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Rallying call!

It has come to our notice that more and more people are receiving our information from the website alone, and thus forgoing the small cost of subscribing to Share International magazine.

Not everyone can, or does, use the internet, and it is essential to have an outer, physical expression, which can display with photographs, the events of which we speak. That means there has to be a magazine, which of course requires a lot of work from volunteers, and a lot of money to produce. There may be a notion that Hierarchy dishes out money for this work, but it is not the case. Subscriptions to Share International are an essential part of maintaining our work and reaching the public. The cost of the subscription is kept as low as possible, the magazine is not subsidised by advertisements and printing and postal charges are mounting all the time.

Surely we would all agree that all those who seriously believe in this work would want to support the magazine, whether or not they read the information on the internet.

Thank you for your support.

Benjamin Creme received the following message from Maitreya on 31 March 2016, by a process of mental telepathy.

Message from Maitreya

These days are difficult for many. Even the best and the closest feel the pains of doubt and reservation.

But when I say that I engage with you as one of you before the world, it is the truth.

Likewise when I say that the time is close indeed when all men will recognize My face and respond, it is the truth.

Only the Law bids Me wait a very little time, but within the Law I am verily with you daily, in constant rapport with your needs and the opportunities presented to Myself by you.

Soon humanity as a whole will awaken to My presence and will accept with all willingness the transformation of this, our world.

Remember that we are at the beginning and the end of a civilization, an epic period in the history of the world, and understand thereby that men feel the pain of change.

For some it is a release into freedom. For others it is a loss of surety and calm.

But, My brothers, pain will be short-lived, and already many know this to be so. There is aid in abundance to help you through these difficult times. Accept eagerly this Age and recognize the signs of the new.

Verily, verily, I am with you. Verily, I am among you in many ways.

Judge for yourselves, My brothers, how close you are to My expectations of a new world. This will be a world in which all men are one, in which all men fulfil the joy of creation, and fulfil with love their capacity to show the way to their brothers in simplicity and truth.

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Q. In His article ‘Aiding the cause of peace’ (SI, July/August 2003) your Master wrote: “It can be seen, therefore; how necessary it is that there be peace in the Middle East; how necessary it is that the Palestinians have true justice and a viable homeland. This is the most important problem facing men today. Failure to solve it would be disastrous for the World.”
With all the wars going on in the Middle East and the Arabic world, nowadays there is hardly any attention paid to the sad situation of the Palestinians. Most people would say that the most important problem in the Middle East is the struggle between the Sunnis and Shiites. Does Hierarchy still see solving the problems of the Palestinians as “the most important problem facing men today”?

A. Yes.

Q. How can an individual help in the refugee crisis? What can we do? We feel helpless and frustrated as well, of course, as very sad to see so much suffering.

A. It is common sense – if you are moved, you find a way, and do what you can to help, in any way you can. You would be surprised how much Maitreya is doing to help the whole situation.

Q. Are the recent bombings in Brussels, Belgium, also opening the hearts of men and accelerating the emergence process of Maitreya (like the Paris attacks in November 2015)?

A. Yes, to some extent.

Q. At the time of the terror attack in Zaventem Airport in Brussels, a third bomb was found which did not explode. Did the Masters manage to prevent its explosion so as to limit the damage – since it was the biggest bomb?

A. The Masters did not prevent the bomb from exploding – it was very good luck.

Q. Does our guardian angel evolve, along its own line, as we evolve?

A. Yes.

Q. Is the guardian angel already present or ‘near’ at or around the time of conception? Or does it begin its contact with the foetus as the baby reaches a specific stage in development?

A. It is present from birth.

Q. (1) For the Law of Karma to work the guardian angel must be subject to the Law, just as much as the person is? (2) In other words, is it true that we cannot always be protected by the guardian angel since karma needs to be worked out sometimes in what we may think of as an accident?

A. (1) Yes. (2) Yes.

Q. Do we always have the same guardian angel through all our incarnations?

A. Yes.

Q. If so, does that mean each time we come back into incarnation we re-establish (unconsciously, of course) our relationship with the same guardian angel?

A. Yes.

Q. In Raja Yoga or Occultism by H.P. Blavatsky, on page 32-33, she writes of four types of Esoteric Knowledge or Sciences: “(1) Yajna-Vidya, knowledge of the occult powers awakened in Nature by the performance of certain religious ceremonies and rites; (2) Mahavidya, the ‘great knowledge,’ the magic of the Kabalists and of the Tantrika worship, often Sorcery of the worst description; (3) Guhya-Vidya, knowledge of the mystic powers residing in Sound (Ether) … a magical performance based on Knowledge of the forces of Nature and their correlation; (4) Atma-Vidya, a term which is translated simply as ‘knowledge of the soul,’ true wisdom by the Orientalists, but which means far more. This last is the only kind of Occultism that any theosophist who admires ‘Light on the Path’ and who would be wise and unselfish to strive after.” Would Transmission Meditation be an Atma-Vidya occult practice?

A. Yes.

Q. The term yoga is understood to mean union. Would meditation be classified a yoga that, unlike Hatha Yoga which is understood to bring into union the dense physical and etheric double, is a union between the personality and the soul?

A. Yes.

Q. In Chinese history there are many stories of the Five Sage Emperors – Huangdi, Zhuan Xu, Yao, Shun, Yu (ca. 2852-2197 BC). Some think they were only mythical figures, but their qualities and characteristics seem so similar to Hermes, Zoroaster, Homer or even Krishna, and probably others on your list of great initiates. Am I right, that all of the Five Sage Emperors were actually real men? Were some of them Masters?

A. They were real men – ‘enlightened men’.

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Over a number of years, some of the Masters, in particular Maitreya and the Master Jesus, have appeared at Benjamin Creme’s lectures. They also appear, in different guises, to large numbers of people around the world. Sometimes they use a ‘familiar’, a thoughtform, who seems totally real, and through whom the Master’s thoughts can be expressed: They can appear as a man, a woman, a child, at will. Occasionally They use the ‘blueprint’ of a real person, but in most cases the ‘familiar’ is an entirely new creation. More recently the Masters also work through their spokesmen and women and representatives. Accounts of such experiences are regularly received by Share International magazine and, if authenticated by Benjamin Creme’s Master, are published.

These experiences are given to inspire, to guide or teach, often to heal and uplift. Very often, too, they draw attention to, or comment on, in an amusing way, some fixed intolerance to, for example, smoking or drinking. Many times the Masters act as saving ‘angels’ in accidents, during wartime, earthquakes and other disasters. The following letters are examples of this means of communication by the Masters.

Sounds familiar

Dear Editor,
On Saturday 13 February 2016 our group had a booth outside the entranceway to the main Vancouver Public Library. It is a good location as there is a great flow of people who pass the stand during library hours.

As I was working alone at the table, a number of people stopped, took free handouts, and chatted. At one point, I was talking with a young man when I noticed three men standing just slightly away from the table. They were talking amongst themselves and every once in a while would look and gesture at our table. They came closer to the table and began looking at the handouts, took some, and moved away to where they had been before.

I finished talking with the young man and sat down behind our table. I could see the three men standing directly in front of me and found my attention being drawn to them. One man, about mid-thirties, was tall and maybe of Asian nationality; a younger man was in his early 20s and looked as though he was from India; the third man was in his late 60s or early 70s and looked as though he could have come from anywhere in the Asian region; he had glasses and greying hair. I couldn’t hear what they were saying, but it was a calm, earnest discussion, with the elderly man doing most of the talking. The tall man seemed to be sceptical, but unemotional. The young man was keenly following things and joining in from time to time. Every once in a while, they gestured and looked at our table.

Suddenly, I heard the elderly man say: “the Lord Maitreya.” This surprised me, as I have heard only a few people refer to Maitreya as “the Lord Maitreya”. From that point on, I heard snippets of his conversation. He said: “People think Maitreya is out there,” he gestured into the air, “but He is in here” (he placed his hand on his heart). He mentioned that the Theosophical Society didn’t believe about Maitreya, plus he said something about Krishnamurti.

It seemed to me the man was giving a presentation about Maitreya to the other two. It was something I had never seen before: someone I didn’t know telling others about Maitreya. They were there about 20 minutes, and then they parted amicably, and each went in separate directions!

As they were leaving, I started to wonder if those three men had been someone ‘special.’ Could the Master confirm whether or not the three were indeed ‘special’?

R.S., Vancouver, Canada.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the three men were spokespeople for the Master Jesus.)

Happy ending

Dear Editor,
On 12 December 2015, our group held an all-day event at the main public library in Vancouver. We had an information table set up on the concourse just outside the library, and we had also rented a room downstairs, in which we had various display panels and some video segments of Benjamin Creme speaking on different aspects of the Reappearance story playing in a loop; the idea was that we could direct the public who came to the information table to go to this room to explore our information in greater depth, where group members would be available to answer questions and provide more information. During the day, co-workers and I took turns, moving between the two locations, so that we had a chance to interact with the public in different capacities.

A number of people stopped at our information table over the course of the day. We had some good conversations with people who seemed genuinely interested; some visited our multi-media display in the room downstairs and one man even said he was going to check for some of the books in the library. He returned shortly afterwards with three of Benjamin Creme’s books, eager to read them and learn more. However, we also had a few exchanges with people who were particularly belligerent or argumentative; and by the end of the afternoon, I was really feeling as if I’d just had enough.

Then I noticed a group of four approaching. How pleasantly surprised I was by their warmth and genuine interest, as they started to look over our material! The one man among them picked up one of Benjamin Creme’s books and started to leaf through it. I started to tell them about Maitreya and Benjamin Creme’s books, and mentioned that I’d heard about this information in 1982 and had been involved in presenting the story to the public ever since, adding: “Probably from before you were born!” since it suddenly occurred to me that he was quite a young man. He replied that he’d “come onto this earth” in 1984, and we laughed. I told them that Maitreya advocates sharing the world’s resources as the way to solve many of our problems and the man made a little joke out of the name of the magazine, saying: “International Sharing.” The other women with him made a few comments, one referring to the climate talks which had just finished in Paris.

All of a sudden, I was overwhelmed by the gentleness and warmth of these people, and couldn’t help saying: “What a lovely group of people you are. You all have such lovely eyes.” They were looking at me so sweetly and sympathetically, just beaming, in fact, that it was all I could do to hold back the tears, it affected me so deeply. This may sound rather silly, and maybe it was just the contrast between them and the last difficult encounter I’d had, but they seemed so delightful to me. One of the women thanked me for what I was doing and the others exchanged parting words with me and they all walked away together and into the library. I sat down again to think over what had just happened and had the very strong impression that these lovely people might have been spokespeople? I would also like to take this opportunity to express my deepest and most heartfelt gratitude to you for all the work you have done and continue to do.

J.W., Vancouver, Canada.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the four people were indeed spokespeople for the Master Jesus.)

Easter blessing

Dear Editor,
On 27 March, Easter Sunday, my two granddaughters, both in their early 20s, arrived unexpectedly at 2pm. Samantha wanted to show me an App on her phone of an “Anonymous Prayer” which she had found very moving. The prayer urged us to help the refugees and pray for them. We chatted and I completely forgot about the 3pm Blessing from the Lord Maitreya.

We were in the conservatory. Suddenly, the sky darkened, there was a clap of thunder, and lightening lit the room. She had found the prayer on her phone and as we listened to the uplifting words in the storm, I glanced at the clock and it was 3pm.

All three of us were visibly shaken by what we had felt at that moment. It was as if a white light had filled the room and our bodies. Were we blessed, dear Mr Creme? It did feel like it, but imaginations can run high!

Grateful thanks for all you do for mankind.

L.L., Brighouse, West Yorks, England, UK.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that it was a blessing from Maitreya.)


Dear Editor,
On Sunday 13 December 2015, we were preparing to host our last public workshop of the year, on Transmission Meditation at The Salisbury Centre in Edinburgh. We started a bit later than usual due to a few late arrivals, two of whom were young men who sat quietly throughout the duration of the workshop. Both were casually dressed and did not ask any questions or make comments and had a quality of detachment about them! At the end of the workshop they introduced themselves as 'Chris' and 'Daniel' when prompted by someone else who attended the event.

A. and I had been reflecting en route to the workshop on the biblical story of Daniel, and after the event had finished, we wondered if these two young men may have been 'special' people?

Anna had also been thinking about the name Chris/Christian/Christ during the group meditation that took place during the workshop.

C.P. and A.S., Edinburgh, Scotland.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the two men were spokesmen, disciples of the Master Jesus.)


Dear Editor,
Recently I recalled an experience I had a few years ago while ‘postering’ for one of our group events. I drove from my home to one of the city’s more popular areas. While crossing a bridge I noticed a young man with long curly hair and a huge, beaming smile walking across the bridge the other way. He seemed to be looking directly at me and I smiled back.

In a few minutes I reached my destination about two kilometres down the road. I started putting up posters. Behind me I heard a voice say, “Maitreya! Cool!” I turned around, it was the same person I saw earlier crossing the bridge. I said he should check it out and went on my way.

Feeling inspired I wondered how he could have travelled two kilometres in such a short time to give a little encouragement.

Was he a Master or one of their spokespersons?

B.N., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the young man was a spokesman for the Master Jesus.)

Golden grace

Dear Editor,
I have received a message from T.W. (a long-time supporter who regularly writes letters about Maitreya in his local Congleton paper) who is now in Leighton Hospital in Crewe. He related the following story.

A “vicar” in splendid robes had come to his hospital bedside on Good Friday, 25 March 2016, and offered him a “disk” [communion wafer] saying it was the body and blood of Jesus. He asked the vicar: did he know Benjamin Creme and the good news of Maitreya? The priest answered immediately: “We are with him!”

We wondered if he might have been visited by someone ‘special’?

I.L.G., London, UK.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the 'vicar' was 'a man of cloth of gold', one of the holy men sent by the grace of Maitreya, called in to support T. for his long support of the work.)

Return visit

Dear Editor,
On Tuesday 22 March 2016, the evening before the Easter full moon, I was sitting in my living room, when I glanced out of the window and saw a ball of light in the distance across the countryside. It was about 6.30pm and not quite dark. I was tempted to find my binoculars but realized I should just watch it. It was a beautiful cherry red colour, exactly the colour of a light I had seen in the same direction before, which had been confirmed by your Master to be a spacecraft [see Share International, March 2013]. It seemed to be there quite a while although it was probably only just over a minute. It remained in the same position, then seemed to move slightly closer as it quickly faded away.

I felt very blessed to see it. Thinking about it afterwards, I realized that I had recently been looking out for it, thinking that I would love to watch it for a longer period than last time which was just a few seconds. Please can your Master tell me any more about what I had seen and experienced?

C.E.,Hullbridge, Essex, UK.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the “ball of light” was a spacecraft from Mars.)

Maitreya’s Lightship

Dear Editor,
On Friday 2 October 2015 after Transmission Meditation we saw a star low in the sky. We watched for a while and saw it move, change colour and become surrounded by what looked like flashes of light. Unfortunately, when we went to get a camera it disappeared. Was it possibly Maitreya’s lightship?

M.otN. and N.B., Bilthoven, the Netherlands.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was indeed, Maitreya’s Lightship.)

Testing times

Dear Editor,
Before the German group meeting started on 5 February 2016 we distributed flyers in the city of Nürnberg. When an Asian woman with long black hair took a Welt im Wandel (Emergence Quarterly), she asked why we were standing there. Our banners featured S.O.P. [Save Our Planet] and Maitreya’s priorities like sharing and justice.

She said she did not understand because we Germans live a good life and German industry was still selling well; why worry? I was not sure whether I understood that she did not care – but she confirmed this. I answered that I thought the price for the good life was too high since we poisoned air, water and the soil, the basics of life.

After we had briefly touched on politics, economics and the environment there was still “a question mark on her face“ and I felt that I was being tested for a moment. So I told her about the immense support we will get from Maitreya and the Masters as soon as enough people step forward. She nodded – test passed? – and said twice that she thought we were doing a good job.

Because of that change of mind and test I wondered whether she might have been a spokesperson for a Master. Also I asked myself whether I should have told her about the Spiritual Hierarchy earlier in our exchange.

M.N., Stolpe, Germany.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the woman was a spokeswoman for the Master Jesus.)

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Share International May 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was a gigantic spacecraft from Mars.

On 20 March 2016 a huge UFO was filmed close to the sun by NASA’s Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). (Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was a gigantic spacecraft from Mars.)

Share International May 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms confirms that the UFO was a spacecraft from Mars.

UFO above Essex, UK, in February 2016 taken by Simon Ives. (Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the UFO was a spacecraft from Mars.)

Share International May 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms: Tokyo, Japan, of light patterns manifested by Maitreya and the Space Brothers.

Photograph taken by M.T. in January 2016 at Honchou, Higashimurayama-shi, Tokyo, Japan, of light patterns manifested by Maitreya and the Space Brothers.

Share International May 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that He, Himself, manifested this sign.

A photograph taken by Ian Warne in Hayle, Cornwall, England, in March 2016, shows an angelic figure of light in the sky. (Source: Cornish Guardian, UK) (Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that He, Himself, manifested this sign.)

Share International May 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the light was a blessing from Maitreya.

Luis Almada from Asunción, Paraguay, posted this photograph of Pope Francis to his friend’s Facebook page. Taken in Caacupé during the Pope’s trip to Paraguay in July 2015, the photograph shows a brilliant beam of light above the Pope’s head. (Source: facebook.com/legadocosmico) (Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the light was a blessing from Maitreya.)

Share International May 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the pattern on the fruit was manifested by a representative of the Master Jesus.

Dear Editor,
I was in our local supermarket recently when my attention was drawn to this grapefruit, sitting on top of a pile of grapefruits. You can see why – it had a strange spiral marking on it. I bought it, took it home and took this photo straight away. Incidentally, it seemed to taste especially delicious. Was this is a sign of some kind? H.v B., Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the pattern on the fruit was manifested by a representative of the Master Jesus.)

Share International May 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this cross of light was magnetized by Maitreya.

Sent by S.W., from Los Angeles, California, USA, this cross of light has shone in her bathroom window for almost four years. She writes: “Even though it doesn’t seem so in the attached picture, it is quite large and covers the whole window.” She has been involved in Transmission Meditation for over 20 years, and has also had a previous cross of light in her home. (Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this cross of light was magnetized by Maitreya.)

Share International May 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms this to be a light blessing from the Master Jesus.

Y.D.-M., from Paris, France, took this photograph on 25 November 2015 by the Pergola, in Hampstead Heath, north London, showing a column of light.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms this to be a light blessing from the Master Jesus.)

Share International May 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms these all to be light blessings from the Master Jesus.

Share International May 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms these all to be light blessings from the Master Jesus.

Dear Editor,
These photographs were taken within minutes, in October 2015, when we were visiting a dear friend in Biel, Switzerland. In the background of one of the photographs the Bieler Lake can be seen. After development all of them showed a column of light. Were the light columns blessings? Sent by T.W., W.N., J. A., Regensburg, Germany.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms these all to be light blessings from the Master Jesus.)

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This photograph of J.P., from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, taken in November 2015, was sent by his wife N.D.G. who asks “if there is a blessing on the photograph?”

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms this to be a light blessing originating from the Master Jesus.)

Share International May 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the new shoots were a miracle from the Master Jesus.

Dear Editor,
I bought a bunch of salmon-coloured roses for myself on my birthday, on 10 October 2015. I divided them into two slender vases and cared well for them. I can always enjoy my flowers a long time. After one-and-a-half weeks when the roses were decaying and I wanted to discard them, I noticed that three flowers were developing new side-branches with new leaves from the main branch, while the old branches and many leaves had already died. Enclosed is a photo which clearly shows the reddish and light green new branches and leaves, and the dark green decaying leaves and the old rose. I was astounded. So I kept these three flowers in the vase and they kept on growing, more branches and bigger new leaves and no sign of any roots growing. This was going on for about a month. Was this a miracle?

S.Wi., Roosendaal, The Netherlands.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the new shoots were a miracle from the Master Jesus.)

B.D. from Gorey, Co Wexford, Ireland, sent a collection of family photographs, all of which were confirmed to show light blessings after development. These three photographs show blessings from the Master Jesus.

Share International May 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms this photograph shows a blessing from the Master Jesus.

B.D.’s grandniece C. with her family at her Christening on 6 July 2008.

Share International May 2016 images, Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms this photograph shows a blessing from the Master Jesus.

B.D.’s grandniece K. on Christmas Day 2007.

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B.D.’s nephew J. with his mother on his Confirmation day, 31 March 1998.

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Share International presents extracts below from recent talks by the Pope and the Dalai Lama.

Pope Francis

A message of hope

Delivering his traditional ‘Urbi et Orbi’ address on Easter Sunday, Pope Francis preached a message of hope, calling on people not to let fear and pessimism ‘imprison’ them. Speaking to a crowd of thousands outside the Vatican, His Holiness urged the world to use “weapons of love” to combat the “brutal violence” of terrorism. "Let us not allow darkness and fear to distract us and control our hearts," he said.

“May [Jesus] draw us closer on this Easter feast to the victims of terrorism, that blind and brutal form of violence which continues to shed blood in different parts of the world… The Easter message of the risen Christ, a message of life for all humanity, echoes down the ages and invites us not to forget those men and women seeking a better future, an ever more numerous throng of migrants and refugees – including many children – fleeing from war, hunger, poverty and social injustice. All too often, these brothers and sisters of ours meet along the way with death or, in any event, rejection by those who could offer them welcome and assistance.”

The Pope also called for dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians and resolutions to end conflicts and political tensions in Yemen, Syria and the many troubled countries throughout the world. He expressed hope for ground-breaking policies capable of assisting and protecting the victims of conflicts and other emergencies, especially those persecuted for ethnic and religious reasons.

(The Pope, St Peter’s Square, 27 March 2016. Source: bbc.co.uk; En.radiovaticana.va/news)

“Our indifferent and anaesthetised conscience”

Addressing tens of thousands of Catholics at the Good Friday service in the Colosseum, Rome, Pope Francis referred to the plight of the thousands of refugees risking their lives to reach Greece:

“O Cross of Christ, today we see you in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas which have become insatiable cemeteries, reflections of our indifferent and anaesthetised conscience,” he said.

Earlier in the day, he washed the feet of refugees, including Muslims, at a shelter outside Rome – a gesture of welcome at a time when anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment has risen after the Brussels and Paris attacks. The Pope criticised “terrorist acts committed by followers of some religions which profane the name of God and which use the holy name to justify their unprecedented violence”. He said it was “arms dealers who feed the cauldron of war with the innocent blood of our brothers and sisters” and raged against “traitors who, for thirty pieces of silver, would consign anyone to death”. (The Pope, Rome, 25 March 2016. Source: catholicnewsagency.com; theguardian.co.uk)

The Dalai Lama

“The oneness of humanity”

“We are talking about the future of humanity. No matter how small our voice here may be, it is essential we speak up…. We are facing many problems. During my lifetime I have witnessed continual conflict and bloodshed in the course of which millions of people have been killed. We need to ask where we went wrong, what qualities we lack and why violations of human rights take place. Answering these questions and creating peace will require wisdom and compassion. Although I am a Buddhist monk, I am sceptical that prayers alone will achieve world peace. We need instead to be enthusiastic and self-confident in taking action.”

He spoke of the problems of climate change and the global economy, stressing that they are not confined to national boundaries. Focussing on secondary differences between us, like race, religion, nationality and gender, stokes our inclination to divide people into ‘us’ and ‘them’, which easily becomes a basis for conflict. He stressed that if we remember the oneness of humanity and think of each other as brothers and sisters we can overcome that potential for violence. (Dalai Lama, ‘Nobel Laureates on Human Rights’, UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland, 11 March 2016. Source: dalailama.com)

Peace – “We have to act to achieve it.”

“Looking for peace doesn’t mean there will be no more conflict, we will always face problems, but we have to learn to deal with them through dialogue. This is important if this century is to avoid the bloodshed of the 20th century. We seem to have prayed for peace for hundreds of years without much effect. We have to act to achieve it.

“I sometimes jokingly suggest that if we were to meet with Jesus Christ or the Buddha today and plead with them for help to create peace in the world, they might ask who created the problems we face. The answer is we did and it’s our responsibility to solve them. With a sincere motivation, intelligence and compassion, taking account of short and long term consequences, we need to be prepared to talk. That, I think, is a realistic approach.” (Dalai Lama, ‘The World We Make’ discussion, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, 9 March 2016. Source: dalailama.com)

“We can make the world a more peaceful place”

“We are still at the beginning of the 21st century and I believe that if we make the effort, starting now, we can make the world a more peaceful place by the latter part of the century. We have to try. The human population is growing and climate change is having its effect. On top of that we have created more problems. Violence breaks out because our negative emotions run out of control. Human rights violations, for example, arise as a result of causes and we have to think about what those causes are. They are related to anger and a lack of respect. We can counter these if we cultivate warm-heartedness and concern for others.… Bringing about change in the world will depend on those of you who are young now making an effort on the basis of vision.” (Dalai Lama, American Embassy School, New Delhi, India, 8 April 2016. Source: dalailama.com)

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Compilation - an extract

We present a selection of quotations on the theme of ‘The human family’. 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 Share International), and Benjamin Creme’s writings.

On all sides, the portents of major change are appearing, creating an atmosphere of expectation almost tangible in its potency. Everywhere, new ideas are emerging, new patterns are being created, new and healthier approaches to living are being advocated. All of this points to man’s readiness for a great step forward, itself the response to an expansion of conscious awareness. Man is growing in stature every day.

Despite all appearances, notwithstanding the ugliness and cruelties which abound, man’s inner divinity is gradually shining through, and gives joy to the hearts of Those of Us who work on the inner side of life.

Soon, men will see that a new time is arriving, a new epoch beginning, a new and substantial shift in human consciousness taking place. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Life abundant’)


Wherever you look throughout the world, the response to My Message can be seen. The principle of Sharing, basic to men’s lives, engages the minds of the leaders. A growing group of such awakened men sound the keynote of the New Time. Thus gladly do I see the response to My work.

My friends, you too can manifest Sharing in your lives; by all means should this divine principle govern. Teach Sharing to your children, to the little ones, and enable them to cultivate the Good. My task is to enlighten all men; to change ignorance into true knowledge and faith; to teach men that behind all that they see stands the One Reality, and thus to take them to God. (Maitreya, from Message No.127)


As the nature of the human constitution and the aims of life on planet Earth are realized, as the world becomes more and more united through sharing, justice and peace, so more and more people will find in themselves the need to know: about who they are, their purpose in life, and their stage in evolution. People will talk a great deal about evolution, which will become the most significant factor on planet Earth. The evolution of human consciousness, and the development of all the kingdoms in nature, will dominate the thought and purpose of men and women everywhere. (Benjamin Creme, The Gathering of the Forces of Light)


Man is a crucible in which is being created a new Being. In the fiery heat of experience man is gradually learning the ways of God. Slow and painful may be the early steps but in time the pace will quicken. Revelation after revelation will expand his consciousness, leading to a crescendo of creativity and knowledge. Man will stand revealed as a Son of God. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The Great Mother’)


Full well do I know the problems which beset mankind. Full well do I see the changes required. But also I see in man the desire to know, to lift his consciousness, and to see through the clouds. It is this urge to know which is man’s great gift. When men know the Way to God, this gift will flower in creative magnificence. (Maitreya, from Message No.9)


It is that growth of consciousness, that action of evolution upwards, through a refining of its nature to a higher and higher frequency, higher and higher vibration, that constitutes evolution itself. This leads to a gradual expansion of knowledge of what is and what might be; it is creative. This is the essence of the soul’s nature: creativity itself. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Three)


Throughout the world, there is a growing understanding that humanity is undergoing a profound change in consciousness. This reflects itself in many ways, not least in the efforts being made to explore the nature of consciousness itself, to investigate the connection between consciousness, mind and brain, and to study the effect that these three, singly or in unison, may have on matter and the natural world.

The old, mechanistic views of nature and of the forces at work within her are fast disappearing and a new awareness is dawning of the unity underlying all manifestation. More and more, the concept that all is energy, that energy and matter are different states of one reality and can be affected by thought, is being accepted on a wide scale and is changing men’s view of life. Enlightenment is growing apace and soon the methods and technology will be found to demonstrate this fact. This is of profound significance for the future evolution of the race.

As we enter the new age, a new urgency is being felt to explore the outer and the subjective worlds and to understand the relation between these two aspects of creation. Many scientists around the world are bending their enquiries in that direction, prompted by the need to demonstrate and prove their intuitive belief that all is interconnected. The acceptance of a super-personal self or soul is gradually gaining ground and is leading to a new synthesis in men’s view of reality.

Eventually, the common ground of all such investigations will exist in the awareness that consciousness is the attribute of the soul, that the mind and brain are conduits, vehicles for its manifestation, and that there is no break or separation in the connecting links between them. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Growth of consciousness’)


Man has far to go, for man stems from the highest Source. Within all men sits a God. That God is your true Self. My task will be to release in you that Divine Being, and so complete a Divine Plan. (Maitreya, from Message No.54)


Men stand at a point of revelation, which soon will sweep away discordant voices and attitudes. They will know more keenly the meaning and purpose of their existence, and the means by which that knowledge is brought into their awareness. Soon, very soon now men will grow, overnight as it were.

This new knowledge will chasten and surprise many but inspire and enlighten them into a complete adjustment of their understanding. This will give a new value to what they call the meaning and purpose of life. A greater seriousness and a greater joy will permeate their beliefs and actions, and gradually involve them all together in a new dispensation. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘A gift from the Highest’, SI, June 2015)


The point is that it is precisely the cultivation of the virtues like love, righteousness, truth, etc which brings about the controls necessary for initiation on each level. Life is really teaching us the necessity of right human relationships. When these are achieved, the virtues are expressed naturally and initiation becomes possible. Initiation is really about expansion of consciousness which results from correct life activity. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two)


Down the ages, man has ever sought the light which he senses to substand his ignorance and fear. When threatened by some dark and awesome catastrophe, real or imagined, he instinctively turns inwards, invokes the light of his soul, and seeks guidance therefrom. Such action is but natural, for deep within the consciousness of every man, woman and child lies the awareness of being a soul. As progress upon the evolutionary path is made, that certainty deepens, the conscious link between the soul and its reflection strengthens, and the light of the soul the more readily is contacted and known. Thus the light of understanding grows.

Humanity stands now on the threshold of an era in which that light of consciousness will manifest on an increasing scale, expressing itself in every field of human endeavour as a growing awareness of the meaning and purpose of life on Planet Earth. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The era of light’)


When you see Me, you will know that there is among you now a simple Man of God, a Man like other men, but One Who from time long past has followed a certain Path, Who knows well that Path and can lead you thereon. That Path to God, My friends, is the Treasure I hold for you. Awaken your minds and hearts to this possibility, and reach the goal. The Way is simple, the Way is sure. My Teaching will guide you there. (Maitreya, from Message No.93)


Evolutionary progress up to now has been to fashion individuality. That has to be achieved before it can be overcome. The potent, self-serving, highly integrated individual has to give way, eventually, to the world server. The essence of Aquarian consciousness is the concept of the group….

The key to this change in consciousness is love, and through love, service. As you serve you become more decentralized, until eventually you are totally identified with that which you serve – humanity, then creation itself. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume One)


In all history there has never been a time like the present. Never, in all the cycles which have left their mark on man’s evolution, has there been the same potential for change. This time, therefore, is unique. It portends a change in consciousness so dramatic and far-reaching that new definitions and vocabulary must evolve to describe man as he will become.

The main factor in this profound event will be the influence of man’s Elder Brothers, the Masters of Wisdom, led by Maitreya, the Christ and World Teacher. It is impossible to overstate the effect which Their Great Approach will have on the lives and thoughts and behaviour of men.

Many times have you heard that man is a potential God; these are not empty words but the very truth of man’s nature and Being. It is a matter of time only until that truth is verified and expressed for all to see. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Man’s emerging divinity’, SI, June 2006)


All around you, God shines in Its Glory; within you and around you shines this Blessed Truth. The day is coming, My friends, when men everywhere shall see this Truth and stand ablaze with the Glory of the Divine Source. Look not then for other ways to go, for the Path is clear, the steps of ascent are hewn, the signposts are set, the Guides are at hand; the end is divinity itself. Who, My friends, knowing this could accept less? (Maitreya, from Message No.84)


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Health Revelations from Heaven and Earth

by Tommy Rosa and Stephen Sinatra, MD

A book review by Betsy Whitfill (an excerpt)

Share International May 2016 images, Health Revelations from Heaven and Earth, book cover image.

As plumber Tommy Rosa stepped off the curb one night in his Bronx, New York neighborhood in March 1999, a car mowed him down and sped off into the night. Only Carlos, from the store across the street, heard the noise and looked out to see a diaphanous, bright white form rise out of a dark mass lying in the street. He called for emergency help.

Doctors put Tommy’s body on life-support at the local hospital where he lay in a lengthy coma. During that time, Tommy says he “went to Heaven” where his Teacher taught him truths that could restore health and happiness to those who implement them.

After Tommy returned to his body, his long recovery included meeting a New York City cardiologist and psychotherapist, Dr Stephen Sinatra, who had a deep interest in the near-death experiences he had been cataloging in his 40-year practice. This book is the product of their collaboration: Tommy’s revelations coincide with truths that Dr Sinatra’s medical experience has revealed: by transforming our attitudes, relationships and habits, we can heal our bodies, abolish our fear of death, and live joyfully.

Tommy’s descriptions of his heavenly experiences are charming and detailed: “I’m in a room, and the bright light that brought me here gradually dims. As I get my bearings, I look down and realize that I can’t see or feel my feet touch the ground.… None of this feels weird or frightening, only natural. It’s so cool!”

Soon a man filled with light approaches: “His eyes are very compelling and beautiful. They are a very soft brown and calming and seem to look right through me but in a very kind way.... He has what seems like a three-week-old beard, but it is evenly grown in and doesn’t look messy.… He knows my name!... I instinctively know to trust him. I’m safe. But more than safe. I feel a deep and perfect love flowing into me from this man.”

“… Almost immediately, my ‘Teacher,’ as I see him, begins to show me my new surroundings. We move from one place to another, transported by the same tunnel of light through which I arrived.”

Connection and faithfulness

Tommy recounts that his Teacher created scenarios in which he could experience eight revelations of truth to share with others in his earthly life: Connection, Faithfulness, Vital Force, Grounding, the Body Temple, Positivity, Self-love and Purpose. Dr Sinatra discusses the scientific verification of each revelation from a medical perspective, and lists directives for applying each revelation to one’s life.

As he moves through heaven, Tommy experiences a connection with nature that he had never felt before – a real interconnectedness coupled with overwhelming “unconditional love”. His Teacher explains the revelation of connectedness – that everything, seen and unseen, is connected to everything else, and that it is a living, divine interconnection.

We live in a sea of vibration, yet we each have individual talents and gifts that we are meant to discover and share with others, thereby exercising our interconnectedness for the betterment of all. The two most important gifts are the divine spark that unites and interconnects all living things, and free will. Thinking good thoughts and living a life of service feeds one’s divine spark, creating an inner glow of love that attracts and creates happiness in everyone around. The gift of free will enables each of us to find our own path toward spiritual evolution by choice – trial and error – and so arrive at a place uniquely created, for better or worse, and thereby learn from our successes and failures....

To experience the revelation of faithfulness, Tommy’s Teacher takes him to an ocean. As they walk into the water, Tommy sees many aquatic animals floating by and feels the connection, but realizes that his Teacher has disappeared. Suddenly, some dark shapes approach – great white sharks with open mouths. Tommy panics, then hears a strong voice say: “Have no fear.” Tommy thinks a sarcastic thought, then hears the voice again: “Have no fear.” After closing his eyes to regain composure, Tommy opens them to find the sharks have disappeared and his Teacher has returned.

His Teacher explains that fear creates a negative energy that, as a matter of course, attracts the very thing or situation we are afraid of. Fear is a lack of faith. In his medical interpretation, Dr Sinatra explains that his clinical observations support the real power of optimism and hope, both forms of faithfulness, to enlist a patient’s own healing power over disease, and restore health even against all odds....

The vital force and earthing

Tommy’s Teacher takes him to a beautiful neighborhood with brick houses and flowers lining the streets and explains the “Revelation of the Vital Force” to Tommy. There is a vital force, or life force, he says, that lives in the mitochondria of each of our cells and flows through us as vibration. It protects us against diseases and infections, many chronic conditions and even aging. But the level of that vibration rises and falls throughout our lives depending on our everyday choices of food, environment, thoughts and feelings. Healthy choices feed our mitochondria, and increase our vibration. By maintaining a high vibration, we can eliminate disease before it embeds, and increase the natural healing powerhouse that is designed into our bodies....

The body temple and positivity

His Teacher tells Tommy that the body is a house, or temple, for the soul, and that his job is to keep the house clean and healthy so that the soul can grow in experience. We can make ourselves sick and unhappy, Tommy writes, but we can also change our habits and become healthy again.

Further, his Teacher says: “Your thoughts are actions too. They begin a chain of events, positive or negative, just as if they were physical actions. Know too that every thought you and everyone else has is recorded here in Heaven, and you are responsible for them. You are a collection of your thoughts and actions.” And as many are beginning to know, those thoughts and actions make our lives what they are.

“Jesus the Christ”

In the chapter The Revelation of Self-Love, his Teacher explains to Tommy about loving one’s self without ego, unconditionally. This self-love, he says, is the essence of connecting to divine love, which is the source of miracles and joy in life. Ego, which demands satisfaction and reward, is, with fear, the source of all destruction in life, all wars, all hatred, anger and deceit. These “twin forces of destruction,” as the Teacher calls them, are the consequences of separation from God. The solution, therefore, must be to turn back to divine love, and truly forgive ourselves and others. Dr Sinatra discusses the physical effects of love, and, conversely, abuse and neglect, by reporting on scientific studies and his own clinical experience, which confirm Tommy’s revelation on self-love.

When it comes to Tommy’s question as to the purpose of life, his Teacher answers simply: “… to grow spiritually. Live through the heart ... become an example of Divine Unconditional Love ... share your gifts. Living through the heart raises your vibration high enough to maintain optimal, vibrant good health.” But, the Teacher adds, mistakes are normal and to be expected. Just see them as opportunities for self-improvement. Forgive yourself and others, and you will increase your self-love, your vibration, your health and joy.

At the very end of his stay in heaven, Tommy finally asks his Teacher for his name. “You know me as Jesus the Christ.” Astounded, Tommy then asks: “If you are Jesus, who is God?” Jesus explains that God is omnipresent, “all that is,” and lives within every person....

The reader comes away from Health Revelations from Heaven and Earth with a sense of comfort and hope – perhaps a renewed love of life and living without fear – especially the fear of death. As Tommy says: “... there is no real death and when our time comes it will be like walking through a door to our real ‘Home’”.

Restoring broken lives

Interview with Fania E. Davis
by Jason Francis (an excerpt)

Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) is a nonprofit group founded in 2005 and based in Oakland, California, USA. RJOY works in schools and the criminal justice system to interrupt cycles of youth violence, incarceration and damaged lives due to punitive school discipline and juvenile justice policies. Fania E. Davis, a civil rights attorney, co-founded RJOY and is the group’s director. Jason Francis interviewed her for Share International.

Share International: How would you describe the approach our current US criminal justice system takes in addressing wrongdoing?

Fania E. Davis: Our current approach is sometimes called retributive, which means our response to the original harm is with another harm that is punishment. So you can say that ours is a system that harms people who harm people to show that harming people is wrong.

SI: What effect is this approach having on the lives of individuals who go through the criminal justice system, as well as society as a whole?

FD: It’s having a very destructive effect. We know that when people are harmed they go onto harm other people. So basically our culture and lives become saturated in harm. That’s what we see all around us today. Of course, it’s a punitive approach, whether racialized mass incarceration, three-strikes laws [increasing the chance of a person receiving life imprisonment when convicted of a third felony], increasing incarceration of women, and families and communities being torn apart because of mass incarceration.

This punitive response to wrongdoing pervades every aspect of our lives. I see that in my work everyday with students: schools are starting to look more like prisons, with a heavy police presence, metal detectors and wand searches. This approach has wreaked havoc on the lives of people in our country, especially people of color. We see what scholars call a “prisonization” of our culture. And it’s especially noticeable in schools.

An holistic approach to justice

SI: How would you define the approach that restorative justice takes?

FD: Restorative justice takes an holistic approach. Instead of asking “What laws were broken?”, “Who broke them?” and “What punishment is deserved?” as the current system does, restorative justice asks “Who is harmed?”, “What are the needs and responsibilities of those impacted by the harm?” and “How do those impacted come together to figure out how to heal the harm as much as possible and address needs and responsibilities?” It’s a justice that seeks to heal the harm and repair the damage to relationships that has occurred as a result of the crime or other wrongdoing. It seeks to create more social peace.

SI: Where does the concept of restorative justice have its roots?

FD: Its earliest roots are in indigenous ways of addressing conflict or doing justice. Or you could say the fundamental indigenous insight that gives rise to restorative justice is the belief that we are all related to one another and to the Earth. Ubuntu is an expression of this fundamental African and indigenous belief. It basically says, “I am because we are, and we are because I am.” I am who I am because of my relationships. That relational essence of restorative justice comes directly from the teaching and insights of almost all indigenous cultures.

We use the Peacemaking Circle process in our approach to restorative justice. That came from the Tlingit Tagish indigenous people in Canada. Kay Pranis, a leading theoretician and practitioner of the Peacemaking Circle, taught us this process. She learned it from the Tlingit Tagish Elders. We find that these circles are common to many indigenous cultures, not just in Canada, but also in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Restorative justice in the schools

SI: Could you talk about the role of the Peacemaking Circle in restorative justice?

FD: The Peacemaking Circle is a process that we in Oakland use in schools especially, but also in communities. We use Peacemaking Circles not solely after harm has occurred as a conflict resolution method, but also proactively as a way to build community and trust, and develop shared values. In schools they are used as an alternative to suspension or expulsion after harm has occurred. That’s really important because research shows that students who are suspended are three times more likely to be incarcerated after just one suspension....

Restorative justice behind bars

SI: How does restoration take place when someone is in jail or prison?

FD: Typically, in these cases, persons who commit homicides will go through the normal criminal justice process, but after they have been sentenced and are serving time we might have what’s called a victim-offender dialogue where the survivors, the family members, meet with the killer. This is a very delicate process, as you can imagine. There is a trained facilitator who works with each side over a period of time before actually bringing them together. Just amazing healing happens. In many cases after these processes the family members become close to the killer, and actually support the killer’s release on parole.

There is also a victim-offender dialogue that can be done in lieu of incarceration, much like the community conferencing model that I mentioned for youth. By the way, the community conferencing, or family group conferencing model for youth has led to New Zealand pretty much shutting down all of its youth locked facilities. They have made youth incarceration, except for homicide, virtually obsolete in New Zealand through a restorative justice alternative....

For more information: rjoyoakland.org and livingjusticepress.org

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‘Nuit Debout’ – standing up for change

Share International May 2016 images, Nuit Debout – standing up for change in Paris.

A new movement is rapidly sweeping France as protesters occupy French cities calling for change. Roughly translated ‘nuit debout’ means ‘night standing’ or ‘rise up at night’ and was initially a social-media-driven protest movement against labour law reforms that make it easier for employers to sack workers. However, after the first week, now vast nightly gatherings of people of all ages and backgrounds began to occupy large public spaces in more than 30 cities in France. The new citizen-led movement is being compared to the Occupy Movement or Spain’s Indignados.

It began on 31 March 2016 with a night-time sit-in in Paris after the latest street demonstrations by students and unions critical of President François Hollande’s proposed changes to labour laws. But the movement and its radical nocturnal action had been dreamed up months earlier at a Paris meeting of leftwing activists. “There were about 300 or 400 of us at a public meeting in February and we were wondering how can we really scare the government? We had an idea: at the next big street protest, we simply wouldn’t go home,” said Michel, 60, a former delivery driver. “On 31 March, at the time of the labour law protests, that’s what happened. There was torrential rain, but still everyone came back here to the square. Then at 9pm, the rain stopped and we stayed. We came back the next day and as we keep coming back every night, it has scared the government because it’s impossible to define. There’s something here that I’ve never seen before in France – all these people converge here each night of their own accord to talk and debate ideas – from housing to the universal wages, refugees, any topic they like. No one has told them to, no unions are pushing them on – they’re coming of their own accord.”

As night falls over Paris, thousands of people sit cross-legged in public spaces, taking turns to pass round a microphone and denounce everything from the dominance of Google to tax evasion or inequality on housing estates. The debating continues into the early hours of the morning. It has expanded to address a host of different grievances, including the state of emergency and security crackdown in response to last year’s terrorist attacks.

“The labour law was the final straw,” said Matthiew, 35, who was retraining to be a teacher after 10 years in the private sector, and had set up an impromptu revolutionary singing group at the square. “But it’s much bigger than that. This government, which is supposed to be socialist, has come up with a raft of things I don’t agree with, while failing to deal with the real problems like unemployment, climate change and a society heading for disaster.”

Jocelyn, 26, a former medical student acting as a press spokesman for the movement, said: “There are parallels with Occupy and Indignados. The idea is to let everyone speak out. People are really sick and tired and that feeling has been building for years.... Personally, it’s the state of emergency, the new surveillance laws, the changes to the justice system and the security crackdown.”

Various committees have sprung up to debate a new constitution, society, work, and how to occupy the square with more permanent wooden structures on a nightly basis. Whiteboards list the evening’s discussions and activities – from debates on economics to media training for the demonstrators. “No hatred, no arms, no violence,” was the credo described by the “action committee”. “This must be a perfect mini-society,” a member of the gardening committee told the crowd. A poetry committee has been set up to document and create the movement’s slogans. “Every movement needs its artistic and literary element,” said the poet who proposed it.

“Generation revolution”, was scrawled on the pavement. The concept behind the movement is a “convergence of struggles” with no one leader. There are no union banners or flags of specific groups decorating the protest in the square – a rarity in France. No issue is “off agenda”; social problems such as labour laws, inequality, injustice, climate change, the refugee crisis, racism and more are all debated through the night.

Cécile, 22, a Paris law student at Thursday night’s general assembly, said: “I don’t agree with the state society is in today. To me, politics feels broken. This movement appeals in terms of citizen action. I come here after class and I intend to keep coming back. I hope it lasts.”

(Source: theguardian.com; ibtimes.co.uk; liberation.fr; a Share International correspondent attending Nuit Debout gatherings.)

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