The Master's article for
Share International magazine, December 2007
Preparing the future
by the Master —, through Benjamin Creme, 11 November 2007
Towards the end of an Age and the beginning of a new Cosmic cycle, everything
begins to fall apart. The old and tried ways of living no longer work,
or meet the needs of an advancing humanity. Certainty gives way to uncertainty,
the known has lost its power to convince, and men feel bewildered, lost
and filled with fear. Thus is it today as we stand, baffled, in this transitional
phase between the old Age of Pisces and the new Aquarian dispensation.
The Aquarian Age will last approximately 2,350 years and will bring much benefit
to men as its energies mount in potency over the centuries. However, at present,
the old ways of Pisces, outworn but not as yet outgrown, still hold sway and
determine the thoughts and actions of the majority of men. This being so, countless
millions are held in thrall by the actions of those leaders whose nations are
powerful and dominant at the present time. Thus is this a time of upheaval and
stress, disharmony and strife.
That this troubled time will not last much longer you may be assured.
Already, the signs of change are evident to Us, your Elder Brothers. We
see clearly the outlines of conditions altogether different from those
that now prevail. We see a world at peace, a world where justice reigns,
where freedom adorns the lives of men and women everywhere. We know that
the present ills are transient and passing, that the time is not far off
for the light of the New Dawn to illumine men’s lives and challenge
them to action. We know also that men in their hearts are ready and longing
for change, and will rise to the challenge with eagerness and will; they
await only inspiration and guidance.
That inspiration and guidance Maitreya is eager to bestow,
in full measure and more, as He awaits the appointed hour which, by karmic
law, allows Him to proceed.
Then will the Great Lord enter, openly, the domain of men. Then will
He challenge the assumptions of the men of power and wealth. Maitreya
will speak for the millions without a voice; for the destitute and hungry
who live in anguish from day to day; for those who languish in the prisons
of the world for daring to challenge the edicts of their ‘betters’.
He will speak for all men who love justice and liberty and will raise
His voice aloud in their cause. He will temper the wrath of those who
govern by war; He will seal for ever the door through which war enters
and defiles the realm of man. All this, through men, He will accomplish,
and so restore sanity and peace to Earth.
Calmly, and with purpose, He prepares the golden future,
the inheritance of men, and gathers together the ‘shining lights’,
the men and women who will fashion that future.
(Read more articles by the Master)
Questions & Answers -
Q. Biofuels are being heavily promoted as a viable alternative
fuel source. But biofuels are cultivated at the expense of the local
people, their crops, the forests and all animal and bird life in
them, the air, the soil and water sources. It seems we are caught
on the horns of a disastrous dilemma. Your suggestions or comments
A. Another wrong decision by humanity, driven, as are most of our decisions today,
by market forces (the forces of evil, as Maitreya calls them) in our eagerness
to find an alternative to oil dependency. It will take Maitreya to point the
way to sanity.
Q. It had been thought until recently that humanity had another
decade in which to prevent excessive global warming. However, according
to Professor Tim Flannery, recent data shows that global warming
pollutants passed a dangerous threshold in 2005. (1) Is this correct
according to Maitreya and the Masters? (2) If humanity embraces the
values of sharing and justice will the dangerous aspects of global
warming be reversible? (3) Or is it more the case that Maitreya and
the Masters believe humanity will be able to adapt to the changed
world which global warming will create?
A. (1) No. (2) Yes. (3) No.
Q. A very recent BBC poll of 22,000 people in 21 countries showed
that four out of five people said they were prepared to change their
lifestyle in order to reduce global warming and start to save the
planet. Would Maitreya consider this as significant enough to warrant
His allowing the first interview to go ahead?
A. Yes, as soon as possible.
Q. Could you please explain what you mean by ‘right human
A. I should have thought that the answer is known to everyone.
In every lecture I have given, in every book I have written, I have
stressed the need for right human relations and what prevents its establishment.
We would have right human relations if we had universal justice and
freedom; the end of war and terrorism; if everyone had full
human rights according to the UN charter: enough food, shelter, healthcare,
work and education as a right, not because we can afford to
pay for these things, but because we are human.
Q. A building opposite the Basilica of St John the Baptist in
Rome (San Giovanni in Laterane) holds a staircase reputed to have
come from Pontius Pilate’s palace and to have been used by
Christ after His trial. A chapel at the top holds a 6th or 7th century
painting on wood of Christ, said to be an acheiropoeton or “not
painted by human hand”. Tradition has it that the painting
was started by St Luke and finished by an angel and that it arrived
miraculously in Rome in 325AD. Over the centuries it has been reworked
many times and embellished with silver plating.
(1) Is there any truth in the claims about the staircase?
(2) Was the painting of the Christ of supernatural origin?
(3) Does the reconstructed painting resemble the original?
A. (1) No. (2) No. (3) Very little. The original painting
was painted by St Luke.
(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.
The waters of life
In September 2006, co-workers from Salem and Eugene, Oregon,
had a booth at the Eugene Celebration. One afternoon, a rather tall
youth with blond hair came over to our booth and started pointing
at our photograph of Maitreya in Nairobi. He was very excited and
said: “That’s the guy! He’s the one I saw in the
Old Quarter. Yep, that’s him, with the blue headband. In 2000,
I was living in Jerusalem, and there was always this guy hanging
around the Old Quarter. He was always by a certain gate, with a flask
of water, pouring water for whoever needed a drink. I even drank
it myself. And the funny thing was that it was always cold, even
in 100-degree weather. Can you believe that? And he was an extremely
kind, simple man. There are lots of crazy people hanging around the
Old Quarter, but he was different. Maybe he was a prophet. He always
gave to the poor around there, always gave some alms or bread to
the beggars.” I told him a bit about Maitreya, but he seemed
(at that moment) uninterested in the details. “That’s
him! That’s the guy! I can’t believe it!” And he
Was the man in the Old Quarter Maitreya?
M. N., Oregon, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man pouring the water
was Maitreya, acting out the symbol of Aquarius, the Water Carrier.)
My granddaughter, Nancy, a wonderful, happy girl, developed
epilepsy when she was 13 and it gradually got worse.
Just before the attacks she used to say “I’m going away
for a moment” but
over time she was often ‘away’ more than present with
us. When she was 15 she was found to have an inoperable
brain tumour, which caused epilepsy, and the attacks grew worse and
more frequent. No medicine seemed to have any effect.
When she was 29 it was decided that although surgery would
be very risky it had to be done. The neurosurgeon warned
that the operation might leave her unable to speak, possibly paralysed
to some degree. Nancy is brave and chose to have the operation.
A family member advised us to use Maitreya’s ‘handprint’ to
ask for help and healing and we all prayed to the Masters.
Nancy kept a card of Maitreya’s ‘hand’ with her constantly – it
was her support and comfort. During the 11-hour operation
Nancy was brought back to consciousness for two hours so that the surgeons
could test her reflexes to see how far they could go to remove the
tumour. Those long hours were torture for us waiting.
The following day I went to the hospital with a heavy heart,
not knowing what to expect. To my surprise Nancy was not
in intensive care but in ‘medium care’. The nurse woke
her and she gave us a huge smile, fumbled under her pillow and brought
out Maitreya’s ‘hand’ card.
She announced: “I’m here again and now I’m really
totally here.” We were so moved: she was all right, she could
speak and move. It was a miracle.
Nancy told us that for the two hours during the operation
when she had been completely conscious she’d experienced excruciating
pain. At the worst point, when the pain was unbearable,
a triangle suddenly appeared above her head and from it came light
and strength and an overwhelming love. “I felt two hands,” Nancy
holding each of mine and I looked up into the most beautiful
loving eyes. It gave me the courage to say, ‘All right, I can
bear it, I’m going to go for it.’”
The whole operating team also felt the energy, because
later the surgeon thanked Nancy and told her that thanks
to her strength and energy he managed to remove the tumour
and he expressed his admiration for her.
On the third day after the operation Nancy was downstairs
in the hospital restaurant drinking tea and a week later
she was home. Fortunately, none of the terrible outcomes
we had been warned about materialized. She’s doing fine. It’s obvious
had an extraordinary experience – she just radiates such love.
Did Nancy have the powerful help of Maitreya or perhaps
the Master Jesus?
Our grateful thanks for all the help we were given.
R.H., Hoofddorp, the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that Nancy was helped by Maitreya.
My husband and I, one of our daughters and our son went
to Rome together with friends and their children. As we got off
the bus to visit the Vatican, I noticed a woman and her child
asleep under the dried-out leaves of a tree. They sat in the little
shade the tree provided. The woman leaned against the tree and
slept, the baby peacefully in her lap also fast asleep. In front
of them was a folded t-shirt with some coins in it. It was extremely
hot so I placed my bottle of water next to the woman, in case
they were thirsty when they woke up. Then the others also walked
over and put money on the t-shirt, which woke them up.
The look on the baby’s face when he saw my son was very moving:
the baby greeted him as if he was an old friend. The woman’s
smile was so loving and she was so modest, almost humble towards
them. It was so wonderful to see the joy in the baby and the five
children responded with equal joy and love. Sascha, who is seven,
gave them her fan – she’d only just been given it by
her mother, but she gave it nonetheless. All the time the
children touched the baby and the woman held him, so he could stand
on his little feet. His enthusiasm was catching.
After a while we tore ourselves away from them and sat
in the shade of the Vatican square, but as we were leaving
I noticed them again, now seated against the wall. I saw
how she held the baby on her hands encouraging him to keep perfect
balance. She repeated this over and over again: encouraging him, the
boy stood perfectly still for a while, but when he fell down, she kissed
him, and encouraged him to stand again. We asked the name
and age of the baby: “Seven
months old” she replied. The baby was called ‘Lievu’.
When we walked away the woman held the baby again on her
hand and we captured this on video. All of us are profoundly
touched and encouraged by this extraordinary and wonderful experience.
Can you tell us if the mother and child were really Masters
in a guise?
A.van C., Leusden, the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘woman’ was
Maitreya and the ‘baby’ was the Master Jesus.)
My sister-in-law, Jynette and my niece, Beth, also saw
the image of an African-American man on television in New Zealand
[see November 2007 Share International]. Jynette said
it came on during Coronation Street for about 10 seconds at a
time and she initially thought it was something happening between
the television channels. She said they saw it about six times
over two days and that she felt ‘funny’ when she saw
the person so she wondered if he could be Maitreya. Was this image
seen by everyone watching that particular programme?
D. M., Los Angeles, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the image seen on the television
was, indeed, Maitreya. The image was seen by only a few people watching the
Signs of the time
‘Superman’ seen in Romanian sky
Police in Romania are investigating sightings in September 2007 of
a ‘Superman’ figure, dressed in a shiny blue suit, flying
through the sky. Around 20 villagers from Gemeni, Mehedinti county,
all described the same figure.
Policeman Ion Anuta said: “We talked to people of different ages
who are all reliable citizens in our village. They all said they saw
this strange creature who flew over their houses in his shiny blue
costume. We’ll just have to see what happens next.”
Constantin Toader, who lives in the village, said: “He looked
like Superman and was flying slowly at about 100 yards from the ground
in a standing position. He didn’t make any smoke or sound. Just
cruising around.” (Source: ananova.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘form’ is
a manifestation by Maitreya, a sign of His presence among us.)
Miracle well in Malaysia
A disused, rubbish-filled well in Pasir Putih, Malaysia, has been
miraculously transformed into a source of crystal-clear, sweet-smelling
water with healing properties.
Dug by the council in 1980 near the local fish market,
the well was abandoned after it was fouled by rubbish and became unfit
for use. On 8 November 2007, however, a white light shone from the
well, and residents found that the water had become crystal clear and
was exuding a sweet fragrance.
Market trader Basri Hashim said he was performing the Subuh
(dawn) prayers at a nearby surau (Muslim prayer room) when the congregation
smelt the fragrance coming from the well. “After completing the
prayers, many heard the sound of water gushing in the well. We went
and saw that the water was clean and clear,” he said.
Since then hundred of people have travelled long distances
to visit the well and drink the water, claimed to have healing powers.
Some even bring buckets to fill so they can bathe in the water. Journalists
visiting a few days after the story broke reported that the water was “clear
with a slight, sweet scent”. Pasir Putih district health officers
have taken samples for tests.
“In the past, water from the well was reddish in colour and had a foul
smell. Many would not even go near the well,” said fishmonger Baharum
Mamat. “Now, you can even drink it straight from the well without boiling
the water first.” (Source: New Straits Times, Malaysia)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that Maitreya manifested this miracle.)
Australia – Four members of the same family witnessed
a UFO on three consecutive nights in August 2007. Margaret McDonald,
her husband Greg, and two of her grandchildren, Tim and April Keft,
of Eden, New South Wales, saw an orange star-shaped object in the night
sky. April Keft first saw the UFO as it approached from the north at
about 9.30pm on 24 August 2007. “When I first saw it I thought
it was a star,” she said. “It was like it could see us,
as it did a little dance. It was very high up when it started to move
and it was heading south and then it just sort of turned gradually
and left in an easterly direction over the sea.”
The following two nights at about the same time, the family
witnessed a similar object in the sky. “It looked like it was
more above us and it looked like it had a cross on it. It wasn’t
round but more like a star. On Sunday night it did a little dance and
went south,” April Keft said. (Source: The Magnet Newspaper, Australia)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms these to be authentic sightings
of spacecraft from the Planet Mars.)
USA – Two residents of a small Oregon town witnessed
UFOs in the night sky above their home on the evening of 22 September
2007. Raye Laufer and her husband Derral of Lacomb, were in the
backyard of their house, when they saw two long, silver, bullet-shaped
objects flying side-by-side across the sky shortly after 9pm. The objects
were silent and had no lights. The UFOs separated, one heading east,
the other toward the northeast. They then saw another UFO floating
above the treetops almost above their house. It was a large, glowing,
red and orange orb, making no sound, and emitting what looked like
sparks. The object hovered in the same spot for about a minute, then
moved until it was directly over the roof of their house. The UFO paused,
then slowly travelled north and out of sight. (Source: Albany Democrat-Herald,
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms these to
be authentic sightings of spacecraft from the Planet
England – On the night of 5 October 2007, several school
children saw a UFO in the sky above the village of Rusper, near Horsham,
West Sussex, about 35 miles south of London. A group of 10- to 13-year-olds
saw what looked like a meteorite streak across the sky and go out of
sight behind some nearby trees. A few minutes later, the children witnessed
a fast-moving object with flashing lights in the sky. “About
three minutes after we saw the meteorite, we saw the UFO, or whatever
it was,” said Abigail Russell. “It definitely wasn’t
a plane that we saw because the lights were different, and were flashing
differently.” Abigail and her friends saw the UFO hovering in
the sky just above where the meteorite had landed. “It was moving
very fast. It looked like an upside-down saucer with flashing lights – purple,
orange, red, blue and green. We were convinced it was a UFO. Every
time it flashed it was nearer.” After the last and brightest
flash, the UFO disappeared. (Source: West Sussex County Times,
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms this to be
authentic sighting of a spacecraft from the Planet Mars.)
Cross of light in Germany
After spinal surgery in May 2006 I went for rehabilitation
to the Schlüssel clinic in Bad Peterstal. The atmosphere
of the clinic contributed to my well-being: I experienced friendliness
and caring about the needs of the patients, a real place for healing.
Many patients reported quick healing experiences.
At the end of the week I found a cross of light in the
glass door of the relaxation room, and after spending an hour in
there I became aware that it might be a special room. Who manifested
this cross of light and does it speed up people’s healing?
A.B., Offenburg, Germany.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that Maitreya manifested the cross
of light. In some cases it is speeding up the healing.)
Light blessing at Buddhist centre
At the Karuna Buddhist Centre of Monchique, in Algarve, Portugal,
from 29 April to 5 May 2007, we took part in the Yagna (the Vedic
ritual of fire sacrifice). Every morning at 6am there was a prayer
session to Sri Sathya Sai Baba. I organized it and made sure the
room was kept clean so I had to get there at 5.30am to prepare everything:
light oil lamps, burn the incense and so on. A Mauritian friend
offered to give me a hand.
On the morning of third day, my friend who had arrived
before me noticed a strange light appearing behind the window where
there was a statue of the Buddha. At first I saw a diamond-shaped
light, but it was barely visible. Then, the light disappeared slowly
to re-appear again – but brighter and brighter. After that
it remained fixed. We then started to pray and the light was there
until the end of the session to later vanish, little by little.
I could not believe my eyes.
The next morning when we arrived, the light was already
there and stayed until the end of our prayer session. It appeared
three or four days in succession, which is why we were able to take
Was this a miracle, and by whom?
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the light is a miracle manifested
From our own correspondents
excerpts from articles and interviews
The marketing of destruction
Interview with Symon Hill
by Jason Francis
The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), a London-based
NGO, was founded in 1974 by several groups who were concerned
with the growing arms trade following the conflict in the
Middle East (the Yom Kippur War) in 1973. Today, CAAT is
a wide-ranging coalition of groups and individuals seeking
to stop government subsidy and support of arms exports.
They promote measures, both nationally and internationally,
that will reduce and eventually lead to the end of the arms
trade. CAAT also highlights the relationship between international
arms sales and global poverty, encourages efforts towards
peace, justice and democracy, and supports the resolution
of all international conflicts by peaceful means. CAAT’s
spokesperson Symon Hill was interviewed by Jason Francis
for Share International magazine.
An excerpt from the interview follows:
Share International: How many
companies are involved in marketing weapons internationally
and how much money is spent on the armaments trade in any
Symon Hill: Worldwide, more money is spent on weapons than
on anything else – including oil. Global arms spending
recently topped one trillion dollars. Literally thousands
of companies are involved in the arms trade in some way, but
the trade is dominated by a few hugely powerful multinationals
such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing and BAE Systems.
SI: What is the relationship between individual governments
and private companies in the international arms trade? What
role do the G8 nations play in the arms trade?
SH: The five countries that export the most arms are the
five permanent members of the UN Security Council. Arms companies
in the US have long been criticized for having too much influence
over politicians, not least through campaign donations. Arms
dealers also enjoy undemocratic influence in the UK, though
the situation is different because the UK’s arms industry
is overwhelmingly dominated by BAE Systems. Other British
arms companies are smaller and mostly make parts (often to
sell to BAE). This makes BAE’s power enormous. The UK’s
media reported that the head of BAE had “the key to
the garden door” of No.10 Downing Street [the Prime
SI: How prevalent is the use of governmental subsidies
in the arms trade?
SH: Arms companies’ influence on government results
in subsidies for the arms trade. Although most politicians
in the UK and the US claim to believe in the free market,
they seem to suspend this rule when it comes to arms dealers.
Many governments offer “export credits” to underwrite
private arms deals. Government support and subsidy also comes
in other ways. The UK’s Defence Export Services Organization
(DESO) is a marketing agency for private arms dealers funded
by taxpayers’ money. After years of campaigning by CAAT
and other groups, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced in
July 2007 that DESO would be closed. This is a great victory.
We will now closely monitor the arrangements that are made
as DESO is disbanded.
SI: Are military personnel or even diplomatic attachés
used to promote arms trading?
SH: Yes, frequently. In the UK, government ministers and
members of the royal family are expected to promote UK arms
on trips abroad, even when the trip appears to have nothing
to do with arms or even with trade.
SI: What are some of the socio-economic effects of arms
spending on the economies of nations?
SH: Many of the victims of the arms trade are not killed
by weapons. They die because their governments spend money
on arms that is desperately needed for tackling poverty and
providing healthcare. For example, Pakistan spends more on
weapons than on healthcare and education combined. Arms purchases
often occur when ministers are bribed into buying weapons
they will never need or use. It has been widely alleged that
corruption led the Tanzanian government to buy an expensive
and largely useless military air traffic control system from
BAE in 2002. More developed countries such as the UK waste
millions in arms trade subsidies that could be used to fight
poverty, improve public services or tackle climate change.
SI: What rationale do armament manufacturers and governments
use to persuade the public to allow armament sales to continue
in spite of their humanitarian and economic impact?
SH: Arms dealers often claim to be creating jobs. This
is frequently linked with flimsy attempts at patriotism. BAE
talks of being a “British company” protecting “British
jobs”. In reality most BAE shareholders now live outside
the UK and in recent years they have created more redundancies
than jobs in Britain.
[End of excerpt]
of the people
Humanity stands up
United Nations calling for justice
More than 43 million people in 127 countries “stood up and spoke
out” against global poverty and in support of the UN Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) on 16-17 October 2007. The worldwide “Stand
Up Against Poverty” action was organized by the United Nations
Millennium Campaign, the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP),
and a wide range of other groups.
Millions of people during a 24-hour period gathered in
their schools, streets, market places, in front of government buildings
and local councils, in workplaces and places of worship, at sports
and cultural events and at public landmarks, to demand a more urgent
response by governments to the growing crisis of global poverty.
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, who led a “stand up” action
at UN headquarters in New York, said “Today tens of millions
of people are making their voices heard by standing up and speaking
out against poverty and for the Millennium Development Goals. They
are sending messages that call on their leaders to keep their promises.
They are calling for the actions of citizens to be matched by the actions
of governments, in developing and developed countries alike, to demonstrate
the political will required to end the scourge of poverty once and
Among the events which took place around the world were
• The largest public school system India, the Dayanand Anglo Vedic (DAV)
schools, reported that 500,000 school children raised their voices against
poverty. At Kashmir University, 35,000 students stood up.
• In Bangladesh about 850,000 people stood up, with the main event held
at the Dhaka City government office led by the Mayor, followed by a concert.
People called for cancellation of debt-servicing to eradicate poverty. Some
1,000 candles were lit to express solidarity with the GCAP movement.
• In Pakistan over 3.5 million people took part in events, including thousands
in Bahawalpur who helped unfurl a 10km-long banner carrying one million written
messages. Pakistan was one of 25 countries using giant banners to form a white
band, a symbol of the global anti-poverty movement.
• In the Philippines, more than 7 million people attended various multi-faith
events including an Anti-Poverty fair. Campaigners called on the Philippine
government to change its position regarding the worsening condition of millions
of Filipinos living in poverty.
• Palestinian children throughout the Occupied West Bank and Gaza spoke
out, saying no to poverty. The activities organized jointly with the
Palestinian Ministry of Education took place for the first time in public and
private schools, as well as UN-sponsored schools.
• In Ramallah, a choir from the University performed a new musical work “The
Poverty Requiem” as one of a global chain of 20 performances that took
place on every continent. A high school choir also performed the piece at the
UN headquarters in New York.
• In Cairo, Egypt, over a million people supported the “Sailing
the Nile” initiative which involved a fleet of eight boats sailing down
the Nile with stops in eight Egyptian towns, promoting the eight Millennium
• In Rwanda, youth groups organized a Stand Up soccer tournament with
20 primary schools.
• In Malawi, children were asked to bring a blade of grass to a local
football match, and 15,584 responded to the call.
• Civil society delegations to government were organized in a co-ordinated
global lobby against poverty. Somalia was one of 35 countries where civil society
representatives organized a group to present demands for pro-poor policy change
directly to their politicians.
• Many religious leaders and groups took part in the global action. At
a papal mass at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI sent a message of support urging
increased efforts to eliminate poverty. Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi
Shankar mobilized 30,000 people at his ashram in Bangalore and millions more
across the globe to raise their voices through the Art of Living Foundation.
Micah Challenge, the global Christian campaign, took part. In the US, Canada
and Europe, Episcopal and Lutheran churches made the MDGs their top social
justice priority by appointing an MDG-focused organizer in every diocese. (Source:
Australians demand action against global warming
With Australian greenhouse gas emissions among the world’s highest
per capita, marchers across Australia have urged politicians to increase
action on climate change and renewable energy targets.
On 11 November 2007 marchers thronged cities – 30,000 in Sydney,
50,000 in Melbourne, and up to 150,000 in 50 other towns and cities – in
the country’s second ‘Walk Against Warming’.
Calling on the next elected government to adopt a short-term
target of reduction in greenhouse gases by at least 30 per cent by
2020, Cate Faerhman, of the Nature Conservation Council, said: “Much
more needs to be done and that’s what the community has said
today on climate change. It’s a big message that’s being
sent to the next government to get more serious on climate change and
give us more than what we’ve seen today.”
Australian Prime Minister John Howard has aligned his country
with the USA in withdrawing from the Kyoto protocol, and in insisting
that any global agreement on climate change must include China and
India. Now, with a national election due on 24 November 2007, climate
change is considered a major issue at the ballot box.
In Adelaide, Greens Senate candidate for South Australia
Sarah Hanson-Young described the “huge momentum” of the
rallies as “an indication of the concern in the community for
the future of our planet and future generations”. (Source: news.com.au;
ABC News; Epoch Times, Australia)
India’s poor march for land rights
Nearly 25,000 of India’s rural poor marched over 200 miles to
the Indian capital of Delhi to protest their displacement from lands
taken over by industrial projects. Organizers say the protest was a
means of demonstrating how India’s rapid economic growth is leaving
behind many of the nation’s people.
India’s rural poor have long subsisted on tiny plots of land.
In the past, some of the poor have been displaced, but in recent years
this displacement by both private and government-backed industrial
projects has increased exponentially with land becoming a prized commodity.
Whether for limestone mines or the construction of dams, many low-caste
tenant farmers have been forced off their land and have lost their
means of survival. “Forty per cent of Indians are now landless
and 23 per cent of them are in abject poverty,” said Puthan Vithal
Rajgopal, one of the march’s organizers. “Such conditions
have bred Maoist insurgency in 172 of India’s 600 districts and
farmers are killing themselves in 100 other districts. So we want to
ask the government, where are the fruits of the reforms in these districts?”
During the 26-day march, protesters waved flags and chanted
slogans such as “Give us land, give us water.” They demanded
national government oversight of land reform and improved courts to
settle land disputes more efficiently. In response to the demands,
the Indian government announced it would establish a panel to look
into “all land-related issues, including land reform.” Half
of the panel would be made up of landless farmers and indigenous people.
Within three months, the panel would submit recommendations on land
reform policies to a council headed by Indian Prime Minister Manhoman
Singh, who will oversee the implementation of the new policies. (Source: The
New York Times, BBC News, Agence France-Presse, The Economic
Peace rallies held throughout US
Rallies and marches took place in cities across the US on 27 October
2007 in protest at the Iraq war. In San Francisco, an estimated 30,000
people took part in peace events. Of particular note was the participation
of several major labour unions who encouraged their workers to attend
the march and rally. Although labour groups have been involved in other
protests against the Iraq war, this was the largest effort yet in the
San Francisco Bay Area. “More and more union members are seeing
the war’s impact on our schools, transportation and healthcare
systems because money is being spent abroad that could be spent at
home,” said Sharon Cornu, secretary-treasurer of the Central
Labor Council of Alameda County. Wendy Bloom, a nurse from Children’s
Hospital in Oakland, said: “Our priorities are distorted. We
are spending billions on an unnecessary war instead of healthcare.”
In New York, thousands demonstrated in the rain, marching
to Foley Square. In Chicago, thousands gathered at Union Park and marched
to the Federal Plaza. Organizers said the rallies, sponsored nationally
by a coalition of groups headed by United for Peace and Justice, also
took place in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Jonesborough, Tennessee, Philadelphia,
Orlando, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Boston and other cities throughout
the country. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle, USA)
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.
UN environment report:
Humanity’s future at risk
“Step by step, men will set in motion the requirements
of the future. These must respect the destiny and free will of all.
The right to the essentials of life: food, shelter, healthcare and
education, must condition the direction of all governments’ actions.
The safeguarding of the environment — with all that that entails — must
become a sacred duty which will allow men, in time, to nurse this
planet back to health.” (Benjamin Creme’s Master, Share
The most comprehensive environmental report ever published
by the United Nations concludes that humanity is changing the earth’s
climate so quickly and consuming the earth’s resources so rapidly
that humanity’s future is at risk unless urgent action is taken.
The fourth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-4) report, published
by the UN Environment Programme, was compiled over a five-year period
by 390 experts and reviewed by more than 1,000 other scientists worldwide.
The report concludes that the natural resources that support
life on earth have suffered significantly since the first UN environmental
report was published in 1987. Called Our Common Future, the
report warned about the state of the planet and urged action towards
The new report finds that while some steps have been taken
since the initial warning 20 years ago, the response to the world’s
critical environmental challenges has been “woefully inadequate”,
with a failure to recognize the worsening situation.
GEO-4 notes that although the overall financial wealth of the earth’s
population has increased by about one-third during the past 20 years, most
of the increase has been in the developed world, and it has come at an enormous
environmental cost. “Much of the natural capital upon which so much of
human well-being and economic activity depends – water, land, the air
and atmosphere, biodiversity and marine resources – continue their seemingly
inexorable decline,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner at the
launch of the report….
To address these crises strong leadership by governments,
industry and individuals is needed, the report says. The solutions
are available, but the political will to apply them has not been expressed
GEO-4 concludes: “While governments are expected to take the
lead, other stakeholders are just as important to ensure success in achieving
sustainable development. The need couldn’t be more urgent and the time
couldn’t be more opportune, with our enhanced understanding of the challenges
we face, to act now to safeguard our own survival and that of future generations.” (Source:
UN Environment Programme; Reuters; The New York Times, USA; The
Independent, UK; Agence France-Presse, France)
Self-sacrifice to save planet
Politicians are fond of telling the general public that they do what
we want. This will be good news to all ecologists, activists and those
who care about the environment since in at least 21 countries most
of the asked 22,000 people said that they are willing to make personal
sacrifices in order to tackle climate change.
Globescan, a polling company commissioned by the BBC to carry
out a survey, found that 70 per cent of the respondents indicated
that they were willing to change their lifestyles; this included participants
from the world’s two biggest carbon dioxide emitters – the
US and China.
Globescan interviewed 22,182 people either face-to-face or
by telephone in the UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt,
France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria,
the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, and the United
In general, 83 per cent of respondents in all the countries
surveyed agreed that individuals would definitely or probably have
to learn new habits and make lifestyle changes to reduce the amount
of climate-changing gases they produce. Approximately 70 per cent
said they were ready to make personal sacrifices.
When asked about fuel costs in the majority of European countries,
and in the US, most people said they thought that the cost of fuels
(which are responsible for high carbon emissions) would have to increase.
The Chinese are the keenest on energy taxes with 85 per cent of those
polled indicating they were in favour, putting them 24 percentage
points ahead of the next most-supportive countries.
When those against energy taxes were asked whether they would
change their minds if the tax revenue was used to increase energy
efficiency or develop cleaner fuel, large majorities in every country
said they were in favour of higher taxes. And again, when people opposed
to higher taxes were asked whether they would accept higher taxes
if other taxes were cut, so as to keep their total tax burden the
same, the poll showed that large majorities in every country favoured
higher green taxes.
“This poll clearly shows that people are much more ready to endure their
share of the burden than most politicians grant,” said Doug Miller, director
of Globescan, the polling company that conducted the survey on behalf of the
BBC. (Source: BBC, UK)
Nordic countries alarmed by Arctic melt
Nordic nations – Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland – are
adding their voice to a growing worldwide consensus by sounding the
alarm about an increase in the rate at which Arctic ice is melting:
the thaw, caused by global warming, could soon be irreversible. With
an eye on the upcoming Bali Conference on Climate Change the five
nations (who all have Arctic territories) appealed to all governments
to agree as soon as possible to a more far-reaching UN plan to curb
greenhouse gases as a follow up to the Kyoto Protocol.
“The Arctic and the world cannot wait any longer,” environment
ministers from the five nations said in a joint statement after talks in Oslo. “The
climate is hurtling towards a turning point after which irreversible processes
will have been set in motion,” they said of the Arctic thaw.
The ministers pointed up the fact that the ice on the Arctic
Ocean shrank to 4.13 million square km (1.6 million square miles)
by September 2007; this is the smallest it has been since satellite
records began in 1979, and far worse than the low point in 2005. Naturally,
the ice is now expanding as winter approaches, but is nevertheless
smaller than in previous years.
The melt threatens the livelihoods of indigenous hunting
peoples and wildlife such as polar bears and seals. The large-scale
thaw is blamed by the UN climate panel on heat-trapping gases emitted
by burning fossil fuels.
Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren warned that
the melting of Arctic ice might already have reached a point of no
return. “We may have passed the tipping point,” he said.
The Nordic nations declared that the conference of environment
ministers in Bali, Indonesia, in December 2007 must reach agreement
on “tangible measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases”.
The Bali talks are meant to initiate two-year negotiations on a new
climate treaty to take the place of the Kyoto Protocol with an eye
to finalizing agreement at a UN conference in Copenhagen in late 2009.
When the dollar falls
“The governments are not in charge of their economies because
they are not in charge of their currencies. The value of any currency,
or the mode of action for or against a particular currency, is in
the hands of a group of about 200 men and women in every country.”(Benjamin
Creme, The Great Approach)
The United States is heading for bankruptcy, and the leaders
are not making any serious attempt to prevent it. The USA is constantly
printing money in order to fund the American standard of living and
to finance the Iraq war. At present US debt amounts to $9,000 billion.
Although everyone understands that the debt will never be paid off,
it continues to mount, says financial correspondent Willem Middelkoop.
Middelkoop writes in his recently published book Als de dollar
valt (When the dollar falls): “At some point the
US dollar will no longer be accepted and then the American currency
will take a huge tumble. The United States will slide into a serious
recession with enormous consequences for the world economy.”
The United States is showing all the signs of a declining
empire: the Credit Wave of the past two years, the addictive and corrupting
habit of throwing good money after bad, deceit in the financial world “are
the classic characteristics of the end of an era”, he concludes….
(Source: de Volkskrant, the Netherlands; Taipei Times,
Joy – a compilation
We present an excerpt from a selection of quotations on the theme
of joy – 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. (See Share
International December 2007 for the complete selection.)
When I make Myself known, I shall express the hope of all mankind
for a new life, a new start, a readiness to change direction; to see
the construction of a New World in which men can live in peace; can
live free from fear of themselves or their brothers; free to create
from the joy in their hearts; free to be themselves, in simple honesty.
(Maitreya, from Message No.8)
Consider this: “Take your brother’s need as the measure
for your action, and solve the problems of the world. There is no
other course.” Into your unhappy world now steps Maitreya. He
knows your agony and suffering better even than you do yourselves,
for He knows, too, the joy which is your birthright. That joy would
He restore to you in full and perfect measure. For that is He among
(Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The entry of Maitreya’)
When you see Us you will know that the New Time, the New Age, has
begun – the time of Sharing and Justice, of Love and Brotherhood,
the time of the Law of God.
I am the Instructor of this New Time.
I am its Forerunner.
I shall release to you That which will take you quickly home.
I shall give you these instructions which will release in
you your divine nature.
From My Brothers will flow a stream of creative fire which
will light your lamps and carry you brightly to God.
My Masters know naught but Love and Joy.
Likewise, My friends, this will be your heritage.
Make haste to claim your rights, and know the Love and Joy
(Maitreya, from Message No.136)
Create conditions in which there is harmony. Harmony is the number
one necessity in losing the sense of time. Whether in an individual
or a nation, we cannot have an awareness and response to the nature
of true time if we are in an inharmonious state. Practically everybody
today is in an inharmonious state, because there is total disequilibrium
in the world. That is our spiritual crisis. We have to change the
world’s economic structure – not only because it seems
more just to do so since it is profoundly evil and unjust; we have
to change it or we will destroy the world. It is as simple as that.
We must change it so that humanity can begin to live as we (as souls)
intend to live – in a society based on harmony and therefore
equilibrium. With that equilibrium comes greater and greater awareness
of who and what we really are. That is our crisis, our problem for
today – to know who we are. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s
Mission Volume Three)
Enjoy life – “Remain open-minded. Enjoy life. When you
enjoy life, it is as if you are sitting on the beach looking at the
vast ocean. At that moment you experience serenity, tranquillity,
detachment within. You do not think of your bank account at that moment.
Nobody lectures you at that moment. The gift of life flowers within
“Experience this and you will realize you are a unique person. You are
unique in this creation.”
Happiness – Human beings are looking for happiness such as is
found in the lap of the mother. You will find happiness when you begin
to realize that the Almighty is always with you, 24 hours of the day.
Then you will experience freedom from within. There is no room then
for unhappiness, greed or anger.
Make yourself happy – “Do not make Me happy. Make yourself
happy and you have made Me happy. If you look after yourself, you
look after Me.” (Maitreya, The Laws of Life)
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.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The art of living’)
There is only one way to God and that, My friends, you already know.
The way to God is the way of Brotherhood, of Justice and
There is no other way; all is contained therein.
Many will find this Path bitter and hard; but many more,
by far, will enter upon this Path with joy and gladness at the lightness
of their burden, casting away the old, the outworn and the useless,
the trivia of the past; and entering into shared brotherhood and joyous
communion with all that is, that vast and growing Company shall inherit
their Selfhood. (Maitreya, from Message No.15)
If something good, nice, pleasant happens you feel happy, but you
were not happy before and you may not be happy tomorrow, so the feeling
of happiness is not the Self. The nature of the Self is not happiness,
but it is continuous, unbroken joy; it never changes. Or something
nasty and painful happens and you are miserable, have a sense of loss,
pain, disillusionment, depression. What has happened to that happiness,
where did it go? Neither the pain nor the happiness is anything to
do with the Self. These are the experiences of the man or woman in
incarnation, the physical, mental, emotional vehicles of the Self.
The Self itself knows none of that; it has no emotions, no thoughts,
it alone is, it is Being, manifesting through physical body, emotional
structure, mental body. These are vehicles for the Self to experience
at this level. When you are detached, the Self can go in and out of
these at will. It can use these vehicles but does not get attached
(Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two)
Few today can envision a world in which trust truly reigns. Few there
are who can visualize the calm, experience the beauty, of such a time.
Let your imagination conjure a world free from fear and crime,
competition and greed. Open your mind to the concept of universal
justice and peace, manifested joy.
Do this and glimpse a world in which the trust of the uncorrupted
child blossoms again in the man free from fear. In that world all
becomes possible. Man stands now on the threshold of its discovery.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master, from‘The need for trust’)
These are historic times, and as each day passes, a new awareness
becomes ever more apparent. People will more and more be talking of
peace, of living together in harmony. This is a turning point
in the history of mankind. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s
Mission Volume Two)