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Many people believe that despite the presence of Maitreya in the world, everything is becoming more threatening and unstable than hitherto. They wonder what Hierarchy is doing to ease the many problems and difficulties that leave them afraid and unprepared for the heightened tension of today.
The truth is, the world is being prepared. In times of great tension and change, people look at problems with a limited view – which they inevitably have – of the true state of society. Humanity imagines that all these events have the same impact and importance for the future, whereas the true view, which only the Masters can see, is altogether different. The Masters see the happenings as if occurring on a flat plane, and as potential only. They know that some will precipitate and effect world change, while others will simply wither away without any precipitation at all. Humanity, with its limited vision, sees all these events as bearing on their future but this assuredly is not the case. From the Masters’ point of view humanity has never been so ready for the new world that the future will bring. It has never been so near a time of inspiration and readiness to work for the common weal.
When the Christ said that He would return (in such a time as we think not), He would bring not soft words of spurious peace but a sword, the Sword of Cleavage, which would separate father from son and brother from brother. It is precisely the action of the Sword of Cleavage that we are witnessing today. Maitreya’s energy of love stimulates everyone: the one who loves, and works for justice and sharing, but also the one who causes the divisions, schisms and greed in the world. In this way, through the clear opposition created by the Sword of Cleavage, men can arrive at a true choice for the future – the future for all men, the poor and hungry as well as the men of money and the destroyers of peace in the world. Each of us must choose on which side of that division we find our truth.
[This article from Share International magazine, October 2014 , is by a senior member of the Hierarchy of Masters of Wisdom. His name, well-known in esoteric circles, is not yet being revealed. Benjamin Creme, a principal spokesman about the emergence of Maitreya, is in constant telepathic contact with this Master who dictated his article to him.]
Q. (1) Is Maitreya still giving television interviews in China? (2) What is the total in China now?
A. (1) Yes. (2) 8 interviews in China. [As of 6 September].
Q. Please be so kind as to give an overview showing how many interviews Maitreya has given in each country so far.
A. USA: 29 interviews (January 2010-January 2011); Mexico: 14 (January-September 2011); Brazil: 41 (September 2011-January 2013); Russia: 51 (January 2013-May 2014); China: 8 (September 2014). A total of 143 interviews so far.
Q. Have interviews with Maitreya been broadcast in (1) Taiwan (2) Hong Kong (3) Singapore (4) Other Asian countries? (5) There is such a vast Chinese diaspora that news of such a person could, theoretically, travel far.
A. (1) Yes, but limited. (2) Yes, but limited. (3 and 4) No. (5) True.
Q. If Maitreya’s interviews haven’t yet been aired in other countries has news of them reached other Asian countries?
Q. If the idea is for your message to gain as broad exposure as possible, why would it be wrong to provide transcripts of what was said in the various interviews with Maitreya that you claim have been happening? If these interviews are making an impression, why have there not been any leaks from any of the media personnel presumably involved?
A. Maitreya is acting incognito. Even those He works with for the production of His media appearances are unsure of His true status.
Q. What makes you so sure Maitreya is a ‘he’?
A. I have worked for Maitreya for many years and know my right from my left hand!
Q. My understanding is that the USA’s history/military involvement (i.e. since World War I-II) has not been justified. It seems that we are only making things worse by continuing the cycle of violence. That said, what is the best action (or inaction) we can take about ISIS?
A. The existence of ISIS is a result of the war in Iraq and the divisions which have emerged since the death of Saddam Hussein. They are also the result of the sense of inequality felt by the poorer members of the Muslim community as a whole. There is only one way out of this major problem and that is the one proposed by Maitreya – the sharing of the produce of the world, freedom and justice for all peoples.
Q. Were you putting words in the mouth of the Masters when you had them making the preposterous claim that 80 per cent of global warming or climate change is manmade? The most drastic climate shifts occurred before industrial civilization, or even civilization itself – the Ice Ages, the mediaeval warming period and the Little Ice Age, when fairs were held in winter on the frozen Thames. How does it help your cause to offer such ill-considered views, as if to say, just like many religious fundamentalists, that science and reason are inferior to what purports to be Divine revelation but clearly is far from that?
A. I am quite aware of the various climatic changes stretching back in time but that is not what I have been talking about. I have not been talking about historical climate shifts but about the recent impact of the misuse of resources of the planet which has made man responsible for 80 per cent of global warming in recent times.
Q. (1) How does Hierarchy see the role of NATO now and in the near future? (2) Should NATO be disbanded?
A. (1) As a necessary world grouping. (2) No.
Q. Sun spot activity in the last week of August and early September 2014 has been dramatic. (1) What is the energetic effect on our planet and on humanity of such violent solar storms? (2) Are such solar eruptions beneficial for our planet?
A. (1) Profound in many ways. (2) Yes.
Q. I recently have begun to read books by Benjamin Creme and Alice Bailey; and I’ve come across references to “The Plan”; I would like to know if you can provide me with information concerning the Plan, and point to where I can get further information.
A. The Plan is the Plan of Hierarchy for the perfectionment of men. It is the Plan of Evolution including the evolution of consciousness. A study of the books of Alice Bailey will give a clear idea of this subject.
Q. A cursory glance at the internet seems to suggest that UFO activity appears to be increasing. (1) Is this true? (2) Are the space people stepping up their activity? (3) Are the space people allowing themselves and their crafts to be seen more frequently?
A. (1) Yes. (2) Yes. (3) Not markedly.
Q. (1) Are more crop circles appearing in new locations? (2) Are media reporting them more?
A. (1) Yes. (2) No, if anything, less.
Q. What is the value of equipping the mind through education and general learning when that very process could inhibit the ability to contact the soul and also our ability to simply ‘be’?
A. No one can fully partake of life today who has not enriched his/her mind.
Some time ago [April 2014] my wife and I were travelling on a bus. A man got in who looked like a tramp. He seemed drunk, he sang and spoke nonsense. At times he shouted against the established power. Later he sat just behind me, and between the nonsense, in a lower tone, he started saying words that made me wonder whether he was a Master, communicating through a familiar.
He said everything would be fine if the gap between the rich and the poor disappears, and mentioned a few verses of the Bible, Luke 3, 10-11, when people asked John the Baptist what they have to do and he answered: “He that has two coats, let him impart to him that has none; and he that has meat, let him do likewise.” Then the man told me that he had those words engraved inside his chest. He said that he was nobody, somebody insignificant in the street, but had these words in his forehead.
He said that the ideal of Marxism never came to develop correctly, due to Stalin and his brutal rule. He also said that none of the forms of rule of the past had a value, that “something new” was needed, where people are intelligent, think, reason, not allowing anyone to tell others what to believe or do. He praised early Christianity, and the Cathars, and others that challenged the established order throughout history. He also talked quite a lot about Arianism, and was quite sympathetic with this doctrine.
He said that we have to bring that original love message to the people. He did so all the time, but nobody listened to him, thinking he was mad. I told him that it was also my case, that we have to look for the correct way of approaching people so they do not reject the words. “How to approach them?” he asked, moving his head, repeating the question. “We need a few ones that know about the internet,” he finally answered, like a confirmation that it was a very useful tool now. He said that anarchy at an individual level was not useful, that a kind of “social anarchy” was needed, a world disobedience, a lack of subjugation to the politicians and powerful people.
He talked about Zarathustra, and he kindly scolded me for not having read Siddhartha from Hermann Hesse. “What kind of education do you get? You should read it and know how Siddhartha renounced physical pleasures and became a Buddha.”
Afterwards, looking at the road, he said: “Each metre of that road gave thousands of euros to someone, while a worker was breaking his back.” He said that languages were not important, but how people are was important, implying that where you came from and your cultural background are not important, since all of us are equal. He talked to me in French, and even in Latin, and I asked if he knew all the languages. He answered, right away: “Yes, but a little bit of each one.”
Then, again, he raised his voice against the politicians and the powerful, that they were responsible for keeping so many people in misery. He said goodbye, and got off the bus, singing loudly: “Santa Claus, send food, the world is in an awful situation!”
It is curious, but when he introduced himself, he said that his family name was “Monjardín”. I did some research and found there is a Monjardín’s Cross in Navarra, Spain. The crucified Christ on the cross, in spite of the suffering, shows a triumphant posture, with his head separated from the cross, and a majestic crown, instead of the thorn one. Perhaps a message of hope for us to be assured of Christ’s triumph in His mission, in spite of all our doubts, impatience and fears? Was this man someone special? Thank you.
H., Á., Spain.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the “tramp” was the Master Jesus.)
Last Wednesday 3 September  we, four group members, took a short break to get some sun. We spoke about the work, the group and the need for unity, and were very pleased that Unity in Diversity could possibly be one of the themes to be addressed at the European Conference shortly.
We returned to the Information Centre and later, just before we left, we noticed a black man looking at the shop-window and the stacks of free literature we have outside. He came in, tall, slightly stooped, in his late 60s, and said that there was one book in the window that he wanted. He said it was called “Unity …something”. We pointed to the book and he confirmed, “Yes, that’s the one, Unity in Diversity!”
We have all of the books in the window – and out of all of them he chose that one. We said various things along the lines of “it’s a very important book and subject”. We offered him a cup of tea and the opportunity of browsing through the book. But, no, he came from out of town and he didn’t have time now but he would be back on “the 20th”. He added something slightly odd, which we don’t remember accurately; something like: “Will it be ready for me then?” We assumed he meant 20 September and told him that before that we have quite a number of activities – The Open Day with workshops, lectures etc, and later on in October our main annual lecture. He took leaflets and repeated he would be back.
He confirmed our concerns and the earlier conversation about the need for unity. Was he someone special?
J.C., J.K., M.L., F.E., Amsterdam.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the visitor was the Master Jesus.)
Some 10 years ago four members of our Transmission Meditation group had an experience of seeing some joggers acting strangely and we would be grateful for your help in understanding what the meaning could be.
We had planned the sixth lecture about Maitreya and the Masters in one season and we were waiting outside for the owner of the restaurant to arrive to open the place where the lecture would take place. It was a remote place in the middle of nowhere. While we were waiting we suddenly saw a jogger running steadily past us from left to right, carrying half a tree trunk on his shoulders. He didn’t greet us, and was jogging firmly and looked straight forward. Then another jogger came from the right and this one was carrying a rucksack filled with bricks or stones.
My first reaction was: “They’re showing off; they are exaggerating in making an effort.” Then I realized that my thought was a judgement and I felt ashamed. Later on when we were inside sitting having a drink, one group member remarked that we might have seen something special.
I’ve always thought that both joggers might have been Masters who mirrored my own showing off of organizing six lectures in a period of six months. Perhaps I was doing too much? But recently I questioned this interpretation. Could your Master please tell us if the joggers were Masters and if so, why they were there and what They wanted to tell us?
C.t. D., Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the “joggers” were the Master Jesus and a disciple. They were ‘saying’: “It is not possible to take on too much work.”)
After this year’s Share International conference in San Francisco, my wife and I spent a few days with friends in Los Angeles. On Thursday 21 August, one of our friends took us to the Getty museum to see the marvellous building and the collection of paintings. While my wife and I were leaning in close to a Rembrandt painting, discussing the technique, an attendant came over and, in a very gentle voice, asked us not to be too close. I moved off to look at another painting and my wife turned back to the Rembrandt. The attendant came back over to her and said that as she was so sweet he wanted to tell her some things about the museum; I re-joined her after a few moments. The man asked us if we were from the area. When we told him we were from Canada, he began to tell us how he had been a teacher and had once worked with a professor from Montreal. In the conversation that followed, we asked where he was from and he told us he was “100 per cent Afghani!” (We had thought perhaps he was from Germany, but his soft accent did not clearly indicate his country of origin, and we would never have guessed Afghanistan). While he told us many interesting facts about the museum, that is not what was so interesting about our conversation.
His talk quickly turned to his father, who had said that people should respect all religions; that all religions say the same thing; that Mohammad had quoted Jesus many times, saying that people need patience. He said his father had asked him to translate the Bible for him. He told his father that the Bible was a very thick book and would take a long time to translate, nevertheless, he agreed. He then told us that he had had to leave Afghanistan because the Russians had come and he was not a member of the party. He was out of the country for two years, during which time he worked on his translation task. He was called back to the country to teach and could not refuse. Upon returning, he showed his father what he had translated: a very small portion of the Bible (he said, maybe 5 per cent). He said his father was not a very educated man, but said that what he read of his son’s translation proved that what he had been saying was correct: all religions say the same thing and that we must respect all religions.
The man, who was perhaps in his late 60s, had been speaking without force or intensity about these matters, in a very sweet, friendly and open way. It was as if he were just sharing a truth with us; not expecting us to accept or reject what he was saying. As we moved away, my wife and I both began to feel an energy, similar to the blessings from Maitreya or the overshadowings through Benjamin Creme. It was most unexpected and lasted about five minutes, with the lingering effect lasting, perhaps, some fifteen minutes. Although we had not experienced anything out of the ordinary while in the man’s presence, my wife said that while he had been talking to us, she had wondered about him – she had a distinct impression that he could have been one of the Masters. He was such a nice man: intelligent, warm, softly spoken and gentle.
Would your Master kindly tell us if this man was someone ‘special’ or just a very nice person?
R.S. and J.W., Vancouver, Canada.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was the Master Jesus.)
At the end of June 2014 I was on holiday for a few days in London. One day outside Kentish Town station a young, tall man in his thirties approached me. He had fair skin, blonde short hair and was dressed in a casual way, with a T-shirt and 3/4 length pants. He explained to me that he had fallen from his bicycle and hurt himself and needed some money for the train to go back home (I think he asked for around £2). He raised his right trouser leg and showed me his injury. Below the knee there were two big, round and deep wounds, but there was no blood coming out from them. I took all the coins I had from my jeans coin pocket. As I was not used to the value of all the coins, I separated in my hand the ones I thought more valuable. He picked them out telling me that it was enough. He thanked me and went on his way up a ramp to where there were bicycles parked.
I continued on my way and while waiting for a green light at a pedestrian crossing I turned round and saw him sitting on the ramp, resting his back on the handrail and lowering his right trouser leg. I thought he was preparing to leave to catch a train home. I looked away for a moment and then turned around but he was nowhere to be seen. I was surprised he had managed to arrive so quickly at the London Overground station.
Afterwards, out of curiosity, I searched the internet for the coins I had and saw that he had taken a £2 coin and a 50 pence coin. The encounter puzzled me as he seemed to be waiting, standing at the lower end of the ramp and came directly towards me as soon as he saw me as if there was nobody else around, although there were quite a few people in the street.
Was this young man a normal person in need of help or someone special?
H.L., Barcelona, Spain.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘young man’ was Maitreya.)
On 4 July 2014 vibhuti, or holy ash, started flowing on the statue of the spiritual Avatar Swami Premananda, who died on 21 February 2011. The statue is in the Premeshvarar Temple, Sri Premananda Ashram, Tamil Nadu, South India. Photograph sent by Simone Lurati.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms this is a genuine miracle manifested by Premananda.)
One of a number of photographs taken from different angles all showing this phenomenon; taken in Monte Carlo in August 2013. Sent in by I., Holland.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this shows a space vehicle from Mars.)
Another aubergine which when cut open reveals the word ‘GOD’ was discovered by Andreas de Bruin, Munich, in August 2014. (See photograph of Louisiana aubergine in the September issue of Share International).
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this is another miracle manifested by the Master Jesus, and more are being planned.)
Patterns of light photographed by Stefan Laug in Worms, Germany, 27 December 2013.
Gussage, St. Andrews
NASA – Image of the sun from NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) taken 22 August 2014 which captures the figure of an ‘angel’. (Source: NASA, ufosightingsdaily.com. YouTube: myunhauzen74)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the figure is a gigantic Deva, as they are known in the East.) (See also Share International April 2013 for previous NASA images showing ‘angel’ near the sun.)
Compilation - an extract
We present a selection of quotations on the theme of ‘Man’s destiny’. The quotations are taken from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ and Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks and Share International), and Benjamin Creme’s writings.
It is Maitreya’s task to remind men of their heroic destiny, and to persuade them that the act of sharing will engender the trust they seek. He will show that sharing is no longer an option, a choice, but the inevitable consequence of their realization that humanity is One.
Thus will Maitreya and His Group guide humanity away from the abyss which, many believe, threatens to engulf it. And thus, too, will He set men firmly on the course to realize their divine destiny. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The creation of trust’)
When you see Me, you will know that there is among you now a simple Man of God, a Man like other men, but One Who from time long past has followed a certain Path, Who knows well that Path and can lead you thereon. That Path to God, My friends, is the Treasure I hold for you. Awaken your minds and hearts to this possibility, and reach the goal. The Way is simple, the Way is sure. My Teaching will guide you there. (Maitreya, from Message No.93)
The Christ came in Palestine to show us Love, to show us that the nature of divinity is Love, and He demonstrated perfect Love in a human being for the first time. In 2,000 years we still have not manifested that quality which He released into the world. Of course, many men and women have individually realized within themselves the quality of Love and have become disciples, initiates, and in some cases Masters of Wisdom. Through the demonstration of the Love of God, They have reached the relative perfection which the Masters know, a perfection that one day will be our own destiny to manifest. (Benjamin Creme, Transmission – A Meditation for the New Age)
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 Love. 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)
The new Era, the Era of Light, is upon us, and in this coming time men will find the inspiration and guidance which their forefathers lacked, or ignored. Now, at last, men and the Masters will work and move forward together, united in the common bond of Brotherhood and Trust. Our example will inspire men to superhuman efforts and achievements, and bring the Light into the hearts and minds of all. Thus will it be. Thus will the great secrets of creation be revealed. And thus will man become the creator and regulator of his own destiny, a God-like Being, worthy of the name of Man. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The Age of Light’)
Every individual, every nation, is ruled by their ‘second nature’. The laws of evolution governed by this nature surround the Self and it is up to the Self to learn to master them with awareness. Awareness builds up a movement in life which creates evolutionary progress. But awareness must not be confused with freedom, for that is the ultimate destiny of the journey through life. (Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
Maitreya and His group of Masters have come to show us the way, to inspire and guide us to create the conditions in which that divinity can correctly manifest. They have come to teach us to know who we are. Maitreya has said: “I have come to teach the art of Self or God realization. That is the destiny of all people in the world.” (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two)
Man today is standing at the crossroads: one path, the path of separation and cleavage, on which man now stands, leads unerringly to perdition. The other beckons man towards the fulfilment of his destiny, the wonder of which today cannot be described, a path on which man will find within himself the means of becoming a God.
To help men choose, to aid their judgement, the Masters are, once again, returning to a world in which They, too, struggled and suffered as do men today, uncertain of the path and the needed action. From Their vast knowledge and experience They will offer Their advice, and guide men safely back from the abyss. Thus will it be, and thus will men begin again the upward climb to the mountain top, sure in the knowledge that their Mentors, their Elder Brothers, will not desert nor mislead them. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The secret of living’)
The function of mankind is to act as a transmitter of spiritual forces to the lower kingdoms and so act as co-workers with God. This is his true destiny. He cannot fulfil this if he relegates the spiritual life to one facet of it – the religious life. He can only do this when he manifests true spirituality in every facet of his life. This must include our political and economic and social life, the structures of which no longer answer our true needs and therefore must undergo change. The Christ will make this clear, and show the way to establish political and economic structures which will allow our spirituality to manifest. (Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom)
My friends, all life depends for its existence on the Love of God. This simple Truth I teach. Make it your own. Make it central to your lives, and advance with Me. My Brothers, the Masters of Wisdom, will show you the simple Path to the future, a future planned for you by the One we call God. That Path can be followed by all men, and through My Agency shall they come to God. (Maitreya, from Message No.77)
It does not matter to the Self for one instant whether you are a Christian or a Buddhist or a Moslem or a Hindu, or of no religion at all; what matters is that you register yourself as the Self, that you identify with the Self, which is the same as God. Self-realization is God-realization. If you practise right identification and detachment, you come inevitably to Self-awareness, which leads to Self-realization. It is not a belief, not a religion, not an ideology, but something which benefits all people and is, in fact, the goal of all life. (Benjamin Creme, The Ageless Wisdom Teaching)
Many are the ways to perfection, but the simple ways are best. My way, the Way of Love, will take man quickest to his Source. If you can see this, you will proceed on a Path unerring and true, and for all men this is so. (Maitreya, from Message No.58)
Nature will yield her secrets, the universe will submit to man’s enquiring mind, and the knowledge thus acquired, placed at the service of the General Good, will beautify and enrich all life on Earth.
Thus will it be. And thus will men become Gods, acting as agents of the Divine Will, leading all creatures forward on the path of evolution in accordance with the Divine Plan. There will come a time when man will know God in an altogether new and more vivid way, not as a vague and distant idea but as an ever-present Reality, informing all life and expressing Itself through all forms. Then man will become a co-creator with the Divine and take his destined place in the evolutionary scheme. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The gift of life’)
The Hierarchy is the kingdom of souls or the spiritual kingdom, in Christian terms the kingdom of God. These men are not Gods, but they are God-like men. Everyone has the total potential of divinity within them. The Masters are not different from us. The only difference between the Masters and ourselves, between the Christ, the Buddha or Krishna and ourselves, is that They have demonstrated the divinity at a level which astounds and inspires, while we are way down the ladder of evolution awaiting the time when we can do the same thing. It does not happen by waiting – only by actually doing it. All of us, whether we know it or not, are engaged on a path of evolution which eventually will make everyone a Master. It is inevitable. It is part of our destiny as human beings. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)
Prepare to see Me soon. Prepare to see Me in full physical presence, and miss Me not. Look for a Man Who will show you the Path to God through Sharing and Justice. In simple terms indeed shall I speak to you, and bring you to the manifestation of your fullness as Gods. Hold fast to That which you are, My friends, and allow that God to flourish. (Maitreya, from Message No.114)
Teaching itself will change from simply the imparting of knowledge to the elucidation of the quality and purpose of the individual. It is fitting individuals for life, not for particular jobs, which is what ‘education’ largely does today, well or badly. It is fitting individuals for their life destiny, coming from the nature, the purpose, of the soul. All of this needs to be understood if we are going to make an individual package or educational programme for any child. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Three)
“Be what you are. Do not surrender your self-respect, your dignity to others. The moment you surrender yourself to some other self you become a zombie. Do not allow any shadow, even, to possess you. Your destiny is to be free. (Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
You are here because in your heart you are responding to My Call, to the fact of My Presence, knowingly or not. Make it then your task to tell the others, to point to the simple way of Truth which beckons mankind. Teach men that to share is divine; to love is God’s nature; to work together is man’s destiny. Take your stand on the only platform from which the Light of the future may be seen. Take your stand, My friends, together, and show the way. (Maitreya, from Message No.19)
The Master —, through Benjamin Creme, October 2008
When men awaken to their true potential they will be amazed by the range of creativity which will become theirs. The audacity of their thought will at first astound them, and will lead them into enterprises all but unimaginable today. Men will find that they are, in truth, potential Gods. From the deep slumber of the past men will awaken and slough off the heavy coat of ignorance which for long has delayed their forward progress. Thus will it be.
Man is now at the turning point in his long adventure in life on planet Earth. From now on, all progress will be the result of his considered will and reason. No longer will greed and competition impede his journey to perfection; no longer will war, and want for millions, degrade and stain his path; never again will lawlessness and separation rule on planet Earth.
Man’s foot now stands on a ladder of ascent which will take him to the very stars.
As We, your elder Brothers, take Our places beside you, you will see in Us exemplars, and be inspired to become like Us. You will see that We know no competition, that We value all life in whatever form. You will see that We love without distinction or condition; and work only and always for the fulfilment of the Plan. Men are destined by the Plan to reach that same perfection; Ours is the task to show them the way.
The path to such perfection is well trodden by Us and We have set in place the needed landmarks: men must see humanity as One, brothers and sisters, sons of the One Father.
Freedom and Justice are essential to all, everywhere, without exception, and can only be achieved by trust.
Sharing alone can create that trust, and set men on the path to their divinity.
Men, to be happy, must live within the Laws of Life: of Cause and Effect, Rebirth, Harmlessness and Sacrifice. These basic Laws are the Ancient Landmarks which protect men from self-destruction and remorse.
When Maitreya steps forward into open vision you will hear these Laws again, for they form the basis of all His teaching and the basis of all life on planet Earth.
The awakening of men depends on humanity grasping the import of these Laws and their willingness and readiness to change. This present so-called civilization has ‘shot its bolt’, is decayed and dying, with little further to offer men than hardship and fear, and, finally, self-annihilation.
Maitreya comes to show men that they have within themselves all that it takes to become the Gods they essentially are. To show them how simple and beautiful is that way, and to inspire them to grasp and accept their destiny. Maitreya doubts not their response.
by Jason Francis
The Tusk Trust is a nongovernmental organization formed in Britain in 1990 that promotes and finances grassroots conservation programs throughout Africa. Tusk Trust has started and funded numerous conservation, community development and environmental education programs on the continent. Charlie Mayhew is the group’s Chief Executive. In 2005 he was awarded the MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II. Jason Francis interviewed Charlie Mayhew for Share International.
Share International: What are the primary threats facing the species in Africa today?
Charlie Mayhew: The primary threat today, as it stands, is the escalation in illegal wildlife crime by the poaching of elephant and rhinos, but the lion as well. Currently, the estimates are about 25,000 elephants were slaughtered last year  for their ivory. And South Africa alone lost just over 1,000 rhinos to poachers last year. The illegal wildlife crime, which has been driven by demand from the Far East, is being exploited mercilessly by organized criminal syndicates and terrorism organizations, which has taken this crisis to a new level. That is the primary threat to wildlife as we see it today in Africa.
In the long-term, of course, the continuing explosion of the human population on the continent means the increasing demand for land by humans. In itself that is a significant and ongoing threat to wildlife as the habitat available to many species becomes more and more scarce - particularly to those larger species such as the elephant, which need vast tracks of land.
SI: How are local governments in Africa responding to poaching?
CM: Africa is made up of many countries and they are responding with varying degrees of success. For instance, in Kenya we welcome the recent passing of a new wildlife act [Wildlife and Conservation Management Plan], which has dramatically increased the penalty and punishment that the judiciary can dish out to people caught either poaching or involved in the smuggling of illegal wildlife products. That is something we have been calling for a long time because up until recently people caught elephant ivory poaching or rhino horn poaching did not attract a particularly significant punishment as a deterrent. That is one aspect, but we still need to apply pressure to get countries to make their judicial systems much more robust in dealing with this crime. Increasing the security on the ground is critical. From Tusk’s point of view, we are investing significant sums of money into enhancing anti-poaching patrols and recruitment, training and equipping of rangers, giving them all of the hardware they need, including airplanes, radio equipment, uniforms and things like that.
There is another aspect to trying to halt this crime, which is perhaps the most important of all. That is engaging consumer nations, particularly China and the Far East, in instigating demand reduction campaigns, including education, to increase awareness among consumers that this illegal wildlife trade is decimating the wildlife in Africa and is tantamount to economic sabotage of these countries. In nations such as Kenya and Tanzania and some southern African countries, tourism revenue represents a significant percentage of their gross domestic product (GDP). Tourism in Kenya represents 12 per cent of its GDP, about 3.5 billion dollars a year to the country. If their wildlife continues to be decimated through illegal wildlife trade, that clearly is going to have a significant impact on their tourism.
SI: How many programs and schools does the Tusk Trust support and in how many African countries?
CM: Tusk supports about 50 projects and initiatives across 18 countries in Africa. Roughly one-third of the funds that we invest in grants are directed at education-related programs. An additional third is invested in what we would deem “community-driven conservation programs and sustainable development”, which includes water programs and clinics and projects like that. They directly involve and engage the community in the conservation initiatives that we want to support.
On the education front we not only help refurbish and build primary and secondary schools, we also fund environmental education centers often located on the edges of wildlife areas. The education centers provide courses for young children in schools to have access to the wildlife areas. Sometimes it is the first time they have ever seen wildlife. We encourage them to learn about all sorts of proven sustainable measures that they can adopt in their own lives which can also improve their families’ livelihoods.
SI: What is “participatory forest management” or “Joint Forest Management”, and could you give us an example of its practice?
CM: Participatory management and Joint Forest Management are schemes for forest areas that have significant communities which either live in or around those forests. Traditionally and historically those communities have earned their livelihood from sustainably living within those forests. So Joint Forest Management is designed to engage those communities in well-thought-out schemes that allow them to continue to derive some sort of benefit from the landscape and habitat they live in. It’s about engaging those local communities, listening to their needs, understanding them and finding a path that can ensure the long-term survival of those forests for the benefit of the community.
SI: What is Coaching For Conservation?
CM: Coaching For Conservation is a fascinating and brilliant initiative that was created in Botswana and now is in South Africa as well. It uses sport - in this particular case football [soccer] - as a means to communicate not only environmental and conservation messages to the children who take part in the initiative, but also educational messages related to their own health care and building up their self-confidence.
To give you a very brief example of how it works, if you are a player on a soccer team you either play the forward or defense. You play different positions on the team. The people in the Botswana Conservation Trust who devised this education initiative recognized that some of the skills you need to play certain positions on a soccer team can be related to the skills that certain endangered species - whether a leopard, cheetah, wild dog or lion - require in order to be successful and exist in the wild. So they devise a series of games and exercises that communicate those messages….
SI: How do conservation, community development and educational programs coalesce and become mutually supportive and even help to reduce poverty?
CM: From Tusk’s point of view the long-term success of conservation, which is our primary goal, is going to be totally reliant on the successful engagement of communities that live alongside wildlife. The only way that we are going to succeed in preserving many species of wildlife in Africa today, and the habitat that they require, is to demonstrate to the communities that live alongside the wildlife that they can derive very real tangible financial benefits from conservation. So we use conservation as a tool for poverty alleviation. Clearly education is another immensely powerful tool and critical element that has to play a part in conservation.
For us the combination of sustainable community development programs, education, and wildlife protection provide a holistic approach to what we are trying to achieve. The best example I can give you is from northern Kenya. There is a group that we work with called the Northern Rangelands Trust. Over the last 10 years they have worked with a number of communities to create over 20 community owned and managed conservancies benefiting more than 250,000 people and generating revenue, not just from eco-tourism, but from other nature-based enterprises we helped to instigate and encourage. For instance, schemes with women’s groups and also a cattle marketing exercise whereby communities work together and concentrate on quality and not quantity of cattle. That allows us to increase the revenue and value of the cows. There are a lot of measures and initiatives that we have brought to bear to dramatically increase the revenue for the very poor rural communities.
SI: What is PACE (Pan African Conservation Education)?
CM: PACE is an environmental educational program we developed a number or years ago. It partly came about because some of my colleagues and myself, when we were traveling around Africa to see our projects, would often come across communities that were struggling with all sorts of everyday issues. It might be lack of power, clean water, wildlife conflict issues, soil erosion. Every now and then we would come across a small community that came up with a brilliant idea that solved a particular problem for them. And yet you would go a few miles down the road to another community having exactly the same problem, but having no idea how to solve it.
PACE was established to go out and look for what we felt were the best examples of proven solutions to simple everyday problems and issues faced by communities up and down the continent of Africa. We sent a film crew out to film a lot of these initiatives and produced a series of educational films. They highlighted the problems and some of the most clever initiatives that had been put in place by communities to solve those problems. In addition to that, we wrote a book called Africa Our Home as part of an educational package. It is an educational resource of films, books and educational teacher packs that we have now distributed to 26 countries in Africa, reaching over 400,000 children.
SI: How does the future look for Africa?
CM: To be a conservationist you have to be an optimist. And I am certainly an eternal optimist. I see a lot of very positive and fantastic initiatives that are succeeding on the ground in Africa such as the Northern Rangelands Trust I just mentioned. A lot of the projects we support are doing fantastic work and achieving great things. The bigger picture, of course, in terms of the increasing demand for land for cultivation to meet the needs of a growing population of Africa is a very serious challenge. Therefore, we have to make sure that wildlife is seen as a valuable economic resource for these countries that have this unique heritage. And, as far as I am concerned, we cannot be the generation that allows iconic species like the elephant, rhino and even lion to disappear on our watch. To me it is a global responsibility. I am confident the world will not stand idly by and let these remarkable species disappear.
by Niels Bos
More than a billion people around the world, one-seventh of the Earth’s population, are believed to live on a dollar a day or less. This staggering fact is hard to fathom for many living in affluent countries – yet it is an inescapable reality for many millions living in the developing countries of the world. The lack of awareness about global inequality, and the lack of serious efforts to remedy it, inspired the non-profit organization The Forgotten International to send a photojournalist around the world to document the lives of some of the planet’s poorest. The outcome of this journey is captured in the book Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor. Attorney, child advocate, and Professor of Law, Thomas Nazario is the author of this book and the founder and president of The Forgotten International. The compelling photographs featured in Living on a Dollar a Day were shot by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Renée C.Byer.
Niels Bos interviewed Tom Nazario for Share International.
Share International: What is the idea behind Living on a Dollar a Day and what does it entail?
Tom Nazario: The idea is simple. I personally thought that we spend far too much time talking about the world’s rich, the celebrities, the famous and the beautiful and not enough about nearly a third of our population who live on either under a dollar or a day or under two dollars a day. Billions of people are, in my opinion, largely ignored. We don’t necessarily ignore them in a time of crisis, like when wars break out or a natural disaster hits. But besides those kinds of occurrences we have grown to accept the fact that people die from poverty; that we have large numbers of people living in poverty and we really haven’t done enough to lift them out of poverty. So I wanted to bring more attention to this segment of our human family and that’s why we did this book, which includes beautiful as well as heartrending photographs, that tells the stories of the world’s poor.
SI: And there’s also a documentary coming up?
TN: Yes, we are working on it now. When we sent our photographer around the world, we also sent our videographer. So we have a lot of video of the places we visited. We went to 10 countries on four continents to produce the book, it took us three-and-a-half years to get it finished. The documentary is hopefully coming out next year  and hopefully it will get some attention.
SI: Does poverty affect all poor members of society in the same way?
TN: I think the answer has to be yes, at least to a very large extent. There is, however, a disproportionate effect on women and children. Men are more likely to escape poverty than women; men are more likely to be the cause of poverty than women. Certainly there are men who abuse their wives or leave them for other women. In parts of Africa it is not uncommon for a man to have three or four wives and one is simply forgotten and her children are tossed aside. So that is one of the reasons why at least our organization and many large organizations around the world try to disproportionately fund women and children. If you look at women and girls in the world, they are 60 per cent of the people who live under a dollar a day. So they are disproportionately impacted and for that reason they probably have to be disproportionately helped.
SI: The Dalai Lama has written the foreword to the book. Can you tell me about his involvement with this project?
TN: I have known the Dalai Lama since 1999, and learned much from him, either by listening to him or just watching him. This book is largely about compassion and of course the Dalai Lama is the Buddha of compassion. It is about caring for others, and helping when we can. So there are a lot of resources in the book to encourage people to do just that. The Dalai Lama believes that there are really two levels of compassion, one is that you are simply nice and respectful to other people. You are inclusive, you don’t discriminate. You are kind. But another level of compassion is actually one step higher than that, when you actually go out of your way to relieve the suffering of others, ideally the suffering of strangers. That is a very high level of compassion. And in my work and life I have concentrated mostly on helping children here in the United States, and of course helping friends and family, but I never reached outside of that and helped complete strangers, at least not enough. So after having a discussion with His Holiness I decided that my foundation needed to do just that: help people that we have never met before and that may not be helped by anyone else.
SI: Many people have misconceptions about the lives of the poor. Could you address some of these misconceptions and how they relate to what you have seen and experienced in the field?
TN: I think there are three big ones that we were troubled by. One was that people in poverty don’t know how to get out of poverty; that they are too ignorant or that they just wouldn’t know how to help themselves. A second is that the poor are lazy, that they are impoverished because they simply don’t work or work enough. And the third is that people in poverty are generally unhappy, terribly sad or even depressed. And while there is a grain of truth in all of those things, generally I think they are misconceptions. I think most poor people have a pretty good sense of what would help them out of poverty, they just don’t have the means to get there. Often we think we know best and we create systems that really don’t work as well as we would have hoped. We would have benefitted by talking to them and including them in the process of poverty alleviation, particularly when they are living the lives we would like to help improve. Second, we discovered that many of the world’s poorest people work constantly. They may not be getting paid for the work they do but surviving, by itself, is a huge job. Spending hours each day just to gather clean water for their children to drink; dealing with some of the changes in the weather and the illnesses that they encounter. The truth is they are also very ingenious in finding or trying to create a job that will bring at least some income into the household. And I think that is particularly true with women. I have never found a lazy woman throughout my travels; they work constantly, from 6 in the morning until 10 or 11 in the evening, just trying to rear their children and keep their heads above water. Finally, with regard to sadness, even though a lot of the poorest people in the world have almost nothing, they are relatively happy, at least seemingly so. They spend a lot of time laughing, they take a great deal of joy in the simple things of life and their children find ways to make toys and make up games in order to pass the time and enjoy life.
SI: What did you find most remarkable or memorable during your journey?
TN: In our travels we visited about 45 families that are struggling with poverty. Let me tell you two stories that are kind of opposites. One is about a woman we found in India who has five children and they live in dire poverty. She struggled every day to find enough food to feed her children, but because this was often so difficult, she eventually decided not to feed her last child. This child was two-and-a-half years old but had been fed almost nothing. At two-and-a-half she still only weighed eight pounds and was terribly malnourished. But the woman used her to beg. She would tuck this child under her arm and show her to other people, as an instrument of begging. And she would even rent the child out to other beggars so they too could use her to gather sympathy from people and in turn collect more coins on the street.
It was quite difficult for us to take that photograph and tell that story. We were actually able to save that child. We got her to a clinic and into a nutritional program so she is alive and well today. We had heard that things like that happened but we had never seen it that close up. The second person, who really took my heart away, was a gentleman we met in Peru. His name is Miguel Rodriguez and his story is in the back of the book. We considered him a hero. He is a psychiatrist, a middle-class person from Peru, who had a six-month-old son who fell ill. He took his son to a hospital, but over the course of three days the child died. When he left the hospital he encountered two little street children, who were dressed in rags and had been forgotten by their families – there are 59 million street children in the world. He looked at those kids and he said to himself: “Why didn’t God take one of those kids instead of mine?” When he went home and after burying his child he went to bed and his child came to him in a dream and said to him: “Father, that’s really the wrong way to approach life. All life is valuable. Those children are deserving of as much love and care as I was.” With that thought, Miguel prepared some food and started to feed children on the street. Eventually he sold all his property, took all of his money and left the city of Lima, Peru, for the outskirts to build an orphanage for wayward and forgotten children. He now takes care of over 1,000 children at his orphanage. He has built housing, a school, a clinic and he’s incredibly loved by all of these kids.
We found a lot of loving individuals around the world that you would never know existed unless you stop and talk to some of the people we often completely ignore….
For more information about The Forgotten International and Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor, visit www.theforgottenintl.org
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is held every year on 17 October. Focusing closely on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it is also a global platform for raising awareness of the upcoming post-2015 development agenda. More than 100 countries supported the adoption of a resolution on extreme poverty and human rights at the UN Human Rights Council in 2011. Fighting poverty remains at the core of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda.
This year’s official commemoration on 17 October at UN Headquarters will be an occasion to recognize people living in poverty as critical partners for fighting the development challenges we face.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: “If we are to realize the future we want for all, we must hear and heed the calls of the marginalized… Together, we can build a sustainable world of prosperity and peace, justice and equity – a life of dignity for all.” (Source: www.un.org)
More than 300 Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors placed an advertisement in the 23 August 2014 edition of the New York Times denouncing what they called “the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine”.
Headed “Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors of Nazi genocide unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza”, the advertisement read as follows:
“As Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors of the Nazi genocide we unequivocally condemn the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and the ongoing occupation and colonization of historic Palestine. We further condemn the United States for providing Israel with the funding to carry out the attack, and Western states more generally for using their diplomatic muscle to protect Israel from condemnation. Genocide begins with the silence of the world.
“We are alarmed by the extreme, racist dehumanization of Palestinians in Israeli society, which has reached a fever-pitch. In Israel, politicians and pundits in The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post have called openly for genocide of Palestinians and right-wing Israelis are adopting Neo-Nazi insignia.
Furthermore, we are disgusted and outraged by Elie Wiesel’s abuse of our history in these [New York Times] pages to promote blatant falsehoods used to justify the unjustifiable: Israel’s wholesale effort to destroy Gaza and the murder of nearly 2,000 Palestinians, including many hundreds of children. Nothing can justify bombing UN shelters, homes, hospitals and universities. Nothing can justify depriving people of electricity and water.
“We must raise our collective voices and use our collective power to bring about an end to all forms of racism, including the ongoing genocide of Palestinian people. We call for an immediate end to the siege against and blockade of Gaza. We call for the full economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel. ‘Never again’ must mean NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE!” (Sources: New York Observer, New York Times, USA)