The wonder at the door
by the Master , through Benjamin Creme
There will soon come a time when men will know, beyond all dispute, that the Christ is once more among us. People of all faiths await Him as the Holy One, the Knower of God. Men will come to know Him as a Brother and Teacher Who will vouchsafe for them their divinity. At present, He awaits patiently the moment of His emergence to work for, and before, the world. Yet even as He waits He works ceaselessly for all men. Not for one second does He remove His gaze or withhold His love. Moment to moment that love embraces all who can absorb it and enters their hearts by stealth. So does He uphold the world of men, protecting and wisely guiding. Be prepared to see a brother but one Who has entered a new state of Brotherhood, come to aid and to teach, and by His love to redeem.
The time is short before His open appearance. Take heart from this and quicken your service on His behalf. Make known that He is among you and stir the hearts of those who know not yet these glad tidings. Fulfil your purpose and redeem the promise which you, long ago, have made.
The world waits, alert, expectant, knowing not the reason for its hope. The world, too, groans in misery and fear, longing for succour and the end of anguish. Maitreya will show that the time has come to address the age-long problems that keep men apart, that create rich and poor, that engender war and the ailing of our planet. He will show, too, that time is shortening daily to tend our planet back to health.
Maitreya will teach men the reason for their presence on Earth and the method of fulfilling that purpose. He will show that within each one exists a Being of Light and inspire them to become that Being. He will remind them that nothing stands between themselves and God but ignorance and fear. He will release men from their guilt and turn them to joy. He will show men that guiltless and fearless they will know love.
Understand well that this is a time like none other, never to be repeated. It is a time heroic, valorous and sacred. Use this time to strengthen your links with each other and Maitreya. Work for Him as never before. Be not afraid, for the time is soon when you will see Him and know that you have not worked in vain.
Thus it is, friends and workers in the Light. Cast far that light and awaken your brothers and sisters who know not yet the wonder which is afoot in this, our world.
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2005 Transmission Meditation Conference
The Art of Living
by Benjamin Creme
The following article is an extract from a talk given by Benjamin Creme (see photo) at the Transmission Meditation Conference held near San Francisco, USA, in August 2005. (The full article is published in the January/February 2006 issue of Share International magazine.)
This talk is about the art of living. It is probably the most important subject one could be talking about, although the vast majority of people on Earth have no idea that living is an art. Since it is an art, it does not just happen by chance. The laws and rules underlying the art must be understood and followed. Only then will we have a world in which all its inhabitants are living in right relationship, expressing their divinity, their potential Godhood. If we do not know that there are laws and rules, we end up as we are today and at all times previously, in a mess, a catastrophic situation, totally out of kilter with the idea of an art….
We are in a period of extreme disarray in our world – politically, economically and socially. We are all aware of it. Increasingly, the masses of people are becoming aware of it and are beginning to fret and feel the chaffing of these wrong structures, wrong laws, wrong habits – in other words, conditioning – and are seeking ways out of them. That is producing the upheaval which we see in the world today….
In education, we are taught to read and write, which, of course, is very important. We are taught a little bit of history, geography, arithmetic, mathematics generally, and that is about all. We are taught to some extent, how to learn at least the concrete knowledge of our particular science or needed skill and that is all. We are not taught how to live, the art of living. There is no school where we can go to learn the art of living.
It is a spiritual problem because the art of living is tied up with living itself. It depends what you believe about the nature of life, how important you find it to go more deeply into the nature of living, or attempt to analyse and understand the essentials of life at any period of time.
We are living at an extraordinary time, a transitional period between two great ages, so that what seemed constant before is no longer constant. Knowledge that seemed certain is no longer certain. All we see is the past and possibly hints of the future, and we are torn, standing in the middle.
This next article is called ‘The Art of Living’ and I will comment on it as we go on.
The Art of Living
Before long, a great change will take place in our approach to life. Out of the chaos of the present time will emerge a new understanding of the meaning underlying our existence and every effort will be made to express our awareness of that meaning in our daily lives. This will bring about a complete transformation of society: a new livingness will characterize our relationships and institutions; a new freedom and sense of joy will replace the present fear. Above all else, mankind will come to realize that living is an art, based on certain laws, requiring the function of the intuition for correct expression.
Harmlessness is the key to the new beauty in relationship which will emerge. A new sense of responsibility for actions and thoughts will guide each one in every situation; an understanding of the Law of Cause and Effect will transform men's approach to each other. A new and more harmonious interaction between men and nations will supplant the present competition and distrust. Gradually, mankind will learn the art of living, bringing to each moment the experience of the new. No longer will men live in fear – of the future and of each other. No longer will millions starve or carry the burden of labour for their brothers.
Each one has a part to play in the complex pattern being woven by humanity. Each contribution is uniquely valuable and necessary to the whole. However dim as yet the spark, there is no one in whom the fire of creativity cannot be lit. The art of living is the art of giving expression to that creative fire and so revealing the nature of men as potential Gods.
It is essential that all men share in this experience and learn the art of living. Until now, a truly creative life has been the privilege of the few; in this coming time the untapped creativity of millions will add a new lustre to the achievements of man. Emerging from the darkness of exploitation and fear, in true and correct relationship each man will find within himself the purpose and the joy of living.
The presence of the Christ and the Masters will speed this process, inspiring humanity to saner and safer methods of advance. A new simplicity will distinguish the coming civilization under the guidance of these Knowers of God.
Already, there is a growing sense that all is not well in man's estate. More and more, men are becoming aware of the limitations of their lives and search for something better. They question the modes and structures which inhibit participation in the fullness of life and long for meaning and purpose in all that they do.
Shortly, new energies will enter our lives and inspire men to creative action. A new and harmonious stimulus will be given to art and the art of living. A beauty not seen before will transform the ways of men and illumine for all time the nature of God.
Man stands now ready for Revelation. His heart and mind poised and turned to the future, he awaits the glory which, by readiness, he has invoked.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master, SI October 1983)
Before long a great change will take place in our approach to life. It is already happening. There is already an undercurrent of change, a simplifying of our demands on life, a growing distaste for materialism and all that it stands for across the world. As yet it is very fragmentary. There is no nation that one can point to which seems to be ahead of the others, as a whole, in carrying out this transformation.
Throughout this vast, complex, country, the United States, there are pockets of thinkers and experimenters in living who are trying quite consciously to find the ways of the future. Looked at from this point they seem rather artificial. To use a well-honed esoteric word, they are filled with glamour, illusion. But the experiments are being made and a great deal is being learned. In this way the forerunners of the future are searching for the structures – political, economic, religious and social – which will characterize that future and make the present chaos a thing of the past.
We all know the chaos in which we live. There is nowhere in the whole of this world, with its 6.5 billion inhabitants, in which there is anything approaching harmony, right relationship. Harmony means right relationship….
The soul knows the meaning of life. It knows the purpose underlying our existence. It knows why we are here. We do not know why we are here. We do not know who we are, or our purpose. This is because we have allowed ourselves to be broken off from the source of our being which is the soul. We do not even know the human threefold constitution. We do not know that every man and woman is fundamentally a potential God.
We are sparks of the Divine, fragments of the Divine, with all of divinity inherent in that spark. Because of the nature of the world, of cosmos, the fact that one part is unseen but expresses itself in what we call life, the becoming, the evolution of life, makes the man or woman create on the outer physical plane, because that is where our vehicles live. This creates the conditions which are really coming through it from the soul level, if imperfectly.
Without the soul, the man or woman is nothing, if you can imagine a man or woman without a soul. The spark of God, the divine spark, reflects itself as a soul, and the soul reflects itself as the man or woman on the physical plane. The physical plane is tied to the spiritual planes by the fact of the soul. The soul acts as the divine intermediary between the spiritual plane, that which is not in matter, and matter itself, the physical plane. They are in polarity. The soul also fills the life and demonstrates the nature of the unseen aspect of man, the divine aspect, and describes that in its works, whether in science, music, painting, architecture or whatever. It expresses itself correctly above all, when it creates right relationship. It expresses itself incorrectly if the opposite results.
When we look around our world today, we see almost nothing but wrong relationships. If you have wrong relationships, you have conditioning. If you have conditioning, you have wars. All the wars, the suffering, the inability of humanity to demonstrate itself as souls in incarnation are the result of conditioning. Yet no one need be conditioned. Every single human being is conditioned – by the past, by its parents, by the very nature of its vehicles, which have been created for it by its soul under the Law of Karma. That great Law determines the physical nature, the emotional coloration and the mental factor of that individual. Karma brings it about and allows it to create right relationships in its short demonstration. We used to say 70 years, but it is a bit longer now. However short or long the life, it gives the person the opportunity to address the issues, to redress the wrongs done in the past and to resolve them, and therefore to make better human relationships in a particular life.
We come into incarnation over and over again to enable us to right the wrongs of the past – our wrongs, not the wrongs of other people. Very few people in the West believe in reincarnation although a growing number of people accept it as an intellectual idea, possibly true. They do not quite know what it means, but they say: “Maybe in my last life I was a cat. That is why I like cats so much.” That is the understanding of Western people on reincarnation. In the East millions of people have accepted reincarnation as part of the nature of their lives, but even they have not understood how that great Law works.
Life proceeds under law. Simple and obvious as it appears, it is something which has been left out of the equation. How many people, how many philosophers writing about the meaning and purpose of life, write about reincarnation as one of the laws, the Great Law of life? It is only in the esoteric teaching that the Law of Karma, the Law of Cause and Effect, is realized for what it is.
Jesus put it very simply: “As you sow, so shall you reap.” It could not be put more simply, and you would think, more understandably. As you sow, whether in a corn field or not, you will reap what you have sown. In good soil, with good seed (if you are lucky with the weather) then you get a good crop. If you sow bad seed and do not prepare the soil properly, you are going to get a poor crop. It is very simple. He put it that way because His audience were farmers and would know what He meant. But He is talking about the Law of Karma absolutely, clearly. He put it so neatly that nobody takes it very seriously, just one of those truisms which are not lived in practice.
The Law of Karma, the Law of Cause and Effect, is the Great Law governing all of our existence. Every thought, every action we make sets into motion a cause. The effects stemming from these causes make our lives for good or ill. We do it to ourselves. Because this Law substands the human condition on planet Earth, we are bound by it. There is nothing we can do about it except be harmless.
If you are harmless, you obey the Law. If you create right action, therefore, from right action can come only right reaction. But nine times out of ten, given the chance, humanity has created wrong action. We have always made wars. We have always stolen. We have always been greedy, selfish and complacent. All these actions which make up humanity’s stock in trade are destructive. Hence the fact that we have a world that is destructive.
We have a world of earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and other catastrophes. We have air crashes, train crashes, car crashes and all the horrors of the physical plane. We know disease. We are killed by it. We are inhibited by it. We quickly age by it. Disease is a result of our wrong thought and action, and the wrong thought and action of our progenitors, because we inherit the tendency to one disease or another through our genetic framework.
So what can we do? It is obvious that we have to create harmlessness in every situation, in all relationships. When we create harmlessness in all relationships, we will find that the world is an easier, better, kinder, more harmonious place in which to live.
It seems so simple, but we find it incredibly difficult. It is so difficult to live in an artful way. I do not mean in an Artful Dodger way, but in a way that is graceful, elegant and meaningful, which obeys the laws of our nature, the fact that we are potential gods, ways which are filled with creativity. We are lucky if we have the leisure to become creative, but it needs leisure.
Most people today do not have the leisure. They may have the time, but time and leisure are not quite the same. They need the education, the instruction. They need the stimulus and the conditions in life of harmony, of harmlessness. They need to be eating at least once, preferably twice, a day, and to know where their food is coming from.
Unfortunately, there are millions of people in the world who do not have that pleasure, who hardly ever eat, who cannot remember when they last had a meal. Millions of people are dying in a world groaning with food. The world is so full of food that we do not know what to do with it. Sections of the world throw food away daily, and at the same time millions die for want of it. It is a terrible, painful situation – or should be painful. It is painful for the people who are neglected. It should be painful for all of us.
It should be a pain, a catastrophe in life to know that this continues daily, hourly, moment to moment. People are walking across deserts looking for aid agencies who, they have heard, are handing out food. Someone has said there is food being handed out, but eight days’ trek across the desert if they can make it. They take their children and walk across the desert. This is the reality for millions of people. It should be so shocking, so painful, that we cannot stand it for one more day.
As the Master said, the time is coming when we will look back at this time absolutely unbelieving, unable to understand how we could do it. “When in future times men look back to these climactic days they will wonder with astonishment and disbelief at the ease with which we tolerate the iniquities of the present, the cruelty and pointless suffering which so besmirch our lives.”
We take it so easily, even those of us concerned about it, who write and talk about it, join groups, and applaud the work of the non-governmental agencies who distribute food unceasingly. It is difficult to imagine how, as a race, we can put up with this state of affairs. “For how long,” Maitreya says, “can you support this degradation?” It is a degradation of our life. It is a degradation of our reality as potential gods. We are so-called spiritual beings who do not demonstrate their spirituality. We know it, but do not do it. We have not the will to do it.
Humanity in its present state is able to see the harm, the need, the horrors of today’s world and shake their heads and give a donation to an aid agency. But we can quickly throw it off, unable to hold it and bring it to the point where the will takes over, so we can no longer stand that degradation. What is needed is the will of humanity aroused, not just its concern, to cleanse the world of these ills.
There are many more horrible iniquities in the world, terrible pain and suffering, disease and drug abuse. The use we make of other people, the unbelievable intolerance we have for other nationalities, other colours of men. We think that we are quite well-educated, well-evolved. Obviously we are not.
I believe it will take Maitreya to show humanity this iniquity, to show just how pressingly horrible it is. We all know it is horrible, but is it pressingly painful? Can we think about it with equanimity? If we can think about it with equanimity and it does not disturb us too much, then obviously we are not all that civilized, not all that evolved.
The Masters see humanity as having reached a point where they have the readiness to learn. That is why the Masters are here. We have invoked Them by being ready as never before to follow the precepts of the Masters and to create harmony and justice….
[For the complete article read the January/February issue of Share International magazine.]
Q. It is said that the White House is worried about the shift to the left in Latin America; why?
A. The US, for all its ‘modernism’, is politically very right-wing: fanatically devoted to capitalism, private enterprise, market forces, and so on, and naturally worries about any individual or organized shift to the ‘left’ by the South American countries which the US sees as its ‘sphere of influence’. So much is this the case that its hostile relations with Cuba and its ‘regime changes’ in Chile and elsewhere are illustrations of how far the US will go to keep South American governments, however dictatorial and corrupt, under control. Now the people of the South, for example in Venezuela and Bolivia, are rising and demanding fair play. The White House is naturally worried. Watch for the pressure on them to begin.
Q. Does the US administration fear people power – both within the USA and in Latin America?
A. Yes, but the US administration is not alone in fearing the power of the people. More and more, all governments are becoming aware of this added threat to their dominion. They will try to curb it in every way they dare, but they cannot stop the greatest power on earth from rising and fulfilling its destiny.
Q. Recently Lebanon has seen the assassinations of Rafik Hariri, Samir Kassir, George Hawi and Gebran Tueni. And the attempted assassinations of Mai Chidaic and Elias Murr; do you believe that the CIA was involved directly or indirectly with all of these incidents? If so, what do they hope to gain?
A. Not in all of them but in the assassination of Rafik Hariri, Gebran Tueni, and the attempted assassination of Mai Chidaic and Elias Murr. They will seek, as they have done in the killing of Rafik Hariri, to put the blame for these killings and attempted killings on the Syrians. All of this is part of the pressure being exerted on Syria to ‘toe the line’ in relation to helping the ‘insurgency in Iraq’. To the US Syria is one of the ‘Triangle of Evil’ with Iran and North Korea.
Q. Were any of these assassinations carried out with the approval, connivance or knowledge of the upper echelons of the Syrian administration?
Q. Share International seems to give a lot of attention to problem areas in the world, like the Middle East and to issues such as Palestine and Israel; why do you give so much print space to these stories?
A. Because the resolution of the conflicts taking place there are essential for world peace.
Q. Given the disappointing outcome of the G8 summit in 2005, despite all the efforts of activists, celebrities and ordinary people, do you think people will lose heart and stop demonstrating? Should they go on marching and demonstrating? Do you think it would be more effective if activists, NGOs and celebrities appealed to the public rather than to politicians so as to achieve their goals of cancelling debt, fair trade, ending poverty and so on?
A. No, it is governments who have to make the agreements leading to change. It seems that the time is not yet ripe. It is essential that the activists continue to organize demonstrations and marches. More and more ‘the voice of the people’ must be invoked and given a platform on which to make its demands known to governments: for peace, for justice, freedom and sharing.
Q. After the inspiring events during the Orange Revolution last year some people now are disappointed about the President of Ukraine Viktor Yuschenko. Could you say something about the perspectives of Ukraine?
A. There is all the difference in the world between leading and inspiring an idealistic grouping of people and implementing practically the hopes and ideals of these people. In office, Mr Yuschenko is finding it far harder to fulfil the hopes of so many. They should not rely on one, not very practical, man. They need to elect a team of practical idealists and work together for the good of all.
Q. Any possibility that George Bush will be impeached?
A. What does he have to do to get impeached, he has tried everything?
Q. What would you personally like to see happen in the world in 2006?
A. The end of war. The end of hunger. The Emergence of Maitreya.
Q. I have read some of your criticisms of the developed world in regard to world hunger. Besides writing to my Congressman, which from experience does practically no good, what else can I, just one man, do?
A. Keep writing and marching and demonstrating that you are a man of feeling and heart. You are one man but there are millions like you in the world.
Q. Isn't a big cause of hunger in developing nations the fact that the governments themselves are corrupt? The US gives aid to poor countries in Africa, but nothing seems to change there.
A. It is true that governments are often corrupt. But we cannot therefore withhold food from the starving. The true answer, of course, is a global sharing of resources, which is inevitable and will eventually come.
Q. (1) Is it possible to develop one’s heart? (2) How can I become more responsive to others, to the world, from my heart?
A. (1) Yes. (2) Meditate more. Serve more. Learn to recognize the difference between an emotional (solar plexus) response and a spiritual heart centre response. Cultivate sensitivity to the latter. Cultivate inclusiveness. Try not to shy away from unpleasant or painful facts. Try not to be complacent. Try not to be afraid or ashamed to express love if experienced.
Q. I'm intrigued. Just yesterday I saw a light pattern form a perfect yin-yang symbol. It was reflected from a window onto a wall. I was amazed by the clarity, detail and perfection. Today, an email from a friend led me, by a very round-about route, to your website, where I discovered that these light patterns are a widespread phenomenon. I'm intrigued by the coincidence. See a light pattern yesterday. Discover your website today. I don't know what to make of it.
A. May I suggest: try taking both experiences seriously
(More questions and answers)
Letters to the editor
Over a number of years, some of the Masters, in particular Maitreya and the Master Jesus, have appeared, in different guises, to large numbers of people around the world. They also appear at Benjamin Creme's lectures and meditations, giving people in the audience the opportunity to intuitively recognise Them. Some people recount their experiences to Share International magazine. If the encounters are authenticated by Benjamin Creme's Master, the letters are published. These experiences are given to inspire, to guide or teach, often to heal and uplift. Very often, too, the Masters draw attention to, or comment on, in an amusing way, some fixed intolerance (for example against smoking or drinking). Many times They act as saving 'angels' in accidents, during wartime, earthquakes and other disasters. The following letters, previously published in Share International magazine, are examples of this means of communication by the Masters.
In January 2005 I was visiting my family in Tehran, Iran. My Mum suggested one day that we should take the bus home after our shopping as I had not sat on a bus in Iran since my school days.
We waited at the bus stop and when the bus came I noticed that the men got in at the front and the women had to get in at the back. In the bus there was a low wire mesh fence separating the men from the women. I was standing with the rest of the women in the back and was amazed at the arrangement as the men sat in the front and the women stood at the back.
As the bus started moving, from the front of the bus a man of about 35 to 40 who was slim of stature stood up with lots of A4 white paper, with writing on, in his hand and started shouting so that everybody could hear. He was saying: “Imam Zamaan (Maitreya) is here – read all about it. Put you hands up if you want a leaflet.”
At one time he looked right at me and I felt he was challenging me to take one. In my head I kept debating as to whether this guy was genuine or not. I did not put my hand up and by the time I decided to take one it was too late.
I have been regretting my action every since.
Can you please tell me if that man was Maitreya?
E.P., Westcliff on Sea, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘man on the bus’ was Maitreya.)
In the afternoon of 16 October 2005, the day of Benjamin Creme’s lecture in Munich, I had been visiting the pilgrimage church in Altötting in Bavaria together with my family (wife and my two handicapped daughters). Standing at the exit door with my daughter (in the wheelchair), I noticed someone pulling my right arm. Turning around I saw a boy of about 10 years with glasses and a hearing aid. He stared at me and gave me a sign to bend down – in order to give me a kiss on my right cheek. Asked for his name he answered “Martin”. He took my hand and guided me through the church and into the crypt and back. During this little excursion he wanted me to hug him which I often did. After having said goodbye he suddenly disappeared. Was this boy someone special?
D.H., Tettnang, Germany.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘boy’ was Maitreya.)
Far from the madding crowd
It is February 2005, I am on my way to Transmission Meditation in London, alone, downstairs on the bus, sitting under the video screen. A black man in his sixties, wearing a baseball cap and carrying bags of shopping in both hands, catches my attention as he boards. He can’t find his travel pass and is joking with the driver. “Would you recognize an honest man if you saw one?” He smiles in a warm carefree manner as if he has all the time in the world. Eventually, he sits in the side seat in front of me. My horoscope flashes on screen saying “nothing and no one can stop me reaching my goal.” I think of Maitreya and whether to stay in London, find work, or return to rural Ireland where I’m mostly alone meditating. This man looks me squarely in the face saying: “What’s you thinkin’ about, girl?” We look deeply into each other, no words, no thoughts but so much space. He gets up to leave after only two stops. As he passes: “Take a good look around you, girl, at all the madness, it’s crazy out there.” Again we are face to face. “But you and me, sister, we’re outside the madhouse.” Again, this expansive exchange. He leaves the bus; as it pulls away I watch him blow me a great big kiss. What do you think? Was it Maitreya?
M.B., Sneem, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was Maitreya.)
A stitch in time
On Sunday 13 November 2005, I was about to give a talk and miracle slides presentation on the emergence story at the Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh, when a man in his early 60s joined the audience for the talk. I offered him a cup of tea just before the evening’s proceedings started – which he accepted. What was slightly unusual was that when he sat down at the start of the talk he immediately took out a set of knitting needles and wool and started to knit! (I thought this was somewhat odd and had to keep a straight face at this point to stop myself from laughing.)
He was dressed casually and sported a red top. He had small, deep-set eyes and a slightly weathered complexion and conveyed a generally cheery disposition.
As there were only five people present, I invited the audience to ask questions as the talk progressed. During the course of the talk, although he appeared pre-occupied with knitting, he was also carefully listening to the information and asked many questions. He was always very courteous and it seemed as though his questions were designed to make me clarify or expand upon what I had said in order to understand fully, in as clear and simple a way as possible, specific aspects of the emergence story. His questions were all of an inquiring nature and were never sceptical, doubtful or negative in character.
After the talk, he introduced himself as Daniel and presented me with part of the pattern he had been knitting – he called this a ‘friendly square’ and asked me to accept this as a gift. He presented a few other ‘friendly squares’ to people in the audience. We also talked for a short while and he told me that he had had 13 brain operations many years ago and this had affected his memory. I found this quite staggering – to have gone through so many operations. At one point during our conversation, he repeated a question to me because he could not remember if he had asked me the same question before. (I did wonder if he was in part a reflection of me because I do have a poor memory that could do with being improved.) He also enquired about the Theosophical Society and how to get there.
I seem to recall that he had another drink and left after helping himself to some of the free emergence information handouts.
As this encounter was a bit unusual I was wondering if he may have been a Master?
C.P., Edinburgh, Scotland.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘knitter’ was Maitreya.)
On Saturday 23 July 2005, several group workers and I were walking down
Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, California, on our way to dinner after
attending the Conference on Spiritual Activism. We passed a man sitting on a
blanket on the sidewalk. He was wearing threadbare clothing, had long
gray hair and looked very frail; he was calling out for money. I walked back
to give him some money. When he looked at me, I felt stunned; he had a
very kind face with a sweet smile, but the most extraordinarily piercing
blue eyes and direct gaze. He asked me: "Do you think you're a good
Christian?" I mumbled something to the effect that I did not consider myself
a Christian, but do believe in the teachings of Christ, and believe in
treating people as I would like to be treated. The man then said: "I don't
believe in Paul; I believe in Jesus. Paul said: 'Through faith alone you
shall be saved'. But Jesus said: 'If you don't feed the poor, clothe the
naked, visit those in prison, I don't know you'. And Paul never even knew
Was this man one of the Masters?
S.S., San Francisco, California, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was Maitreya.)
I was putting up posters in San Francisco’s Mission District for an outreach our group was having there in the spring of 2005. I was in a bakery on 24th Street (called Panaderia – Love – La Mejor), and preparing to leave after placing a poster there. Suddenly a man entered the store and came up from behind me, pointing at the poster. Obviously he had read it previously. He was a rather dark skinned Hispanic man, balding and perhaps in his 50s, with unusual facial features.
He said immediately and energetically: “Is this like Sai Baba?” I said: “Yes.” He said: “Is it like Ma?” or something I couldn’t quite catch. I said: “Do you mean Amma, the Hugging Saint?” He seemed to nod in the affirmative. He said: “Is this like Krishnamurti?” Again, I said: “Yes.” He was talking fast and giving me little room to elaborate.
As I talked to him, I learned that he was from Colombia and was a Muslim. He had an extremely energetic and active mind, and a thick accent. He had bright eyes and his teeth were in rather bad shape. All the while I was in his presence I had an electric feeling, and quickly came to believe I was talking to Maitreya.
He had some definite political views. He talked about politicians that make you think they are on your side, but who are actually not acting in the interests of the people. I said: “Like Bush,” and he said: “Well, we know about him.” He then referred to California Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger, referring to his efforts to block immigration from Latin America, calling it criminal.
The man pointed out that people came to this country from Europe, raping and killing the original inhabitants, and brought Africans here forcibly as slaves.
At one point, he talked about education and said: “How can you educate if you don’t have knowledge?” At one point he indicated that Jesus had had relatively darkish skin.
He decried the separation wall being built by the Israelis in Palestinian territory. I asked him about being a Muslim in Colombia and said I was not aware of Muslims living in that country. He said that Moors came to Colombia hundreds of years ago, and that “Palestinians” were among them. He said that he was a Sunni Muslim. He said somewhere in our conversation briefly that he had been to the Congo in Africa at one point in his life.
Finally, I asked him about attending our outreach, which centered on a video showing a lecture by Benjamin Creme. He said he would be there. We shook hands, and he sat down as I left the store. Was this man Maitreya?
J.K., Oakland, California, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was Maitreya.)
Iranian President addresses United Nations
We are all aware of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s fanatical stance vis à vis Israel, and the unacceptable nature of those public utterances. Share International does not endorse such unrestrained polemic.
Nevertheless, when President Ahmadinejad was at the United Nations in New York speaking to world leaders on 17 September 2005, it was reported that during his address he was surrounded by brilliant light. It is our information that that light was manifested by Maitreya.
Witnesses reported seeing a brilliant light that surrounded the President as he began to speak and remained with him throughout his speech. He himself reported later that he had felt something unusual happening.
At the end of his speech President Ahmadinejad said: "From the beginning of time, humanity has longed for the day when justice, peace, equality and compassion envelop the world. All of us can contribute to the establishment of such a world. When that day comes, the ultimate promise of all Divine religions will be fulfilled with the emergence of a perfect human being who is heir to all prophets and pious men. He will lead the world to justice and absolute peace. O mighty Lord, I pray to you to hasten the emergence of your last repository, the promised one, that perfect and pure human being, the one that will fill this world with justice and peace.”
President Ahmadinejad, a Shiite Muslim, has made known his belief, as have many other Shiites, that the appearance of the Imam Mahdi is imminent. Some commentators dismiss this as political opportunism, but in early November 2005 he told senior Iranian religious leaders that he saw the mission of his government as preparing the way “for the glorious appearance of the Imam Mahdi – May God Hasten His Appearance". More recently he has told audiences that the Imam Mahdi’s appearance would happen within two years. As readers will know, the Imam Mahdi is one of the names by which Maitreya is expected. (Source: Channel 4 News, UK; www.un.org)
Oil explosion rescue
The UK’s fifth-largest oil storage terminal at Buncefield, Hertfordshire,
was a 100-acre site housing 20 huge tanks, each containing millions of litres of gasoline, kerosene or diesel. On 11 December 2005 it blew up, in Europe’s largest ever peacetime explosion. Oil tanker driver Terry Hines phoned Sky television news with the account of his extraordinary escape.
As he queued to fill up at the depot with four other tanker drivers, he said, he saw a fine mist streaming out of the side of one of the huge storage tanks, but as a novice driver assumed it must be some kind of cooling operation. Other drivers had not noticed. Suddenly, however, “a guy on the forecourt told us to get out as quickly as possible,” he said. The group was walking towards the exit gates when there was a massive explosion behind them as the nearest storage tank blew up. They took to their heels – “we had never run so fast in our lives” – with the air around them full of pipes and metal shrapnel flying past. Yet, despite the huge force of the blast (so great that it registered 2.4 on the Richter scale, and local people thought it was a nuclear bomb), the men suffered only minor cuts and bruises, with the worst injury a cut knee.
Local police described it as “miraculous” that no one was killed, and the Times newspaper ran the story under the headline “Sunday miracle as huge blast causes damage but no deaths”. (Source: Sky News, BBC, Times, UK)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man on the forecourt who protected the men was Maitreya.)
New claims over Weeping Madonna
Two years ago a small fibreglass statue of the Madonna, bought in Thailand and taken back to Rockingham, Western Australia, by Mrs Patty Powell, was found to be weeping tears of oil.
Extensive testing proved that the oily tears, which smell of roses and have been linked with cases of healing, could not have been made to seep out of the statue. Benjamin Creme’s Master confirmed that this is a genuine sign created by the Master Who was the Madonna. (See SI Jan/Feb 2003)
Now new claims are being made concerning the statue. The Madonna herself is appearing regularly at the house where the statue is kept. An apparition of the Madonna appears every night at 8 o’clock in Mrs Powell’s back garden. The Madonna is also said to have left her footprints on the concrete paving where she appears.
Mrs Powell said the same rose-scented oil as the ‘tears’ can now be seen at the spot where the apparitions take place. Some devotees who visit the place are said to leave with oily stains on their clothing. More than 100 people are reported to visit the statue each week, many coming from outside Australia and often in hope of a miracle cure. (Source: The Sunday Times, Australia)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms the appearances to be by the Master Who was the Madonna.)
Unusual lights seen in California and Nevada, sky
People across California and as far east as Las Vegas, Nevada, reported seeing unusual lights in the sky on 26 October 2005. Officials from three air force bases in California said there were no military aircraft in the sky that would have caused the lights. Staff at the bases also said there were no test missile launches that night. The US Federal Aviation Administration reported no flights that were unacc ounted for. San Francisco resident Tim Sinclair described the phenomenon as a series of solid lights that appeared to be hovering, and which, when viewed through binoculars, appeared to vibrate. An astronomy professor was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle as saying the lights were probably Venus and Mars, which, the newspaper reported, were visible in the eastern sky at the time of the sightings. A subsequent correction to the story, however, indicated that Venus and Mars were in fact visible in opposite parts of the sky that evening. Lance Iversen, a photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle, photographed the lights. Iversen said that at one point he saw four distinctly separate lights, but then saw only two that seemed to move in unison. “They were just lights moving in the sky,” he said. “They might have been helicopters, although I couldn’t see any fuselages, but the lights were moving far enough and fast enough so they couldn’t have been planets — and I know planets when I see them.” (Source: San Francisco Chronicle, USA)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms these reports to be sightings of spaceships from Mars.)
Creating Debt-Free Money
by Patricia Pitchon
The following is a short extract from an analysis of the global financial system which is in crisis – a crisis which is giving rise to many new efforts to reform it and so find a way out of the impending monetary collapse.
Our debt-based financial systems are in crisis in both developing and developed countries. Even in the prosperous nations, the signs of malaise are becoming clearly visible: collapsing social structures, ever-increasing debt burdens, the rich becoming richer and the poor becoming poorer.
Almost all money now comes into being on the basis of debt: governments have yielded their sovereign powers by allowing central banks to create credit, to create money out of nothing as an interest-bearing loan. Banks loan more than they actually have, and the whole system depends on confidence in the system itself.
The important point here is that there is an artificial shortage of money. The other point is that governments, having ceded crucial powers to the private bankers, have enabled a small, unelected and unrepresentative minority to wield inordinate power and thereby to severely limit genuine democracy. Powerful bankers are neither representative of nor accountable to the people. Bankers decide who deserves loans, on what basis and for what purpose. This can and does distort important social policies, because bankers function according to the profit motive, not the ‘people’ motive.
Governments cannot collect sufficient taxes for their spending needs and to meet shortfalls they issue so-called securities, pieces of paper promising to pay at a later date. These take the form of stocks, bonds and Treasury bills. These are auctioned regularly and bought by pension funds, trust funds, insurance companies and banks. When they are bought by banks, new money is created by the banks out of nothing, specifically to buy securities, and when they become due (and the government has to fulfil its promise to pay), the government has no money and has to (a) sell more securities and (b) put up taxes again. This form of repayment is called ‘paying interest on the National Debt’.
Among serious money reformers campaigning for the creation by governments of debt-free money, Alistair McChonnachie has pointed out that governments are raising money they do not have, printing pieces of paper which they sell to banks. The banks do not have the money either but create it out of nothing, while the government expects the people to pay the banks back with real money they have worked for, through their taxes. We could call this an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ system, with the people being fooled most of the time….
[For the complete article read the January/February issue of Share International magazine.]
The people’s voice – a compilation
The will and voice of the people will become the guiding light of all countries and nations – Maitreya, the World Teacher
From the beginning of His emergence, Maitreya, the World Teacher, has stressed in His Messages and Teachings the need for sharing, justice and peace, and has called on humanity to join Him in the task of re-building the world. He has said: “Each man is a lighthouse and sheds abroad his light for his brother. Make bright your lamp and let it shine forth and show the way. All are needed, every one. No one is too small or young to take part in this great Plan for true rescue and the rehabilitation of our world.” (From
Message No. 13)
The people’s emerging voice has been the basis of many articles from Benjamin Creme’s Master, and Benjamin Creme emphasizes the vital importance of personal action in the creation of the new world. Today we are witnessing the rise of this new force, as across the world in growing numbers people take to the streets demanding freedom, democracy, justice, peace, fair trade, human rights, the end of hunger and a halt to the destruction of the environment. This new ‘superpower’, the voice of the people, has won peaceful political change around the world and is a growing influence in domestic and international policies. Maitreya counsels: “Nothing happens by itself. Man must act and implement his will.” (From
Message No. 31)
We present quotations on this theme 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.
From now, My friends and brothers, you will witness a leavening of the climate of the world, a sweeter atmosphere of hope will enter the affairs of men, a new call for Justice will sound forth from all quarters, and in the midst of that clamour will you find Me. I shall sustain all who call for Peace, for Justice and brotherly Love. I shall call to My side all who love their brothers. From all parties and all nations they will come, gathering around Me. I shall fill their hearts with hope and Love, and in mounting numbers they shall conquer the world. This process has begun. Already the voices of the people are being heard. Louder and louder they cry for Justice, for Peace for all time. A renewed hope seizes mankind, and this gladdens My heart. (Maitreya, from Message No. 131)
Almost without exception, the nations of the world are caught up in a new experience: the emergence of the articulate masses. Long gone are the days of silent submission to autocratic rule. Instead, the peoples everywhere are on the march, demonstrating their will and demanding their democratic rights. With some, the heady excitement and exultation leads them to excess and premature expectations which are doomed to failure, but a movement is afoot across the world which promises to transform it. Steadily, the signs are appearing that the people are awakening from their ancient slumber and are taking the future into their hands. While We watch silently from behind the scenes, the nations, groaning in their travail, are giving birth to a new concept: the one humanity. For long have We worked for this prize; for long have We sought to inspire this noble realization. At last, men everywhere are grasping the meaning of their existence and sensing the need for justice and participation. (The Master –, from ‘The people’s voice is heard’)
The world is ready for change, and there are millions of people in the world who know this, although at the moment they have no voice. Maitreya will become the voice of the people who see the need to change. He will galvanize world public opinion, and a properly galvanized, educated world public opinion is a force against which no nation on earth can stand. (Benjamin Creme,
The Great Approach)
A new voice is being heard in the affairs of men, articulated by a few sensitive minds among the leaders of the nations. More and more, this voice will give expression to the foremost needs of our time: peace, tolerance, forgiveness of past wrongs, co-operation and sharing for the benefit of all. That voice will issue from the hearts and minds of all who love their fellow-men, creating an invincible demand for world reconstruction and renewal. That voice is the voice of the new era. It is the voice of Maitreya.
Add your voice to that gathering clamour for peace and justice and become aware of your place in history. A new world is in the making and requires the involvement of all: all have a part to play in this great undertaking; none should feel too young or too old to voice aloud their aspirations. Soon, Maitreya, Himself, will focus this demand for a new way of living, adding His insight and experience to the cry from men for justice and peace. (The Master –, from ‘The voice of Maitreya’)
What Maitreya can do is educate, inform, inspire, create a reliable vehicle – the voice of the people of all countries of the world – and create an articulate mass against which no country in the world can stand. We need an informed, educated world public opinion for peace, justice and freedom. Nothing less will do. That is how it will be. (Benjamin Creme, SI Nov 2002)
Right across the world present political systems are being diluted and will eventually give birth to new systems of government which will be much more representational. Ordinary people, intellectuals, educationalists and others from a variety of walks of life will find they have a genuine voice in government. This will replace control of the masses through ideology. Evolution means evolution towards freedom. (Maitreya,
The Laws of Life)
The form that the new culture might take remains, for the most part, vague and unsubstantial, but one factor has already registered itself in the minds of public and media alike: the growing strength of the people’s voice and the growing determination to make that voice be heard. This is the most important political event of our time. Throughout the world, the peoples of the nations are taking control of their destiny and demanding their rights. The inner call for freedom, intrinsic to their divinity, unites people of all races and creeds, and, in growing crescendo, will echo and re-echo until the last bastions of tyranny crumble and men can inherit their birthright. That is the future awaited by all men. (The Master –, from ‘The people’s voice’)
[For the complete compilation read the January/February 2006 issue of Share International magazine.]
The people’s voice
As people power gathers strength and momentum around the world, Share International presents reports each month showing how the voice of the people is becoming the world’s collective voice – demanding justice, freedom, sharing and peace. Here is a selection of this month’s reports.
United peace movement
On 10 December 2005 an International Peace Conference organized by the Stop the War Coalition took place in London, bringing together around 1,400 peace activists from Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, India, Britain, the Philippines, the United States, Canada, Poland, Greece, Italy, Spain and other European countries. The high-ceilinged Royal Horticultural Hall was buzzing all day with people meeting, exchanging ideas, cementing ties – a coalition of optimists united in their work for peace. Participants discussed peace initiatives and future plans to end the occupation of Iraq, including a major international demonstration on 18-19 March 2006, the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
Veteran UK politician Tony Benn opened the conference by describing the peace movement as "the most powerful political movement of my lifetime as it represents the desires of a majority of the people." Now in his 80s, Benn said he was too old to protest – he was now demanding! He demanded an end to the war, that there be no attacks on Syria or Iran, and that Bush and Blair be indicted for war crimes. In conclusion he said: "We need to use the resources of the world for the benefit of the people of the world. We have the power to destroy ourselves, but also the resources to resolve the basic problems facing the human race."
Phyllis Bennis of the US Institute for Policy Studies described the tremendous shift in US public opinion, with only 30 per cent currently supporting President Bush on Iraq, three-quarters not believing he told the truth regarding weapons of mass destruction, and 60 per cent wanting to bring the troops home. She noted that these figures show that "we don't have a democracy that is responsive to the people".
Mazin Younis of the Iraqi League described his visits to Basra where he was shocked to learn of the abuses occurring at the hands of British troops. He gave a sobering account of how a young Iraqi girl, Aysha Saleem, was injured by shrapnel after a bomb destroyed her home, killing eight members of her family. She survived only because her grandmother, who was killed, had shielded her from the explosion.
Some of the most inspiring and moving parts of the conference were the speeches given by military families against the war in the US and Britain. Many said that their loved ones had been sent to fight and die on a lie. “We were told there was a madman who threatened us all,” said John Miller from the UK, whose son Simon was killed in Iraq. “But the madman turned out to be the man in charge of our country.”
Among the soldiers that spoke were Ben Griffin, who served eight years in the British army but became a conscientious objector after seeing what was really happening in Iraq. He told delegates: “Until June this year I was a soldier in the SAS and was serving in Iraq. What’s going on there is like a gold-rush town in 19th century America. The indigenous people are having a way of life forced on them on the one side, on the other multinational corporations are plundering resources and making money out of the people’s misery. Look at what’s happened over the last eight years. In 1997 we were told we would have an ethical foreign policy. Now we have become the lapdogs of US imperialism…. I volunteered nine years ago, but I have to say I was wrong to go to Iraq. I have recovered broken bodies from the battlefield and all for what? It was for the interests of the multinational companies … You face a moral dilemma in the army. You are trained to follow orders, but you also have a moral obligation to do what is right. Standing by while others commit crimes makes you guilty as well. And history has shown that using the excuse that you were only following orders is unacceptable.”
Kelly Dougherty, of the US group Iraq Veterans Against the War, was in the US National Guard for eight years and spent a year in Iraq. She described how military convoys are ordered never to stop, and how this results in Iraqi civilians being killed by convoys driving over them. She says her friends coming back from Iraq are missing limbs, cannot sleep, abuse alcohol and drugs, commit suicide – "because they cannot reconcile what they did in Iraq".
Ann Wright, a former US military and State Department official who served 29 years in the US military and 15 years in the State Department, resigned in March 2003 when the Iraq War began and now says: "We need to indict and bring criminal charges against the leadership of the United States and Great Britain." She also pointed out how the United States, having difficulty recruiting soldiers, is sending recruiters to other countries like Mexico, noting that "100 Mexicans have died in Iraq and on some of the Pacific Islands most of the men are gone because they have been recruited by the US Army".
UK Member of Parliament Jeremy Corbyn noted that there are conflicts throughout the world that should not be accepted or ignored. The cause of all these conflicts, he said, "is global inequality – global corporations that fund the US military in order to get the resources from weaker and poorer countries. Only rational sharing and fair use of resources will lead to peace".
Herbert Docena, from the Philippines – a volunteer with Focus on the Global South – recalled the huge February 2003 demonstration in London where 2 million people marched to try to stop the war. "I don't knowyou, but I've seen you. We watched you march on television from the Philippines and it lifted us up. Don't stop marching!"
John Rees from the Stop the War coalition stirred the audience by emphasising the need for continued demonstrations and show of people power. “People ask me: ‘Why do you keep marching?’ I have one simple answer: I am going to keep marching until they stop killing, it’s as simple as that. No more killing, or we go on marching … we do it because we know it’s true, because we know it’s right.”
(Source: www.stopwar.org.uk; www.traprockpeace.org)
Indigenous leader elected in Bolivia
The political and economic landscape in South America continues to change with the decisive win by socialist indigenous leader Evo Morales in the Presidential election in Bolivia.
With his Movement Towards Socialism party gaining 54 per cent of the vote (almost half the seats in the senate and the lower house, and two of the nine governorships), Morales, an Aymara Indian and former coca farmer, easily beat his seven challengers to become the first Indian President in Bolivia’s 180-year history.
Now in possession of the mandate needed for the political and economic transformation he envisions for Bolivia, Morales said the win signals that "a new history of Bolivia begins, a history where we search for equality, justice and peace with social justice”. His victory continues the shift toward progressive governments in South America, where nearly 300 million of the continent’s population of 365 million now live in countries with leftist governments.
While welcoming the prospect of cordial relations with the United States, but not "a relationship of submission", Morales has pledged to dismantle economic programmes previously adopted by Bolivia under American pressure. This includes expanding state control over the extremely lucrative gas industry by allowing the government a say in its policy and operations.
Most importantly, however, Morales hopes to give voice to the poor who supported his campaign. “The voice of the people is the voice of God,” he said. In a highly symbolic move, Morales on 6 January announced that he and his cabinet would cut their salaries in half and use the money to pay for social problems in health and education. Meeting with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez at the start of a seven-country tour, Morales said: “We are in a new age, we are in a new millennium, a millennium for the people and not for the empire.” (Source: The New York Times, USA; The Guardian, UK; www.democracynow.org)
Hong Kong democracy demonstration
Residents of Hong Kong turned out in their thousands on 4 December 2005 in a huge demonstration calling for universal suffrage and a chance to choose their own leaders. Ordinary citizens were joined by trade unions, democracy activists and civic groups. The organisers, Civil Rights Front, said that 250,000 took part while police estimated a much lower 63,000.
Protesters are calling for a fully democratic system in Hong Kong, with its citizens voting on who forms their next government in two years’ time. The 800-strong chief executive, headed by Donald Tsang, is currently chosen from Hong Kong residents by China, which has made some concessions following mass protests in 2003 and 2004 but refuses to implement reforms which would allow people the vote. 42-year-old Plau Cheung said: “I think we have the quality to select our own government.” Activist Martin Lee emphasized the size of the turnout, saying: “The more people that come on the march, the more the government will have to do something about this”.
(Source: BBC News, UK; ChinaDigitalTimes.net)
World’s poor gather to confront WTO
An estimated 10,000 protesters congregated in Hong Kong during the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Conference at the city’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, 13-18 December 2005, to protest against the poverty, insecurity and displacement suffered by the world’s poorest countries as a direct result of WTO policies, and to suggest alternatives.
Protesters included peasants, small farmers and fishermen from the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand and Korea. Among the many groups represented, hundreds of woman marched on behalf of peasant and low-income women who suffer the worst effects of aggressive globalization from the world’s richest nations and multinationals; the People's Caravan for Justice and Sovereignty convened after 12 separate journeys by indigenous Asian people and farmers whose livelihoods and cultures are threatened by WTO demands that their countries open up their markets; and a group of 100 South Korean farmers stripped off, donned lifejackets and plunged into Hong Kong Bay to try to swim across to the barricaded conference centre. Many local people joined the protests in sympathy with the demonstrators.
The noisy and colourful demonstrations – from gatherings of a few hundred to the final day’s march of 7,000 – were mainly peaceful, but violence flared as police blocked an agreed march as reports came through that conference delegates were about to agree a compromise heavily favouring wealthy nations at the expense of the protesters’ key demand: an end to EU and US agriculture subsidies that are destroying the livelihoods of farmers in poor countries worldwide.
Aftab Alam Khan, head of ActionAid's trade justice campaign, decried the conference outcome. “It is disappointing and frustrating that poor countries have been cheated once again,” he wrote in UK newspaper The Guardian. The declaration, he said, “reflects the interests of a few rich countries like the EU and the US rather than those of more than 100 developing countries, home to four-fifths of humanity.… In return for these token offers, significant concessions were extracted from poor countries in areas such as services and manufactured products … that will force poor countries to open up key service sectors including essential public necessities such as healthcare, education and water…. We are very worried that this will open up poor countries' vulnerable industries to unfair competition from advanced industries and powerful multinational corporations.” The protests, he said, demonstrate “the level of desperation that many of the world's poorest people have been driven to by a trade deal that favours the rich and betrays the poor”.
But Mr Kahn sees hope for the future: “One positive thing that came out of this summit was the formation of a powerful new alliance between the world's poor countries. All the major developing country blocs – the G-20, G-33 and G-90 – came together for the first time at the WTO.”
(Source: www.indymedia.org; The Guardian, The Observer, UK)
Showing up the lies!
On 15 February 2003, Maitreya was seen and filmed, in the guise of a Caribbean man, among the people at the Peace March in London (see Share International, April 2003). “I am proud today to hear brothers and sisters SPEAKING THE TRUTH and showing up the lies, THE LIES, that’s beautiful!” He said. Now, a year later, the lies keep being exposed.
Ex-General calls for Blair’s impeachment
One of the UK’s most senior and respected military officers is calling for UK Prime Minister Tony Blair to be impeached over the Iraq war.
Former general Sir Michael Rose, who commanded United Nations forces in Bosnia, made the comments on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in January 2006 when he was interviewed by former war correspondent and independent MP Martin Bell, for a Channel 4 documentary entitled Iraq: The Failure of War.
Accusing Mr Blair of misleading parliament and public over his reasons for going to war, Sir Michael said that Parliament had only endorsed the war because of Blair’s assertions about weapons of mass destruction, while Blair, he believed, “probably had some other strategy in mind”. He described the Prime Minister’s actions in the run-up to war as "somewhere in between" getting the politics wrong and actually acting illegally, with Parliament only being persuaded by Blair’s focus on weapons of mass destruction. "Certainly from a soldier's perspective there can't be any more serious decision taken by a prime minister than declaring war,” he said. “And then to go to war on what turns out to be false grounds is something that no one should be allowed to walk away from."
The former general said he would have resigned his commission rather than take troops to war on the flimsy basis offered by the Prime Minister. "The politicians should be held to account, and my own view is that Blair should be impeached,” he said. “That would prevent politicians treating quite so carelessly the subject of taking a country into war."
(Source: The Daily Telegraph, UK; United Press International, USA)
Carter criticizes Bush in new book
Former US presidents usually obey the traditional rule of not publicly criticizing current Presidents, but Jimmy Carter has broken it in his new book, Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis (Simon & Schuster), an overtly political work in which Carter voices his concerns about the Bush administration in no uncertain terms.
Included in his criticisms is the Republicans’ handling of the Iraq War, which he describes as a moral political disaster which has left the USA in more danger from terrorism than before. Mr Carter also writes against the administration’s tax cuts and reductions in social programmes funding – an “open and overt commitment to the rich at the expense of the poor” and said that the environment has been sacrificed in favour of business. He criticized the United States’ actions in regard to human rights, citing examples such as the Patriot Act and the holding of prisoners in Guantanamo and said that the United States is now seen as a pariah in many countries rather than a beacon of justice. “I never dreamed … that we would ever consider a legal authority for Americans to torture prisoners”, he said.
One of Mr Carter’s main concerns was the increasing merging of religion and state in the Bush administration, and the element of fundamentalism in the White House condemning its stance of: “I am absolutely right, anyone who disagrees with me must just be wrong, nothing I do can be admitted to be a mistake, it’s a degradation of my own beliefs to negotiate or compromise with others”. Our Endangered Values was published in November 2005 and is on The New York Times Top 5 bestseller lists.
(Source: St Petersburg Times, The New York Times, USA)