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It is becoming more and more obvious that the economic systems of today no longer work. Too many, millions indeed, are excluded from the right to sufficient food to sustain life. The productive capacity of this planet is vast, but so inadequate and unequal are the means of distribution that millions suffer and die without cause. Men know this to be true yet little is done to remedy this crime.
Whither now? For how much longer must the poor suffer in this way? For how long can the nations support this iniquity before an immeasurable catastrophe engulfs the world?
Is it not strange that men have never sought to remedy this eternal, tragic situation where millions suffer and die from want in the midst of plenty? The simplest of solutions, it would seem, has never occurred to those who have abundant plenty. Why does not simple justice reveal the solution? That the rich must share the riches they control is not only sensible and just but essential for world peace and the benefit of all if the survival of all is to be assured.
Make no mistake, men must come to realise that sharing is not simply a good and just idea but is essential if mankind is to survive. Only wise and just sharing will bring the peace which all men desire. For without sharing trust would never arise.
Be assured that Maitreya Himself will tell men this simple truth and open their eyes to the benefits which will follow. Become one of His many workers who seek to establish the need for sharing and justice. Remember that no man is separate and alone, that all men, knowingly or not, are linked together with invisible ties in a long journey of succeeding revelation. Renounce the path of separation and aid your brothers and sisters on the way.
[This article from Share International magazine, June 2013 , is by a senior member of the Hierarchy of Masters of Wisdom. His name, well-known in esoteric circles, is not yet being revealed. Benjamin Creme, a principal spokesman about the emergence of Maitreya, is in constant telepathic contact with this Master who dictated his article to him.]
Q. Is Maitreya still giving television interviews in Russia? If so, how many have there been to date?
A. Yes, 10 in Russia. (As of 11 May 2013.)
Q. (1) I am curious as to whether the externalization of the Hierarchy of Masters will also be accomplished in an “incognito” style, similar to Maitreya’s initial approach. (2) I have been a loyal follower of Benjamin Creme for many years and take every opportunity to spread this story. I must admit, however, that when I reach the part about the prediction of Maitreya being interviewed on major international television networks actually occurring without any evidence to support its truth, the incredible story becomes somewhat ludicrous and I quickly lose my audience. It was much easier to share this information before Maitreya actually started doing the interviews. I am a believer and I have my own theories to explain this bizarre turn of events. But I have embraced the esoteric doctrine for most of my life. Ordinary people who have never been exposed to these interpretations of truth are sceptical to begin with. I have been more successful reaching people by omitting the part about the mysterious incognito interviews. I am troubled by this irony.
A. (1) At the moment, there are 14 Masters in the World, none of whom are working openly, but who nevertheless meet with, and teach, Their senior disciples, preparing them for their work after the Day of Declaration. Maitreya will be working incognito until the Day of Declaration and so will the Masters. On the Day of Declaration Maitreya will introduce the fact of the Masters involved with Him, then one by one They will be introduced as Their open work begins. (2) The advent of Maitreya speaking on television is certainly difficult for many people to accept, even those who, like yourself, are familiar with the process of emergence. The fact is, as I have said before, Maitreya must remain incognito until the Day of Declaration, He has no other option. He has to know that those who will call for the acceptance of sharing and justice and love as the answer to humanity’s many problems do so from their hearts, not because they are simply following the teachings of an authority figure like the Christ, the Messiah, Maitreya Buddha, Krishna, the Imam Mahdi, Kalki Avatar or whoever. Humanity has to make a decision and it has to be a decision made not only by a majority but by the vast majority of people, so Maitreya has to teach as if He were an ordinary man, one of us. Of course the fact that He is indeed Maitreya makes what He says indelible in the hearts and minds of those millions who love their fellow men enough to accept the principle of sharing and justice for all.
Q. In regard to the television appearances of Maitreya, it must be possible for some individuals to have seen Him both on TV and at one of the numerous appearances He made to religious groups as documented in Maitreya’s Mission Volume 3. Would these individuals necessarily make the connection and realise that it’s the same man, even without knowing that it’s Maitreya?
A. He has made hundreds of appearances to groups but never in one of them has He actually appeared as He is, without some modicum of disguise. So some might possibly recognise Him but that is not a great problem.
Q. The Master’s article, ‘The Masters’ role’, through Benjamin Creme, 9 March 2013, implies that change for the better will be gradual and could possibly take decades to see the world heading in a new and positive direction that is palpable and unmistakable. During that time: (1) will there be wars and bloody demonstrations against injustice that we see today; (2) significant earth changes due to rapid climate change, earthquakes, tsunamis, drought, flooding, and volcanic eruptions; and (3) chaos caused by financial disruptions? Please tell us something new that gives us hope for our children and grandchildren.
A. The process of change indeed will be gradual because it depends on the vast majority of people in the world agreeing to, and calling for, those changes. It might take decades for those changes to be completed but not to begin. It is a process. The process will start soon after the Day of Declaration. The divisions in the world are created by people, these same people will be around, trying to prevent these changes. So there will be friction but so powerful will be the response to Maitreya that it will become less and less easy for people to withstand the great surge of world public opinion.
(1) Not wars but mass demonstrations for and against the changes. (2) There will be continuing evidence of ecological imbalance until Maitreya and the Masters are accepted and their beneficent hands are applied to the problems. (3) Humanity has to understand that the financial and other problems are a result of our wrong actions. We are responsible for the chaos in the world. That being so, it is up to us to limit and rectify the chaos by our actions. As Maitreya says: “Nothing happens by itself. Man must act and implement his will.”
Q. Why is Egypt more anti-women since the Arab Spring uprising?
A. The revolution brought the Muslim Brotherhood more into prominence as the largest political party. They are the group who would seem to be more anti-women but I doubt they would see that to be the case.
Q. In April 2013 the Queen of the Netherlands abdicated in favour of her son, who is now the King, King Willem-Alexander. (1) Should the UK’s Queen Elizabeth do the same? (2) What is the importance of a monarchy to a country and its people? (3) Surely, in our times it is time to change over to a republican form of government without hereditary figures?
A.(1) That is for her to decide. (2) It can provide a unifying principle for the country. That is the claim put forward by all nations which have a monarchy. It is obviously not the only way to bring about unity but it is chosen by some. (3) I would support this view but it is obviously not the view of everyone.
Q. We read Share International magazine with great interest. Coincidentally, we have read that Italian scientist Andreas Rossi is soon to market (April 2013) a cold-fusion low-energy nuclear reactor (LENR) device, the "E-Cat" (energy catalyser), using a highly controversial, debunked and unproven method of nuclear cold-fusion. (1) As cold-fusion has been predicted by Benjamin Creme, since 1979, and a breakthrough announcement was made to an astonished world by Professors Fleischman and Pons in 1989, which was soon scientifically debunked, what are we to make of the new E-Cat device and process? (2) Would it be correct to believe that cold fusion energy generation is attainable, practical, and soon to emerge, to an energy-hungry and desperate world? (3) Would it also be correct to believe that the 1989 announcement, by Professors Fleischman and Pons, was discredited by scientists representing very vested interests, for example, those with much to gain from the continuation of a world reliance on oil? Any comments and updates on this remarkable cold-fusion process would be very interesting.
A. (1) My information is that this device is useable but is not the ideal, the most efficient, method of harnessing the fusion process. It is a step only in that direction. The Master Djwhal Khul, though Alice Bailey, has predicted a fusion process which will be attained through a simple isotope of water, which of course is available worldwide. Andreas Rossi’s process is not the same. (2) Yes, very much so. (3) I am afraid that this is true.
Q. I would like to ask you a question about one of your paintings, ‘The Flame Coloured Deva’. I know that this painting is "an embodiment of the fiery, 1st Ray energy of Will and Power", as you put it. When I look at it, I feel myself empowered, but at the same time, I sense a strange cold sensation. Is this cold sensation really related to this painting? Is this related to the 1st ray? Also, I would like to ask you what paintings of yours have a healing effect.
A. The radiation of the 1st Ray is that of electricity, which essentially is without heat. I would say that most of my pictures have a healing effect.
Q. (1) Could you please clarify the truth about all the allegations levelled against the spiritual Avatar Sai Baba who is now deceased? What does Benjamin Creme’s Master have to say about all the awful stuff he is accused of? (2) Why was it allowed that the truth was never revealed that Jesus was not the Christ? How could the Christian religion have been deceived for 2,000 years and why?
A. (1) In the June 1992 issue of Share International Benjamin Creme answered a similar question: “It goes without saying that a Being of the stature of Sai Baba could never be involved in such practices. He is unbelievably advanced and there is nothing in Him which could respond to the pull of such activities. Hearsay and gossip abound in the gathering of the great numbers who are drawn to His ashram. This is inevitable. Most are enriched by the experience of His presence but there are those whose hearts are closed and whose response is one of envy and spite. It is the trees with the richest offering of fruit which attract the stones.” (2) It is not a question of deception, it is a question of lack of knowledge and of misinterpretation.
Q. (1) Speaking very generally, is Alzheimer’s Disease ever part of the soul’s plan and purpose in an individuals’ life? (2) If not part of the plan of the soul for a particular life, is it not personal but rather the result of a shared human karma – caused by pollution? (3) If a person has an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s would you agree that a timely arrangement for euthanasia might be the best option? If you do not agree could you please explain why not?
A. (1) No. It is a purely physical state. (2) To some extent, yes. (3) No, no one ever knows exactly what lies around the corner.
Q. (1) Does all suffering, on whatever level, lead automatically to personal development and growth of consciousness? (2) If a person suffers knowing that they are descending further into a worsening condition of Alzheimer’s, would that suffering automatically bring about the person’s spiritual evolution?
A. (1) No, by no means. (2) No.
Our Transmission Meditation group in Westerlo, Belgium, will be showing on 2 June 2013 a DVD from one of Benjamin Creme’s lectures in Nagayo, Japan, in 2010. When it comes to computers and printers I just know the basics, I don’t know how to do fancy things. I was left to do the flyers and just made them plain with the needed information.
When I started printing the flyers out I noticed a mark on the paper. At first I was rather upset thinking I’d wasted all this paper and would have to start all over again, but looking closer I noticed in faded ink that it had printed diagonally from left to right, ‘Samen Delen en Red de Wereld’ (Share and Save the World).
I wonder, did I have help from Maitreya or a Master printing these flyers?
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the message on the flyers was manifested by the Master Jesus.)
Two letters from the same person:
(1) On 28 April 2013, during the Fiesta Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, California, a man approached the Share International booth. He was an Asian man about 35 years old. He began to ask questions about who Maitreya was and why he was in the world. As we talked, he looked at a poster of miracles and he asked me if I knew about the red heifer. [See SI July/August 1997.] I said I did not and he explained it to me in great detail including information about the Jewish faith. We talked for probably 15 minutes about miracles and other religions like Buddhism and Islam. Then he asked if we had any other pictures of Maitreya in other guises. Fortunately we had pictures ready of former confirmed visits of Maitreya from Share International magazine [see March 2013 issue]. He pointed at each one of the pictures one by one and asked: “Do you believe this was Maitreya?” And to each one I answered yes. Then he said “Perhaps I am Maitreya and have come here to teach you about the miracles.” Then I said “Are you Maitreya?” He just smiled and said nothing. So I asked again “Are you Maitreya?” and once again he did not answer. We looked at each other for another moment and I said again “Are you Maitreya?” and he said “Yes.” Then he walked away. Was he really Maitreya?
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was, indeed, Maitreya.)
(2) In August of 2010, I was having a yard sale in San Pedro, California. As I was finishing up and putting boxes away, a man came up and was interested in some of my books. There were four large boxes of books and he went immediately to a Sai Baba book. We discussed Sai Baba for a few minutes. Then he went over to a box of empty picture frames. He pointed one out and when I picked it up it was not empty as I thought, it had a picture of my ex-wife that I had not seen for 20 years. I made a derogatory joke about her and he said: “Some things happen for a reason.” I thought it was strange to say that to a person that he had just met. Then I asked him if there was anything else that he wanted and he said just those 2x4s. I had some old 2x4 boards over against the house. I was very shocked that he would be interested in these long boards since he had no means of transportation that I could see. So he paid a couple of dollars for the boards and began walking down the street with these two long boards. When I looked back he was gone. Was he a Master?
S.W., Alhambra, California, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was the Master Jesus.)
During the weekend of 6 and 7 April 2013, we had a stand at the Festival of India at “the Meé” in Paris where we also gave two lectures and a Transmission Meditation workshop. During our lecture I sat near the backdoor of the room, and when the lecture was nearly finished, I clearly saw a white light filling the room. I asked myself what that could not be, in order to try to discover what that could be. It was a short, but intense experience, which stayed with me for several days. It made me think of the visible light when Benjamin Creme is overshadowed. So I thought it was a manifestation of Maitreya. Two lecturers with whom I spoke told me they had not seen the white light filling the room.
I would really be happy to know whether the public received a blessing from Maitreya or from another Master. What was it? Did everybody benefit from this experience of light?
M.A.A., Paris, France.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms the light was manifested by the Master Jesus and was a Blessing for the whole gathering at the Festival.)
A few weeks before Superstorm Sandy, I was shopping in the local grocery store and had an unusual encounter. I met an older gentleman who seemed to appear ahead of me on every aisle I turned down. He was short and a bit stocky and had a ruddy Irish complexion. At one point he said jokingly, “Are you following me?” – yet it seemed to be the reverse! I smiled, and joked back “of course I am,” and we both laughed. Then he said in a more serious tone, “Be careful who you follow.” That advice stuck with me for some time and I felt a bit perplexed by it.
At the time of the storm in October 2012, I was staying at my friend’s house. When the storm was approaching there was much indecision as to whether we should get supplies and ride it out or follow the mandatory evacuation order. The thought was that there had been fierce storms before and all had been okay. I was following the lead of my friend so we got the supplies and decided to ride it out. Then, at another point, after seeing news reports and neighbors evacuating, we decided to evacuate and packed up the cars. Then we saw yet another news report that down played the severity of the approaching storm so we unpacked and once again decided to ride it out. I was very confused by that point. That evening, a neighbor, who is pretty hardy and had riden out many storms there before, paid us a visit and was visibly shaken by the latest media report. He came to tell us of the report and that he had decided to evacuate. My friend said we were staying. I was pretty nervous by that point. During the night before the storm hit I kept waking up to the recurring thought, “the ocean is coming, we have to leave.” By morning, we took a ride around the peninsula and saw how far the water had already risen, and the storm hadn’t even fully arrived yet. At that point I decided, “that’s it, we have to leave” and pushed my friend to go as well. So, finally we packed up the cars once again and made it out just in time before it would have been too late. All the while, those words kept ringing in my head “be careful who you follow.” Was the man in the grocery store the Master Jesus?
A.S., New York, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man in the grocery store was indeed the Master Jesus.)
Reshma Begum, an 18-year-old seamstress was miraculously rescued on 10 May 2013 after 17 days in the ruins of the Rana Plaza nine-story garment factory near Dhaka, Bangladesh, which collapsed on 24 April 2013, one of world’s worst industrial disasters. The tragedy happened when over 3,000 workers were on shift, most earning around $40 a month making clothing for Western brands such as Britain’s Primark and Italy’s Benetton. Preliminary investigation blamed vibrations from four giant generators on the upper floors.
Rescuers were stunned to hear her voice calling for help and her rescue was aired live on television and watched by crowds crying “Allahu Akbar” and “God is great”. Reshma survived on biscuits and rainwater in an air pocket and “never gave up hope” she would be rescued. Army captain Ibrahimul Islam could not explain “how she survived miraculously for 17 days under such hot, humid conditions”. She was found hours after officials had abandoned hope of locating more survivors, as the death toll climbed to over 1,000. Her overjoyed family called it a “miracle”. (Source: AFP; hindustantimes.com; The Times of India)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that Reshma was helped by the Master Jesus.)
Hindu statues in Guyana, South America, were seen to ‘drink’ milk and water that was offered to them in March 2013. Two days after the Hindu festival of Maha Shivaratri on 10 March, people throughout Guyana began reporting that milk and water disappeared when offered to statues of Shiva and other Hindu deities. As news spread of the miraculous phenomenon, crowds gathered at the temples and private residences where the statues were located.
Residents of the town of Golconda on the Caribbean island of Trinidad also reported at the festival of Shivaratri that a Hindu statue there accepted offerings of milk.
A resident of New York said that after hearing about the reports of the Guyanese miracle statues, she offered water to her statue of a Hindu God on 14 March, and the water disappeared. Also, in Canada, Anjalie Mangroo posted a video of her statue of Lord Shiva drinking milk from a spoon on the same day.
Several videos of the miracle statues can be seen on the YouTube website.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that these miracles were manifested by Maitreya. A previous manifestation of this miracle took place on a huge scale in September 1995. See SI, November 1995, Hindu milk miracle article.)
(RIGHT) Posted on Youtube by Avinash Singh, Guyana
Posted on Youtube by Priya Devi Pitamber, Guyana
(RIGHT) Posted on Youtube by S.P., Guyana
Posted on Youtube by YouTube: Staceeey13, New York, USA
(RIGHT) Posted on Youtube by Anjalie Mangroo, Canada
Yemen – A Yemeni photographer published a photograph of a white triangular object streaming through the clouds over the mountains in northern Yemen.
Aseel Badiyan was taking photographs of the mountains, 90 km from the capital Sana’a in early March, when the object shot across his lens. Newspapers quoted Mr Badiyan as saying: “I believe that those who are behind such objects are advanced people who possess a very intelligent civilization.”
The deputy chairman of the Saudi Astronomy Association Sharaf Al-Sifyati said in the Saudi newspaper Ajel he had not found any evidence of tampering with the image: “As for that object, I believe it is strange and unfamiliar but I am not sure it is a space object because these phenomena remain a possibility rather than a reality…. I think this incident has to be fully investigated.” He added: “There is no doubt that we are not alone in this spacious universe and that there are other creatures which only God knows.”
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was a spaceship from Mars.)
Transmission: A Meditation for The New Age, by Benjamin Creme
Book review by Betsy Whitfill
What activity could be more suitable for the Aquarian Age principles of synthesis and group work than a group meditation, open to all, that facilitates sending transforming spiritual energies to the entire world for the good of all? The primer of this Aquarian work is Benjamin Creme’s book Transmission: A Meditation for The New Age. It is a handbook for those ready to integrate meditation and service into their lives. Many Transmission Meditation groups have already formed around Creme’s historic announcement that the World Teacher, awaited under different names by all traditions, religious and non-religious, and His Group, the Masters of Wisdom, have returned to the modern world to teach us. In these groups, people from all backgrounds have found a door through which they can step on to a path, the life of service to the world, that at the same time transforms their personal lives.
For those approaching this information for the first time, Creme discusses concepts such as the fact of the Spiritual Hierarchy of Masters; that all is energy vibrating at one level or another; that there is immense power in thought; that there is value in living in rhythm and with discipline; and that there is a self-created path that can open before the student. Thus the reader can find new emphasis on the inner life just being discovered. Through Transmission Meditation one aligns with one’s soul, the Master within. The urge to meditate, however tenuous, Creme says, is really the soul’s call for contact with the man or woman in incarnation, and meditation is the “royal road” to developing that contact. More than one person has wept openly with joy having discovered and experienced this unique meditation.
To those familiar and practiced in various forms of self-improvement through meditation and yoga, Creme presents a unique enrichment: meditation as service to the world. That one can meditate and at the same time potently and positively affect the world seems unbelievable, considering that many feel quite helpless in the face of the events and trends that have led our world into the apparent chaos of life today. But, Creme writes, there is a Plan, and we all can help.
In the chapter ‘The Nature of Transmission Meditation’, Creme writes that the transmission of energies has always been pervasive throughout cosmos. In answering questions about the kinds of energies transmitted through the groups in Transmission Meditation, Creme writes that it is Maitreya, the embodiment of Love on Earth, Who receives and directs the spiritual energies from interplanetary, extra-planetary and higher cosmic sources to one or two Masters, Who then send them scientifically through the chakras of those taking part in Transmission Meditation. Thus the powerful spiritual energies are stepped down until, when directed out into the world by Maitreya, they can be absorbed and used by average humanity to come together in synthesis, to co-operatively and wisely resolve problems and to peacefully implement the Aquarian principles upon which a new civilization will be built. The Masters know how much each person can handle, and adjust the Transmission accordingly. Group members have only to sit quietly, speak The Great Invocation together aloud, and hold a positive attention at the ajna center between the eyebrows. In a very real sense, Creme writes, the spiritual growth, the growth in consciousness, of those in Transmission Meditation, is safely in the hands of Masters Who are scientific experts. It is, he writes, a combination of Laya Yoga (the yoga of energies, of the centers or chakras) and Karma Yoga (the yoga of service) that enables serious participants to advance rapidly. Transmission Meditation is a “hot house” of spiritual development.
The simplicity of presentation of the esoteric information given in this book is due to Creme’s continuing telepathic rapport with his Master, Who answers the questions. It was Creme’s Master Who initiated the first Transmission Meditation group in London in 1974. Over the many decades of world travel, giving talks to prepare the public somewhat for the reappearance of Maitreya and the Masters, Creme at the same time held public Transmission Meditations during which time Maitreya overshadowed him and the attendees. People came and experienced the energies, and many formed Transmission Meditation groups in their own towns and cities. Naturally, the questions soon arose: “How long to transmit?”; “How do I maintain the alignment with my soul?”; “Can we do Transmission regardless of our beliefs?”; “How does Transcendental Meditation blend with Transmission Meditation?”, and so on. The question-and-answer format has enabled readers to get answers to most of the questions that anyone might ask. Each printing has included additional questions and so there is no mystery left in the reader’s mind as to how to organize and function in a Transmission Meditation group. Since Creme has encouraged individuals to form groups of three or more, and to meet regularly for this purpose, reading this primer is essential to understanding the work and appreciating this extraordinary opportunity. It is so important that the book is posted on the Share International website (www.share-international.org) where visitors may download the material free of charge. Transmission Meditation is, Benjamin Creme writes, truly “a gift from the gods”.
Benjamin Creme, Transmission: A Meditation for the New Age, 1983, 5th edition 2006, Share International Foundation, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles.
We present a selection of quotations on the theme of “Waking up!” The quotations are taken from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ and Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks), and Benjamin Creme’s writings.
My friends, were you to see as I do the changes now occurring, your hearts would leap gladly as does mine, for throughout the world today man is awakening to change, bringing to the fore the new thoughts and ideals which now grip men’s hearts. (Maitreya, from Message No.129)
Little though they may know it, men are on the threshold of a reawakening to the very meaning and purpose of their existence. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The Laws and Rules of Life’)
All religious groups look for signs. It is through the signs that they know the teacher is in the world or is coming into the world. You only have to keep awake and you will see that signs are everywhere. In every country in the world, in every religious setting, there are signs of one kind or another. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)
Prophecy has foretold Our advent and quickened the expectancy of the disciples, but many such sleep soundly, oblivious to the happenings of the time. There are many who await Our coming with aspiration but envisage it in a far future time. Know they not that Our hand knocks now upon the door? Awake, friends! Awake, workers for the good! We need all who would work with Us to transform the world. We need your aspiration, your joy. Your hope and trust We cherish. Make ready to see Us and to welcome Us into your lives. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘A call to service’)
Thus will men accept the counsel of their Elder Brothers, and know that through all vicissitudes they have never been alone. Always, behind the scenes, have stood these wiser and more experienced way-showers, ready, when called upon, to shine their light on man’s problems, and to illumine his way. Now, as never before, does that light shine brightly, and no longer from afar. From the midst of men’s anguish does that light now serve as beacon, gathering all who are ready to ease humanity’s pain. The call to service has sounded, the Teachers are ready. Awake, awake! (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The Teachers are ready’)
If we see, by example, that the total, unconditional love, extraordinary wisdom, unbelievable intelligence of the Masters are not so far away from us that we can never aspire to them, this will awaken the aspiration of humanity to achieve these qualities. It will show what can be done. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)
This will be an age in which for the first time humanity, of itself, awakens to its divine nature. I do not mean in a mystical sense. I mean in the actual, practical sense of knowing that we are divine and demonstrating the divinity. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)
The world is now being prepared for the advent of a new era, unlike aught known before, in which humanity will awaken from its long sleep, shake from its eyes the blindfold of ignorance and fear, enter at long last into the light of Knowledge and Truth, and receive its birthright. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The luminous age ahead’)
The reappearance of the Christ in relation to humanity is fundamentally about the birth of the Christ Principle in the hearts of all humanity. That awakens the love aspect, and therefore sharing and justice, right relationship in a word, is guaranteed in this coming age. Right relationship does not happen by itself. Humanity has to make it happen. The awakening by Maitreya of the Christ Principle in the hearts of all humanity is the method by which His major work, which is on the astral plane, is carried out. This will galvanize the heart response of humanity and awaken them not only to the need for brotherhood but also to the actual expression of brotherhood, and therefore sharing, justice, peace and freedom for all people everywhere. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)
The present is a time of crisis and promise. The New struggles to find form. The Old strives to survive amidst the destined change. Humanity is ready for the next step; the long sleep is ending; the sleepers awake. The call to freedom and joy echoes in the hearts of the peoples and stirs them to action. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Coworkers with God’)
Maitreya will awaken men to their destiny and free them from fear and doubt. He will free them, too, from the constant sense of alienation and distrust. Men’s long winter in the wilderness has prepared them for the simpler, happier times ahead. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The herald of the new’)
Proceeding thus, Maitreya’s teaching will draw forth from men their highest aspiration, awakening them to the troubles and perils of this time; and also to the simple means of conquering for ever the problems and dangers of today. Thus will it be. Thus will men receive the insight and the leadership they yearn for, and thus will they call for the changes so sorely needed to the fabric of men’s lives. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The reception of Maitreya’)
We are about to enter an era in which the innate spiritual nature of humanity will begin to express itself in a mass form. Countless millions throughout the world will awaken to the true purpose of their lives. A deeper, more soundly-based attitude to life will develop and people will recognize themselves as souls – souls in incarnation. They will come to understand the purpose of their incarnation, and, more and more, they will take a conscious part in their own evolution, creating modes of freedom and justice which this world has never before seen. Freedom and justice, and therefore peace, will allow the divine, spiritual aspect of humanity to come to the fore and be given expression, not only as a religious experience, but in every department of life. In politics, economics and education, in art and science, the inner awareness of our spiritual nature will increasingly be demonstrated. This will allow the discovery of a science, and the control over the forces of nature, which will give humanity unlimited power over its environment. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Vol Three)
Into the darkest corners of superstition and ignorance this new light will shine, awakening men to an awareness of their divinity as immortal souls. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The law of rebirth’)
Maitreya’s plans are to awaken humanity to the perils before it and show humanity how to avoid self-destruction. Maitreya says it is really very simple for humanity if we could take the first step. (Benjamin Creme, The World Teacher for All Humanity)
Now we are faced with the post-industrial revolution, which is a new concept. We are past the age of 19th century industrialization and its refinement in the 20th century, and we do not know what lies ahead. There must be the creation of goods, but most people do not know that it will take a completely different form, using completely different methods which will not despoil the planet. We are now awakening to the urgency of this planetary, ecological problem. (Benjamin Creme, The Art of Co-operation)
Specialist non-governmental groups likewise add their insights and researches, awakening men to the dangers in the headlong rush to further abuse this already ailing planet. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘A saner view of life’)
… worldwide, people are awakening to the need for and the possibility of change. The politicians and economists call the present situation a ‘downturn’ and a ‘recession’. In truth, we are witnessing the last stumbling steps of the old order. Millions are becoming aware that unbridled competition and greed are not the safest path for men, that such materialistic doctrines create a ‘slippery slope’ for the unwary, and, eventually, the international crisis we have today. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Maitreya’s first interview)
The collapse of the stock-markets will awaken men to the disease of speculation which is destroying the very fibre of men’s lives. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The world, today, is one’)
The US and the USSR are no longer superpowers. Humanity is the superpower. The will of the nation and country will be based on the will of the people. The people will make sure politicians do not make mischief. In Africa, India, Pakistan, Japan and many other countries, people have been awakened. They are now demanding their rights. (Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life)
Throughout the world men are awakening to the possibility of a better life with freedom and justice at its heart. Have no fear, the people’s voice is rising and like a contagion affecting more and more. Maitreya stands behind those who live – or die – for the truth of freedom, justice and the unity of man. The young lead the way, and the future is for them. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Creating the Sword of Cleavage’)
There are many, of course, who still conceive and perfect the tools of war, waxing rich and powerful in this deadly trade. The people, however, are awakening; a different drum is beating a new rhythm and the peoples respond. In almost every country men are sensing a new light, a quickening thought, a rising hope. Freedom, Justice and Peace are beginning to be felt as nearer, more real, more possible of attainment than ever before. Global communications are giving men a new sense of themselves as one humanity. This new awareness is not complete or perfect, to be sure, but We see clearly the beginning of a new and hopeful trend in this direction. This, indeed, gladdens Our hearts and betokens correct response to the energies of the New Time. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The people awaken’)
More and more, people are awakening to the need for change. They sense that the old order has run its course and await only a sign of the right direction to take. When Maitreya reveals Himself to the world, He will focus the eyes and minds of men on the essentials: sharing, justice and peace, without which no future for man exists.
Then will the disciples in the nations show their mettle. Then will they come forward, eyes and hearts aglow with fiery aspiration. With clear-sighted altruism, they will present their vision to the nations. With Maitreya, they will align themselves on the side of change, and show how that may best be accomplished. Gathering around Him, they will convey to the people His advice and guidance. Elected to positions of authority and trust, they will carry out the peoples’ will. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The Disciples and the plan’)
My task is to illumine the path to that glorious future for mankind; to awaken in you the principle of Love; to lead you forward in manifesting that Love, each to the other, and thus draw all men to God. (Maitreya, from Message No.120)
[Maitreya] wants you to give your love to the world, and He comes to inspire you to do it, to awaken in you the love which is inherent in the heart of every human being, but which is frustrated in its expression, largely by the unjust political, economic and social conditions with which we surround ourselves. When these conditions are changed, the love of humanity, inspired by Maitreya, will demonstrate in a way which today you probably could not imagine, and will transform the world. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)
Tell the world that Maitreya is here. Tell them this, My brothers, and awaken in them, too, a sure hope for the future. (Maitreya, from Message No.118)
When you, yourselves, see Me, you will, I feel sure, respond likewise, for within you all does sit the same Light of Truth, of Justice and Freedom which I awaken in all who hear Me. Therefore, My friends, have no fear that mankind will reject Me. My Plans are safe in your hands. (Maitreya, from Message No.65)
Thus will Maitreya coax men out of their long slumber and awaken their desire for change. Thus will grow a great informed World Public Opinion, the greatest force on Earth. Against that mighty force no reactionary platform can stand. Humanity itself, inspired and vitalized by Maitreya, will reinvent their future, and through freedom and justice for all establish the Era of Goodwill and Manifested Love. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The Awakening’)
“Waking up! Waking up! The world belongs to the human race, brother.... I am proud today to hear my brothers and sisters SPEAKING THE TRUTH and showing out the lies, THE LIES, that’s beautiful! All the young generation, black, white, they are all going around this place, and I LOVE to see that, and I would never miss it for a million pounds, brothers! And all my little brothers there, all my little brothers and sisters, all the way, coming from WAY OUT! I am glad, I AM REALLY GLAD! WE ARE WAKING UP! ... Wake up, brother, keep the faith! Keep your eyes on the prize! And the prize is humanity! For the human race belong to all of us!” (Maitreya in the guise of an Afro-Carribbean man, in the peace march in Hyde Park, London, 15 February 2003. See SI April 2003)
Interview with Diane Latiker by Jason Francis
Kids Off The Block, a not-for-profit organization based in Chicago, Illinois, is dedicated to “stopping youth violence one child at a time.” Founded by Diane Latiker in 2003, the group provides an alternative for at-risk, low-income youth to gang life, drug abuse, school absenteeism, violence and the juvenile justice system. Latiker sold her television to provide initial funding for the organization and sold her dining table and chairs to make room for a computer lab for youngsters in her home. Several media outlets have featured stories about Kids Off The Block, including CNN, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and The Chicago Tribune. Latiker was named a Top Ten Hero of the Year by CNN in 2011. Jason Francis interviewed her for Share International.
Share International: Who inspired you to form Kids Off the Block?
Diane Latiker: My daughter Aisha and my mom, evangelist Ruth Jackson. I have eight kids of my own (four boys and four girls). Aisha was the last one at home; she was 13. To keep up with her, I would take her and her friends skating, swimming, to the movies, and other activities so they wouldn’t be outside getting into trouble. My mom saw that and said, “Those kids like and respect you. You should do something with them.” I didn’t want to do it. I thought I would be free in five years when Aisha went off to college. The rest is history.
Diane Latiker (center) and young people helped by Kids Off The Block.
SI: What types of services does Kids Off The Block offer? And how does getting a young person involved in positive childhood activities help in their development?
DL: Services include tutoring, mentoring, music, drama, sports, GED [General Education Diploma] preparation, leadership training, and conflict resolution. Getting youth involved in recreational activities is very important for them. They not only release their energy through these activities, they can feel like they belong to something and feel good about themselves.
SI: How many young people does your organization help?
DL: It can vary. On average there are between 25-45 young people participating on a daily basis. Last year we helped over 300.
SI: Why do children become at risk of getting involved in gang life, drugs and truancy from school? Where are parents or extended family in the lives of these young people?
DL: Our young people join gangs and get involved with other negative behaviors because there is not enough family support or none at all – no guidance, nurturing and most importantly, not enough love. The families of the youth are most often worse off than the kids. They deal with poverty, loss of jobs, poor education, no parenting skills, drugs, and no guidance.
SI: What is the emotional and mental state, as well as the financial situation, of children who come to you?
DL: The young people that we serve all live below the poverty line (extremely below). Their mind is in survival mode all the time. They want to succeed, but the only models they see to do that are drug dealing or robbing someone.
SI: You sold your own belongings to have enough money to start Kids Off The Block. Are you able to get other sources of funding today?
DL: It’s been 10 years, and even today we suffer from lack of financial support. Our volunteers and I receive no salaries. Individual donations and money from our own pockets keep us afloat.
SI: What importance does community service play in the lives of the young people your organization works with?
DL: Community service is very important! It’s so important that we make sure young people are involved with all our community projects, such as cleaning up their block, neighborhood and community. We teach them about giving, mentoring their peers, helping seniors and feeding people on holidays.
SI: How does a young person’s attitude change when someone takes the time to care, to give them love and respect and show them that a new life is possible?
DL: It’s hard to describe. Their eyes light up, their world becomes more positive and bigger, and they spread it to their peers. They become loyal to that person, wanting to show their gratitude. It’s amazing, and it’s what keeps me going.
More information: www.kobchicago.org
In the run-up to the G8 Summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on 17 to 18 June 2013, when the UK takes over the G8 Presidency, the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign is staging a rally in London’s Hyde Park on 8 June and in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens on 15 June.
The IF campaign, chaired by Oxfam, is a coalition of over 150 charities and faith groups seeking to compel Prime Minister David Cameron and other world leaders at the G8 Summit to end the scandal of world hunger – “a scandal that sees 1 in 8 people without enough food…. With a child dying every 15 seconds from hunger, this really is the silent injustice of our age,” the campaigners say. “We can make a difference IF we demand world leaders give life-saving aid, stop tax dodging in the poorest countries, stop land grabs and grow food not biofuel.”
There can be ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE:
IF we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger and help the poorest families feed themselves
IF governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries, so that millions of people can free themselves from hunger
IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land and grow crops to feed people not fuel cars
IF governments and big companies are honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food. (Source: Oxfam, UK)