The elation of winning the Olympic bid caused Londoners
to forget, for a moment, the ever-present threat to their
city in today’s reality of terrorism. Our sympathy must go
to the many bereaved and injured in this terrible tragedy.
We should, perhaps, have expected that the terrorists would
take the opportunity of the G8 summit in Scotland to mount
their barbarous attack. It would seem evident that too much
of the attention and efforts of the security and
intelligence forces were diverted from the capital to
What is also evident is that we cannot win a ‘war on terror’
by military means. The invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan
have not protected us or others. On the contrary they have
increased the likelihood of attack. What then is the answer
to this ferocious antagonism?
There is only one way — we must seek the causes of
terrorism. These are various but chief among them is the
sullen hatred engendered in millions in the poorer countries
by an endless sense of injustice, futility and despair. They
feel no hope, no purpose in life and are ripe for the
fanatical calls for ‘war on the West’ by the fundamentalist
‘professional’ terrorists we know as Al-Qaeda. These,
ironically, were trained by the CIA to fight the Russians in
Afghanistan and have now turned on their mentors.
Only justice will bring peace and an end to terrorism in
this world. London was attacked because of the British
invasion, with the USA, of Iraq, and because the Gleneagles
summit, the meeting of the leaders of the eight richest
nations, represents all that millions in the East and Middle
East hate — the haughty dominance and usurpation of power of
the rich elite who live in the illusion that they are the
natural rulers of the world.
Their time of dominance is coming to an end. The voice of
the people of all the nations is making itself heard and
demanding justice. These powerful leaders turn a deaf ear to
that voice at their peril.
The end of darkness
by the Master , through Benjamin Creme
Nowhere is division and disharmony more prevalent than on
Planet Earth. No other planet of our system is so immersed
in competition, so ignorant of the benefits of co-operation.
Nowhere else is seen the results of such folly: anxiety,
illness of all kinds; wealth and poverty side by side,
insecurity and war.
Why should this be so? Why should the inhabitants of this
most richly fertile world quarrel so over its ownership?
To some extent the answer lies in the very richness of
Earth’s resources. Earth is the most densely material of
worlds and for long ages men have been in thrall to its
material wealth, and have fought and competed for its
control. This has brought the human kingdom (and with it the
animal) to the verge of destruction. With the nuclear bomb
man has brought his very existence into jeopardy.
It is this fact above all which has prompted Maitreya’s
decision to return with His group to the everyday world, at
least a thousand years ahead of the planned date. His aim is
to coax men back from the brink, to show them how dangerous
and destructive is their lust for power, their greed and
A simpler way
He will outline for them a simpler way, the way of
co-operation, justice and trust.
Many there are today who, in their hearts, renounce the
iniquities of the present materialism which pervades the
planet. They long for justice and peace and march and
demonstrate for their fulfilment. More and more, the peoples
of the world are beginning to recognize that together they
have the power to change the actions of powerful men. Thus
does Maitreya trust the people and gives voice to their
demands. Thus does He join their marches and adds His voice
Amid the general avarice there is, too, an awakening of
conscience among politicians and others in several
countries. The debts of the poorest nations are being
cancelled and a new approach to the grinding poverty of so
many is taking place. The fruits of twenty years of labour
are beginning to ripen. Maitreya’s beneficent energies are
working their magic and a new spirit is gaining strength.
Thus the attitudes and habits of countless ages are
beginning to crumble before the tide of new and unstoppable
energies wielded by Maitreya and His group. Men need have no
fear; the meek, indeed, the poor, the powerless, the toilers
everywhere, shall inherit the Earth. Men will learn the
beauty of co-operation and service and one by one the
bastions of power will fall. The empires of power and wealth
will disappear as the new urge for sharing and oneness grips
the minds of men. Thus will it be and thus will man regain
his sanity and start the climb again.
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Q. Could you say who is behind the recent bomb blasts
in Iran just ahead of elections there? What is the reasoning
behind this act?
A. A group of extreme, fundamentalist Shiites who consider
that the government is not wholly committed to sustaining
the purity of a religious state.
Q. (1) Does the resounding ‘No’ vote in EU referendums
illustrate that the leaders are out of touch with the
people? (2) Are the people rejecting the neo-liberal
market-driven society? (3) Do you think this is yet another
example of people power in that so many people seemed to
make issues clear to politicians who had failed to consult
A. (1) Certainly in France and the Netherlands the
governments seem to have been out of touch with the mood of
the people. If Britain had had the Referendum I think the
‘No’ vote would have been 70 per cent. However, I expect
that in the new member states the ‘Yes’ vote would be much
stronger. They would, at the least, feel obliged to show
enthusiasm for an EU Constitution. (2) No, I don’t think so.
(3) Yes. The Constitution runs (in full) to about 500 pages
and few have the time and inclination to study such a
document. Many people have the feeling (correctly) that they
have not been consulted, that decisions have been made over
their heads. Hence the strength of the ‘No’ vote. Some
people feel that they have lost too much sovereignty already
and have no desire for a United States of Europe, which,
again correctly, they suspect lies behind the presentation
of the Constitution. They feel manipulated by non-elected
politicians with their own agenda.
Q. I remember Maitreya foretold the fall of Margaret
Thatcher while she was at the height of her powers — the
wheel of fortune or fate was starting to turn against her.
Mrs Thatcher seemed to fall from grace and office quite
swiftly. Is there a similar process beginning for George W.
Bush and his close colleagues?
A. Unfortunately, no.
Q. It’s as if many people really see that this year
, now, is ‘crunch time’ for tackling crucial issues —
Africa, poverty, debt, AIDS, pollution, the environment and
so on. How can we explain this widespread apparent
‘awakening’ and seeming maturity in our collective thinking?
A. What we are witnessing is the response of humanity to the
energies poured into the world by Maitreya and His group. At
last, the science of Maitreya is reaping its fruit. This is
a clear lesson for humanity. Trends move simultaneously, on
different wavelengths, and in different directions. The old
patterns begin to break down and eventually, the new
energies are absorbed enough by humanity to bring about
Q. How can you combine this ‘miracle’ of the existence
of Maitreya with man’s free will?
A. You will find in practice that there is no contradiction.
For the Masters, man’s free will is sacrosanct and is never
infringed by Them. The coming into the everyday world by
Maitreya is not really a miracle. He does so under Law and
according to plan. It is simply that people, for the most
part, have not heard of Him or the Plan.
Q. If the Masters must wait for humanity to produce
good karma before They can manifest Themselves openly, does
this mean that They also are subject to karma?
A. The Masters do not make personal karma but Their actions
in relation to humanity are conditioned by world karma.
Humanity does not have to ‘produce good karma’ but only to
take the first steps themselves in the right
Q. I understand that the Space Brothers work with both
American and Russian scientists in the development of the
Technology of Light. (1) Are the scientists of both nations
aware that each is developing such technology? (2) About how
many years is Russia in advance of America on its
A. (1) Yes. (2) About two years.
Q. In the Alice Bailey books the Master Djwhal Khul
said that behind each problem in the world there was a
religious problem. How will this problem be resolved — He
said that it would take a long time?
A. It will take a long time. It is true that behind almost
all the wars and fighting going on in the world is a
religious division. There should not be any problem in a
religious division. There have been places where Christians,
Jews and Muslims have lived together in peace for hundreds
of years. Spain was one of them. The religious division may
be there, but as soon as there is an outer problem, for
example on the political/economic level, then the religious
division comes to the fore and takes precedence. It is
dealing with people’s religious beliefs which, for many, are
the strongest emotional ties they have.
When India was divided there were terrible massacres.
Trainloads of Indians (Hindus) would be massacred by Muslims
(and vice-versa) while Pakistan was only being formed. They
came from India and they were used to being Indians but they
were not Hindus, they were Muslims. So there was conflict
between Muslims and Hindus rather than between India and
Pakistan. Then Bengal, which was part of Pakistan, became
involved and, again, there was conflict between Muslims and
Hindus. Then Bangladesh was formed and the same thing
Whenever the outer political/economic pressures cannot be
resolved relatively easily, it always turns into a religious
divide. And it will go on. It was and still is so in
Northern Ireland, although the fighting has stopped; it is
so in Nigeria and other parts of Africa. It will be the last
of all the big intolerances in the world to be resolved. The
religious beliefs of a people are closer to them than
anything else, which is another way of saying that the
relationship of humanity to what we call God is stronger
than we admit it to be. It is the strongest thought in the
minds of most people in the world. Only the sophisticated
intellectuals of Europe and a few other countries take a
broader view and are not committed to any particular
Only if you have given up religion early in your life do you
take this stance. Otherwise the fear of being separated from
the country which you identify with your religion is
paramount. Until we learn to be more tolerant, this will
There are three big associations of mankind: political,
economic and religious, which if wrongly handled become a
corrupt ideology or totalitarianism. There are the political
ideologies: Democrats, Fascists and Communists and so on.
Political totalitarianism has waned and is really in
Economic totalitarianism at the moment is rampant. That is
what Maitreya will be addressing more than anything else
because it is the key to the others, to the tolerance which
is needed to deal with the others. Last to go, but now at
the height of its power and influence, is religious
totalitarianism. If you are at the top there is only one way
you can go, and that is down. Gradually its influence will
lessen, but it will take time.
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Letters to the editor
Over a number of years, some of the Masters, in particular Maitreya and the Master Jesus, have appeared, in different guises, to large numbers of people around the world. They also appear at Benjamin Creme's lectures and meditations, giving people in the audience the opportunity to intuitively recognise Them. Some people recount their experiences to Share International magazine. If the encounters are authenticated by Benjamin Creme's Master, the letters are published. These experiences are given to inspire, to guide or teach, often to heal and uplift. Very often, too, the Masters draw attention to, or comment on, in an amusing way, some fixed intolerance (for example against smoking or drinking). Many times They act as saving 'angels' in accidents, during wartime, earthquakes and other disasters. The following letters, previously published in Share International magazine, are examples of this means of communication by the Masters.
Benjamin Creme’s Osaka lecture in May, 2005, a large, tall
man of about 30 with a shaved head came to me at the book
table and said: “We are monks of the Soto sect of Zen
Buddhism and would like to talk with someone who is well
versed in this subject. Whom should we speak to?” “There are
several people in the lobby wearing badges that say,
‘information service’. Please ask them,” I replied. With him
was a boy of about 17 years, who asked with eyes filled with
expectation: “Does Maitreya really exist?” “Yes, he is in a
physical body and lives in London,” I replied. “Oh that’s
wonderful! How glad I am.” He expressed his joy by rubbing
his head with a big full smile. I was moved when I realized
that this information could bring such pure joy to people
who learned about it.
Later the monk returned and asked: “Which book would you
recommend I read?” I explained the different books. He
showed a special interest in
Maitreya the Christ, so I said: “When you read these
messages aloud, you invoke Maitreya’s energy. It is written
in very ¬simple words, but because it is so simple sometimes
people miss the depth and complexity of these teachings.” (I
used to be like that.) “This is like a Buddhist sutra isn’t
it?” he said. I replied: “We also have an English edition.”
He laughed: “I don’t need English,” adding: “I can’t buy
many books today.” While he was wondering which one to
select the young boy came to show him
Mission Volume I saying: “I bought this.” Because
the monk was still undecided, I said to him: “Why don’t you
decide after you’ve heard the lecture?” “That’s a good
idea,” he said and went into the hall.
the intermission he came back and began to read Messages
from Maitreya the Christ in earnest and seemed to have
decided to purchase it. However, because he also seemed to
want to purchase some more books I showed him the Share
International Special Information Issue and the small
book Who am I (English title:
Teachings). He asked: “Who is this I?” I was at a
loss for a moment. He asked: “Is it Maitreya?” I said: “No,
I in you is the same I in me. And it is the same with
Maitreya and it is also God Himself….” I stumbled along
because I couldn’t remember the words ‘the Self’. “Oh, that
is [...?] in Buddhism, isn’t it?” (I couldn’t understand the
Buddhist term.) Then he went towards the cashier.
Suddenly the boy came running up with such enthusiasm and
exclaimed with that big smile: “This is true isn’t it?! This
is true!” I laughed and said: “Isn’t it great if it’s true?”
“It IS true! It is absolutely true!” he pronounced. Watching
him and how his joy radiated from him made me feel very
happy. Were those two Masters?
KI, Osaka, Japan.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘tall monk’
was Maitreya and the ‘boy’ was the Master Jesus.)
The following two letters are from the same person:
(1) On May 21, 2005, I was working as a floor manager at
Benjamin Creme’s Osaka lecture. One of the co-workers asked
me to attend to two men who had come to the lecture. One of
them was a tall man with a shaved head and the other a very
small young man who was looking at me with a smile. The tall
man asked me: “What is this lecturer’s ideology?” It was
such an unexpected question that I could only answer that he
did not base his talk on any particular ideology. He said
that he meant ideo¬logy in a bigger sense. Then he asked if
the lecturer’s talk had any relation to Steiner or
Krishnamurti. I explained a little about the relationship
between Maitreya and Krishnamurti and added that the
lecturer had no intention of talking about any particular
ideology or teaching and simply wished to present
information. I asked him to please listen to the talk
attentively. The younger man then asked me with a smile if
he could ask a global question. I answered: “Please write
and submit it. If there is enough time Mr Creme would answer
today and if not, he might answer in Share International
magazine.” Then they smiled and went away to another stand
and asked more questions of other staff members.
Later, I felt as if I had been given a lesson on how to tell
this story to other ¬people. Were these men someone special?
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirmed that the ‘tall man’
was Maitreya and the ‘short man’ was the Master Jesus.)
(2) On May 24, 2005, at Benjamin Creme’s Nagoya lecture,
I was working as a floor attendant. Shortly after the
lecture began, a young woman came out from the lecture hall
and asked me: “Will you tell me the general content of this
talk?” I answered that in spite of the present unstable
world situation, Mr Creme says that the future of our world
will be bright, and presents various reasons to believe so
and how we should be working toward it. I also told her that
the lecturer had been presenting this message to the world
for more than 30 years, not as dogma but as information for
the audience to consider. No sooner had she heard this, she
called someone on her mobile phone. Judging from her
behaviour, I thought she might be from some group or an
editor or a journalist. Then she went inside. After a while
she came out again with her mobile phone and went back and
forth in front of me a couple of times as if to impress on
me. Was this woman someone special?
SM, Gifu, Japan.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘woman’ was
the Master Jesus.)
On 16 January 2005, we ran a booth at the Spiritual
Convention in Fukuoka City.
Soon after noon, a family of four — a father and mother in
their 30s, a boy of about three years old and a baby of
seven to eight months — came to our stand. They were dressed
simply, with the mother wearing sports clothes with lots of
stains on the front. I thought they must be a farming
The father, who had a large mole on his left cheek, said
that they had a call from a friend to come and they came all
the way from Oita City, which is quite a distance from the
The father looked around enthusiastic¬ally at all the panels
exhibited and took a lot of our pamplets. His wife handed
him the baby and went away to look around other booths. The
boy seemed to enjoy looking around the photos and came back
again and again, touching and patting them. He seemed
particularly fond of Maitreya’s picture. The father told the
boy: “My dear, you shouldn’t pat Mr. Maitreya.”
From 3pm we had Transmission Meditation. While we explained
the meditation, to our surprise the boy went under the chair
of one of our staff. We told the father that a child under
12 should not join the meditation. He said: “I see.” When we
were saying the mantram, we heard from behind a particularly
loud voice reciting it. It was the father, and the children
were not around.
The mother came back after a while and they were ready to
go home. We all were astonished to see how she carried the
baby on her back — back to back with a rope tied around the
At the Tokyo conference Benjamin Creme’s Master confirmed
that the father was Maitreya and the boy was the Master
Jesus. May we ask who were the mother and the baby? (The
photo shows the father, the boy and the baby.)
TT, Fukuoka, Japan.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘mother’ was
the Master in Tokyo and the ‘baby’ was a disciple of the
Two letters from the same person:
(1) Back in the late 1960s, I had what was for me, usually
somewhat depressive, a most uplifting morning at work. Not
euphoric exactly, but extremely intense and clear, like I
was really alive. A small boy, perhaps the boss’s son, he
was unknown to me, came along, and we chatted without
barriers for a while. He departed, and I returned home for a
short lunch break.
Immediately on entering my home, I passed a mirror, and was
drawn to look at it, where I saw a face that was not mine.
He had short, blond hair, serene, bright blue eyes, and
radiated glowing health. He was quite young, probably early
I blinked, or changed my focus, and this face was replaced
by my own familiar features. I blinked again, in what I
hoped was a similar way, and back came the original as
before, gazing quietly at me. During this time, I
experienced only naturalness, despite witnessing something
quite unique for me.
Could you please say if this was euphoric imagining, or
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was the reflection
of his ‘inner self’, shown him by Maitreya.)
(2) In the late 1980s, I went through a short period
where I stopped breathing in my sleep. Coming somewhat out
of the depths, I would feel pain across my chest, and some
panic, and would start analysing what might be wrong — heart
attack, stroke etc — and then a voice would say: “You’re not
breathing.” I would then breathe, sit up as the pain
receded, and eventually go back to sleep.
I became so used to this, that I got quite blasé about it.
One night, I felt the pain but instead of waiting for the
voice thought: “Yes, yes, I know, I’m not breathing,” and
drifted back to the depths without doing anything. I was
awakened by a very hard blow on the right side of my chest,
which sat me up very quickly and it was some time before I
could sleep again. In the bathroom next morning I saw I had
a large bruise, about the size of a fist, on the exact spot
I had felt the blow.
Could you please say who intervened on my behalf? The
problem ceased after this.
DW, Battle, Sussex, England, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘blow’ was
given by Maitreya, Who intervened during his sleep.)
Signs of the time
Circular rainbow appears
A mysterious circular rainbow appeared twice on the
ceiling of a church in Casey County, Kentucky, USA, in May
Pastor Rick Hogue first saw the rainbow on 22 May while
teaching Sunday School in the sanctuary of Rich Hill
Christian Church. He described it as a band of light, about
seven feet in diameter, which changed slightly in length,
width and colour before vanishing.
The rainbow image reappeared on the sanctuary’s low tile
ceiling at the start of the morning service and was seen by
60 members of the congregation. Pastor Hogue said: “It had
three bright lights in the centre of it. I had plenty of
witnesses. When it first came up everybody was in awe — I
mean just silence. It was unbelievable how bright and
radiant it was.” His wife described the colours as purple,
red, green, with traces of yellow.
The sky outside was cloudy. The pastor adjusted blinds,
moved bright objects and turned lights out to see if a
reflection of light was the cause, but the rainbow remained
unchanged, only fading when the service ended. “I’m still
asking the Lord for discernment on what it completely
means,” he said.
(Source: Courier Journal, Casey County, USA)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the circular
rainbow was a miracle manifested by Maitreya.)
An interview with Sarah Gilliam
by Gill Fry
(Food and Agricultural Research Management) is a
British-based non-governmental organization that aims to
reduce poverty for African’s poorest farmers and herders.
With projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and
Uganda, the charity works in partnership with marginal
small-scale farmers and herders to improve how they farm
Over 80 per cent of African people are farmers dependent on
the food they grow and the livestock they keep for survival.
Working with those most in need, FARM-Africa knows that with
even a little assistance Africa’s marginalised small-scale
farmers and herders can dramatically improve their lives.
The charity believes that Africa has the ability and
resources to feed its own people — and with the right
support its vision of a ‘prosperous rural Africa’ is
FARM-Africa is one of the 463 organizations aligned to the
Make Poverty History campaign. Sarah Gillam from FARM-Africa
was interviewed by Gill Fry for Share International.
Share International: When was FARM-Africa formed and
what is its main work?
Sarah Gillam: We began in 1985 as a result of the Ethiopian
famine but started working with camel herders in northern
Kenya. A little later we started a goat project in Ethiopia.
Sir Michael Woods, founder of AMREF, the Flying Doctor
Service in Kenya, started it after he retired, with David
Campbell who was then East Africa director of OXFAM. Michael
realised that many of the illnesses he treated in his work
would have been prevented by better nutrition. We have been
working in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and South
Africa. It is our 20th anniversary this year. We work
principally in three areas: smallholder agriculture,
pastoralism (with herders) and forestry.
SI: So it is very practical and local?
SM: Yes. It is about transferring innovative technology and
approaches, to natural resource management. We work with
people regarded as the poorest of the poor. For instance,
with smallholder development, we may work with research
organizations researching new varieties of crops, which are
disease-resistant (not GM crops) like new varieties of
cassava, or sweet potato. A recent project tackled the
problem of the mosaic virus on cassava plants. The yield had
dropped from 8 tonnes per acre to just 1 tonne per acre. So,
working with a research institute in Uganda, we introduced
three or four new varieties of the plants to farmers who
grew them in field trials, looked at the productivity and
taste, and then chose the best varieties. Now they have
excess crops and have been selling them and grinding them
for flour to make bread and doughnuts. This project
attracted funding from the Japanese as well. They were so
impressed by what had been done they gave money to build a
small factory to dry and grind the cassava. That is one
example of smallholder development.
SI: How are you helping nomadic farmers?
SM: We are working with nomadic pastoralists who own cattle,
particularly in Afar in Ethiopia. We have mobile outreach
camps comprising a vet and a community animal health worker.
The camps travel to where the cattle herders are and help
introduce new methods of working with their animals. For
instance, a short while ago there was a drought in the
pastoralists’ area so we set up a mobile slaughter lab to
cull the weakest animals, and keep the female animals for
breeding so they could build their herds up again when the
crisis had passed.
SI: Could you describe your work in the forest
SM: We work in Ethiopia and Tanzania in community forest
management. About 200,000 hectares of forest are being lost
every year in Ethiopia, due to population growth, trees
being cut down for fuel and land cleared for agricultural
development. It has a huge impact on soil erosion as well as
on the climate. We are working with communities who live
either in or near forests. Working with the government, we
have legally apportioned sections of the forest to
communities so that they now own and look after them. If
somebody comes in to chop the forest down, there are legal
agreements between the community and the government to make
sure the law is implemented.
Another project we will be doing with them is diversifying
their living so that they can start beekeeping. They already
have some agriculture and some chickens, so we are varying
their incomes away from the forests.
SI: What is involved in your land reform work?
SM: We work on land reform in South Africa, in the Northern
Cape running a restitution programme, where land is being
given back to people when it was previously taken away. Land
is also being divided up to give to people, particularly in
poorer communities, and we have been helping people farm
their new land.
One of the problems in South Africa, particularly with the
restitution programme, is that some people who owned land 50
or 60 years ago were thrown off it under the former
apartheid government and might have been moved 100 or 200
miles away. Now they have legally won the land back but many
cannot necessarily live there and are having to commute
[long distances], which is quite fraught.
SI: Do you support them financially in that case?
SM: We don’t pay anybody money, but for instance, we may
provide sheep and goats. We give two local goats to a family
and then crossbreed them with a British Toggenberg goat, to
get a 50-50 mix. Crossing them again gives a mix of a
three-quarter Toggenberg and a native East African local
goat — resulting in a very hardy dairy goat which can
produce about 4 litres of milk a day. The owners then give
away the first two female kids to another poor family and
cross-breed more goats.
SI: How do you decide who is given a goat?
SM: The community chooses the people themselves. The local
chiefs and officials get together and see who is
particularly hard up, often a widow. They have very poor
status in society and are often left to their own devices
with not much support. Women who are alone or heads of
households, feature a lot in our programmes. Also older
people, young people who have lost their parents to AIDS —
there is a variety of people who are really on the
Most of the people we work with are in the countryside: they
don’t have any electricity, running water or sewage and they
probably have to walk three or four hours to get water from
a hole in a dry river bed — the whole family will go with
jerry cans to collect water.
Very few people eat meat, it is a luxury and what they have
to eat is extremely meagre. They eat vegetables all the
time, a very limited diet. It will be cassava, or mealie
meal — starch-based foods, so it’s like eating potatoes all
the time. Most people will have about half an acre to two
acres, and will grow a number of different crops — sweet
potatoes, and in some areas maize and sorghum and in
Ethiopia teff. People may also have one or two citrus trees
like a lemon tree, or a mango or nut tree; and an avocado or
SI: Are there schools in the area?
SM: Schools are often up to an hour’s walk away. Children
will walk barefoot on muddy unmade paths. But, for instance,
in Kenya now there is universal primary education so
children can get about eight years of schooling free. If
they go to secondary school they have to pay fees.
SI: Can you talk about the Make Poverty History
campaign and why you joined it?
SM: It is a large coalition as you know. We support the
aims: trade justice, dropping the debt, and more and better
aid. Obviously each agency supports one thing more than
another because of the nature of what they do. Our
particular take on it would be for more and better aid.
Because we are working with grassroots organizations and
people who are really quite poor, the people we work with
are not involved in international trading. The reason we
exist is to help people to feed themselves better.
We are particularly concerned about more and better targeted
aid, so it is not just bilateral, government to government,
but civil society that benefits too. If people give NGOs
money, it goes straight to the communities and you can see
the benefits pretty quickly. We would argue for more of
that. Giving aid bilaterally is easier but targeting aid,
although it may be expensive to monitor carefully, is
probably more effective. We would also argue that British
aid should be accountable to British citizens so that we
know how our money, our hard-earned taxes, is being spent
and that citizens in Africa should know how it is being
SI: Is the eradication of poverty possible, and in
SM: Sadly, unless things change drastically, poverty in
Southern Africa is likely to increase; in fact the World
Bank forecasts that in Africa and the Middle East the number
of poor will increase between now and 2015, and on present
trends the main Millennium Development Goals set by the
United Nations will not meet their targets by 2015. For
instance, the two MDGs — halving the number of people living
in absolute poverty and halving the proportion of people
suffering from hunger — on present trends, will not be met.
The worst poverty in the world is in Africa, south of the
Sahara, where nearly half of all people live on less than a
dollar a day — less than 60p.
SI: How can people demand change and get involved in
creating the necessary political will?
SM: By supporting the campaign, writing to their MP, making
a noise. Writing to Tony Blair, as Make Poverty History has
encouraged people to do, getting in touch with their
constituency MPs and lobbying.
SI: Do you think demonstrations are effective in
making the will of the people known, and are you joining the
rally at the G8 conference in Scotland?
SM: Yes I do — and yes, we will be at Edinburgh on 2 July
and at Gleneagles on 6 July. If there was no comment and
nobody appeared there, the G8 would feel there was a lack of
interest. We are telling them there is a great deal of
interest in what they are going to be talking about.
“Throughout the world there are men, women and little
children who have not even the essentials to stay alive;
they crowd the cities of many of the poorest countries in
the world. This crime fills Me with shame. My brothers, how
can you watch these people die before your eyes and call
yourselves men? My Plan is to save these, My little ones,
from certain starvation and needless death. My Plan is to
show you that the way out of your problems is to listen
again to the true voice of God within your hearts, to share
the produce of this most bountiful of worlds among your
brothers and sisters everywhere.”
— Maitreya, from
Message No 11
Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that in the month of
May 2005, 670,000 people died needlessly from hunger and
The voice of the people
Voice of the people in Bolivia
The question of the management of natural resources in
Bolivia has caused the overthrow of two Presidents in less
than two years. Pressure exerted by the poor, including the
indigenous people of Bolivia, to nationalize the energy
sector triggered the resignation in June 2005 of President
The Bolivian Congress subsequently designated Eduardo
Rodriguez as President. Chief of the Supreme Court until his
nomination, Rodriguez accepted the post with the aim of
calling new elections to renew public powers. The Church and
the Army also played a key role in this unexpected turn of
events, supporting Rodriguez’s designation.
After weeks of demonstrations, Bolivia’s capital, La Paz
woke up with the hope that the designation of the new
President would bring to a halt the four weeks of protests.
A number of civil movements, including in El Alto, scene of
mass fuel protests, met to decide whether to continue with
street barricades and protests until the new government
nationalizes Bolivia’s huge natural gas reserves. Protesters
held banners saying “Nationalize Now” and “The People Demand
“We must go back to our villages. We give the new government
10 days to nationalize hydrocarbons [gas] and summon a
constitutional assembly,” said the farmers’ leader Román
Loayza. Similarly, indigenous leader Evo Morales, from
Movimiento al Socialismo (Movement for Socialism),
wants to call a truce with the new government until
Rodriguez forms his cabinet.
“We will come back to the streets en masse if this
President does not fulfil the people’s will,” said one of
the workers who took part in the last march in La Paz. He
added: “The strike has to continue until oil is
nationalized. We must keep the blockades.”
“We don’t care a fig about this new and mediocre President,”
said Jaime Solares, leader of Central Obrera Boliviana (COB)
and one of the most radical leaders, “unless he does what we
told him in the streets.”
Church representatives were milder in their reactions, but
nevertheless their positions were clear. According to El
Alto’s bishop, Jesus Juárez: “Although respecting the law,
Bolivians have a right to claim that hydrocarbons serve to
relieve their poverty. If laws are not good for the people,
then we have to sit down to negotiate them, but not force
Meanwhile, an atmosphere of social truce seems gradually
to be pervading Bolivia. Most social organizations that
participated in the national blockade have been invited to a
meeting with President Rodriguez in order to talk, among
other matters, about hydrocarbons nationalization. Although
the leader of the Fejuve Alteña organization, Abel Mamani,
said most groups are willing to attend the meeting and find
a consensual solution, the executive secretary of COR, Edgar
Patana, said he personally favoured more protests before
meeting with the government, “since we have not yet achieved
all our aims. They have to continue listening to the voice
of the people”.
(Source: La Razón de Bolivia, El Diario,
Bolivia; El País, Spain)
Make Poverty History
The Make Poverty History (MPH) rally in Edinburgh, UK, on
2 July 2005 is aimed at the leaders of the world’s richest
countries gathered for the G8 summit at Gleneagles,
Scotland, from 6-9 July. The MPH campaign, along with the
Jubilee Debt Campaign and many other groups, is demanding
trade justice, debt cancellation, and more and better aid
for the world’s poorest countries. Tens of thousands are
expected to join the rally. In addition ‘Global White Band
Day’ will take place on 1 July. Organized by The Global Call
to Action against Poverty, white bands declaring Make
Poverty History will be wrapped around buildings across the
world, to demand from the G8 leaders action on trade
justice, debt cancellation, and more and better aid.
The Make Poverty History campaign, which began in 2004, has
grown rapidly into a coalition including 463 organizations,
global charities, trade unions, local faith groups, and a
remarkable selection of groups from all parts of the
political spectrum. Richard Curtis, MPH founder and
screenwriter, said: “If 50,000 people died in London on
Monday, in Rome on Tuesday and in Paris on Friday, the G8
leaders would find the solution.”
More than 3 million people in the UK have purchased white
armbands, the campaign’s symbol. Says MPH: “By wearing one
you are part of a unique worldwide effort in 2005 to end
extreme poverty — you’re saying that it’s time to stop the
deaths of more than 200,000 people every single week from
preventable diseases.” MPH’s book, How to defeat world
poverty in seven easy steps, by Geraldine Bedell
(Penguin), is full of good insights, from Bono to Nelson
Mandela, and ideas on how to get involved.
LIVE 8 concerts to highlight the Make Povety History
campaign, organized by musician and campaigner Bob Geldof,
will take place in five major cities on 2 July, with many
famous musicians and singers taking part. Further rallies
and concerts in Edinburgh are planned for 6 July during the
G8 Summit. Twenty years after the Live Aid concerts, Bob
Geldof explained how people can help: “LIVE 8 is calling for
people across the world to unite in one call — in 2005 it is
your voice we are after, not your money.”
Bob Geldof spoke of the unique opportunity of the Edinburgh
events: “This is without doubt a moment in history where
ordinary people can grasp the chance to achieve something
truly monumental and demand from the 8 world leaders at G8
an end to poverty. The G8 leaders have it within their power
to alter history. They will only have the will to do so if
tens of thousands of people show them that enough is enough.
By doubling aid, fully cancelling debt, and delivering trade
justice for Africa, the G8 could change the future for
millions of men, women and children.”
debtcampaign.org; The Independent, UK)
Benjamin Creme introduces the new book
Maitreya’s Teachings — The Laws of Life.
do not have even fragments of the teachings of former World
Teachers given prior to certain knowledge of Their
existence. We do not have the teachings of a Christ, or a
Buddha, or a Krishna, except seen through the eyes of later
followers. For the first time we are given the flavour of
the thoughts and insights of a Being of immeasurable stature
to enable us to understand the path of evolution stretching
ahead of us which He has come to outline for us. The
impression left in the mind by the Teacher is that the
breadth and depth of His knowledge and awareness have no
limits; that He is tolerant and wise beyond conception, and
of amazing humility.
Few could read from these pages without being changed. To
some the extraordinary insights into world events will be of
major interest, while to others the laying bare of the
secrets of self-realization, the simple description of
experienced truth, will be a revelation. To anyone seeking
to understand the Laws of Life, these subtle and pregnant
insights will take them quickly to the core of Life itself,
and provide them with a simple path stretching to the
mountain-top. The essential unity of all life is underscored
in a clear and meaningful way. Never, it would appear, have
the laws by which we live seemed so natural and so
This newly published book contains the most contemporary
phase of teachings given by Maitreya, the World Teacher.
These profound yet simple insights offer straightforward,
non-doctrinal answers to some of life’s most searching
questions, addressing world problems — political, social and
environmental — as well as those questions concerning the
inner life. The teachings include many predictions of
extraordinary accuracy, given by Maitreya often years ahead
of time, between 1988 and 1993 and first published in the
pages of Share International. These forecasts of
world events demonstrate how the Laws of Cause and Effect
work out, linking man’s actions with the consequences that
unfold on a world scale.
Maitreya’s unique position as Head of the Spiritual
Hierarchy, his ages-long experience on the evolutionary
path, enable Him to present His teachings in the most simple
and direct terms, free from dogma and jargon, and freeing
the reader to be themselves.
Above all Maitreya teaches the art of Self-realization.
Three practices, simple, yet needing discipline to achieve,
are at the core of His teaching on Self-realization: honesty
of mind; sincerity of spirit; and detachment. He says:
“Anyone, at any stage, can learn the art of Self-realization
and find he will enjoy life. Life is to be enjoyed, with
Benjamin Creme (Editor), Maitreya’s Teachings — The Laws
of Life. Share International Foundation, London, UK,
IBSN #90-71484-31-9. 250pp.
in US 1 August 2005, Europe end of August.)
from The Laws of Life
Creme’s lecture tour of Japan, 2005
Once again, Benjamin Creme’s talks were well received
during his 2005 tour of Japan, with many people travelling
long distances to attend the events. The Tokyo public
lecture on 14 May drew an attentive audience of over 1,800 —
almost 70 per cent of whom were hearing the information for
the first time — and the public Transmission Meditation on
the following day was attended by nearly 500 people. The
Osaka lecture on 21 May drew almost a thousand people, 350
for the Transmission Meditation the next day, and over 450
attended the 24 May Nagoya lecture.
Japanese groups worked very hard to achieve this success,
sharing ideas, resources and materials. They distributed
over 400,000 small brochures; paid to have over 1 million
flyers inserted in community newspapers; and bought
advertising space for large posters at train stations.
Maitreya, appearing to a group member in Tokyo who asked how
‘he’ had heard about the lecture, replied that he had seen
“the lecture posters everywhere”.
Laws of Life, the newly published book of Maitreya’s
teachings and forecasts, was widely advertised in newspapers
and introduced at all the lectures, where 750 copies were
Maitreya and the Master Jesus were present at all the
lectures and were recognized by group members — and were
captured in several
(See letters ‘Inside information’ and
Many photographs taken at these events showed blessings from
either Maitreya or the Master Jesus. An especially beautiful
photo was of the Nagoya lecture hall during the blessing
from Maitreya at the beginning of the lecture.
The tour ended with the Transmission Meditation Conference
in Shiga on 27-29 May, attended by 148 co-workers from
across Japan. Everyone went home filled with renewed
aspiration and determined to continue to make known this
up the lies!
Memo exposes early US plans on Iraq
A highly-classified memo leaked during the recent British
election campaign indicates that the Bush administration had
decided to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein eight months
before launching their attack, shaped intelligence to that
aim, and never seriously intended to avert the war through
The memo, written by British national security aide Matthew
Rycroft, was based on notes he took during a July 2002
meeting of British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his
advisers, including Richard Dearlove, the head of Britain’s
secret intelligence service (MI6) who had recently met with
Bush administration officials.
The memo states: “Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through
military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism
and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed
around the policy. It seemed clear that Bush had made up his
mind to take military action, even if the timing was not yet
decided. But the case was thin. Saddam was not threatening
his neighbours and his WMD capability was less than that of
Libya, North Korea or Iran.”
The memo asserted that President Bush had decided to remove
Hussein nearly eight months before US and British troops
invaded Iraq. Summarizing the view of intelligence chief
Dearlove after consulting with US officials, the memo said:
“Military action was now seen as inevitable.”
At the time, the Bush administration was assuring the public
that a decision to go to war had not been made and that Iraq
could prevent military action by complying with existing UN
resolutions that were intended to curtail its chemical,
nuclear, biological and missile weapons programmes.
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s office has not disputed the
authenticity of the memo, but the White House categorically
denies the assertions in it. US Representative John Conyers
of the House Judiciary Committee has circulated a public
letter asking President Bush for further explanation.
(Source: The Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times,
Cooking ecology books while climate heats up
The New York Times has obtained documents from the
Government Accountability Project (a non-profit legal
assistance group for government whistle-blowers) which
provide evidence that a White House official altered reports
about the state of the environment. The changes made to
documents played down the link between global warming and
Philip Cooney is chief of staff for the White House Council
on Environmental Quality, the office that helps devise and
promote administration policies on environmental issues.
Before he joined the White House team he was a lobbyist at
the American Petroleum Institute, the largest trade group
representing the interests of the oil industry. He has no
scientific training but on several draft reports (in 2002
and 2003) he removed and ‘adjusted’ findings of climate
research that government scientists and their supervisors
(including some senior Bush administration officials) had
Commenting on the alterations made by Cooney, climatologists
and environmentalists said they were indicative of the
unseen influence of Cooney and other such officials who have
ties with energy industries that have long fought
(Source: The New York Times, USA)
power of the individual
Interview with Marion Bloem by Felicity Eliot
glance at the daily news gives a pretty clear picture of
industrialized Western societies moving in two directions at
the same time — one segment outward-looking, investigating
change and new ideas, the other increasingly suspicious,
inward-looking, shutting down and, more importantly,
shutting out — out with anything new or foreign.
As unemployment rises and economies falter, public spending
is cut and immigration policies are ‘tightened up’.
Meanwhile, the media reports hundreds of thousands of people
from developing countries fleeing their homelands in search
of a haven, a chance to live, to feed and educate their
Truckloads of people have arrived dead in the new country,
and we read of bodies washed up on Mediterranean beaches.
What is a decent person to do — a single individual
powerless in the face of such misery?
Well-known Dutch author and artist Marion Bloem was asked to
take part in a campaign to focus public attention on the
plight of immigrants in the Netherlands. Along with other
celebrities, she was host for a day or two to a family of
asylum seekers — an Angolan mother with her teenage daughter
and young son.
Their story, one of injustice and poverty, violence and
sheer desperation, fired Marion to take action on their
behalf and that of the thousands of other asylum seekers in
the Netherlands. She is herself the daughter of immigrants
from Indonesia who arrived in the Netherlands in 1951.
Share International: How long have ‘your’ family of
refugees been in the Netherlands?
Marion Bloem: For 10 years. The daughter is 11 years old and
now they have been told they must leave, they have been
refused permission to stay. But the mother is physically
ill, deeply depressed and traumatized. Members of her family
were shot and she was raped by a policeman in Angola. Her
daughter, who looks after her, goes to school here in
Holland and doesn’t speak any language of Angola. I asked
the girl what she wanted to study; she wants to be a human
SI: But why do they have to return to Angola?
MB: Her rape was not a “political rape” — according to the
Marion went on to talk about many other refugees and
asylum seekers and how they are treated by the current Dutch
MB: How can people make such laws and put people out on the
streets with nowhere to go? Sometimes people don’t even have
a country any more — some countries cease to exist, but
still refugees are sent back to the now non-existent
SI: What can one do? What can the ‘ordinary citizen’
MB: That’s why we thought of the ‘Een Royaal Gebaar’ (‘A
Royal Gesture’) project, including a book and CD of the same
name. We needed to bypass the mainstream media which the
government uses to tell its lies.
With 2005 marking the 25th anniversary of
Queen Beatrix’s accession to the throne, Marion decided
to use the celebrations to publicize the asylum seekers’
plight. Under the title ‘A Royal Gesture’ a petition and
letter were posted online, asking the Queen to mark her
anniversary with a gesture of leniency and generosity — a
‘general pardon’ for asylum seekers in the Netherlands. In
just over two weeks nearly 200,000 people signed the
petition and countless numbers wrote to newspapers calling
for humane treatment of refugees. These responses from the
people of the Netherlands were collected into a book on the
refugee crisis to show that protests are coming from all
types of people and sectors of society.
The book also contains facts, figures and information
showing how the Dutch government is contravening the Geneva
Convention on the treatment and rights of refugees.
MB: Isn’t it ironic? It is 60 years since the end of WWII
and the liberation of this country and there were
celebrations and everyone remembered what it is like to be
‘free’ — but we have to plead for people who are not at all
free to be treated decently, humanely.
Of course, you must understand I wasn’t really and only
expecting the Queen to do something – I meant all Dutch
people who felt involved – although, naturally, the Queen
could have done something to help. She could have used her
position and influence.
SI: Is there a solution to the problem in general?
MB: I believe we should open national borders everywhere.
Let people be registered wherever they are living, but
basically open the borders and let people be free to decide
We get as much media coverage as possible and ask people to
pass on information about the campaign. I didn’t want people
to be able to say “I didn’t know”.
Marion pointed out that part of the problem throughout
Europe is that as the gap between rich and poor widens,
people become more afraid of losing their jobs.
MB: We’re just ordinary people calling for humanity and
human rights. We can’t let our leaders get away with it. If
people only knew even a fraction of the terrible stories and
suffering of these people who just want a life, enough food
for their children! The Dutch (and other colonial powers)
went all over the world, taking whatever they wanted. How
can they now treat people in this way? The world is for all
of us. We must learn from history and educate people, fight
ignorance. I believe that people are kind-hearted — people
are still visiting our site and signing the petition. And
there’s no reason to stop signing. We hope people will go on
making their voices heard like this.
SI: Are you saying that the way forward is through the
voice of the people?
MB: Yes. If people are informed, they can act. We initiated
all this just as ordinary citizens. I feel strongly that if
I see something is unjust but do nothing…well, who will?
People can make a difference if they do something. In this
case and in many others it is private citizens, ordinary
people, who are left to take up these challenges and tackle
the problems. The quick, spontaneous reactions to our
activities give me reason to hope and to believe in people.