Freedom and justice
Selected quotations from Maitreya's messages, Benjamin Creme's Master, and Creme himself, explore the divine nature and importance of Justice and Freedom.
We present a selection of quotations on the theme of freedom and justice – from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ, and Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks), and Benjamin Creme’s writings.
When you see and hear Me you will realize that you have known for long the Truths which I utter. Within your hearts rests the Truth of God. These simple Truths, My friends, underlie all existence. Sharing and Justice, Brotherhood and Freedom are not new concepts. From the dawn of time mankind has linked his aspiration to these beckoning stars. Now, My friends, shall we anchor them in the world. (Maitreya, from Message No.105)
Freedom and justice are divine and that divinity is indivisible. There can be no freedom without justice, no justice bereft of freedom. Shortly, men will be offered the opportunity to end for ever this travesty of truth and so heal the breach between the nations. It requires but the simple realization that all men are divine and have the same divine right to share in God’s gifts and plans. Lacking such realization men would know no peace. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘God’s Representative’)
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.” (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two)
Millions today live in conditions of abject misery and abuse, exploited by tyrants masquerading as their leaders. Yet the people, for the most part, suffer in silence, fearful that resistance will make the unbearable even worse.
Can humanity be persuaded to look on change with a bolder eye; to accept that the ills of the world must be cured or man will perish? For how long and how deeply must men suffer before taking action on their own behalf?
Maitreya’s task will be to show men that their suffering is unnecessary; that the remedy is in their hands even now; that together they are invincible. He will show that the only barrier to freedom from fear is fear itself; that a new world awaits its creation, based on justice and trust.
When men see this they will support His cause, and set in motion the changes which will renew the world. Gathered together in common Brotherhood men will demand the freedom and justice which is theirs by right. Thus will it be. Thus will the institutions of the past give way to the new forms, whose nature will allow the expression of the true divinity of men. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Fear of change’)
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. My Task is but beginning, but even now there exists in men’s hearts a new light, a new hope, a sense of a new beginning; a realisation that Man is not alone, that the Protector of All has sent His Agent. It is That which I am. (Maitreya, from Message No.8)
The old barriers to freedom and justice must be discarded; all must share in the Earth’s bounty; all must learn the language of trust. Planet Earth, our home, must be nursed back to health, its air, soil and waters purified, made safe again for man. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The path of Love and Peace)
As a brother among brothers I shall speak for you all, voice aloud your aspirations and hopes; make known the desire of all men for a world at peace; for a just and noble readiness to share; for the creation of a society based on freedom and love. (Maitreya, from Message No.61)
We are souls in evolution. Therefore all that pertains in our life which reflects that reality, the soul reality, the creativity of the soul, is in tune with the best art of living. That which is known, that which is already defunct, is simply memory, that which is carried over from the past and is useless but liked, sentimentally held on to, by millions of people, is detrimental to the right structures for the art of living.
The art of living will provide the greatest freedom for the greatest number of people, the greatest opportunities for the greatest number of people, the greatest degree of justice for the greatest number of people. That is the art of living. When, in everything that we do – whether as ordinary individuals or in charge of great enterprises – we create conditions in which the greatest number of people find good, the Common Good is exalted, maintained and strengthened. That is what the art of living is about. (Benjamin Creme, The Art of Living)
What we are witnessing is the destruction of all that prevents the manifestation of men’s divinity. Freedom and justice are divine; hence the new-found impulse, demonstrating throughout the world, to liberate millions from the thralldom of the past. Painful are these first, urgent steps, but men know in their hearts that the time for change is nigh. For too long have men exploited men. For too long have the rich increased their riches at the expense of those bereft of all. A new realism slowly permeates the thoughts of men as they contemplate the excesses and failures of the past decade. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘We await the Call’)
My Mission is to evoke the Principle of Love in all men, and for those who are ready, to show a Higher Truth. The means are simple: Through Justice and Freedom for all, that Love can be expressed. Through the manifestation of man’s Brotherhood, the Source of All can be known. May it be that you will quickly see this, understand the purpose of life and show the way for your brothers. (Maitreya, from Message No. 41)
Why wait for the sight of Me to act, when from yourselves in trust you can perform much? Take a little in trust, My friends, and act today as the warriors of old, waiting not for confirmation but glad to be in the vanguard. Make known to all the fact of My Presence and come gladly to My side. Make known the need for Sharing and Justice and strike a note for Freedom. (Maitreya, from Message No.109)
When you see Us you will know that the time to work together for the safeguarding of the race has arrived: no longer must “market-forces” blight man’s ascending path. No longer must cruel ambition hold sway over the lives of the people. Never again must millions starve in the midst of plenty. No more must the future of the young be sold above their heads. The future of freedom and justice beckons. Accept it, accept it. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The future of freedom and justice’)
If you do not understand freedom and you preach it, it will create destruction. First you must understand what it is. Freedom is not the free play of market forces. Market forces have no ‘eyes’ – they are blind, therefore satanic. (Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
Market forces, Maitreya says, are the forces of wickedness, confusion and chaos, and its children are competition and comparison. Freedom is not found in the free play of market forces, for market forces have no ‘eyes’. They are blind and satanic, leading inevitably to ‘mine’ and ‘more’ – that is, to possessiveness and greed – without end. Market forces will bring this civilization as we have known it to the edge of disaster. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two)
Trying to live in the past destroys freedom, it does not confer it. Live in the present and look to the future. Sometimes we can look through a window and see the past but we cannot claim it.
Freedom cannot be experienced while we are caught in the conditioning of our mind, spirit and body. Only the Self can experience freedom. How can you expect a prisoner to enjoy freedom while he is still in prison? (Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
Injustice is a denial of man’s divine potential; it separates man from man and humanity from God. Throughout the world, many are struggling to free themselves from age-long injustice, exploitation and tyranny; to set down at last the yoke carried by their forebears. We, the watching Hierarchy, commend their struggle, for We see it as the expression of the Divine Spark in all men, yearning for freedom and justice. We give them Our Hand as We gaze with compassion on their plight.
There are those who would deny that all men have equal rights to a share of God’s providence. Those who argue thus have listened only to the voice of the separated self, forgetting that naught that they have and hold but comes to them from God. When men take heed of the voice of God within them they find in sharing and justice the only answer to man’s ills. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Justice is divine’)
Humanity has been given a ridiculous choice: you can either be free or have justice. If you live in America or Europe, in the main you opt for freedom. Americans in particular love the idea of freedom but there is little justice in America and not much more in Europe. If you lived in the Soviet bloc (which no longer exists as a bloc but the consciousness is still there), you opted for justice but had no freedom. This choice is totally absurd. Both freedom and justice are divine, and divinity is indivisible. You cannot have freedom without justice, or justice without freedom.
You cannot give humanity a choice and say: “If you vote for me, I will give you freedom, forget about the justice,” or: “If you vote for us, we will give you justice, forget about the freedom.” Both are essential because both are part of the human, and therefore divine, nature. They come from the soul. If the soul is manifesting through an individual, that person will want both freedom and justice for everyone. They are essentially the same. They cannot be separated because spirit is not separable. Divinity is a whole and needs the wholeness of its expression. It is about unity, and unity results only from the fusion of justice and freedom. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)
The old forms of polarized politics will disappear. The concepts of democracy and capitalism will change. There is no room for communism for it meant loss of freedom.
Democracy allowed limited freedom, while capitalism meant freedom only for the haves and the rich. (Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
Freedom lies in the art of communication. This creates harmony, equilibrium. This results in true democracy. Referring to politicians around the world, Maitreya adds: “By sitting within your four walls you cannot hope for the good, when people have not got either right food or a decent place to live.” (Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
Many there are who fear change and who see the breakdown of the old as a profound loss of much-loved forms. Many reject these changes as a threat to their privileges and prestige. Many mistake the legitimate aspirations of peoples for freedom and justice for the threat of anarchy from within. At the same time, there are those who would sweep away all that humanity has garnered of the beautiful and the true. Impatient for the new forms, they fail to see the necessity of gradual progress and discount much that is of value in the past.
Our problem, as Guardians of the race, is to steer a course between these two extremes, applying the curb and the spur as We sense the need. Always, Our aim is the achievement of ordered change with the minimum of cleavage. Look, therefore, for Our hand in world events and judge them wisely. Much that takes place is fashioned by Us and must eventuate in a better world. When you see Us, you will know that this world is in safe keeping. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘A time of change’)
Freedom is a right of every individual. If freedom is compromised in the name of market forces it will only lead to problems. From now on, these market forces will be controlled by the people and not by the politicians. (Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
Compare the Russian with the American Constitution; they are very similar in their ideals. The trouble with communism is that it came from above. It was imposed by about 10 million people, at the most, on 250 million people. They had to accept it whether they liked it or not. It did not grow out of the people but was imposed from above by the party. It was very difficult to become a member of the party. Only about 10 million people actually became members. They ran the Soviet Union, which was vast, and covered one-sixth of the world’s surface. What they left out was the need for freedom. Individual freedom is essential. But so is justice. In the US you have a degree of individual freedom but little justice. You need both justice and freedom. It is a paradox, but it is true. The best justice in the world is freedom. The best freedom in the world is justice. (Benjamin Creme, The Art of Living)
In the West people are becoming aware of the values of life: freedom and liberty. But freedom does not mean copying one another, which leads to conditioning. Freedom is not buying a house or car. Freedom means awareness of the Self in mind, spirit and body. In the East, if you approach this energy intelligently it will not be able to create havoc and chaos in you. Maitreya will change this energy by releasing new energies which will change the pattern of life.
“Oppression, compression, depression are in the mind.” Ideology, as an example, conditions the mind. (One implication is that just as the West will have to give up the ideology of market forces, so in Eastern Europe old ideologies are being given up and doors are opening.) The danger is in giving up one ideology simply to embrace another. This is why it is important to understand what freedom really means. (Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
Capitalism without socialism is like a great shark in the waters that will eat up everything in sight, and has no group sense or social responsibility. We need to take the best of both systems and bring them together. According to Maitreya, a symbol for that is the unification of Germany. The union of East and West Germany means today the bringing together of two opposite systems, capitalism and communism, and Maitreya says the result will be a kind of social democracy which is neither one nor the other, but a fusion of the best aspects of both. Both are necessary. The sense of justice, brotherhood and social caring of communism is necessary for the West, but the sense of freedom of the individual in movement, expression and thought is necessary in the East. That is something which will, Maitreya says, gradually become the norm in Europe and eventually throughout the world. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two)
Freedom operates on the individual level, liberty operates on the national level, and salvation operates on the spiritual level. All three principles evolve simultaneously. (Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
When, in answer to Maitreya’s call, the peoples of the world make known their desire for justice and peace, the walls of ignorance and greed which now separate the nations will come tumbling down. The voices of the people, raised in unison, will shake the ancient bastions of privilege and power and crumble them to dust. Thus will it be. Thus will the new thought emerge from the stale confines of the past.
When that time comes, the Masters, too, will add Their voice to the clamour for freedom and justice. Separated no more by the wall of silence imposed by Law, Masters and men will together chart the seas of the New Time, creating a blueprint for change acceptable to all. Consensus will be the guiding rule, each step of the way inaugurated and approved by humanity itself. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The unfolding Plan)
America has elevated the concept of freedom to a degree which, to my mind, takes it beyond freedom. It is freedom to do what you like, under any conditions, with no restrictions. If you scratch an ordinary American, you see this powerful 6th ray, ready to brush aside all hindrances to get his own way. To the person, it is not a wrong way, but his own ideal way, and that is freedom….
Freedom has been elevated to a position where it is no longer freedom that you are talking about. Freedom is one of the imperative human needs. Without freedom, there is no real life. It is a great divine quality, but there is also justice. There cannot be freedom without justice, or justice without freedom.
The American ‘myth’ of freedom is based on the fact that the masses of Americans believe in what they call freedom, but obviously do not believe in justice. I have found that in the American mind they equate justice with the legal system. You are very concerned about legality. The legal system is very developed in America. But it has nothing to do with justice except legal justice. Justice is something else. Justice is to do with right relationship, just as freedom is to do with right relationship. You cannot have one without the other….
Maitreya says that no nation can work on one wheel. If you see a nation as a cart, it must have two wheels; otherwise it will not go. If one wheel alone is capitalism, it will not move. If one wheel alone is socialism, it will not move. The only thing that will make the cart, that is your political/economic structure, work properly is to have the best of socialism and the best of capitalism. The Masters advise 70 per cent socialism to 30 per cent capitalism as the best proportion. (Benjamin Creme, The World Teacher for all Humanity)
Thus will the Voice of the People grow in strength and purpose and, echoing round the world, will call loudly to the leaders for sanity, justice and peace. Then will the men of power begin to realize that their day is over, that the people understand and demand their God-given right to health and happiness, freedom and justice, trust and blessed peace. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘A new serenity’)
Just as knowledge and wisdom are in the domain of creation, so is freedom. Freedom means movement from one stage to another. You do not want to remain static. If you do, you will find the energies bursting, moving you into different directions. In order to guide yourself through obstacles, you have to believe in something and to fight for it.
In creation, freedom is never absolute. (Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
I come to take you with Me into the New Country – the Country of Love, the Country of Trust, of Beauty and Freedom. I shall take you there if you can follow Me, accept Me, let Me lead and guide. And, if this be so, together we shall build a New World: A world in which men can live without fear, without mistrust, without division; sharing together the Earth’s bounty, knowing together the Bliss of Union with our Source. All this can be yours. You have only to take the first steps and I may lead. Allow Me to help you. Allow Me to show you the way – forward, into a simpler life where no man lacks; where no two days are alike; where the Joy of Brotherhood manifests through all men. (Maitreya, from Message No.3)
Maitreya is about to knock loudly on the doors which lead to freedom and justice and peace. Listen and recognize His knock and be prepared to act boldly and wisely under His lead. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The New Millennium begins’)
From the May 2008 issue of Share International magazine.