/Illuminati) such as Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski, later rose to prominence through these circles and became advisers to U.S. presidents. McCloy and his colleagues at Rockefeller Foundation and Ford Foundation also had huge funds at their disposal to finance NGOs doing appropriate work in shaping public debate. Many such organizations were funded: McCloy went on many of their boards. The Aspen Institute (of Colorado) is a place where such debate occurs; in 1992, it had on its board of trustees a person from the law firm of Milbank, Tweek, Hadley, and McCloy. Maurice Strong (another Jew) is a trustee emeritus.
According to Kai Bird (The Chairman: John J. McCloy: The Making of the American Establishment), after he became chairman of the Chase Bank in January 1952, McCloy also allowed the Chase to be used to move funds abroad for CIA operatives. When McCloy acted as a member of the Rockefeller Foundation’s board and sat as chairman of the Ford Foundation, there was regular communication between the leadership of the Ford Foundation and the leadership of the CIA…. Through these and other means, McCloy and his group, acting for the U.S. government some days, and for clients like the Rockefellers on others, acting sometimes with the CIA and sometimes through other philanthropies and other NGOs, set the parameters of reasonable political discourse both at home and abroad.
…. (Strong’s) odd (government/business) arrangements between (Canada’s) External Aid and SNC (a Quebec-based engineering company), were the root for the government agency CIDA, the Canadian International Development Agency, which Strong created in 1968 to replace External Aid….. Strong used SNC as a private front for federal government skullduggery in Africa and Quebec… he had helped create a federally-funded but semi-private intelligence/influence network that could have impacts both in Canada and abroad…. There was no reason to suppose that this network wasn’t still running through CIDA and its cousin IDRC (International Development Research Centre). I had reason to believe it was. It seemed to me that Strong and the federal cabinet got away with this semi-private intelligence/influence system because he’d hidden what he was doing in plain sight…. Strong ran federal funds through a Quebec-based engineering company, which gave that group bankability and yet tied it to the federal power…. Meanwhile, Strong’s hand-picked people in Africa got private companies to hide behind…. Maurice Strong got information and could exert influence.
…. It was said of Strong that he created the ultimate information network to deal with the famine–stricken areas of twenty-seven countries in Africa, where governments were toppling, civil wars blazing, and donor countries were certain that aid was being diverted from the hungry to feed soldiers. He lived on planes. He went in and out of one-party-ruled countries that had been created and funded by the U.S., the U.S.S.R., China, Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, and their various proxies, countries that had also become the recipients of Saudi Arabia’s chequebook diplomacy…..
… (In 1969), Strong went to New York both as an undersecretary general of the U.N., reporting to U Thant, and as the secretary general of the Stockholm Conference. Plaudits rained upon him: The New Yorker said he might save the world.…
… Around this time, and partly to service the Stockholm Conference (1972), the government of Canada began its practice of funding NGOs. Previously treated as private organizations, charities and other groups opened themselves to the money and policies of the federal government- becoming, in effect, PGOs, private government organizations, while calling themselves NGOs, nongovernmental organizations… This is when Strong demonstrated that the phrase NGO could be applied, like a democratic varnish, to dignify any group. This rubric could be applied to private organizations funded by government (PGOs); government organizations privatized (GOPs); three people meeting in a basement; or a highly organized business lobby. By calling them all NGOs, he dignified them as the vox populi (people’s voice).
The Stockholm Conference may also have served as a cover for certain triangular reconfigurations of the global power map…. The People’s Republic of China agreed to come to the Stockholm Conference as their first appearance at a U.N. function since the 1949 Revolution. When Strong went to China for discussion, the Chinese took him see Anna Louise Strong’s (his sister or mother, according to different accounts) grave. …
As the Stockholm Conference opened in 1972, Strong warned urgently about the onset of global warming, the devastation of forests, the loss of biodiversity, the polluted oceans, and the population time bomb. He suggested a tax on the movement of every barrel of oil and the use of these funds to create a large U.N. bureaucracy to blow the whistle on pollution wherever it was found. As I read this old speech, I realized it could almost be repeated at the Rio Summit (in 1992). How could the same issues be on the table twenty years later?
… The other by-product of the (Stockholm) conference was the creation of a new U.N. bureaucracy, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Like so many of the organizations Strong has made, this one too had multiple uses. In 1974, UNEP rose out of the undeveloped soil of Nairobi, Kenya. Strong’s old stomping ground. Placing UNEP in Africa was explained as a sop to the developing countries, who had been suspicious of Western intentions. But it was also useful for the big powers to have another international organization in Nairobi. After the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Nairobi became the key spy capital of Africa. Strong became UNEP’s first executive director.
I sat enthralled in Strong’s living room. I had come to Geneva to solve the puzzle of who Strong is, whose interests he represents. Now, instead of holding in my hands a neat explanation, I was on the edge of falling into his immensely complex, layered world. The NGO story was part of a business story, the business story was part of a political story, the political story was also part of an intelligence story, and all of them were pages from a book about the Cold War. Maurice Strong was a Rockefeller man, a Liberal man, a businessman, a man with relations to those at the top of the crumbling East bloc, a bridge between so many different centres of power.
…. In 1977, while Strong was still chairman of both Petro-Canada and the IDRC, he also caused Stronat, his partnership with Paul Nathanson, to invest in agribusiness in the U.S. Dr. Carroll Wilson had introduced him to Scott Spangler (Harvard MBA), who had spent time in Africa working for the new governments of Tanzania and Uganda. (ETK note: Recall Uganda’s President Idi Amin, whose repressive dictatorship killed some 300,000 Ugandans?). Spangler then ran a Texas-based company called Pro-ChemCo. He wanted to take over a larger public company called AZL or Arizona-Colorado Land and Cattle Company. AZL, a conglomerate, owned other companies active in feedlots, land, oil and gas, engineering. It even owned a commodities trading house and a bank. One of its ranches was the Baca Grande in Colorado.
Stronat, a private multinational octopus, purchased control of Pro-ChemCo. Through various entities it controlled in Texas, Bermuda, and the Netherlands-Antilles. The corporate name was changed to Procor. In February, 1978, Procor bought an AZL convertible debenture worth $10 million. It gave AZL a two-year option to buy Procor for the same amount. Strong, Hold, and Spangler were so welcome at AZL they were invited to join its board before this deal closed and without actually owning any shares. Strong became chairman of the executive committee.
Why this extraordinary welcome to people who owned no shares? Strong explained that AZL rolled out the red carpet for him because of this problem AZL was having with Adnan Khashoggi (drug and arms dealer of Iran-Contra scandal fame- ETK note). Strong claimed his role was to keep Khashoggi off the board of AZL.
(The next seven pages of Dewar’s book (pp. 286-292) explain enough of Strong’s labyrinthine financial dealings to establish his credentials as world-class robber baron. -ETK note)….
… Strong and his Sogener associates bought back Credit Immobilier for $600,000 in cash plus the assumption of $29,475,000 of debt from Tosco or AZL to Credit Immobilier which was immediately cancelled. Before he left Tosco’s board, Strong offered to buy AZL assets too. In October 1985, after Strong had left Tosco’s board, his First Colorado Corporation did buy the Baca Grande ranch and other AZL real estate and oil and gas assets from Tosco. Sam Belzburg was one of the investors along with Strong in First Colorado. First Colorado paid Tosco $8.2 million for these assets, including the 139,000-acre ranch which also encompasses two major mountain peaks. Underneath the ranch lies a huge aquifer whose water First Colorado hoped to sell for billions. Strong emerged flush enough to personally give the federal Liberal Party (of Canada) $5,000 in an election year….
At the end of December, 1986, Strong was asked to lunch with the new Swedish Prime Minister, Ingvar Carlsson. The (U.N.) Brudtland Commission was winding down, but a (contrived-ETK note) explosion at the Soviet nuclear power plant at Chernobyl had scattered radioactive material all over Europe. At the lunch, Strong proposed a new United Nations conference on the environment to be held on the twentieth anniversary of the Stockholm conference…. In the end, said Strong, it was the Brazians (that got the bid) and suggested that he, Maurice Strong, should be the secretary general of this conference.
Once again, the Rockefeller and the Ford Foundations were generous helping Strong with the costs of his U.N. office… some very large multinational corporations, including oil and chemical companies based in Britain, Japan, Switzerland, Italy, and the U.S., also put large sums of money into this kitty. ..
A few days later….. I was beginning to understand that the Rio Summit was part of a Rockefeller-envisioned Global Governance Agenda that dated back before World War II, that it was linked to the regional trade agreements just being negotiated- the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Maastricht Treaty. Like the Stockholm Conference, it was all about integrating East and West. He (Strong) was part of the push to remake the U.N. itself into a brave new unipolar world. …
I then understood that (Strong) hoped to get national governments to take the first and second and third steps in the diminution of their own powers at Rio. The Rio Summit, like the Stockholm Conference, was aimed at reorganizing the world into very much larger administrative units, with real power redistributed from national governments to vast regional organizations….
During his tenure at the U.N., (Strong) said, when he was done, this business of spying had always been a factor. “In the Cold War,” he said, as if it were long over, “the Soviets showed me dossiers on people (they thought) were CIA. The Americans said x is KGB…. I assumed everybody is on. It’s the right way to operate…. I decided the U.N. (is an) open, leaky system and to treat it that way.” He mused about the business of openness in the face of the covert. “I’ve lived a complex life- I’m open about,” he said. Most of his complexities, he added later, “were known or suspected.” … “The U.N. is riddled with intelligence people,” he said. “It’s good cover. A lot like to get in places where things (are) drafted.”
The Geneva planning office of the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development, the Rio Summit, was in a stately nineteenth-century house up in the foothills in a district called Conches… Advertised as the World’s Greatest Summit, Rio was publically described as a global negotiation to reconcile the need for environmental protection with the need for economic growth. The cognoscenti understood that there were other, deeper goals. These involved the shift of national regulatory powers to vast regional authorities; the opening of all remaining closed national economies to multinational interests, the strengthening of decision making structures far above and far below the grasp of newly minted national democracies; and, above all, the integration of the Soviet and Chinese empires into the global market system. There was no name for this very grand agenda that I had heard anyone use, so later I named it myself- the Global Governance Agenda.
One heard constantly about global ozone depletion, climate change, the megadeaths of species in distant forests, wilderness parks….. People I spoke to seemed to worry more about things beyond their governor’s control than about what was being dumped in their own sewers. A whole generation of believers in the climate crisis was being groomed in the schools: my children came home certain that the climate had already changed from good to bad, that the sun was no longer safe to play under. They were not told that they were repeating hypotheses, not facts, that these hypotheses were drawn from models made from inadequate observation, that some of the models might well be inadequate themselves, or have been found to be inadequate…
The increasingly successful fusion of an ephemeral, ill-defined spirituality, often hastily borrowed from native peoples, with environmental science bothered me as well. It seemed to me that the purpose of this fusion was to silence debate.
… I was also beginning to think I understood why fear about transnational environmental phenomena played a large role in the Agenda. How do you persuade democrats to give up sovereign national powers to govern themselves? How do you make them hand over power to supranational institutions they cannot affect, control, or remove? You make it seem as if this will serve their best interests. You terrify them with the grave dangers national governments cannot protect you from.
… It became a kind of game for me (author Dewar) to trace connections of the PGO’s (private government organizations) trying to sell the Global Governance Agenda back to Maurice Strong. I was not surprised to learn that he and his wife Hanne Marstrand even had their own such organization, the Manitou Foundation. Hanne Marstrand is its president; Strong its treasurer. He made sure that Manitou Foundation was accredited as an NGO to the Rio Summit. Manitou was then asked to organize a spiritual meeting for the Rio Summit. Manitou Foundation’s various grant-making exercises include giving land to favoured groups at the Baca ranch. Various religious orders like the Carmelites and Tibetan monks also have retreats at the ranch. Certain biological materials are stored there against any future depletion of the gene pool. Manitou Foundation was originally financed by $100,000 from Laurence Rockefeller and $20,000 from Robert O. Anderson, former head of Arco. It also received $1.2 million from the sale of Strong’s shares of American Water Development Inc. (the company made to pipeline water from the Baca Grande’s aquifer to his partners in First Colorado Corporation). Later, Manitou also got $21,500 from the charity set up to support Strong’s Summit office.
…. I slipped into a press chair in another room in time to hear a British delegate complain about Strong’s Agenda 21 document… I knew that over at Strong’s office his staff thought $125 billion a year would be the right amount to transfer to the poor nations in the cause of sustainable development, a huge sum of money….
…. As she (Rachel Kyte, “another one of Maurice Strong’s pearls”) saw it, “The whole of Agenda 21 ought to be the beginning of a way to redefine sovereignty from the national level.”
Kyte: “Because the solutions can’t come at the national level,” she said with finality. “Maurice picked this up thirty years ago,” she said. “We have a global management crisis.”
So this was how they were going to market the Global Governance Agenda, I found myself thinking- as a solution to a global management crisis….
(Chip) Lindner’s (Rachel Kyte’s boss) view was that… . Some higher global level had to be able to set global limits on emissions; someone had to say is the maximum the globe can tolerate.
Who? I asked, and based on what? The science on global warming is chockablock with counterarguments and cross-theories and competing models.
Climate is a perfect example of why something had to be done, Lindner said. Climate is a shared phenomenon, he said. One could not contain the outpourings of factories and the smoke of burning forests at national boundaries. “If we allow each country to set how much they emit and it won’t exceed a critical load, it’s not manageable. That is the new nature of the issue.” Management….
Strong had made meticulous arrangements to put his people on all sides of this negotiation, on the inside and the outside of events. The aides he selected drafted documents with input from organizations he created or staffed or paid for. Governments that refused to deal with his Summit agenda felt the political heat at home….
When I found that Strong had also started a PGO concerned with a North American free trade agreement at the same time worked to create the framework for the Summit, I took it as a confirmation that the regional trade agreements and the Summit negotiations were wrapped together in the same skein.
Finally, I had begun to understand. The (Rio) Summit was part of an organized campaign by businesses, lobbies, PGOs, and GOPS to reduce the powers of national sovereign states. National governments, with their taxation powers, with their enforcement powers, were being colonized, hollowed out by both business groups and these PGOs. These groups wanted to use national governments for their own ends while stripping them of the capacity to act as a countervailing power to their interests.
2. Lee Penns “TYRANNY IN THE NAME OF TOLERANCE: Beware! The New Age Movement Is More Than Self-Indulgent Silliness,” (New Oxford Review, 2000): The New Age Movement, Gaia Worship, the New World Religion/Lucifer Worship, and the Mass Genocide of Homo Sapiens:
In his 2000 article (“Beware! The New Age Movement”), Lee Penn demonstrates that the underlying theology of the New Age Movement is worship of self and Lucifer (http://www.mdep.org/NewAgeIndex.html). This same “theology” underlies the modern Theosophical movement, the Bavarian Illuminati program of the late 18th century, Marx and Engel’s Communist Manifesto, and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a host of ancient and modern cults, the United Nations, and indeed, much of the current “world system.” Penn notes that Theosophist and New Age leader, Alice Bailey, predicted that “the universal world religion will inevitably emerge” near the year 2000. She and other New Age leaders assert that the “common good” requires that those who refuse to bow to the “Church Universal” be eliminated. UN potentate, Robert Muller, asserts that the United Nations, as political reality, will comprise the world’s religion. In other words, in the coming New Age, politics and religion will merge into a totalitarian occult theocracy. (Recall Douglas Reed’s comment, above, that “Judaism is a political program disguised as religion.”) New Age leader Neale Donald Walsch (author of “Conversations with God”) notes that “extra-terrestrials” practice and favor communism. And Alice and Foster Bailey report that the “Hierarchy” of “ascended masters” and “spirit guides” that guides human evolution approved the mass genocides of World War I, World War II, and the subsequent holocaust of tens of millions of innocent civilians in communist China and the Soviet Union (see Appendix 8 for an explication of occult ideas and methods). Penn states:
From the start of World War II until her death, (Alice) Bailey wrote that the war was necessary for the New Age to come. She believed that the New Age would be preceded by a “destructive cycle, wherein the old order passes away” and “human civilization with its accompanying institutions – is destroyed.” She gave credit to the “Hierarchy” of ascended spiritual masters for “their decision, taken early in this century, which precipitated…that major destructive agency, the world war (1914-1945).” In 1943 Bailey said, “One of the purposes lying behind the present holocaust [World War II] has been the necessity for the destruction of inadequate forms…. The Law of destruction was permitted to work through humanity itself, and men are now destroying the forms through which many masses of men are functioning.” (“Destroying forms” does not mean shredding IRS paperwork; it is the Theosophist code word for death.) After the war, Bailey wrote that “the Custodians of God’s Plan” viewed World War II as a “major surgical operation” that had been “largely successful” in removing “a violent streptococcic germ” that had “menaced the life of humanity.” She warned that this would be only the beginning of sorrows: “The germ, to be sure, is not eradicated and makes its presence felt in infected areas of the body of humanity. Another surgical operation may be necessary.”
Bailey viewed the atomic incineration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as an “inevitable and desirable” manifestation of the “saving force,” since “the wrecking and disappearance of that which is bad and undesirable must ever precede the building of the good and desirable.”
To bring this dystopian, monstrous vision back to Crestone/Baca, we recall that it was Maurice Strong, who, with his wife Hanne, founded the Manitou Foundation that has redefined our community of Crestone/Baca as an ecumenical “Refuge of World Truths.” Penn states:
The Earth Charter is the brainchild of Gorbachev (acting as chairman of Green Cross International) and Maurice Strong, an adviser to the World Bank, a leader at UN environmental meetings, and a wealthy proponent of world government…. Gorbachev views the proposed Earth Charter as “a kind of Ten Commandments, a ‘Sermon on the Mount,’ that provides a guide for human behavior toward the environment in the next century and beyond.” Strong says, “The real goal of the Earth Charter is that it will in fact become like the Ten Commandments, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” Gorbachev and Strong seem to view themselves as the lawgivers of the future, successors to Moses and Jesus. Once adopted, the Charter would be the basis for new global, national, and even local law.
… the New Age teachers and their financiers plan for a global utopia.
Gordon Davidson, the Theosophist who praised the URI as an example of the emergence of the “Avatar of Synthesis,” says that in the year 2000, humanity faces “the impending descent of the Shambala energy.” This would not be a joyful event; Davidson’s mentor, Alice Bailey, said that the European dictators of the 1930s were “all expressions of the Shambala force.”
Even though “New Age soothsayers (say) the “end times” are now. Bailey, Hubbard, Spangler, and Walsch have predicted that the transition to the New Age would happen between 2000 and 2010,” today, in 2014, I believe that there is still hope that the world (and Crestone/Baca) can be spared the holocaust planned by these deluded megalomaniacal lunatics, who claim they are acting on behalf of Ascended Masters. Certainly, my observations indicate that many “wolves in sheep’s clothing” preach the “doctrines of devils” in the quiet, remote streets of Crestone/Baca today. One of the Aspen Institute’s “wise men,” who owns a house in the Baca, is author, MIT professor, and New Ager, William Irwin Thompson, about whom Penn (2000) states:
William Irwin Thompson, a New Age associate of Morton and Spangler, said: “We might even end it for human beings and not be able to keep the experiment going, but the biosphere will not cease to evolve. If you’re mystical, you don’t necessarily identify just with a momentary piece of meat called hominoids.”
Another misanthropic New Age potentate with a big following in Crestone/Baca is Barbara Marx Hubbard. Regarding Hubbard, Penn notes: For several decades New Age (Jew) Barbara Marx Hubbard has predicted “personal extinction” for people who will not get with the New Age program: “A Quantum Transformation is the time of selection…. The species known as self-centered humanity will become extinct. The species known as whole-centered humanity will evolve.” (ETK: Hubbard refers to the new species as homo novis, homo noeticus, or new man). At this time, “humans capable of cooperating to self-transcend will do so”; “elements” who maintain “the illusion of separation will become extinct…just as Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal humans became extinct.” In referring to undesirable people as “elements,” she follows the example of the Nazis, the Communists, and others who dehumanize their opponents to justify destroying them. Hubbard warns that if the selection comes, it will be violent. For her, Satan is “part of the selection process…that will bring forth the self-elected from the self-rejected, so that…only those connected to the whole survive.”
The above statements reveal Hubbard’s scientific illiteracy as well as her astoundingly brutal dystopian vision for humanity. In fact, Cro-Magnon man is modern man; Cro-Magnon man never went extinct. (Crestone/Baca vignette: About a decade ago, this author joined over a 100 enthusiastic Crestone/Bacans to hear Barbara Marx Hubbard guide us in group meditation and wax enthusiastic about the fact that humanity was now comprised of two distinct species (homo sapiens and homo novis). (Homo novis is a term and concept from Scientology, see Part VIII). When I raised my hand to remind her of the scientific definition of a species (that is, members of the same species can procreate and produce fertile offspring), she was not pleased with my question/observation.) All this, of course, begs the question: will we allow ideologues, scientific illiterates, and lunatics such as Alice Bailey, Barbara Marx Hubbard and William Irwin Thompson to decide humanity’s fate? I think not.
Penn (2000) emphasizes this basis for optimism: Most in the New Age Movement are well-intentioned people who are unaware of the movements’ true aims. I believe that many idealistic, deluded New Agers, in Crestone/Baca and elsewhere, can be reached through facts, reason, and reality. It is for this reason that I am conducting and sharing this research. And for this purpose, I herein cite Penn’s (2000) article in its entirety. Admittedly, Penn writes from a Catholic Christian perspective:
2. THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT: Beware! The New Age Movement Is More Than Self Indulgent Silliness; A Comprehensive Exposé of The New Age Movement by Lee Penn (Published by New Oxford Review, July-August 2000, pp. 19-31)
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This article is intended as a warning against the spiritual and socio-political dangers associated with the New Age and globalist
movements. The intent is not to call down fire upon “bad guys.” Rather, I seek to sound an alarm, to awaken those who are in these movements (and those who might be in a position to resist these movements) to these perils. Let no one hastily assume that the rank-and-file adherents of these movements are aware of, and culpable for, the bizarre beliefs (described below) of the New Age and globalist leaders. Very often, spiritual seekers and those who desire political reform enter these movements with good intentions, and never have a reason to look inside the movement’s closets for skeletons. In addition, the writings of the globalist and New Age leaders are crashingly dull, and few of their followers will examine these texts in sufficient detail to learn of the darkness at the heart of these movements. Christian opponents of the New Age and globalist movements need to remember the profound truth in the saying, “the cults are the unpaid bills of the Church.” Some of the causes that the New Age and globalist movements support (such as protection of the environment from pollution, and an end to inter-religious violence) are praiseworthy. Some of what the New Age and globalist movements oppose (for example, racial discrimination and imperialism) also deserves Christian opposition. Thus, a knee-jerk reaction (i.e., if the New Age is for “X,” Christians must oppose “X”) is unwise. Christian opponents of the New Age and globalist movements should consider what real injustices and spiritual hungers lead people to follow these movements – so that the People of God might answer these real, unmet needs of their fellow men.
Christ loves, and also came to save, all who are now in the New Age and globalist movements. (That goes for the leaders: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do!” [Lk. 23:34]) Let us never forget to pray for them all, and to entrust them all to God’s Mercy. For all of us, myself included, are utterly dependent upon this same Mercy.
In recent years the New Age movement has come out of the closet in the Church and in the world. The New Age movement is made up of those who follow a potpourri of beliefs and practices that fall outside the boundaries of the major traditional religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, animism, and Buddhism). Its manifestations are protean. Some Catholic nuns walk on labyrinths to contact the “Divine Feminine.” Increasing numbers of health insurance companies have heeded consumers’ demands to cover offbeat treatments, ranging from Ayurvedic herbal medicine to “therapeutic touch” – in which a “healer’s” hands manipulate “energy fields” but never touch the patient’s body. Hillary Clinton was moved to contact the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt under the guidance of Jean Houston – a New York-based avatar who runs a “Mystery School,” and who inspired the current fad of walking on labyrinths. Millions of Americans with more money than common sense are buying into this trendy, feel-good style of spirituality; they have helped to keep Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations with God on the best-seller lists since 1997. These are the people who say, “I’m spiritual, but not religious.”
Many Christians view the New Age movement as merely self-indulgent silliness. Unfortunately, there’s far more to the movement than astrology, crystals, weird workshops, and psychobabble. Many New Age spiritual leaders have a firmly entrenched anti-Christian worldview, and harbor a special hatred for the Catholic Church. Some New Age leaders believe that the Fall was really man’s ascent into knowledge, assisted by Lucifer – whom they hail as the bringer of light and wisdom. These New Age teachers expect an imminent, apocalyptic transformation that will lead humanity into the New Age. By acts of men or by an act of “spirit,” earth will be cleansed of those who refuse to evolve. In the New Age, there will be world government; the economy will be remade to promote “sharing.” Traditional morality and traditional families will disappear. Orthodox religions – especially Christianity and Judaism – are considered “separative” and “obsolete”; in the New Age, they too will vanish.
HISTORY and SUPPORTERS of the NEW AGE MOVEMENT
For the last 125 years, New Age leaders worldwide have followed the false light of Theosophy; they now whisper into the itching ears of the powerful – politicians, media moguls, UN officials, foundation grant-makers, and Anglican bishops. As the West moves into a post-Christian era, the influence of the New Age movement grows.
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky blended Eastern religion with Western occultism, establishing the Theosophical movement in 1875 in New York City. Theosophy has influenced occult, spiritualist, “New Thought,” and New Age movements around the world ever since. For Blavatsky, the LORD is not God; mankind is. She says, “Man is truly the manifested deity in both its aspects – good and evil.” Since mankind is god, it follows that “mankind will become freed from its false gods, and find itself finally – SELF-REDEEMED.” Or rather, some of mankind is “god-informed” and capable of self-redemption – namely, “the Aryan and other civilized nations.” Others, “such human specimens as the Bushmen, the Veddhas of Ceylon, and some African tribes” are “lower human creatures,” “inferior races” that are “now happily…dying out. Verily mankind is ‘of one blood,’ but not of the same essence.”(1)
In the early 1900s Alice A. Bailey carried forward the teachings of Theosophy in the U.S. She founded the Lucifer [yes!] Publishing Company in New York City in 1922, renaming it the Lucis Publishing Company in 1923. Between 1922 and 1949, Bailey published 24 books of “revelations” that she claimed to have channeled from the Tibetan ascended “spiritual master” Djwhal Khul. All these books remain in print, and are widely available.
The influence of Theosophy continues to grow a half-century after her death. Robert Muller, former assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, won the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 1989 for his World Core Curriculum. He says, “The underlying philosophy upon which The Robert Muller School is based will be found in the teachings set forth in the books of Alice A. Bailey by the Tibetan teacher, Djwhal Khul.” Like Muller, Neale Donald Walsch praises Theosophy. James Parks Morton, the Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City until his 1997 retirement, praises Theosophist David Spangler, as “a genuine mystic.”
Muller, Walsch, and Morton’s Temple of Understanding all actively support the United Religions Initiative (URI), a well-funded venture in religious syncretism led by Episcopal Bishop William Swing of San Francisco. (Other Theosophists are lining up to support the URI. The Rudolf Steiner Foundation has recently made a grant to the URI, and the Lucis Trust newsletter, World Goodwill, has praised the URI twice in 1999.) Laurance S. Rockefeller and his Fund for the Enhancement of the Human Spirit have financed New Agers Matthew Fox, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and Bishop Swing’s Grace Cathedral. Morton has friends in high places; he is on the Council of Advisers for Global Green, USA (an affiliate of Mikhail Gorbachev’s Green Cross International, an environmentalist organization), and was co-chairman of UN conferences on the environment in 1992 and 1997.
Another of Gorbachev’s organizations, the San Francisco-based State of the World Forum, draws funding from a galaxy of corporations and foundations, ranging from Archer Daniels Midland, CNN, Hewlett-Packard, and Occidental Petroleum to the Carnegie Corporation, the Kellogg Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. The State of the World Forum attracts almost 1,000 VIPs to San Francisco each year, and encourages them to believe that they will be the ones to shape the emerging “new civilization.” Not all participants are eggheads and political has-beens; the 1998 Forum included Georges Berthoin, President of the Trilateral Commission, James Michel, the chairman of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and other power brokers. Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu is one of the 22 co-chairs of the Forum, along with Gorbachev, Ted Turner, Federico Mayor (Director General of UNESCO), and other high UN officials. Neither orthodox Christian nor Orthodox Jewish leaders have spoken at any Forum sessions. Instead, the assembled dignitaries have heard New Age-style preaching from such people as Andrew Weil, Michael Lerner, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Michael Murphy and Steven Donovan (leaders of the Esalen Institute), Fritjof Capra, Jean Houston, Sam Keen, Ram Dass, Matthew Fox, Deepak Chopra, and Tony Robbins. In short, promoters of New Age and Theosophical ideals are not social outcasts. On the contrary, these followers of the “Spirit of the Age” get attention and money from the rich and the powerful.
TEACHINGS of THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT
What, then, do the New Age prophets teach? Let Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, Robert Muller, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Neale Donald Walsch, David Spangler, and Matthew Fox speak for themselves – and for the motley crew of “spirit guides,” “ascended masters,” and “cosmic Christs” whom they serve. The avatars of the New Age say that humanity is God, and that there is no death. Hubbard states the creed of the Serpent succinctly: “We are immortal. We are not bound by the limits of the body” and “We can create new life forms and new worlds. We are gods!” Walsch, who claims in his best-selling book to converse directly with “God” says the same: “Trust God. Or if you wish, trust yourself, for Thou Art God.” The “God” with whom Walsch converses denies death, saying, “There is no ‘death.’ Life goes on forever and ever. Life Is. You simply change form.” Bailey said, “We are all Gods….” These avatars repeat the lies that the Devil told in Eden: “You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God…” (Gen. 3:4-5). As a devotee of Walsch’s recently told the Washington Post, “We discovered the God within…. That’s why we need God. Because we are God.”
Since we are gods, there is no need for Christ to save us. Instead, as Hubbard says, “Multitudes of self-saviors is what we are, for those who have eyes to see.” New Age teachers invert Christian doctrine about sin, the Devil, and the Fall. Hubbard says, “The serpent symbolizes an irresistible [sic] energy that is leading us toward life ever-evolving. First the serpent tempted Eve to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil…. Then self-awareness came.” She adds, “Evil – the devil – is evolution’s selection process that constantly weeds out the weaker from the stronger.” A spirit that identified itself to Hubbard as “Jesus” told her to “love Satan, my fallen brother.”(2) Walsch’s “God” says that Adam and Eve “are said to have committed Original Sin. I tell you this: it was the Original Blessing. For without this event, the partaking of the knowledge of good and evil, you would not even know the two possibilities existed!” Blavatsky spoke most plainly: “The Fall was the result of man’s knowledge, for his ‘eyes were opened.’ Indeed, he was taught Wisdom and the hidden knowledge by the ‘Fallen Angel.'”
These New Age teachings lead inexorably to the praise of Darkness. Walsch’s statement that God is “the Darkness that creates the Light, and makes it possible” mirrors Blavatsky’s dictum that “According to the tenets of Eastern Occultism, DARKNESS is the one true actuality, the basis and the root of light…. Light is matter, and DARKNESS, pure Spirit.” (3) Alice Bailey likewise says that those who learn to meditate will see that “darkness is pure spirit.” Followers of Bailey’s New Age path will find, she says, that “each contact with the Initiator leads the initiate closer to the centre of pure darkness…a centre or point of such intense brilliance that everything fades out and…at that darkest point…[is seen] a point of clear cold fire.” (4) Perhaps Dante was right when he described the center of Hell as ice.
Theosophists make it clear that in the contest between God and the Devil, they side with the Devil. Blavatsky says, “It is but natural…to view Satan, the Serpent of Genesis, as the real creator and benefactor, the Father of Spiritual mankind. For it is he who was the ‘Harbinger of Light,’ bright radiant Lucifer, who opened the eyes of the automaton created by Jehovah.” (5) According to Alice Bailey, the fallen angels “descended from their sinless and free state of existence in order to develop full divine awareness upon earth.” Spangler, like Blavatsky, praises Lucifer as “the angel of man’s evolution. He is the angel of man’s inner light.” (6) G. K. Chesterton warns those who wander after this will-o’-the-wisp: “Of all conceivable forms of enlightenment the worst is what these people call the Inner Light. Of all the horrible religions the most horrible is the worship of the god within…. That Jones shall worship the god within him turns out ultimately to mean that Jones shall worship Jones.”
Alice Bailey denies Hell and Christ’s atonement for man’s sin; instead, “the concept of hell” will be replaced by “an understanding of the law which makes each man work out his salvation upon the physical plane, which leads him to right the wrongs which he may have perpetrated in his lives on Earth, and which enables him eventually to ‘clean his own slate.'” What a rotten deal Bailey offers! Instead of being saved and forgiven through Christ’s death and Resurrection, we are left with the unforgiving law of karma and the requirement to right all the wrongs of all our past lives ourselves. As might be expected from a man who has channeled “a disembodied entity” for 20 years, Spangler says, “Christ is the perfect balance to Lucifer.” (7) Like Matthew Fox, Spangler proposes to replace Jesus with the “cosmic Christ”; “any old Christ will not do, not if we need to show that we have something better than the mainstream Christian traditions. It must be a cosmic Christ, a universal Christ, a New Age Christ…. The Christ is universal. It is cosmic. It always has been.” Note the pronoun: Spangler calls Christ “it.”
New Age writers follow the Gnostic tradition, denying that birth, life, and the body are good. Walsch says, “Birth itself is a death, and death a birth. For in birth, the soul finds itself constricted within the awful limitations of a body, and at death escapes those constrictions again.” This is, almost word for word, what Alice Bailey wrote: “Birth establishes the soul in the true prison, and physical death is only the first step toward liberation.”
Denial of the goodness of the body leads to giving a “get out of Hell free” card to Hitler. As Walsch says, “Hitler went to heaven,” and “There is no hell, so there is no place else for him to go.” After all, according to Walsch’s “God,” Hitler was doing his victims a favor by killing them; his deeds were “mistakes,” not crimes: “The mistakes Hitler made did no harm or damage to those whose deaths he caused. Those souls were released from their earthly bondage, like butterflies emerging from a cocoon…. When you see the utter perfection in everything – not just in those things with which you agree, but (and perhaps especially) those things with which you disagree – you achieve mastery.” The price of “mastery” is to see “utter perfection” in Auschwitz and Treblinka. “John,” the disembodied spirit which Spangler has channeled for over 20 years, likewise said, “We naturally do not identify life with the physical body, consequently, to us, the loss of your physical form is not a tragedy…. The death of millions of people in itself is not a tragedy for us, for it simply means their birth into our domains.”
Walsch’s “God” says that Hitler does not deserve blame for his acts – the rest of humanity is responsible for allowing them to happen: “The purpose of the Hitler Experience was to show humanity to itself.” Walsch’s “God” repeats what Bailey said in 1939, as World War II began: “Blame not the personalities involved…. They are only the product of the past and the victims of the present. At the same time, they are the agents of destiny, the creators of the new order and the initiators of the new civilization; they are the destroyers of what must be destroyed before humanity can go forward along the Lighted Way. They are the embodiment of the personality of humanity. Blame yourselves, therefore, for what is today transpiring.” A similar argument has been common for a generation in American courtrooms: The criminal is not accountable for his evil deeds; instead “society” – everybody else – is guilty.
The New Age philosophers define evil as matter, selfishness, and the refusal to embrace change. Bailey says, “The domination of spirit (and its reflection, soul) by matter is what constitutes evil”; at the human level “the true nature of cosmic evil finds its major expression” in “materialistic selfishness and the sense of isolated separativeness.” Spangler has a similar definition of evil. It “cannot abide change” or “complexity,” is “fixated upon its sense of particularity,” “is the dimension of separation,” and “abhors diversity and seeks conformity and sameness.” This is the same way that some liberals in politics and the churches describe those who are not “PC.” For New Age teachers, spiritual growth is not the fruit of taking up the Cross and following Christ. Instead, as Hubbard says, “Your highest spiritual beings, even now, are telling you that each of you has access to an inner teacher…. They tell you that through a process called ‘initiation,’ you can transform yourself into an ‘ascended master.'” Perhaps “initiation” is more dangerous than Hubbard lets on, for Bailey says, “each contact with the Initiator leads the initiate closer to the centre of pure darkness.” Walsch’s “God” does not favor obedience to the Christian God’s will: “Obedience is not growth, and growth is what I desire.” Walsch’s “God” told him: “There’s no such thing as the Ten Commandments…. God’s Law is No Law.” Instead, this alternative is offered: “If you are to evolve, it will not be because you’ve been able to successfully deny yourself things you know ‘feel good,’ but because you’ve granted yourself these pleasures….” As a result, Walsch’s “God” approves of sexual activity by children and teenagers. Hubbard says, “The break-up of the 20th century procreative family structure is …needed….” For the sake of the Divine Self, Walsch denounces fidelity and marriage vows: “Betrayal of yourself in order not to betray another is Betrayal nonetheless. It is the Highest Betrayal.” Indeed, family members who won’t move into the New Age should be left behind. Hubbard says, “if members of our family choose to remain where they are, we have no moral obligation to suppress our own potential on their behalf. In fact the suppression of potential is…’immoral’….” And once our bodies, minds, and souls are drained dry by free sex and trafficking with the spirit world, we ought to choose to die. As Hubbard says, “When we feel that our creativity has run its course, we gracefully choose to die. In fact, it seems unethical and foolish to live on.”
Hubbard rewrites the Lord’s Prayer, making it a hymn to the Divine Self: “Our Father/Mother God… Which Art In Heaven… Hallowed Be Our Name… Our Kingdom Is Come… Our Will Is Done…,” and ending with, “For Ours Is The Kingdom, Ours The Power, Ours The Glory, For Ever And Ever. Amen.”
CHANGES REQUIRED TO ENTER THE NEW AGE [A] Religious
For mankind to enter the New Age, we must abandon the traditional religions, especially the monotheistic faiths. Judaism was one of Bailey’s targets – before, during, and after the Holocaust. Bailey wrote that the Jews’ sufferings were “the working out of the retributive aspect of the Law of Cause and Effect…. Much that has happened to the Jews originated in their past history and in their pronounced attitude of separativeness and non-assimilability, and in their emphasis upon material good….” Bailey’s accusations are serious, since she says “the true nature of cosmic evil” is “the supreme evil of materialistic selfishness and the sense of isolated separativeness.”
New Age writers disdain orthodox Christians, whom they denounce as “fundamentalists.” Robert Muller said at the 1996 URI summit conference that the United Religions must tame “fundamentalism” and profess faithfulness “only to the global spirituality and to the health of this planet.” Recently he added an anti-Catholic twist: “Two of the worst principles and words still used on planet Earth are fundamentalism and infallibility.” Muller also said, “the French Revolution abolished religions as troublemakers. Even today, many regard religions as troublemakers.” Muller seems to pose two alternatives for us: Worship Gaia or face the Jacobins’ response to religious “troublemakers.” (Unfortunately, the crimes of many Christians, hierarchs and laity alike, provided a basis for revolutionary hostility – in 1789, 1917, 1936, and on many other tragic occasions.) Matthew Fox concluded The Coming of the Cosmic Christ with a vision of “Vatican III,” to be called by Pope John XXIV to define the doctrine of the Cosmic Christ as intrinsic to faith. The future Pope has replaced the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith with a board of grandmothers. “Still another action taken by this pope has been to gather all the Opus Dei bishops of the world on one island where, it is said, they are undergoing a two-year spiritual retreat that includes a critique of the history of fascism and Christianity on the one hand and an inculcation of creation spirituality on the other. It is said these bishops do body prayer three times daily and art as meditation four hours per day. The native people of the island are the instructors for the art as meditation classes. Women have assumed the office of
bishop in their respective diocesan sees.” In other words, the rightist extremists are to be brainwashed. There is literary precedent for sending undesirables to islands. In Brave New World those who do not fit into society are sent to islands of their choice; World Controller, Mustapha Mond, leaves the misfits to their own devices and does not force them to change. Thus, Fox’s utopia would treat its dissenters more harshly than Huxley’s dystopia.
Nature abhors a vacuum, and no throne long remains vacant. If the New Age movement were to dethrone Christ the King, who would take His place? If Gorbachev has his way, the god of the New Religion will be nature. He has said, “Nature is my god. To me, nature is sacred. Trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals.” Muller has also hailed the Earth as God: “Hindus call our earth Brahma, or God, for they rightly see no difference between our earth and the divine.” New Age writers say that we will accept the New Religion when we understand that all religions have the same source and the same end. Bailey said, “The day is dawning when all religions will be regarded as emanating from one great spiritual source; all will be seen as unitedly providing the one root out of which the universal world religion will inevitably emerge.” Likewise, Episcopal Bishop William Swing believes that all religions “come together at the apex, in the Divine.” Their affirmation of religious unity echoes Blavatsky, who said that all religions have “been derived from one primitive source,” and that separate religions are “but shades of human error and the signs of
imperfection.” Blavatsky’s turgid writings of 1877 have become the received truth for some religious liberals in 2000.
Bailey expected the New Religion, which she called the “Church Universal,” to emerge by the close of the 20th century – in other words, now. Bailey said, “Only those will remain as guides and leaders of the human spirit who speak from living experience, and who know no creedal barriers; they will recognise the onward march of revelation and the new emerging truths.” Thus, liberal Protestants and heretical Catholics will have a happy place in the New Religion. Bailey believed that the New Religion would work closely with the UN: “Thus the expressed aims and efforts of the United Nations will be eventually brought to fruition and a new church of God, gathered out of all religions and spiritual groups, will unitedly bring to an end the great heresy of separateness.” Muller has gone further, proposing to deify the United Nations: ” At the beginning the UN was only a hope. Today it is a political reality. Tomorrow it will be the world’s religion.”
The New Religion will bring spiritual totalitarianism. New Age leaders agree that the last 2,000 years – the Age of Pisces – were a time for development of individual identity and personality. In the coming Age of Aquarius, people will happily let go of individuality and merge their personal goals and identity into that of the whole race. As Bailey said, “the will of the individual will voluntarily be blended into the group will.” The existence of separate persons is an illusion; we are all really part of “The One.” In language that foreshadows Bishop Swing’s blather about the emergence of a “global soul,” Teilhard de Chardin, whom New Age writers hail as a prophet, said, “The organization of human energy… is directed and pushes us towards the ultimate formation, over and above each personal element, of a common soul of humanity.” (Are you aware that you are only a “personal element”?) The goal of human evolution, for Teilhard, is for people to “acquire the consciousness, without losing themselves, of becoming one and the same person.” If we understand things rightly, we will “love the preordained forces that unite” us. As Orwell said of his protagonist, Winston, at the end of 1984, “He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.”
CHANGES REQUIRED TO ENTER THE NEW AGE [B] Political
The New Age avatars proclaim their commitment to democracy and tolerance. However, they propose totalitarian solutions to mankind’s urgent, undeniable problems. The sacrifice of freedom and the acceptance of unlimited government power will be for our own good; necessity will be the excuse of tyrants. The New Age movement uses the theory of evolution – a theory of inevitable and desirable Progress – as a justification for whatever policies are needed to drive humanity and the planet to the next great leap upward. Bailey and her followers at the Lucis Trust have repeatedly praised revolutions and dictatorships as part of the workings of “the Plan.” In 1939 she said, “The men who inspired the initiating French revolution; the great conqueror, Napoleon; Bismarck, creator of a nation; Mussolini, the regenerator of his people; Hitler, who lifted a distressed people upon his shoulders; Lenin, the idealist, Stalin and Franco” were “all expressions of the Shamballa force” – a force which Bailey extolled. She viewed the dictatorships of her time as a positive part of human evolution, fostering a person’s “power to regard himself as part of a whole.” Bailey did criticize the Stalinist regime, but said that “The true communistic platform is sound; it is brotherhood in action and it does not – in its original platform – run counter to the spirit of Christ.”
Foster Bailey carried on Alice Bailey’s work after her death in 1949. In a 1972 book called Running God’s Plan, he wrote that the Russian Revolution had been “an outstanding hierarchical success. It has been demonstrated that hopeless, illiterate peasants when stimulated and given a chance become industrial workers.” Historians describe these same events as forced industrialization, forced collectivization, and man-made famine. Foster Bailey’s “Hierarchy,” a supernatural group of ascended masters and spirit guides whose mission is to direct human evolution, also approved of the Chinese Cultural Revolution: “The cultural revolution in China…. is an hierarchical project. Amazing changes have been achieved….” According to the Black Book of Communism, approximately 20 million deaths can be attributed to Soviet Communism, and 65 million to the Chinese version. Evidently, the Theosophists’ spiritual Hierarchy condones mass bloodshed to achieve its goals.
The implosion of the Soviet Empire has not dampened the enthusiasm of today’s New Age writers for world government and socialism. Robert Muller favors using the European Union as the basis for “World Union.” Then, “since Russia reaches into the North of Asia, the old dream of Eurasia can be implemented. The plan of Robert Schuman who dreamt of integrating the African countries into Eurafrica can be implemented…. In the meantime, the US can organize the Americas from Alaska to the Tierra del Fuego and the two unions can be integrated into a World Union.” This ought to be interesting news for the Latin Americans who cherish independence from the Yankees. Projects for the world government would include global prohibition of alcohol, a global ID card for all, global police and military forces under the control of “the Ministry of Peace” (the same term that Orwell used in 1984 for Big Brother’s military force), a global secret service, “world penal legislation,” a global property register similar to “what the young French revolutionaries did for France,” a global income tax, and a global computer database to house “all data on our planet, on its environment, and on humanity.” If this sounds like world communism, Muller says that might not be altogether bad: “We should ask an honest man like Mikhail Gorbachev to tell us what was good in certain cases in communism and which would be useful for humanity.” To achieve his goals, Muller favors abolition of “nationalism” and “the big, multinational companies,” to be achieved either by a “people’s revolution or a revolution of the scientists, thinkers, visionaries, prophets, globalists, futurologists and synthesizers of this planet.”
Walsch’s “God” says that highly evolved extra-terrestrials practice pure communism: “They share everything. With everyone…. All the natural resources of their world, of their environment, are divided equally, and distributed to everyone.” Along with global communism, there must be world government, backed up by a World Court and a world “peacekeeping force.” Each nation would have two representatives in the Congress of Nations, and “representation in direct proportion to a nation’s population” in the People’s Assembly. Under this plan, the U.S. would have as many votes in the Congress of Nations as the Sudan, where Christians are sold into slavery or executed. The U.S. would have about one-fourth as many votes in the People’s Assembly as the People’s Republic of China, which persecutes Christians and enforces a one-child policy on families. Would anyone care to guess how long our constitutional protections of freedom of religion and freedom of speech (which are already under siege) would survive?
Spangler likewise points toward a totalitarian future. He says: “From the depths of the race a call is rising for the emergence of a saviour, an avatar…who can be for the race what the ancient priest-kings were in the dawn of human history.” The priest-kings of Sodom, Egypt, and Babylon will return to rule us. Spangler describes “true democracy” in terms reminiscent of Rousseau’s General Will: “All spiritual societies are hierarchical…. It is not the will of the majority that is important. It is the will of the whole…. Democracy as we know it is a quantitative form of government. True democracy, however, is qualitative, and that is what we must return to.” Spangler says “theocratic democracy” is “what we are moving towards for humankind.” (“Theocratic democracy”? Quick, call the ACLU! Or does it only oppose Christian theocracy?) Spangler says that today’s “new gurus” are “accepting their divinity”; they are “forming the basis for the government of the future. This will be a government that is authoritarian…in the same way that the laws of thermodynamics or of gravity are authoritarian.” The authority of the New Regime will be as omnipresent and inexorable as the authority of the laws of Nature; each subject will say, “I can only follow this rhythm, this pattern,” for we will be “at one with the currents of life.” One might reply that the only beings that always move “at one with the currents” are dead.
Teilhard de Chardin explicitly and repeatedly favored totalitarianism. In 1939 Teilhard wrote that the time for “egotistical autonomy” had passed; “the modern totalitarian regimes, whatever their initial defects, are neither heresies nor biological regressions: they are in line with the essential trend of ‘cosmic’ movement.” On another occasion he said, “A progressive democrat is not fundamentally different from a really progressive totalitarian.”
The teachings of Alice Bailey, Teilhard de Chardin, Robert Muller, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Neale Donald Walsch, and David Spangler provide the theory of totalitarian New Age government and economics; the programs of Gorbachev’s State of the World Forum and the Earth Charter Campaign describe the proposed practice. The mission of the State of the World Forum is to mobilize “creative minorities” who will set the agenda for the “new phase of human development.” Gorbachev considers those who participate in the Forum to be members of a “global brain trust” for a new civilization. He believes world government is needed.
THE EARTH CHARTER and REAL PHILOSOPHY OF THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT
The Earth Charter is the brainchild of Gorbachev (acting as chairman of Green Cross International) and Maurice Strong, an adviser to the World Bank, a leader at UN environmental meetings, and a wealthy proponent of world government. (Ted Turner is also involved, as a member of the Green Cross International Board.) Gorbachev views the proposed Earth Charter as “a kind of Ten Commandments, a ‘Sermon on the Mount,’ that provides a guide for human behavior toward the environment in the next century and beyond.” Strong says, “The real goal of the Earth Charter is that it will in fact become like the Ten Commandments, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” Gorbachev and Strong seem to view themselves as the lawgivers of the future, successors to Moses and Jesus. Gorbachev and Strong hope to gain UN adoption of the Earth Charter. Once adopted, the Charter would be the basis for new global, national, and even local law. Steven Rockefeller, chairman of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, is coordinating the drafting of the Earth Charter, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund is supporting Earth Charter activities in 10 Third World countries. Global Education Associates, the Temple of Understanding, and the URI also promote the Earth Charter.
The basis of the Earth Charter is the belief that “Earth, our home, is alive with a unique community of life.” The Charter states that “A
dramatic rise in population has increased the pressures on ecological systems and has overburdened social systems” – the “Population Bomb” argument. Charter writers want to promote “equitable distribution of wealth” and to “promote gender equality.”
We are called to “treat all living beings with compassion and protect them from cruelty and wanton destruction.” ( So far, so good.) However, unborn children are excluded from this compassion; the Charter supports “universal access to health care that fosters
reproductive health and responsible reproduction.” (In UN circles, “reproductive health” includes artificial contraception, abortion, and sterilization.)
“The Green Cross Earth Charter Philosophy,” a document on the Earth Charter web site, takes a hard line about what the Earth Charter will mean for us. First comes the call for immediate “fundamental economic, social and cultural changes that address the root causes of poverty and environmental degradation.” Then comes the call for “Stabilization of the World’s Population,” and “Zero-Growth of Material Economy”; the needs of the world’s poor will be met by “reducing material over-consumption by the rich minority.” To enforce all this, there must be “Global Sovereignty” with total power and universal jurisdiction: “The protection of the Biosphere, as the Common Interest of Humanity, must not be subservient to the rules of state sovereignty, demands of the free market or individual rights…. An international body for the Sustainability of Human Life on the Earth…must have the independence and power to facilitate agreement between all societal actors….” Democratic institutions must not delay the Earth Charter revolution; at the 1995 State of the World Forum, Strong said, “We shouldn’t wait until political democracy paves the way. We must act now.”
When Maurice Strong says such things, we must pay attention; he has powerful friends. Strong, Chairman of the Earth Council, is on the board of the World Economic Forum (WEF); Klaus Schwab, president and founder of the WEF, is a member of the Earth Council. The WEF, which meets annually in Switzerland, describes itself as “the most significant global business summit bringing together close to 2,000 business and political leaders, experts, academics, and members of the media, to set the global agenda for the coming year.” Top executives of billion-dollar companies pay fees and travel costs of $30,000 to $250,000 each year for the privilege of schmoozing with presidents of many countries and of the world’s largest corporations – including President Clinton, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bill Gates, Kofi Annan (UN Secretary General), the CEO of General Motors, the Chairman of Goldman Sachs, the Chairman of Daewoo Corporation, the Chairman of Daimler-Benz, and George Soros.
In their pride, the New Age teachers and their financiers plan for a global utopia. The greater the pride of people or movements, the greater their rage when they encounter opposition. Pride and rage are the spiritual precursors of cruelty and murder. To understand this, we need to take another look at the Theosophist mentors of the radical New Age teachers. These Theosophical leaders believed that the two World Wars were necessary for human evolution, and that the birth pangs of the New Age began with the atomic explosions in 1945. They advocated sending those who are unwilling to enter the New Age into oblivion. Such is the blood lust of the “compassionate.” The New Age avatars have embraced a brutal version of spiritual Darwinism, rooted in the Gnostic belief expressed by Alice Bailey: “Death is not a disaster to be feared; the work of the Destroyer is not really cruel or undesirable.” As Hubbard says, “Nature is less concerned about individual survival, than with the evolution of the whole….” Spangler’s channeled spirit “John” says that suffering is merely part of “a world of form” that “has little meaning”; the spirit is “concerned with that which is the eternal life of you, the Divine Presence which I nourish and embrace. If forms must be destroyed that this Presence be released, then so be it.” This spirit speaks like someone in charge of targeting nuclear weapons.
From the start of World War II until her death, Bailey wrote that the war was necessary for the New Age to come. She believed that the New Age would be preceded by a “destructive cycle, wherein the old order passes away” and “human civilization with its accompanying
institutions – is destroyed.” She gave credit to the “Hierarchy” of ascended spiritual masters for “their decision, taken early in this century, which precipitated…that major destructive agency, the world war (1914-1945).” In 1943 Bailey said, “One of the purposes lying behind the present holocaust [World War II] has been the necessity for the destruction of inadequate forms…. The Law of destruction was permitted to work through humanity itself, and men are now destroying the forms through which many masses of men are functioning.” (“Destroying forms” does not mean shredding IRS paperwork; it is the Theosophist code word for death.) After the war, Bailey wrote that “the Custodians of God’s Plan” viewed World War II as a “major surgical operation” that had been “largely successful” in removing “a violent streptococcic germ” that had “menaced the life of humanity.” She warned that this would be only the beginning of sorrows: “The germ, to be sure, is not eradicated and makes its presence felt in infected areas of the body of humanity. Another surgical operation may be necessary.”
Bailey viewed the atomic incineration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as an “inevitable and desirable” manifestation of the “saving force,” since “the wrecking and disappearance of that which is bad and undesirable must ever precede the building of the good and desirable.” For Hubbard, the nuclear explosions of 1945 were a turning point for humanity, “the beginning of our collective labor pains. It was the signal that the Cosmic Child, humanity, could either kill itself by remaining in self-centered consciousness in the womb of Earth, or instead emancipate itself for universal consciousness.” The spirit that spoke to Spangler in “the transmissions of limitless love and truth” said, “Should nuclear devices be used, the energies will be the revelation of me. All that will remain is of what I am and all that is not of me shall disappear, to follow another law and another destiny.” In 1946, after the U.S. nuclear tests in the Pacific Ocean, Teilhard closed a paean to the Bomb by saying, “For all their military trappings, the recent explosions at Bikini herald the birth into the world of a Mankind both inwardly and outwardly pacified. They proclaim the coming of the Spirit of the Earth.”
For the New Age soothsayers, the “end times” are now. Bailey, Hubbard, Spangler, and Walsch have predicted that the transition to the New Age would happen between 2000 and 2010. As Walsch’s “God” said, “Yours is a race awakening. Your time of fulfillment is at hand.” Gordon Davidson, the Theosophist who praised the URI as an example of the emergence of the “Avatar of Synthesis,” says that in the year 2000, humanity faces “the impending descent of the Shamballa energy.” This would not be a joyful event; Davidson’s mentor, Alice Bailey, said that the European dictators of the 1930s were “all expressions of the Shamballa force.” New Age fortunetellers whose writings span the last sixty years all agree that the arrival of the New Age is imminent and will be apocalyptic. We can expect New Age devotees to be busy with mischief, doing their utmost to fulfill their own prophecies.
Other New Age avatars view the possibility of human extinction with Earth-centered, reptilian calm. Jean Houston, spiritual mentor of Lauren Artress (the Episcopal priest who runs the Labyrinth Project at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco) announces the choice facing humanity: “It could be that the human race will end as a vast, failed experiment…. And the planet will shake its shoulders, let ’em slide off and the dolphins will inherit the earth.” William Irwin Thompson, a New Age associate of Morton and Spangler, said: “We might even end it for human beings and not be able to keep the experiment going, but the biosphere will not cease to evolve. If you’re mystical, you don’t necessarily identify just with a momentary piece of meat called hominoids.” Muller also thinks that we may become extinct: “The Earth will take revenge against her most advanced species which has begun to destroy her…. God will not allow us to destroy His Creation and to put an end to the Earth’s careful, miraculous evolution over billions of years. He is more likely to let humanity be destroyed.”
THE NEW AGE POPULATION SELECTION PROCESS
As part of the imminent global transformation, the radical New Age leaders look forward to a “selection” among the human race. The elect of humanity will survive to enter the New Age. Many others will die – a prospect that these gurus view with cold equanimity. (Thus, it’s reasonable to wonder whether those who foretell a “selection process” intend to kill their opponents, if they can.) For several decades Barbara Marx Hubbard has predicted “personal extinction” for people who will not get with the New Age program: “A Quantum Transformation is the time of selection…. The species known as self-centered humanity will become extinct. The species known as whole-centered humanity will evolve.” At this time, “humans capable of cooperating to self-transcend will do so”; “elements” who maintain “the illusion of separation will become extinct…just as Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal humans became extinct.” In referring to undesirable people as “elements,” she follows the example of the Nazis, the Communists, and others who dehumanize their opponents to justify destroying them. Hubbard warns that if the selection comes, it will be violent: “Either the good will prevail…or the violent selection of the self-centered will begin.” For her, Satan is “part of the selection process…that will bring forth the self-elected from the self-rejected, so that…only those connected to the whole survive.” Muller agrees that persons “who hold contrary beliefs” to those favored in the “next phase of evolution” will disappear; opponents of the UN and other “anti-evolutionary, blind, self-serving people” will have their souls “parked in a special corral of the universe for having been retarding forces, true aberrations in the evolution and ascent of humanity,” a banishment to a spiritual Siberia.
Nick Bunick, the self-proclaimed reincarnation of the Apostle Paul, sets the date for the selection between 2000 and 2010, when “those people who are not living according to the laws of God” will be “no longer participating in our world.” They’ll be sent to “a different vibrational plane” to improve their karma. Hubbard says that survivors of the selection will go with the flow of evolution, will love “choice, diversity, flexibility, ambiguity, uncertainty, responsibility, and response-ability.” The inheritors of Hubbard’s new kingdom will pass all the current tests for political correctness.
The leaders of the New Age movement argue that the earth is overpopulated, and that radical measures are needed to defuse the “population bomb.” In the 1940s – when world population was less than half what it is today – Bailey said, “certain physical restrictions should be imposed, because it is now evident that beyond a certain point the planet cannot support humanity.” Ex-Catholic Matthew Fox has said, “Excessive human population is a grave danger…it’s one of the reasons I joined the Episcopal Church, because of its open-minded and pragmatic view of birth control.” In 1997 Gorbachev said, “for a certain transitional period families should limit themselves to one child.”
Some of these compassionate people want to reduce Earth’s population to two billion or less. In a November 1991 interview with The UNESCO Courier, Jacques-Yves Cousteau said: “World population must be stabilized and to do that we must eliminate 350,000 people per day.” That works out to 127,750,000 people per year, and 1.27 billion people to “eliminate” per decade. The eco-feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether told those who attended a May 1998 ecological conference that “We need to seek the most compassionate way of weeding out people…. In place of the pro-life movement we need to develop the ‘spirituality of recycling’…a spirituality that includes ourselves in the renewal of earth and self. We need to compost ourselves.” Several months later Ruether told a national conference of Call to Action, a dissident Catholic organization, how many people must go onto the compost pile: “We must return to the population level of 1930” – about two billion people. What is discreetly unannounced is what to do with the 4 billion “surplus” people. Once again, the liberal death wish rears its head.
THE NEW AGE IS REAL and ANTICHRISTIAN
Taken together, the works of people such as Robert Muller, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Neale Donald Walsch, Alice Bailey, David Spangler, and Helena Blavatsky are an anti-Catechism: a comprehensive anti-Gospel, a revival of the Gnostic heresy, and an inversion of Christian
morality and doctrine. I have not pulled a few “smoking gun” quotes from otherwise innocent writings. The adepts of the New Age have provided an arsenal full of smoking guns, all pointed in the same direction. Those who can stand to read New Age and Theosophical
books in detail will find that these writers make clear their intentions for us all – just as Hitler did with Mein Kampf. This time, let us pay attention!
Is the New Age movement a conspiracy? No. Conspiracies are usually secretive associations with hidden and unacceptable objectives. New Age leaders and their utopian, globalist allies are open about their aims. Their activities are legal and appear (for many people) to be quite acceptable. The goals of the millennial crop of New Agers and utopians match what radicals have sought since the French Revolution. Their project reveals the permanent vulnerability of mankind to temptation and sin. Consider: God remains forever, and does not change. Human nature does not change. The devil does not change, and the temptations he offers mankind do not change. From the Garden of Eden to the séances of the Theosophists, the message is the same: You will be a god. Human response to temptation does not change either; apart from God’s grace, we sin. Therefore, human rebellion against God will follow a consistent pattern. Those who wish to rebel against God will find collaborators and mentors to confirm and assist them in their choices. (Also, the religious and governmental authorities, by their oft-repeated injustices, put the same temptations, scandals, and stumbling blocks before their people, again and yet again.) What some fevered observers see as multi-generational, international conspiracies are really just successive groups of fallen men following temptation to its logical conclusion. If New Age and utopian movements show unity and consistent purpose internationally or historically, it arises from the dark spirit they follow rather than from any conspiratorial skills at the human level.
The Vatican has spoken against the false teachings of the New Age movement and the utopians. The Church rejects notions of a man-made paradise on earth. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can be only realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom…under the name of millenarianism, especially the ‘intrinsically perverse’ political form of a secular messianism” (#676; also see #675). As for the spiritual practices that are common in the New Age movement, the Catechism states: “All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to ‘unveil’ the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone” (#2116; also see #2117).
The deluded and spiritually starved souls who follow New Age, globalist, and utopian teachers are, each and all, people for whom Christ died and rose again. Christ desires that all be saved. It is a spiritual work of mercy to warn the people involved in these movements that they are rushing heedlessly toward the edge of a spiritual cliff.
NOTE: Internet document citations are based on research done between September 1997 and January 2000. Web citations were accurate as of the time that each Web page was accessed. However, some documents may since have been moved to a different Web site, or they may have been removed entirely from the Web.
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 Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, The Occult Roots of Nazism, New York University Press, 1992
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 Corinne McLaughlin and Gordon Davidson, Spiritual Politics: Changing the World from the Inside Out, Ballantine Books, 1994, ISBN 0-345-36983-1, front cover endorsement
 Barbara Marx Hubbard, Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential, New World Library, Novato, California, 1998, ISBN 1-57731-016-0, p. 216
 Lucis Trust bookmark; also, on p. vii of Alice A. Bailey, The Rays and the Initiations, Lucis Publishing Company, New York, 1960, ISBN 0-85330-122-0
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 Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance, Harper San Francisco, 1988, ISBN 0-06-062915-0, p. xi
 Donor list, Grace Cathedral Magazine, Spring 1995, p. 9; covers donations made to the Cathedral capital campaign as of March 1, 1995; Rockefeller donated at least $10,000, according to this listing.
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 State of the World Forum, “Our Common Enterprise – Participants,” Internet document, http://www.worldforum.org/news-events/oce_participants.html, p. 1
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 Case Western Reserve University, “Global Excellence in Management,” Internet document, http://www.nexxus.som.cwrv.edu/gem, pp. 3-4
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 Taos Institute, “About the Founders: To briefly introduce the founders of the Taos Institute,” Internet document, http://www.serve.com/taos/founder.html, p. 1
 Dennis Delman, “United Religions Initiative Advances with Appreciative Inquiry” Pacific Church News, February/March 1998, p. 22. All ellipses are as given in the original article.
 H. P. Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled: Vol. I, Science, The Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton, Illinois, original edition 1877, “new edition, revised and corrected, and with additional material, 1972,” ISBN 0-8356-0193-5, p. 639
 Wittenberg Center for Alternative Resources, “The Course: Survival & Empowerment for the Twenty-First Century,” Internet document, http://www.balpoint.com/wicar/survival.htm, pp. 1, 2
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 Wittenberg Center for Alternative Resources, “The Course: Survival & Empowerment for the Twenty-First Century,” Internet document, http://www.balpoint.com/wicar/survival.htm, p. 1
 Wittenberg Center for Alternative Resources, “Interfaith Seminary Program,” http://www.balpoint.com/wicar/seminary.htm, p. 2
 Wittenberg Center for Alternative Resources, “Board of Directors,” Internet document, http://www.balpoint.com/wicar/director.htm, p. 1
 Barbara Marx Hubbard, Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential, New World Library, Novato, California, 1998, ISBN 1-57731-016-0, p. 212
 Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Revelation: A Message of Hope for the New Millennium, Nataraj Publishing, Novato, CA, 1995, ISBN 1-882591-21-6, p. 312
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 Hanna Rosin, “Beyond 2000: Many Shape Unique Religions at Home,” Washington Post, January 18, 2000, p. A1
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 Barbara Marx Hubbard, Happy Birth Day Planet Earth: The Instant of Co-Operation, Ocean Tree Books, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1986; ISBN 0-943734-08-8; p. 22
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 Kristen Fairchild, “A Passion for the Possible: An Interview with Jean Houston,” The Spire, Textures 11/04/97, Internet document, http://www.gracecathedral.org/enrichment, p. 4
 “Jean Houston On-Line, CountryLiving’s Article – Genius Jean Houston,” Internet document, http://www.jeanhouston.org/articles/genius.jean.html, p. 4
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 “Interview with William Irwin Thompson,” Internet document, http://www.levity.com/mavericks/thomson.htm, p. 2
 “Interview with William Irwin Thompson,” Internet document, http://www.levity.com/mavericks/thomson.htm, pp. 12, 14, 15-16
 Robert Muller, 2000 Ideas And Dreams For A Better World, Idea 1294, 25 January 1998, Internet document, http://www.lsw.org/ideas/RMideas.html
 Alice A. Bailey, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, 1957, Lucis Publishing Company, New York, ISBN 0-85330-106-9, p. 618
 Barbara Marx Hubbard, Happy Birth Day Planet Earth: The Instant of Co-Operation, Ocean Tree Books, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1986; ISBN 0-943734-08-8, p. 31
 Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Revelation: A Message of Hope for the New Millennium, Nataraj Publishing, Novato, CA, 1995, ISBN 1-882591-21-6, p. 111
 Barbara Marx Hubbard, Happy Birth Day Planet Earth: The Instant of Co-Operation, Ocean Tree Books, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1986; ISBN 0-943734-08-8, p. 23
 Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Revelation: A Message of Hope for the New Millennium, Nataraj Publishing, Novato, CA, 1995, ISBN 1-882591-21-6, p. 303
 Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Book of Co-Creation Part II – The Promise Will Be Kept: The Gospels, The Acts, the Epistles, Foundation for Conscious Evolution, San Rafael, California, 1993 (privately published), p. 299
 Robert Muller, 2000 Ideas And Dreams For A Better World, Idea 1748, Internet document, http://www.lsw.org/ideas/RMideas.html
 Robert Muller, My Testament to the UN: A Contribution to the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations, World Happiness and Cooperation, P.O. Box 1153, Anacortes, Washington 98221; ISBN
1-880455-07-2, pp. 148-149
 David Spangler, Revelation: The Birth of a New Age, Lorian Press, 1976 (fifth Lorian Press printing 1984), ISBN 0-936878-00-2, p. 164
 David Spangler, Revelation: The Birth of a New Age, Lorian Press, 1976 (fifth Lorian Press printing 1984), ISBN 0-936878-00-2, p. 160
 David Spangler, Revelation: The Birth of a New Age, Lorian Press, 1976 (fifth Lorian Press printing 1984), ISBN 0-936878-00-2, p. 161
 Barbara Marx Hubbard, Happy Birth Day Planet Earth: The Instant of Co-Operation, Ocean Tree Books, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1986; ISBN 0-943734-08-8; p. 17
 Kirstin Miller, “The Story Angels Want Told: An Interview with Nick Bunick,” Psychic Reader, October 1997, Vol. 22, no. 10, p. 7
 Kirstin Miller, “The Story Angels Want Told: An Interview with Nick Bunick,” Psychic Reader, October 1997, Vol. 22, no. 10, p. 7
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 Virginia Lee, “Science and Spirit: Conversations with Matthew Fox, Ph.D. & Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D.”, Common Ground, Summer 1997, Internet version; http://www.comngrnd.com/fox.html, pp. 6-7
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http://www4.gve.ch/gci/GreenCrossFamil/gorby/newspeeches/Georges%20WashUNI.html, p. 6
 Bahgat Elnadi and Adel Rifaat, “Interview With Jacques-Yves Cousteau,” The UNESCO Courier, November 1991, p. 13
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 Tracey C. Rembert, “Ted Turner: Billionaire, Media Mogul … And Environmentalist” (Interview),
E Magazine, January/February 1999, Volume X, number 1, p. 10
 Michael S. Rose, “Feminist Theologian Urges Religious To Find A Way To ‘Weed Out People’,” The Wanderer, June 11, 1998, p. 1
 Ann Sheridan, “CTA Conference Presents The Reality of Unreality,” The Wanderer, November 12, 1998, p. 1
 David Spangler, Emergence: The Rebirth of the Sacred, Delta/Merloyd Lawrence; pp. 154-157
 David Spangler, Emergence: The Rebirth of the Sacred, Delta/Merloyd Lawrence; p. 159
 Catechism Of The Catholic Church, Image Books/Doubleday edition, 1995, ISBN 0-385-47967-0,
sections 675-676, pp. 193-194
 Catechism Of The Catholic Church, Image Books/Doubleday edition, 1995, ISBN 0-385-47967-0, sections 2116-2117, pp. 569-570
3) The Alice Bailey, United Nations’ Lucis Trust, The Aquarian Age Community, The New World Religion:
The New Age Movement/Religion and the NWO
The Lucis Trust
The Lucis Trust is the Publishing House which prints and disseminates United Nations material. It is a devastating indictment of the New Age and Pagan nature of the UN. Lucis Trust was established in 1922 as Lucifer Trust by Alice Bailey as the publishing company to disseminate the books of Bailey and Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society. The title page of Alice Bailey’s book, ‘Initiation, Human and Solar’ was originally printed in 1922, and clearly shows the publishing house as ‘Lucifer Publishing CoIn 1923.’
Bailey changed the name to Lucis Trust, because Lucifer Trust revealed the true nature of the New Age Movement too clearly. (Constance Cumbey, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, p. 49). A quick trip to any New Age bookstore will reveal that many of the hard-core New Age books are published by Lucis Trust.
At one time, the Lucis Trust office in New York was located at 666 United Nations Plaza and is a member of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations under a slick program called “World Goodwill”. In an Alice Bailey book called “Education for a New Age”; she suggests that in the new age “World Citizenship should be the goal of the enlightened, with a world federation and a world brain.” In other words – a One World Government New World Order.
Luci’s Trust is sponsored by among others Robert McNamara, former minister of Defense in the USA, president of the World Bank, member of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Thomas Watson (IBM, former ambassador in Moscow). Lucis Trust sponsors, among others, include the following organizations:
• Greenpeace International
• Greenpeace USA
• Amnesty International
The United Nations has long been one of the foremost world harbingers for the “New Spirituality” and the gathering “New World Order” based on ancient occult and freemasonic principles. Seven years after the birth of the UN, a book was published by the theosophist and founder of the Lucis Trust, Alice Bailey, claiming that, “Evidence of the growth of the human intellect along the needed receptive lines [for the preparation of the New Age] can be seen in the “planning” of various nations and in the efforts of the United Nations to formulate a world plan… From the very start of this unfoldment, three occult factors have governed the development of all these plans” [Alice B. Bailey, Discipleship in the New Age (Lucis Press, 1955), Vol. II, p.35.]
Although she did not spell out clearly the identity of these ‘three occult factors’, she did reveal to her students that, “Within the United Nations is the germ and seed of a great international and meditating, reflective group – a group of thinking and informed men and women in whose hands lies the destiny of humanity. This is largely under the control of many fourth ray disciples, if you could but realize it, and their point of meditative focus is the intuitional or Buddhic plane – the plane upon which all hierarchical activity is today to be found” [Ibid. p.220.]
To this end, the Lucis Trust, under the leadership of Foster and Alice Bailey, started a group called ‘World Goodwill’ – an official non-governmental organization within the United Nations. The stated aim of this group is, “to cooperate in the world of preparation for the reappearance of the Christ” [“One Earth,” the magazine of the Findhorn Foundation, October/November 1986, Vol. 6, Issue 6, p.24.] But the esoteric work inside the UN does not stop with such recognized occult groupings. Much of the impetus for this process was initiated through the officership of two Secretary-Generals of the UN; Dag Hammarskjöld (held office: 1953-1961) and U Thant (held office: 1961-1971) who succeeded him, and one Assistant Secretary-general, Dr. Robert Muller. In a book written to celebrate the philosophy of Teilhard de Chardin (and edited by Robert Muller), it is revealed, “Dag Hammarskjöld, the rational Nordic economist, had ended up as a mystic. He too held at the end of his life that spirituality was the ultimate key to our earthly fate in time and space”[Robert Muller (ed.), The Desire to be Human: A Global Reconnaissance of Human Perspectives in an Age of Transformation (Miranana, 1983), p.304.]
Sri Chinmoy, the New Age guru, meditation leader at the UN, wrote: “the United Nations is the chosen instrument of God; to be a chosen instrument means to be a divine messenger carrying the banner of God’s inner vision and outer manifestation.”
William Jasper, author of “A New World Religion” describes the religion of the UN: “…a weird and diabolical convergence of New Age mysticism, pantheism, aboriginal animism, atheism, communism, socialism, Luciferian occultism, apostate Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism”.
At http://www.lucistrust.org you can find out much more about them and how they’re involved with the work of the United Nations by following their link “World Goodwill” at the top of their home page.
The Aquarian Age Community
This Website is sponsored by the United Nations and the whole NWO philosophy is there. The page which explains the work of the Aquarian Age Community, as they call themselves, has this proud quote at the header of their page:
“Such a grandeur is ahead! Such a great step awaits a fiery affirmation. Our teaching and the affirmation of the Higher Principles will reveal so much that is great to humanity!
A great period is drawing near: Thus we do create together. (Fiery World, Vol. III, par. 149).
Amongst the many ‘enlightening’ pages in this website, you can easily find ‘fascinating’ articles entitled:
• “The New World Order and the Work of the UN”
• “The World Spiritual Teacher, the Esoteric Community and the United Nations”
• “Preparing the Way for the Reappearance of the World Spiritual Teacher, the Work of the United Nations and the World-Wide Esoteric Community” and many more articles.
This is not Christian theology but New Age paganism. You can also read the NWO quotes I posted, further down this page. Here’s another by Curtis Dall, FD Roosevelt’s son in law as quoted in his book, “My Exploited Father in Law:”
“For a long time I felt that FDR had developed many thoughts and ideas that were his own to benefit this country, the United States. But, he didn’t. Most of his thoughts, his political ammunition, as it were, were carefully manufactured for him in advance by the Council on Foreign Relations One World Money group… Brilliantly, with great gusto, like a fine piece of artillery, he exploded that prepared “ammunition” in the middle of an unsuspecting target, the American people, and thus paid off and returned his internationalist political support.
The UN is but a long range, international banking apparatus neatly set up for financial and economic profit by a small group of powerful One World Revolutionaries, hungry for profit and power…. The (Great) Depression was the calculated ‘shearing’ of the public by the World Money powers, triggered by the planned sudden shortage of supply of call money in the New York money market… The One World Government leaders and their ever close bankers have now acquired full control of the money and credit machinery of the U.S. via the creation of the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank.”
4) More Elite Connections: Alice Bailey and the Lucis Trust- World Goodwill, Master Djwal Khul, the False Light of the World, “Overshadowing” (spirit-possession), Luciferic Initiation, Bailey’s Planetary Logos
Part 1. Lucis Trust, Alice Bailey, World Goodwill and…The False Light of the World
by Terry Melanson 2001 (Last Update: May 8th, 2005) from ConspiracyArchive Website
Alice Ann Bailey, a leading disciple of the Russian theosophist Madame Helena Blavatsky, formed the Lucifer Trust in 1920. 1922 saw the organization’s name changed to Lucis Trust though the advancement of the Luciferian beliefs remained true. Beliefs that in Blavatsky’s words: “oppose the materialism of science and every dogmatic theology, especially the Christian, which the Chiefs of the Society regard as particularly pernicious.”
Lucis Trust promulgates the work of an “Ascended Master” who was working ’through’ Alice Bailey for some 30 years. The Lucis Trust Publishing Company and their many fronts and organizations worship an “Externalized Hierarchy” of “Ascended Masters,” who carry out the work of a Luciferian “master plan” for the establishment of a permanent “Age of Aquarius” ruled by one “Sanat Kumara”, the “Lord of the World.” This is no ordinary third rate occult organization. Lucis Trust is a powerful institution that enjoys “Consultative Status” with the United Nations, which permits it to have a close working relationship with the U.N., including a seat on the weekly sessions, but most importantly influence with powerful business and national leaders throughout the world. The Lucis Trust is as much a political organization as an occult religious one. Aggressively promoting a globalist ideology, Lucis Trust founded its World Goodwill, which is closely connected to international elitist circles. Authors and participants in its various conferences read like a Who’s Who of globalist insiders.
Featured on its website, for example, is the Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities, put forth in April 1998 as a companion document to the notorious UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Signatories to the World Goodwill document:
• Helmut Schmidt, former Chancellor of West Germany
• Malcolm Frasier, former Australian Prime Minister
• Shimon Perez
• Robert McNamara
• Paul Volcke
• Jimmy Carter
• Pierre Trudeau among others
Lucis Trust is run through an international board of trustees whose membership
is said to have included:
• John D. Rockefeller
• Norman Cousins
• Robert S. McNamara
• Thomas Watson, Jr. (IBM, former U.S. Ambassador to Moscow)
• Henry Clauson, Grand Commander of the Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, Southern
District Scottish Rite
This would then tie Bailey’s influential occult organization into the international conspiracy of elitists, including the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Bilderbergs, and the Trilateral Commission. I’ve been able to confirm some of these connections through Lucis Trust’s involvement in the Windsor International Bank and Trust Company, where on its site, the Windsor Bank plainly states that its “a Member of, Advisor to, Affiliate of, Friend of, Benefactor of, or Contributor to, the following Organizations, to name several:”
• International Fund For Development
• The Hall Family Foundation
• The Rockefeller Foundation
• WHO/Habitat For Humanity
• The Lucis Trust (NGO)
• United Nations
• National Resources Defense Council
• Capital Missions Company
• Investors Circle
• The Coca-Cola Foundation
• Fellowship For International Education
• International Monetary Agency
• International Center For Educational Advancement
• Christian Children’s Fund (Worldwide)
• BAMPAC (Black America’s Political Action)
• Fellowship For Reconciliation
• National Institute For the Advancement Of Science
• International Association For Environmental Cooperation
• World Wildlife Federation
• Council On Foreign Relations (CFR)
• Council Of Emerging Nations
• Freedom Communications, Inc.
• The European Institute (Foreign Affairs Magazine)
• United Nations Association of The USA
• The NAACP (National Association of Colored People)
• The Royal Heritage Charitable Relief Fund
After I posted this discovery, the Windsor Bank promptly changed their page and deleted all traces of the connections which I exposed above. As of this writing they no longer have a web presence. I’ve been able to salvage a copy – thanks to Google’s Cache – of the page as it appeared when I wrote this Lucis Trust expose: Here is the original. One disturbing aspect is the blatant targeting of children. Lucis Trust directs an activity called Triangles in Education, which is partnered with groups that “make some contribution to the task of laying the foundations for the new education.” This, according to Bailey, is part of the overall work of the New Group of World Servers, “a band of obedient workers and servers of the WORD.”
The word being the teachings of her channeled Master Djwhal Khul, through her voluminous occult works. The word, has also been heeded by the likes of Robert Muller – former assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and winner of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 1989 for his World Core Curriculum.
“The underlying philosophy upon which The Robert Muller School is based will be found in the teaching set forth in the books of Alice A. Bailey by the Tibetan teacher, Djwhal Khul.”
Alice Bailey was born on June 16th, 1880 in the city of Manchester, England.
She was raised in an orthodox christian family which she would say later, made her very unhappy and a bad tempered little girl. “Life was not worth living,” she said, and the feeling of worthlessness, and a certain amount of curiosity about life and death led her to attempt suicide three times before she was even fifteen. At the age of fifteen her first mystical encounter occurred while her family had gone to church. While she was in a room reading, a man wearing a turban on his head suddenly entered her room. Startled, and not being able to say a word – an obvious out of place character in 19th century Manchester – this stranger spoke to her:
“He told me there was some work that it was planned that I could do in the world but that it would entail changing my disposition considerably; I would have to give up being such an unpleasant little girl and must try to get some measure of self-control.
My future usefulness to Him and to the world was dependant on how I handled myself and the changes I could manage to make. He said that if I could achieve real self-control I could then be trusted and that I would travel all over the world and visit many countries, “doing your Master’s work all the time”…
He added that He would be in touch with me at intervals of seven years apart.”
Alice Bailey – The Unfinished Autobiography, 1951, Lucis Trust
This was to be Alice Bailey’s first contact with her Master Koot Humi. These contacts with “Secret Chiefs”; “Familiar Spirits”; “Angels”; and “Ascended Masters” is a common theme in the annals of history and has been the origin of many religious, prophetic and occult movements throughout the centuries.
Zoroaster, Mohammed, John Dee, Francis Bacon, Aleister Crowley, Helena Blavatsky, Joseph Smith, Edgar Cayce and Benjamin Creme immediately come to mind. In 1917, after the breakup of her first marriage she moved to the United States, where she was introduced to the teachings of Theosophy. It was during this period that she had met, and married, her husband Foster Bailey (33rd degree Scottish Rite Freemason).
She turned out to be a good pupil, Bailey soon rose through the ranks and became the editor of the American Theosophists’ newspaper.
“For the last 125 years, New Age leaders worldwide have followed the false light of Theosophy; they now whisper sweet lies into the itching ears of the powerful – politicians, media moguls, UN officials, foundation grant makers, and Anglican bishops. As the West moves into a post-Christian era, the influence of the New Age movement grows.”
Penn Lee – A Comprehensive Expose of The New Age Movement
The encounter with her fated second “Master” – and soon to be writing partner for an international esoteric movement – occurred in 1919, while having a quiet time on a hill close to her house. She heard a note of music sounding everywhere which was followed by a voice (Djwhal Khul) that asked her if she was willing to write some books. Having refused, saying that she wouldn’t engage in any psychic practices, the voice gave her three weeks to reconsider. Alice completely forgot about the subject when the voice made its appearance as scheduled.
Agreeing to give it a try for a few weeks the first chapters of “Initiation, Human and Solar” were written. After about a month, Alice got scared; refusing to do anymore work the Master Djwhal Khul told her to discuss it with her Master Koot Humi. Koot Humi confessed that it was, in fact, him that told DK to contact her and he gave Alice permission to proceed – after giving Mrs. Bailey the proper technique for enhanced telepathic communication. Between 1919 and 1949 (her death), she produced twenty-four books, including an autobiography, nineteen of these books were supposedly written by her Tibetan Master DK (Djwhal Khul). During the intervening years, Alice Bailey spent most of it working out what she referred to as, “The Plan.”
The results of which, birthed and influenced many New Age groups:
• The Church Universal and Triumphant
• Benjamin Creme’s The Tara Center
• The Robert Muller Schools
• The Temple of Understanding, to name a few
The Networks of ’Light’ – Lucis Trust
• Fifty years at the United Nations plaza
• Currently located on Wall Street in New York
• Lucis Trust provides worldwide financial support for the Arcane School, World
Goodwill, Triangles, Lucis Publishing, Lucis Productions, Lucis Trust Libraries, and
the New Group of World Servers
• Maintains the UN meditation room
The Arcane School
Founded in 1923, the school gives correspondence courses in meditation and the occult from its branches in New York, Geneva, London and Buenos Aires.
Founded in 1932, the organization is recognized by the United Nations today as an NGO. World Goodwill works directly with the “world federalists,” and is part of the work to “Externalize the Hierarchy” of “Illumined Minds,” which will usher in an “Age of Maitreya.”
Founded in 1937, Triangles is the name of a global network of cells, whose members pray a “Great Invocation,” especially on the full moon, when members of Triangle can be influenced by the astrological signs of the Zodiac.
We haven’t even scratched the surface yet on the influence of Bailey and her Master’s teachings.
Let’s look at a comparison by two writers who talk about Lucis Trust’s World Goodwill, which when compared, illustrate both sides of Lucis’ agenda; the manipulation of politics towards a New World Order, and the manipulation through occult means to manifest the “Plan” of the “Hierarchy”.
From Dark Majesty by Texe Marrs pp. 139-40
The Secret Brotherhood has developed the social and political art of networking to a fine science. World Goodwill, in its newsletter of 1986, No. 2, listed a number of groups that have participated in its World Service Forum. Such groups include those that are connected with World Goodwill’s centers in London, New York, and Geneva.
The list is absolutely mind-boggling in its scope. In London, groups that have actively participated include:
• the United Nations Association
• the Teilhardt Center
• the International Broadcasting Trust
• the Buddhist Society
• the Scientific and Medical Network
• St. James’ Church (Piccadilly)
• Emerson College
• International Health Research Network
• Habitat International Council
• the Schumacher Society
• the New Economics Foundation
• World Health Organization
• Peace Through Unity
• the World Wildlife Fund
• the British Holistic Medical Association
• World College
In New York, World Goodwill gives credit to the following organizations for their
involvement in its work:
• the Earth Society Foundation
• Clergy and Laity Concerned
• Waldorf Education
• Hale House
• the United Nations Association
• the Peace Corps
• the US Mission of the United Nations
• the Better World Society (CNN founder Ted Turner’s group)
• the Foundation for Global Broadcasting
• Fellowship and Prayer
• the Institute for Cultural Affairs
• Physicians for Social Responsibility
• the Bank for Social Responsibility
• Habitat for Humanity
• The Christophers
• the Institute for Community Economics
• Women’s World Banking
• Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center
• Environmental Action Coalition
• the Catholic Worker
• the Nicholas Roerich Museum
• the International Center for Integrated Studies
• the Sri Aurobindo Society
• the Mead Institute for Human Development
In Geneva, Switzerland, we find the following groups to be participants in the
programs of World Goodwill:
• The International Commission of Jurists
• Pax Christi International
• Transnational Prospectives
• Amnesty International
• the United Nations University for Peace
• the Bureau for Affairs of Non-Governmental Organizations of the United Nations
From Target: Faith and Freedom
World Goodwill is a non-governmental organization (NGO) accredited with the United Nations while its parent, Lucis Trust, enjoys the prestigious “consultative status” afforded those non-governmental organizations on the roster of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Increasingly, powerful deep pocket NGO’s, which are neither elected nor accountable, are received as the voice of “civil society.”
Those NGO’s, which the United Nations selectively elevates to “consultative status,” are called upon by ECOSOC as advisors representative of civil society. Both World Goodwill and Lucis Trust are engaged in Earth Charter advocacy. World Goodwill’s spirituality is patently pagan. The following declaration is taken from their promotional material.
“During both the full moon and new moon periods there is there is a similar emphasis on the work of energy distribution in meditation …. we consciously align with the rhythmic pattern of energy flow each month, we become a part of a planetary meditative process carried forward at all levels of consciousness and with great creative potential for anchoring the seeds of the coming the coming civilization and the germ of the new culture.”
If World Goodwill so unblushingly advocates neo-pagan meditative practices, its overt promotion of an occult “plan” for the governing of the universe is nothing short of chilling:
“There is an inner government of the planet known under such different names as the spiritual Hierarchy, the society of Illumined Minds, or Christ and his Church, according to various religious traditions. Humanity is never left without spiritual guidance or direction under the Plan… The widespread expectation that we approach the “age of Maitreya,” as it is known in the East, when the World Teacher and present head of the spiritual Hierarchy, the Christ, will reappear among humanity to sound the keynote of the new age….
There are millions of mentally alert men and women in all parts of the world who are on rapport with the Plan and work to give it expression. They are people in whom the consciousness of humanity as one interdependent unit is alive and active… These beliefs give a new dimension to spiritual reality…
They provide opportunity for cooperation with the spiritual evolution of humanity… there is no group so likely to ensure that humanity achieves this most difficult goal as the men and women of goodwill… requiring only courage… to initiate action to prepare for the New World Order.”
In considering the above information one can’t help but wonder whether these organizations, which are aligned with Lucis Trust, believe in the “Plan”, as World Goodwill put it,”to initiate action to prepare for the new world order.” I believe that they do, and it is my intention to prove that conviction throughout this site.
And specifically, that it is a spiritual plan – a plan that, if giving a thorough evaluation from their own writings, can be seen as nothing less than satan’s attempt to implement a totalitarian demonic throne upon the earth, and humanity’s forced worship through Luciferic Rites.
For, “when the Great One appears,” Master Djwhal Khul said ’through’ Alice Bailey, “he will take the Mysteries Religion preserved by Freemasonry and make them public.”
Lucis Trust has truly become a powerhouse for the New Age ideal; the transformation of society by, and through, occult initiatory means. The respect that Bailey’s teachings receive, and the reverence for her Master, is without equal.
She has successfully pulled the wool over the eyes of many concerning the true meaning and source of her teachings. What exactly is the teaching and message delivered by her Master? This will be the subject examined in part two below.
“Once the key to Genesis is in our hands it is the scientific and symbolic Kabbala which unveils the secret. The Great Serpent of the Garden of Eden and the “Lord God” are identical… Stand in awe of him, and sin not, speak his name with trembling… It is Satan who is the god of our planet and the only god…
When the Church, therefore, curses Satan, it curses the cosmic reflection of God… In this case it is but natural… to view Satan, the Serpent of Genesis as the real creator and benefactor, the Father of Spiritual mankind. For it is he who was the “Harbinger of Light,” bright radiant Lucifer, who opened the eyes of automaton (Adam) created by Jehovah, as alleged; and he who was first to whisper, “In the day yea eat there of, ye shall be as Elohim, knowing good and evil” – can only be regarded in the light of a Saviour. An “adversary” to Jehovah… he still remains in esoteric truth the ever loving “Messenger”… who conferred on us spiritual instead of physical immortality… Satan, or Lucifer, represents the active… “Centrifugal Energy of the Universe” in a cosmic sense… Fitly is he… and his adherents… consigned to the “sea of fire,” because it is the Sun… the fount of life in our system, where they are petrified… and churned up to re-arrange them for another life; that Sun which, as the origin of the active principle of our Earth, is at once the Home and the Source of the Mundane Satan… The Secret Doctrine – Volume I, page 414, Vol II, pgs. 234, 235, 243, 245
Alice Bailey & Master Djwhal Khul: A Satanic Communion
by Terry Melanson 2001 (Last Update: May 7th, 2005) from ConspiracyArchive Website
“Preparation too must be given to the developing of higher psychic powers… Hospitals and schools will appear under the direct guidance of the Masters; Teachers… will train the minds of the pupils to be responsive to direct inspiration from above. ”
– The Externalization of the Hierarchy p.516
As we have seen in part one above, Lucis Trust is, today, intimately connected with Elite Politics through its World Goodwill. We haven’t yet, however, examined the occult teachings of Bailey as they were related by her Master Djwhal Khul. Her 24 books, combined with the Beacon magazine, Triangles, and the Arcane School indoctrinate students into what Bailey describes as the “Ageless Wisdom” teachings.
The Arcane School, founded in 1922, boasted 20,000 graduates by 1954. This occult university is more active than ever and continues to be the main training ground for New Age disciples. The bulk of these occult teachings, in Bailey’s books, are from her channeled Tibetan master Djwhal Khul (DK): the “Plan” according to the Hierarchy of Ascended Masters.
Through a series of group-initiations and group-meditative techniques the Hierarchy directs the “New Group of World Servers” to implement a “New World Religion” of which humanity as a whole can aid the “will of the planetary logos”. “Emphasis should be laid on the evolution of humanity,” so says Master DK through Bailey, “with particular attention to its goal, perfection.” (The Externalization of the Hierarchy p. 515)
The objective is, “the helping of the Great Ones and the rendering to Them of that intelligent assistance which will make Their plans for humanity materialize.”
(ibid. 516) One way to “materialize” the Hierarchy’s plan for humanity is through Lucis Trust’s Triangle networks. Their goal is the practice of occult meditation,
“the science of energy flow and energy relationships.” Lucis Trust states that,
“occult meditation is a means of consciously and purposefully directing energy from a recognized source to the creation of some specific effect.”
International participants, “sit quietly for a few minutes and link mentally with other members of their triangle, or triangles. They invoke the energies of light and goodwill, visualizing these energies as circulating through the three focal points of each triangle and pouring through the networks of triangles surrounding the planet. At the same time they repeat the Great Invocation.”
Her 30 year telepathic connection to Master DK was what some would un-hesitantly call demonic possession.
Her husband Foster Bailey said, “During the long course of the work the minds of the Tibetan and A.A.B [Alice Ann Bailey] became so closely attuned that they were in effect – so far as much of the production of the teaching was concerned – a joint single projecting mechanism.”
(The introduction to Cosmic Fire) The technique is called in the occult the “overshadowing” – a euphemism for demonic possession, or as Bailey liked to call it “the science of impression”.
Moreover, the Hierarchy has “overshadowed” many in the intervening years up to the close of the century – the growing modern practice of channeling and psychic astral projection bears out this prediction of a half century ago:
“These methods of overshadowing will largely be the ones used by the Great Lord and his Masters at the end of the century, and for this reason they are sending into incarnation, in every country, disciples who have the opportunity offered them to respond to the need of training men and woman to recognize the higher psychism, and the true inspiration and mediumship, and to do this scientifically.
In fifty years time, the need for true psychics and conscious mediums will be very great if the Masters’ plans are to be carried through to fruition, and the movement must be set on foot in preparation for the coming of Him for Whom all nations wait.”
– A Treaty on Cosmic Fire, pp. 757-758
Ten Seed Groups
In The Externalization of the Hierarchy, Master DK informed Bailey of the Hierarchy’s plan for “The Ten Seed-Groups” (p.90).
These seed-groups were to infiltrate all sectors of society, and be “esoterically anchored” with “new approaches to divinity.” I have no doubt that today’s New Age Movement is the result of the Hierarchy’s “scattering of the seed”, as Bailey put it, and that today’s, arguably, open pagan society can largely be traced to this occult “plan”. The Ten Seed Groups were “embryonic, like germinating seed”. Through their occult practices these ten groups would work directly “under inspiration from the Hierarchy via the focused minds of the group.”
From Alice Bailey’s Discipleship in the New Age – Volume I, p. 35-40, The Ten Seed-Groups are as follows:
1) Telepathic Communicators
Summary of Work – Telepathic communication from soul to soul through: from mind to mind through integration; between humanity and Hierarchy (inner government of the planet) through Science of impression.
2) Trained Observers Summary of Work – Dissipation of world glamour, illusion and maya through illumination.
3) Magnetic Healers Summary of Work – Through “magnetic living”. Through laws of life – laws of health and right human relationships. Through continuity of consciousness.
4) Educators in the New Age Summary of Work – Education through inflow of the light of knowledge into “instinctual man”. – Through inflow of the light of the wisdom into “intelligent man”. Through applied knowledge, expressed wisdom and occult understanding in “spiritual man”.
5) Political Organizers Summary of Work – International understanding through communication of the divine (political) Will into races and nations, “linking the department of the Manu (the Ruler of the human race) with men.”
6) Workers in the Field of Religion Summary of Work – Through transcendental mysticism. Through transcendental occultism. Through transcendental religion.
7) Scientific Servers Summary of Work – Through development of new hypotheses to substantiate the next step forward. Through sensitive reaction to spiritual energies and forces. Through release of energy to relate spirit and matter and precipitate the divine Plan.
8) Psychologists Summary of Work – Through relationship of the human kingdom to the sub-human and the super-human kingdom. Through a study of the divine Plan for the five kingdoms of nature.
9) Financiers and Economists Summary of Work – Through a study of the nature of prana or etheric energy. – Through study of deflection of this form of concretized energy into constructive channels and “ways of light”. – Through study of the law of supply and demand.
10) Creative Workers Summary of Work – Through linking life and form. Through philosophical relationship of synthesis and the Plan.
Truly an occult conspiracy of the highest kind, and worrisome at the very least for anyone – both Christian and non-believers alike. When you factor in what I’ve shown in part one – Lucis Trust’s influence over international elite politics – it’s downright chilling! The most revealing part of the seed-groups is the fact that the political organizers link “the department of the Manu (the Ruler of the human race) with men”.
In Frontier Science/Social Change, Paul Von Ward relates,
“Hermetic Principles… comprise part of a body of knowledge allegedly given to humans by an advanced being more than 5,000 years ago. He has been known by various names, including Thoth or Seth in Egypt, Manu in India, Hermes in Greece, and Lucifer or Satan in the Judeo-Christian tradition.”
Oct. 1982. Full page advertisement in Reader’s Digest
• Invocation: a formula for conjuring
• Mantra: a mystical formulation of invocation or incantation
As mentioned before, the Great Invocation is sounded while the Triangle networks of “light workers” meditate to cause the “energy flow” of the Hierarchy to enter and influence humanity. The present version, giving in 1945 and shown above, was the third installment of a series of Invocations giving to Bailey by Djwhal Khul.
According to Lucis Trust,
“The Great Invocation if given widespread distribution, can be to THE NEW WORLD RELIGION what the Lord’s prayer has been to Christianity.” The wording was intentional, so that Christians would not become suspicious.
In Discipleship in the New Age, p.157 we find,
“I [Djwhal Khul] have so worded and rendered the Invocation [so] that the Christian world, through its churches, may not find it impossible to use.” This represents a calculated deception on DK’s part. On pgs. 150 and 156, we learn:
“It can be so presented to the masses everywhere, the general public, will be prompted to take it up and will use it widely… The meaning of this Invocation has been expressed in terms which are understandable, in a measure, to the average person because of its familiar wording, based on many Scriptural terms. But the true inner implications and significances are… not superficially apparent… They mean one thing to the ordinary man…; they mean another thing to the man upon the Probationary Path…; these words mean still another thing to the disciple…; to initiates and to the senior Members of the Hierarchy, they convey a still higher and more inclusive significance.”
That is indeed the case, and the actual words used are giving a totally opposite meaning when examined under the light of Biblical Scripture, and compared point for point with Bailey’s writings (she often quotes scripture – the interpretations of which are giving by her channeled Master).
See Ph.D Robert A Herrmann’s web page A Modern Manifestation of Absolute Evil for his paper called A Scientific Analysis of the Writings of Alice A. Bailey and their Applications for a treatment in DK’s (Bailey’s) deception. For instance:
• Light = Luciferian Enlightenment
• God = Satan
• stream forth = overshadow
• love = various forms of Scripturally defined evil or, generally hatred.
• Christ = Antichrist
• little wills of men = the claimed unintelligent, weak and inferior desires of
individuals; especially those that follow conservative Judeo-Christian doctrine.
• purpose = to prepare for the appearance of the Antichrist
• Masters = demons or demon controlled individuals.
• race of men = “humanity” as ruled by Lucifer
• plan = complete domination in preparation for and after the appearance of the
• seal the door where evil dwells = violent, if necessary, eradication of those that follow Judaism, conservative Christianity, some liberal Christianity, and other similar orthodox religions. [note: this is so because of the “separativeness” of these religious views. Djwhal Khul calls this evil, and that it must be eradicated for the Hierarchy’s plans of the New Age-New World Religion to proceed. In multiple passages DK identifies the Jews and Christians as the spirit of separativeness, i.e., John 14:6, and Exodus 20:3]
• power = often hideous and actual destructive forces.
The Great Invocation has now been translated into 50 languages and is the mantra of the New Age. It has even received the attention of world dignitaries at the UN where it has been sounded at many official conferences and during the opening ceremonies in 1992 at the UN’s Earth Summit in Rio.
During a talk given by Ida Urso at a Lucis Trust Arcane School conference in 1995, the connections between the UN and the Great Invocation were explained:
“It is no coincidence that we are celebrating both the 50th anniversary of the Great Invocation and the United Nations. Both in different ways are pivotal to the Plan… let us together complete the triangle of light… let us contemplate that world body – ’the hope of humanity’ – which was conceived just 50 years ago under the impulse of the three spiritual Festivals (falling on March 28th, April 27th and May 26th)…
It was on April 25, 1945 two days previous to the full moon of Taurus and the Festival of Wesak [Note: the best time to recite the Great Invocation, according to Lucis Trust, as the energies of the Hierarchy are in alignment with the Earth] that delegates from 50 nations, met in San Francisco for a conference known officially as the United Nations Conference on International Organization…
On this period the Tibetan Master tells us:
’Not for nothing is this conference being held during the five days of the Wesak Full Moon. It will be a time of supreme difficulty, in which the Forces of Light will face… the forces of selfishness and separativeness.’” It seems the dreaded UN was a spiritual undertaking in alignment with the luciferic light.
This adds weight to researchers like Reverend Wayne C. Sedlak and his position paper called The United Nations – A Most Sophisticated Coven. Whenever the Invocation is recited, according to Lucis Trust’s booklet on the subject, that individual “allies himself with the spiritual Hierarchy,” whether he knows it or not.
And in Discipleship, Bailey writes, “it embodies the divine intent and summarizes the conclusions of the thinking of the planetary Logos.”
Some background is necessary on Chakras and the Kundalini, in order to proceed further with this expose. In Hindu occult practice (the main root of the New Age Movement) there are 7 major centers for kundalini energy. By occult methods using meditation, drugs, visualization, yoga and whatever means necessary, initiates seek to awaken the sleeping fiery serpent (kundalini) for a “higher” state of consciousness. This kundalini energy is visualized as an entwined serpent which rises from the base of the spine to “enlighten” and eventually dissolve the ego – to become a god incarnate, thereby preventing further incarnation on the physical plane.
The New Age disciples believe in reincarnation and are taught by the demonic Hierarchy that this is the only way to stop the endless cycle of Karma – to evolve into Gods…(i.e. Gen. 3:5). That is the goal and the techniques vary, but as one “ascends” through the 7 progressive chakras, each is an initiation unto a higher consciousness, until finally when you reach the point of union with,
• “Sanat Kumara”
• “Lord of the World”,…or what they call the “Christ Consciousness”.
Satan’s deception is that through each successive chakra the occult initiate actually does perceive a shift in consciousness, which to him it seems, is a progressive shift. The occultist now feels his contact and psychic telepathy with the Hierarchy getting stronger. As he continues, the initiate invariably reaches a point of no return. There is no turning back and all those doubts he failed to heed – being the “right” path or not – are finally revealed to him… its too late. They’re his!
This is called the Luciferic Initiation.
Texe Marrs put it best when he wrote,
“These feelings, voiced by so many who have received a Luciferic Initiation, are significant. They point to two inescapable facts:
(1) the initiate recognizes that he is coming into close contact with dark, evil forces, and a spirit of fear engulfs him
(2) after the initiation, his mind is patently altered
This is what New Agers call the Kundalini or Skaktipat experience, technically termed a Paradigm (World-view) Shift.”
(Mystery Mark of the New Age, p.39)
Bailey’s Planetary Logos
For the Greeks the Logos was the divine pattern found in humans. The plural of logic. The Hebrews had a similar view, which they called Dabar. Dabar was also a representation of a divine pattern, and they thought that it could only be found in certain things.
When Bailey’s teacher and mentor, H.P. Blavatsky, wrote,
“…actually the “Serpent” was the “Lord God” himself, who, as the Ophis, the Logos, or the bearer-of divine creative wisdom, taught mankind to become creators in their turn…” 
Bailey’s own “Planetary Logos” carries on in the Luciferic tradition… she didn’t call her organization Lucifer Trust for nothing!
The Holy City Will or Power
Life Aspect Ruler: Sanat Kumara,
The Lord of the World, The Ancient of Days, Melchizedek
Planetary Head Center, Spiritual Pineal Gland
The New Jerusalem Love-Wisdom Consciousness Group Unity Ruler:
The Christ, The World Savior Planetary Heart Center
The City, Standing Foursquare Active Intelligence Self-Consciousness Creativity Ruler: Lucifer, Son of the Morning, The Prodigal Son Planetary Throat Center
And so it is, Alice Bailey’s “trinity”. Notice that Lucifer is the Ruler of Humanity. He’s also identified with something called the “planetary throat center.”
This is a clue that she is talking about chakras. Lucifer, or rather, luciferic energy is released when the 5th chakra (throat) is awakened. Notice how Sanat (Satan) Kumara is also identified with the “spiritual pineal gland” and “planetary head center”, this would correspond to 7th chakra – chakras are also called “energy centers”, so Bailey’s “Planetary Centers” fits within the chakra teaching, and Bailey calls her Logos “Logoic kundalini.” What’s more, each chakra is a Logos unto itself. Bailey says that the “Planetary Logos” is called the First Kumara, “the one Initiator,” and “he came to this planet from Venus.”  An allusion to Lucifer and his traditional association with Venus (Son of the Morning).
Elsewhere, she writes that “the goal for the planetary Logos is God Consciousness”  and that the “illuminating light of the fifth Logos (Lucifer- 5th throat chakra) is felt at the third initiation.” And she makes another statement that the “Venus scheme” was “signalized” by the “Venusian planetary Logos on His fifth chain (chakra)”. 
According to Hindu tradition, each chakra center also has its associated color. If you look at the drawing at top-right you can see that the 5th chakra (Lucifer) is given the color blue. Below it is a representation of the throat chakra bathed in its characteristic blue “light.” Look familiar? It should!
The Reader’s Digest full page ad I’ve shown above also has a blue glow. In part one I displayed the Lucis Trust logo and it too features this streaming blue light. The New Age Symbol invented by Foster Bailey has a plethora of symbolic imagery. The symbol, according to Lucis Trust, is, “set in a limitless field of blue, which signifies the sphere of life expression of our solar logos… superimposed upon the triangle of new age forces is the five pointed star of [Anti]Christ. The Star is blue because it represents as much of the solar quality to which humanity can respond.”
You can see this symbol on the front cover of Lucis Trust’s Beacon Magazine (bottom-right), which also displays the blue light of the “logos”.
In Initiation, Human and Solar, Bailey mentions the five-pointed star as the final two initiations and, “it descends upon him, merges in him, and he is seen at its center.”
The five pointed star “blazes forth” and “he enters within the flame.” A perfect description of the Luciferic Initiation if there ever was one!
This, she says, “puts a man in touch with the center in the Body of the Planetary Logos.” What made me realize the significance of Bailey’s blue symbology was a short snippet, almost written in passing, in an e-mail sent to a list that I’m on:
“Blue” is Masonic Blue Lodge for Blue Light eyes of Horus the “Watcher”. The United Nations has Blue Flags and Helmets. Blue is for the Occultic “Blue Lips of Death.” It was sent by Pointman (some of you know him), so I knew it was an important part in their secret symbology. As I started checking into it, I realized he was absolutely right, and I had been working on these Lucis Trust pages at the time, which immediately brought the whole thing into perspective.
 The Secret Doctrine Vol. 2, p.215  A Treatise of the Seven Rays – Volume III  A Treatise on Cosmic Fire-1008  A Treatise on Cosmic Fire-1178  See note 
“The new world order must meet the immediate need and not be an attempt to satisfy some distant, idealistic vision. The new world order must be appropriate to a world which has passed through a destructive crisis and to a humanity which is badly shattered by the experience. The new world order must lay the foundation for a future world order which will be possible only after a time of recovery, of reconstruction, and of rebuilding.
In the preparatory period for the new world order there will be a steady and regulated disarmament. It will not be optional. No nation will be permitted to produce and organize any equipment for destructive purposes or to infringe the security of any other nation.
The new world order must be appropriate to a world which has passed through a destructive crisis…
We are concerned with only one subject, the ushering in of the new world order.
…the present world order (which is today largely disorder) can be so modified and changed that a new world and a new race of men can gradually come into being. Renunciation and the use of the sacrificial will should be the keynote for the interim period after the war (WWII), prior to the inauguration of the New Age.”
- Alice Bailey: Quotes From Various Works
(all 24 books have been electronically indexed and are searchable here)
5) More on Lucis Trust, Alice Bailey, Connections with the Rockefellers, Rothschilds, and NWO: Lucis (Lucifer) Trust, World Goodwill and the ‘Light of the World’ by Terry Melanson, 2001
The Lucis Trust is as much a political organization as an occult religious one. Aptly promoting a globalist ideology, Lucis Trust founded its World Goodwill, which is closely connected to international elitist circles. Authors and participants in its various conferences read like a Who’s Who of globalist insiders. Featured on its website, for example, is the Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities, put forth in April 1998 as a companion document to the notorious UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Signatories to the World Goodwill document: Helmut Schmidt, former Chancellor of West Germany; Malcom Frasier, former Australian Prime Minister; Shimon Perez; Robert McNamara; Paul Volcke; Jimmy Carter and Pierre Trudeau among others.
Lucis Trust is run through an international board of trustees whose membership is said to have included: John D. Rockefeller; Norman Cousins; Robert S. McNamara; Thomas Watson, Jr. (IBM, former U.S. Ambassador to Moscow); Henry Clauson Grand Commander of the Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, Southern District Scottish Rite and Henry Kissinger. This would then tie Bailey’s influential occult organization into the international conspiracy of elitists, including the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Bilderbergs, and the Trilateral Commission.
I’ve been able to confirm some of these connections through Lucis Trust’s involvement in the Windsor International Bank and Trust Company, where on its site, the Windsor Bank plainly states that its “a Member of, Advisor to, Affiliate of, Friend of, Benefactor of, or Contributor to, the following Organizations, to name several:”
learn more here.. http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/so…ucytrust04.htm
The new-age movement consists of very basic truths mixed with very tricky and disempowering lies and the omissions of very important info and techniques…another clever control system like any other religion.
6. From: C5’s Simian Roadhouse: The U.N. Meddling with Religion (blog): Historic
1992 Earth Summit
A Rambling, but extremely informative blog/treatise on the New Age/New World Religion, the UN, Rio Earth Summit, Agenda 21, Lindesfarne Foundation, Teilhard de Chardin, Maruice and Hanne Strong, Manitou Foundation, Wisdom Keepers, Shamans, Glitterati, Crystals and Rainforest Powders, Channeling, ayahuasca and Crestone/Baca:
A wordpress blog website entitled “C5’s Simian Roadhouse” (above URL) provides a great deal of information that directly relates the United Nations with the New Age Religion and Crestone/Baca, in particular. Large segments drawn from the 9-part series entitled “The U.N. Meddling with Religion” are presented here. This series includes the following parts and topics:
UN Climate Change Summit (COP15) Copenhagen, December 2009
Part 2 U. N. World Urban Forum (WUF3) 2006 Vancouver
Part 3 The Ground Zero Imam and Interfaith Explosion
Part 4 Obama/Hillary and Freedom of Religion vs. Freedom of Worship
Part 5 Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC
Part 6 UN Climate Conference (COP16) Cancun, Nov 29 – Dec 10, 2010
Part 7 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), Rio de Janeiro, June 3-14, 1992
Part 8 Actual Evil Within the United Nations
Part 9 Cooperation Circles and the United Religions Initiative (URI)
Parts 5 and 7-9 provide information of particular importance to this investigation. This blog series, in effect, identifies and traces various long-term UN strategies to modify American and world culture. This effort involves politics, religion, science, etc. Together, these efforts comprise an extremely ambitious “social engineering” project to develop a “new planetary culture” (from Paul Winter’s website, see below). Following are excerpts from Part 5 (Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC) that focus on key figures/thinkers and groups in the New Age Movement, including Jesuit priest, Teilhard de Chardin, the Lindisfarne Foundation, William Irwin Thompson, and musician, Paul Winter. Crestone/Baca’s role in the New World Religion is explained in this segment:
… Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (from some New Age website called GaiaMind):
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a visionary French Jesuit, paleontologist, biologist, and philosopher, who spent the bulk of his life trying to integrate religious experience with natural science, most specifically Christian theology with theories of evolution. In this endeavor he became absolutely enthralled with the possibilities for humankind, which he saw as heading for an exciting convergence of systems, an “Omega point” where the coalescence of consciousness will lead us to a new state of peace and planetary unity. Long before ecology was fashionable, he saw this unity he saw as being based intrinsically upon the spirit of the Earth:
“The Age of Nations is past. The task before us now, if we would not perish, is to build the Earth.” Teilhard de Chardin passed away a full ten years before James Lovelock ever proposed the “Gaia Hypothesis” which suggests that the Earth is actually a living being, a colossal biological super-system. Yet Chardin’s writings clearly reflect the sense of the Earth as having its own autonomous personality, and being the prime center and director of our future — a strange attractor, if you will — that will be the guiding force for the synthesis of humankind.
“The phrase ‘Sense of the Earth’ should be understood to mean the passionate concern for our common destiny which draws the thinking part of life ever further onward. The only truly natural and real human unity is the spirit of the Earth. . . .The sense of Earth is the irresistible pressure which will come at the right moment to unite them (humankind) in a common passion.
“We have reached a crossroads in human evolution where the only road which leads forward is towards a common passion. . . To continue to place our hopes in a social order achieved by external violence would simply amount to our giving up all hope of carrying the Spirit of the Earth to its limits.”
To this end, he suggested that the Earth in its evolutionary unfolding, was growing a new organ of consciousness, called the noosphere. The noosphere is analogous on a planetary level to the evolution of the cerebral cortex in humans. The noosphere is a “planetary thinking network” — an interlinked system of consciousness and information, a global net of self-awareness, instantaneous feedback, and planetary communication. At the time of his writing, computers of any merit were the size of a city block, and the Internet was, if anything, an element of speculative science fiction. Yet this evolution is indeed coming to pass, and with a rapidity, that in “Gaia time,” is but a mere passage of seconds. In these precious moments, the planet is developing her cerebral cortex, and emerging into self-conscious awakening. We are indeed approaching the Omega point that Teilhard de Chardin was so excited about.
According to this Universalist Quaker website:
Open to new currents in secular and religious experience, Teilhard de Chardin, Gregory Baum, and Paul Knitter have proposed radical revisions of conventional Christianity, with major implications for the dialogue between the religions. Teilhard de Chardin was convinced that the present encounter between the religions could not fulfill its promise unless the critique of religion by secular humanism were taken into account. Yet secular humanism, lacking the transcendent focus provided by revelation, could not provide the kind of faith needed to sustain humanity in the dawning planetary age. The Eastern religions, imbued with a mystical sense of universal unity, provided a transcendent focus, but failed to give meaning to human effort and evolutionary progress. Christianity in its usual forms (“paleo-Christianity,” Teilhard sometimes called it), suffered from some of the same unworldliness. He therefore called for a “neo-Christianity,” a “new mysticism,” one “for which we have as yet no name,” to serve as a “privileged central axis” about which the religions might converge. 46
A general convergence of religions upon a universal Christ who fundamentally satisfies them all: that seems to me the only possible conversion of the world, and the only form in which a religion of the future can be conceived. 47
Unlike the false monisms at work in Eastern and Western forms of pantheism, an authentic pan-Christism, according to Teilhard, could combine the Eastern concern for universal unity with the Western concern for individual dignity and freedom. In spite of some passing remarks to the effect that Christ must be reinterpreted in such a way as to “integrate those aspects of the divine expressed by the Indian god Shiva,” Teilhard spoke more often of the limitations than of the merits of the “road of the East.” When asked whether a Buddhist or a Hindu should become a Christian, he replied: “It would be better to try to carry its truth [that of your previous religion] with you, and transform it if you could, though of course sometimes this might not be possible.”
From a UN website, UNESCO.org:
In 1981, UNESCO convened an international symposium and exhibition to mark the birth centenary of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the French theologian, philosopher and palaeontologist. A medal was also issued. Designed by the French artist Paul Belmondo and struck at the Paris Mint, the obverse side shows a portrait of Teilhard de Chardin.
The reverse features a map of the world with, in its centre, the Greek letter “omega”, the philosopher’s term for the convergence point of the earth’s evolution. The inscription on the reverse side, La compréhension et le respect sacré de l’humain (Understanding and respect for all that is human) is taken from a letter written by Teilhard de Chardin to Father Auguste Valensin in February 1928.
The Lindisfarne Association: (from wikipedia):
The Lindisfarne Association is a group of intellectuals of diverse interests organized by cultural historian William Irwin Thompson for the “study and realization of a new planetary culture“. It is inspired by Jean Gebser’s idea of the “integral structure of consciousness,” and by Teilhard de Chardin’s idea of the noosphere. In 1972, with funding from Sydney and Jean Lanier, and later from Laurance Rockefeller, Thompson founded the Lindisfarne Association, which functioned variously as a sponsor of new age events and lectures, and as a think tank and retreat, similar to the Esalen Institute in California. Lindisfarne functioned through the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York for a number of years. Today Lindisfarne functions as a virtual association of the Fellows and meets once a year at the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. According to the Lindisfarne Association website, Lindisfarne’s fourfold goals are:
1. The Planetization of the Esoteric
2. The realization of the inner harmony of all the great universal religions and the spiritual traditions of the tribal peoples of the world.
3. The fostering of a new and healthier balance between nature and culture through the research and development of appropriate technologies, architectural settlements and compassionate economies for meta-industrial villages and convivial cities.
4. The illumination of the spiritual foundations of political governance through scholarship and artistic communications that foster a global ecology of consciousness beyond the present ideological systems of warring industrial nation-states, outraged traditional societies, and ravaged lands and seas.
Members of Lindisfarne have included, among others: scientist James Lovelock, spiritual teacher David Spangler, composer Paul Winter [lots more people at link]. From Paul Winter’s site:
It was September, 1979, and I was there to take part in the annual conference of the Lindisfarne Fellowship, an association of creative individuals in the arts, sciences, and contemplative practices, devoted to the study and realization of a new planetary culture. Lindisfarne’s founder, poet and cultural philosopher William Irwin Thompson, had come to Crestone to establish a solar village in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Among the Lindisfarne Fellows at that first conference in Crestone were poet/farmer Wendell Berry; anthropologist Joan Halifax; astronaut Rusty Schweickart; physicist Amory Lovins; ecologists Nancy Jack Todd and John Todd; Whole Earth Catalogue founder Stewart Brand; poet GarySnyder; biologist Lynn Margulis; Arcosanti builder Paolo Soleri; neuro-scientist Francisco Varela; Esalen founder Michael Murphy; economist Hazel Henderson; environmental educator David Orr; ecologist Dana Jackson; botanist Wes Jackson; architect Sim Van der Ryn; and the Dean of New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Very Reverend James Parks Morton. Spending time with these extraordinary people, in the exhilarating atmosphere of Crestone, was deeply inspiring. I don’t recall much of what we discussed during those days together, but I do remember vividly our great volleyball games, a sunset picnic at the Great Sand Dunes, and the sweat-lodge.
From William Irwin Thompson World Wide Website:
The Lindisfarne Association was founded by the American writer William Irwin Thompson in New York City in December of 1972. Inspired in 1967 by Michael Murphy’s work in bringing Eastern philosophy and Western psychology together in the establishment of Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, Professor Thompson returned to his teaching position at M.I.T. and sought for new ways to broaden the humanities by exploring the mystical roots of Western science and by bringing meditation into the thinking of philosophy and the practice of science and art.
At the instigation of Gene Fairly, Lindisfarne was established in New York, rather than Toronto, and Emily Sellon, the editor of New York’s Main Currents in Modern Thought, served with Thompson and Fairly as the founding Board of Directors of the Lindisfarne Association. Through the efforts of Nancy Wilson Ross, author of Three Ways of Asian Wisdom and a former student of the Bauhaus in Germany, Thompson’s writings and lectures were brought to the attention of Laurance S. Rockefeller and Sydney and Jean Lanier, and they assisted in the establishment of a facility on Long Island in 1973. With the encouragement of Nancy Wilson Ross and Dean James P. Morton, Lindisfarne began its activities in a working relationship with the Zen Center in San Francisco and the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York and this helped Lindisfarne’s work to be ecumenical and national from the start.
Although Dean Morton offered to house the educational program of Lindisfarne at the Cathedral from the very beginning of activities in 1973, Dr. Thompson felt that a more contemplative and communal mode of study and reflection was needed to differentiate Lindisfarne from the church and the university, so Lindisfarne was established in a rural setting on Long Island. From 1973 to 1977, a resident staff lived communally on a thirteen acre facility at Fishcove in the township of Southampton, but provided an educational program for the Greater New York area through seminars, residential courses, and summer conferences. Many of the pioneers of “the alternative movement,” well-known thinkers such as Gregory Bateson and E. F. Schumacher became Lindisfarne Fellows or Scholars-in-Residence and helped through their presence and publications to outline the shape of the new ecological consciousness. Lindisfarne ‘s scholarship from this period is, perhaps, best summed up in the book Earth’s Answer: Explorations of Planetary Culture at the Lindisfarne Conferences. (New York, Harper & Row, 1977).
So for the eighties and nineties, Lindisfarne presented its programs at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine under the sponsorship of “the Green Dean,” Rev. James Morton.
At the invitation of Hanne and Maurice Strong, Beatrice and William Thompson moved to Crestone in 1979 and began the project of building a Lindisfarne Institute for conferences and summer schools, and encouraging the residents of Crestone to take advantage of their environment to build a solar village. Thompson chose Sim Van der Ryn to design the Lindisfarne Fellows House and Keith Critchlow to design the dome for the circular chapel that Thompson had designed to serve as Lindisfarne’s interfaith meditation chapel. Through Hanne Strong’s leadership, Crestone began to move in the direction of becoming a sanctuary for traditional contemplative lineages, and her Manitou Foundation began to make land grants to a Roman Catholic Carmelite Hermitage, two Yogic ashrams, and several Buddhist centers. In 1988, Thompson accepted the fact that Crestone was too remote and costly in travel expenses to import faculty for summer conferences and schools, but was, as Hanne Strong recognized, ideal for contemplative retreats. With this in mind, Lindisfarne donated its eighty acre campus to the Crestone Mountain Zen Center, and Hanne Strong and her Manitou Foundation energized the stalled Solar Village project that Lindisfarne had instigated in 1979, and this project continues under her leadership to this day (Italics mine, ETK).
With the establishment of the Crestone Mountain Zen Center by Lindisfarne’s Board of Directors at a meeting at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City in 1988, (http://www.dharmasangha.com/index.html). Lindisfarne’s focus returned to a teaching program at the Cathedral (1988-1996) and annual conferences with the Lindisfarne Fellows at different locations in the United States and Europe. From 1985 to 1988, Lindisfarne directed a Program for Biology, Cognition, and Ethics at the Cathedral that explored the political and cultural implications of the Gaia Hypothesis and the implications of Buddhist psychology and meditational practice for European phenomenology and American cognitive science. This program was focused at CREA at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and on the research and writings of Evan Thompson and Francisco Varela. Through the efforts of William Irwin Thompson and Francisco Varela, several conferences were held in the United States and Europe. The publications resulting from this Program are:
* Gaia, A Way of Knowing: Political Implications of the New Biology, Ed. William Thompson (Lindisfarne Press, Great Barrington, Mass., 1987). * Imaginary Landscape: Making Worlds of Myth and Science, William Irwin Thompson (St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1989). * Gaia Two, Emergence: The New Science of Becoming Ed. William Irwin Thompson, (Lindisfarne Press, Hudson, New York, 1991). * The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience, Francisco Varela, Evan Thompson, and Eleanor Rosch (M.I.T. Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1991). * The American Replacement of Nature, William Irwin Thompson (Doubleday/Currency Books, New York, 1991). * Colour Vision: A Study in Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Perception, Evan Thompson, Routledge, London, 1995. * Coming into Being: Artifacts and Texts in the Evolution of Consciousness, William Irwin Thompson, (St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1996 & 1998). * Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind, Evan Thompson (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2007).
The role of Lindisfarne was to initiate an impulse in culture but not to try to own or institutionalize it. For example, Lindisfarne established a contemplative retreat with meditation and classes in hatha yoga, Tai Chi Chuan, and philosophy in the Hamptons in 1973. (People thought this cultural project quite weird at the time.) In Manhattan from 1976-1979, Lindisfarne set up a program on Buddhism and Cognitive Science with lectures by Nechung Rinpoche, Robert Thurman, and Francisco Varela. When New Age retreats began to become commercially successful themed hotels and spas, Lindisfarne shifted away from serving as a retreat center to set up a School for Sacred Architecture in Crestone in 1980. When programs on sacred architecture became sponsored by the Prince of Wales, and when a program on Buddhism and cognitive science became sponsored by the Dalai Lama, there was no reason any longer to continue Lindisfarne’s two programs in these areas, so it moved to less public horizons of culture in subjects such as a Gaia Politique, interdisciplinary approaches to complex dynamical systems, and artistic explorations of Wissenskunst.
Now that the ecological and contemplative approaches to cultural transformation that Lindisfarne helped to initiate in the early seventies are fully implanted in American culture and exist as programs at several colleges and universities, as well as at several traditional religious centers, and now that one can look to an Obama administration to support new programs in green technologies and ecological stewardship, the initiatory programs of the Association are fading away with the graying generation of the seventies. The Lindisfarne Association as a formal not-for-profit corporation with its structure of Directors, Officers, and Students, was formally dissolved in 2009. The new Lindisfarne Fellowship was created in 2009 at Upaya Zen Center to serve as an informal creative group energizing one another’s works and creative projects.
ETK note: This section explains much about the origins of the Crestone/Baca interfaith community. Clearly, the intentional transformation of our remote Colorado mining/ranching town to interfaith spiritual center was accompanied by much positive idealism and also by considerable intellectual and financial resources from major world players. I readily acknowledge that many of the main intellectual heroes of this global ecology movement, including Teilhard de Chardin, James Lovelock, E. F. Schumacher, Wendell Berry, Wes Jackson, Francis Verala, the Dalai Lama, and Robert Thurman, among others, have, in the past, been among my personal heroes. Their books are on my library shelves and I have read them. While teaching geography at California State University, Stanislaus between 1990 and 2011, I taught a course entitled “Human Ecology” that often featured the ideas of these and other global visionaries. Indeed, for good and/or for ill, the United States and the world have been changed by the pioneering work of the Lindesfarne Foundation and its many affiliates. But, as the saying goes, “all that glitters is not gold.” And these seemingly benevolent, utopian ideas also function as the glittery, surface expressions of the New Age Movement, which has its roots in Theosophy, Gnosticism, and as we have seen, Satanism.
(From) Part 7: Historic 1992 Earth Summit
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), Rio de Janeiro, June 3-14, 1992
Informally called the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil.
Another example of the United Nations trying to blend all religions together into a New Agey “Global Consciousness aka: the coming Planetary Transformation aka: World Awakening aka: Shift to the New Aquarian Age” and get rid of the “exclusive” Christian Gospel.
Conference Secretary-General: Maurice Strong
From this UN page: The two-week Earth Summit was the climax of a process, begun in December 1989, of planning, education and negotiations among all Member States of the United Nations, leading to the adoption of Agenda 21, a wide-ranging blueprint for action to achieve sustainable development worldwide. At its close, Maurice Strong, the Conference Secretary-General, called the Summit a “historic moment for humanity”. Although Agenda 21 had been weakened by compromise and negotiation, he said, it was still the most comprehensive and, if implemented, effective programme of action ever sanctioned by the international community. Today, efforts to ensure its proper implementation continue, and they will be reviewed by the UN General Assembly at a special session to be held in June 1997.
The Earth Summit influenced all subsequent UN conferences, which have examined the relationship between human rights, population, social development, women and human settlements — and the need for environmentally sustainable development. The World Conference on Human Rights, held in Vienna in 1993, for example, underscored the right of people to a healthy environment and the right to development, controversial demands that had met with resistance from some Member States until Rio.
“For many environmentalists, the first Earth Summit was the beginning of a global movement.”
The Earth Summit Agreements:
In Rio, Governments — 108 represented by heads of State or Government — adopted three major agreements aimed at changing the traditional approach to development:
* Agenda 21 — a comprehensive programme of action for global action in all areas of sustainable development;
* The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development — a series of principles defining the rights and responsibilities of States;
* The Statement of Forest Principles — a set of principles to underlie the sustainable management of forests worldwide.
In addition, two legally binding Conventions aimed at preventing global climate change and the eradication of the diversity of biological species were opened for signature at the Summit, giving high profile to these efforts:
* The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
* The Convention on Biological Diversity
(For the truth on Agenda 21: Henry Lamb: Agenda 21 and the United Nations http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/globalism/agenda-21.htm] and Biological Diversity [Dr. Michael Coffman: Biodiversity: The Politics & Religion of the Environmental Movement, Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnqGCiCqIk8 | Biodiversity: The Politics & Religion of the Environmental Movement, Part 2 | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdbeOK5Zjl8&feature=related) please check out these links as well as this interview about Agenda 21/Sustainable Development with Henry Lamb (http://freedom21.org/) by Brannon Howse on Jan Markell’s Understanding the Times radio show)
Coming next year to Rio as well as to the lips of our faithful Mainstream Media: the 20th Anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit: (http://www.worldwatch.org/node/6286)
Environmentalists Plan for 2012 Earth Summit:
As governments around the world debate their role in combating climate change, plans are forming behind the scenes for a meeting of global leaders to address environmental issues that have lost international attention in recent years. The plans envision a gathering reminiscent of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro-an event that captures the world’s attention and spurs a new wave of ideas and enthusiasm for environmental governance. Coincidentally or not, the government of Brazil has agreed to host the meeting in 2012 with the branding, “Rio +20.”
For many environmentalists, the first Earth Summit was the beginning of a global movement. Riding a wave of public concern about environmental degradation, the summit brought together new ideas about sustainable development and forged several major international agreements. Rio +20 planners and supporters envision a similar role for the new event. With climate change consuming the bulk of international attention in recent years, other environmental concerns-such as the pollution of freshwater and marine ecosystems, the accumulation of toxics, and rapid loss of biodiversity-need to be given greater international priority, organizers said.
Felix Dodds, executive director of the Stakeholder Forum-an international organization that promotes sustainable development-has suggested that certain international environmental institutions and agreements might be revisited or renegotiated at the Earth Summit. These may include the United Nations Environment Programme and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. Dodds, who has been instrumental in forming the vision for Earth Summit 2012, said that the catch-all theme for this summit will be “The Green Economy,” a term now used in contexts ranging from energy and labor policies to investment decisions. During planning discussions with the Brazilian government and environmental organizations, Dodds said there has been a common call “to consolidate and develop ideas around the Green Economy…. [We] must bring in economic and development concerns.”…
Let’s now take a look back at the enormous cornucopia of Pagan/New Age religions and rituals which could be found mixing together in Rio 20 years ago courtesy of the UN:
**Please start off by viewing this youtube video which shows perfectly the grab bag of “spirituality” on display at the Earth Summit. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNNC0OPFElk)
This video gives you a good summary of “The Global Forum” which was made up of the whining, agitating Social Justice crowd (ie: the NGOs/Non-Governmental Organizations) who, they claimed, weren’t being heard by the big boys. Power to the Agitating People!
Here’s another youtube clip to watch:
“An excerpt from the documentary “In Our Hands: Beyond the Earth Summit”. Features interviews with Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Bianca Jagger, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Edward James Olmos, and more.” Why, Beach Boys, why??
Recovering faith during Rio’s Earth Summit:
ISER, a Brazilian NGO, initiated an all-night interreligious vigil for the Earth during the UNCED conference in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992. Rubem Fernandes reports: “The NGO territory at Flamengo Park, in Rio de Janeiro, became a “holy village” in the night of June 4th 1992. Twenty five different religious traditions joined in a twelve hours long celebration, from 8 p.m. through 8 a.m. of the next morning. According to security, around thirty five thousands entered the gates to be a part of the all night vigil. Each religious group took possession of one of the tents especially built for the Global Forum, making of it a workship space where the earth could be celebrated according to that tradition’s particular rites. Walking around the tents, as many chose to do, one entered the forest of symbols that have composed the deepest layers of world history. The experiment touched on fragile borderlines. Belief differences that have been the source of so many conflicts were brought awfully close for the vigil. The solemn eucharistic of the Roman Catholics (with Teilhard de Chardin’s Mass for the World’s Evolution) happened a few yards away from the largest to date gathering of Candomblé priestesses. The first time in the Americas, the Catholic hierarchy shared a celebration with the religious heirs to the African slaves. Austere Lutherans, led by the president to the World Lutheran Federation, worshiped next door to Brazilian spiritists. Hindu groupings, such as Ananda Marga, Brahma Kumaris, Sai Baba Movement, Guinana Mandiram, Hare Krishna endured their differences, meditating or dancing close by. Japanese (Rissho Kosei-Kai) and Tibetan buddhism could meet. Synchretic religions, such as the Japanese Brazilian Messianic Church or the Amazonian Santo Daime (generously sharing the hallucinogenous “ayuasca”) held a respectful presence in crowded tents. Together again at dawn, they stayed in silence for some time, listening to the birds, while waiting for the arrival of his Holiness the Dalai Lama. They heard the words by the candid Tibetan king and by the humble Brazilian bishop, Don Helder Camara. They also heard the howling sax of Paul Winter, held hands and literally cried to the singing of Olivia Byington, and saluted the new day joyfully dancing to the rythm of Hindu mantras.”
from People magazine:
THE TIME: THE NIGHT BEFORE THE opening of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The place: Leme beach. The cast: 1,000-or-so members of a conglomeration of women’s groups from around the world calling themselves the Female Planet. At one point white-clad Bahian dancers waded into the ocean and invoked their goddess of the sea, Iemanja, to open the minds of world leaders. Later, just before dawn, participants aimed pocket mirrors toward the sun, in order, said Anchorage real estate agent Barbara Huffsmith, to direct “the light of our hopes” toward gray-suited bureaucrats gathering at the Rio Centro conference complex.
Alas, even the weather didn’t seem interested in helping this ambitious environmental conference to succeed. The first rays of the sun hid behind a thick morning haze.
Even thicker was the oratorical haze generated by official delegates from 178 nations and the 40,000-odd environmentalists, industrial lobbyists and activists of every stripe and color who came to cheer or jeer from the sidelines. Spiritual leaders from the Dalai Lama to Shirley MacLaine dropped by. Senators Al Gore of Tennessee, Tim Wirth of Colorado and Larry Pressler of South Dakota were among members of Congress who came to advise and dissent, and erstwhile presidential hopeful Jerry Brown flashed his 800 number but pleaded, “Don’t call it from Rio!”
The atmosphere within Rio Centro was mostly dour, but elsewhere the city loosened its necktie. Jane Fonda and Ted Turner jetted in for 36 hours. Placido Domingo, the Beach Boys and John Denver performed. Roger Moore and Olivia Newton-John earned out official functions as U.N. ambassadors for UNICEF and the environment. And Bianca Jagger, River Phoenix, Jeremy Irons and Edward James Olmos were there because, well, Rio, for the moment at least, was theater.
The principal stage was Rio’s Flamengo Park, where hundreds of environmental groups from around the world manned booths hawking green ideas (Grandmothers Against Nuclear War) and gadgets (portable solar cookers). Jonas Froberg, 22, a ponytailed and barefoot Swede, sat on the ground and thanked bananas and pineapples as he ate them. A shirtless magician in a tuxedo ate flaming coals to protest world hunger. A Brazilian religious sect, celebrating Sacred Village Night, drank hallucinogenic tea. “It’s all the nutters in the world,” exclaimed Mark Edwards, a British photographer. “Still, there’s more energy and creativity here than at the main conference.” “People do these crazy and wonderful things,” said Branca Moreira Alves, 52, a Rio feminist. “Despite our planet’s troubles, we’re hopeful still.”
(Back to) Maurice and Hanne Strong and their Manitou Foundation
Maurice Strong, the Conference Secretary-General, owns a bunch of land in Colorado called the Baca Ranch and he started an organization called the “Manitou Foundation.” The purpose of this land and organization is to bring together all sorts of “wisdom traditions” and New Age groups to live together in Interfaith Harmony and share stories about the latest demons that they’ve been channeling. Oh, and don’t forget about all of that sustainable development and blah blah…
The mission of this Baca community is:
1. a place of retreat; where seekers can reach an eminent state of awareness with the guidance of great masters from the various spiritual traditions;
2. a place where the wisdom traditions of the world can preserve and share their knowledge with others in a contemplative setting;
3. a setting for interfaith dialogue and engagement, to go beyond the dogma that has divided humanity and fueled conflicts and war, and cultivate mutual understanding; transcending differences to meet on common ground, as an example of peace and respect;
4. a unique opportunity to live in harmony with nature, establishing and teaching sustainable living practices, and environmental stewardship.
P.S.: Here’s Maurice in 1972 speaking about “Zero Population Growth.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YCatox0Lxo&feature=player_embedded). Getting back to the Earth Summit: Maurice’s wife, Hanne Strong, got into the act as well.: (http://www.ibavi.org/content/hanne-strong)
“In 1992, Mrs. Strong organized and chaired two conferences in Rio de Janeiro during the Earth Summit entitled, “Sacred Earth Gathering/Wisdom Keepers Convocation.” Speakers included scientists, religious leaders, representatives of indigenous groups and NGO’s, and statesmen from around the globe. Over the past 25 years, Mrs. Strong has worked with Native Americans throughout Canada and the United States and indigenous peoples worldwide to assist in their efforts to preserve their spirituality, cultural values, and native lands. She has received extensive spiritual training in the form of teachings, direct transmissions, and initiations from North and South American shamans, Tibetan Buddhist Lamas, Hindu masters, Sufis, and other mystics.”
Here’s a report from the Earth Summit from “Tricycle”:
Tuesday, June 2. The Global Forum opens on the beach at sunset. New Age ladies drum on a crowded stage, the sky is overcast and a pickpocket fingers my backpack as we all dance to Jimmy Cliff singing, “By the rivers of Babylon, where we sat down; and there we wept…”
Wednesday, June 3 …Evening. The gate to Vera’s ranch is opened by a watchman. We drive past gardens, corrals, dovecotes, and a schoolhouse. The ranch is built on the ruins of an early Benedictine monastery on a steep hill overlooking Rio. Hanne Strong, wife of the Secretary-General of UNCED, Maurice Strong, has chosen this location for her “Sacred Earth Wisdom Keepers Circle,” where a fire will burn and a drum will be beaten without interruption, to provide a sacred dimension to the U.N. proceedings. She has invited friends, Native Americans, New Age prophets and astrologers, Gaia biologists and economists, and grass-roots activists.
After the evening’s fire ceremony Hanne explains her worldview to me. It is typical of New Age leaders I’ve met—a blend of Christian and Native American apocalyptic millennia I prophecy, fortified by economic models of the “Limits to Growth” kind, and pragmatic frontier spirit—every man for himself. In two years, she says, the American economy will be in shambles. Diseases that make AIDS look like the common cold will overrun the earth. Four and a half billion people will “check out” over the next seven years. A few places will be safe to live, like Baca Valley, Colorado. She has pulled her guys together there—organic farmers, spiritual leaders. “Come live with us,” she offers.
Friday, June 5: Senator Al Gore opens the “Forum for Spiritual and Parliamentary Change.” He speaks more passionately than when I last saw him, but can he articulate a green platform? Miles beyond the others, but is he wily enough to take on the demon monkeys? The Dalai Lama’s morning prayer vigil with the children of the city and his visit to Greenpeace’s ship, Rainbow Warrior, are broadcast all over Brazil. Yet, due to pressure from the Chinese government he has not been invited to participate at UNCED. Li Peng, China’s leader, has refused to attend the conference while the Dalai Lama is still in town. He cannot mention Tibet during his visit, despite the fact that its environment is being devastated by the Chinese. Were he able to stay longer he might lend inspiration to a fragmented environmental community.
He boldly defines militarization and overpopulation as the two most important causes of destruction of life on earth. Although birth control is a difficult subject for a Buddhist, he says unless we are practical and address the issues of population we are doomed.
The Dalai Lama’s thinking on the environment has changed since the early eighties when, like many Third World people impressed by the potential of technological solutions to world suffering, he supported nuclear power. For the sake of all living beings and generations to come, he calls for a halt to the degradation of the planet. He offers Tibet as the world’s first “zone of ahimsa” where violence to all sentient beings is forbidden.
Sunday, June 7: I wander out to the fire circle to relieve the AngloKenyan who has been drumming alone since dawn. It will be the hottest day on record for Rio in June. We drum together and he tells me that he is like a wildebeest on permanent migration, then he leaves to take a nap. Smoke from the fire and the hot sun chase me around the circle. The tree is full of pink flowers that bees and hummingbirds drink from. I’m experimenting with every rhythm I can conjure up, getting wilder as I tire. Suddenly I see a man in black T-shirt and jeans sitting on the bench outside the circle smoking a cigarette and watching me drum. He is one of the Indians from Manitoba on whose drum I am beating too hard. He comes over, tells me, “There’s two ways to drum—like this … ” he takes another drum and beats it slow and even, “Or this.” He beats it with the rhythm of a heart. Embarrassed, I pick up another drum with a tighter head and a painted buffalo, and aim for the buffalo’s eye. In case you’re curious about the caliber of Hanne’s “Wisdom Keepers“, here’s an article excerpt from one of them (Elisabet Sahtouris, from “The Evolution of Governance,” http://www.context.org/iclib/ic36/sahtour/):
“What sort of governance makes sense in a complex global society? To consider that, we go back into deep time, before humans, before dinosaurs or insects, to a time when our microbial ancestors faced a global environmental crises of their own making. In studying the Earth’s evolution, the most fascinating story I know is that of ancient beings who created an incredibly complex lifestyle, rife with technological successes such as electric motors, nuclear energy, DNA recombination and worldwide information systems. They also produced – and solved – devastating environmental and social crises and provided a wealth of lessons we would do well to consider. This was not a Von Daniken scenario; the beings were not from outer space. They were our own minute but prolific forebears: ancient bacteria. In one of his popular science essays, Lewis Thomas, observing that the myriad of mitochondria in each of our own cells are descendants of these bacteria, suggested that we may be huge taxis they invented to get around in safely.
From whatever perspective we choose to define our relationship with them, it is clear we have now created the same crises they did some two billion years ago. F urther, we are struggling to find the very solutions they arrived at – solutions that made our own evolution possible and that could now improve the prospects of our own far distant progeny, not to mention our more immediate future.
At the Earth Summit in Rio last year, I told the tale of the ancient bacteria to my fellow “Wisdom Keepers,” a group organized by Hanne Strong. I added that I’d long wondered exactly how the ancient bacteria did it, and that I was now extremely privileged to see the same process first hand, as witness and as participant.
However poorly reported in our media, most participants I spoke with felt the gathering was a critical event in the reorganization of humanity from a competitive, win/lose lifestyle to a worldwide, cooperative venture. Clearly, those involved in the people’s summits, not the official proceedings, were leading the way….”
Her name is Elisabet Sahtouris and here is her website. She is an “evolution biologist, futurist, business consultant, event organizer and UN consultant on indigenous peoples.” I think that you will also enjoy this piece of writing by Ms. Sahtouris:
“I arrived in Rio after a UN Conference on Indigenous Peoples in Santiago de Chile, several days before my first commitment to be part of a weekend Sacred Earth Gathering. My first visit, […] was to the Indian village of Kari-Oca, specially built for Rio 92. It was set in a beautiful valley an hour from Rio, near the Earth Summit venue of Riocentro, where the world’s political leaders would–or thought they would– decide the fate of the world in the coming two weeks.
I went to Kari-Oca with Leon Shenandoah, Tadadahoh (chief of
chiefs of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) , Onandaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons, Barbara Pyle of CNN and a number of other people. […]
After sixteen hours by bus, we drove one more by jeep, sometimes driving straight through snowmelt rivers with water up to the windshield. The Mapuche greeted us with their sacred Araucaria tree ceremony, in which they paint the tree with blue pigment for its fertility, and with the sacred ostrich dance that is part of the ceremony. The blue pigment also decorated their cheeks and was rubbed of on us as each villager embraced each visitor in turn. After the Mapuche recounted their tragic history under European domination, the indigenous people in our group (Australian aboriginal, Maori, Saami, etc.) returned their hospitality with their own greetings and dances.
Through a Portuguese-to-English interpreter, Macsuara told us the beautiful creation story of his people, and Barbara put him on camera as he spoke of many things his people had to teach our world. When he finished, we all went to the ceremonial longhouse where indigenous people from many parts of the world were dancing their traditional dances in turn. After we watched a few dances, Davi Yanomami, who has represented his people in North American travels to plead for saving their Amazon forest, announced he would dance to contact the Creator. Cameras were strictly forbidden on penalty of losing journalist credentials for the entire Earth Summit. Inhaling the bone dust of his ancestors, pouring sweat from his body in the strenuous sacred dance, Davi succeeded in contacting the Creator. E liana Potiguara, an Amazon woman with whom I later co-chaired the Day of Women at the Earth Parliament, stood by Davi and went into deep trance. Macsuara commented afterward that Davi had continued his own story of creation; that nothing was accidental as all was woven together in a single design. See? I didn’t steer you wrong. You enjoyed, yes? Well then, trust me on this next one as well.
It’s another one of Hanne Strong’s “Wisdom Keepers”: Indian spiritual leader Dadi Janki, 88, is no ordinary person, and many in Jordan found her first visit to the country this week timely and reassuring during extreme turbulence in the Middle East.
As one of the 10 “Keepers of Wisdom,” a prominent group of world spiritual leaders who advised political leaders at the 1992 Earth Summit in Brazil on the spiritual dilemmas facing environmental issues, Janki in her visit to Jordan and her encounters with the people appeared to have instilled hope for peace, despite the growing violence in the region. During her daily meetings with the public and professional leaders interested in interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural exchange, their families and friends, she was faced with the recurring theme of questions: “How could there be peace with all the injustice in the Palestinian territories and in Iraq? How can we maintain inner peace amid all the killing and destruction? How can we fight off feelings of sorrow and anger at what is happening? How is it possible to protect ourselves from all the negative and dark forces surrounding our region?”
Janki, wrapped in a white Indian sari, kept it simple by stressing that “peace starts from within” if there was to be peace in nations, adding that “inner peace“ can be achieved by individuals through living their “values” and “virtues.” She told Jordanians to remove sorrow from their thoughts despite the turbulence and to send “positive thoughts of peace” regardless of the negativity, insisting that such vibrations can spread to nations. She said that thoughts of sorrow would only “spread vibrations of sorrow, thus creating more” of it. The same was true, she added, for any other negative thoughts and feelings, and therefore, the need for “having only good thoughts and feelings.”
(ETK note: Sure, and the Palestinians who are being slowly tortured and eliminated by their Israeli occupying conquerors should stop spreading “vibrations of sorrow” and think positive thoughts! What delusional nonsense!)
The Indian spiritual leader, who founded the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University in London in 1974 and later supervised the establishment of similar centers in 84 countries, said that maintaining “inner peace” created an “inner power” that could not be penetrated by the darkest negative forces. […] She often shared stories of her experiences with her Jordanian audience, which sometimes included a group of young people and teenagers, to relay a point she was making, including a story of how she never wept in sorrow for the loss of a loved one, but only sent “thoughts and vibrations of love and peace” to their souls. Ms. Janki’s “Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University” is closely connected to the UN and can always be found at their summits every year.
What is the Brahma Kumaris (BKs)?
Through its international network of centres, the organisation offers courses in Raja Yoga Meditation and a variety of lectures, short courses and programmes in personal development. Outreach projects to the community serve a variety of local needs. Brahma Kumaris retreat centres provide a supportive and nurturing environment where individuals and professional groups can explore meditation and the application of spiritual values in daily life. At the national and international level, by engaging in partnerships and dialogues, the Brahma Kumaris co-ordinates a variety of projects providing opportunities to participate in activities of social and humanitarian concern. The focus is always on developing spiritual learning as the key to individual and world transformation.
Running parallel to the official governmental Earth Summit (UNCED) back in 1992 were a hodge podge of other events and summits such as:
** the “Parliamentary Earth Summit” featuring “spiritual leaders and legislators” most notably the Dalai Lama, John Denver and Al Gore…
** the “Sacred Earth Gathering” taking place for two days leading up to the Earth Summit…
** the “Wisdom Keepers Convocation” taking place during the Earth Summit…
** the “Global Forum” made up of the big greenie activists in a carnival atmosphere…
** and the “World Conference of Indigenous Peoples“…
Both the Sacred Earth Gathering and the Indigenous Peoples conference came up with Declarations which can be read here:
THE DECLARATION OF THE SACRED EARTH GATHERING
Kari-Oca Village Declaration of the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples (That Indigenous link also contains a couple of video clips to watch of the official reading of the document.)
As part of the opening ceremonies of the Earth Summit: The GaiaShip Foundation sponsored the voyage of a full-sized replica Viking longship named GAIA to the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The ship sailed under the UNICEF banner as an ambassador from all the world’s children and her ‘cargo’ was thousands of messages of hope and concern from children along her 15,000-mile journey from Norway.
Couldn’t be more appropriately named. (Photo at link)
Here’s an article from the Dallas Morning News:
“Walk on the beach and you might see Sting or Placido Domingo. Watch Mikhail Gorbachev teleconferencing via satellite. Listen to Shirley MacLaine discuss mysticism, or commune with the Dalai Lama at sunrise. It’s the Earth Summit, a mixture of Woodstock and the Yalta talks, with more than a touch of the Cannes Film Festival. What was supposed to be a solemn powwow about the environment has turned into a mixture of the Politically Correct, the Ecologically Sensitive and the just plain weird.” […]
One of the oddest sights is the shadow conference called Global Forum, a 2-mile-long beachfront jumble of tents and temporary stands that has attracted a parade of people the likes of whom haven’t been seen since the 1960s. The attire of choice is sandals, baggy shorts and T-shirts with such messages as ”Commemorating 500 years of INVASION of the Americas.” It’s hard to stroll 5 yards without coming across someone lugging a set of bongo drums or burning incense or dropping the word ”holistic” in conversation. At any moment, you expect Jerry Brown to emerge from the shade of a mango tree. Look no further. Brown took off time from his presidential campaign Friday to attend a seminar led by the Sierra Club and give a speech Saturday. […]
The other day, eight women from New Zealand, New Jersey and the New World Order sat in a circle under a sign advising ”Networking-Healing: The wisdom of the talking stick.” A mentor cautioned them, ”Don’t hold the stick too long.” Like a lot of people at the forum, they were getting in touch with their feelings. Feelings are big at the forum, just as documents and consensus-making are big at the conference hall holding the Earth Summit. While Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustav told the tie-and-jacketed summit-goers about responsible development, dozens gathered 25 miles away at the forum’s Global Heart Tent for ”Eastern Drumming and Breathing Exercises” and other programs.
Outside, initiates sat down for ”Global Purification of People,” in the style of Arte Mahikari, a Japanese technique that involves having a hand wave in front of your face to release energy. ”Buddha, Jesus, Moses, the Egyptians and all enlightened people used this art not for healing but for elevating the spiritual level,” said Claudia Stylita, who works for Arte Mahikari as a ”protector.” She added that three-day seminars for further spiritual elevation were available in downtown Rio for $100.
Not much substance
The circus atmosphere invites a question: What can such forums actually accomplish for the environment? The answer is: Not a lot. Most participants talked about ”networking,” ”empowerment” and ”shared technology.” They added that they had a responsibility to keep an eye on the dark suit crowd at the summit hall. Eager for some more about the antics of Shirley MacLaine? Here’s something from the blogspot of Akio Matsumura:
At a lunch he once hosted for me, Governor Brown introduced me to actress Shirley MacLaine, who I came to know well when she attended my 1992 Parliamentary Earth Summit Conference in Rio de Janeiro. Shirley has produced many best selling books and is deeply in touch with the spiritual world. I can certainly understand the bond between Shirley and Governor Brown. (Shirley and her large hearted, right hand person, Ms. Brit Elders, have always been kind enough to share my blog on her website.)”
About Akio: Akio Matsumura has worked in various organizations for the past three decades to bring together people of all races, politics, nationalities and religions to overcome ideological divides and pursue goals for a common future. Yes, more Interfaith in action. Sigh another Shirley snippet from context.org:
But it did more than that. In addition to the government summit there was a business summit, where corporations promoted new, green technologies. There was a spiritual summit, attended by the Dalai Lama, Shirley MacLaine, rainforest shamans, and earnest meditators who descended upon conference rooms two days in advance to fill them with vibrations of peace and compassion.
Article from: The Birmingham Post (England)
Jane Fonda was there. So was Pele. A relatively obscure US senator called Al Gore swung into town and looked impressed at a symbolic ‘Tree of Life’. John Denver sang for a spiritual parliament. Hollywood star Shirley MacLaine meditated with the Dalai Lama.
Ten years ago, the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro teemed with politicians, celebrities and environmentalists as the United Nations hosted what was at the time its largest meeting, the Conference on Environment and Development – better known as the Earth Summit.
Here’s some C-Span video to watch!: The Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders for Human Survival sponsored a news conference before its Parliamentary Summit on the Environment, taking place in Rio de Janeiro to correspond with the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Sen. Albert Gore, singer John Denver and the Dalai Lama delivered statements and responded to questions on environmental matters and the progress of the U.N. Earth Summit.”
Some more for you C-Span junkies: Sen. Albert Gore, member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the author of the best-selling book on the environment entitled Earth in the Balance, was the keynote speaker at the Parliamentary Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event was sponsored by the Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival, and was held to correspond with the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development taking place at the same time. Sen. Gore advocated politics that takes the global environment into account when making decisions concerning economic and political resources.
Part of the Dalai Lama’s press statement at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; June 5, 1992:
I am extremely happy and feel great honor to be with you here. My basic belief is that the purpose of our life is happiness, and happiness depends on its own basis. I believe the basic base, or the cause of happiness and satisfaction, is material and spiritual development. Then again, human beings irrespective of our ability, knowledge, technology are basically a product of nature. So therefore, ultimately, our fate very much depends on nature.
In ancient times I think, when human ability was limited, we were very aware of the importance of nature; and so we respected nature. Then the time came when we developed through science and technology; and we had more ability. Now sometimes it seems people forget about the importance of nature. Sometimes we get some kind of wrong belief that we human beings can control nature with the help of technology. Of course, in certain limited areas we can to a certain extent. But with the globe as a whole it is impossible. Therefore now the time has come to be aware of the importance of nature, the importance of our globe. You see, one day we might find all living things on this planet- including human beings-are doomed…
We can find some interesting quotes on this UN report from the summit:
The Secretary-General requested the Conference to observe two minutes of silence on behalf of the Earth and added that upon the initiative of the Secretary-General of the Conference two minutes of silence would also be observed at the same time all over the world.
OPENING STATEMENTS: Statement by Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
…As Secretary-General, new to the job but none the less well aware of the constraints on the powers of Governments, and indeed of international organizations, my hope is that what I may call the “spirit of Rio”/- that is, the spirit of Planet Earth – will spread throughout the world. The spirit of Rio must embody the full awareness of the fragility of our planet. The spirit of Rio must lead us to think constantly of the future, our children’s future…
Statement by Maurice F. Strong, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development:
The concentration of population growth in developing countries and economic growth in the industrialized countries has deepened, creating imbalances which are unsustainable, in either environmental or economic terms. Since 1972, world population has grown by 1.7/billion people, equivalent to almost the entire population at the beginning of this century; 1.5/billion of them live in developing countries, which are the least able to support them. This cannot continue. Population must be stabilized, and rapidly. If we do not do it, nature will, and much more brutally.
We are reminded by the Declaration of the Sacred Earth Gathering, which met here last weekend, that the changes in behaviour and direction called for here must be rooted in our deepest spiritual, moral and ethical values. We must reinstate in our lives the ethic of love and respect for the Earth which traditional peoples have retained as central to their value systems. This must be accompanied by a revitalization of the values central to all of our principal religious and philosophical traditions. Caring, sharing, cooperation with and love of each other must no longer be seen as pious ideals, divorced from reality, but rather as the indispensable basis for the new realities on which our survival and well-being must be premised…
Statement by Gro Harlem Brundtland, Prime Minister of Norway and Chairman of the World Commission on Environment and Development:
…Unless poverty is alleviated, there is no change that we will be able to stabilize the world population. It has grown by 500/million since the Commission last met five years ago. We must deal with population growth through an integrated approach, including education and the enhancement of the status of women, improved public health and family planning. During the preparations for the Conference, many developing countries declared themselves ready to make political commitments to curb population growth, but some delegations have resisted calls for the universal availability of modern family planning. We all have an obligation to overcome this resistance and rise to the real challenges of our time….
Statement by Mario Soares, President of Portugal:
…I come here as the representative of a small European country which has a long history and which is proud of the contributions it has made to creating the civilization of the “universal” of which Teilhard/de/Chardin spoke…
Statement by Fernando Collor, President of Brazil and President of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development:
…The Rio Conference does not end in Rio. The spirit that guided its debates and deliberations – what Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali called the “spirit of Rio” – must linger on and guide us into the future, much beyond 1992. The Commission on Sustainable Development must be the faithful expression of that spirit. Our aim is to forge unity. To be sure, the Conference did not offset, decisively and definitively, the trends towards polarization between the rich and the poor. Most of all, however, it undoubtedly served the purpose of increasing the universal awareness of our common destiny…
Statement by Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
I should like to conclude by saying that the spirit of Rio must
create a new form of good citizenship. After loving his neighbour as the Bible required him to, post-Rio man must also love the world, including the flowers, birds and trees – every part of that natural environment that we are constantly destroying. Over and above the moral contract with God, over and above the social contract concluded with men, we must now conclude an ethical and political contract with nature, with this Earth to which we owe our very existence and which gives us life. To the ancients, the Nile was a god to be venerated, as was the Rhine, an infinite source of European myths, or the Amazonian forest, the mother of forests. Throughout the world, nature was the abode of the divinities that gave the forest, the desert or the mountains a personality which commanded worship and respect. The Earth had a soul. To find that soul again, to give it new life, that is the essence of Rio.
ENOUGH!! Let’s switch now to:
International Mahavira Jain Mission: Our aim at the United Nations is to promote peace, interfaith dialogue, and respect for environment. The United Nations is committed to these goals. We are privileged to share with all United Nations’ message of peace, brotherhood and respect for environment. International Mahavira Jain Mission seeks to promote understanding and practice of Ahimsa (non-violence) and Anekaantvad (multiplicity of viewpoint). Ahimsa involves respect for all living beings. Anekaantvad means that perception depends on standpoint. It implies that no one has a monopoly on truth. In its practical context, Ahimsa includes preservation of the environment and protection of all forms of life, and the active promotion of global peace. These core principles of our organization help in actively promoting the important goals of the United Nations. […]
In 1992, Guruji, as he was lovingly called, was at the forefront of the Sacred Earth Gathering at the United Nations Earth Summit held at Rio De Janerio. He played a significant role in causing the Sacred Earth Gathering to declare that “we believe in the sanctity of all life and life forms” and that the “universe was sacred” and must be protected for the benefit of all living creatures, not just humans. Over the years, the IMJM has continued to actively promote and support movements for the preservation of the environment and world peace.
About Guruji: Guruji was the first Jain monk to leave the shores of India and to use mechanical transportation while continuing to remain a Jain monk. […] In spite of his public profile, Guruji‘s own practices of meditation and yoga and worship required seclusion. Guruji did a lot of meditation and sadhna in seclusion over long periods of time and had his own experiences to base his spiritual teachings on. Guruji’s own teachings were mostly practical in that he taught chanting of mantras and pranayam and meditation. He established Kundalini Science Centre in 1977. He conducted countless seminars and sessions devoted to the practice of yoga. His lectures over these years were also related to yoga and meditation. Guruji was not departing from the Jain teachings in as much as Lord Parshwanath, the twenty-third Tirthankar himself followed the Yogik path. Guruji’s Song of the Soul was published in 1986. In this publication, Guruji sets out a practical manual for harnessing the power of sound through the Mantras and the Root Sounds and explains the powers of the latent Kundalini.
Declaration of the Sacred Earth Gathering:
The planet earth is in peril as never before. With arrogance and presumption, humankind has disobeyed the laws of the Creator which are manifest in the divine natural order. The crisis is global. It transcends all national, religious, cultural, social, political, and economic boundaries. The ecological crisis is a symptom of the spiritual crisis of the human being, arising from ignorance [greed, lack of caring, and human weakness]. Brackets indicate that consensus was not reached on this wording.-?
The responsibility of each human being today is to choose between the forces of darkness and the force of light. We must therefore transform our attitudes and values, and adopt a renewed respect for the superior law of Divine Nature. Alternative reading: “the superior law of the Divine manifest in nature and the created order.” Nature does not depend on human beings and their technology. It is human beings who depend on nature for survival. Individuals and governments need to evolve “Earth Ethics” with a deeply spiritual orientation or the earth will be cleansed [of all destructive forces].
We believe that the universe is sacred because all is one. We believe in the sanctity and the integrity of all life and lifeforms. We affirm the principles of peace and nonviolence in governing human behavior towards one another and all life. We view ecological disruption as violent intervention into the web of life. Genetic engineering threatens the very fabric of life. We urge governments, scientists, and industry to refrain from rushing blindly into genetic manipulation. We call upon all political leaders to keep a spiritual perspective when making decisions. All leaders must recognize the consequences of their actions for the coming generations. We call upon our educators to motivate the people towards harmony with nature and peaceful coexistence with all living beings. Our youth and children must be prepared to assume their responsibilities as citizens of tomorrow’s world.
We call upon our brothers and sisters around the world to recognize and curtail the impulses of greed, consumerism, and disregard of natural laws. Our survival depends on developing the virtues of simple living and sufficiency, love and compassion with wisdom.
We stress the importance of respecting all spiritual and cultural traditions. We stand for preservation of the habitats and lifestyle of indigenous people and urge restraint from disrupting their communion with nature. The World Community must act speedily with vision and resolution to preserve the earth, nature, and humanity from disaster. The time to act is now. Now or never.-?
About the Authors
The Declaration was created for and supported by the many indigenous, religious, political, and NGO leaders who participated in the Sacred Earth Gathering for two days preceding the Earth Summit (UNCED) in 1992. The Gathering was cosponsored by the Manitou Foundation in cooperation with the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement, a Japanese-based NGO. The Gathering was followed by the Wisdom Keepers Convocation, which met from June 1-14 at a secluded location near Rio. A sacred fire, drumbeat, and prayers from many indigenous and religious traditions continued twenty-four hours a day for the duration of the Summit, seeking to bring enlightenment to its meetings and decisions.
Here’s a blurb about: Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, 162nd preceptor of the Nandinatha Sampradaya’s Kailasa Parampara:
…In 1986, New Delhi’s World Religious Parliament named Gurudeva one of five modern-day Jagadacharyas, world teachers, for his international efforts in promoting and chronicling a Hindu renaissance. Then in 1995 it bestowed on him the title of Dharmachakra for his remarkable publications. The Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders for Human Survival chose Subramuniyaswami as a Hindu representative at its unique conferences. Thus, at Oxford, England, in 1988, Moscow in 1990 and Rio de Janiero in 1992, he joined hundreds of religious, political and scientific leaders from all countries to discuss privately, for the first time, the future of human life on this planet…
I feel like returning right now to the writings of Elisabet Sahtouris. I hope you don’t mind:
Before I met Morgan, even before the Earth Summit formally began, Hanne Strong‘s Sacred Earth Gathering of spiritual leaders from around the world, including a number of Native North and South Americans, met in a spectacular mountain monastery setting (Crestone/Baca). Hanne, whose focus it was to bring spirituality into the Earth Summit organized by her husband Maurice, had asked me to participate in this gathering, and that of her Wisdom Keepers, because of my deep understanding of Earth-as-Gaia. The Sacred Earth Gathering was held as the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples was finalizing its Declaration (see below) in Kari-Oca, not far away. As soon as it was done, Oren Lyons brought it to our gathering. We were meeting in a large monastery room, sitting along a double horseshoe curve oftables with the speaker at the opening. As Oren spoke, before reading the Declaration, a spider appeared on the table before me. I thought of the webs we were weaving and took it to the open window to free it as I drank in the view of a beautiful orange-flowering tree in the garden above a magnificent vista of forest down to the ocean.
As I turned back to the room, Oren began reading the Declaration and with the first word I felt a sudden gust of cool air at my back and heard a downpour of rain behind me. I turned back to the window in surprise; indeed it was pouring rain where it had been bone dry the moment before! The rain stopped just as sharply as Oren read the last word of the Declaration. Leon Shenandoah, Oren’s elder chief, told me later the spider was a good omen. Perhaps, I thought, I would not have noticed the precise timing of the rain without it. I knew then that things were happening at levels we could not even fathom. The relationship of indigenous peoples with their sacred Earth was clearly intact. It was manifesting in Davi’s dance, in Oren’s reading, and it felt very good. […]
Sapain (Sa-pah-een) is a Xingu (Shing-goo) pajay (pah-zhay)– one of the few remaining medicine men of the Brazilian Amazon, most having been killed in the struggle for the forest. We met at the Sacred Earth Gathering where Oren read the Declaration. […] He is a healer who works through plants; all he knows came directly from spirit teachings, not from another pajay. That makes him the “pajay of pajays” in his own words. A small dark-skinned man with wide cheekbones and intense black eyes, he exudes the gentle but passionate spirit of the forest. I felt how much more at home he was with his plants than with the people and artifacts of our so- called civilized world. […]
All I could offer him as a gift was a smudge stick of white sage I had gathered on the Greek Island where I lived until a year ago. It was my last and I asked if he could use it, or would like to take it to his people. Sapain broke into a happy grin as he accepted it and said he would tell me about it after sleeping and dreaming with it. Next day he spoke exitedly, so I ran for an interpreter. My plant and his plant, he said, had been talking all night. They had both come very far to meet each other and were ecstatic at being together. They had much to say and their lively conversation was not yet finished. Sapain and I hugged each other in our people-happiness at bringing them together. I asked whether the plants of the rainforest discussed the ongoing destruction. “Constantly,” he replied. “They talk a lot about survival strategies.” “Will they survive the devastation?” I asked. “Yes,” he said gravely, feeling their pain.
On the third day, in the late afternoon, as I sat with Sapain, a lady appeared with a camera crew and whisked him away to film an interview. There was a sudden flurry of people and attention focused on Sapain. They crowded around him excitedly. “He’s a pajay, a medicine man.” “He’s an incredible healer!” “He healed Chief Shenandoah!” “Can he cure my shoulder?”– “my tumor?”– “my back?” In the midst of this, the lady was rapidly explaining to him that he would be taken to speak at a very special gathering here in Rio with the Dalai Lama and other dignitaries. She would then be taking him to North America; he must arrange everything to leave very soon. What did he need? When could he go?
The excitement, the intensity of this very North American “discovery” of a new medicine man, this dramatic imposition on his life, made me want to protect him. I tried to move closer, to speak to the lady. She brushed me off rudely. “This is none of your business; please move out of the way. I’m in charge here. The camera…” I tried again: “I’ve just spent three days with this man; you don’t understand…” […]
A new medicine man in New York could build reputations. I tried to stop my ears against the voices I heard in their Manhattan accents: “I’ve got this terrific new psychic healer!” “Wait till you hear about MY XinGU paJAY!!” Inside I screamed “Rape!” The rape of yet another culture in our unwitting, bulldozing way. During the last part of that arts festival high over Rio, I found a huge rubber tree with which to share my profound grief. I had never spoken to a tree in anything but recognition and greeting. Through my tears I whispered to this one, in Greek, the language in which I usually speak to animals. I told it the whole story and pleaded with it to tell the news to all trees it could reach, to broadcast the news through the whole Amazon forest, to ask the forest to protect Sapain any way it could.
The great tree was rooted well below the level of rock on which I stood, so I could touch its glossy leaves. As I spoke to it, one branch moved toward me, stroking me hard again and again. As with Sapain when we were in the forest together, communication shifted to another level on which– how shall I say it?– we were not different beings, but of the same kind, in a mutual knowing. It was a long, deep interchange.
Review: Rio Times 1992 (translated from Portugese):
Concert at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit: Dada Nabhaniilananda gained a lot of new fans in Rio last night. Following John Denver’s solo performance, the singer/songwriter from New Zealand, backed by a group of hot Brazilian musicians, came on stage for an hour long set. No-one knew quite what to expect from this smiling monk in orange robes but they didn’t wonder for long. Within moments he had them on his side, his clear melodic voice transcending any language gap. Brazilians know quality musicianship when they hear it, and they showed their appreciation with pin-drop silence, the crowd of 5000 plus listening as I’ve seldom seen them do. If a special atmosphere prevailed, it should have, for this was the beginning of a night long spiritual vigil incorporating diverse religious and spiritual groups. Dada’s songs were perfect for the occasion. …this was part the “Earth Summit”, an international gathering of more than 30,000 people united by a concern for social justice and a sustainable future for the world. When the band performed “Warriors of the Rainbow”, the title track of Dadas’ last album, a kind of anthem for the environmental movement, at the song’s dramatic climax the audience went a little wild, which in Brazil means very wild indeed! This was followed by spiritual love songs, tales of struggle against oppression, songs of hope and compassion – moving stuff…. Part of the beauty of the whole experience was that although this was undoubtedly music with a message, it was presented with such simple honesty and obvious native talent that I only wanted to listen . It was over all too soon, but I’ve got the album, so I can reminisce. The vigil continued all night with chanting, dance, meditation, and at dawn the stage opened again. Just before the Dalai Lama, the guest of honour, came on to speak, Dada was again on stage, accompanied by Paul Winter in a spiritual chant in which the much larger crowd of more than 10,000 joined. Magic!
Here’s something about Paul Winter (mentioned in the above paragraph) and his “Earth Mass” aka: Missa Gaia:
“The EARTH MASS evolved over the next four months. Our friend Mary Schoonmaker suggested the alternative title MISSA GAIA, using the Greek name for Mother Earth and acknowledging the Gaia hypothesis of scientists James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis, who proposed that the entire range of living matter on Earth, from whales to viruses, and from oaks to algae, could be regarded as constituting a single living entity, capable of manipulating the Earth’s atmosphere to suit its overall needs and endowed with faculties and power far beyond those of its constituent parts’.
“If the ‘Gaia hypothesis‘ is about synergy, then the process of our creation of the EARTH MASS/MISSA GAIA is truly a manifestation of Gaia. For what developed was an interweave of creative ideas from all the members of the Consort; and our process was self-balancing, by virtue of the common instincts of our little musical tribe. W hile no one of us knew all of what was appropriate for the music for this Mass, together we found that we did know.
(Paul Winter is the guy on the first youtube video howling like a wolf.)
Getting back to Dada Nabhaniilananda: Dada has been a meditation teacher with the spiritual movement Ananda Marga (The Path of Bliss) for thirty years. He has been playing and writing music since childhood, and has recently published his first book From Deseret News archives: ALTERNATIVE MEETING OPENS IN RIO:
Singer John Denver, Sen. Al Gore and the Dalai Lama Friday opened an alternative meeting of political and spiritual leaders aimed at bridging the gap between the official Earth Summit and the people of the world. For three days, business leaders, artists, scientists, politicians and religious authorities will debate how to prevent global environmental disaster.” If we were running a business the way human civilization is running the Earth, we would have to say we were in a process of liquidation,” Gore, a Tennessee Democrat, told a news conference.
“We pretend that natural resources are limitless and that nature has a limitless ability to absorb whatever abuse we heap upon it,” he said before the opening ceremony of the meeting, called the Parliamentary Earth Summit. The parliament opened with a song by Denver, who will be master of ceremonies for the meeting. The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, then began a series of prayers by religious leaders. The unorthodox parliament will also be addressed by children, and every session will begin with song.
The Dalai Lama began his day with a visit to a Rio samba school where he was met by dancing slum children, and Amazon Indians crowned him with a traditional headdress…
Let’s not neglect to cover the leftist Christians at the summit such as the National Council of Churches:
…Although two treaties — one on “biodiversity,” which seeks to protect the world’s plant and animal life, and one on climate change, which seeks to place restrictions on the causes of global warming — were signed by 153 nations, members of grass-roots organizations and delegates from developing countries claimed that the treaties were weak and would not lead to global action. “The watering down of the global climate change treaty with immoral posturing and misrepresentation [by the U.S. government] was inexcusable,” said the Rev. William Somplatsky-Jarman, chair of the National Council of Churches eco-justice working group. […]
The Rev. Franklin Vilas, chair of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark’s environmental commission, compared UNCED’s influence on the environmental movement to the 1963 March on Washington’s influence on the civil rights movement: “To some, nothing seemed to be happening at the actual events. But each one will have had a profound effect though a rise in consciousness.” “History is going to show this as a turning point in our treatment of the Earth if we are going to leave anything for future generations,” added the Rev. James E. McJunkin, Sr., an American Baptist minister from Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Religious communities focus on ‘eco-justice’ The voices of the religious community were raised in prayer and advocacy throughout the various meetings in Rio. An interfaith vigil on June 4 attracted more than 10,000 participants — perhaps the largest single gathering during the summit in Rio, and one of the few activities to welcome local residents. While others negotiated environmental treaties, advocates from faith communities brought a unique spiritual quality and an urgent call for “eco-justice,” the idea that concerns about ecology and economic justice are intertwined. Religious activists asserted that an increased consciousness of environmental concerns must lead to lifestyle changes. In particular, they sharply confronted the pattern of overconsumption in the United States. “If the message at Rio is ‘We are going to maintain the status quo at any cost,’ people are not going to go down gracefully, especially the poor,” noted the Rev. Al Cohen, a United Church of Christ minister from Pasadena, California.
Moral obligation to tell the truth: The U.S. religious community left Rio determined to address over-consumption at home. “The U.S. churches have a moral obligation to tell the truth about the real issue at UNCED,” said Dr. Jean Sindab, program director for environmental and economic justice at the National Council of Churches. “It’s not jobs versus the environment, as the multinational corporations and the Bush administration would like you to believe. It’s overproduction and over-consumption on the part of the developed nations,” she said. “We need to make UNCED come alive in our churches so people begin to understand the relation between our consumption and poverty around the world,” added Don Clark, a United Church of Christ delegate. “We’re beyond the point where we can say that being smart about our lifestyles is enough. Now it’s time to change our lifestyles, to use less energy, to live simpler and to eat foods that are lower on the food chain.” Two people of color from the U.S. religious community called on Americans to take personal action. “As you point a finger at someone else, you are pointing three fingers at yourself. Who are you really pointing at?” said Chief Johnson of the Onondaga Nation.
“God didn’t say ‘appreciate’ justice or ‘encourage’ justice; he said do justice. If justice was being done, if it was indeed ‘flowing like a mighty river’ as it says in the Book of Amos, none of us could look at our environment and not be called to act,” said an African-American religious leader. A street organizer, speaking at the Parliamentary Earth Summit, called on the churches to lead in integrating religion and social issues. “We need a new religious order,” he said, “with the Bible in one hand, and a book on political economics in the other.”
Religious leaders propose specific action. The Rt. Rev. Sydney Ruiz, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Brazil, supported this call by quoting the theologian Nicolas Berdyaev: “If you are hungry, that’s your material problem; but if your brother is hungry, that’s your spiritual problem. Religious persons decided to follow up on the issues and debates from UNCED in four specific ways. First, they intend to continue and to increase the religious voice in the environmental movement. For example, religious workshops focusing on spirituality and on eco-justice are being planned for a September 24-27 UNCED follow-up conference in East Lansing, Michigan. Second, religious leaders intend to take leadership roles in organizing dialogues among religious groups, legislative representatives, and grass-roots organizations. At the Parliamentary Earth Summit, they supported efforts to organize local environmental conferences. “I want us to have state-by-state parliamentary forums involving spiritual leaders, statespersons, women, youth, scientists, grass-roots activists,” said the Rev. Susan Dulany, who has organized conferences in the Diocese of Georgia.
Third, religious leaders intend to support legislation that would increase awareness of and improve the environment. One proposal currently before Congress, known as the “Environmental Justice Act of 1992,” would authorize a study of 100 counties in the United States with dangerous toxic waste sites and call for local input on how to clean up the sites. Fourth, religious leaders intend to pressure the United Nations to adopt an “Earth Charter” by 1995 — the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. The charter would outline the personal and corporate responsibilities involved in environmental awareness. Although UNCED delegates adopted a statement known as the “Rio Declaration” at the close of the conference, many religious leaders said that it lacked the simplicity and spiritual dimension needed in a charter. The Rio Declaration “is not a charter to inspire people who love this planet,” said the Rt. Rev. Paul Reeves, Anglican Observer at the United Nations, in calling for passage of an Earth Charter…
a small excerpt from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
JEWS AMONG PATCHWORK OF RELIGIONS REPRESENTED AT EARTH SUMMIT IN RIO. SAO PAULO, Brazil, June 10 (JTA)–Rabbis and Jewish activists were in the forefront of a number of ecumenical activities organized to lend moral support to the Earth Summit that opened last week in Rio de Janeiro. On Tuesday, Rabbi Henry Sobel, a leading Conservative rabbi in Brazil, took part in an interfaith prayer service held at the Se Cathedral in Sao Paulo, along with the Dalai Lama from Tibet, Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns of Sao Paulo and Rev. Jaime Wright of the Independent Presbyterian Church…
Kamal Benjelloun was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1965.
Benjelloun’s field research with Native American Indians began during his studies at L.I.U., with a –month on-site independent field research study in 1986 of Huichol Indians of the Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico, where he first encountered Shamanistic healing practices. In 1987, under the auspices of FUNAI (National Foundation for the Indian, a government organ under the Ministry of Justice) in Brazil, and in affiliation with the University of Brasilia, Benjelloun carried out a 21-month expedition into remote regions of the Amazon Basin, where he lived with the Awaruna Indians on the Iriri River and the Xingu Indians in the villages of Kamayura and Yawalapiti. Among the Xingu, Benjelloun was granted a rare apprenticeship in the Shamanistic arts of the ancients. Following intensive training in indigenous healing practices using local medicinal plants, he was declared a Master Healer (Paje) by the chief shamans Tacuma and Sapaim. Since his return to New York in 1989, Benjelloun has undertaken an extensive range of projects to apply his Amazon shamanistic experience in Brasil and later in Peru, to the situation of contemporary society.
His major current projects were and still are: Sapaim, Tacuma and Sydney – Organization of a U.S. tour in 1992 of two legendary Xingu healers and the President of the FUNAI (National Foundation for the Indian), to share their point-of-view, of the current environmental and indigenous crisis in Brazil, with the American public and global community. Sapaim and Tacuma participated in the inaugurating week of activities at the United Nations proclaimed the Year of Indigenous Peoples during their visit to New York.
Through Benjelloun’s efforts Sapaim was representing South American Indigenous peoples during the parliamentary Earth Summit in Brazil at the three-day meeting of Religious and Parliamentary Leaders in Rio in June 1992. Benjelloun’s work is thoroughly informed by his studies of over 100 ancient sacred texts, including the Vedas, the Upanishads, Lao Tzu, The Bible, the Coran, Popol Vuh, Chilam Balam, among many others. These ancient texts have inspired his long term vision of bringing about a higher understanding of man’s responsibility in the universe for all aspects of the global human community…
Response from Akio Matsumura:
Twelve U.S. Senators and sixteen U.S. Congressmen including Senator Al Gore, Senator Clairborne Pell, Congressman Hamilton, among many others, attended the Parliamentary Earth Summit Conference at Rio de Janeiro in 1992, co-sponsored by the Brazilian Congress. The photograph of the children from Rio’s favelas speaking from the balcony at Parliament asks us what we have accomplished of our resolutions since then. Let us reflect on what we discussed at that historic event in regard to tackling the global environmental issues we would face in the 21st century. Senator Al Gore, one of the leading environmental legislators in the US Congress at the time and a member of the Global Forum Executive Committee, gave the keynote address and set the tone with a spiritual appeal unusual for a politician. He inquired, “People all over the world feel themselves part of a single global family. Why then are spiritual leaders not joining parliamentarians in this dialog?” Mr. Stephan Schmidheiny, Chairman of the Business Council for Sustainable Development said that the true sustainable development ultimately comes down to ethical, moral and spiritual considerations—we must all become care-takers, working to safeguard the interests of future humans and the interests of the other species with which we share the planet.
We Believe That the Earth Is God’s Gift to Us: HINDUISM TODAY’s publisher and editor met Nana (which means “queen”) at the Parliamentary Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. She is an ohemaa, or ruler-priestess of the Akuapem (part of the Akan) people and culture of Ghana, Africa. She offers a glimpse into the traditional African religion and its beliefs about God and the Earth. There is strong revival of African traditional religion going on at this time, and the African is notoriously religious. The key to understanding him is through his religion. He considers God as our universal Father. For the Akans of Ghana, He is also our divine Mother, Nyame Obaatan Pa, a very caring provider. God is omnipotent, Gye Nyame, all-knowing, omnipresent and sustainer of the whole world. In African culture, all revolves around religion which strongly influences the living and thinking of the ordinary man and woman. In fact, African religion, no matter the level of sophistication or education of the individual, permeates every aspect of his life, from seedtime to harvest, through the rites of passage, birth, puberty, marriage, death and hereafter. We have no creeds to recite, as these dwell in the heart, and each one is himself the living creed.
All over Africa, the earth is regarded as the female spirit Asase Yaa, Mother Earth. One is expected to care for her, nurse, cherish and love her. Generally, one will not till the land without her prior permission. We ask her permission again before digging to bury the dead so that her child may return into her womb. Thursday is set aside for her, and on that day many Akans will not till the land. Asase Yaa is also known as the upholder of truth, and whenever someone’s word is in doubt, he is asked to touch his lip to some soil to become credible.
Before every function and ceremony, a libation is done whereby water or spirit are poured onto the ground while calling the name of God, Mother Earth and the ancestors, and beseeching their blessings upon all present. Some have criticized this practice, but that is because they do not understand that every single act or gesture of an Akan has a significance. Gesture and symbol play an important part in African rites. When in a dance a priestess raises her hands, she is delivering a message, “I am leaving all in the power of God.”
Hinduism Today: Who Can Say What Should Be UNCED?:
As you read this month’s issue, your publisher and editor will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We have been bid to join with the spiritual leaders of the world’s major faiths and with key parliamentarians in early June to discuss the many matters of environment and development facing the human family.
It’s all part of something called Earth Summit, but officially known by the less-than-inspiring alphabetic appellation UNCED, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. You have probably seen it on CNN, since Ted Turner is using his estimable news resources to promote it. Ted and a lot of other people sense the importance of this potentially historic assembly. An astonishing 70,000 men and women are expected for the twelve-day conference, the largest-ever gathering to focus consciousness on the earth and its threatened inhabitants. The heads of 60 nations will be there.
This may be a watershed encounter, progenitor of many such councils where the human tribes all sit down together and, as we say in Hawaii, “talk story.” The very fact of such a meeting is a sign of hope. That it has magnetized journalists and artists and activists and presidents and lamas and padres and swamis is just a millimeter short of miraculous. Still, I know what you’re thinking, “Seventy thousand people! Ridiculous. Seventy people couldn’t agree on what a tree is, let alone how to save one.” You’re right, of course, and it is one of the great fears of organizers that the United Nations Earth Summit may be too unwieldy, too ambitious, too politically pre-determined and, let’s say it, too big.
That’s where the Global Forum on Human Survival comes in. This is a small group of very big people who believe that a purely political and scientific solution to the matrix of human dilemmas is insufficient. They hold that politicians need to be informed by spiritual leaders, and that spiritual leaders could benefit from the reality-check of sitting down with scientists, artists and politicians. They note that this is seldom done, for the two groups have a healthy distrust for each other’s domain. One thinks that politicians are selfish, mindless opportunists who care little for mankind’s real needs. Little wonder they haven’t sat down together much.
The Global Forum thinks they should sit together, candidly and often. The idea really the dream of Japanese philanthropist Akio Matsumura, is that we need both sides of ourselves focused on these issues. The parliamentarians bring to the table pragmatic concerns for our temporal, physical, material and social well-being. The spiritual leaders contribute insight into our eternal, metaphysical, unearthly and spiritual needs. Nothing that the problems which threaten the earth have derived from breakdowns in both arenas of our existence. Mr. Matsumura has concluded that out best chance for solutions is to take both into account.
When the Global Forum heard about Earth Summit, they saw that world leaders were neglecting the spiritual dimension of the problem, and they organized a small three-day event to fill the gap. One of the most sensible things about the Global Forum’s Mini Summit in Rio is that it will be personal. A handful of scientists, businessmen, artists, media professionals, politicians and religious men and women will meet privately, allowing them to interact more intimately than is the norm at such conferences. Long speeches from the podium will be replaced with opportunities for each participant to be heard. Questions from the floor to moderators will be replaced with personal testimony. In other words, there is the hope of real communication, something that might prove useful in saving the earth. In such an atmosphere, we are hopeful that some of the great wisdom of Sanatana Dharma may be expressed and understood. Happily, Hinduism will be strongly represented in Rio. As long-time readers know, we feel strongly that the ancient wisdom of India has much to offer mankind at this crossroads of history. If the ideals of dharma, ahimsa, family integrity, simplicity, generosity, tolerance for others’ ways and hour-by-hour spirituality that have lighted the way of Hindus for so many millennia can be shared with the politicians seeking solutions to complex problems, new solutions may be found. They may endow their search for a technological fix with a more human face; they may even seek to instill right values into our earth colony, values which change attitudes, which change actions. After all, that is the strategic solution. Everything else, every engineering breakthrough, is working only with the symptoms. By focusing on basic beliefs, values and attitudes, we approach the cause and have hope of a cure…
from Hinduism Today: A Prayer For Children:
Each conference of religious and political leaders that we have attended has resulted in positive changes in the world. The Parliamentary Earth Summit in Rio has been no exception. Actually, it was by far the most religious of them all. How can this be? You might ask. Well the others, the one in Oxford in ’88 and the high-level meeting in Moscow in ’90, laid the foundations for an unprecedented meeting of minds. The Global Forum group that gathered in Rio were many of the same souls who began their seeking for answers together at the first two gatherings. It turned out to be a meeting of hearts.
During the three days we were together in Rio, I noticed something very interesting. All of those there were professionals, the most accomplished leaders in their field, whether it be business or art or politics. Naturally, they were extremely well-informed. While all this was going on, there was yet another group of professionals of quite a different kind. These were the lamas, swamis, acharyas, roshis and contemplatives. For the most part, they listened quietly and you might assume that they were not contributing as much as their more verbal brothers and sisters. That, however, would be a very wrong assumption. In the old days just having such a soul in the village was considered the greatest of blessings. His or her presence was enough to make the rains fall, make the yield their gifts, make the community harmonious.
These deep souls were like that in Rio. Saying little, they saw much. Their serene presence had a cumulative effect on all present. While the others, these professionals of the spirit remained silent witnesses. S o attentive were they, so mindful, so serene in their own being that they gave everyone else in the chamber another view, another possibility of how our difficulties on the planet could be approached. Without words they said so much that would have been less perfectly expressed if they had given a speech. Of course, not all could remain silent, for we would have ended up in turning the palace into a monastery. We needed professionals of the external; and we needed professionals of the within. The fact that both were present explains to me much of the success of our work together in Rio.
On the second day I was asked to give a prayer along with members from other faiths. May we share it with you? “Everyone here in this historic building and in the many other conferences being held in Rio is trying to look into the future and see the fate of the world’s children. The only way to look the future, is with the third eye. The best way to pray for the children is to go into the past, when we were all five years. Fifty years. Fifty-five years when the air was pure and you could drink from any stream. […]
“The prayer today is a universal prayer. It is for the children of the world. As someone said earlier, children are 50% of our human population, but they are 100% of our future. By caring for them, we care for ourselves in the future. By loving them, we send our love into the future. And by neglecting them, we neglect the future.“ It is the cosmic sound Aum. Aum is the sound of the universe. Aum awakens the life force in all of us. The feel of life force makes us realize we are a one human race. The energy within me. The energy within each of you. The energy within me. The energy within each of you. The energy within the animals, and the birds, and the fish, microscopic intelligence is the same energy. Some call it God. Some call it life force. But, regardless of the name, it is the same in all of us. As I look around these chambers, I don’t see religious leaders. I don’t see political leaders. I see a one universal energy in all of us that is headed in the right direction. Let’s all pray now together for the children of the world by chanting the one universal sound.” Aum Aum Aum, three times was sung out loudly by all present.
from Hinduism Today: Rio-lizing God’s Presence in Brazil:
Back, now, to Rio de Janiero. Something happened there in early June that may give you hope for a future in which there is truer tolerance among world faiths. A s you know from my fax, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami and I were there to join about seventy-five religious leaders in a dialog with three hundred parliamentarians. Don’t presume for a moment that the politicians needed such a handicap. It was more a matter that every politician on the planet was already in Rio for the Earth Summit, so naturally they outnumbered us. Apart from the usual things you would expect from such a gathering, something quite unusual, maybe even extraordinary, took place there. I was not really prepared for it, nor was it on anyone’s agenda. But it happened. From the opening address by a US Senator to the closing remarks by religious leaders three days later, virtually everyone acknowledged the sacredness of existence. I know what you’re thinking, “Big deal. That principle has only been around for a hundred centuries. My own grandmother taught me that on her knee.” Sure she did, but that’s not the point. Your grandmother was a Hindu, and the presence of the divine within nature – within a tree or a river or a rough-hewn rock – is the Hindu way. In Rio it was not just the Hindus, Jains and Sikhs who were saying these things. It was everyone. Politicians propounded it. Business people professed it. Priests preached it. Musical poets praised it. It ran like an unseen thread through every speech, through every call for a change in human behavior.
Such a thing did not happen at the previous Global Forum meetings. It definitely did not happen in Oxford in 1988; it may have been an unspoken insight in Moscow in 1990. But in Rio it was being said loud and clear. Nature is sacred. Life is sacred. It is a desecration to destroy this precious and holy creation. It is a sacrilege which, if continued, will surely end in our own death as a species. Senator Al Gore spoke of the wrongful “assumption that we are somehow separate from nature.” The wonderful Brazilian Archbishop Camara made this rather stunning statement, “We are inside God. How can I hate if I am part of God? This is incredible, but true. If God is everywhere, it means we are inside God, and we have God inside ourselves.” India’s Bishop Gregorius spoke of “immanence and transcendence.” African priestesses shared the vision that life is sacred, plants are sacred, animals are sacred. Jain leaders called for “reverence of all forms of life.” J ewish theologian Dr. Susannah Heschel noted, “Too many religious leaders present God as remote and transcendent.” Achariya Sushil Kumar led a meditation, “Go deep and deeper. Feel oneness with all living beings.” There is a power in these spiritual voices, a power competent enough to change our future.
Yet another expression of this universal embracing of a sacred universe was found in the bountiful declarations, covenants and appeals cranked out by so many energetic groups. The Declaration of the Sacred Earth Gathering stated, “We believe that the universe is sacred because all is one. We believe in the sanctity and the integrity of all life and life forms.” An Earth Charter offered, “Life is sacred. Each of the diverse forms of life has its own intrinsic value. Human beings are not outside of or above the community of life. We have not woven the web of life; we are but a strand within it.” The Earth Covenant, A Citizens’ Treaty for Common Ecological Security used similar terms, “All life forms are sacred. Each human being is a unique and integral part of the Earth’s community of life and has a special responsibility to care for life in all its diverse forms.”
It was a virtual mantra in Rio. “God is everywhere. Life is sacred.” This will seem a normal insight to you, and on an individual level it is. But coming from every corner in Rio it took on the empyreal visage of an earth-wide revelation, the gospel according to everyone, the new spiritual consensus. No one really commented on it that I heard, and there were seven thousand journalists on hand to ferret things out. It was one of those things that is too obvious to speak of. Like the air, it was everywhere, its invisible presence firing the furnaces of confabulation – unnoticed.
If this vision is not just a Brazilian anomaly, and if it is as popular as it appeared to be, and if it continues, as I suspect it may, to be spread as part of the ecological theology, then mankind may have found a common religious ground. Not a new religion, mind you. But an article of faith which all religions can affirm. Imagine if the spiritual traditions teach the sacredness of the universe, then our hurtful impulses will certainly be harnessed. If God is acknowledged as immanent in all things and all beings, then zealous religionists may be less eager to embark on crusades and conquests which destroy cultures and disintegrate communities. Seeing God everywhere need not diminish His transcendence, though it may well diminish our penchant for the petty and the homicidal.
That’s a lot of “ifs,” and a less sanguine view would confess that the world is a very which all faiths are valued and none demeaned or dominated, when the Golden Rule is applied even to those unlike ourselves. But don’t you think this rediscovery of God’s presence here on earth, in life and all around us could be a source of renewed progress toward genuine pluralism? Such divine immediacy cannot help but change the attitudes and behavior of combative dogmatists, like squabbling siblings who behave better when mother and father are in the room.
Rio had an interesting closing message for those in business, art, politics, science and religion who hold to the my-path-is-the-only-path pathology. It came from an unlikely source, Swiss billionnaire Stephan Schmidheiny, “Those groups that go on believing they are the sole repository of truth will become redundant.”
from Hinduism Today: Did the Tribes’ Meeting in Rio Really Help Planet Earth?:
…Three Rio Summits: There were really three Earth Summits there in Brazil. Most of the world press focused on two of them: 1. The heads of state and United Nations committees meeting at Rio Center from June 1-13, and of course on George Bush, of whom it was said in Rio “the only thing environmental about this man is his last name” and; 2. The two-mile-long Eco-Woodstock (a reference to the US watershed musical festival of the 60′s) where literally thousands of independent grassroots groups – from the Sierra Club to Rajneesh’s OSHO Spiritual Health Organization – plied their wares, said their piece and distributed enough literature to cause concern for the world’s forests, (the UN alone produced 24 million pieces of paper for the event).
Virtually ignored by the media was a third gathering, a three-day session which in the long run could hold as much promise for the survival of the planet as the hundreds of grassroots and governmental conclaves. It was called the Parliamentary Earth Summit (PES), co-sponsored by the Brazilian government and the New York-based Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders for Human Survival. From June 5th through 7th three hundred religious and political leaders met behind closed doors to focus not on bald eagles, CO2 emissions, North-South inequities or population policy but on something much more basic – value changes and their effect on human behavior. […]
Gore Gets it Going: There were approximately 75 spiritual and 225 parliamentary leaders at the PES, all gathered under tight military security in Brazil’s most historic building, the elegant Palacio Tiradentes, a classical structure built in 1926. US Senator Al Gore gave the opening address, setting the tone in a surprisingly spiritual appeal, “People all over the world feel themselves part of a single global family. This Earth Summit is the first of many conversations on this subject. Why then are spiritual leaders joining parliamentarians in this dialog? It’s because the ecological crisis is fundamentally a spiritual problem. Crisis springs out of the relationship between human beings and the Earth.” Gore emphasized three causes: 1. Population explosion; 2. The scientific-technological revolution which gave us more power to destroy; and 3. Our way of thinking, the assumption that we are somehow separate from nature. “This thinking has led to exploitation – this must change.” He noted that after 10,000 generations of human habitation there were just 2 billion people on earth in 1945. Fifty years later there are 5.5 billion!
Other Voices: the Brahma Kumaris who work closely with the UN were in Rio, but not as delegates of the PES (they are reluctant to affiliate themselves with Hinduism). Another unofficial presence was that of the Ananda Margis. Perhaps a dozen bright, orange-robed sannyasins came, mixing with visitors and sharing their energetic kirtan.
Singer John Denver brought some lovely music, a song written for the occasion called “One World.” Paul Winter’s compositions were truly remarkable. He recorded the voices of three threatened species – a timber wolf, a whale and an Amazon songbird – then played their enchanting songs on his saxophone. Businessmen spoke eloquently of the need to be servants of the community, to renounce greed and run their enterprises so as to reflect more humane and spiritual values. Children, too, were a powerful voice at the PES. Street children ages 8-17 were brought into the assembly hall in their tattered attire. They spoke of being beaten by Brazilian soldiers, of turning to prostitution to survive, of the terrors of seeing friends maimed and even murdered. Their testimony brought tears to many delegates, who sat listening helplessly to a child’s call for love and life.
Here are some words of wisdom from Brazilian children, ages 6-15, who remarkably were able to address the delegates in their own words and their own way:
“I like nature, cause it gives us so many things.” “The Earth doesn’t need money. It needs peace and love. The Earth is like life. If you lose it, you can never get it back again.” “Please, God, don’t let man destroy what You made with so much love.” “One day man will see there are no more animals and plants, and he will look in a mirror and see a monster.” “Save our planet, and our hearts.”
Spiritual Leaders Speak: The Dalai Lama was a strong presence in Rio, always pressed by the 7,000 media professionals who came. Standing out in his maroon and yellow robes, the Tibetan leader spoke softly, almost inaudibly, urging those present to be compassionate toward one another, to cooperate. Global Forum co-chairman Rev. James Parks Morton asked those present to examine the large murals painted below the palace’s central dome. There, he noted, were shown the white Portuguese conquerors, Christian crosses held aloft, marching into Brazil, determined to convert and dominate the stunned indigenous tribals. That was just another of the values, Rev. Morton intimated, that led us to where we are and that must be reevaluated if we are to go forward as a one human race. Each faith offered a prayer or meditation, and Sivaya Subramuniyaswami asked each one to renew their concern for and assistance to the children. He urged delegates to remember when they were young and vulnerable and needing support, and he ended by asking all present to chant the universal Divine Sound together, and the Aum filled the hall three times.
Swami’s Message: Swami Paramananda Bharati of India’s famed Sringiri Mutt gave the major Hindu address at the PES, stressing Vedic values. Science, Swami asserted, was implicated in the environmental problems now facing the Earth: “Five centuries ago the leaders of religion imagined that it was their right to say when the world originated and how it worked. Then scientists started showing that believers’ belief in these matters was illogical. As their assertions were demolished one after another, the faith of the common people shifted gradually from religion to science. During the present century, the common people have totally lost faith in religion. Emboldened by their successes, now scientists have started imagining that it is their right to say what is God and what is Soul – adopting the same wrong attitude that categorized the clergy five centuries ago. According to these scientists, there is no God; What is called “God,” they say, is really just the set of natural forces. Likewise, there is no soul also. They say what is called “soul” is nothing more than the body, which itself is but one small part of a wholly material universe.
“Common people, who may not understand either science or religion, are impressed by the successes of science and so have lost faith in God or soul and believe now only in the body and the material universe or environment. So they have started pampering the body and exploiting the environment to further the comforts of the body. They seem to have concluded that the quality of life is increased if the quantity of this pampering and exploitation is increased. This misunderstanding of God and soul is the root cause of today’s degeneration of our values, our bodies and the environment.” Swami noted that continued materialistic solutions from science were no solutions at all. The only real, permanent solution “lies in traveling back to God and soul and leading a simpler life in harmony with nature. This is possible only on the basis of a scientific religion in which reason is not subordinated to faith. In Hinduism, this basis is called dharma – which is at once scientific and also religious.”
In speaking of God’s pervasive nature, Swami Bharati noted that it is essential to see the world as the body of God, and thus to treat it with humanity and respect. He concluded, “Dear friends, it is dharma which should form the foundation of environmental ethics and nurture a life of high quality and simpler living. I do not agree that high consumption signifies high quality of life. We all preserve our praise for a machine which consumes less and works more. But how funny that we praise a man or a society which consumes more and works less! So high quality of life automatically implies simple living whose philosophical basis is Sanatana Dharma.”
Between sessions Swami and his able assistant, Columbia College freshman Mohit Daswami, visited several yoga and Hindu groups in and around Rio. Of those encounters Swami noted, “The satsangs with Brazilian Hindus made me feel that the solution to all the present day problems lies in the spiritualism of the Sanatana Dharma.” The voices of rabbis and imams, bishops and roshis, African queen mothers and American Indians were all heard in Rio. It was our voice, a one human voice, that spoke through many leaders.
Dalai Lama: What can we tell the children about peace of mind when they see the great losses of life in forests? The very existence of life is hope. Once hope is lost, then even suicide will come. The purpose of life is happiness. To prevent negative emotion is how to achieve peace of mind. I want to tell these people they should not give up hope. The key is education. We need more human compassion.
Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi: The first day, in the evening, I and my dharma brothers went for a walk. We crossed a bridge to a park and walked around inside and noticed it was all fenced in next morning we went to the park. The first thing I noticed which hurt my heart was that the grasses had been stepped on, so many times. Here we are having a conference to talk about how not to pollute, yet see what we are we doing. I ask us all to be aware. Be mindful. Think. Each individual should be responsible.
Acharya Sushil Kumar: Be silent. Meditate. Meditation is divided into two portions. The first is chanting, another is meditation. Chant the mantra AUM, the divine sound. It will give so much vibration, so much good effect. Close your eyes, relax, search yourself. Realize your Self. Body will be tensionless, mind will be thoughtless. Go deeper and deeper. You can dissolve all thoughts into one thought. Go deeper and deeper. Feel oneness with all living beings. Say “Lord, I love you. I respect you.” Relax and meditate.
N.P. Jain: The Jain religion has a “live and let live” reverence of all forms of life, of vegetarianism, harmony with nature. Acharya Sushil Kumar has launched a movement for nonviolence. Peace through nonviolence is the only viable solution – not hurting others by our actions, thoughts and deeds. Let all religions and spiritual leaders unite. Jains in India have volunteered as helpers to set up greening projects, such as animal and insect clinics.
Shaman Sapaim Kamaiura: I am a big medicine man. The biggest medicine man. There is no one to equal me. I was chosen by the Amazon forest spirits at age ten. They trained me in knowledge of plants. I know all the plants. I can heal. I talk to the plants, and they talk to me. The white mans’ medicine is very weak. We don’t use it. We use herbs and plants. The Indian is quiet and unconcerned. He never gets nervous. He never gets a headache like you all do in the city.
Chief Oren Lyons: I wear the power of my brother, the bear, around my neck. I carry the feathers of my brother, the eagle. I am a wolf…We will not survive if we don’t care for the Earth. Perhaps an alternative is that we will go and the Earth will renew – cleanse the rivers, purify the streams and wells. I ask businesses to think not of themselves or their nation or even their own families, but to think seven generations ahead, think of those looking up from the Earth, those waiting for their turn to live.
Nana Apeadu: There are 17 million refugees in Ghana, Africa – 80% are women and children. Talk about the environment – these women live outdoors, live in tents. They work morning to night in nature, looking for firewood, carrying water. Don’t forget them. […]
Metropolitan Gregorius: “Religion in past 200 years pushed out of the center of public life onto the margins. But we are afraid of an earlier situation where one religion back to the center, and to stress immanence as well as transcendence.”
Rabbi Marshall Meyer: How does one religion express itself in a pluralistic world? Old doctrinal orthodoxies have to be reinvestigated.
Franz Krajcberg: After the war, I fled to Brazil, and found a home in a 2000-year-old tree near the sea. I felt born again in nature. From nature I learned more than from man. I have been discovering crimes perpetrated against forests. Hardly a tree is left where I live, except of the small patch that are mine. My revulsion, my indignation is expressed in my sculpture. It makes you cry, it’s so painful. Millions of acres of land abandoned, and entire regions owned by one man who is exploiting it – while the poor farmer works on small patches. Everything is a business these days – art and now even ecology. Even Bush offers money, gives a tip to UNCED to shut us up. And most of that won’t go to the poor.
JUPITER – SANTA IN THE SKY by Gururattan Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D.
Jupiter is traditionally billed as the benefic planet – the one that brings us fortune and bestows blessings upon us. Jupiter is our good-natured friend who gives us a break in the cold world of Saturn and the disturbing world of Pluto. Jupiter’s motto could be “The sky is the limit if you stay grounded and connected to Spirit.”
Sagittarius is often the puer, the eternal youth, who refuses to grow up. The immature Sagittarius indulges in childish behavior, romantic excesses, exaggeration and evangelism. He is dogmatic, unreliable and reckless. He can have too much zeal and be arrogant, overbearing and falsely self-confident. Jupiter‘s ultimate goal is to expand our consciousness so that we have a direct experience of universal love and to expand our mind so that we are a clear channel for divine wisdom. Jupiter‘s specific function is to awaken us to the presence of love in every experience and the essence of love in every form. It is this direct experience of the all-pervading presence of divine love that leads us out of attachment and material desire. It is love consciousness that resolves the duality of our mind and brings our restless mind to peaceful stability. It is also in awakened consciousness that we are aware of and attract the limitless blessings of the universe. Jupiter is the alchemist that synthesizes polarities in order to manifest in our physical reality universal harmony and abundance.
I offer a personal example of how Jupiter energy works. In the fall of 1991 during a Jupiter transit in my birth chart I experienced an urge that manifested as a desire to attend a well-known conference in another state. As I didn’t have the means to attend, I thought of ways that I might attend for free. One idea I had was to ask if I could go as a reporter for a local new age magazine. But as I thought of this idea, it didn’t seem on target. Why spend my time writing about someone else’s conference. I decided instead to write and submit to the same monthly an article on “A New Paradigm for a Sustainable World.” The article was enthusiastically received and published as the cover story in the very next issue. This article served as an instrumental marketing tool for me. Because of it, I got invited to the Sacred Earth Gathering in Brazil in 1992, which was held at the same time as the Earth Summit. The article was the seed that expanded into my book “Inner and Outer Ecology – Transitions to a Sustainable Worldview.” I shared this book at both events and it is still being used to explain the relationship between spirituality and ecology. Later but during the same Jupiter transit, I decided I wanted to take advantage of the energy and sent out papers to several other magazines, none of which responded. This action was too calculated for Master Jupiter. The former was a purely heartfelt action of wanting to share myself. The point is that dealing with Jupiter energy requires spontaneous intuitive action guided by the heart, not the ego.
Gururattan Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D. is a “Leading Author & Teacher of Kundalini Yoga“ and founder of “Yoga Technology.”:
Through extensive travel, education, teaching and her own inner journey, Guru Rattana has consciously prepared for this moment in history. Since the age of twenty-six she has followed a committed spiritual path. She studied Hatha yoga for 8 years, trained with Yogi Bhajan for 26 years, and has studied tai chi, kung fu and chi gong. She lived to Palo Alto between 1994-1998. There she was invited to teach two Kundalini yoga and meditation courses: Your Life Is In Your Chakras and Balancing Male-Female Polarities at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She was also invited to teach Kundalini Yoga at Stanford University as part of the Health Improvement Program. Guru Rattana has taught at the Khalsa Woman’s Training Camp and the 3HO Summer Solstice Celebration in New Mexico. S he has lived and taught in San Diego since 1999. Guru Rattana believes higher consciousness is a requirement to find solutions to all world problems. As we change our consciousness and become personally empowered, we transform the world. Her life is devoted to helping people move beyond hope and belief to the EXPERIENCE of the ecstasy of Self and the Divine in all life and to make their unique contribution to the world.
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has been elected to head an International Green Cross being set up at his suggestion to fight damage to the environment. A so-called Parliamentary Earth Summit of spiritual leaders and legislators from around the world voted unanimously Saturday for Gorbachev, a spokesman for the event said yesterday. The forum – a diverse gathering including Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama; U.S. Sen. Albert Gore, D-Tenn.; and singer John Denver – is being held in parallel with the official Earth Summit of world leaders here on the environment and development challenges. Spokesman Tarzie Vittachi said in an interview that the goal of the International Green Cross was to do for the Earth and its resources “what the Red Cross was founded to do for people on the battlefield.” The idea was proposed by Gorbachev himself at a previous meeting of parliamentary and religious leaders in Moscow in 1990, he said.
John Denver at the Earth Summit:
05/30/92 through 06/12/92 Brazil, Earth Summit – No dates available for his performing concerts in Brazil.
Sting, John Denver and the Beach Boys serenaded delegates who flocked to Brazil and the delights of Copacabana beach for the first Earth Summit in 1992.
John Denver sang for a spiritual parliament
Some of the Earth Summit Meetings that John was part of:
June 5th, 1992 PARLIAMENTARY EARTH SUMMIT
Opening Ceremony Dalai Lama, John Denver, Ulloa, Ney Loyes
June 6th, 1992 PARL. EARTH SUMMIT: PARL SESSION & PANEL
John Denver; Akio Matsumura; Erica Terpstra
PARL .EARTH SUMMIT: Religion & the Environment
Dalai Lama; John Denver; Street Children
June 7th 1992 PARL. EARTH SUMMIT: CLOSING CEREMONY
John Denver; Paul Winter; Michio Okamata, etc
KARI-OCA WORLD CONFERENCE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ON TERRITORY, ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
While the nations of the world shared their many perspectives on Sustainable Development at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 1992, so too, leaders and delegates from Indigenous Nations as diverse as the Inuit, the Onondaga, the Aymara, the Maori and the Nisga’a people, defined their agenda at the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples on Territory, Environment and Development, held at Kari-Oca, a village outside Rio. The Xingu warriors reproduced in Rio their own way of living in harmony with nature. They set up Kari-Oca to celebrate the Indigenous World Summit. The Tucanos from the Amazon also took part in the village construction. They brought the northern architecture. This was the beginning of a cultural exchange among Indigenous Nations….
Marcos Terena presents the Kari-Oca Declaration to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, (UNCED) Rio, 1992
Mr. Marcos Terena is the next speaker. He is the representative of the non-governmental organization, the Committee Inter-Tribal. He has the floor.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a great pleasure to be here at this United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. I am a Brazilian Indian and I have been asked by 92 Indigenous organizations of the five continents of this planet to talk to you this afternoon. We Indigenous Peoples of the world, we did not have a podium, we did not have a forum. We have no place to have our voices heard. So we tried to make our own forum, according to our own technology, according to our own wisdom and our own science, according to our own architecture. And we set up an Indigenous village right here in Rio de Janeiro. When we thought about doing that there were many people who think of themselves as experts on Indigenous issues, who began to say, what you are doing is just folklore, it’s just going to be something to make the UN happy. But that’s not so. This temple of centuries old wisdom, this life code that no scientist have ever managed to unveil, rests with the Indigenous Peoples. And it is exactly that that you are looking for, here, at this conference.
You don’t have to look any further or research any further, or spend millions of dollars on new research, we the Indigenous Peoples would like to offer you our science, our wisdom, for your civilization. And once again, we have to ask you, “are you prepared for that?” “Is the contemporary world prepared to listen to what we want to convey after 500 years of silence? Silence that was forced on us by colonizers, by the priests, with a catechism, this is why we came here to Rio and to this Kari-Oca village.” We have tried to put down on paper our philosophy, our thoughts, because we know nature, we practice sustainable development, for us, this has been a daily routine in our lives, it is not an alternative approach as it is known. We have drafted our own Earth Charter.
You cannot just squander millions and millions of dollars on a conference such as this, if you do not want to listen to what the earth has to tell you. Nature is being destroyed every minute. E ach jet that crosses the Atlantic is destroying Mother Nature. Each atomic, nuclear explosion in the Pacific or any ocean is destroying Nature. E very time money is allocated to research under the aegis of peace for new nuclear weapons, we are destroying Nature again, we are destroying our own lives. I t’s not just the lives of the Indigenous Peoples that are being destroyed, but this is why we wonder why we have five to seven minutes to speak after 500 years of silence. But will we be heard?
And we might mention here, several things from Indigenous lore, of Indigenous philosophy and wisdom, but it would be useless unless you are prepared to listen to what we have to say about Agenda 21 for example. About this business of not reaching consensus about what biological diversity means. We have our own biodiversity and we are fighting for the demarcation of our land for this very reason because behind the fight for land lies our heritage, our heritage for survival, the medicines given to us by Mother Nature, the food that is granted to us by Mother Nature. This is why we are saying that over these past few days of UNCED, you should try maybe to listen to what we could convey to you in this paper, through these words that are on paper. It is very important to us to be addressing you here, in person, because you, you are representatives of your respective governments, and we, what are we? What do we represent to you? I do not want to go on a harangue of Indigenous wisdom here, but I do want to ask you to open your hearts.
But the mere fact that each one of you is listening to me wherever you are is much more important than the political issue which might be in the headlines in tomorrow’s papers. Because we want to tell you that for 500 years, we held this biodiversity, the wealth of our peoples in our hands. W e don’t want to do that alone anymore. We want to share this with you because you hold the technology, because you hold the machinery and because we have the wisdom of nature.
In conclusion, Mr. Chairman and distinguished delegates who are listening to me this afternoon, I would like to read to you the Declaration we drafted at Kari-Oca village.
We, the Indigenous Peoples, are marching towards the future in the footsteps of our ancestors. From the greatest to the least important individuals, from the four directions, the air, the wind, the earth and the mountains, the Creator placed us, the Indigenous Peoples on our land, which is our Mother Earth. The footsteps of our ancestors are there all the time. They are forever imprinted on our land and this is why we fight for our land. Not just for the sake of land ownership, but we fight for land as Mother Earth. We, Indigenous Peoples, intend to retain our rights to self-determination, self-determination that so many people fear that Indigenous Peoples might achieve someday, as you all have in your relations with other peoples.
We want to have the right to decide on our own forms of government. We want to use and enforce our own laws. We want to educate our own children. We want to have the right to our own cultural identity with no interference, with no outside interference. We will continue to struggle for our inalienable rights on our lands and peoples, and on our own resources also – from the soils, from the underground areas and from our waters. And we re-affirm our commitment and our responsibility to share these rights, not to other people, but to our children, to our future generations. We cannot be dislodged from our lands, because, we, the Indigenous Peoples are united by a circle of life that the white man does not understand. It is a circle of life that circles the earth, waters, the air, what you call, here at this meeting, the environment.
We, the Indigenous Peoples, are moving towards the future along the trails left by our forefathers. Do you believe this? Could you think about this? When you sign the Conventions here, we might not be here in this hall, but you will be. When you sign the Conventions dealing with the future of this planet, we, who believe are most familiar with nature will not be sitting here among you, but you will be here. And, you must become our allies. You have to be partners with the future. This is why we always say, “this is the Earth’s Charter.” Very simple. Straightforward. It is as obvious as your lives, as our lives are. It is straightforward and simple as children are, and as the colours of the rainbow are. Please believe this. All of you, government authorities and leaders, do not fear us, because the future of the Indigenous Peoples is your future too, and it is also the future of our planet.
Courtney Milne, Photographer as Mystic:
In June 1992, I participated in the Wisdom Keeper’s Convocation at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While in Rio, I witnessed the signing of the Charter of the Indigenous People of the World and was involved in lighting a ceremonial fire, a symbolic focus of spiritual energy from around the world. S oon after, I was presented with the idea of photographing sacred places in Native North America. This immediately appealed to me because I have long felt a kinship with Native spiritual values.
THE RIO DE JANEIRO INTERFAITH NETWORK:
Everything started three months before the United Nations “Earth Summit” held in Rio in June, 1992. The Institute for Religious Studies (ISER), a large non-profit organization based in Rio, got permission to organize an all-night vigil at the Global Forum park.
The Global Forum was a parallel “people’s event” during the two weeks of the Earth Summit. The idea was to gather as many religious groups as possible to celebrate the sacredness of the earth, during an entire night.
Eight planning meetings brought 25 religions and spiritual paths together to work in such a way that every group could participate without feeling disrespected. Throughout the large bayside park, each group was assigned a meeting tent where members would do their own practices throughout the night — be it an hourly mass by the Catholics or chanting by the Hari Krishnas. Joint opening and closing ceremonies, including major personalities like the Dalai Lama, were planned for a large outdoor auditorium. At the first planning meetings, participants felt nervous and cold, but everyone warmed up as the planning continued. In the end, some 25,000 people attended the vigil that became a lively, inspiring all-night festival of art, music, sharing, and spiritual communion. It was the first time ever that such a number of people from different religious communities joined together in common celebration. The Brazilian and the international media covered the “One Day for the Earth” vigil as a major event of the Earth Summit. The religious leaders brought attention to the spiritual side of the ecological crisis, bringing up the concept of inner ecology. “Without a balanced, healthy relationship with our inner nature, we will not be able to have a healthy relationship with the environment,” was an often-echoed comment.
The interfaith vigil had a tremendous effect on Rio’s religious community. In the following weeks, ISER received many calls and letters asking for more interfaith gatherings.
ISER (ABOUT US):
For thirty-eight years, ISER (the Institute of Religious Studies) has been an active player in the field of Brazilian NGOs and civil society organizations, remaining faithful to its mission of promoting development with social justice and environmental responsibility.
The hallmark of ISER lies in the defense of fundamental values, in participatory democracy, and in religious and political pluralism. The analyses we publish and the social actions we undertake all exhibit a consideration for cultural diversity, in addition to containing a spiritual dimension.
1990s: ISER reaffirms its pluralist and innovative style of action. Through its work, it seeks to create new ties of solidarity between mainstream citizenship and the increasing marginal sectors of Brazilian society. It is also in this period, during UN Conference 1992 in Rio, that ISER leads a massive inter-religious vigil for peace, uniting world leaders and local communities representing various religious traditions. This initiative also contributes to the creation of the main movements and projects for peace, aimed at increasing citizenship and human rights in Brazil, particularly in Rio de Janeiro.
A Case Study of a Global Liturgy:
A global liturgy as a model for building global community, Celebration for the Children of the World, was created by Virginia Swain and a steering committee for the United Nations community, as her master’s thesis project on 9 December 1992. As a result, she received her M.A. in Community Building in Organizations from Lesley College, Cambridge, MA., in May 1993. Her master’s thesis documents this work and can be obtained at Lesley College, Cambridge, MA 02138 (May 1993). The liturgy was inspired by Virginia’s attendance at a vigil of the world’s religions at the Earth Summit in June 1992 in Brazil. People of many nations, transcending their religious, cultural, and national sovereignty, came together in Brazil for an inclusive celebratory, prayerful experience of one human family of all the world’s religions. The street children of Rio de Janeiro contributed to the inspiration in their clear expressions of love and joy in many celebrations of the Earth Summit, even though their immediate needs for food and shelter were not met.
In New York, Virginia organized a planning team and built a coalition of over sixty United Nations agencies, member states, non-governmental organizations, religious, environmental and peace organizations to build on the groundswell of the Earth Summit. Political support for Chapters 24-26 of Agenda 21 to strengthen the role of indigenous peoples, children, and NGO’s for healing our relationship to the Earth into the 21st century was incorporated into the liturgy. The 1992 event included steps to global community designed to bring sovereign peoples and groups together to relieve the conflict of peoples’ sovereignty as a barrier against world cooperation and unity. Techniques used included the teachings of children, an artistic, prayerful vigil and a celebration. The day-long program consisted of a morning vigil, in the Church Center Chapel, across from the United Nations, where fifty New York artists interpreted an Earth Charter written by Virginia Swain and Barbara Wheeler (1989), that offered teaching on how humanity can be reconciled to one another and the earth in partnership with the Universal Spirit of God. Then, after renewed awareness and joy from becoming part of one human family, a celebratory procession to the United Nations gave expression to the experience of global community of the morning vigil. Children welcomed celebrants to the United Nations where they sang and danced as teachers of world peace.
The planning team for the Celebration of the Children of the World created a 4-step model for relieving the conflict of national sovereignty with an experience of being part of one Universal Spirit of all the world’s religions. Briefly, the model’s steps were:
1. Allow and empower adults and children by acceptance of people’s strengths and limitations through an artistic celebratory improvisation of an Earth Charter (Swain and Wheeler, 1989). A safe, non-judgemental, accepting environment was created for an interactive, participatory response by both performers and audience where people could admit and accept their limits, projection, and blame for one another’s past injustices that have stopped them from taking responsibility for their actions as well as allow a shift in consciousness to take place and stronger, more committed relationships for the common good to be developed. Celebration allows an experience of unity and empowerment when people are open. Artists have a key role as facilitators of a shift in consciousness. The Dalai Lama says that people need an experience where they can find a “vivid sense of altruism” is possible in the celebratory experience. (1991, p.14)
2. Recognize our powerlessness to resolve the world’s problems and and find unsuspected power in unity that has resulted from praying to the Universal Spirit of God. Then the Universal Spirit of all the world’s religions allows “a divine movement of reconciling love” (Gallagher, 1982, p. 2) to be invoked to help people move beyond national loyalty to loyalty to world order and global community.
3. Encourage participants to take risks in their growth in a safe, accepting and inclusive environment. Personal risk-taking includes a willingness to look at one another to acknowledge and feel our oneness, daring to feel and claim negative feelings without blaming others; letting go of control to trust others outside of one’s national loyalty.
4. Foster relationships to form global community for political action. The follow-up planning group for the next implementation project included people whose identity was expanded beyond their individual role and national affiliation for the common good to continue political action towards world order and cooperation between sovereign nations.
Results of the Global Liturgy
Many people experienced a shift from their own sovereign consciousness to a personal experience of global community. This was shown by the following changes: attitudes of love and acceptance, removal of over-protective barriers of national and religious loyalties, validation of the common good of global community, a renewed way to listen to children and each other, and an expansion of identity beyond individual needs. As Michael Collins, Consultant for Global and Domestic Resources for Economic Transition, said about the Celebration for the Children of the World implementation of the Global Liturgy: “Political power grows from collaborative change-making and peaceful evolution. The politician is servant and instrument of peace.”
Donald Clark, a United Nations non-governmental organization (NGO) representative from the Network of Environmental and Economic Responsibility of the United Church of Christ said: “A fantastic, moving breathtaking Earth Summit follow-up… executed with grace without a perceived hitch… A sensitive extravaganza, embracing many traditions…”
The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Golliher, environmental representative of the Anglican Observer (NGO) to the United Nations, wrote, “…following the Earth Summit’s spirit of hope, this very successful celebration brought together artists, spiritual leaders and children — reminding UN delegates of the importance of Agenda 21 and honoring the role of indigenous peoples for the future of the Earth…”
from “Processed World” (PDF):
Tuesday, June 2: We’ve been shopping for a better world. The future of ecology is on side at the Global Forum, a huge flea market of eco-gear and ideology. Outside Flamengo Park, street vendors hawk everything from nylon bags to beach towels emblazoned with Eco 92 and pictures of parrots and scantily clad women. Inside environmental organizations sell everything from t-shirts and books to crystals and rainforest powders. We ducked out after lunch and went to catch the opening ceremony of the Global Forum. On the beach, we met up with a friend from the World Bank, which also has a small stand here, too. “This is great. It’s wonderful,” he enthused. “All these little groups getting together.” But didn’t he feel awkward or threatened, walking around with a World Bank name tag on his chest? “ I haven’t been attacked yet,” he replied cheerfully. “What are you doing here?” he asked. “Sounds like processed cheese,” he laughed, when I told him of our assignment.
A helicopter circled overhead as we waited in a huge crowd for the arrival of Gaia, a replica Viking boat carrying messages from the children of the world. But Gaia seemed to be stuck offshore. Brazilian girl scouts were whining through an unintelligible song about the Earth when the crowd started getting unruly. A mob of journalists rushed the celebrities on stage. I pushed my way through the commotion.
Wednesday, June 3: A day of official events began in darkness at the Earth Parliament. Somebody was blowing a panpipe while a monotone voice droned something about his mother earth and another body danced in the shadows. This was the show Darrell Posey organized to demonstrate the wisdoms of tribal people.
Posey has been credited with pointing out in recent years that indigenous knowledge is just as valid as western science. But this show seems designed to blur the idea into an insipid blend of new age spirit pap…
Ceasar Montez: Cofounder/Computer Information System/Business Administration/Website developer/Navajo. Ceasar volunteers to the website to help with the people. I always volunteered ever since I got started when I was a very young age I want to bring honor to the elders. This grassroots organization has been part of helping the Hopi Elders deliver their important message of prophecy at the United Nations. I have seen the Hopi Elders and learn a great deal from them in regarding the important message.
1992 – When, I was 22. I decided to volunteer with Apache Coaltion to fly to Earth Summit in 1992 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. There I met Amazon Natives and Sarah James whom she talked bout the Gwichin People in Alaska. I have been asked to participate in promoting cultural awareness while at United Nations in 1992. This experience led me to present presentations on the United Nations at Northern Arizona University. John Hopkins Univerisity to educate the Natives and Non-Natives on how indigneous culture go thru to save their culture.
Legitimisation of Santo Daime:
A further sign of the increasing official legitimisation of Santo Daime came with the Earth Summit Conference in Rio in June 1992. An inter-religious vigil was held with all of the major religions of the world represented. Santo Daime held an all-night ritual in which 600 people participated and at which Daime was served.
The Santo Daime Church:
The Santo Daime Church, founded in Brazil but now spreading all over the world, is best known for its use of the psychoactive plant drug ayahuasca. The mix used by the Santo Daime consists of the bark of a vine, Banisteriopsis caapi, which contains harmine, and leaves of a plant called Psychotria viridis which contains dimethyl tryptamine (DMT). Also known as yage, ‘vine of the soul‘ and caapi, ayahuasca can produce visions and insights and, in Santo Daime services, these are integrated into a collective religious experience. The doctrine of the Santo Daime includes beliefs from both Christianity and nature religions, and the services, at least in Brazil, are strongly community affairs.
How it Began
The Santo Daime church was founded in 1930 by Raimundo Irineu Serra, a Brazilian rubber-tapper. Ireneu, born in Brazil in 1902, reached adulthood at the time of the great Brazilian rubber boom. He migrated in 1922, along with many other young Brazilians, from the north-eastern drought-ridden region of Brazil to the Amazonian rainforest where the rubber trade was thriving. He spent six years in the new town of Xapuri, in Acre, working as a rubber tapper. While learning the rubber trade, he was also serving a spiritual apprenticeship with the Peruvian Indians with whom he worked. Ireneu had been brought up a Catholic, but he now came into contact with spiritism (religion based on the spirits of plants and animals) and native Indian beliefs. He tried the sacred ayahuasca tea and was shown the correct way to prepare it. He was taught methods for journeying into ecstatic states, and learnt how to integrate the visions and knowledge he brought back from those journeys.
Ireneu’s first significant vision was of a Divine Lady, sitting in the moon, who told him he must retreat into the forest for eight days with only ayahuasca to drink and only macacheira (boiled manioc) to eat. During this retreat Ireneu had visions of the ‘Forest Queen’ who told him that he must start a new faith in which the ayahuasca drink (to be called ‘daime’, meaning ‘give me’ in Portuguese) would be central. She would show him how the Daime was to be used as a sacrament and guide him through the initial hostilities he and his followers would face. Ireneu started his new church in Rio Branco, the capital of Acre, in 1930. He was still receiving visions from the Forest Queen and he also channelled hymns. Collections of these hymns became the church’s guiding principle.
Ireneu died in 1971, but his work was continued by one of his principal followers, Sebastiao Mota de Melo (who became known as Padrinho Sebastiao). He held Daime works with his family and friends until his death in 1990. Leadership passed to his son, Padrinho Alfredo Gregorio de Melo who remains President of the organisation and its main spiritual leader.
The basis of the Santo Daime belief system is Christian, and the hundred or so hymns which Ireneu received in his lifetime are considered to be a Third Testament of the Gospel of Christ. Santo Daime theology is, however, highly syncretic and includes beliefs from other religions in Brazil. The members feel a strong connection with the rainforest. Nature in general is revered, and is personified by the Forest Queen, or Virgin Mary.
The spirit of the ayahuasca vine is the teacher. The vine gives ‘strength’ and the leaf gives ‘light’, or the capacity for visions. These notions are often evident in the words of Ireneu’s hymns: “daime forca, daime amor, daime luz” (“give me strength, give me love, give me light”). The Church believes that the visions produced by the Daime are not ‘hallucinations’ which have nothing to do with reality but are, in fact, the truest guide to reality. The tea is also seen as perfectly balanced with the vine representing masculinity and the leaf signifying the feminine. The importance of the Daime to the doctrine of the Church cannot be overemphasised. A Santo Daime leader, Alex Polari de Alverga, states that “the Santo Daime Doctrine evolved directly out of communion with this living sacrament”. (1) The Church itself describes its doctrine as being centered around the consecration of the Daime “within the context of the Christian culture and symbolism and taking advantage of the American Indian, Brazilian, African and eastern transcendental wisdom”.
The Use of Ayahuasca in Brazil by the Santo Daime Religion
In June of 1992 a definitive decision was made by the CONFEN, putting the matter to rest once and for all, stating that the use of the Daime is perfectly legal. Domingo Bernardo Da Silva, the president of the CONFEN, had visited the community of Mapia, in the state of Amazonas, and taken part in the rituals as part of his study. During the Earth Summit in Rio in June there was a conference on medicinal plants of Amazonia, in which three of the members of the CONFEN, including Domingos Bernardo, took part in a panel and explained their study of the Daime and their conclusions. They had taken part in the rituals and showed a great deal of respect for the religious and cultural intolerance and emphasized that there is no evidence of any harmful effects or potential for abuse of ayahuasca.
The study was published in a detailed document with many thoughtful insights into the matter. At one point it is stated that “altered states of perception do not necessarily signify a negative or harmful situation” – on the contrary these effects can be channeled for the benefit of society and the individual. As a government document, there are many words of wisdom in this study which deserve serious consideration in this country.
At the same time that this occurred another historic event happened when the Daime church was invited to take part in an inter-religious vigil as part of the program at the Global Forum section of the Earth Summit conference. All of the major religions of the world were represented. The Santo Daime, now being considered a major religion in Brazil, had its own tent and 600 people took part in an all-night ritual. T he Daime was served and the people took part in the sacred dance, in rhythm to the Daime hymns. To me this official recognition was a fitting tribute for the hundredth anniversary of Master Irineu this year. There will be further celebrations of the centenary in December this year when people will gather in Rio Branco, Acre, from all over the world to celebrate the Master’s birthday.
The expansion of the Santo Daime doctrine has created a movement also to help the people of Amazonia to protect the rainforest which is the natural habitat of the vine and the leaf used in the Daime. Mapia is, in fact, now the center of a one and a half million acre protected reserve. The ecological work of the people of Mapia is a natural extension of a religion which was born in the rainforest, and is being supported by the United Nations and the non-profit organization Friends of the Amazon Forest in the U.S.
Oren Lyons is the Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Council of Chiefs of the Hau de no sau nee (ho dee noe sho nee), of the Onondaga Nation of the Hau de no sau nee (meaning People Building a Long House). As Faithkeeper, he is entrusted to maintain the customs, traditions, values and history of the Turtle Clan and uphold Gai Eneshah Go’ Nah, the Great Law of Peace of the Hau de no sau nee while representing the people’s message from the Hau de no sau nee to the World Community in every aspect as deemed necessary by the Onondaga people. In 1992 he was invited to address the General Assembly of the United Nations and open the International Year of the World’s Indigenous People at the United Nations Plaza in New York. During that year he organized a delegation of the Hau de no sau nee to the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro and was invited by UNCED Secretary General Maurice Strong, to address the national delegations.
Bill Moyers: You’re an artist and this is your drawing, isn’t it?
Oren Lyons: Yes. It’s a painting. It’s a depiction of the Great Tree of Peace and the two individuals who had the most to do with it, the Great Peacemaker (who is on the left as we look at it), and Hayanwatah (who was his supporter). The Tree of Peace, of course, is the great spiritual law and it sits on the back of the turtle, which is our metaphor for this island. We call North America the Great Turtle Island. Interspersed and intertwined among the leaves of the tree and around the tree, gathered around it, are the great clans. The Deer Clan (and the deer is recognized as a leader of animals), the hawk who sits in the tree, the bear who is another powerful, mysterious entity, and the wolf who is our spiritual brother in this life. He is recognized by native people around the world as a very powerful entity. And over on the left, on the neck of the turtle is a snipe, which is a clan, a huge family.
Bill Moyers: Every part of that painting is a symbol.
Oren Lyons: Yes. When the Peacemaker had planted the Tree of Peace, he placed the eagle in the top. And the eagle would belong to everyone and the eagle would sit there in vigilance and watch and would scream when things were coming towards the tree. He said that there will come a time when this tree will be attacked.
We can look at that at this time or we could have looked at it in 1776 or we could have looked at it in 1620, when it has come under attack. Today, it’s still here. The tree is still standing and we, the chiefs of the Long House, are dedicated to its continuance and to its future.
Bill Moyers: When you say the tree is still here, you mean spiritually?
Oren Lyons: Spiritually. Yes. It was a spiritual tree to begin with. Because again, people are so literal. It’s hard at times to have a discussion with people who think in linear terms. Because they say, “We come to see the tree.” And we say, “It’s a great tree. It reaches to the heavens. You can’t see it. You can’t see it? We can see it.” But it’s there. And it’s very real. And again, as we were told, sometimes the most real things you can’t see….
An Interview with Davi Kopenawa Yanomami:
“Davi Kopenawa Yanomami… is a shaman and Portuguese-speaking spokesperson of the Yanomami Indians in Brazil.”
MM: What has been your reaction to the Earth Summit?
DAVI YANOMAMI: We have asked the shaman to get in touch with his teacher, an elder shaman, and tell him that this conference is taking place, and tell him that he should do some special shamanism so that the Americans should agree with what’s going on here. They are asking the help of the older ones, who are the elders and teachers, so they should give more force to them here, and speak so that they will be able to communicate with President Bush, and convince him to go along with the other countries to save the universe. We don’t want to hurt him. We want to ask him to respect us. And we want to ask him to sign the [biodiversity] treaty together with the other nations and to return our rights to life. President Collor should also agree with preserving the planet. If he doesn’t, then we are going to get together all of the shamans of Brazil and we are going to do a very strong shamanism. President Bush thinks that he is the owner of the world but the shamans are the ones who have the knowledge. He is not the first world. We are the first world.
Pari Mahinpey is the founder of COSMIC PEACE 12:12,
Divine Healing Center and Holistic Healing Int.
June 1st through June 12 1992 Earth summit Rio Brazil
The Cosmic Peace bell rang 12 times in the global heart tent at 12 noon everyday. from wiredbrain.net:
…In a small field next to the Hotel Gloria, an interfaith meditation tent was established as a spiritual retreat from the often turbulent streets of Rio. Since the disruption of human kind’s relationship with nature is reflective of a deeper disruption in the spiritual relationship with Self, this tent was seen as integral to the Earth Summit process. Unfortunately, most people in Rio to save the Earth overlooked this tent. In the words of those who focused much of their time on inward reflection: “To heal the external while the internal rots is only to postpone the inevitable decay of human existence on Earth. We must first heal our hearts and our relationship with God and Neighbor, and then let our actions be motivated by this new way of life.”
While prayer and meditation was available at no cost, there was a U.S. $ 10 daily entrance fee to the Global Forum, which, in a city beset with poverty, left many people outside the gates looking for another way to get in. A black market in tickets quickly emerged, and journalists were warned not to leave their press passes hanging outside their shirts for fear of having them ripped off literally. June 1 was the original date set for the opening of both UNCED and the Global Forum, but the UN conference had to be Postponed a few days until the 3rd because of one minor oversight: the United Nations planners had not taken into account the Moslem feast of Eid-ul-Adha. Since a major portion of the world’s population is Moslem, the schedule for the Earth Summit was adjusted accordingly.
There were people of every religion, race, culture and political persuasion at the Global Forum. All of humanity was there, rubbing shoulders and getting to know one another. Women from Africa, indigenous peoples from the Amazon, West Indians, East Indians, Native American Indians, children, adults, clowns and musicians. The Hare Krishnas and Hindus were there with the Buddhists and the Bahais. Christians joined with Jews and Moslems for the sake of the Earth at the Global Forum. Though each group retained its- distinctness, all differences were glorified, validated and unified for the sake of environmental preservation. Each group had a booth at the Forum which collectively reflected adverse cross section of humanity….
Baha’i Involvement at the Earth Summit
The Baha’i community made several contributions to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development and the 1992 Global Forum which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. From the preparatory meetings held around the world before the Conference to the actual gathering in Rio, the worldwide Baha’i community found itself playing an active and surprisingly prominent role in the entire UNCED process. Indeed, Baha’i participation in UNCED and the Global Forum was on a scale greater than anything else the Baha’i community had undertaken at a major United Nations conference–or any other comparable world event.
The community’s role was significant in several ways:
* In the preparatory meetings to UNCED, there was extensive Baha’i interaction with governments; substantive statements were made to UNCED bodies; and Baha’i representatives had frequent and productive high-level contacts with many delegates. The extent to which Baha’i themes emerged in the final conference documents was highly gratifying.
* At UNCED itself, nine Baha’i delegates were accredited as NGO representatives and nine other Baha’is were members, usually as technical advisors, of government delegations.
* The Baha’i International Community was one of only thirteen NGOs invited to address the UNCED plenary itself. The Community’s statement, titled “The Most Vital Challenge,” stressed the importance of spiritual principles in bringing about the attitudinal changes necessary to promote sustainable development and was chosen to reflect the view of religious NGOs to the conference.
* Baha’is also took a leading part in the Global Forum. The Baha’i International Community in collaboration with the Baha’i community of Brazil sponsored several major artistic events including the construction of a “Peace Monument” and the publication of a book of children’s artwork on environmental themes. It also offered behind-the-scenes support for various Forum activities.
“The increased recognition of the Baha’i International Community, coupled with growing acceptance of the principle of the oneness of humanity, are some of the most significant outcomes of our participation in the UNCED process,” said Lawrence Arturo, Director of the Office of the Environment of the Baha’i International Community, which coordinated the overall worldwide involvement of Baha’is in UNCED. Acceptance of the theme of oneness Central to the Baha’i message at Rio was that the world should focus on the principle of the oneness of humanity. This theme was gradually picked up by others and appeared in various statements and publications related to the UNCED process. Ultimately, in several speeches at the Earth Summit and Global Forum, NGO and government leaders alike embraced this principle as critical to the establishment of sustainable development in the world.
Warren Lindner, international coordinator of the ’92 Global Forum, made reference to the words of Baha’u’llah during the dedication of the “Peace Monument“–a five-meter-high sculpture initiated by the Baha’i International Community as a lasting monument to the Earth Summit. “The ’92 Global Forum and the Earth Summit were not really about environment and development,” said Mr. Lindner on 14 June 1992, the final day of both conferences. “What they were really about was proving the point made on the monument. The fact that `the earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.’” He was quoting the words of Baha’u’llah as inscribed on the monument. […]
The Peace Monument
During the inauguration ceremony, a line of children dressed in the costumes of many countries passed from hand to hand the soil of 42 nations for deposit into the monument, which is hollow. Contributions of soil were solicited from nations the world over and, as of May 1993, soil samples had been received from an additional 10 countries, bringing to 52 the number of nations that have contributed soil to the project. Many of the soil samples have been taken from sacred or historic sites. Soil from Iceland, for example, was taken from that country’s most sacred and historic spot, the site of the first parliament, which was founded 1100 years ago. Soil from India was taken from Shakti Sthal, the site of the monument to the late Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi, who was the only head of state to attend the 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Environment.
Representatives of the Ethiopian government noted that their willingness to donate soil to the monument was especially symbolic because of its sacred nature. One representative said that when European delegations visited Ethiopia a hundred years ago, the Emperor decreed that their feet should be washed before they left, to prevent any of the country’s sacred soil from being carried away. “In the past, we did not allow anyone to take our soil out of the country willingly,” said Zegeye Asfaw, Ethiopia’s Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Development, in a press conference before the inauguration ceremony. “ But our determination is to see a peaceful and prosperous earth, and that is why we have delivered our soil to the peace monument.”
How about another couple of youtube videos?
One of the most celebrated “heroes” from the 1992 Earth Summit to the Eco-Mongering community is Severn Suzuki. Back in 1992, she was 12 years old and her “brave”, scolding speech to the summit can be viewed here. Severn is the daughter of David Suzuki who can be seen in this youtube clip comparing humans to maggots. As the description section of that youtube link says: One of the goals of the environmental movement has been to cheapen the value of human life in people’s minds, making people feel guilty for their existence on this planet. T his ties in with the emerging New Age religion of Gaia worship, which places the value of nature above all else, including human life. The mantra of radical environmentalists is that humans are parasites, as seen in this clip of an unwashed David Suzuki comparing humans to fruit flies and maggots. David Suzuki is an environmental activist who is big especially up in Canada, and has for years been preaching about how humans are a cancer to the earth.
Here’s an article entitled “David Suzuki’s gloomy world of nothingness” from LifeSiteNews.com.
I will finish up by quoting from this Christian site:
Alan Morrison- Head of Diakisis International (A Christian Apologetics Ministry based in France) is of the opinion that the UN Declaration on Religious Dialogue is pursuing an agenda for the eradication of the Christian gospel. We must now ask ourselves just how seriously we view Jesus’ words: – “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man come to the Father (God) but through Me.”
Yet this kind of exclusivity is now ridiculed as stubborn prejudice; as radical fundamentalism, that must either be confronted or efforts made to halt it. In an, interdependent globalized, multi-cultural, pluralist, post-modern, world, inflexible Christian assertions can no longer be tolerated.
‘Men may hate you because of Me!’ said Jesus, ‘But stand firm to the end and you will be saved!’ Mat 10:22; “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace,” ……… “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” [John 16:33] Everyone who wants to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted! [2 Timothy 3:12]
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