by the Master –, through Benjamin Creme, 24 April 2009
In all history there has never been a time like the present. Never,
in all the cycles which have left their mark on man’s evolution, has
there been the same potential for change. This time, therefore, is unique.
It portends a change in consciousness so dramatic and far-reaching that
new definitions and vocabulary must evolve to describe man as he will
become. The main factor in this profound event will be the influence
of man’s Elder Brothers, the Masters of Wisdom, led by Maitreya, the
Christ and World Teacher. It is impossible to overstate the effect which
Their Great Approach will have on the lives and thoughts and behaviour
of men. Many times have you heard that man is a potential God; these
are not empty words but the very truth of man’s nature and Being. It
is a matter of time only until that truth is verified and expressed
for all to see. The Masters will give of Their Bounty of harmlessness,
wisdom and love, and steer man’s ship safely to the harbour of achievement.
Thus will it be. In time, men will take their due places and work together
with the Masters for the benefit of all. Thus will men learn the Laws
of Life and Love and fashion a future of unparalleled beauty.
The second great stimulus to man’s forward growth will come
from far Aquarius. Already, as our sun enters more and more
deeply into the field of influence of that mighty constellation,
a ferment of change arises in the hearts and minds of men.
The essential quality of Aquarius is Synthesis, a quality rarely
seen in today’s life on Earth. However, in gathering momentum,
the quality of Synthesis will gradually replace, in all departments
of life, the fragmentation and disharmony of today. Men will
come to understand the meaning of Unity, and to recognize that
they are brothers and sisters of one family journeying together
on a voyage of discovery.
When men look back to this time they will see it as a stepping-stone
to Grace. Today’s chaotic turmoil is nothing less. From this
turmoil will emerge the new forms which will grace the new
civilization — new and better forms which will provide for
men everywhere, and gratify the hearts of everyone.
Man, himself, is undergoing such stimuli that he may well
feel nervous of the future. He sees and understands little
of the enormous changes which are already under way and clings
vainly to the past. Soon, this fear and nervousness will be
replaced by courage and commitment to the work of transformation.
Under the guidance of Maitreya and His Group men will lay the
cornerstones of the new and better life of which, in their
various ways, all men dream.
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Q. What inspired you to travel to so many countries and campaign
for a better world?
A. The most inspiring thing was the contact with my Master,
Who lives in the Himalayas. He had given me much information and told
me to tell it to the world. He said: “Be prepared to travel far and wide
because the invitations will soon flood in” and so it was. I simply went
where I was invited to go. I became committed to service and happy to
go wherever it took me.
Q. Maitreya has said, "without self esteem you
can do nothing." So, what are tiny ways in which
a person can increase his or her self-esteem if it is
A. Achievement, of any kind, in any direction, increases
self-esteem. Therefore all effort should be addressed to
the achieving of some goal, large or small; and then steadily
‘upping’ the goal, until the confidence which comes with
achievement becomes steady and reliable. Aspiration is
the key. If we can inspire the latent aspiration in ourselves
and others, self-worth and self-esteem automatically follow.
Q. What reaction does Maitreya have towards the right-wing
evangelicals in the United States? They seem extreme
and dangerous to me. A. I have no doubt whatsoever
that He loves them as He loves you: totally and unconditionally.
Q. In 2008 I visited a friend near the Bodensee (Lake
Constance), who told me there is a healing well
in the grounds of a riding school in Wiggenweler, close
to Bermatingen, Germany. The water has already helped
many people. Could you please say if this well is energized
with healing properties and by whom?
A. Yes. By the Master Who was the Madonna.
Q. I have been doing some research into the UFO phenomenon.
I have read quite a few times on the Share International website
that they are our Space Brothers. Are all the different
species of aliens our Space Brothers or are some good
and some evil? I struggle with the ones that abduct,
take control, and cause fear as having a good purpose
for mankind. Can you elaborate on this? A. Yes,
without exception the people who man the spacecraft we
see are harmless. In fact they are carrying out arduous
work on our behalf, neutralizing, as far as the Karmic
Law allows, much of the pollution which we spew into
our atmosphere, oceans, rivers and land. We owe them
an enormous debt. For over 60 years the world’s governments
have kept from the people the reality of these space
visitors and know that they are entirely harmless. Nevertheless,
when they can no longer control belief in their existence
these same paranoid governments present them as abductors,
brutal and seeking control over humanity. None of that
slanderous propaganda is true and soon the people of
the world will know that for certain. They work with
our own Spiritual Hierarchy of which Maitreya is head.
Q. I do Transmission Meditation once or twice a week
but I am struggling with all the emotional issues from
my past that it brings up. Should I stop doing it or
perservere? I have had a tough time in my past and things
I have buried keep coming up. What should I do?
A. Persevere. This phase will soon pass.
Q. (1) I live in Australia and I am concerned that
we will miss out on Maitreya's television interviews,
particularly the earlier ones. Will they be broadcast
in Australia? (2) I am also worried that the Day of Declaration
speech will take place in our night time when we are
asleep. Will we have advance warning to ensure we are
watching television at the right time? (3) Will the star
be visible here and where should we look?
A. (1) Yes. They will be available worldwide on the internet. (2) Yes. Don’t
worry! (3) It is already visible in Australia and New Zealand according to our
“In the very near future, people everywhere
will have the opportunity to witness an extraordinary and
significant sign, the like of which has been manifested
only once before, at the birth of Jesus. Then, according
to Christian teaching, a star appeared in the heavens and
led three wise men from the East to the birthplace of Jesus.
Soon, once again, a star-like luminary of brilliant power
will be seen around the world.” (Benjamin Creme’s
Master, ‘Maitreya’s first interview’, SI Jan/Feb
On 12 December 2008 Share International distributed
a news release announcing that in the very near future a
large, bright star would appear in the sky visible throughout
the world, night and day, heralding the imminent appearance
of Maitreya in His first interview on a major US television
programme. Since early January 2009 sightings of the star
have been reported all over the world and hundreds of sightings
have been sent to Share International. We include
a selection of the latest reports from the media, Share
International readers, and sightings from YouTube. All
are genuine sightings confirmed by Benjamin Creme’s Master
to be the ‘star’.
Please click for more information and latest photographs
of the ‘star’
new video about the 'star' is now available on Youtube,
called “The ‘Star’ sign"
RCN Colombia News, Colombia
Television news channel RCN Colombia reported an incident which took place on
15 April 2009 in Pereira, capital city of the state of Risarald. Announcing that
a “journalist films a UFO in Pereira, the spaceship flew over several buildings”,
it told how television journalist Liliana López saw a gigantic, bright light
in the sky from her eighth-floor balcony at 9.20pm. She captured the diamond-shaped
object on her video camera and reported that it emitted a multi-coloured light.
It drifted across the sky for several minutes and then mysteriously disappeared.
UFO experts are investigating the extraordinary footage. López recalls: “ I saw
a very big, resplendent light in the sky, certainly not normal at all. It was
easy to see it was not a star or a plane and taking advantage of the fact that
I had a video camera with good resolution I tried to get some close-up footage.
You can see quite clearly what a strange object it is. There is a moment when
it’s already going away – it starts turning around, around, around, around and
then finally moves away – it’s perfectly evident that it’s a [space]ship”. (Source:
RCN Colombia; YouTube)
Sky Television, UK
On 22 March 2009 Sky Television News interviewed thirteen-year-old Harriet Rogers
who filmed what she thought was a UFO hovering above Shrewsbury, England. On
21 February 2009, after a call from her grandmother about a bright light in the
sky, Harriet and her father went upstairs to have a look and saw a brilliant
ball of light pulsing and changing colours. Harriet explained: “To the human
eye, it just looked like a bright light but, on the video camera we could see
it pulsing, then suddenly changing colours. They decided to go out and follow
the light to try to get a bit closer and they started to notice it was going
down beyond the horizon. She added: “This is when you could see with your own
eyes that it was pulsing and changing colours. We stopped in a lay-by and rested
the camcorder on a gatepost where we got the best shots. We could see how it
was getting much brighter than before.” Asked by a Sky reporter if she thought
it was a UFO Harriet said: “Yes. It’s come back, it’s definitely come back, literally
every starry night.” There have been many unexplained lights in the sky reported
over Shropshire recently. The Shropshire Star newspaper reported: “There
have been up to 30 sightings of mysterious light objects logged by UFO experts
in the last two months [February and March 2009] with at least eight recorded
in the last fortnight.” (Source: Sky News; The Shropshire Star, UK)
The Sun, UK
On 16 February 2009 The Sun newspaper
included a report from Scott Shepperd of a bright light or “craft” spotted
over Colchester, Essex. A video of his sighting was placed on the newspaper’s
website. Shepperd had been to the cinema with a friend before he captured the
dazzling light in the sky. He said: “As I was about to get in the car to go
home, a golden ball of light no higher than 100ft above me caught my attention.
I said to my mate to look, he ignored me and said its probably just a plane.
I asked him to check anyway and, just as he did, it started moving over the
top of us. It was very bright orange and moved very quietly: it had no flashing
light which made me question if it was a plane. Quick as I could, I got out
my mobile phone to video it but by the time I had got it out and set it up
it had moved pretty far away." (Source: The Sun,
Chester Chronicle, UK
“Orange UFO spotted above Chester skies” is the headline in the Chester
Chronicle on 30 April 2009. Marty Wilbur was standing on his balcony
using his mobile phone when he saw a “pulsating orange light” rising up in
front of him at 9.02 pm on 26 April 2009. He filmed the mysterious orange
glow as it tracked northwards and disappeared. “I could see this orange ball
rising up, at a 90-degree angle, straight up, then it just sat there, sat
still for a few seconds. To my amazement it started moving sideways. Right
away I recognized it wasn’t something normal that I had ever seen before.
There was no sound at all. All you can hear are birds chirping on the video.”
Gazeta Alerta, Brazil
On 8 February 2009, during the live television programme Gazeta Alerta in
Rio Branco City, Brazil, the film crew spotted an object in the sky changing
colour from white, to red, to blue. The live coverage continued as they filmed
the object for more than two hours, with more than 25 people witnessing the
event. The object moved from east to south and then from south to west. (Source:
Milliyet Kemer News, Turkey
On 25 April 2009 at 3.30am a group of security guards outside a hotel in the
coastal town of Kemer, Turkey, saw an unusual object hovering over the ocean
and photographed it. Security guard Erman Bulut was at the front of the hotel
when he saw the hexagonal object doing impossible manoeuvres above the sea
and changing shape and colour. He recalls: “At first I couldn’t understand
what I was witnessing. I saw this large object rising from the sea. It definitely
wasn’t a plane or balloon. It was leaving a trail and it was glowing. My hands
were shaking from the excitement. As it descended towards the sea I ran to
the beach but then it began to rapidly rise eventually merging with the stars.
It was hexagonal, orange and fluorescent. As far as I am concerned it was definitely
a UFO. One does not get the chance to see such things often and I feel lucky
to have witnessed this. When one takes into account the size of the universe
and the number of stars, UFOs and aliens become a certainty.” Erman's co-workers Mehemet
Aydin and Sezgin Cesur also saw the object and described it. “It was hexagonal
but at times it's shape changed. It descended and then rose, disappearing into
the sky. “I didn't sleep all night from excitement” concluded Mr Cesur. (Source:
Milliyet Kemer News, Turkey)
All News Web
According to All News Web, formations of UFOs have been seen above cities
throughout the world in the first few months of 2009. In China, reports the
website, a UFO was filmed by a Beijing tourist on 18 February 2009 in Kashgar
in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region along the ancient Silk Road. “Me and my
father were walking through a park near the Science and Technology Complex
returning to our hotel when I noticed a very bright and clear object in the
sky that appeared too close and too bright to be a star,” said Lee Kwan Hing.
“I used a Panasonic High Definition camcorder to take the film. As I zoomed
in on the object I noticed that it had the form of a yo-yo and I could make
out geometric patterns on the object. Is it a UFO, a satellite or a star?”
he asks. “Perhaps an All News Web reader can help Hing solve this mystery,”
suggests Michael Cohen of All News Web. (Source: allnewsweb.com)
Photo: © Steve Alexander
Sign of the ‘star’
On 23 April 2009 a large crop formation appeared in a
field at Rutlands Farm near Avebury, in Wiltshire, England.
The beautiful, symmetrical pattern resembles a star – a
central circle surrounded by 16 rays of different lengths
– and appeared in a field of yellow flowering canola (oilseed
rape.) The formation measures 298 feet at its longest with
a 66 foot diameter central circle.
Rape seed, with its thick, brittle stalks and profuse pollen,
is one of the most difficult crops to walk in, yet, according
to Charles Mallett of the Silent Circle Information Centre,
this new formation is one of the “most elaborate and geometrically
sophisticated oilseed rape/canola formations that have
occurred in British crop circle history … Right now in
2009, we’ve had really huge, serious formations! This has
never really happened before – kind of unprecedented.”
Steve and Karen Alexander have been photographing and researching
the crop patterns for over 15 years and for the past ten
have produced an annual Year Book displaying the
best formations each year. On 20 May 2009 Share International asked
Steve Alexander whether the complex patterns already appearing
in the fields of Wiltshire, England, were unusual for this
time of year.
Steve Alexander: “Between April and late May each year
we normally see only a few crop circles in oilseed rape
crop. Some years we don’t get any at all. In 2009, we have
had an incredible eleven formations. What is impressive
this year, is the size, and quality of the oilseed rape
formations. The formation which appeared at Clatford in
Wiltshire was measured at 700 feet in length! Some researchers
are expecting a phenomenal summer, as the crop circles
at this early part of the season have already out-stripped
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms the formation was created by the Space
Brothers and is a sign of the presence of the ‘star’.)
I have been seeing in the sky at night a single light that
shines more than any other and it has been alone in the sky for the
last few days. The light is seen in the West. On Saturday 7 March 2009
we went to a birthday party and we were heading to Albalat del Torongers
town. When we were driving there, we saw the light on our left, in a
northwest direction, always alone in the sky, which kept our attention
due to its brightness – it was more intense than any other star and
seemed to be vibrating. We watched it till we arrived and then it disappeared.
Was it the star heralding Maitreya’s public emergence?
A.B.P., Valencia, Spain. (Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it
was the ‘star’.)
USA: North Carolina – A UFO eyewitness reported seeing an orange
glowing object in the sky on the evening of 30 March 2009. The witness videotaped
the object, which made no sound and hovered for an extended period in the same
place before ascending rapidly into the sky. Four other people saw the UFO,
according to the report. (Source: ufocasebook.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was the ‘star’.)
Missouri – More than 13 witnesses who work at a high-security military
complex in Kansas City, Missouri, reported three UFO incidents at the base
on 1 and 2 March 2009. Both military and civilian employees working at the
Bannister Federal Complex provided their testimony anonymously to a ‘Mutual
UFO Network (MUFON) field investigator. Witnesses all reported seeing a glowing
gold-coloured ball, but vary in their size and height descriptions due to different
points of observation. The sightings took place at 10.30pm on 1 March and the
following night at 9.30pm and 10.30pm. One witness described the object as
the ‘size of a house’, while others described it as the ‘size of a car’. Some
stated that they thought the object was hovering at 200 feet, and others said
it hovered at 3,000 feet. Witnesses also said that UFOs were reported hovering
over the complex in the past. (Source: MUFON)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms it was the ‘star’. Some of the other sightings
were of spacecraft.)
“People everywhere will be astonished by the reports [of UFOs]. These
will include sightings, in unprecedented numbers, of spacecraft from our
neighbouring planets, Mars and Venus in particular. Nothing like this increased
activity, over vast areas of the Earth, will have been seen before.” (The
Master —,‘The gathering of the Forces of Light’, SI March 2007)
China: Shenzhen – Newspapers in the city of Shenzhen in
Guandong province received numerous telephone calls from residents who witnessed
UFOs on the evening of 23 February 2009. One of the UFOs emitted a blue-violet
light before moving away rapidly to the south. One witness, Mrs Zhou, saw three
UFOs from her balcony. Two of the three objects moved away rapidly while one
remained awhile before taking off. “The last one was emitting the strangest
violet light which was very bright” she said. Another witness, Mr Yip, also
saw the UFOs and noticed that at least one of the craft was also emitting a
blue flame from its underside. (Source: allnewsweb.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms this was a spacecraft from Mars.)
Liu Pan Shui Cit – A UFO was filmed in January 2009 by a group of
firefighters in Liu Pan Shui City in Guizhou province. Wang Jia Wei noticed
an unusual, brightly-flashing star moving in a south-easterly direction. Using
a video camera, he saw that the object was actually two rotating craft in the
shape of spinning tops, or two rotating halves of one craft. The UFO was flashing
a variety of colours: purple, red, blue, orange, white and gold. The incident
reportedly received widespread media coverage in China. (Source: allnewsweb.com) (Benjamin
Creme’s Master confirms these were two spacecraft from Mars.)
Greece: The Greek newspaper Espresso reported a UFO sighting
on the Peloponnese Peninsula near the Isthmus of Corinth on 3 February 2009.
Numerous people called local police to report seeing the UFO. One witness,
Patapios Palaiologou, was driving his daughter to school. “It was a sunny day
and the sky was totally clear. Suddenly, I saw a huge object over the small
hillside opposite the village where we live. It appeared to be about 400 metres
above ground and it was huge, about 300 metres in diameter. It looked like
the planet Saturn with a red ring around it and was metallic silver in colour”
According to Palaiologou, the UFO remained suspended for about 10 seconds,
and then the ring began to vibrate at a very fast pace. The object started
to tremble very strongly and a few seconds later he saw an intense glow on
its right side. “Then it disappeared!” he said. Other people witnessed the
UFO in the same location that day, and some sightings also occurred a week
before. (Source: www.allnewsweb.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms this was a spacecraft from Mars.)
Russia: Dozens of people in western Russia saw a circular-shaped
UFO on January 2009 near Belgorod, near the border with Ukraine, which changed
colour from glowing white to electric blue. The UFO periodically emitted a
white laser beam in the direction of the ground. Many residents said they experienced
interference to their television reception. Witnesses Mr and Mrs Skripov from
Gorodishka saw the beam from the UFO hit the road in front of their car. “We
are familiar with spotlights and this was not one,” Mr Skripov said. According
to witnesses, the object eventually rose through the clouds rapidly and disappeared.
The incident was reported widely by the Russian news media. (Source: allnewsweb.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms this was a genuine spacecraft from Mars.
Interference on radio is quite usual.)
We present a selection of quotations on the theme of
‘Maitreya’s Priorities’ from Maitreya (Messages
from Maitreya the Christ, and Maitreya’s
Teachings – The Laws of Life), Benjamin
Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks),
and Benjamin Creme’s writings.
I am a simple Man, and simply I make My appeal to you: Trust
Me, follow Me, let Me take you into the future time, on the
basis of Love, on the basis of Sharing, on the basis of Brotherhood.
Let Me show you the way into that state of simple interdependence,
of justice, correct alignment with your Source and your brothers.
(Maitreya, from Message No. 4)
Let us look at [Maitreya’s] priorities: the establishment
of peace; the inauguration of the system of sharing; the
removal of guilt and fear – the cleansing of the hearts and
minds of men; the education of mankind in the laws of life
and love; an introduction to the Mysteries; the beautification
of our cities; the removal of barriers to travel and interchange
of peoples; the creation of a pool of knowledge accessible
That such a task is not an easy one, not even for the Son
of Man, is clear. Ancient habits of division and separation
have strong roots, while fear and superstition cast their
spell over millions of mankind. But never before, in the
history of the world, has a Teacher come better equipped
for His task. Maitreya has come to do battle with ignorance
and fear, division and want. His weapons are spiritual understanding,
knowledge and love; His shining armour is Truth Itself. (Benjamin
Creme’s Master, from ‘The Son of Man’)
My heart aches when I see so many needlessly die; hunger
and pestilence stalk the earth. Nothing so moves Me to grief
as this shame. The crime of separation must be driven from
this world. I affirm that as My Purpose. (Maitreya, from
Message No. 93)
When the world's stock markets crash, the priorities of
all governments will change. The first priority will be the
provision of adequate food for all the people; second, the
provision of adequate housing; and third, the provision of
adequate healthcare and education for all the people as a
That does not sound terribly revolutionary: enough food,
shelter, healthcare and education, which many people take
for granted. But there is no country in the world in which
all of these pertain as a universal right. When they do,
life on this planet will be transformed.
When humanity asks Maitreya: “We accept the principle of
sharing. We wish to share. How do we set about it?”, this
will be the answer.
There is a group of initiates, disciples of the Masters,
who are men and women of great achievement in their own lives,
in fields such as finance, economics, public administration.
They have worked out a series of interrelated blueprints,
plans, that will solve the redistribution problems that are
at the heart of the economic problem today. Each nation will
be asked to make an inventory of what it produces so that
the world's ‘cake’ is known: what we need, what we create,
what we need to import. Each nation will be asked to make
over in trust into a common pool that which it has in excess
of its needs, and out of that common pool the needs of all
will be met. A sophisticated system of barter will replace
the present system. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)
As a brother among brothers I shall speak for you all, voice
aloud your aspirations and hopes; make known the desire of
all men for a world at peace; for a just and noble readiness
to share; for the creation of a society based on freedom
and love. (Maitreya, from Message No. 61)
The goal for humanity in this coming age is the creation
of group consciousness, the sense of being integral parts
of a Whole. The new energies entering this planet from the
constellation Aquarius work in this direction; their intrinsic
quality is synthesis and universality.
We are about to witness profound changes in all our institutions
and structures – political and economic, religious and social,
scientific, educational and cultural. These changes will
take place as humanity grasps, stage by stage, its essential
Oneness, and adopts the measures necessary to implement that
Oneness. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume One)
My Teaching, simple though it is, will show you the necessity
for sharing, for the creation of a pool of resources from
which all men may take, the substitution for greed of co-operation
and trust. (Maitreya, from Message No. 64)
The time is fast approaching when political, economic and
religious totalitarianism – denying human freedom, well-being,
liberty and the human right to believe what one desires –
will be over. A new freedom is awaiting humanity just around
the corner. But that new freedom has, above all, the necessity
of responsibility. We have to take upon ourselves the responsibility
for one another. Maitreya puts it very simply: “Take your
brother’s need as the measure for your actions and solve
the problems of the world. There is no other course.” (Benjamin
Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two)
The major need today is for the transformation of the structures
within which you now live. Your civilization, My friends,
is dying nay, it is already dead. Out of its ashes will grow
a new beauty whose basis is Love, Justice and Sharing. Make
these your aims, My friends, and know the meaning of God.
(Maitreya, from Message No. 107)
[It will be Maitreya’s] task to show the way through the
quicksand, to lead men safely to established peace and justice.
A formidable task but one for which He is well prepared.
He will answer the need of men for leadership and guidance.
He will reinstate as normal and right a spiritual connotation
to life. He will reaffirm men’s worth as potential gods and
show them the way to demonstrate that potential. A mighty
task but not beyond His strength.
He will lay down certain guidelines, affirm certain priorities.
Beyond all others, the task most pressing is the elimination
of hunger. Millions starve today while the food that could
ensure them life lies rotting mountain high. The world’s
poor groan daily under the burden of their lot. He will seek
to show afresh that men are One, together in life to fulfil
the plan of God.
The next priority is the establishment of peace; little
hope remains for man if peace is not secured. The way to
peace, He will show, the only way, has the signpost: Justice,
written large. Men must learn to share, without which justice
is a far-off dream.
The third priority concerns the maintenance of human freedom.
Countless numbers now suffer indignities and torture in the
prisons of the world, their only crime the crime of independent
thought. The Christ will emphasize the need for human liberty
without which man is haltered and stunted on his way to God.
Once secured, these three primary tasks will set men firmly
on the road to Perfection. Without their achievement man
would have little hope to survive. More and more, men begin
to see this and seek to find a way to just and lasting peace.
Without the acceptance of sharing, they will find, all efforts
will be futile, for sharing alone is the key to the future
for man. When men share they will know peace. When men share
they will enter into their birthright. When men share they
will know the meaning and purpose of life. (Benjamin
Creme’s Master, from ‘A question of priorities’)
The number one priority is to replace this deeply divisive
and cruel economic system with something better. Maitreya
has spelled it out many times: the principle of sharing is
the only one that will save humanity from self-destruction.
The more humanity is conditioned by time, the more it is
destroying its own nature, because the creative acts of the
soul are coming from a level where time does not exist. If
you are totally conditioned by time, you are living in a
framework in which your very nature is warped. No matter
how ‘educated’ we are, unless we can change the social structures
of our life, we cannot change our awareness of life. An awareness
of timelessness is an awareness of what life truly is.
Life has nothing to do with time, but only with cycles of
activity followed by cycles of inactivity. It is to do with
the great outbreathing and inbreathing of cosmos itself.
Cosmos breathes out and the worlds are formed, and all activity
within the worlds go forward. When a certain point is reached,
cosmos inbreathes again and draws all that back into itself.
Then a great outbreathing occurs again and the whole process
goes on endlessly, infinitely, for ever and ever. That is
the nature of life. It is the nature of cosmic life and it
should be the nature of our life. It is the nature of our
life, but while we are dominated by time, it cannot be demonstrated
– hence, the pain, the suffering, unhappiness, the terrible
misdeeds of humanity against itself. That violence is born
out of a sense of deep grief, frustation and abuse from the
Everyone, instinctively, is aware of themselves as a soul.
Every child knows itself as a soul. It does not know the
name for it, but it knows the feeling, the inner awareness
of it. And yet as it grows, it becomes more and more alienated
from society. Its soul awareness cannot find expression in
today’s society, so it turns against itself as a part of
society. Crime, violence and alienation are all the result
of this discrepancy between the expectations of the soul,
the awareness and expectations of the inner spiritual being,
and that which is supplied to it on the outer field by the
societies of today. The more powerful societies, like the
United States of America, Europe, Canada, Australia and Japan
– the G7 economic group – are profoundly at fault here in
promoting that state of affairs. They seek to dominate the
whole of the world’s economy for selfish greed and power.
Market forces and competition, on which all of this rests,
are nothing more than the expression of greed, and cannot
be allowed to dominate in the future.
What can we do to change this? Create conditions in which
there is harmony. Harmony is the number one necessity in
losing the sense of time. Whether in an individual or a nation,
we cannot have an awareness and response to the nature of
true time if we are in an inharmonious state. Practically
everybody today is in an inharmonious state, because there
is total disequilibrium in the world. That is our spiritual
crisis. We have to change the world’s economic structure
– not only because it seems more just to do so since it is
profoundly evil and unjust; we have to change it or we will
destroy the world. It is as simple as that. We must change
it so that humanity can begin to live as we (as souls) intend
to live – in a society based on harmony and therefore equilibrium.
With that equilibrium comes greater and greater awareness
of who and what we really are. That is our crisis, our problem
for today – to know who we are. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s
Mission Volume Three)
Man is an emerging God and thus requires the formation of
modes of living which will allow this God to flourish. How
can you be content with the modes within which you now live:
when millions starve and die in squalor; when the rich parade
their wealth before the poor; when each man is his neighbour's
enemy; when no man trusts his brother? For how long must
you live thus, My friends? For how long can you support this
degradation? (Maitreya, from Message No. 81)
Maitreya has come to teach humanity the need for sharing.
“Sharing,” He says, “is divine. When you share you recognize
God in your brother.” If we accept the principle of sharing,
accept that we are one, redistribute the world’s resources
and so create justice in the world, we will have peace. It
is the only way in which we will have secure and lasting
peace. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two)
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)
Maitreya will outline for men the priorities which alone
will secure and safeguard planet Earth and all its peoples.
The necessity of peace is paramount for without peace all
else is lost. Peace, He will affirm, can only be ensured
through the creation of Justice. The lack of Justice is the
begetter of both war and terrorism. Justice, Maitreya will
maintain, can be achieved only through Sharing. Sharing,
therefore, is the key to world peace and security.
Maitreya will turn the minds of men more urgently to the
ills of planet Earth, itself. Without a healthy and robust
planet the future of succeeding generations is in peril.
Maitreya will stress the urgency of action now to restore
equilibrium to our suffering planetary home, and call all
hands, old and young, to this primary task.
The fate of those who now starve in a world of plenty will
exercise Maitreya’s chief concern: “Nothing so moves Me to
grief as this shame,” He says, and seeks to galvanize the
creation of a vast programme of aid for the world’s poor
on a scale hitherto unknown.
These are the immediate priorities, to make fast and secure
the future for men. Man’s free will is sacrosanct and may
not be infringed; the speed of implementation of these primary
requirements is subject, therefore, to the will of men. Men
now face the choice: to see the world as One and share, and
know security and blessed Peace and happiness, or to witness
the end of life on Earth. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from
According to Maitreya, money multiplied by money contributes
to the stress of modern life. Money is not the priority;
sufficiency is the priority. When sufficiency becomes the
priority, it orders society in a different way, creating
stability. In this regard, sharing is both a moral value
and a method of implementation. This will create a more peaceful
atmosphere, in which people will not struggle to make millions.
They will fulfil their duties, care for their families, and
children will be able to evolve. (Maitreya, Maitreya’s
Teachings – The Laws of Life)
All who share the hope that mankind should live in peace
together work for Me. Peace, Sharing and Justice are central
to My Teaching. Wherever the Light of these Truths shines
I turn My eye, and through the channel of that Light do I
send My Love. Thus do I work. Thus through you do I change
the world. (Maitreya, from Message No. 92)
[Maitreya’s] voice will speak for those who suffer most:
the halt, the lame, the outcast and the poor – for all who
suffer silently and needlessly. He will galvanize those who
long to help their brothers and set in motion the new crusade
of service. Thus will it be. Thus will Maitreya inspire the
formation of groups of planetary pioneers, whose task it
will be to bring succour to the long-suffering needy of the
world. A sustained programme of aid, far outdistancing anything
so far seen, will quickly restore the lives of those in greatest
On all fronts the obstacles to progress will be tackled
one by one: the greed and selfishness so prevalent today
will give place to a broader view of community; the basic
needs of all will take priority; the new concern for nature
and environment will be embodied in legislation, universally
accepted, and will lead to a wise husbandry of nature's gifts;
international travel on a massive scale will reduce the isolation
and prejudice which narrows the vision and keeps in ignorance
so many millions today; the hold on men's minds of the old
ideologies will gradually weaken and give way to a new tolerance
Thus will emerge a new atmosphere in which the most ambitious
changes can take place in a spirit of goodwill. The General
Good will replace self interest as a measure of men's actions,
and in growing harmony the peoples of the Earth will move
forward into the New Age. (Benjamin
Creme’s Master, from ‘The path to Divinity’)….
It will not be long, therefore, until the Great Lord begins
His open mission, albeit undeclared. Watch and wait with
a sure understanding of His priorities, and so miss Him not.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘See Him and rejoice’)
Sharing and Justice, Brotherhood and Freedom are not new
concepts. From the dawn of time mankind has linked his aspiration
to these beckoning stars. Now, My friends, shall we anchor
them in the world. (Maitreya, from Message No. 105)
A sacred service
Interview with Todd Lorentz
by Jason Francis
One Child’s Village is a nongovernmental organization based in Alberta,
Canada, run by volunteers who seek to improve the lives of HIV/AIDS orphaned
children in Kenya. The volunteers believe that caring for children is a “sacred
service” and aim to create the conditions, training, and resources necessary
to provide for the physical, emotional, mental and overall spiritual welfare
of these orphaned children. Todd Lorentz, managing director of One Child’s
Village, was interviewed by Jason Francis for Share International.
An abridged version of the interview follows.
Share International: What was the inspiration behind the formation of
One Child's Village?
Todd Lorentz: For much of my life I have been aware of the dreadful conditions
suffocating the lives of millions of people in the developing world. Like many
others, I have always wanted to do something that would have a meaningful impact
on their lives.
In 2005, I traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to speak at a conference called ‘Globalization
for the Common Good’. During that visit I was fortunate to meet a man named
Charles Ouma Odour who, himself orphaned at a young age, had dedicated his
life to helping other orphans. He had formed an organization called Mercy Children’s
Center and was caring for dozens of children using his own income and donations
from a few well-wishers. I was impressed by his compassion and was inspired
to find some way to support him.
On my return to Canada, I started a charitable organization to help Charles
and the children. I gathered a few friends and associates together and – almost
effortlessly – started our organization. Inspired by the familiar African proverb
“it takes a whole village to raise a child”, I began to think about the notion
of what ‘my village’ really meant. In a world with one humanity, of course,
there are no real boundaries where we can say that we are no longer responsible
for other human beings. We all belong to the community of humanity and, for
any child in the world, we are all a part of their village and have a responsibility
for their welfare. From this idea came the name for One Child’s Village, along
with all that the concept of interconnectedness implies.
We made our organization completely volunteer based: no one receives wages
or income from the funds donated to us. We keep our overheads to an absolute
minimum and almost all of the funds supporting our work go directly to the
welfare of the orphans.
SI: Yearly, how many children are orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and
how many children are infected with HIV/AIDS themselves?
TL: Accurate numbers are sometimes hard to acquire because of the difficulties
in surveying populations in impoverished areas. However, UNAIDS currently estimates
that there are well over 12 million children in sub-Saharan Africa who have
been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. In 2003, there were approximately 650,000 AIDS orphans
in Kenya, with 150,000 Kenyans dying each year of AIDS. That number continues
to increase dramatically and it is expected that Kenya will have over 1 million
orphans by 2010.
The infection rate of very young children is a bit lower than the average national
rate of 6.8 per cent among adults. The hardest hit group is young girls between
the ages of 15 and 24 who suffer infection rates of 20 per cent. This is the
standard in the area of western Kenya where we work.
These are staggering numbers and governments in these developing nations are
simply unable to deal effectively with the incredible tragedy unfolding in
their communities. The world has largely turned its back on these children
and denied them their right to the most basic of needs. These children are
the most vulnerable people on our planet and it is hard to stand by and watch
rich nations summon up trillions of dollars overnight to bail out investment
banks and hedge funds yet fail to allocate even a fraction of that to save
millions of lives. You have to ask what has happened to our humanity.
In many areas where we work it is also believed that an orphan brought into
your home may steal the blessing from your own family. So these children, after
suffering the loss of their parents, are abandoned not only by their country
and the world community, but sometimes by their close relatives as well. Eventually,
without support, many are left to survive on the streets – often selling their
bodies or working as slaves for their subsistence.
SI: How does One Child’s Village address the needs of HIV/AIDS orphans
and where does your organization primarily work?
TL: We are currently working in Kenya with two elementary schools, both run
by our partners at Mercy Children’s Center. The first school presently holds
about 120 students and is located in Kawangware – a slum district in the suburbs
of Nairobi. The conditions there are very difficult for the children and, while
many of them live with either a surviving infected parent or grandparent, they
depend upon us to supply much of their life support. This includes food, clothes,
water and everything necessary for their education. It is a heartbreaking situation
and it has been difficult to develop this school further because we do not
own the property or buildings. Many children were also traumatized by the post-election
violence last year and this has created an additional challenge for them emotionally
Our second school, in the rural village of Bumala in western Kenya, supports
over 150 students and has progressed more rapidly. Because we own the land
there we were able to expand our infrastructure more quickly and in a unique
fashion. As a young organization, we were faced with limited funds and so could
not afford the initial cost of $150,000 or so needed to build a single modern
brick and mortar school. Instead, we studied the methods used by the local
village population to build their homes – a type of mud-and-wattle construction
– and applied that design to the construction of our school. This enabled us
to hire local labor, including some of the widowed HIV-infected mothers of
our orphaned children, to help build the school. In this way, a small amount
of funding (about $20,000) made a significant impact in the community. We were
up and running with a full school years ahead of when we had expected.
This year we are planning further expansions with the hopes of building a small
on-site center for an international volunteer program that can generate income
to support the school’s operating costs. To build an entire school for 150
children, and have it completely self-sufficient in two years, sounds like
an enormous task but, as we’ve shown, it is definitely possible. With more
funding, we could duplicate this model in many areas and put thousands of children
in school within a very short period of time, while also creating hundreds
of jobs in these local economies….
SI: What age are the children that your organization and the Mercy Children’s
Center are helping?
TL: We start the children in our school at a very young age – around three
to four years old: a crucial formative period for children. Our first priority
is to ensure that they are receiving at least some proper nutrition along with
clothes, medical care, and rules for personal hygiene. They receive not only
a proper education but also a type of parental influence, instruction and personal
care that they might not otherwise receive at home. We school them up to the
age of about 11 or 12 when we try to integrate them into the public system.
Eventually, we would like to build our own secondary and trade schools in order
to provide a full education without separating them from their school mates
upon whom, because they are orphans, they have built a strong social dependence.
These are foundational years for children and a failure in their development
at this stage can have an enormous impact on them, and therefore our society,
for the rest of their lives.
SI: Could you describe the overall impact – social, economic, academic
and emotional – of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on a community as a whole as well
as particularly on the lives of children?
TL: The impact on a society is absolutely devastating, and on a scale unheard
of in human history. It is strange how we in the developed world have become
so accustomed to accepting entire societies being ripped apart by the effects
of HIV/AIDS, poverty, lack of water resources, disease, and other critical
social issues. We would never stand for such a travesty within our own nations
yet express only marginal concern when it happens to our fellow human beings
in other areas of the world….
SI: When caring for orphaned children it must be difficult to provide
for the emotional needs of children, which are usually taken care of primarily
by parents and extended family. How are the love, care and attention needed
for a proper emotional and mental development manifested in the lives of
children when the parents are no longer there to provide for such needs?
TL: The stability and community that we provide for them in our schools makes
all the difference and it is an enormous responsibility for our teachers who
are faced with the additional challenges of ‘standing in’ as a parental figure
for many of the children.
We have a strong idealistic vision about how we would eventually like to fully
support the children but we begin in very practical ways by ensuring that their
basic needs are met first. Food, water, clothing and a secure place to live
and learn are an essential background to fulfilling higher emotional, psychological
and spiritual needs. Many of our children come to us lacking even these basic
resources of life. At the same time, we provide structure in their lives and
nurture the sense of belonging to a community within the school. We model respect,
tolerance and love, and many of them look to their school friends as family.
SI: What type of support does One Child’s Village need to sustain its
work and what does your organization and the Mercy Children’s Center need
TL: Certainly funding plays a crucial role in our ability to provide adequate
support to the orphans, and our work at One Child’s Village relies entirely
on funds donated by public supporters and through various fundraising events.
Our focus at this time is to make our current schools self-sustaining and independent
of outside aid. Part of our success has been in avoiding over-extending ourselves
in ways that are unsustainable. We also rely entirely on volunteers, and are
always expanding our volunteer membership so that we can do more.
Beyond that, however, we are in the planning stages of building another new
school with additional living facilities for the children. This would allow
us to better serve the needs of the children presently living in the slum.
The purchase of new lands and construction of both a school and living quarters
for 150 students could easily be accomplished for around $150,000 using the
models that we have developed so far.
SI: What is needed in terms of long-term development?
(More information: www.onechildsvillage.org)
TL: What is needed is a comprehensive international plan, along the lines of
the Brandt Commission, for changing the global economic policies that prolong
inhumane conditions. Poverty is a manufactured condition in the world. It
persists because it is deliberately maintained. It is a fallacy to believe
that poverty has somehow haphazardly arisen in only the developing nations
of the world, or that it is caused by some inherent weakness in powerful
– both within those countries and internationally – that prevent greater
development in those impoverished states. Until we understand that fundamental
global changes must be made to ensure a dignified existence for all, organizations
like ours will remain obligated by our basic humanity and compassion to help
those who continue to suffer.
The planet, trees, UNEP and you
“If men are to save this planet from the results of global warming they
must do infinitely more than is planned to limit carbon emissions, and in
a shorter period of time than is generally accepted as necessary. Men have
been slow to recognize the dangers, and even now many refuse to take the
problems seriously. Such attitudes, there is no doubt, put in jeopardy the
future of planet Earth. At most, men have ten to fifteen years in which to
establish a balance before irreparable damage is done.”(Benjamin Creme’s
Master, May 2009)
It could be done – one tree for each person on our planet. The countdown to
World Environment Day (WED), 5 June 2009, has started and the United Nations
Environmental Programme (UNEP) has an ambitious tree planting plan: 7 billion
new trees to be planted before the UN Climate Convention in Copenhagen in December
2009. The UNEP is calling on everyone around the world to ‘plant a tree and
play your part’.
Under the theme “Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign,” UNEP is encouraging
people, communities, organizations, businesses, civil society and governments
to enter their tree planting pledges. The objective was to plant at least one
billion trees worldwide every year but now the UNEP has set a new goal of planting
7 billion trees – one for every person on the planet – by the end of 2009.
The campaign strongly encourages the planting of indigenous trees and trees
that are appropriate to the local environment.
Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, said: "If
we are to reach the goal of 7 billion trees planted by the crucial UN climate
convention meeting in December, UNEP needs your support, from schools and associations
to governments, businesses and individual citizens"
"Make the run up to WED a tree planting time, indeed make it one today
– if half the people on the planet get out and plant just one sapling in May
through to 5 June then the campaign is just a whisker away from success: a
powerful statement too to world leaders and the need to ‘Seal the climate Deal’
in less than 200 days time," he added.
The UNEP campaign is innovative and inspiring; it has a website dedicated to
this programme encouraging active participation by all and urging those involved
to pass on the message through social networks such as Twitter where you can
register your pledge and let others know. The UNEP is pledging to plant a tree
for every twitter follower who joins in between now and 5 June – a useful way
to make each tweet count.
The World Organization of the Scouts Movement have pledged their participation
in the global tree planting drive. Priority countries for tree planting activities
by Scouts include Mexico, India, South Africa, Georgia, Lebanon, Malaysia,
Hungary, Philippines, Brazil and Australia. Through this initiative the Scouts
hope to plant 65,000 trees or more.
The World Environment Day global tree planting drive is the first in a series
of mass participation events planned as part of the UN-led "Seal the Deal!" campaign
in the lead-up to the UN climate convention meeting in Copenhagen.
As part of this campaign, UNEP is also encouraging Chinese youth to register
their awareness-raising activities through Xiao Nei – a Chinese social networking
site. (Source: UNEP press release)
“In this coming Age, mankind will evolve several methods of dealing
with the problems involved in implementing the Principle of Sharing. ...
Through a sophisticated form of barter, the world’s goods will be shared
until such time as man’s inner divinity awakens in him a desire for a simpler
method of structuring his economic life.” (A Master Speaks,
With an expected economic decline of 10 per cent this year in Singapore, small
and medium sized businesses are increasingly turning to barter. Through BarterXchange,
a network of 600 enterprises, companies in the northern part of the city state
earn credits by offering their services and skills, which they can then use
to obtain what they need from other members. (Source: BBC News Online)