In recent years,
information about Maitreya's emergence has come primarily from Benjamin
Creme, a British artist and author who has been speaking and writing about
this event since 1974. According to Creme, Maitreya descended in July 1977
from his ancient retreat in the Himalayas and took up residence in the
Indian-Pakistani community of London. He has been living and working
there, as a seemingly ordinary man, his true status known to relatively
few. Maitreya has been emerging gradually into full public view so as not
to infringe humanity's free will.
As a modern man concerned with today's problems, Maitreya has
worked on many levels since 1977 to prepare humanity for his outward presence.
From behind the scenes, the outpouring of his extraordinary energy has
been the stimulus for dramatic and positive changes on many fronts, including
the fall of communism in the Soviet Union, the end of apartheid in South
Africa, the rapprochement between East and West, the growing strength
of the people’s voice in many countries, and the worldwide focus
on preserving the environment.