EMERGENCE OF MAITREYA
CONTENTS OF THIS INFOPACK (1 of 3)
A brief summary
All the great religions posit the idea of a further revelation to be given by a future Teacher. Christians hope for the return of the Christ, the Buddhists look for the coming of another Buddha ( the Lord Maitreya ), while Muslims await the Imam Mahdi, the Hindus a reincarnation of Krishna, and the Jews the Messiah.
Students of the esoteric tradition know all these as different names for the same individual - the Lord Maitreya, the World Teacher, the head of the Spiritual Hierarchy of Masters, and they look for His imminent return now.
In July 1977, Maitreya emerged from His centre in the Himalayas, when least expected, "like a thief in the night". Since then, He has lived in London as an ordinary man concerned with modern problems - political, economic and social. Since March 1978, He has been emerging as a spokesman in the Pakistani-Indian community. He is not a religious leader, but an educator in the broadest sense - pointing the way out of the present world crisis. According to esoteric teaching, Maitreya manifested Himself 2,000 years ago in Palestine by overshadowing His disciple Jesus - now the Master Jesus. This time Maitreya has come Himself.
Maitreya does not intend to build a new religion around Himself, nor to create followers, but to teach humanity "the art of Self-realization". The first steps are "honesty of mind, sincerity of spirit and detachment."
Maitreya's social concerns are reflected in His list of priorities: an adequate supply of the right food, adequate housing and shelter for all, healthcare and education as a universal right. His social message can be summarized in a few words: "Share and save the world". Maitreya knows we will accept His advice and that we are on the threshold of an era of peace and goodwill.
"Do not try
to worship Me, Maitreya counsels, if you worship Me you
A new age is dawning
We are standing at the beginning of an extraordinary period in the history of the world -- a crossroads at which humanity is undergoing a great shift in consciousness. This reflects itself in new relationships -- political, economic, religious, social, scientific, and cultural -- which in their manifestation will create a completely different type of civilization, one in which the true, spiritual nature of humanity, consciously recognized and demonstrated, will become manifest for the first time.
These changes are the result
of new energies and forces entering our world. A new age is dawning.
This is not a concept created by `new age' groups, nor is it simply
an astrological prognostication, but a scientific fact which can be
verified at any astronomical observatory. It is the result of the
precession of the equinoxes or, in layman's terms, of the movement
of our solar system around the heavens in relation to the 12 constellations
of our zodiac. Our sun makes a journey in relation to these constellations
which takes almost 26,000 years to complete. Approximately every 2,150
years, our sun comes into an alignment, a particular energetic relationship,
with each of the constellations in turn. When we are in that alignment,
we say we are in the age of that particular constellation, and are
the recipient of powerful cosmic energies streaming from it. For approximately
2,000 years, our sun has stood in that relationship to the constellation
Pisces. We have been in the age of Pisces.
The energy of Pisces has also given us the quality of idealism, devotion to an ideal. Unfortunately, it has been an abstract type of idealism, and we have but rarely sought to implement these ideals. We have also clung firmly, through our devotion, to our own ideals at the expense of all others. Whatever we idealize and believe in, whatever is our own individual, communal, or national ideology, we tend to think is the sum total of all truth -- whether Democracy, Communism, Fascism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, or other approaches.
This exclusive devotion to one's own ideal has dangerously divided the world. The civilization of the last 2,000 years has been characterized by great political, economic, and religious divisions. This is representative of how we have handled and expressed the energies of Pisces.
Our sun has now moved away from the sphere of influence of the energies of Pisces, and is coming into that same alignment with the constellation Aquarius; we are entering the age of Aquarius. The new, incoming energies of Aquarius have the quality of synthesis. As they increase in potency over the next 2,150 years, they will create a fusing and blending of humanity in ways which would be unthinkable today. We are now starting out on that journey of synthesis.
We do not make the journey alone. Throughout the history of humanity (which according to the esoteric teachings is 18.5 million years), we have never been alone. We have been led and guided, taught, stimulated and protected -- sometimes openly, but often from behind the scenes -- by a group of, from our point of view, perfected men. They have gone ahead of us in evolution, and finished the evolutionary journey on which we are still engaged. Having done so, by the same steps which we today take to evolve, They have perfected Themselves, and need no further incarnational experience on this planet. For Them it remains simply a field of service, a means by which They take upon Themselves the responsibility of overseeing our evolution. This group of perfected men is known by many names: the Masters of Wisdom and the Lords of Compassion, the Great White Brotherhood, the Society of Illumined Minds, the Spiritual or Esoteric Hierarchy, the Guides and Elder Brothers of Humanity.
These Masters have lived, for the most part, in the remote mountain and desert areas of the world: the Himalayas, the Andes, the Rocky Mountains, the Cascades, the Carpathians, the Atlas, the Urals, the Gobi and other deserts. From these mountain and desert retreats, They have beneficently overseen the evolution of humanity for countless millennia. Much of the work of the Masters is carried out by Their disciples, men and women in the world -- people such as Da Vinci, Mozart, Lincoln, Einstein, and Madame Curie. By a gradual stimulus of our conscious awareness, the Masters have brought humanity forward to the point where we now find ourselves today. Under such stimulus and guidance, our civilizations have risen, flowered, crystallized, died and been renewed again age after age.
At the beginning or end of each age, the Hierarchy of Masters send one of Their Great Ones into the world to act as a teacher for the coming time. We know some of these great teachers historically as Hercules, Hermes, Rama, Mithra, Confucius, Zoroaster, Vyasa, Krishna, Buddha, the Christ, and Mohammed. They are all members of the same group, the Spiritual Hierarchy of our planet.
All religions await the coming of a teacher: Christians, the return of the Christ; Hindus, the return of Krishna; Jews, the Messiah; Moslems, the Imam Mahdi or Messiah; and Buddhists, Maitreya Buddha. These are different names for one and the same individual, the head and leader of the Spiritual Hierarchy, the Master of all the Masters, the World Teacher, the one Saint Paul and the Buddha called, "the teacher alike of angels and of men" -- the Lord Maitreya, the Embodiment of the Christ Consciousness.
Two thousand six hundred years ago, Gautama Buddha made a prediction that at this time would come another great teacher who would inspire humanity to create a new and brilliant golden civilization based on righteousness and truth. His name would be Maitreya, a Buddha like Himself.
Two thousand years ago in Palestine, the Lord Maitreya's consciousness entered into that of His disciple, Jesus, at the Baptism. For three years, Jesus demonstrated the consciousness of the Christ -- the Lord Maitreya -- and became Jesus, the Christ, or Messiah. Five hundred years earlier, the Buddha worked through His disciple, the Prince Gautama, and Gautama became Gautama Buddha. This is the age-old way for the manifestation of the Teacher.
For over 500 years the Masters have known that sooner or later They would be required to return to the everyday world. The only question was when humanity would be ready for this extraordinary event. The signal for this return was given in June 1945 at the end of the war. The Lord Maitreya announced His intention to return once again -- not taking over the vehicle of one of His disciples -- but to come Himself in His own full physical presence, bringing a large group of His disciples, the Masters of Wisdom, with Him.
Maitreya said He would come, at the earliest possible moment, when a measure of peace had been restored to the world; when the principle of sharing was beginning to govern economic affairs; and when the energy which we call goodwill, the lowest aspect of love, was manifesting and leading to the establishment of correct human relationships. He promised that when these conditions were beginning to take place, when our minds were at least moving in these directions, He would, without fail, return.
Maitreya hoped to come around 1950. It was hoped that the pain and suffering of humanity in the war would have chastened us and led to a change of direction. But not all the nations had suffered, and the powers quickly returned to the greedy, selfish, nationalistic, self-serving, and competitive ways of the past. Because of the lack of change by humanity, the coming of Maitreya was delayed. But in July 1977, Maitreya announced He would wait no longer.
On 8 July 1977 Maitreya descended from His retreat in the Himalayas, and entered Pakistan, where He stayed some days to acclimatize Himself. On 19 July He entered London, England, where He has been ever since as a member of the Asian community. There He works, surrounded by a group of holy men, swamis from India, whom He trains and teaches, and a much larger group of ordinary people, not only of that community, but English people, Americans, Dutch, Japanese and others who have found their way to Him. He awaits an invitation from humanity, through its representatives, the world's media networks, to come forward and begin His mission openly as the World Teacher.
Political, economic and social change
Meanwhile, from behind the scenes, He has been transforming the world, dispensing potent cosmic energies in such a way as to create the momentous changes of recent years. Through His inspiration of Mikhail Gorbachev, the Cold War has ended. The Berlin Wall has come down and Germany has become unified 30 or 40 years before anyone thought it possible. Likewise, the demand for justice, freedom and participation occurring throughout the world has taken place under His stimulus.
The political totalitarianism of the Soviet Union, China and the Eastern Bloc is breaking up. Eventually totalitarianism in political terms will become a thing of the past. Economic totalitarianism is also about to collapse. Maitreya has said in one of His messages given through me that humanity must see itself as one: brothers and sisters of one humanity, under the one God. Following from that, we must see that the food, raw materials, energy, scientific know-how and educational facilities of the world belong to everyone. They are given by divine providence for everyone, and must no longer be usurped and wasted by the developed third of the world, as pertains today.
We in the developed world use and waste three-quarters of the world's food and not less than 83 per cent of all other resources. In the developing world, the Third World, with two-thirds of the world's population, millions are starving. They have to make do with one-quarter of the world's food and 17 per cent of other resources. As a result, 1.2 billion people live in absolute poverty. That means they have an income of less than $100 per year. Half of them, more than 500 million people, have nothing. They live out miserable, stunted lives, dying of malnutrition and the diseases which result. Thirty-eight million people are literally starving to death. Every 2.4 seconds a child in the Third World dies of starvation, while at the same time there is a 10 per cent per capita surplus of food rotting away in the storehouses of the developed world. This situation threatens the well-being of the world.
Maitreya has said, "How can I stand aside and watch this slaughter, watch my little ones die? No, my friends. This cannot be. Therefore, I am come quickly among you once more, to show you the way, to point the path." He has come to teach humanity the need for sharing. "Sharing," He says, "is divine. When you share you recognize God in your brother."
If we accept the principle of sharing, accept that we are one, redistribute the world's resources and so create justice in the world, we will have peace. It is the only way in which we will have secure and lasting peace. If we do not, and continue in our greedy, selfish, and competitive ways, we will find that the tensions inherent in the divisions between the living standards of the developed and developing worlds are so great that they will erupt in a third world war which will destroy all life. That is the choice before humanity today. Maitreya says, "My heart tells me your answer, your choice, and is glad."
Maitreya has foretold an economic crash which He said will begin in Japan. We think of Japan as the richest and most financially successful nation in the world, but its stock market is about to collapse. Maitreya says, "This bubble must burst." It is a sore which must erupt and let out all the inequality and degradation which comes, He says, from commercialization -- the expression of market forces. Maitreya calls market forces the forces of evil because they have divisions and separations in-built in them.
Market forces as a theory rests on the idea that we all start at the same point. But there is no country in the developed or developing world where that situation exists. Every nation has rich and poor. Market forces are based on human greed. Their expression is commercialization, which He says is an evil gripping the whole of humanity. Maitreya says any government that blindly follows market forces is leading its nation to destruction. This is occurring in almost every country today and will bring this civilization to the verge of destruction.
When the stock exchanges,
beginning in Japan, collapse, as they are now beginning to do, the
priorities of all governments will change. The number one priority
will be the provision of adequate food for all the people; two, the
provision of adequate housing for all the people; thirdly, the provision
of adequate health care and education for all the people. These are
the basic human rights needed everywhere by all people, yet there
is no country in the world in which all of these pertain as a universal
right. When the economic collapse occurs, humanity will begin to recognize
its oneness, and the need to co-operate and share the world's resources.
The time is fast approaching when political, economic and religious totalitarianism -- denying human freedom, well-being, liberty, and the human right to believe what one desires -- will be over. A new freedom is awaiting humanity just around the corner. But that new freedom has, above all, the necessity of responsibility. We have to take upon ourselves the responsibility for each other. Maitreya puts it very simply: "Take your brother's need as the measure for your actions and solve the problems of the world. There is no other course."
Maitreya has said, "I have not come to found a new religion." Those who await Him as a religious teacher will likely be disappointed. He has not come to confirm the beliefs of Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews or those of other religions. He says that people should continue to evolve within the framework of their own traditions, whatever they happen to be. "I have not come to create followers," He says. In fact, He says, "If you follow me" -- run after me, try to put me in your pocket, claim me -- "then you will lose me." He says, "I do not want you to believe in me, or not to believe in me, I want you to experience me." There is only one way you can experience Him and that is in your heart.
Maitreya, in His teaching on the nature of humanity, says, "The Self alone matters." He equates the Self with God, the Lord, the Absolute. "You are that Self, an immortal being." He says our pain and suffering are due to the fact that we identify with the vehicles of the Self -- the physical body, emotional feelings, and the creations of our mind. Ask yourself, "Who am I?" You will find that you identify either with the physical body as the Self, with your emotions or energy structure, or with the creations of your mind, your beliefs and thoughts. Maitreya emphasizes the importance of self-respect, awareness and detachment. "Self-respect is the seed of awareness," He says. "Without detachment there is no salvation."
The process of the Emergence
In recent years, Maitreya has been appearing to individuals -- important world leaders as well as ordinary people -- and to groups of people, large and small, all over the world. In this way, He is gradually affecting world events, and making His presence known. He appears to individuals in one of three ways: most commonly in people's dreams; secondly, as a vision -- not in a dream but not totally solid; and, thirdly, as a solid, physical person who suddenly appears before them and then disappears.
On 11 June 1988 He appeared miraculously from out of nowhere before 6,000 people at a prayer meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. The people instantly recognized Him as the Christ. He spoke to them for some minutes in perfect Swahili, the local language, and then disappeared as amazingly as He had come, leaving behind some 30 or 40 people completely healed of their illnesses. Since then, Maitreya has appeared miraculously before large groups of people in Mexico, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Scotland, Norway, the Middle East, North Africa, India and Pakistan. Near the majority of these appearances miraculous healing water will be found. This has already happened in Tlacote (near Mexico City ), Dusseldorf in Germany and New Delhi in India. He will continue to do this until people begin to talk, the media take notice, and He becomes universally known.
Maitreya will then be invited by the international media to speak directly to the entire world through the television networks linked together by satellites. On this Day of Declaration, we will see His face on the television screen wherever we have access. The Bible statement, "All eyes will see Him," will be fulfilled, in the only way in which it can be fulfilled. We will see His face, but He will not speak. His thoughts, His ideas, His call to humanity for justice, sharing, right relationships and peace, will take place silently, telepathically. Each of us will hear Him inwardly in our own language. In this way, He will re-enact on a world-wide scale the true happenings of Pentecost 2,000 years ago.
At the same time, the energy which He embodies -- the Christ principle, the energy of love -- will flow out in tremendous potency through the hearts of all humanity. He has said, "It will be as if I embrace the world. People will feel it even physically." This will evoke an intuitive, heartfelt response to His message. Simultaneously, on the outer, physical plane, there will be hundreds of thousands of miracle healings throughout the planet. In these three ways we will know that Maitreya is the Christ, the World Teacher, come for all groups, religious and non-religious alike, an educator in the broadest sense, here to help us fulfill our destiny as Gods in incarnation.
Maitreya and His group of Masters have come to show us the way, to inspire and guide us to create the conditions in which that divinity can correctly manifest. They have come to teach us to know who we are. Maitreya has said, "I have come to teach the art of Self or God realization. That is the destiny of all people in the world."
Those of us now in incarnation have an extraordinary responsibility. That is why we are in the world at this time. Every generation brings into incarnation those who are equipped with the knowledge to solve the problems of their time. We have to solve the problems of today and the immediate future, to decide for all time whether or not the human race will continue -- to make the choice for justice, sharing, right relationships, and peace, or to destroy all life. Maitreya is in no doubt that we will make the right choice.
Twenty years ago, on 19 July 1977, Maitreya, the World Teacher, arrived in London from His Himalayan retreat, and settled within the Asian community, beginning the process of His emergence. In the last two decades enormous transformations have taken place in the world due to Maitreya's presence and the outpouring of His extraordinary energy. Events that seemed impossible in the late 1970s became reality as people witnessed the televised reports of the historic events unfold: the ending of the "cold war"; the reunification of East and West Germany; the ending of apartheid in South Africa and the growing power of the people's voice world-wide leading to demands for freedom and justice.
Benjamin Creme, Maitreya's "roving ambassador", has for over 20 years been preparing the way and creating the climate of expectancy for Maitreya's emergence. Since his first talk in 1974, millions of people have heard the message and thousands have been inspired to work for the emergence of Maitreya. The main centers in London, Amsterdam, and Los Angeles link the hundreds of groups across the world involved in Transmission Meditation and in making the story known. Benjamin Creme's books have been translated into 10 languages, Share International now reaches 70 countries, and nearly two million copies of The Emergence Quarterly newspaper have been distributed since 1992.
Beginning in 1988, Maitreya made a broad series of forecasts which were published in Share International and distributed as press releases to the world's media. Never before have such accurate predictions been made. Here is a selection: "The Palestinians will have their homeland" (June 1988); "Nelson Mandela will be released" (September 1988); "In South Africa confrontation will give way to consensus ... black and white leaders will negotiate" (June 1988); "Gorbachev will be replaced" (October 1988); "Lebanon will awake to a clear sky of peace" (July 1989); "Terry Waite and his fellow hostages will be released" (April 1990); "A Democrat will become the next President of America" (January 1991); "Mrs. Thatcher will retire from office" (September 1988); "On the streets of Britain masses of people will revolt against the Poll Tax" (July 1989).
A major event which, Maitreya says, we may expect to see in the near future and which He announced as early as 1988: an international stock market crash, beginning in Japan.
For many years Maitreya and a group of Masters have been creating a wealth of signs of Their return. As Maitreya's full emergence draws nearer, and the miracles become more frequent, the media is beginning to link these phenomenal events: Hindu milk-drinking statues; Jesus icon in Bethlehem weeping tears and blinking; 35-foot rainbow Madonna on Florida bank window; holy messages in tomatoes and aubergines; statues of the Madonna weeping tears and blood; 40-foot crosses of light in Knoxville Church, USA; Lebanese Muslim girl weeping razor-sharp crystals; miraculous healing waters in Mexico, India and Germany; "disappearing hitchhiker"; rescues by "angels".
Never run after me. I am always with you. If you run after the powers of saints, etc, you will get lost. To run is to run away from your Self. I am in your heart. Be honest, sincere, detached, and you will experience Me within. The ultimate can never be achieved by running away from the Self.
Maitreya's emergence in brief
8 July 1977: Maitreya leaves
His Himalayan retreat.
"My children, My friends, I have come more quickly, perhaps, than you expected. But there is much to do, much that needs changing in the world. Many hunger and die, many suffer needlessly. I come to change all that; to show you the way forward - into a simpler, saner, happier life - together. No longer man against man, nation against nation, but together, as brothers, shall we go forth into the New Country."
"When I make Myself
known, I shall express the hope of all mankind for a new life, a new
start, a readiness to change direction; to see the construction of
a New World in which men can live in peace; can live free from fear
of themselves or their brothers; free to create from the joy in their
hearts; free to be themselves, in simple honesty."
The appearance of a spiritual leader for the whole of humanity (not expected by most to take place yet, or perhaps anticipated in a different way) raises several questions for many, believers and non-believers alike. Both are unconsciously hindered in their response to this appearance by backgrounds which may prevent them from seeing Maitreya in His true function and identity.
This will, perhaps, make it especially difficult for devotees of the various religions to accept Him as He is. They are often bound, to a greater or lesser extent, by the traditional framework of their faith from which it is difficult to distance themselves. What these various religious traditions have in common is the expectation that their spiritual leader (or his successor) will intervene in the flow of history in a most extraordinary manner. Unfortunately, a further common belief is that the members of their particular religion are 'chosen' and that the Teacher will bring to them, and only them, paradise, either in this life or hereafter.
The reality is different. It was their followers, not the Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed, Jesus or Zoroaster, who threw up barriers between faiths and people. The great spiritual leaders in all eras have always emphasized the one, undivided humanity. It was not these teachings but their incorrect application which led to religious wars, intolerance, inquisitions and separatism.
The key to a better understanding of the work of the great spiritual teachers is that they have always worked together, as members of a group known as the 'Spiritual Hierarchy'. This Hierarchy has always supported humanity on the long path of evolution, unnoticed for the most part, working behind the scenes, but occasionally openly when the time was ripe to reveal an important, new teaching.
Time and time again, these public missions have thrown into confusion a humanity equipped with too little knowledge to fathom or correctly interpret the succeeding events. In particular, announcements by various teachers of a future 'return', and predictions couched in symbolic terms of the conditions which would surround such a happening, have led to much misunderstanding. A good example of this is the difficulty that the Jews had in recognizing and accepting Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah, especially in relation to their firm conviction that he would assert himself as a strong political and military leader. Yet Jesus was the promised new leader - but in a way not understood by Jews or Christians.
A new revelation is not always given by a Master of the Wisdom in person. Use is frequently made of a disciple who has accepted the task of functioning as a vehicle for his Master. Jesus was such an initiate disciple, who for the three years of his mission, from the baptism in Jordan onwards, was 'overshadowed' by his Master, who is also the Master of all the Masters: Maitreya the Christ. Hence Christianity has wrestled for centuries with the question of the dual nature of Jesus, now a Master of the Wisdom Himself. The claim made by Christians that Jesus was the only son of God is therefore incorrect. Everyone is a son or daughter of God, as Jesus said. But most of us are divine only in potential and it is the Masters and their most evolved disciples alone who may be called 'Sons of God' in the esoteric sense: people who have brought the divine qualities in themselves to complete unfoldment.
The predictions of spiritual teachers in the past about 'Their' return were pointing, without exception, to the events now unfolding, as the world moves into a new era. Not the 'end of time' but the end of an age and the beginning of a new cycle. This is why Maitreya is now here.
This time He is not working through a disciple as an intermediary but He has come Himself from His ancient retreat - a valley high in the Himalayas. In July 1977 He took up residence in the Asian community in London, where He has subsequently worked, preparing for His appearance before the entire world and as teacher for all humanity - Christians and Jews, Buddhists and Taoists, Hindus and Muslims, and also, to the same degree, those who follow no religion.
Above all, the appearance of Maitreya must not be seen as an exclusive event for 'believers', to which non-believers cannot relate. The Masters of the Wisdom and their disciples are not a 'religious' phenomenon. They have tried repeatedly to teach humanity the principles of justice and brotherhood, about the need for right human relations, and consequently a correct relationship between man and God. However, the churches have invariably laid emphasis on the mystical element, and at the same time have monopolized the notion of spirituality, claiming it exclusively for the religious field.
The religious path, however, is only one way. The artist, the politician, the scientist, the manual worker, everyone - believer or non-believer - can live a real spiritual life. The deciding factor here is whether or not they are working in the service of humanity.
Maitreya, too, gives the
highest priority to service. He points to the inhumanity of a world
which forces farmers in America and Europe to reduce production while
every two seconds a child dies of hunger; a world in which poor countries
groan under the burden of intolerable debts while the industrialized
countries spend hundreds of billions of dollars on weapons.
We shall have to make our choice in complete freedom: Maitreya is a teacher, an adviser, a guide. It is up to us to decide whether or not to take His counsel to heart. But He has already said that our reaction can be predicted: we will choose to implement His teachings. This means that we are at the beginning of a new time: a time of enlightenment, of extraordinary scientific achievement and of right human relationships; a time of a new understanding of that which we call God, and of Maitreya, the Hierarchy and mankind within His Plan.
During the years of preparation for His emergence, Maitreya gave 140 Messages through Benjamin Creme during public lectures at Friends' House, Euston Road, London. The method used was a process of mental overshadowing, and the telepathic rapport thus set up. The Messages, two of which are printed here, inspired His listeners to spread the news of Maitreya's reappearance and to work urgently for the rescue of millions suffering from poverty and starvation in a world of plenty. Without embracing the principle of sharing and redressing this injustice, Maitreya stresses constantly, there can be no hope of world peace.
For all of this I come
Good evening, My
There are many
reasons why I should descend and appear once more among you.
Know, too, that
They are building the New Age, through you.
May the Divine
Light and Love and Power of the One God be now manifest within your
hearts and minds.
(Message No. 2, 15 September 1977)
Man must change or die
My dear friends, I am happy indeed to be with you once more, and to magnetize your aspiration in this way.
My coming evokes
in man a desire for change, a desire for betterment, however expressed.
(Message No. 81, 12 September 1979)
A unique feature of Share International has been the regular articles provided by Benjamin Creme's Master, one of the Masters of Wisdom of the Spiritual Hierarchy who lives in the Himalayas and works closely with the Christ.
His articles throw light on the New Age civilization in all its aspects. He calls for service and sacrifice in order to bring about a society based on justice and sharing.
The son of
Many people await the return of the Christ with trepidation and fear. They sense that His appearance will promote great changes in all departments of life. His values, they rightly assume, will necessarily alter their ways of thinking and living and they blanch at such a prospect. Besides, so mystical has been the view of the Christ presented down the centuries by the churches that many fear His judgement and omnipotent power; they await Him as God come to punish the wicked and reward the faithful. It is sadly to be regretted that such a distorted vision of the Christ should so have permeated human consciousness. No such being exists. In order to understand the true nature of the Christ it is necessary to see Him as one among equal Sons of God, each endowed with full divine potential, differing only in the degree of manifestation of that divinity.
That He has achieved the fullness of that divinity is His Glory, and well may we stand in reverence at this achievement. That this same achievement is rare indeed is also indisputably true. But the wonder of the Christ for men is that He was one of them. Naught there is, in the trials and sufferings of men, but He did know it. Each step of the path that men still tread has He painfully trodden. Nothing is there, in the whole panorama of human experience, that He has not shared. Thus truly is He the Son of Man.
There can be little doubt that were He to appear unannounced in our midst few would recognize Him. So far from the general notion is He that He would pass unnoticed in the crowd. Thus it is today among His brothers as He awaits man's invitation to begin His mission. Many who see Him daily know Him not. Others recognize Him but are afraid to speak. Still others wait and pray, hopeful that He may be the One for whom they dare not hope. Only His Declaration before the world will establish Him in the sight and hearts of men.
While we await that Day of Days, let us clarify in our minds the reasons for His return. Let us understand the nature of the task which He has set Himself. To establish in our midst the fact of God has He come. To recreate the Divine Mysteries is He here. To teach men how to love, and love again, is He among us. To establish man's brotherhood does He walk the Earth once more. To keep faith with the Father and with man does He accept this burden. To usher in the new age has He returned. To consolidate the treasure of the past, to inspire the marvels of the future, to glorify God and man has He descended from His high mountain.
Let us look at His priorities: the establishment of peace; the inauguration of the system of sharing; the removal of guilt and fear - the cleansing of the hearts and minds of men; the education of mankind in the laws of life and love; an introduction to the Mysteries; the beautification of our cities; the removal of barriers to travel and interchange of peoples; the creation of a pool of knowledge accessible to all.
That such a task is not an easy one, not even for the Son of Man, is clear. Ancient habits of division and separation have strong roots, while fear and superstition cast their spell over millions of mankind. But never before, in the history of the world, has a Teacher come better equipped for His task. Maitreya has come to do battle with ignorance and fear, division and want. His weapons are spiritual understanding, knowledge and love; His shining armor is Truth Itself.
It is not long until the world will see the Christ. Despite appearances, His mission is proceeding well and many are the changes which His presence has invoked. There are those who doubt His presence in the world. This is natural; only when His face is seen will the doubters believe. Thus has it always been. Many await Him in the hope of miracles. Many look for His succour and support. Forgoing the miracles of yore, He will address Himself to the problems of the age: hunger and poverty, war and want. When you see Him, you will see a Man who has given Himself to God. In so doing, He has become a God. So complete is His identification with the Source that naught stands between Him and that Divinity.
Remember, when you see Him, that no law commands His presence and return. Responding only to the call to service and sacrifice, He once again shoulders the burden and invests it with joy.
Repeatedly, He has called for your support. Not seldom has He asked you to make known His presence. Were you to fulfil this request, the world would the better be prepared for His appearance. Sad it is that those who long the most act the least.
For the first time in history the whole world will see and know the Teacher. For the first time, together, men will salute the Messenger of God. When they know Him, they will find Him to be a wise counselor, a true brother and friend. Take heart from this promise, for the day is not far off when men's anguish will be assuaged. Take heart from this promise, for the tide is turning in favor of the Light.
Knowledge of God is essential to man's progress, but God can be known in many different ways. Today, your scientists are presenting facets of God's nature hitherto unknown, and find themselves at variance with the teachings of the churches. The time has come for the churches to re-examine these teachings in the light of the new knowledge now available to man. When they do this, they will find much to discard and much to re-interpret. Only then will the mausoleums of outmoded doctrines and dogmas, which the churches are today, become vibrant conveyors of the truth of God.
In this re-assessment, the Master Jesus will play an important part. His is the task to reconstruct the Christian groups along more fruitful lines and to prepare them for their role as centers of teaching and healing. In this He will work closely with the Christ, but Maitreya's mission will embrace all aspects of men's lives. His energy and inspiration will stimulate every field and men will know Him for the World Teacher that He is. Under His guidance, men will refashion the world along more just and spiritual lines and thus begin their ascent to the mountain top of achievement.
We are about to witness profound changes in all our institutions and structures - political and economic; religious and social; scientific, educational and cultural. These changes will take place as humanity grasps, stage by stage, its essential Oneness, and adopts the measures necessary to implement that Oneness.
The first human priority is the saving of the millions now starving to death in the Third World. To alleviate their plight a crash programme of aid on a world scale will be needed. No effort should be spared to ease the distress now being suffered in some of the poorest areas. There is nothing more urgent or important to do in the world today. All else must follow this primary human necessity.
The solution is obvious: sharing the resources of this plentiful world is the essential first step into right relationship. The Christ will make this clear and inspire humanity to act towards this end. His call for sharing and justice as the only way to true peace (and therefore to the continuance of the race and the saving of the world) is essentially a call for the establishment of right human relations and the renunciation of the manifestly wrong relationships in the world today: the competition and greed, individually, nationally, and internationally; the hatred and violence, world-wide and potent as never before; the separativeness and exclusiveness, the fanatical adherence to one's own ideal; all the bitterness and distrust which has brought us to the edge of self-destruction.
The Christ calls for the acceptance of the principle of sharing through the redistribution of the world's resources - the food, raw materials, energy and technological expertise, largely usurped (and wasted) today by the developed nations.
When we have accepted the principle of sharing (which principle will be forced on the governments by world public opinion) each country will be asked to make over, in trust for the world, that which it has in excess of its needs. Every country will be invited to make an inventory of its assets and needs. Fed into computers, these statistics will provide a United Nations Agency - set up for this purpose - with the information on which to base a plan for the rational redistribution of the world's resources. In this way a better balance between the developed and underdeveloped world can be achieved. It has been estimated that the redistribution programme will take two to three years to implement. The plans and blueprints for this scheme, drawn up by high initiates - economists, financiers and industrialists of great achievement - have long been in existence, awaiting only the demand of humanity for their implementation. A sophisticated form of barter will replace the present economic systems.
There is no doubt that there will be opposition from those more privileged members of society who will see, in the changes which must take place, a loss of their traditional status and power; but the need for change will become so overwhelmingly obvious that they will find themselves increasingly powerless to halt the momentum.
For several years, in five major centres (New York, Geneva, London, Darjeeling and Tokyo) groups have been trained by a Master in the precise legislation which will change our present chaotic political, economic and social structures along more rational (and more spiritual) lines. With the minimum of cleavage, the minimum disruption of the existing social fabric, far-reaching changes can be expected over the coming years. The democratic system will still hold, and will be seen to be right and effective when it is for the first time directed truly to the common good. The participation of all sections of society in the construction of the new social order will ensure the speedy adoption of the measures necessary for its implementation.
The key to a more harmonious political climate is the acceptance of the principle of sharing. Both the democratic and the communistic systems are in process of transition, and as they evolve they will become less mutually exclusive than they now appear to be. Greater world harmony will result. The United Nations Assembly will come into its own as the international legislative body. The work of the UN Assembly is inhibited today by the lack of support given to it by the major powers, in particular the US and Russia, and by the existence of the Security Council with its power of veto. The Security Council has outlived its usefulness and now must make way for the more broadly-based voice of the UN Assembly to be heard. The UN is the blueprint for a future world government of federated independent states. It is not part of the Divine Plan that the nations should live under one political system. Democracy and communism are each the expression, more or less distorted, of a divine idea. In their eventual perfect expression each will give to the world a model of social organization suited to different people in different circumstances. Unity in diversity may be said to be the keynote of future political groupings.
New approaches to work
Already, profound changes are taking place in the industrialized world with the advent of micro-technology. More and more, machines, ever more sophisticated, will take over the means of production. Today's problems of unemployment will become the problems of leisure. Education for the right and fullest use of leisure will be of paramount importance. Eventually, all the artifacts of our civilization will be made by machines, thus freeing man for the exploration of his true nature and purpose. In time, these machines will be made by an act of man's creative will; we have, as yet, scarcely touched the surface of the potential of the human mind.
The immediate need is to transform work processes to free from mechanical drudgery the countless millions who now know no other meaning in their daily work: "Let me take you into a world where no man lacks; where no two days are alike; where the joy of Brotherhood manifests through all men." (Message from Maitreya, No. 3).
The advent of the Christ and the emergence of the Masters of Wisdom will bring an enormous sense of relief and reduction of tension in the world. The gain in physical and emotional well-being will be considerable. Much of the physical disease in the world today has a psychic cause: the strains, the tensions and fears inherent in our divided society and world. Given true hope for the future, the general health of humanity will improve.
Quite apart from this, new approaches to discovering the causes of disease will be made. The existence of the etheric planes of matter, i.e. matter finer in substance than gas and normally invisible, has long been postulated, and accepted by esotericists as axiomatic. This is the next area of matter due for investigation by our exoteric scientists. Kirlian photography and the work of Wilhelm Reich have already pointed the way. It will be realized that the health of the physical body depends entirely on the etheric 'double' or 'counterpart-body'. The force centres (or 'chakras' as they are called in the East), which focus the etheric flow, have their counterparts on the dense physical plane in the major and minor glands of the endocrine system. We are just beginning to understand how important to our well-being is the correct, interrelated functioning of the endocrine system. This in turn is dependent on the proper functioning of the vital etheric body which substands it.
The alternative, so-called 'fringe' medicines of today (they are really very old indeed) will take their places beside the more orthodox methods. Teams of doctors and healers of various disciplines will work together, bringing their particular insights and gifts for the greater benefit of the patient. The Masters are, without exception, adept in the esoteric healing arts, exemplified so dramatically by the Christ in Palestine. Their inspiration and guidance will quicken the pace of experiment and discovery and lead to results undreamt of today.
There is, parallel to the human, another great evolution, the Angelic (or Deva, as it is known in the Orient), which has much to give and teach humanity in connection with disease and its cure. In the not too distant future, very real contacts will be made between the two evolutions which will result in a great expansion of man's awareness of his true nature and of his place in the scheme of things. This whole subject is so deeply esoteric and abstruse that only the briefest mention of it can be made here.
Certain diseases, like syphilis, tuberculosis and cancer are endemic in humanity and unbelievably old. It will take a long time to rid the world entirely of these scourges, but, eventually, it will be done. And, in the meantime, enormous strides will be made in their control and in the amelioration of their effects, as is already the case with tuberculosis. The universal adoption of cremation as the only hygienic method of restoration to the earth of the body after death will speed this process. For countless ages, through burial, diseases of the physical body have been absorbed into the earth to be reabsorbed in vegetable and animal tissue. This has occurred for so long that the earth itself is contaminated.
One of the most profound changes which will take place will be in our approach to death. Man will lose his fear of death. Humanity will come to accept and understand the law of rebirth; that the death of the body is but the transition to a new and freer state; that the soul in its long journey in incarnation takes vehicle after vehicle through which to reflect itself on the physical plane. Death will lose its terror. When the body is old and depleted in strength, death will be cheerfully sought as the doorway to renewal and further experience.
Law of Karma
The Christ will affirm the slow, gradual evolution of man through the process of reincarnation or the Law of Rebirth, and through his understanding of this Law and its relation to the Law of Cause and Effect (called in the East, the Law of Karma) will come the sure basis for the establishment of right human relations. We will come to understand that our thoughts and actions from moment to moment set in motion causes, whose effects make our lives what they are, for good or ill. So we will see the need for harmlessness in relation to others, a harmlessness based on the will to good, expressing itself as goodwill.
The Christ will proclaim the truth that the 'Kingdom of God' exists on earth, and has always existed, in the fact of the Spiritual Hierarchy of Masters and initiates, and that one day, through His agency, all His people will be members of that Kingdom. The esoteric process and experience of initiation, known today by thousands of disciples, will, in the coming age, become the conscious, exoteric experience of millions more. The Ancient Mysteries will be restored, and man will know himself as the Divine Being that he is.
All people, eventually, even those not engaged in the religious field, will share the sense of a spiritual basis to life, will endeavour, in whatever field of human activity they may be engaged, whether political, scientific, educational or artistic, to give expression to this sensed inner truth, and will build a culture and civilization which will directly reflect their experience that God, Nature and man are One. Then revelation will follow revelation until we will find ourselves in possession of that knowledge which will open for us the secrets of life itself and will allow us to become conscious creators and co-workers with God. This will be possible when man's will and God's Will are one and the same. A creative interplay between God and man can then take place, and the true nature and purpose behind the human evolution will become apparent.
This will lead to the creation of the Divine Science known only to the Masters of Wisdom. One day, through man himself, this science will become the instrument whereby the forces of the universe can be harnessed and utilized in the service of the Divine Plan, to further the evolution of all kingdoms in nature. Under the guidance of the Hierarchy of Masters, man will find himself able to control forces and energies of which today he is totally unaware, and of which today he is totally at the mercy. He will be able to transcend time and distance by the power of his thought and to create modes of travel so silent and apparently motionless that fatigue will disappear. Through the power of sound he will build his artefacts and control his environment.
Naturally, all this depends on our ability to surrender our little separate will and bring it into line with the Divine Will and Purpose. It is to this end that the Christ and the Masters will work. Theirs is the task so to lead and guide that we willingly, gladly, make this surrender ourselves, in the light of our own soul's vision of the scope and majesty of the Plan.
A new era of peace and goodwill is dawning in the world. Nothing can now prevent the inauguration of this era of tranquility and equilibrium. The cosmic forces released into the world by the Christ are definitely making themselves manifest on the physical plane, and will continue to do so in ever-mounting potency. These forces will lead to results which at the moment seem to be impossible of achievement. More and more, these energies will condition the ways of our thinking and feeling, and will lead eventually to that desired state of fusion and synthesis which will be the keynote of the Aquarian age. Then we will recognize the fact for so long hidden and unmanifested: that humanity is One, part of One Life.
I have not come to create followers, says Maitreya. Each of you should continue to develop within your own religious tradition. A real disciple is one who will respect the traditions. Respect your own religions, your own ideologies, in brief, your own thoughtform, and you will experience the Master. Even when you see me, do not run after me. If you run after me, you will lose me. I cannot be monopolized I belong to everyone.
In the regular feature 'Questions and Answers in Share International, Benjamin Creme addresses questions received about the Ageless Wisdom Teachings and the activities of Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom. For this issue, a selection has been made of questions especially relating to the reappearance of Maitreya the Christ.
Q. What will Maitreya's initial task be?
A. In the first place,
He will be concerned with inspiring humanity to create the conditions
in which world peace can be guaranteed. He will show that this requires,
above all, the acceptance of the principle of sharing to harmonize
the imbalance caused today by the tremendous discrepancies in the
living standards of the developed and the developing nations.
Q. In what light will He be seen by the world? In what capacity will He act? Will He and the Masters form some new institution?
A. After Declaration Day He will be seen as the spearhead of all forward-looking progressive movements for change. Eventually, this will mean total change of all our institutions. Some short time after Declaration Day He will introduce 12 Masters to the world, and some of Them will take certain very high posts. One or two will take Their places at the head of certain governments, in key nations in the world. Another Master will be in charge of a new agency, to be set up within the United Nations, to oversee the redistribution programme. They will act in the most international way, not forming any new named team or separate agency, but They will be leaders of world thought and opinion and, of course, the stimulus behind all ideas in the rebuilding of the world.
Q. Does Maitreya have any particular political bias?
A. No. You will find that the Christ does not align Himself with any political party or stance. He is not a member of any political party. You will see that He speaks for all people, especially the poor, for East and West. The world's problems are not simply party political problems - sharing the resources of the world is a global issue, one for the UN, as a whole, to deal with. He will appeal to the goodwill and compassion in all people everywhere, of whatever party, political persuasion, or none.
Q. Will Maitreya and the Masters form a world government? If so, what role will the Christ play?
A. They will not form a world government. World government will come inevitably as a logical result of the acceptance by humanity that it is One, and that realization will grow from the acceptance of the principle of sharing. It is the basis of all change and progress in this coming time.
The United Nations today forms the nucleus of a future world government. At present, it does not have the power which a world government might need, but only because those powers are not given to it by the major nations - America, Russia and China, for instance. The Security Council stands in the way of a true functioning of the UN Assembly - which is the real basis of a future world government. It must be stressed that world government does not signify a dictatorial, supra-national regime, imposing laws on nations which, willy-nilly, they must obey. It will be the result of a federation of independent states, something like the British Commonwealth or the United States of America. Before the Union, few of the States of America could conceive of giving up autonomy and sovereignty, a condition which is found quite natural now. By the same token, many of the nations today see no possibility of giving up the sovereignty which one day they will willingly relinquish in the interests of world groupings and world government.
Each country will retain its own language, culture, political system and so on. It is not the intention of Hierarchy to attempt to create a one-governmental system throughout the world.
Q. So the political and legal systems will be maintained in all countries?
A. Political forms will be retained according to the customs, tradition, history and ray structure of each nation, only in more perfected forms than now. The world's legal matters, which concern global issues - for instance the exploration of the sea-bed, or space, or mineral deposits in the world and so on - will be governed by international law.
Q. Since Maitreya is the World Teacher does that mean He will be more involved in certain fields of human endeavour than in others?
A. Many people, particularly Christians, see Him as the head of the Christian church but in fact this is not the case; the Master Jesus is the head of the churches. The World Teacher is the stimulus behind a whole range of activities, not only religion. He is as much the stimulus behind the scientific discoveries and the educational concepts which are today engaging men's minds as He is with regard to religious matters.
As many people know, He will inaugurate the New World Religion. This will be one of His tasks - to unite the approaches to God of West and East. This will engage a large part of His energy. He is the recipient and transmitter of a great rainbow of energies from various sources, which stimulate many different facets of our life. One of His major tasks will be the synthesizing of humanity through the energy of the Avatar of Synthesis, the energies of Aquarius and, through galvanizing the United Nations Assembly, bringing together the world, filling it with a sense of its Wholeness. That is a great and continuing task, which will be spread over a good many years. When we have really set the world to rights He will begin to inaugurate the New World Religion.
Q. You say that the Lord Maitreya was Krishna. Yet Sai Baba seems to intimate that He was Krishna. Can you explain this?
A. I believe that Krishna was a previous manifestation of Maitreya but Sai Baba is also correct (if I may say so) in claiming to be 'Krishna'. It is a question of the level of the energy associated with Krishna, namely, love. Sai Baba is a cosmic Avatar and embodies that energy at a cosmic level while Maitreya, a planetary Avatar, does so at a planetary level. Each is a manifestation of the Love of God. Maitreya's individual consciousness, however, manifested through Krishna by overshadowing (in much the same way as in Palestine through Jesus) while Sai Baba identifies with the cosmic Krishna, or Christ Principle.
Q. Do you think that political leaders will ask for or heed His suggestions?
A. Yes, I do. I think some governments and their leaders will respond immediately. Others perhaps may be slower, but I believe there will be a spontaneous response to His call on Declaration Day and the peoples themselves will form groups, world wide, growing and growing until these groups - demanding justice, freedom, peace, brotherhood and sharing - become the overwhelming majority. It will come from us.
Q. How are we to know for certain that Lord Maitreya is not the 'false Christ'?
A. There is not only one 'false Christ'. There are several well-known teachers who believe themselves, or are believed by their followers, to be the Christ, and from my personal experience alone I know of scores of deluded people who are convinced that they are the Christ. Discrimination and spiritual recognition are the key. I suggest that on the Day of Declaration, by the overshadowing and telepathic rapport which He will establish with all humanity simultaneously, you will have no doubts about His true status. A tree is known by its fruits and it is by His love, wisdom, spiritual potency and work for humanity that you will recognize Maitreya and know Him for what He is.
Q. I wonder if, in this new age, our Christian Bible will be used or will there be something to replace it?
A. Within the Christian churches, the Bible will continue to be used for some time. It is obvious, however, that the presence in the world of the Christ and the Masters - including the Master Jesus - will necessitate a profound reinterpretation of the meanings of that symbolical work. Much will be discarded but much will be found to be relevant when correctly interpreted. It will be the task of the Master Jesus to guide the Christian churches into the light of the new dispensation. Eventually, Maitreya will inaugurate a new world religion based on the esoteric science of initiation.
Q. Why does Maitreya refer only to 'brothers' in His Messages?
A. The fact is, if you read the Messages as a whole, that He does not refer only to 'brothers', but quite often to 'brothers and sisters'. But every Message has a very definite rhythm and mantric effect and is pruned of all unnecessary words. One of the striking things about the Messages, to my mind, is precisely their economy of means, the sheerness and austerity of the language and yet density of meaning conveyed so simply.
Q. Was the Christ's true relationship to Jesus known to any of his early disciples?
A. Yes, several of the closest disciples understood the overshadowing process which was used.
Q. What is the role of the Buddha in our planetary Hierarchy? What is His relationship to Maitreya?
A. The Buddha no longer retains a physical vehicle but dwells on the highest centre of our planet, Shamballa, which is in matter of the two highest ethers in the Gobi desert. He acts as the 'Divine Intermediary' between Shamballa and Hierarchy, bringing the Plan from Shamballa to the three Great Lords of Hierarchy (the Christ, Manu, and Lord of Civilization) Who approximate it to the possible and work it out through humanity. He is the brother of Maitreya. They were among the first group of Earth humanity to 'achieve', that is, take initiation, way back in early Atlantean times. They have been at the forefront of humanity ever since. The Buddha is deeply engaged in the process of Maitreya's mission as World Teacher.
Q. You say Maitreya never infringes human free will. But if he communicates with the entire humanity telepathically on the Day of Declaration it will be an infringement of human free will, so that is a contradiction.
A. With respect, there is no contradiction. Maitreya will communicate telepathically on the Day of Declaration only in response to our invitation through the media as our representatives. It has been the lack of such an invitation which has delayed the Day of Declaration since May 1982. It is for this reason also that the Day of Declaration will be preceded by a Conference in London at which all nations will be represented by media and others who have already experienced Maitreya.
Q. When Maitreya overshadows us on the Day of Declaration, will there be a physical sensation?
A. He has said that when His energy, that is, the Christ Principle, flows out, it will be as if He embraces the whole world. People will feel it - even physically. As the energy of the Christ Principle flows through the four levels of the etheric body to the lowest plane - which is just above physical gas - it will be felt on the physical body as a resounding vibration. If you are at all aware of the etheric body, you will experience this as a very powerful physical sensation. Otherwise, you will probably feel it as a pressure on the top of the head during the overshadowing. Then you will hear His words inwardly in your own language.
Q. It says in the Bible that Christ will return in a "blaze of Glory". Where was Maitreya's blaze of glory that we could all see and recognize?
A. This "blaze of Glory" is, of course, a symbolic term for His spiritual stature recognized by all. This will take place on the Day of Declaration when He overshadows all humanity.
"Many there are throughout the world who call Me, beg for My return. I answer their pleas. Many more are hungry and perish needlessly, for want of the food which lies rotting in the storehouses of the world. Many need My help in other ways: as Teacher, Protector; as Friend and Guide. It is as all of these I come. To lead men, if they will accept Me, into the New Time, the New Country, the glorious future which awaits humanity in this coming Age; for all of this I come."
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