We know them, among others, as Hercules,
Rama, Sankaracharya, Krishna, Buddha, Mohammed and the
Christ. Each has given a body of teaching with a
central and common theme: right human relations. For
From such simple teachings, people have historically constructed complex dogma and ritual, willing to kill and be killed in the name of their ideology. Such religious intolerance has been, and continues to be, the basis for much of the discord and suffering in the world. When men and women of every faith come to understand that they share a common spiritual legacy, as children of one Father ― by whatever name their tradition chooses to call Him ― a new era of brotherhood and peace will begin.
This will, perhaps, make it especially difficult for devotees of the various religions to accept him as he is. They are often bound, to a greater or lesser extent, by the traditional framework of their faith from which it is difficult to distance themselves. What these various religious traditions have in common is the expectation that their spiritual teacher (or his successor) will intervene in the flow of history in a most extraordinary manner. Unfortunately, a further common belief is that the members of their particular religion are chosen, and that the teacher will bring to them, and only them, paradise, either in this life or hereafter.
The reality, we suggest, is very different. It was their followers, not the Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed, Jesus or Zoroaster, who created barriers between faiths and people. The great spiritual teachers in all eras have always emphasized the one, undivided humanity. It was not the teachings, but their incorrect application, which led to religious wars, intolerance, inquisitions and separatism.
The key to a better understanding of the work of the great spiritual teachers is that they have always worked together, as members of a group known as the Spiritual Hierarchy. This Hierarchy has always supported humanity on the long path of evolution, unnoticed for the most part, working behind the scenes, but occasionally openly when the time was ripe to reveal an important new teaching.
Time and time again, these public missions have thrown into confusion a humanity equipped with too little knowledge to fathom or correctly interpret the succeeding events. In particular, announcements by various teachers of a future return, and predictions couched in symbolic terms of the conditions which would surround such a happening, have led to much misunderstanding. A good example of this is the difficulty that the Jews had in recognizing and accepting Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah, especially in relation to their firm conviction that he would assert himself as a strong political and military leader. Yet Jesus was the promised new leader ― but in a way not understood by Jews or Christians.
According to the Ageless Wisdom Teachings, the predictions of spiritual teachers in the past about their return were pointing, without exception, to the events now unfolding, as the world moves into a new era. Not at the "end of time" but at the end of an age and the beginning of a new cycle of time. This is why Maitreya is here now.
The religious path, however, is only one way. The artist, the politician, the scientist, the manual worker, everyone ― believer or non-believer ― can live a truly spiritual life. The deciding factor here is whether or not they are working in the service of humanity.