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Share International magazine June 2006


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Master's article

Invisible peril

by the Master —, through Benjamin Creme

If men were to see the state of the world as We, the Masters, see, they would be amazed, dumfounded and afraid, all at the same time. So far from the reality is man’s view of conditions on Earth, and so lacking in judgement is he about future possibilities, that, without help, man would watch his planetary home languish and die.
As it is, planet Earth is in a sad and perilous condition while each day brings it nearer to the critical. Many voices have sounded warnings on global warming, and many views have been expressed, but even the most dire prophecy falls short of the calamity facing the world today. Few there are who see the immediacy of the threat and the urgency of the steps needed to counter it.
Great as is the peril posed by global warming, this, unfortunately, is not the greatest, or most hazardous, faced by man today. Did he but know it, man is engaged in a slow but steadily increasing intoxification of the race and of the lower kingdoms. Toxicity, pollutions, of all kinds, and in all fields, is now the greatest danger to men, animals and the Earth itself. All are poisoned and sick in their own way.

Sorry tale
Unknown to men but evident to Us, the greatest harm sustained by men and planet in this sorry tale is caused by nuclear radiation. Men have gone far astray in the development of this most dangerous energetic source. Led astray by greed, and the false hope of vast profits, they have concentrated their experiments in ‘taming’ the most dangerous source of energy ever discovered by man, neglecting, meanwhile, a perfectly safe alternative use of the energy of the atom. Atomic fusion, cold and harmless, could be theirs from a simple isotope of water, everywhere available in the oceans, seas and rivers, and in every shower of rain.
Man must cease his ‘toying with death’. Atomic fission is the result of the atomic bombs which destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki; which erupted in Chernobyl and causes, subtly, death and sickness today. It is “that which stands where it ought not” and which must be renounced by man if he would prosper further.

Confident
Earth scientists are confident that they have, indeed, tamed the monster, and can keep it under control. They do not realize that their instruments are crude indeed, that they measure only the lower aspects of nuclear radiation, that stretching above these dense-physical levels are levels finer and more dangerous to the health and well-being of all. But for the tireless efforts of our Extra-planetary Brothers in assuaging this invisible peril in so far as the karmic law allows, our plight would be perilous indeed. Wake up, mankind!

(Read more articles by the Master)

Questions & Answers

Q. Is it true that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had a ‘consultation’ with the 12th Imam of Shiism before he made his announcement in April 2006 that Iran had joined the ranks of nations capable of mass producing uranium for nuclear energy? Did the Iranian President actually meet with Maitreya? If so, what was Maitreya’s advice to President Ahmadinejad?
A. No. But during his talk at the United Nations in New York on 14 September 2005 he was seen by members of his group to be ‘enveloped in light’. My information is that this was a blessing from Maitreya.
(See Share International Jan/Feb 2006)

Q. Given that global warming will not stop immediately even if the 200-year supply of oil-bearing sands in Canada (figure from BBC News) and even larger supplies of coal are never burned, should we anticipate a meltdown of polar ice over the next several centuries that will make many coastal areas uninhabitable?
A. Steps will be taken to lessen that risk.

Q. Can you explain why, if global warming is a major problem, Maitreya has "brought the Earth a little closer to the Sun"? Doesn't that exacerbate the warming, and if so can we assume that whatever climate changes do occur will not in the end prove more deleterious than if Maitreya had not performed this rather bizarre-seeming action?
A. Twenty per cent of global warming is caused by the Earth having been brought a little nearer to the sun. Eighty per cent is caused by our misuse of resources and gas emissions. Why would Maitreya do this? One has to assume that it is under Law and for the benefit of humanity. It will render large areas of northern Europe, Asia, Canada and Russia, now largely icebound for most months of the year, extraordinarily fertile for growing food. It also reinforces the need for action on our part to limit global warming.

Q. (1) Can you say if there is any truth to the claim, based on recent research and geological evidence, that a great cataclysm in around 9500 BC brought an end to what was a virtual Garden of Eden and left a deep scar in our racial memory? (2) Is it pos sible that whatever did occur and was apparently recorded in world mythology including the tale of the Noachian flood could have been caused by a fragment, called Phaeton in ancient myths, of a supernova explosion that passed through the solar system?
A. (1) That is not my understanding. (2) My information is that the Noachian flood occurred about 16,000 years ago, the result of the Earth movement which caused the Island of Poseidonis (the Azores are a remnant) to disappear under the ocean.

Q. What would be a ‘reasonable’ amount of savings one should keep for oneself before considering giving the rest to worthy causes?
A. There is no set ‘reasonable’ amount. There are very many levels of savings. It is up to each individual to give or not, much or little.

Q. There is much written about Mary Magdalene these days, with Dan Brown’s bestseller The Da Vinci Code, and the resurgence of Margaret Starbird’s work on Mary Magdalene’s and Jesus’ relationship. (1) Can you say if their relationship was indeed a model for the healthy and balanced masculine and feminine modes of consciousness, and (2) that we are moving toward restoring such balance as we move into the Golden Age after Maitreya comes forth and inspires us to change the failing structures of the various patriarchies?
A. (1) That so-called relationship is built on fantasy and sentimentality. The true relationship between these two historical figures was that of Master and disciple: Maitreya (through Jesus) and the disciple Mary. (2) Yes.

Q. I trust in the midst of all your busy schedule you will be able to look at my letter and give me some hope. Tell me please, what is the state of Nicaragua? (1) Does anyone else know about Maitreya besides me? I am actually doing nothing and have no idea how to start doing something. I have talked to two people and I bet at this time they do not even remember what I said. Forgive my judgment but they were not interested in my story and I was too shy and superficial when talking. This country seems to have no break from political, administrative and religious corruption; tragedies of all kind, conflicts etc. What is our position or place within the Plan of Salvation? (2) Does Maitreya visit us sometimes? I know He has appeared before some people in the past but what have been the implications or results from those apparitions? Is this country near to some redemption?
A. (1) Yes, seek them out and work with them. (2) Yes. Take heart, things are about to change all over the world, including in Nicaragua, but they will not happen by themselves. As Maitreya says: “Man must act and implement his will.”

(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 at Benjamin Creme’s lectures and Transmission Meditations. They also appear, in different guises, to large numbers of people around the world. Some of these recount their experiences to Share International magazine. If the experiences 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, they draw attention to, or comment on, in an amusing way, some fixed intolerance to, for example, smoking or drinking. Many times the Masters act as saving ‘angels’ in accidents, during wartime, earthquakes and other disasters. They use a ‘familiar’, a thoughtform, who seems totally real, and through whom the Master’s thoughts can be expressed: They can appear as a man, a woman, a child, at will. Occasionally They use the ‘blueprint’ of a real person, but in most cases the ‘familiar’ is an entirely new creation. The following letters are examples of this means of communication by the Masters. Please note: In the absence of any indication to the contrary, the editors will assume that your name may be printed. Unless requested otherwise, some of these letters may be reproduced on the Share-International.org website. Only initials, town and country will be used.

Bilocation

(1) Dear Editor,
On the 18 and 19 March 2006 the Southend Transmission Meditation group had a stand at the Mind Body and Soul Exhibition at Brentwood, Essex, UK. We held a Transmission Meditation workshop and put a leaflet about Mr Creme’s lectures in London on each of the seats.
A lady picked up the leaflet and asked: “Can you tell me about Maitreya?” As I started to talk about the Reappearance it seemed to me that she knew all about it. She was smiling all the time and encouraging me to go on. She also stayed for the 20-minute Transmission Meditation at the end of the meeting.
I would be grateful if you would ask your Master who that lady was.
E. P., Westcliff on Sea, Essex, UK.

(2) Dear Editor,
I sat in on an excellent talk on Transmission Meditation given by E.P. at the Brentwood Festival of Mind, Body and Spirit in March 2006, and returned to our stand to see my colleague, Sue, talking to a very attractive lady of about 30 years old, who was responding exuberantly to the information given. She had a high, infectious laugh and a vibrancy that was totally arresting, and Sue, who has only 10 per cent sight, also felt there was something about her. When she briefly returned a few minutes later, she seemed disappointed that Sue was not there, and offered me her hand saying: “Thank you anyway.”
There were virtually sparks coming off this lady! Was it Maitreya?
J.W., Romford, Essex, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘lady’ in both letters, and seen at the same time in two different places, was Maitreya.)

Moral dilemma

Dear Editor,
On Sunday 20 February 1999 I travelled with a friend from Bruges to Antwerp (Belgium) by train.
We got out at Antwerp’s Central Station, crossed the road and arrived on the sidewalk, where a tramp was heading in our direction. I stopped in front of him, wondering what it was he wanted from me. He had his right hand extended in front of him, as if he was begging and I remember thinking: “Oh no, what does he want from me?” There are usually quite a few beggars in that neighbourhood and I always have mixed feelings. I would like to help them, but I also know that giving them money is in most cases not the solution.
My confusion expanded into bafflement when the tramp extended his right hand a bit further as if he wanted to shake hands. Somehow I reached out for his hand. I noticed that it was dirty (probably due to fiddling with garbage, I thought). Then he said in Dutch: “I wish you all the luck in your life.” He then just withdrew his hand and walked on in a totally unrelated way as if nothing had happened.
I was so shaken by this contrast between his expression of compassion and his seeming indifference for my reaction, that I mumbled something like “Thanks. We’ll need it.”
After that I rejoined my friend and he resumed our discussion as if nothing had happened but I couldn’t help thinking how absurd this all was. I looked back a few times to see him slowly walk on. That’s when my friend started to sense that something weird had happened. He asked me who he was and I told him that I didn’t know him and that he had acted very strangely. Suddenly it was as if the experience was still going on through my friend. He suggested that I shouldn’t try to analyse what had happened but that I should feel with my heart what the nature of the experience was.
Was this a tramp acting like a Master, or a Master acting like a tramp?
F. B., Bruges, Belgium.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘tramp’ was the Master Jesus.)

The following three letters were received via the Share International website

Comforter

Dear Editor,
I was in a bike accident on 1 June 2005. An SUV hit me on my left and the impact sent me over the car, and into the ground. At the time, I felt very alone and just braced for impact. I didn’t ask for help. I was in terrible pain for a month but based on the impact, it’s hard for me to believe I didn’t have any broken bones (except maybe a cracked rib)!
 I was scared out of my mind and in a lot of pain, no one was really talking to me or attempting to interact (the ambulance staff, the police). I couldn’t see, but a kind woman came and held my hand and just kept reassuring me and said she would stay till I got in the ambulance. She was really nice and I kept thanking her but I couldn’t see who she was because I couldn’t move. I kept asking the ambulance techs and the police to get her info so I could contact her later and express my gratitude. She kept me from losing it. Nobody got her info or knew who she was. I was just wondering if she was anyone special? It really bothers me that I couldn’t thank her later. And did anyone intervene during the accident to keep it from being worse than it could have been?
N. J., Concord, CA, USA
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘woman’ was Maitreya, Who intervened during the accident to protect the cyclist.)

Portrait painter

Dear Editor,
About a year ago [April 2005] I was sky watching as clouds moved across the sky. I noticed one cluster of clouds that formed a crude face. As I looked at it my focus became locked and could not turn away. The cluster of clouds then turned into the same ‘negative image’ face that has been taken of the shroud [of Turin] and then it actually turned into a face. The face had its eyes shut and was of a man with a very deep olive-coloured, oily-looking skin. The hair was wiry and both it and the beard were dark brown to black in colour. The head hair had a slight tinge of deep auburn. The image then reverted back into just another cloud. When I became locked into the image I was overcome with a deep sense of peace and calm. Do you have any other records of anyone having a similar experience?
D., UK
(Benjamin Creme replies: Not exactly, but similar. My Master confirms that the image in the clouds was created by the Master Jesus. It was meant to be a self-portrait.)

New Year resolution

Dear Editor,
My 13-year-old son was diagnosed with bowel inflammation in June 2005. The symptoms were intense pain every half-an-hour, day and night. He lost about 8kg of weight during this time and about half his hair. Now he is much better after nine months but he is still taking reduced medication. We had to go through hell. On New Year’s Eve 2005, I had a dream in which I saw two persons – one an adult and one a child, both in white. I recall I was being told that my son Shiraaz will be alright. On New Year’s Day he woke up as if he was a changed boy. He looked and acted as if his problem had gone away. He was much happier. I said to him, from this year he will be a new person (because of what I saw in my dream). Please can you tell me if my dream was real, or was I thinking too much?
M. Y., Auckland, New Zealand
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the dream was real, inspired by the Master Jesus Who was the man in white in the dream and the child’s healer.)

Two letters from the same person:

Rope-trick

Dear Editor,
(1) The following happened between 1981-1983, as a child of nine or 11, one winter evening when I was rushing home. It was rather late, dark, virtually no traffic on the road and no passers-by on the pavement. But some words apparently uttered from above made me come to a halt: “Hey, you.” I looked up and saw the head and shoulders of a woman, leaning out of the window of a second-storey flat. She was holding the end of a long rope tied to a metal bucket which nearly reached the ground. I can’t remember the exact words she used, but they were something like: “I need some water, could you fill this bucket?” I was tempted to react and say no, since I was really in a hurry, but immediately I thought how can I deny water to anybody? But there wasn’t a water pump around, nor any shop open, so I suggested I put it in plastic bottles of water. “Whatever”, was her answer, she was sparing with words. “Wait, I am going to fetch them from home”, I added.
Again rushing, I couldn’t stop thinking why that woman didn’t simply get water from the kitchen tap or the shower, or call some relief organization if she was disabled and the pipes were broken. Everything seemed too theatrical and illogical, and, of course, when I reached home and took the bottles, my mother wanted to go back with me. However, when we arrived at the place, there was no trace of the bucket, the rope or the woman. The window was closed.
This incident remained alive in my memory for some years and then I forgot it completely. Only a few weeks ago it came back to me when I remembered another sim ilar incident.
Who was that woman?
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘woman’ holding the bucket was Maitreya.)

Quick start

(2) This happened at exactly the same spot as the previous experience, some 10 or 12 years later, but this time on the road and in broad daylight. I was caught in a traffic jam and when I had to start the car again, it stopped. I tried to start it again, twice, three times, all done quickly, without success. Suddenly, a woman approached from the pavement, gesturing and shouting that I should get out of the car. She did it so energetically that for a moment I thought the car might be on fire. I obeyed and she got in the car, greeting me. She looked like a poor housewife but spoke like an expert mech anic, saying a lot of technical things which I didn’t understand. But I remember she started the car almost immediately after she touched the start-key, ending her speech with: “I am so used to this, it happens so often.” I thanked her, wanting to ask how she had realized my car didn’t work. She greeted me again and left. Everything happened very quickly but what really surprised me about this incident was that while driving again, I experienced a strong and most unusual feeling of having been cared for, of being a very lucky person, for what, I didn’t know exactly.
This happened some months before learning of Maitreya, the Reappearance and the Masters.
Who was that woman?
C. F., Barcelona, Spain.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘woman’ was Maitreya.)

Signs

Statue weeps in Colombia

A statue of the Madonna in a church in Genoy, a small town in southwest Colombia, has been seen weeping tears. The sculpture, called ‘The Virgin of the Rosary’, has drawn thousands of visitors since the phenomenon began in April 2006. (Source: www.nbc30.com; Reuters)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that Maitreya manifested this miracle.)

Image of Jesus seen on church’s cloth

Thousands of people have visited a church in a remote fishing village on Prince Edward Island, off the east coast of Canada, to see an image of Jesus on a cloth that hangs behind the altar.
Angela Callaghan, a parishioner of St Simon and St Jude Roman Catholic Church in Tignish, first saw the image on Friday 3 March 2006 while praying in front of the altar. Word quickly spread, and since then numerous visitors have come to view the cloth. Some see an image of Jesus, while others see an image of the Madonna on the purple cloth, which is embroidered with a gold-coloured crown of thorns. The church has used the same cloth for two years, but this is the first time people have seen an image.
“I believe Jesus sent us this for a reason; he wants us to think,” said one visitor. Irene LeClair, a local churchgoer, said she sees the face of Jesus in the cloth. “I know I see the face of God,” she said. (Source: www.theguardian.pe.ca, www.ctv.ca)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms this to be an authentic miracle manifested by the Master Jesus Whose image is on the cloth.)

Watery wonder continued

First there was one – ‘Oscar’, the wonder fish, whose silvery white scales bear the words Allah on one side and Mohammed on the other. Now there are two more miracle fish, one which carries the word Allah and another on which the word Mohammed can be seen. (See Share International March 2006 for the report on the miracle Albino Oscar fish.)
Muslims from all over Britain are flocking to see the new miracle fish in a home in Liverpool, England. The owner, Mr Ali Al-Waqedi, had taken his children to their local pet shop to show them the animals. “We started to have a look at the Oscar fish because they had such an unusual colour. Then I saw that one of them had the word Allah. It was so clear, and it made me very happy,” he said. “Then we saw that another one had the word Muhammad, and that was even better…. but to have the Allah and Muhammad fish in the same tank was unbelievable.”
Muslim leaders from local mosques are quite convinced that both fish are miraculous signs from Allah. Sheikh Sadek Kassem, a local religious leader, said: “This is a proof and a sign not just to Liverpool’s Muslims, but for everyone.”
Mr Al-Waqedi said: “This is a message from Allah to me, a reminder, and now my faith is stronger. Everyone is so excited by the discovery.” (Source: Liverpool Echo, UK)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this is an authentic miracle by Maitreya.)

Huge UFO “took my breath away”

A gleaming silver object was seen hovering over Putney, London, on 9 March 2006. Michelle Medhat was sitting in her office and happened to look out of the window when her attention was caught by a strange object in the sky. According to Ms Medhat, it was shiny and pyramid-shaped and seemed to spin or rotate in the sky. Visibility was perfect at the time. “The sun was hitting the object and you could see it was turning very slowly. I did get a feeling there was something strange about it,” she said.
Ms Medhat then called a colleague, Peter Gardiner, to have a look. They both watched it for some time. Mr Gardiner first thought that he was seeing “a large clear tarpaulin”, but “then it glistened and it was shiny. It had a strange pattern of movement. It was a significant size, possibly the size of a roof or even a house”.
The two colleagues watched the craft for several minutes, as it rotated and eventually headed off and vanished from sight. “I can’t explain it and therefore I’m calling it a UFO. It took my breath away,” said Ms Medhat. “The more I looked at it I realized there was something not quite right. It wasn’t moving like anything I’ve ever seen before.” (Source: Wandsworth Borough News, UK)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms this to be an authentic UFO sighting. The craft came from Mars; its shape was not a pyramid but a tetrahedron.)

The environment – a compilation

Awareness of ecological problems, and the importance of the urgent need to find solutions to protect and restore our environment, has increased enormously over the last 30 years. Many people are involved throughout the world in such activities as this month’s various articles and reports illustrate.
A general motif running through Share International’s June issue is that of environmental problems, in particular those connected with the use of nuclear fission as a source of energy. The following excerpt is from a compilation focusing on the challenges and current dangers as well as the great promise and possibilities of a safer and healthier future for the planet and all life on it.

Maitreya, the World Teacher, says that after the saving of the starving millions, the environment is the number one priority in the world, and that it is the responsibility of every man, woman and child to reverse the destruction we are currently wreaking on this planet.
We present a selection of excerpts on the theme of the environment 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.

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. (Maitreya, from Message No. 3)

When Maitreya appears, He will address the major problems which now beset humanity: the misery of the starving – the dire poverty of millions condemned to living hell; the many wars now raging, known or unheard; the vast army of refugees, displaced and discarded; the prisoners of conscience whose voices are muted in pain. Maitreya will call for a greater responsibility for the planet’s health: the creation of an economy sustainable and fair; the husbandry of resources to safeguard future generations; the purification of the environment – the air, the soil, the waters, on which all life depends. These Maitreya will address and offer His solutions…. Maitreya will call for everyone to join His army of helpers – to sustain and purify the environment; to galvanize the peoples into action on their own behalf; to cleanse the planet of polluting toxins and to re-establish harmony among the nations. His task is not little but He stands ready to fight the present evil – and to conquer.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master, ‘The time has come’, SI Dec 1997)

The environment has become the top priority today. Within a few years, the priority will be mind, spirit and body, in the life of an individual.
(Maitreya, The Laws of Life)

We are beginning to realize what we are doing to our environment – that we are gradually killing off the planet as a living, breathing, evolving body of expression of a Great Cosmic Being which, of course, the planet is. We are beginning to see that we cannot go on despoiling the planet, polluting the air, rivers and oceans. More and more, concerned groups have brought this to the attention of governments. At long last, many governments meet on a more or less regular basis to discuss the problems and see what can be done about them. That is a new maturity, a growing sense by humanity that it is One, brothers and sisters of one humanity, on this planet to carry out some plan, some role, which is as yet dimly felt by most people. That we are, at last, taking seriously what individual groups have for long brought to the notice of governments is a sign that we are recognizing our vulnerability and also our oneness. We are maturing.
(Benjamin Creme, The Art of Co-operation)

People are concerned about the environment. Observe how this is happening around the world. If you want to feel that you are part of the Almighty, the environment becomes the mirror for the Self to realize that it is part of the entire creation. Awareness leads to looking into the environment. A clean, neat and tidy environment brings you closer to God. Even a few years ago, no politician took the environment seriously. Now the concern is there. (Maitreya, The Laws of Life)

The early signs of a new global consciousness can be seen as men realize the need for co-operation in dealing with their environmental problems. This augers well for the future and shows correct response to a major danger facing the race: unless the damage now being done to the environmental balance of the planet is quickly restored, the life expectancy of many will dramatically decrease. No one, rich or poor, is totally free from this insidious breakdown of the human immune system. Men tamper with that system at their peril.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master, ‘The New Age is upon us’, SI Nov 1998)

If the environment is not restored, in a very short time there will be no new civilization. There will be no planet. We have probably another 20 to 30 years in which to restore this planet to health. Again the key to this change is the acceptance of the principle of sharing. We also have to create a sustainable economy, one which uses only resources which are renewable and correctly husbanded for future generations. The present economy enjoyed by the developed world is completely non-sustainable. If we continue as we are doing now, there will be no forests; pollution of the rivers, the seas, the air, the land will be so tremendous that disease will decimate humanity.
Pollution, according to the Masters, is already the number one killer in the world. It so diminishes the activity of the immune system that people succumb to many diseases such as pneumonia, influenza, AIDS, HIV and so on. The very air we breathe, the water, the soil, is totally polluted and we are destroying the very planet which we need for our continued existence and that of our children.
One of the major things which will happen after the Day of Declaration is the turning of the attention of humanity really strongly to the cleaning up of the environment and making this Earth viable again. Every human being, of whatever age, will be involved in this process. As soon as the needs of the starving millions are met, as soon as the process of sharing is under way, then the attention of all must turn to the support of our eco-systems, otherwise there will be no planet.
Maitreya Himself has said that the saving of the environment must become the first priority of all people, young and old. Since we have to do this to survive, I have no doubt that – with Maitreya and His group of Masters and initiates working openly as advisers – we shall do it.
(Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)

From our own correspondents

Our Endangered Values – America’s Moral Crisis, by Jimmy Carter
Book review by McNair Ezzard

McNair Ezzard, an ordained Protestant minister, reviews Jimmy Carter’s 20th book, in which the former president highlights the rise to power and influence of the religious and political right in the USA – hence the new book’s title Our Endangered Values – America’s Moral Crisis.
The following is the first section of McNair Ezzard’s review; see Share International June 2006 for the entire review.

Jimmy Carter served as 39th President of the United States from 1977-1981. On leaving office he and his wife Rosalynn founded the nonprofit Carter Center in Atlanta. His international humanitarian work earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. In Our Endangered Values – America’s Moral Crisis, his 20th book, Carter issues a call to America to address the threat to its historic moral values.
“We are a strong nation, and we will maintain strength so sufficient that it need not be proven in combat – a quiet strength based not merely on the size of an arsenal, but on the nobility of ideas…. I would hope the nations of the world might say that we had built a lasting peace, built not on weapons of war but on international policies which reflect our own most precious values. These are not just my goals … but the affirmation of our nation’s continuing moral strength.”
This quote from Jimmy Carter’s 1977 inaugural address reflects a theme central to his life’s work, the theme of moral values, both individual and collective and they serve as the main focus of this book. These values are not solely religious. They are the universal qualities of truth, humility, generosity, justice, peace and freedom.

Carter could have had no idea as President that he would write a book 30 years later that addressed not only the lack of, but the actual assault on, the values he and his nation have treasured for so long. In his pragmatic and easy-to-read style Carter draws attention to the unfortunate circumstances now facing America. This concern centers around one main issue – the rise to power and influence of the religious and political right. It started 25 years ago when conservative Christian leaders began working closely with conservatives in the Republican Party. These two groups have melded their efforts and now set the political and social agenda of America. It has been a coup d’état of sorts, with the religious right successfully injecting itself into the political arena. In doing so, they have managed to undermine that once sacred American ideal, the separation of church and state. Their efforts have also emboldened the neo-conservatives “who have been able to implement their long-frustrated philosophy in both domestic and foreign policy”.
The admixture of characteristics from all these groups Carter calls “fundamentalist”. Although they are a minority, this group of vocal, but powerful people should be a cause of concern to other Americans, Carter says, because the United States “is more politically divided than at any time in living memory”. These right-wing activists have helped change the nature of public discourse. The American tradition that honors differing opinions in religion and politics is threatened. These differences are now narrowly defined as black and white, right and wrong.
Carter acknowledges the sincerity of many within the fundamentalist movement, but also says their limited worldview must not become the voice of an entire nation. He is not a pessimist. He has hope. But he is also a realist and knows that the survival of American democracy as we have known it will not happen on its own. The majority must meet and resolve this basic challenge, if they would “shape the future heart and soul of America”.
In a chapter titled ‘The Rise of Religious Fundamentalism’ Carter lists the traits of religious fundamentalists. It is easy to see these traits are also applicable to neo- conservatives and other members of the political right wing: they are led by authoritarian males who consider themselves superior to others; they believe the past is better than the present; they draw distinctions between themselves, as true believers, and others; those who oppose their position are seen as evil; they fight challenges to their beliefs; their self-definitions are narrow and restricted; they isolate themselves; they demagogue emotional issues and they view negotiation and efforts to resolve differences as signs of weakness. In essence, Carter says, fundamentalism is characterized by “rigidity, domination and exclusion”.

Voice of the People

In this section Share International focuses on the rising tide of people power which will continue to swell until, under Maitreya’s wise guidance, the people will lead their leaders into the creation of a just society in which the rights and needs of all are recognized and met.

Millions march for justice on Labour Day

April 2006 saw continuing protests against proposed immigration reform in the USA, and on 1 May — Labour Day — more than a million immigrants took part in ‘A Day Without Immigrants’. Protesting against a bill consisting of tough provisions to criminalize illegal immigrants, hundreds of thousands of workers went on strike and refused to shop or go to school in order to show the effect on the country’s economy and day-to-day life if there were no immigrants. Many businesses, such as the world’s largest meat producer Tyson, were forced to close as immigrants working in agriculture, construction and leisure withheld their labour.
The largest demonstrations took place in Chicago and Los Angeles which both saw crowds of 400,000, and thousands marched in over 50 American cities. Many of the protesters wore white, a colour chosen by the organisers as a symbol of solidarity, and many also carried American flags to illustrate, according to the approving California State Senate, “the tremendous contribution immigrants make on a daily basis to our society and economy”. Many small businesses chose to close in support of the action and school truancy in Los Angeles was up to 30 per cent, with some schools even deciding to close. Marchers chanted in Spanish: “Si se puede!” (Yes it can be done!) The immigrants say that without them the US economy would collapse and many see these communities as having a real political voice in the country, with a rallying call being: “Today we protest and tomorrow we vote.”
In New York demonstrators formed a human chain at 12.16pm to symbolise 16 December 2005 – the date when the controversial bill was passed in Congress. In Mexico, the birthplace of many of the immigrants, thousands took to streets in support of their countrypeople across the border.
Demonstrations were also held across the world as millions marked Labour Day with rallies organised by trade unionists, anti-globalisation campaigners and environmentalists. Although there were some clashes and a few arrests the majority of protests passed off peacefully.
In the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka thousands of workers demonstrated to demand rights including safety, a minimum wage and equal pay for equal work.
Indonesians in Jakarta marched to the presidential palace to protest over plans to revise a 2003 labour law.
In Zimbabwe riot police were employed to disrupt a rally of trade unions, while in Pakistan pro-democracy protesters were arrested while attempting to defy a ban on public meetings imposed by the military regime.
In the South Korean capital Seoul, thousands of people marched in protest against economic reforms that have resulted in redundancies, and in an unprecedented move, around 500 South Korean trade unionists joined a rally with workers in North Korea.
In Iran, workers gathered to demand jobs, while in Ramallah Palestinian workers demanded to receive their salaries from the Hamas-led government, which has been financially crushed following the withdrawal of European aid.
Demonstrations were also held in cities in Australia such as Brisbane, where protesters shouted “The world belongs to the people. The streets belong to the people.”
More than a million people turned out in rallies across Europe. In the UK thousands of trade unionists marched to London’s Trafalgar Square calling for  “workplace justice” — legislation which would allow stronger unions and an end to the exploitation of foreign workers.
In Germany unions protested at the impact of globalization in the country and urged the government to introduce a minimum wage.
Bosnia also saw large rallies as unemployed people, who make up around 40 per cent of the population, marched down the main street of the capital Sarajevo, calling for new elections and the resignation of the government.
In Belarus, the scene of several pro-democracy demonstrations in recent months, about 2,000 people gathered in the capital Minsk to protest against the jailing of the opposition leader, Alexander Milinkevich.
Fifty demonstrations were held in Spain, while Italy, Austria, France and Turkey also held rallies. But the largest demonstrations took place in Russia, where an estimated 1.5 million people took to the streets. Moscow saw the largest gatherings where an estimated 25,000 people marched down Tverskaya Street, heard speeches from trade union leaders and listened to a concert. (Sources: bbc.co.uk, The Guardian, UK)

Kyrgyzstan’s people stand against corruption

Demonstrations against war are a well-known feature of modern life, but now from Kyrgyzstan comes evidence of the growing sophistication of the concerns of ordinary people. A little more than a year ago, the people of Kyrgyzstan forced long-time leader Askar Akayev into exile after popular protests. Now another wave of popular demonstrations has brought more than 10,000 people back onto the streets and into the main square of the capital Bishkek, where they gathered in 2005. This time the protestors are calling for an end to corruption.
Braving driving rain, carrying flags and banners, they are calling now for the end of corruption, of which they accuse some top-level officials: “Down with corruption!" and "Down with thieves!"
Opposition politicians and various groups are urging President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to make the political reforms he promised and to tackle corruption and crime throughout the country.
"We want constitutional reforms and the rule of law!" Omurbek Tekebayev, opposition lawmaker and one of the protest leaders, told the cheering crowd on the Ala Too square.
"The people demand a new life: reforms and a fight against corruption!" said Tekebayev, who resigned as parliament speaker in February 2006.
In yet another show of sophisticated strategy the demonstrators ended the rally after two hours saying that it had been decided “to give the government a month to meet our demands”.
Kyrgyzstan is host to a US military base established for operations in nearby Afghanistan, as well as a Russian base. (Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, USA)

La Colifata: a voice for the voiceless

A ground-breaking experimental radio station in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is just about to celebrate its 10th anniversary. La Colifata is a non-profit radio station staffed, presented, organized and run by patients at the Dr José T. Borda Hospital.
Too often, in the past, the response to people suffering from mental illness has been to lock them away and deny them a voice, so imagine how daring an experiment it was to empower the patients of the Dr José T. Borda Psychiatric Hospital to become involved in running a radio station.
Colifata means ‘crazy’ in the local vernacular; it was a name chosen by both patients and local community. The radio station, founded by Alfredo Olivera, a psychologist at the hospital, serves a dual purpose: “The station provides a voice for those excluded from the social process,” he said. “It also expands on the idea of radio as a therapeutic tool, because it allows the patients to return to being the protagonists of what they say.”
Psychiatric facilities in Argentina and in Uruguay, Chile, Germany and Spain have copied the La Colifata model with equal success.
(Source: lacolifata.org)

Worldscan

In this section, Share International reviews current affairs in order to highlight issues which urgently require a new approach and lasting solutions.

Military spending in the United States
The National Priorities Project (NPP), a nonpartisan and nonprofit US organization which offers citizen and community groups tools and resources to shape federal budget and policy priorities promoting social and economic justice, has produced some facts about military spending in the US:
• Military spending consumes 26 cents out of every individual income tax dollar.
• It makes up about 20 per cent of total federal spending and over half of the discretionary budget.
• The United States is the world’s biggest military spender, accounting for over 40 per cent of world military spending, and amounting to more than 30 times what the ‘rogue’ countries spend (Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, Syria).
• The Pentagon pays for more helicopters, airplanes and warships than all of these countries combined, and the cap abilities of US weaponry are unrivalled in the world.
Instead, the US could have built 2,480,656 additional housing units.
(Source: www.nationalpriorites.org)

Alert: atomic energy on agenda again

The briefest trawl through the world’s media provides disturbing evidence of a range of conflicting information about nuclear energy: its safety record so far, current safety standards, accidents, armaments, missiles, submarines, testing, development, pollution of seas, rivers, agricultural land and testing-sites with atomic dust; problems of disposal, transport and storage. Despite the catalogue of disasters, near-disasters and the enormous immediate and long-term challenges, astonishingly the case in favour of nuclear energy is once again on the international agenda as rising oil prices and the desire to be energy independent force leaders to see nuclear power as an option.

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is reconsidering Britain’s nuclear energy options and calling for “open-minded” debate, and he is not alone. The recent US-India nuclear deal has so worried neighbouring Pakistan that it has just successfully tested a long-range (2,000 km) ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. In defiant tone, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said: “We will continue to pursue vigorously our security and energy needs from all sources including nuclear.”
The break-up of the Soviet Union meant that, despite the magnitude of the Chernobyl disaster, a central archive of all aspects of the effects of nuclear radiation has not been kept and health and environmental studies have been fragmentary. Nuclear reactor accidents continue to occur while scientists and nuclear waste disposal experts search for safer methods for storing radioactive atomic waste.
In Finland, Britain and a significant number of other countries the solution seems to be ‘deep burial’ – a shaft at least 500m deep, filled with waste, covered over and sealed. The issue is highly complex since waste has to be kept in interim storage to allow it to cool sufficiently before it can be interred. Meanwhile more waste is constantly being produced. Of vital import ance, too, is the geological stability of any given region – no nuclear ‘burial sites’ should be sited on fault lines or areas which may be geologically active.

‘Divine Strake’ is the ironic code name for the latest US Defense Department plans to test bunker-buster bombs in Nevada in June 2006. Time magazine reports: “A power ful blast scheduled at the Nevada Test Site in June is designed to help war planners figure out the smallest nuclear weapon able to destroy underground targets.” And it has caused concern that it signals a renewed push toward tactical nuclear weapons. “The detonation (Divine Strake), is intended to ‘develop a planning tool to improve the warfighter’s confidence in selecting the smallest proper nuclear yield necessary to destroy underground facilities while minimizing collateral damage,’ according to Defense Department budget documents,” quotes Time.
Western Shoshone native Americans and representatives of two Salt Lake citizens groups have filed a lawsuit against the US Defense Department to stop the det onation of a 700-ton ammonium nitrate and fuel oil bomb 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Although not nuclear, the test will be the largest “open-air chemical blast ever conducted at the Nevada Test site – 280 times more powerful than the explosion that destroyed the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995”.

The concerns of local communities and indigenous people are that the test fall-out – “a 10,000-foot cloud of dust” – could spread radioactive particles across the West since the area was the site of repeated atomic tests for several decades from the 1950s onwards. “The Department of Defense appears to have learned nothing from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Chernobyl and the devastating deaths caused to nuclear veterans and downwinders by atmospheric nuclear testing,” the suit contends. The explosion, it added, would contaminate Native American land, “making it unfit for millions of years for use by the Western Shoshone people or any other human beings”.
The test project has some experts worried that the Bush administration is in effect developing low-yield, tactical nuclear weapons. “We certainly have reason for concern,” said Vanessa Pierce, a project director with Health Environment Alliance of Utah. “I think this test shows that the weapons designers are so obsessed with creating new nuclear weapons like mini-nukes that they’ll do whatever it takes to get their fix.”

The name Divine Strake also infuriates Native Americans who see the scheduled test not only as a dangerous threat to life but also a violation of sacred ground. “It’s a mystery why they call it ‘divine’,” said Carrie Dann, a grandmother and executive dir ector of the Western Shoshone Defense Project. “Isn’t ‘divine’ used for your deity, God, your sacredness? Why don’t they call it ‘Hell Strake’? When you are working testing weaponry of destruction of life, you should not associate it with ‘divine’,” Dann added. “We want this insanity to stop. No more bombs and no more testing.” (Source: Time, Salt Lake Tribune, USA; BBC, UK; Reuters, oneworld.net)

Facts and Forecasts

Over the years, Share International has printed articles outlining Maitreya’s expectations concerning political, social, environmental and spiritual changes in the world, as presented to us by one of Maitreya’s associates in the London community in which He lives. From time to time, both Benjamin Creme and his Master have shared their prognosis of future developments. In this section, “Facts and forecasts”, our staff monitors recent news, events and comments bearing on these insights.

Cold fusion development

“The fusion process of nuclear power — a cold, safe, wasteless process using a simple isotope of water, universally available — will solve all humanity’s future power needs. This will be made available to us on the implementation of sharing as the economic norm.” (Benjamin Creme, Share International December 1988)
Drs Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons first announced successful cold fusion experiments at Utah University in 1989, only to be ridiculed by their fellow scientists on the grounds that the experiments could not be replicated consistently. Dr Fleischmann, who had been lecturer in electrochemistry at the University of Southampton, UK, Fellow of the Royal Society and Council pres ident of the International Society of Electrochemistry, suffered years in the wilderness, but continued to work on quantum electrodynamics which he believed should allow low-temperature coherent fusion phenomena. Now Dr Fleischmann is joining D2Fusion, a new solid state fusion energy company in California, USA, as senior research adviser to work on prototypes of solid state fusion heating modules for home and industry.
The company’s press release describes cold fusion as the fusion of two nuclei of deuterium (heavy hydrogen) into a single helium atom, accompanied only by a burst of heat. Unlike thermonuclear hot fusion that requires the inferno temperatures of the sun, solid state fusion reactions can be produced at normal temperatures and does not unleash dangerous radiation. D2Fusion uses the term ‘solid state fusion’ rather than ‘cold fusion’ as a more accurate description of the process, which is similar to processes now familiar in solid-state physics, such as superconductivity.
David Kubiak, Communications Dir ector at D2Fusion, says this is an effort to unravel some of the entrenched political and scientific opposition to this technology which would be difficult to refute if it is already working in people’s homes.
D2Fusion’s CEO Russ George says: “Dr Fleischmann’s genius inspired a generation of audacious researchers, and there are now thousands of scientific reports confirming the reality, safety and stunning promise of solid-state fusion energy.” If our grasp of all the processes is imperfect, he points out, “neither can we fully explain the workings of aspirin, acupuncture or high-temperature superconductivity,” but this has not stopped us enjoying their benefits. “We are now certain that heat generation from this process is copious, safe, inexpensive and reproducible, and in terms of commercial iz ation that seems like a perfect place to start.” (Source: pesn.com; businesswire.com)

Gorbachev: no to fossil fuels, no to nuclear energy

“Our primary task now is to look after the environment.” (Maitreya, Share International, May 1989)
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is calling on the world’s most powerful industrialized nations to create a $50 billion (€44 billion) fund to support alternative energy sources. Gorbachev, chairman of the environmental think-tank Green Cross International, is warning that neither oil nor nuclear energy are viable energy sources for the future. In a statement marking the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster he called on leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations to invest in renewable energy sources.
The Green Cross proposals were contained in a letter sent to the leaders of the G8 industrialized nations who are due to meet in Russia in July 2006. Some of the pro posals were reported last week in the UK’s Financial Times.
“This idea reflects our vision of a way of helping the energy-impoverished in the developing world, while creating concentrations of solar energy in cities that could be used to prevent blackouts,” Gorbachev said.
Rising oil prices, global warming and supply concerns are focusing minds on the viability of some renewable energy sources and have rekindled interest in nuclear power. Some European countries are considering plans to replace ageing nuclear power stations over the next two decades.
Gorbachev has said that nuclear power “doesn’t add up economically, environmentally or socially”. He added that nuclear power cannot be considered a solution to issues of climate change.
(Source: Agence France Presse)

 


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