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Further thoughts on Unity
by the Master , through Benjamin Creme, 12 August 2012
With the exception of a few, most of the nations of the world are seeking Unity. Their actions may not always support this statement, but inwardly, at least, the general direction of their intention is to achieve, together with their friends and allies, the expression of Unity.
However, there are some nations for whom the achievement of their individual
goals is more important than general world Unity, the guarantee of world peace.
These attitudes can, and sometimes do, change suddenly, or over time, but
in the present period one can discuss the following countries.
Israel (rays: soul 3, personality 6), having usurped by terrorism the land of the Palestinian people, is now obsessed with its security to the exclusion of all other issues, including world peace. Sheltered from United Nations resolutions by the US Security Council veto, Israel swaggers in the Middle East without restraint. Thanks to the United States, Israel possesses the nuclear bomb and threatens its use against Iran if necessary. The people of Israel are old but the nation is very young, bold and inclined to recklessness.
The USA (rays: soul 2, personality 6) has, from the soul level, a profound
and genuine desire for world Unity and peace. However, it too is young, large
and powerful, and under the control of its glamoured personality. Its ideal
is for Unity and peace, and it imagines that it demonstrates this to the world.
When all follow the Americans’ lead in economics, politics and religion, it
believes, peace will inevitably ensue. With this attitude it has sought to
dominate the world, repeatedly making war in the name of peace (Korea, Vietnam,
Iraq, Afghanistan). The world is waiting for the overcoming of this glamour
and the influence of the 2nd-ray soul of the US to emerge in world affairs.
When this does take place (probably not before the Day of Declaration by the Christ), the innate longing for Unity of the American soul will be galvanised into action, and the idea of service to the whole will replace the present need to dominate. A great reconstruction of the world will be undertaken by countless individuals. The desire to serve will replace the present US sense of superiority in all things, and a true era of peace will follow.
Iran has an ancient and gifted people, at present torn between desire for a sane, secular government and an extreme, fanatical form of Islamic rule. Iran is deeply disliked and mistrusted by the USA, since its scientists are in the process of mastering nuclear technology. It has never been the intention of Iran to develop a nuclear arsenal but it feels threatened daily by the USA and Israel and now, reluctantly, sees no alternative. The rays of Iran are soul 2, personality 4. Its people are mature, cultured and peaceful and have given much of its gifts, in particular to India.
North Korea (rays: soul 6, personality 4), is the youngest of all these nations, formed out of a division of the original Korea. Its intentions are also the most difficult to foresee, since it is so engrossed in proving to the world its prowess. Unfortunately it has achieved some nuclear capability and can be seen as something of a loose cannon among the nations. As is well known, it is dominated, rather than led, by its rulers and must be carefully watched by the United Nations as a whole. Its people are hungry, for recognition and for food. The nations should be generous in sharing both with North Korea.
From the point of view of the average on-looker there seems much to cause fear and worry in this appraisal. However, the Masters see a world ready for change, longing for the justice which will guarantee a new and real Unity among the nations, and the peace which all desire. (Read more articles by the Master)
A. 70. (As of 8 August 2012.)
Q. (1) How many interviews has Maitreya given on Brazilian television? (2) Are they being made by a major television network in Brazil? (3) Is Maitreya appearing solo as in a hosted program or is He appearing as part of a panel of commentators? (4) Is He still continuing to give interviews in Brazil?
A. (1) 27. (2) Yes, some are. (3) Solo. (4) Yes.
Q. Maitreya was said to have planned initially to move from interviews in the USA to some in Japan. Has He started appearing on television in Japan?
A. No. That plan was changed.
Q. Are there many more key figures in the Syrian regime ranks who are ready to defect?
Q. What is the general attitude of our Brothers in space to our Earth space programme?
A. They celebrate our attempt to enlarge our knowledge of planetary existence but do not always agree with our methods to do this.
Q. Are our scientists totally ignorant of the information the governments of the world are keeping secret about the existence of UFOs and people from other planets?
Q. Do any of the governments know that the UFOs and “aliens” that they have evidence of come from planets within our own solar system?
A. They have heard that they do, but do not necessarily believe it.
Q. How do we transition from a movement like ‘Occupy’ or the ‘Indignados’ to Maitreya’s advice to implement sharing?
A. When the time comes we will find that there are men and women already trained to implement ways and means of sharing the world’s resources.
Q. When the groups around the world who work with you organise, advertise and give talks is it preferable to advertise the idea of “The Emergence of Maitreya and the Masters” and similar, or is it equally valid to advertise a talk with a title about Maitreya’s priorities – for example “Why our world needs sharing and justice now”?A. It is possible to do both at the same time.
Q. Why is it that fundamentalists in any religion tend to be misogynistic, with women being forced to cut their hair, cover themselves, undergo mutilation, suffer great limitation on their freedom of movement and so on?
A. This is not necessarily the case in every religion. However, there is an age-long belief in men everywhere, connected with religion or not, that women are inferior and should remain subject to the superiority of men. This view is held by millions of men who would not be called fundamentalist of any religion.
Q. Could you please tell me what your understanding is regarding Sanat Kumara and Melchizedek as far as the role they play in the Spiritual Hierarchy and in relation to Maitreya.
A. Sanat Kumara is Lord of the World Who dwells in Shamballa, the etheric centre in the Gobi Desert, while Melchizedek is another name for Maitreya.
Q. Since the news about the findings from the Hadron Collider recently, do you now feel that the results mean that, at last, scientists are beginning to discover the existence of the etheric plane, which we were taught (in our Ageless Wisdom group 35 years ago), is the matrix upon which the universe is built? So does this signify that science is on the verge of catching up with the tenets of the Ageless Wisdom Teaching? I feel that this discovery will have an impact similar to that made by Galileo that the sun does not rotate around the earth!
A. Not directly but it will lead to a better understanding.
Q. I have a question that pertains to Benjamin Creme’s new book The Gathering of the Forces of Light and his continual references to our “Space Brothers” as being our support for a more spiritually evolved planet. Please help me to understand why there are not any “Space Sisters” supporting our cause?
A. When I say Space People, they include both male and female, but the majority are actually male.
Q. How can I learn telekinesis?
A. It is not something that you learn from a book or from a school but is an ability which manifests itself with the correct degree of spiritual awareness.
Q. I have often read about you and know how you respect all religions. I hope
you will answer me honestly. In the Koran, it basically states that Muslims
can lie and still go to Heaven and be blessed by Allah as long as they are
lying to further the faith of Islam. I am convinced more than ever that the
one that Muslims have been waiting for has finally come. I believe that in
In the Bible Jesus did not want people to know about him before his time so he instructed people to cover up his appearance until it was time to be known. I don’t know if this would be the same as lying or just not telling all the facts. Keeping him hidden in other words.
Are you doing the same regarding the identity of Maitreya? Are you misleading the masses and the media regarding his identity on purpose? Maybe because the majority of people are not ready to receive him or otherwise aren’t worthy, and secondly, because it is not quite time yet for the Day of Declaration. In short, are you lying to the media regarding his identity as Allah instructed us it was okay to lie to further his cause?
A. I am not lying, and everyone, without exception, is worthy to know Maitreya. Maitreya is at present incognito so that people can respond to His ideas and presence without knowing and believing in a particular person. In other words, when they want for the world sharing, justice and peace for all, they will do it from their hearts by themselves, and not because they think ‘this one’, or ‘that one’, is Maitreya.
Q. I do feel the desire to serve and would like to try Transmission Meditation
and am reading Mr Creme’s book on the subject.
I can’t say that I believe wholeheartedly in everything I am reading here, but the need for a change in the hearts and minds of men and the importance of sharing and justice is clear to me, and has been for a long time.
Will any shadow of doubt on my part inhibit the effectiveness of my meditation work? That is to say, I am optimistic, but not absolutely convinced. Also, I am physically handicapped (not severely) and have metal hip replacement prostheses on both sides. Will any of this impede my effectiveness to serve through Transmission Meditation?
A. Not everyone who works consciously and well for the coming of Maitreya is absolutely, utterly convinced that what I say is true, but in most cases their heart responds to the idea of the Reappearance and the promise this has for the world. The best thing one can do is follow the dictates of the heart, which many do. Absolute belief however gives the person an added assurance and certainty in the telling about it and, therefore, brings a greater energy of conviction to bear. It is in this way that the Transmission Meditation groups have formed around the world. Your physical handicap will not affect your ability to serve.
I attended a forum titled ‘UFOs and their spiritual mission’ in Sacramento, California, recently. As I was getting ready to leave I experienced a huge headache instantaneously. Something was going on but I just dismissed it. Two nights later, after focusing on the image of Maitreya’s ‘hand’, I had the following dream. That night I took the image of Maitreya’s ‘hand’ and looked at it, put my hand over it and just thought about how great it would be to have a global shift in the collective consciousness. I woke up to this huge buffalo head staring at me. I shook my head and was trying to wake up because I thought I was dreaming but it felt like although it was the head of a buffalo its eyes were piercing and the buffalo was inhabited by a higher intelligence than that of a buffalo. Have you ever heard of this? Until that night I have never dreamed about and/or been visited by a buffalo head and I have had several years to dream of stuff as I am 44. The following night I arose out of my sleep at around 2am and felt something very different within myself. I identified what it was. A problem that had plagued my life for almost nine years was gone. Whoever is responsible I want to thank them for helping me.
C.T. Mather, California, USA.
(Benjamin Creme writes: Among Native Americans the buffalo has great standing and meaning. It was often seen not only as the food supply but as a spiritual guide of the people. My Master confirms that your experience was given by the Master Jesus.)
On Saturday 2 June 2012, whilst working on the Share International stall at the London Mind Body and Spirit Fair, my wife and I spoke to a man whom we recognised from a previous fair. His name was Christos (of Greek descent but actually a New Zealander) and in the first encounter (see Share International, September 2010) he was the Master Jesus.
He came bounding up and pointed to the ‘Hand’ of Maitreya, up on display, saying he was interested in that. I remembered from last time that he was an artist, ‘painting in light’ as he called it. His work consisted mainly of paintings of icons as in the Greek or Russian Orthodox religious tradition. He showed us some of his work on his mobile phone. I said we’d met before at a previous fair and he was surprised I’d remembered. He showed me his business card, on which was his name and details and one of his paintings of light. I asked him if he had a spare card I could keep, to which he replied “of course”.
The fair had previously been held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Victoria, but this year it was at the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre. He said he had mistakenly gone to Victoria assuming it would be there as usual. Having made the journey he discovered he didn’t have enough money to now travel to Earl’s Court so decided he would try and walk it. He saw a couple of Indian guys nearby and asked them for directions, to which one of them replied that he was just about to drive to Earl’s Court and was quite happy to give him a lift. At that point in the story, Christos said “now how often does that happen in London, eh?” It was really quite funny listening to someone we thought might well be a Master recounting, apparently in all innocence, his experience with what could well have been another two Masters!
We spoke for a while longer, some of the conversation revolving around his current work which was more to do with what he called the ‘fairy world’, but still in the same style, that is, as if painted with light. We said our goodbyes and wished each other well and as he moved away he turned and said, “There you go, I’ve left you a bit of light”.
It was a charming encounter as it had been the previous time, but I did wonder
if he was once again the Master Jesus or perhaps this time the ordinary man
Christos, if he does actually exist. Might the two Indian men also be in on
D.G., London, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that ‘Christos’ was the Master Jesus. One of the ‘Indian men’ was Maitreya, the other a disciple of the Master Jesus.)
While we were on our way home, on 24 June 2012, after a Transmission Meditation workshop around the corner from the Share Nederland Information Centre in Amsterdam we were met by a tiny, sweet Surinamese lady who greeted us with outstretched hands saying: “Good day, fellow human being. Isn’t it only natural to greet a fellow human being?”
She heartily shook my hand and I felt immediately great and warm affection for her. Her hands were soft and warm. And I just kept holding her hand, smiling from ear to ear, just overjoyed at holding hands with such a lovely lady. Then she said: “I do not have any possessions but I can greet my fellow human beings.”
She also shook hands with Olivier. We, in The Netherlands, never go about shaking hands with passers-by, greeting them heartily, yet it felt so perfectly natural – the way it should be.
Although it was raining heavily and it was windy, she wore no raincoat, had no umbrella, no handbag, nor had she a wallet on her. She had the appearance of a tramp with bare legs and skimpy shoes, yet her clothes were clean and she did not smell and her face looked alive and sweet.
Then a car passed by and she said the same to the driver who took no notice of her.
As she left us she said: “We already have everything”, and I said in agreement
“and we have one another”. She answered with both her thumbs up and left us
Could this lady be one of the Masters? Thank you for your beyond-great work.
A. A., O. o. t. N., Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘lady’ was the Master Jesus.)
On 13 April 2012, I was giving a lecture in Rotterdam and after about 20 minutes a man of about 60, small, solid, with somewhat dark skin and pitch black hair entered the room and quickly sat down on the last chair available.
He kept his dark coat on and listened very attentively and in a subtle way showed by his expression, his agreement with, and approval of the subject. In all simplicity he conveyed a sort of ‘royalness’, but in particular expressed a concentrated energy full of love.
After the lecture, while talking to another visitor, I noticed that he wanted to say goodbye and I offered my hand, to which he responded in an unusual way, at least according to western standards, with a slight bow of the head and an eastern gesture. Spontaneously I asked him: “Where do you come from?” In broken Dutch he said that he was only for a short while in the Netherlands and that he came from Kashmir, close to the Pakistan border, and he stretched a hand missing two fingers.
Was this visitor an exceptional person or a Master of Wisdom?
M.o. t. N., Bilthoven, Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms the visitor was the Master Jesus.)
On Pentecost Day 2012 I went to Montmartre, Paris, with my son, a friend of his and my granddaughter. As we entered the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, around 5pm, I was intrigued by a miserable-looking old priest begging for money.
His old thick glasses are patched up with adhesive tape and he is wearing a very impressive crucifix made of silver-plated metal. My first thought is “what a sorry sight; an old priest in need of passing the hat”. Can’t his congregation take care of him?
On our way out of the Basilica, the priest is still there. Then my son’s friend says: “Look, there’s a Buddhist monk down there!” We walk down the large stairs and pause to look back at him. Leaning on a walking stick, the monk looks very friendly, smiling at me with a tender and penetrating glance. Not resisting the temptation, I get closer. Two steps down from him, he nods his head to me and I answer with a smile and a nod of the head as well. I take a picture of him, go back down the stairs and show the photograph to my family. But when I look up again, lo and behold, the monk is not there anymore!
“Must have been an apparition,” says my son’s friend. But I’m sad and start
walking back and forth the esplanade trying to spot the monk.
His vanishing so quickly intrigues me, especially walking with a stick!
In the evening, I felt very much at peace deep inside, all the more surprising considering a personal problem had been worrying me lately and stopping me from sleeping. That day, I fell fast asleep, feeling comforted.
Was the Buddhist monk someone special? And the begging priest?
E.F., Osenbach, France.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that both the ‘priest’ and the ‘monk’ were the Master Jesus.)
London, UK – A UFO was filmed passing above London’s Olympic stadium during the opening ceremony fireworks display on 27 July 2012. The footage appeared on several media outlets including Sky News and The Telegraph and Daily Mail. (Source: The Telegraph, UK)
|(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the UFO was Maitreya’s Lightship.)|
|(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was Maitreya’s ‘star’.)|
Chelmsford, UK – Video taken on 6 June 2012, shows a group of up to 10 bright lights blinking and moving in the sky.
|(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the flying objects were a fleet of Martian spacecraft.)|
Crop formations 2012
Two of the latest crop formations created in cereal fields in the UK. Benjamin
Creme’s Master confirms that these formations were created by spaceships from
For more information: www.temporarytemples.co.uk
|© Steve Alexander|
Etchilhampton, Wiltshire, UK, 28 July 2012 (below)
|© Steve Alexander|
|(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it is a genuine crop pattern made by a spaceship from Venus.)|
Bleeding statue in Louisiana — A statue of the Madonna in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
USA, appears to be bleeding. Local resident Hoa Doan’s husband was mowing
the lawn when he noticed blood on the statue that seemed to be coming out
of her temple. “Finally he looked up and saw kind of like blood,” neighbour
Kim Pham said. “It dripped, not dry.” Mrs Doan believes this is a sign from
God. Local residents have been visiting the statue to pray and leave candles
and flowers. (Source: Huffingtonpost.com, WLOX News)
|(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms this was a genuine miracle manifested by the Master Jesus.)|
Face of Jesus appears on tree stump
|(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms it is a genuine miracle manifested by the Master Jesus.)|
An image of the face of Jesus has appeared on a tree stump in a Belfast cemetery
in Northern Ireland. The tree, which was recently felled at Belfast City Cemetery
in west Belfast, appears to show the face of a bearded man resembling Jesus
on the remaining stump beside a grave.
A video of the mysterious image has been posted to YouTube, with the message: “An image has appeared on a tree stump in Belfast’s City Cemetery. “Upon close inspection, it’s hard to tell just how this image got there. Recently City Council employees trimmed trees in the cemetery, and as a result this phenomenon appeared.” (Source: Belfast Telegraph, N. Ireland)
|Vibhuti on Swami Premananda’s photograph, 9.30am, 12 June 2012|
|More vibhuti showing at 6pm the same day|
Swami Premananda manifests vibhuti
On 12 June 2012, at around 9.15am, vibhuti was discovered on a photograph
of Swami Premananda in the puja room at his Ashram in the village of Fathima
Nagar, about 20 kms south of Tiruchirappalli (Trichy), Tamil Nadu, India.
During the day more vibhuti was manifested as can clearly be seen in a second photograph, taken around 6pm.
A devotee at the Ashram said: “Everyone was overjoyed. We gathered around Swamiji’s photograph, made offerings and sat down to meditate and sing bhajans.” (Sent by Swami Premananda Ashram Management.)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms the vibhuti was manifested by Swami Premananda.)
We present a selection of quotations on the theme of ‘Climate change’ from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks), and Benjamin Creme’s writings.
One of the major things which will happen after the Day of Declaration is the turning of the attention of humanity really strongly to the cleaning up of the environment and making this Earth viable again. Every human being, of whatever age, will be involved in this process. As soon as the needs of the starving millions are met, as soon as the process of sharing is under way, then the attention of all must turn to the support of our eco-systems, otherwise there will be no planet.
Maitreya Himself has said that the saving of the environment must become the first priority of all people, young and old. The effects of global warming on the ice caps, for example, are now evident to all. A huge programme of reforestation awaits our attention; this, of course, will take time to achieve, but a start could be made now. (Benjamin Creme, The Awakening of Humanity)
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 recognise 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.
To achieve this goal, men must change dramatically the present way of life, and embrace simpler forms of living and working. Gone are the days in which men raped and ravaged the planet at will, without a thought for the generations still to come, neither seeing nor caring ought for the environment which has gradually and inevitably decayed.
Each year, and for many years, huge areas of ancient primal forest are cleared of life-giving trees for purely commercial benefits. Commercialisation indeed bodes ill for humanity as it tightens its grip on the throats of men. Commercialisation, says Maitreya, is more dangerous to men than the atomic bomb, and is showing its destructive power in the economic chaos which rules in the world today. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The curse of commercialisation’)
It may be said that at last some men are beginning to take seriously the dangers posed by global warming and the consequent climate changes that this is bringing about. It is true that there is much disagreement over the reality and extent of the dangers, and of the best means of approaching the problems which are agreed to exist. However, there is no doubt that some men, at least, are recognising that men face a formidable task in halting the progress of destruction and in stabilising the environment. It is also true that even the most aware and concerned of men know little of the extent and complexity of the problems….
Man has ravaged and polluted the Earth, and severely damaged his own environment. Now man must see it as a top priority to remedy what he has hurt and so restore to health his ailing planet. He must learn to simplify his demands on the planet and learn the beauty of simplicity and the joy of sharing.
Man has but little choice: the urgency of the task demands immediate action; few indeed realise the true scale of damage already done. The question may be asked: can planet Earth be saved and by what means?
The answer is a resounding YES! and by means which involve the transformation of the present modes of living by the majority of men. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The Earth in travail’)
Humanity is inclined to think mechanistically, but the world is a unit, an organic living being. Every atom of that being is related to every other atom. So we have to learn to think in a different way, not separatively but organically. The only way to live correctly, under the Law of Cause and Effect, is to organically understand and live in this organic space, planet Earth. (Benjamin Creme, Share International July/August 2009)
Presently, you will see Me in a new guise, presenting to men the choices before them, outlining for you the possibilities for the future, releasing to you the Laws of God. These Laws, My friends, enfold your lives. Without the Plan of God, man is as naught. Remember this always and restore balance. Have within you always the sense of man’s greatness, man’s oneness with all things, and man’s divine scope. (Maitreya, from Message No. 119)
It is very important that we learn to cope not only with global warming but also with the complete changes that are taking place in the fabric of our planet. There are many scientists on both sides of this question, and the purveyors of oil are not slow to employ those who say there is nothing to worry about. According to the Masters, Who are the only people who can know with certainty, 80 per cent of the rise in temperature in the world is due to global warming caused by man. Twenty per cent is due to certain changes in the relation between the sun and the Earth, which Maitreya Himself has brought about, in part to draw our attention to the urgency of dealing with this danger to our planetary life. (Benjamin Creme, The Gathering of the Forces of Light)
Man’s problem today, as always, is of his own making; it is not inherent in the Plan of God. By the misuse of his divine freewill, man has placed his future, and that of all the kingdoms, in jeopardy. Many today are beginning to realise this and are taking such steps as they can to avert catastrophe. This is good.
But not all men see the danger which faces mankind in increasing potency. Time is short indeed for the reconstruction of our world along lines more befitting man’s true role and purpose.
My task is to show you the way, outline the possibilities only, for by man himself must the New World be forged. (Maitreya, from Message No. 12)
The most important action with which Maitreya is concerned is the saving of millions of people who currently die from starvation in a world of plenty. He says that nothing so moves Him to grief as this shame: “The crime of separation must be driven from this world. I affirm that as My Purpose.” So the first aim of Maitreya is to show humanity that we are one and the same: wherever we live, whatever our colour, background or religious belief, the needs of all are the same. Equally important and just as urgent is the saving of our planet from the destruction on which it is set from our misuse of the resources of the planet. Governments today are more and more becoming aware, after many years of information from scientists, that global warming is a reality. Global warming is now understood to a degree, but man’s responsibility for it has not yet dawned on all the national authorities. This is one of the most important realisations that we have to make – that man is responsible for at least 80 per cent of the warming up of the planet, and if this continues it will drastically affect our daily lives. Maitreya and the Masters alone have the exact knowledge of how to proceed but we already know the first steps to take (the need to restrict carbon emissions and so on) but the urgency of action is probably not fully realised by governments. Maitreya will emphasise how really urgent this action is. The destruction of trees on the planet – for example, an area the size of Belgium of primal forest is destroyed every year in Central and South America – has a profound effect on essential oxygen in the world.
The necessity for sharing the resources of the planet is the number one action which Maitreya will emphasise. This will create the trust which will open the way to the solution of all further problems, national and international. (Benjamin Creme, The Awakening of Humanity)
Men must realise their responsibility for the planet on which they live. Stewards, men are, of a strong but sensitive organism and must protect it from harm. Few, today, can claim that this they do. On the contrary, men waste and ride roughshod over nature’s generous munificence, unheedful of tomorrow or their children’s needs. True it is that many are awakening to this problem, but until it is understood as the concern of all, and tackled globally, little progress will be made in changing direction.
You can be sure that Maitreya is not unmindful of the dangers to mankind if they ignore this pressing difficulty. He will urge men to work – everyone – for the planet’s restoration, and point the way to a simpler and happier life.
Once restored again to health the planet will continue to give its bounty to all who approach with care and love. The elementals of the lower kingdoms know well their tasks; free from the influence of men’s disordered thoughts, these industrious builders can, in harmony, create a new and better world. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The Great Mother’)
The Master: Pollution of the air, seas and soil. This is the number one hazard for humanity and is responsible for the ill health of millions and the premature deaths of countless thousands. A slow poisoning of the world’s population is taking place throughout the world and only the extraordinary resilience of the human biosystem allows humanity to sustain itself even at the present level.
Secondly there is the decimation of the forests of the world. The results of desertification are well-documented. This has a major effect. Desertification is adding to the problem of pollution because with every tree that is lost, oxygen is lost to the atmosphere. The third hazard is the warming up of the atmosphere, the so-called greenhouse effect. This will have short-term and long-term effects on the quality of life, including climate. The main factor is the increase of deserts in the world. As the climatic changes take place they affect the forests, and would require movements of large sections of the population from one area to another in a very short period of time.
What are the main steps to limit this greenhouse effect?
The Master: The realisation that this is truly a global problem and must be tackled not independently but as one affecting all peoples without exception, and therefore requiring UN Assembly recognition of the importance of the threat to humanity. Every nation must contribute.
Was the Rio Summit a step on the way?
The Master: Yes, but with the obvious exception of lack of co-operation of some of the major nations who refused to back resolutions which would have begun to tackle these problems in a realistic way. Some of these nations, moreover, are the worst offenders.
A second urgent step is a drastic reduction of the waste of the resources of the planet, which means a complete transformation of the economic structure of the world as we know it today.
This will be possible only when the nations as a whole accept the just redistribution of resources, thus implementing the principle of sharing. Then it will be found that the true needs of all – albeit for a simpler lifestyle – can be met without the continued reduction of the planet’s viability. This itself can lead to the reduction of the world’s population and so to a sustainable level of the world’s ecological base.
Is any of this likely to happen without the emergence of Maitreya?
The Master: To be realistic, no. Humanity at the present time is too selfish, too divided and too narrow in its outlook for these changes to be accepted. But more and more, the climate of perception is changing as the ecological threat is borne home on the nations. The problem today is that powerful vested interests, together with the complacency of humanity in general, prevent the political will for change being exercised. An educational programme is required which will face humanity with the horrors which would inevitably ensue were the present practices allowed to continue.
That education, it must be admitted, would require a powerful voice and only Maitreya, accepted and honoured as a World Teacher, would have the requisite authority and persuasion.
Under His guidance, the nations will begin the task, firstly of amelioration (thus providing a breathing space), and then of cure for the present ill health of Planet Earth. A simpler and saner lifestyle is the key to this cure. The present profligate misuse of resources cannot be allowed to continue unchecked.
When humanity truly realises this, the necessary steps will be taken to reduce the consumption of resources and so lead to a regeneration and stabilisation of the globe. (Maitreya’s Mission Volume 3)
by the Master —, through Benjamin Creme
When mankind realises how serious is the ecological imbalance of their planetary home, they must take the steps so urgently needed to remedy the situation. If men were to fail to respond with sufficient resolution they would be guilty of surrendering the planet to slow but inevitable destruction. What, then, the legacy to hand on to their children? That this self-destruction should not prevail all must act together, and make the necessary sacrifices. This will entail a complete change in attitude to the integrity of the planet and what are seen as the needs of men today.
It will not be easy for some to countenance the changes needed but only by such change can the life of the planet be assured. Already, deep inroads have been made into the essential stock of trees on Earth. De-forestation has caused a growing loss of oxygen and the rise of carbon gases. This is now at a critical stage and requires immediate action.
The reality of global warming is now dawning on the minds of millions, yet,
despite the overwhelming evidence some still deny the actions of men are
We, your Elder Brothers, can say with full conviction that the actions of men are responsible for eighty per cent of global warming.
Maitreya, you will find, will not be long in bringing this urgent problem to man’s attention. He will face men with the alternatives: the beneficial results of action now, on the one hand, and the destruction which would ensue from doing nothing, or too little, on the other. Thus, the decision is man’s alone.
When men understand this they will indeed rally to the cause. They will see that the future for their children depends on action now, and will elicit from Maitreya and His group the necessary steps to take. Maitreya will advocate a simpler form of living, one more in keeping with the reality of the planet’s situation. When enough people are convinced that this is necessary there will be a growing movement to simplify throughout the planet. This will proceed with quite unusual speed, so inspired by the need for change will millions be. Thus will the gravest dangers facing planet Earth be somewhat countered. This will encourage many and boost their readiness for further changes.
Faced with the dilemma of necessary change men will come to realise the inevitability of accepting the principle of sharing. Only sharing will make these changes practical and possible. Only through sharing can the bounty of Planet Earth be successfully used. Only through sharing can this bounty be correctly husbanded. Only thus can the Planet itself live in harmony with its environment and with its inhabitants.
“The Most Terrifying Video You’ll Ever See” – no, not a horror movie, but
a 10-minute YouTube clip about the climate change debate. Its creator, American
high school science teacher Greg Craven, admits that he chose the title not
because he thought it really was the most terrifying video, but to draw attention
to an issue of global importance. Well, it certainly attracted attention. Craven
invited any viewer who thought it important enough to tell others about the
video, and within months of its appearance it had clocked up millions of views.
More importantly, Craven also invited those with criticisms or objections to let him know by commenting on the video. Over the following months, he then proceeded to comb through tens of thousands of these objections and sought to answer them, eliminating the flaws in his reasoning and strengthening his arguments. The result of this work he then published in another series of videos, a marathon seven hours’ worth, all available free on the internet.
Then came the book. With rigorous reorganisation and refinement of the ideas from the videos, What's the Worst That Could Happen? A Rational Response to the Climate Change Debate was born. Frustrated by the constant assertion and counter-assertion by climate-change activists and sceptics, Craven neatly side-steps the issue of who’s right and turns it into one of risk assessment, by focusing instead on the question: How do we decide what, if any, is the most sensible course of action, given the potential threat to the planet if global warming turns out to be true?
|As part of his first attempt (in The Most Terrifying Video You’ll Ever See) at answering the question of what, if any, action we should take to combat climate change, Greg Craven presented a simple 2-by-2 decision grid. This has two rows (labelled ‘Global warming is false’ and ‘Global warming is true’) and two columns (labelled ‘Action now’ and ‘No action now’). This gives four possible combinations of circumstance and response, and thus four possible outcomes. One glance at the worst-case scenario (global warming turns out to be true, and we do nothing about it before it’s too late) suggests that it would be far better to take action now. (Note: The grid is necessarily an over-simplification, and Craven acknowledged early on that the logic in the first version was flawed. Much of his effort in the follow-up videos, and the book, went into refining it.)|
Craven makes no effort to disguise which side of the debate he’s on – he’s clearly passionately concerned about the need for urgent action on climate change – but he goes out of his way to encourage the reader to make up his or her own mind. Rather than try to convince you who’s right or try to tell you what to think, his book is a toolkit enabling you how to think about the issues. The tools include a chapter on the uncertain nature of science (if we wait for absolute proof, it’ll be too late), an exploration of how easily we fool ourselves into thinking we have the right answers (watch out for confirmation bias), and a means of making sense of the many competing and contradictory voices in the climate change debate, and of deciding who’s credible and who isn’t (the ‘Credibility Spectrum’). There’s a survey of who’s saying what on both sides of the debate, and an excellent explanation for the layman of the mechanics of global warming which shows what all the fuss is about. If you want to investigate further, there is a useful list of websites from both camps.
What’s the Worst That Could Happen? is very readable. Greg Craven is an excellent communicator, and his style is light and entertaining, without being flippant or reducing the seriousness of the topic. His videos, too, are highly entertaining and enjoyable, while being educational and thought-provoking. Both book and videos are highly recommended for anyone concerned about climate change.
What's the Worst That Could Happen? A Rational Response to the Climate Change
Debate, Greg Craven, published by Perigee, 2009.
For more information: www.gregcraven.org
Sharing the commons: humanity’s collective heritage (Part One)
Interview with James Quilligan (An excerpt.)
by Jason Francis
James Quilligan has been an analyst and administrator in the field of international development since 1975. He was a policy advisor and press secretary for the Brandt Commission, an international development panel created by the former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt. Quilligan has since served as a policy advisor and writer for many politicians and leaders around the world, including Jimmy Carter, Pierre Trudeau, François Mitterrand and HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal. He has also collaborated with several United Nations agencies as well as international development organizations on global commons issues and has served as an economic consultant for government agencies in 26 nations. Quilligan is presently Managing Director of the Center for Global Negotiations and Chairman of Global Commons Trust. He is also a Board Member of London’s School of Commoning and of the US publication Kosmos Journal. Jason Francis interviewed James Quilligan for Share International.
Share International: You’ve spent most of your career in international development, but in recent years you’ve switched into this new area called the commons. Why is that?
James Quilligan: International development for me was a way of understanding the problems of the world and how they could be solved. I felt at home in development. But was it the truth? All along I had been looking at development issues from a meta-level and it gradually dawned on me that I was barking up the wrong tree. I reconsidered the many imbalances in trade, finance and money – areas in which I had specialized for decades – and realized that Keynesian solutions like economic stimulus were not going to solve the economy’s structural problems. I also reconsidered mounting global crises such as hunger and malnutrition; decreasing water access and sanitation; the lack of education and employment; the problem of biological, conventional and nuclear weapons; the issues of refugees, migration and trafficking.
Then, there is the environmental situation with global warming, and severe pollution and degradation of air, water, soil and forests. Numerous studies indicate that if global warming causes temperatures to rise by more than 2 degrees Celsius, water will become scarce, farmland will turn into deserts, there will be food shortages, many species will become extinct, island and coastal areas will be under water, millions of people will be displaced and global conflict may ensue. I realized that a North-South approach (where developed nations would lift developing nations out of poverty and thereby stimulate the world economy) would not solve most of these problems. For example, the production and consumption of rich nations, and the poverty and struggle to industrialize in poor nations, are both contributing to global warming. This turns the North-South model into a competitive negotiation over resources, not a formula for co-operation and sustainability.
SI: So you changed your views about how best to solve these major global problems?
JQ: When the United Nations Millennium Development Goals were developed in 1998-2000, I recognized the futility of reaching them under the political and economic status quo. I came to the conclusion that the field of development had always been expecting foreign investment and foreign aid to solve the crises of the world when, in fact, investment and aid were not addressing the sources of these problems. In fact, the standard development approach was actually contributing to these dilemmas and making them worse. As someone who had been raising people’s expectations about our economic future, I now realized that this was unrealistic, given the present state of the world. So I was part of the problem. This was my moment of truth.
I understood that development issues had to be reframed. They were really “commons” issues that could only be addressed if we saw the cause of these collective action problems as transboundary, meaning that they crossed borders. So the challenge is, who has jurisdiction and is accountable for resolving these conflicts and imbalances? Despite the greater interdependence provided by trade and financial globalization, the institutions of property rights and sovereign boundaries are severely impeding the flow of conscious energy among the people and nations of the world. Property and boundaries are inhibiting the flow of empathy and intersubjectivity between us, creating separation. The arbitrary limitations of borders suppress the collective culture of humanity, destroy the fabric of community relations and degrade the environment – all of which result in the continuation of social inequality, sexual dominance, commercial competition and war….
SI: Could you give some examples of these various commons? One thinks of commons as natural resources, but the term seems to encompass nature and much more.
JQ: Many people think of natural resources. This is how most of us have been introduced to the commons. That’s a good start. But at this level, the commons still seem like a metaphor rather than a structural principle. From a broader perspective, the commons are the collective heritage of humanity. They are the shared resources of nature and society that we inherit, create and use. You could say that the commons are natural, genetic, material, intellectual, social, cultural and digital. These are all resources that we need for our survival and well-being. What unifies all of these commons, in my view, is that we depend on them for social cohesion, a better quality of life and well-being, individual expression and purpose, and, of course, for our sustenance and livelihood. That’s why they are so vital.
What’s interesting is that we don’t immediately recognize all of these things as commons, though indeed they are. Yet the more we identify them as commons, we can prevent the ‘tragedy of the commons’ from occurring. This dilemma was defined by Garrett Hardin [ii] in a famous 1968 article in the journal, Science. Simply put, it’s the inability of people in a local area to manage their shared resources because individuals want to exploit them, rather than to co-operate and share them. Unfortunately, this argument is used to show that human self-interest can’t be trusted in community settings because human nature is inherently greedy and competitive. This ‘tragedy of the commons’ idea is often used to justify the intervention of the government or private sector into the community to manage its commons. The implication is that government and business are the experts and people are too ignorant to manage and produce their own resources. But, of course, people have been doing this successfully for countless millennia. So why all this insistence now about outsourcing the commons to government and the private sector?
To reclaim our power over the commons, it’s important to distinguish between the different kinds of commons. On one hand, there are social, cultural, intellectual and digital commons, which tend to be replenishable. These are self-regenerating resources. They include indigenous cultures and traditions; creative works; languages; holidays; ideas; internet. It’s a wide range of things. Even streets, sidewalks, plazas, public spaces and national parks are replenishable commons.
On the other hand, there are natural, genetic and material commons, which tend to be depletable. These are the resources that are endangered if we don’t conserve them. (Of course, depletability depends on the particular resource and its supporting ecology. Many natural commons such as animals or trees may or may not regenerate themselves, while others such as stones or copper definitely do not.) Natural commons would include fisheries, agriculture, forests, wetlands, parks and gardens. There is a distinct category among the natural commons that we recognize as genetic commons: seeds, food crops, DNA and life-forms. And those are all different from material commons, which include rocks, technological hardware, buildings and atmosphere.
SI: What is the importance of understanding what the commons are?
JQ: The whole point of understanding the commons is to recognize why many of them were enclosed. We need to appreciate that over the past several centuries, as our physical space became quantified and commercialized, society began to put fences and other restrictions around our commons and to legally enforce these areas. The commons were commodified into private goods and public (or government-provided) goods. These enclosures are ongoing. Today, for example, when fairy tales or traditional songs are put into copyright by corporations and people are charged for their use, part of our collective heritage is stolen. Or when Nestlé comes into the community to pump water from our underground aquifers at a minimal cost, then bottles it and sells it back to us with a high mark-up at the local store, the community has lost a valuable asset. Or when government gives corporations the right to develop oil and minerals which are found in our national parks or other public lands, the people lose valuable resources which belong to them.
The enclosure process takes the commons out of the hands of people and gives their production and management to the private sector or government. This has led to the degradation of our commons and many other kinds of problems, like the marginalization of people from their lands, refugees, colonialism and war. So the importance of identifying these different commons is to recognize that each one must be handled differently. And this means acknowledging that, in many cases, they are not being managed effectively and that they provide a vital source of value which is being exploited….
Competition and consumerism
SI: What effect is competition and consumerism having on the commons?
JQ: It’s having a huge impact. The intervention of both the private sector and the state into people’s commons has reduced their opportunity to share resources. Enclosure and ownership of the commons once referred mainly to people’s lands. Unfortunately, as the result of enclosures, colonialism, privatization and globalization, all aspects of life today are being enclosed: land, knowledge, culture, technology, water, genetics, biodiversity, and public services like infrastructure, health and education. All beings and resources have been turned into virtual commodities. Everything can be bought and sold in the marketplace, including our labor, ideas and creativity. Competition essentially means that the right of ownership by the rich is based on the privatization of the commons and the dispossession of the poor, economically, politically and culturally. This robs people and species of our right to share an ecological, cultural, political and economic space. And when we are all disposable beings without common spaces, we must fight for our survival. So I ask you, how can we share when our surrounding environment does not encourage sharing?
SI: Are the economic and political systems creating economic slavery or a modern day indentured servitude with the commodification of people and the commons?
JQ: We sometimes characterize the present global regime as neo-liberalism,
but I think this term is misleading. It implies that we can somehow get back
to the roots of liberalism. It suggests that freedom and equality are still
within our grasp in the present system. I’m afraid that we’re way beyond that
now and must wake up to the world we’re actually living in. Our language and
political recognition are lagging far behind the reality of current events.
It seems to me that people are becoming subjects of an emerging social order
that author Philip Bobbitt [iii] has called the “Market State”. This Market
State promises to increase market freedom and choice by enhancing our economic
opportunity as consumers. This means privatizing nearly everything, supposedly
for the people’s benefit.
Meanwhile, the private sector and banks are rapidly swallowing up governments and bending national constitutions to their favor, decreasing the role of government and limiting our political rights as citizens. Voting and popular representation are becoming less meaningful because governments are pledged to support the interests of large corporations, not the people’s interests. The plan of the Market State is that government will have no duties other than national defense, protection of property, and the dismantling of barriers to business.
What’s on the horizon is political and economic totalism – not totalitarianism, but something entirely unique in history. It’s like the Roman Empire, but fully commercialized, computerized, weaponized and global. While I think that mass economic consolidation may be a stage in the evolutionary destiny of the planet, I also believe that the world’s people are equally impelled to organize as a countervailing superpower to put these raging market forces in check. I believe this is part of the Plan. The world’s people must create new political accountability structures to protect our shared resources and to restore the promise of freedom and equality that is rapidly fading from our lives.
SI: Do you think capitalism and socialism have any role to play in a future based on sharing?
JQ: Yes, but I don’t think that we will be conceiving of them in the same form that we now call capitalism and socialism. We don’t need more ideologies, more ‘isms’. The integrated economy of the future will be a balance of individual and collective incentives. Presently, we’ve gone to the extreme of emphasizing personal incentives, but both are necessary. It’s important to integrate capitalism and socialism through a new synthesis that includes but transcends them. I think that one of the catalysts that will unify them is Commons trusts.
by Michiko Ishikawa
More than a year after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster in March 2011, the voice of the Japanese people is finally being heard loud and clear: “No more nuclear power!”
In the aftermath of the 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck northeastern Japan, causing unimaginable destruction and loss of life, international journalists covering the disaster were moved by the response of the Japanese people. One reporter from Australia’s Herald Sun wrote: “Faced with the worst disaster to hit their densely populated island since World War II, the Japanese have shown an admirable stoicism and dignity that has had the world agape with admiration.”
|On 16 July, a national holiday, 170,000 people (far more than organizers expected) packed Yoyogi Park and the surrounding area in Tokyo for the “Goodbye Nukes Rally”. Photo: Masaya Noda|
The experience of the disaster seemed to enable people to rediscover the importance of life and inner spiritual values. Also heartening were initiatives taken by young people in their teens to help clean up, cook and distribute food, and encourage adults who were lost and distressed in refugee camps and elsewhere.
The Japanese government, on the other hand, was harshly criticised by international governments and media for its ineptness and secrecy in the face of the nuclear accident. Japanese politicians became preoccupied with power struggles instead of uniting to cope with the disaster. They engaged in endless arguments on how to bring down the government leader, Prime Minister Kan, in the midst of the crisis. (Kan later revealed in a German television documentary that he was pushed out of office because he was against nuclear power and angry at the conduct of Tokyo Electric Company, the Japanese utility who owns the nuclear plants in Fukushima.)
The influence of the nuclear power industry in Japan is enormous, extending to politicians, bureaucrats, academia, electric companies as well as the media. They have kept the Japanese public ignorant of the truth about nuclear power, trying to convince them that it is safe and economical.
Some 24 hours after the first hydrogen explosion at the Fukushima plant, for example, residents of the area faithfully obeyed the government’s confusing instructions to evacuate people living within 3 km (2 miles) of the plant. Orders to evacuate were extended to 5 km (3 miles), then to 10 km (6 miles) as the second, third, and fourth plants exploded a few days later; and finally to 20 km (12 miles) a couple of months later. In contrast, within a few days of the explosions, the US government instructed its citizens living within 80 km (50 miles) of the plant to leave immediately. Sometimes refugee camps were located within restricted areas and refugees had to be moved many times.
In the aftermath of the disaster, the Japanese government ordered safety inspections for the country’s 54 nuclear power plants, and all the plants were eventually shut down. However, a year later, while highly contaminated exhaust water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi plants continued to leak into the sea and underground, the nuclear power industry began to flex its muscles again. The government permitted the restarting of the Oi Nuclear Power Plant against strong opposition from the public. Japanese media supported claims of the Kansai Electric Company, which manages the plant, that its operation was needed to supply enough electricity during the upcoming hot summer. It is believed that the government wants to restart other nuclear plants as well. Among the many dangers of nuclear power in Japan is the ever-present threat of earthquakes. In fact, it was recently revealed that an active earthquake fault exists directly under the Oi Nuclear Power Plant.
|More and more Japanese are now becoming informed of the truth of the dangers of nuclear power plants. Young people, mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grand-fathers, are rising up. – photo: Masaya Noda|
The Japanese people, in general, trust the reporting of major media, especially NHK (the semi-public national broadcasting company, and the only media that can collect fees from every household with a television). Most people are not aware of how much the media is controlled by the government and the nuclear power industry. People living abroad, seeing and hearing independent reporting of the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, wondered why Japanese citizens did not raise their voices, why they did not become angry. For one thing, the media consistently ignores the voices of opposition against nuclear power plants. Anti-nuclear demonstrations are either not reported, or when reported, are often portrayed as organized actions staged by extreme radicals and labor unions who violently clash with police forces. So the general public, even if they agree with the purpose of the demonstrations, tend to be afraid of participating.
People power on the rise
However, recent demonstrations and gatherings of the anti-nuclear power movement
in Japan are different in their nature and composition. The usually well-organized,
high-handed police forces are perplexed in the face of huge numbers of non-violent,
orderly, but angry citizens composed of mothers with baby strollers, young
fathers with children on their shoulders, school children with their parents,
men and women, young and old – each calling for an end to nuclear power, protecting
children, protecting the future of Japan.
In March 2012 an idea was proposed to demonstrate in front of Prime Minister Noda’s official residence in Tokyo every Friday evening between 6 and 8pm. In the beginning a few hundred people gathered. Numbers continued to grow, to 2,000 and 3,000. By June, the number of demonstrators increased to 12,000, and on 22 June, some 50,000 people gathered, according to organizers. Yet, major media hardly reported on the events. The police try to separate marchers into small groups, and keep them on one side of the sidewalks, one block at a time, so television viewers cannot see the long lines of marchers in news reports.
In response to the lack of media coverage, Takashi Hirose, a documentary writer and long time anti-nuclear activist, came up with the idea of independently reporting on the demonstrations. He called for donations on the internet to hire a helicopter to take aerial photos and videos. Donations poured in, far more than they needed. Volunteers of freelance cameramen, journalists, reporters as well as a young movie actor joined in to do live reporting. The “Heli-Group for Correct Reporting” was inaugurated on 27 June, 2012. Photos and videos of huge gatherings on Friday, 29 June spread through social networks, blogs and emails, reminiscent of Egypt during the Arab Spring. For the first time, people saw and heard reporting on the huge crowd of angry but orderly citizens demonstrating in front of Prime Minister Noda’s official residence. A continuous stream of people emerging from nearby train and subway stations after work could be seen heading toward the gathering. By 8pm, when the demonstration ended, the crowd was estimated to have reached 150,000, according to organizers. Other media reported only 16,000 people participated.
Q. Has Maitreya been marching with the people in these demonstrations, and
was the Tokyo Master also present perhaps? (2) Have the marches been inspired
A. Maitreya and the Master Jesus have taken part, and the Tokyo Master continues to take part in the demonstrations. (2) No, they have been inspired by the people themselves.
On 16 July, a national holiday, 170,000 people (far more than organizers expected) packed Yoyogi Park and the surrounding area in Tokyo for the “Goodbye Nukes Rally”. On 29 July, nearly 200,000 people joined marches and demonstrations to surround the National Diet (Congress) Building.
Japan is at a critical crossroads. The people can either continue to be manipulated by the greedy nuclear industry and corrupt politicians and bureaucrats until another disaster hits, or change policy to get rid of nuclear power plants and protect the future of Japan.
The country’s future is in the hands of its citizens. “Stop the nuclear plants”,
“Get rid of nukes”, “Protect our children”, “Protect our beautiful land”, their
angry calls resound. The largest protests in Japan since the 1960s are taking
place in Tokyo week after week and soon will spread throughout the country.
More and more Japanese are now becoming informed of the truth of the dangers
of nuclear power plants. Young people, mothers and fathers, grandmothers and
grandfathers, are rising up.
Perhaps Maitreya is marching with them, focusing their voices.