The Master's article for
Share International magazine, March 2008
The Christ as Teacher
by the Master —, through Benjamin Creme, 10 February 2008
Many people await and expect the emergence of the Christ but
hold a very distorted view of how that will affect humanity. Many await
Him as a Spiritual Magician Who will cancel out their and others’ shortcomings,
and so establish everlasting peace. Theirs is a very passive view of this
vast and complex happening. For Maitreya, Himself, it is an opportunity
to come into a dynamic interaction with humanity, to establish the Principles
of the Divine Plan, and to inaugurate the era of Right Human Relationship.
This entails the active response and participation of men and women everywhere:
a worldwide, continuous process of change in outer structures and inner perceptions.
Maitreya does not see as particularly open and fruitful those areas of the world
where Christians are in the majority. Nor do other major religions inspire in
Him more hope of understanding. To be sure, in all religions are men and women
who are ready to respond and to act for the benefit of all. Likewise, in every
walk of life, in every country in the world, people await the signal that will
summon them to action on behalf of their brothers and sisters, known and unknown.
Many await the Christ as the Judge, sent to chasten and punish the lawbreakers.
Maitreya, the Christ, is a Teacher, and will indeed teach man the Laws of Life,
but a Judge He never was, nor does punishment hold a place in His vocabulary.
He will seek to inspire men to know themselves as souls in incarnation, travelling
a journey of self-discovery together, and helping each other along the way. He
will affirm that competition hinders and deflects men from their path, rendering
sterile each glimpse of the soul’s nature.
Men have strayed far from that Path. Commercialization has
humanity by the throat and is squeezing every generous thought and gesture
out of their lives. The souls of men can endure little more of this oppression
and are crying aloud in their agony and frustration. They wonder, then,
at the upsurge of crime and mayhem committed by the young in every land.
Maitreya will acquaint men with the origin of wars and
military action around the world. He will show how even the climate and
weather are disaffected as a result. Men have much to learn about the
effects of their actions, and the need for discipline and care.
The Christ comes to teach. Men, free will intact, must
respond in order to grow. The Christ, Maitreya, never uses force, even
if thus we would the sooner learn. He knows that only that which is undertaken
by man’s free will is lawful and likely to bear fruit.
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Questions & Answers -
Q. The world’s economic crisis looks set to continue gradually
sliding towards a point of no-return. It makes me wonder whether
Maitreya has ‘pulled the plug’ or ‘cut off’ all
energy to the international financial system. Is it possible for
Him to cut off energy to such systems?
A. Maitreya could do this but He would not do so. It would
be a complete infringement of our free will which the Masters never
Q. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has been in Europe lecturing
at, appealing to, and threatening members of NATO, saying that NATO
countries cannot opt out of fighting the war on terrorism and that
their troop commitment is needed to achieve “victory in Afghanistan” and
to defeat Al-Qaeda. (1) Is it time for NATO countries to refuse to
support the US so-called ‘war on terror’? (2) Should
NATO re-think its remit? (3) If the populations of Europe are against
further military commitment and make their stance known, forcing
the US to go it (more or less) alone, would that hasten US withdrawal
from Afghanistan and Iraq?
A. (1) Yes, if they have the will and the nerve. (2) Yes.
Q. Chad is a very poor country, but it has oil. Is this the real
cause of the turmoil and fighting there at present?
Q. A number of African countries are experiencing what is called
the ‘curse of natural resources’ or the ‘curse
of oil’. Rows over who gets the benefit from oil and mineral
exports are said to be key factors behind conflicts in Nigeria’s
Delta region, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and numerous
other African nations. (1) Is this really the case? (2) The World
Bank and the IMF are frequently involved; is their involvement also
a factor in the conflicts?
A. (1) Yes. (2) Yes.
Q. Would the use of a truth and reconciliation approach, as now
advocated by Kofi Annan, help solve the current civil conflict in
A. Yes, if achievable.
Q. Was Maitreya present at your Amsterdam lecture on 26 September
A. He was present until the break. When I say Maitreya
was present, He was not necessarily present as He is, as He looks.
Maitreya and many of the Masters use what is called a ‘familiar’.
They create a figure, a man or a woman, sometimes a child, into which
part of Their consciousness is deposited. That ‘person’ looks
totally acceptable as a real person. They can do this very quickly.
Maitreya can make Himself invisible and then come back
into a room as a different person because it is all done by thought.
He just thinks of Himself as this rather beautiful young woman or an
aged old woman with one tooth. Very often there is something odd about
Q. Were the Buddhist monks who were protesting in September 2007
against the government in Burma inspired by Maitreya?
A. No they are not inspired by Maitreya, not directly,
but they are inspired by the energy which Maitreya pours into the world.
This creates the desire in people everywhere for freedom, for justice,
for, in other words, right relationship. If there is no freedom or
justice there cannot be peace or right relationship.
You can see this all over the world. People everywhere
are demanding their rights: freedom, justice and the sharing of the
world’s resources. All of this comes from their response to the
energy and, to some extent, to the thoughts and ideas of Maitreya from
a subtle level.
You will see, when Maitreya speaks on television and radio,
how many thousands or millions of people will say: “That is what
we want. We want to do this; we want right relationship. We want the
end of war and terrorism and hunger,” and so on.”
Humanity, then, is stimulated and activated to demand these
things. In this way the educated, focused will of humanity creates
a world public opinion against war, against terrorism, and calls for
justice and sharing. Thus Maitreya does not impose, but humanity, stimulated
by Maitreya, does the work.
Millions are marching already throughout the world, not
everyday nor week, but this action will grow more and more until the
governments of the world will be faced with thousands and sometimes
millions of people demanding their rights, demanding work or peace
or sharing and justice, until the governments have to concede.
Maitreya is stimulating this all the time. He goes to every
big march; at every big demonstration Maitreya is there for part of
Q. What kind of activities are destructive to group work?
A. The most important thing in this work is to create the
right kind of impression so that others see you as a
model of right relationship.
For example, people may come to a meeting and hear the
group members speaking about the ideas. They may feel interested.
They recognize the suffering of the millions of people which is being
discussed by the group, but they also see the way the group members
are behaving. They may not like them. The group members may seem to
be arrogant. They may seem fanatical. They may be thrusting their ideas
at the audience and are impatient with the audience’s response
or lack of response. In other words, people judge the information as
true or false depending on how group members handle themselves. If
you are arrogant, competitive, one-sided, you are not presenting the
work in the right way. That would be harmful to the image of the group.
If you don’t respect people
who come to listen, it harms the image created by the group
and the message given.
One of the most destructive elements is competition. Some
members may feel superior to the others. They may have
been longer in the group, for example. They think they know all the
answers and that they are more effective than the newer members. That
is very destructive and very harmful to right group relationships.
Equally harmful are new members who think they have come among old
fogies. They have everything to learn, but they think they are the
ones to teach. Over-enthusiastic newcomers are very tiresome to the
old members and can be very destructive over a period of time.
Another activity which is harmful, which may appear to
be nothing at all, but is very destructive to group relations
is gossiping. Gossiping destroys group relationships because it destroys
trust. It should be excluded from every group that wishes to progress.
It is a huge barrier to the spiritual tension a group is trying to
There are many things that can harm the group. It is like
a tender little plant needing very careful nurturing and
I suppose, as the Master Djwhal Khul has written in the
Alice Bailey teachings, that the underlying quality that
all groups require is unspoken, non-sentimental love as the basis of
their work. They need a deep, profound sense of love and unity in the
work they are doing, and a total respect for each individual in the
group. That of course is the ideal.
(More questions and answers)
Letters to the editor
Over a number of years, some of the Masters, in particular Maitreya and the Master Jesus, have appeared at Benjamin Creme’s lectures and Transmission Meditations. They also appear, in different guises, to large numbers of people around the world. Some of these recount their experiences to Share International magazine. If the experiences are authenticated by Benjamin Creme’s Master, the letters 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. 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. The following letters are examples of this means of communication by the Masters. Please note: In the absence of any indication to the contrary, the editors will assume that your name may be printed. Unless requested otherwise, some of these letters may be reproduced on the Share-International.org website. Only initials, town and country will be used.
My grandson Joseph, aged 19, who is mixed race English/Arab,
and was having a lot of emotional problems, woke up one
morning with a sign of a perfect cross outlined in red over his left
breast. We took it to be a sign of a blessing. It took a week to
fade and things started to get better for him after this.
What do you think it might have been?
P.C., Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that ‘the cross’ was
a blessing from the Master Jesus.)
Seal of approval
In Vienna, on 4 December 2007, there was an Alternative
Energy talk given by Dr Matthes Haug from Germany. He has a team
that has developed an effective alternative way to power a car, heat
a house, etc, called a Hurricane Energy Transformer (HET). He has
also stated that his team has solved the problem of harnessing and
using radiant energy from the etheric field, which Einstein and Tesla
noted and experimented with.
During his talk, I sat in the back row. Just as it began,
a man with dark hair, a thick moustache and a dark suit sat down in
front of me and to the right. As the talk progressed, Dr Haug was asked
many times, very pointedly, if he was going to develop this great new
technology with the best interests of humanity in mind? He answered
these questions in a way that would please God and Maitreya. Often,
when he answered, the man in front of me would clap in an exaggeratedly
loud way, even when no-one else was clapping, or he would almost jump
out of his seat with enthusiasm.
After the talk, and before the question-and-answer period,
I noticed him, and even though feeling a bit shy, wanted to find out
more about him. I approached him twice, but both times he smiled at
me and excused himself, saying we would talk later. I noticed a distinct
blue dot in the middle of his forehead. Also, the first time I looked
at him, his eyes and the ‘eye-area’ of his face were difficult
to see and focus on: it was like he was wearing a mask. The second
time I spoke with him it was impossible to even look into his eyes.
The eyes and the ‘eye-area’ seemed to dissolve when you
looked straight at him – it was like looking into outer space
on a dark night. After the question-and-answer session I looked for
him but he was nowhere to be found.
Was this man Maitreya or another Master?
R.L., Vienna, Austria.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was Maitreya.)
On 31 July 2007, in the afternoon, as we were walking to
find a crop circle at West Kennet in Wiltshire, England, we were
not sure if we were on the right road and asked the way of a lady
who was making a turn with her campervan on the road. She was a slim
English lady in jeans, with blond hair and strong blue eyes, aged
between 50 and 55 years. She told us she would take us for about
a mile and drop us near the Long Barrow. She opened the back door
of the camper and we climbed inside a very dark room. We sat on what
looked to be a small bed. The lady opened the door again to show
us how we could open it from inside if anything should happen.
We looked around us: the place was totally closed. It was
as if we had changed worlds. The place was full of odd and weird items:
on the left there was an old gas cooker held tight with ropes, on the
right there was an old furnace for wood and coal with a chimney which
looked as though it had not been used for a long time, a large picture
of a crop circle half pinned on the wall, and hanging from the ceiling
there was a lantern for candles but no candle inside. We do not remember
exactly all the other things that were inside but we remember the feeling
of being in a different world, we could not find any answer to all
the questions this situation raised inside of us.
After a ride of about 10-15 minutes, the camper stopped,
the lady came to open the door to let us out and told us that we were
near the place where we wanted to go. We thanked her a lot and she
went away. We had the feeling our meeting was not ordinary.
Who was this lady who allowed us to have such an unusual
C.S. and N.W., Lausanne, Switzerland.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘lady with the campervan’ was
the Master Jesus.)
Act of faith (1)
I had met and married a woman with five children in Venice
Beach, California late 1967. Early 1968 we bought an old Ford Falcon
station wagon and decided to drive across America with the kids,
and our two dogs to New York, then visit England, and on to India
to study at Sri Aurobindo’s ashram. We had no money but lots
of faith that the universe would take care of us.
The eve of our departure we had a visitor, a man named
Claire accompanied by a young woman. He said that they had come to
sit vigil over us before our journey. We were well known in the community
so we figured he had heard about our plans. We all ate together and
our talk was of an esoteric nature as we were deeply interested in
My wife and I retired for the night and awoke the next
morning to find Claire and his companion still there. They bid us God
speed and we set off on our journey. I have often wondered about that
couple. Could they have been Masters?
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was Maitreya and the ‘woman’ was
the Master Jesus.)
Act of faith (2)
By 1970 my wife had given birth to my first son, her 6th
child, in Nice, south of France. We were living in a small village
inland from Nice in the Alpes Maritimes by the good grace of Princess
Grace of Monaco (that’s another story!)
It was time to leave and the battery of our Austin van
that we lived and travelled in was dead. No one in the small village
had a battery charger so we decided to charge it ourselves. We placed
it in the middle of our living room surrounded by flowers, pictures
of beloved saints and gurus, our children and friends, and we chanted
mantras, and Om’ed. We put it back in the van, which also had
a cracked block because we had failed to put anti-freeze in during
the wintry months of our stay. A group of officials from the Palace
of Monaco had come to see us off and to the utter surprise of the villagers
we started up the van and went on our way.
Did we really energise the battery or did we get some help?
M.F., Santa Monica, California, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the help came from Maitreya.)
In early November 2007, I had just arrived at the Share
International Nederland Information Centre in Amsterdam for Transmission
Meditation when a group of us watched as several ‘orange balls’ floated
across the sky one after the other. The person who first spotted
them moving in various formations had seen them as she cycled to
The lights moved slowly and in a steady, almost straight
line; they seemed spherical and made no noise. We counted about 10
craft of some kind. Could they have been spaceships? If so, which planet
did they come from?
A.A., Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘orange balls’ were
indeed spacecraft from the planet Mars. There were, in fact, 20 such craft.)
European Conference Questions and Answers
by Benjamin Creme
Extract from an edited
version of the Question and Answer session with Benjamin Creme from
the European Transmission Meditation Conference 2007, held at Kerkrade,
the Netherlands, in September 2007.
Q. Is it because the media have difficulty relating
our information to the facts that they do nothing? Is
it a lack of facts or evidence or what?
A. It is a fact that Nelson Mandela, after 27 years incarceration,
was suddenly released and became the President of the new
South Africa. It is a fact and the prediction about it
was published in Share
International [September 1988].
When I held a press conference, speaking to a group of
nearly a hundred journalists, on 14 May 1982 in Los Angeles,
I gave the whole story and these journalists were very
mixed. Some were complete fundamentalists in their own way. Some were
totally against it, but many of them were open. They clapped several
times about the need for sharing and justice in the world – hardheaded
journalists who never clap for anybody. They clapped this story of
mine, this simple story, and at the end I talked about journalists
coming to London and going through the motions of looking for Maitreya,
and that He would come forward to them if they did that.
The BBC had linked this press conference with a programme
which was broadcast at the same time. They were there on
the spot in London where I said Maitreya was living. When
the American media asked the BBC what they were doing about it, the
British media said: “Nothing.” The
Americans said: “But why not? It is a fantastic story.” The
BBC said: “We know it is a fantastic story but we are waiting
for more tangible evidence.” The “more tangible evidence” they
could only get by doing what I asked them to do: come to
London and go through the motions of looking for Maitreya
in the Asian community.
If these journalists had been men of clout who, having
seen Maitreya would believe, they would speak to their
colleagues and say: “Yes, it is true. The story is true. I met
him. He is extraordinary.” Maitreya
said that would have been enough in 1982. The media want
the information put in their lap. We put the information
in their lap, but that is not enough. They want to see Maitreya
and as soon as He raises His head above the parapet they will act.
There are many journalists who met Maitreya at the Conference
which He held in April 1990 in London. There were about
40 really important journalists present. They know it as
well as I do. They will not take the responsibility of doing anything
about it because their jobs are at stake. They have wives and family
responsibilities. It is not easy. It was not easy for John the Baptist,
of the time
Argentinean girl cries ‘wooden tears’
A nine-year-old Argentinean girl cries ‘wooden tears’. The
phenomenon began in November 2007 in the Argentinean town of Colonia
Liebig, in Corrientes province.
The tears, which look like little wooden chips, appeared suddenly from
one day to the next. Those who have examined the young girl say that
there does not seem to be anything wrong with the child’s eyes
but that her eye seem to be exuding small pieces of wood or tiny pieces
of vegetable matter, rather like twigs. “We are amazed, she shed
a great amount of wood chips and her eyes are not congested. The wood
chips are similar to mate herb twigs”, explained one witness. (Mate
is a South American herbal tea.)
Néstor Anocibar, examining magistrate of Ituzaingó, confirmed
that the nine-year-old girl is shedding small wood chips. (Source: Diario
de Cuyo, Argentina)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms this that Maitreya is manifesting
The ultimate potato
Pastor Renée Brewster of Marion County, Florida, was starting
to make potato salad for her church one day in January 2008. She said, “I
was hesitant about making the potato salad because Sister Frankie makes
the potato salad at church and I said, ‘Lord if it’s not
for me to make potato salad then send me a sign.’” Brewster
thought she had received a sign when the first potato she cut into looked
rotten, and she put it aside. But her 10-year-old granddaughter asked
her to take another look. Brewster saw an unmistakable image in the middle
of the potato. “That’s Jesus on the cross,” she said.
The image has strengthened her faith and desire to help people at the
church. “I just want people to know God is still as real today
as he was back then and he can show up any time he gets ready,” said
Brewster. (Source: www.myfoxorlando.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the Master Jesus manifested
Forces of Light
“Important events are taking place in many parts of the world.
People everywhere will be astonished by the reports. These will include
sightings, in unprecedented numbers, of spacecraft from our neighbouring
planets, Mars and Venus in particular. Nothing like this increased
activity, over vast areas of the Earth, will have been seen before.
Those who have steadfastly refused to take seriously the reality of
this phenomenon will find it difficult to deny. More and more accounts
of contact with the occupants of the spacecraft will add their testimony
to the fact of their existence. Miraculous happenings of all kinds
will continue and multiply in number and variety. The minds of men
will be baffled and amazed by these wonders, and this will cause them
to ponder deeply.” (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The
gathering of the Forces of Light’, Share International,
UFO sightings around the world
Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the following reports
are all authentic sightings of spacecraft from the planet Mars:
Kazakhstan – A local police chief witnessed a UFO plunge into
a river in northern Kazakhstan in the early hours of 5 January 2008.
The witness reported seeing a shiny flying object enter the Belaya river,
located in the May district of Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar region. However,
divers who later searched the river found no unusual objects and water
samples were found to be normal. (Source: Interfax News Agency, Russia)
UK – Isle of Wight: Several people reported seeing a
UFO on 27 January 2008. Frank Webb and his wife saw a silent, glowing
craft heading west to east across the sky at around 8.20 pm. The object
had no navigation lights. “I was in the RAF for 22 years as an engine
technician, so I thought if I could hear it I could work out what it
was. But there was no sound whatsoever. It was weird.” Web said
the UFO was approximately the size of a medium-size aeroplane, flying
at an altitude of between 400-500 feet and was covered in yellow lights.
After Webb’s sighting was reported in a local newspaper, three
other witnesses came forward. Local residents Richard McFarlane, Barry
Holland and Paul Westmore reported they had seen a UFO on the same day. “It
was a yellow ball in the sky,” McFarlane said. “It had a
haze around it and it wasn’t moving at all. We watched it for ages.”
USA – Northern California: A resident of Yreka reported
seeing a UFO on the evening of 8 January 2008. Mary Hay saw a “slightly
wedge-shaped” craft fly above her while at a gas station around
8pm. Hay said the object had three rows of lights underneath it, the
middle row longer than the others. The object flew from east to west, “then
disappeared very quickly,” she said. (Source: Siskiyou Daily
Southern California: There was mass media coverage after multiple
sightings of lights in the sky in January 2008. On 1 January, Fox News Channel
6 quoted many reports of UFOs over San Diego at around 12.30am, and showed
a short clip of the event filmed from the suburb of Clairmont (viewable on
YouTube). The eyewitnesses describe the UFOs as being huge, with lights, and
making no sound at all before disappearing at lightening speed into the distance.
Texas: On 8 January 2008 at around 6.16pm, Steve Allen (a pilot of
30 years’ experience), Lance Jones and Mike Odom were admiring the sunset
outside the latter’s home in Selden, Texas, when they suddenly noticed
flashing lights about 3,500 feet above ground level. “The ship wasn’t
really visible and was totally silent, but the lightspan was about a mile long
and a half mile wide,” Allen said. “The lights went from corner
to corner. It was directly above Highway 67 travelling towards Stephenville
at high speed – about 3,000 miles per hour is what I would estimate.”
Allen said the lights were not those of a normal aircraft but were more
like strobe lights, and that they reconfigured themselves from a single
horizontal line into two sets of vertical lights he estimated to be approximately
one-quarter of a mile apart. “Then they turned into dirty burning
flames,” he said. “The flames were not blue. They were white
in colour. About two seconds later it disappeared completely.” About
10 minutes later, the object flew overhead again from the west, travelling
east towards Glen Rose “about two or three miles south of 67, and
two military jets, possibly F16s, were in pursuit”.
“It’s unexplainable,” said Mike Odom. “It was something
not natural; it was moving way too fast.” His wife, Claudette, formerly
a flight attendant, said: “Lights were going up and down the side. There
was no sound, just the lights. It was moving so fast. It wasn’t a plane.
I know how planes move. Honestly, I think it was a UFO. It was so fast you
couldn’t have put your finger on it and move it fast enough to follow
Meanwhile, WOAI Radio in San Antonio, Texas, reported further UFO sightings
that same night [8 January] over the city, seen by dozens of witnesses;
and MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) received reports from as far afield as
On 9 January, one witness reported that he watched a UFO clearly for
about five minutes through 50-power binoculars: “I saw three distinct
sets of lights, one small light on top of a larger light, two fairly
close together, one some distance away.”
A witness of another 9 January sighting said: “I have seen these
strobing lights three different times now. The first time was about a
month ago, outside of Cisco, on highway 183. All three times it happened
on the same route, only this time out of nowhere these huge, bright round
lights appeared in the same manner as before. Each light started out
dim then instantly got brighter, almost like huge spotlights.”
On 10 January a man driving with his daughter south-east from Eastland
towards Lake Leon reported seeing “two large bright lights like
stars. The two lights moved towards each other very, very fast … faster
than anything I had ever seen. They looked like they met and then five
or six smaller lights dispersed out in a circular pattern away from them
and then everything was gone.” (Source: Stephenville Empire-Tribune;
mufon.com, USA; youtube.com)
taken by satellites used by Google Earth show a large triangular-shaped
craft from above. The craft was clearly visible in several shots and
bright lights can be seen on each corner. This image was photographed
over Western Australia.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the craft is from
the planet Mars and is approximately 300 feet in length on each side).
A tribute to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
A Great Soul has departed the world
News of the death on 5 February 2008 of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi quickly
circled the world. Obituaries and mini-biographies appeared, at least
in the UK, in all the major newspapers and in radio and television newscasts.
He was the one spiritual teacher of whom everyone had heard; his was
a household name whether the hearer meditated or not.
The Maharishi, as he became generally known, was a disciple of the great
Guru Dev, one of the Supreme Masters of the South Indian Lodge of our
Spiritual Hierarchy. Before His own departure from this life, Guru Dev
instructed Maharishi to travel the world, teaching and training those
who would teach what became known as Transcendental Meditation. This
is a very simple form of meditation with no religious or ideological
So committed, so tireless, was the Maharishi in these lengthy tours around
the world, that hundreds of thousands of mostly young people took up
this simple way to ‘bliss’. In 1967, the Beatles joined
for a time. This inevitably focussed the attention of the media on this
joyful yogi and led millions to take up the meditation.
It is said that today some 5 million people do Transcendental Meditation.
Maharishi’s aim was to change the world for the better; his task
could not have been better accomplished. As far as we know, he never
said or saw it in this way but like the many other Gurus who have come
from India, the Maharishi has helped to prepare a huge group of people
for the work of Maitreya.
our own correspondents
excerpts from articles and interviews
Aiming to cure blindness
Interview with Geoffrey Tabin
by Jason Francis
The Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) has been helping to eradicate
preventable blindness and restore sight to people throughout Asia since
1995. Ophthalmologist Geoffrey Tabin co-founded and is co-director
of HCP. He is professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and director
of the Division of International Ophthalmology at the John A. Moran
Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. Geoffrey Tabin
was interviewed for Share International by Jason Francis.
Share International: How prevalent is
blindness throughout the world and what are its primary causes?
Geoffrey Tabin: Blindness affects relatively few people in the developed
world – about three per thousand who are considered “legally
blind.” That’s someone who can see the eye chart and read
only the top two lines. The causes of blindness in the developed world
are mostly things that we can’t prevent, like age-related macular
degeneration, and other diseases of old age.
In the developing world, the blindness rate is three per hundred, about
10 times greater. About 90 per cent of the blindness in the developing
world is easily preventable or treatable. The World Health Organization
defines blindness as “functionally blind”, where you are
unable to perform the tasks of daily living. You can’t see to do
the basic things that an average person needs to do to survive. About
55 per cent of blindness is from cataracts, which is completely treatable
and people can have perfect vision restored.
The second leading cause of blindness – difficult to prevent but
preventable – is glaucoma. After that is a blindness called trachoma,
caused by infection with Chlamydia Trachomatis – a very easily
prevented and cured infection of poor hygiene and bad water that leads
to irreparable scarring of the eye.
The next leading cause of blindness is having minor trauma with no treatment.
For example, you get a little scratch on your cornea and with no antibiotics
it develops into a bad ulcer. River blindness, or Onchocerciasis, is
caused by an infection carried by a parasitic worm, and is also easily
preventable. Merck, a large pharmaceutical company, is giving out unlimited
amounts of a medicine called Mectizan. The drug completely prevents the
occurrence of river blindness and it’s purely a matter of getting
it to the people who need it.
The final cause of blindness, and the leading cause of blindness in children,
is vitamin A deficiency, or xerophtalmia, lack of vitamin A
in the diet. The cost of supplementing vitamin A to a child is 75 cents
per year. And with 75 cents per year it also reduces infant mortality
by about 30 per cent.
SI: How is someone’s life expectancy affected when blindness
GT: In the developing world, the life expectancy of the blind is very
short. There have been several studies based on age and health-matched
peers that have shown that the life expectancy once you go blind is one-third
that of a sighted person; blind children fare much worse.
SI: Are some causes of blindness more prevalent in certain regions
of the world?
GT: There are more cataracts in regions where people are exposed to intense
UV [ultraviolet] sun exposure, and have low antioxidants in their diet.
People who tend to eat just rice and barley and have very intense UV
sunlight exposure develop blinding cataracts at a much higher prevalence.
In much of the developing world – southern India and rural China,
for example – people have these problems. As for some of the infectious
blindnesses, which are endemic in only a relatively small region of the
world, in places like southern Sudan and Congo, these nevertheless affect
a very high percentage of the population. The same is true for trachoma,
a disease of very poor hygiene and dusty climates. So, places like Kenya,
Tanzania, Ethiopia and Sudan have very high levels of trachoma.
SI: What countries does the HCP work in and how many people are
treated in any given year for blindness?
GT: I’ve been very fortunate because I’ve had a couple of
amazing partners. My partner Sanduk Ruit is one of the most brilliant,
gifted surgeons and he has chosen to remain in Nepal. [Ruit is co-founder
of HCP and medical director of HCP’s Tilganga Eye Centre in Kathmandu,
Nepal.] One of the big problems in the world is that the best qualified
doctors leave their countries and many who don’t leave still want
to live in the best situation in their part of the world. So, you have
a lot of places like Nigeria where one qualified ophthalmologist treats
the rich of the country.
When Sanduk Ruit and I began our work together 15 years ago, he already
had an idea of how to reach people in the most remote places of Nepal.
We started teaching one doctor at a time to do high quality cataract
surgery and developing a system where we were training ophthalmic assistants
and nurses to support the doctor. We developed a system of really high
quality delivery where no one does anything that somebody with a lower
skill level can do.
When we started, in all of Nepal there were only 15,000 cataract operations
done the whole prior year. At that time, we estimated the backlog to
be about 300,000 blind people, and there were about 80,000 new cases
with people who were going totally blind from cataracts per year. Last
year, after 14 years, a total of 170,000 cataract operations were performed
in Nepal. Not only is Nepal now the only country in the region that is
significantly reducing its backlog, but we’re actually treating
a lot of people from the Bihar region of India as well. In terms of HCP’s
direct care, we’ve done an increasing number of operations, from
10,000 a year when we were starting, up to 33,000 last year. That’s
our direct care. But our main accomplishment is teaching and developing
the training systems. I think these are responsible for the level and
quality of cataract surgery in Nepal.
We started out teaching one doctor at a time to do good, high quality
cataract surgery. We expanded from there, taking some of our best cataract
surgeons and sending them for Fellowship training to become subspecialty
ophthalmologists, training pediatric ophthalmologists specializing in
treating diseases of children – crossed eyes, pediatric cataract – training
corneal transplant specialists and starting an eye bank. Once we had
a full cadre of specialists – ocular plastics, glaucoma and retina
specialists – we then began a full program to train full ophthalmologists.
In addition we realized we needed very high quality support staff, so
we started a program that is now a full three-year accredited program
with Kathmandu University training ophthalmic assistants. They come out
after three years, basically doing the work that an optometrist does
in America and providing really high quality, basic primary eye care
and supporting the doctors. So, the doctors can work at a much higher
volume than most places. Then we started working in other regions.
In 1994, we started the Himalayan Cataract Project in Nepal and in 1996
we began training doctors from Tibet. In 1999, we started working in
Bhutan, and the following year in surrounding regions of India. Over
the last eight or 10 years, Fellows come for training from Cambodia,
Myanmar [Burma], North Korea. For about a year and a half I’ve
been working in Africa with the UN Millennium Development Program. We
have 12 research villages and are working with Jeffrey Sachs and the
UN Millennium Development Project learning how to reach people in Africa.
We are also doing a survey of blindness in Africa….
Venezuela’s social revolution
by Patricia Pitchon
Venezuela is undergoing massive social change, to the delight of many
and the alarm of some. The changes have important political and economic
as well as social implications, because the intention of President Hugo
Chavez is to move from a deeply unequal society based on a neo-liberal
economic model to a socialist model which he hopes will transform the
lives of the poor. The rejection of a neo-liberal model is due partly
to the disastrous impoverishment of the Venezuelan people after the previous
oil boom ended in the late 1980s, when the percentage of poor Venezuelans
rose from 28 per cent to 68 per cent in 2003. In the developed world
it is often hard to understand the huge social and economic shocks developing
countries are vulnerable to, particularly when they are dependent on
one or two main export products, income inequalities are acute and social
institutions are weak….
Currently a process of workers’ education in the creation and management
of co-operatives is under way. Similarly, in rural areas agricultural
co-operatives are being set up on land owned previously by wealthy landowners.
Initially there was tension between government agencies and the traditional
pre-Chavez co-operative movement, concerned at the promotion of new co-operatives
which were offered grants despite the lack of preparation and technical
education of their members. The links between them and government agencies
is now improving.
President Chavez was impatient to bypass bureaucracy and more than 40,000
co-operatives were created in 2004 and another 30,000 in 2005. From December
2004 to May 2005 over 250,000 students graduated from short-term historical,
technical and managerial classes that also emphasized citizenship and co-operative
values. Around 195,000 students subsequently formed about 7,500 new co-operatives.
Given the inexperience of many, some will fail though doubtless others will
succeed, but as a vast social experiment it further empowers people through
a model which may suit many developing countries, not just Venezuela.
The creation of thousands of neighbourhood councils enables many people
to engage in a political process involving not only local elections but
also local problem-solving. This process is a method which empowers people
by investing in their capacity to take responsibility, to learn to deal
with local issues and to come up with local solutions. Naturally there
will be many variations on the ground as these social and political processes
take root, and they are still very much at the experimental stage, but
through them the poor, the indigent, and sections of the lower middle
class can develop a sense of involvement in the destiny of their country.
This represents the formation of a grassroots movement and a transformation
of power structures. To form such a council, an assembly is set up through
a small group of around 200 to 400 families coming together in a local
community, and then all of the community, house by house, is invited
to take part, asking everyone to choose 20 people to form the promotion
team which then carries out a census of the local population and reports
on local problems. At the subsequent communal council elections around
13 members take charge of technology, education, security, health and
so on. Executive, monitoring and financial management committees are
also elected. Many see these communal councils as the basic units of
the new society.
Venezuela has a population of some 26 million, many concentrated in
a few major towns, yet there are now more than 15,000 councils, both
rural and urban – an effective way of reaching out to those who
live in more vulnerable and isolated communities which were traditionally
ignored by urban-based politicians.
One interesting story involves a village in the Andes, about a three-hour
drive from the town of Merida, itself located high up in the Andes amidst
spectacular scenery. One former employee of a Venezuelan government department
reported that this relatively remote village had already received legal
assistance in the election procedures from an independent NGO by the
time government officials arrived there to help them set up their council.
Initially the officials wanted to choose the promotion team, but the
local population explained that they understood the new procedures and
would be electing the team and the council members themselves. This is
an interesting example both of old habits taking time to change (officials
are used to telling the population what to do) and new structures taking
root (the local inhabitants were becoming more confident).
In Venezuela there are many contradictions between older, inherited bureaucratic
structures and newer, more dynamic structures, and these co-exist at
present in a state of tension. Social revolutions are rarely tidy, and
some concerns are justified, but Venezuela’s myriad political,
economic and social experiments represent an alternative to previous
policies which failed to address the basic needs of the majority of the
of the people
‘The World Against War’
The need for action to let voices of reason be heard, is considered
of such vital importance that Share International is repeating
its reporting on massive peace demonstrations expected to take place
around the world on 15 March 2008, in an event called ‘The World
Against War’. It marks the fifth anniversary of the invasion
of Iraq. Before the war, 12.5 million people in over 80 countries marching
to oppose the invasion of Iraq.
The US-based anti-war group ANSWER urges all concerned
citizens to take part in the call for change: “The creation of
a powerful grassroots movement is key to ending the war in Iraq and
changing an overall political direction that threatens widening disaster.”
Benjamin Creme’s Master calls the growing people power movement “the
most important political event of our time”. In His article ‘The
voice of Maitreya’, He says: “Add your voice to that gathering
clamour for peace and justice and become aware of your place in history.
A new world is in the making and requires the involvement of all: all
have a part to play in this great undertaking; none should feel too
young or too old to voice aloud their aspirations. Soon, Maitreya,
Himself, will focus this demand for a new way of living, adding His
insight and experience to the cry from men for justice and peace.”
Many Share International co-workers around the world will
be marching with banners calling for sharing as the only way to justice
For more information: www.stopwar.org, www.theworldagainstwar.org
Global Day of Action
On the Global Day of Action (26 January 2008), called by the World
Social Forum, people gathered in every continent, in as many as 900
The World Social Forum is an open forum which brings together
environmental and social justice campaigners and activists from around
the world. This year, instead of being held in one country with participants
travelling to it, the WSF’s message was “Act Locally, Think
A small selection of actions around the world:
India – 26 separate events took place, including rallies, performances
and public meetings. In Mumbai around 500 people took part in a colourful procession
to highlight conditions for farmers, mill workers, small retailers and the
poor. The demonstrators wanted to alert the citizens of Mumbai to an agrarian
crisis in the area – as many as six farmers are committing suicide every
day in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, as agriculture has become increasingly
unprofitable in the face of global competition. Floats were adorned with banners
claiming “Another world is possible” and the parade covered a distance
of 11 kilometres.
In Chennai, around 2,000 women and Dalits held a protest
against discrimination and in Trivandrum, fishermen – one of
the many groups who had never been to a WSF event before but decided
to take up the Global Day of Action as their own – marched in
protest against new coastal environmental laws that threaten their
livelihood and promote indiscriminate tourism. “We fishworkers
are affected by everything that happens globally and so decided to
be part of a worldwide movement against the negative impact of globalization,” said
T.Peter, President of the Kerala Fishworkers Forum.
Canada – A coalition of groups – community, environmental,
student, women, union and minority organizations – joined together on
a cold afternoon in Montreal, Quebec. The demonstrators were joined by a group
of fire dancers with the warning cry “The Snow is on Fire”, to
highlight global warming.
USA – Around 400 activists gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, for
a ‘Peoples’ Movement Assembly’. ‘Stop building prisons.
Start building communities,’ ‘No private corporate control,’ and ‘Stop
the Siege on Gaza’ were some of the banners displayed on a parade through
Demonstrators in the San Francisco Bay region showed solidarity
with the inhabitants of New Orleans, protesting about a crisis in the
post-Hurricane Katrina recovery and demanding the application of the
UN Human Right of housing. There are still 12,000 homeless in New Orleans
and demolitions of temporary housing is planned in the city.
In the Greater Boston area, the Global Day of Action preceded
a week of events which included a Winter Soldier event organized by
Iraq Veterans Against the War, an immigration rally, an event to challenge
the Free Trade Agreement in Colombia, two demonstrations in support
of the Palestinians and a talk about human rights in Haiti.
Chile – A ‘human chain’ wound its way through the
capital Santiago in a march planned by the Chilean Social Forum. The demonstrators
stopped at street corners along the way to stage speeches and performances
highlighting particular issues. For example, at one junction in the commercial
district, a prisoner was pulled in a cart, drawing attention to the plight
of the Chilean population, as regards electrical energy monopolies and the
highest energy bills in Latin America. At a block further on, a wall of panels
was erected, symbolizing the system of social ‘apartheid’ that
divides the population.
Lebanon – Local NGOs planned a youth cultural exchange and regional
workshops addressing critical local issues like cluster munitions awareness.
There was a youth-led ‘International Resistance Action’ march
in Beirut’s university neighbourhood of Hamra, and a demonstration to
highlight the urgent situation of Palestinians in Gaza.
Ireland – Campaigners staged a protest in front of the Central
Bank in the centre of the capital Dublin to highlight the effect of damaging
global economic policies on people in the developing world. “The global
economy has been structured to benefit rich countries and companies at the
expense of the poor. We need to see a radical shift in the policies being pursued
by these powerful governments and corporations,” said Nina Sachau, of
organizing group Comhlámh.
Indonesia – Around 800 women and men from a coalition of industrial
workers, trade unionists, fishermen, farmers, environmentalists and students
marched in the capital Jakarta. They covered about 2 kilometres from Thamrin
to the Presidential Palace to raise issues about labour law, global warming,
debt and a new economic policy which is putting land, sea and water under the
control of multinational corporations.
(Source: ipsterraviva.net; indymedia.org; democracynow.org;
Protests for Gaza
There were demonstrations in cities throughout the world in January
and February 2008 as people gathered to demand an end to Israel’s
blockade of Gaza. With Israel’s closure of borders to the region,
around 1.5 million Palestinians are effectively being imprisoned without
access to food, electricity, water and medical care. The 500,000 desperate
Palestinians who managed to get through the border to Egypt for supplies
have been described as taking part in the “biggest prison break
A number of cities in the US held demonstrations, including
Chicago, where hundreds of concerned citizens braved blizzard conditions
to protest outside a benefit for Friends of the Israel Defense Force
held in the Lakefront Theater on Chicago’s Broadway Avenue. The
protest included many Arab-American and Jewish Chicagoans.
In Boston the Coalition for Palestinian Rights gathered
in Harvard Square where they stretched a full city block, standing
in the cold with banners.
Protesters joined organizers Palestinians for Peace and
the Irish Unity Committee in Houston, who held a rally in the city
centre on 26 January. ‘Free Gaza’ and ‘Stop Israel’s
war crimes on Gaza’ were some of the handmade banners on display.
Demonstrations were also held in Seattle, San Francisco,
Los Angeles, St Petersburg, Portland and a number of other cities.
People demonstrated across the Middle East, and government
leaders in the region condemned Israel’s actions. Jordan’s
Queen Rania, whose country has diplomatic ties with Israel, took the
unusual step of urging the international community to stop the “collective
punishment” of Gaza’s residents. Several demonstrations
took place in the Jordanian capital where people staged sit-ins, and
several thousand protesters marched through the streets of Lebanese
In Montreal, Canada, hundreds including students, trade
union members, politicians and human rights activists joined together
in a demonstration organized by Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights
(SPHR), a non-profit, student-based organization. The demonstrators
handed out information leaflets and called on the Canadian government
to pressure Israel to end its siege of Gaza.
On 25 January households in several European cities turned
off the lights in their homes for 20 minutes, in solidarity with the
residents of Gaza whose electricity has been periodically cut off by
the Israeli government. Earlier that day a protest was held in the
Belgium capital Brussels in which hundreds gathered in front of the
EU headquarters calling for the EU to put pressure on Israel to stop
Around 2,000 protesters gathered outside Downing Street
in London, UK, carrying placards, chanting ‘Free, free Palestine’ and
holding candles as darkness fell. Actor and author Alexis Sayle, attending
the demonstration, said he was there to tell the British government
to put pressure on Israel. “A lot of people are seeing that [Israel’s
action] is particularly savage. You use words like collective punishment
and it robs them of their meaning, but essentially what it means is
punishing the innocent … it’s exceptionally cruel.” Member
of Parliament Jeremy Corbyn said: “We’re here today because
we want peace. We won’t achieve peace without justice for the
The Independent Jewish Voices published a statement in The Times,
UK, protesting against the siege of Gaza and the rocket attacks on
Israeli targets: “The siege of Gaza is causing devastating social
and economic consequences and threatens a humanitarian catastrophe.”
There have been many protests in Gaza itself, television
images of which have spurred on the demonstrations around the world. “Oh
Arabs, Oh Muslims, Oh humanity,” cried a young Palestinian girl, “is
it a disgrace to tell the truth openly?”
There were also protests within Israel, and on 26 January
a group of Israeli peace activists attempted to deliver food and medical
supplies through the blockade into Gaza.
The Israeli blockade is in clear violation of international
law, which strictly forbids collective punishment and labels it a war
crime. Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949) states in
part: “No protected person may be punished for an offence he
or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise
all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.” (Source:
BBC, The Guardian, The Times, UK; indymedia.org,
www.ijv.org.uk, www.imemc.org, youtube.com)
Outlines of the future – A compilation
We present a selection of quotations which outline some aspects
of the future – 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.
Breath held, humanity awaits the appearance of the Avatar. Knowingly
or not, millions now stand ready to receive the Teacher, the Revealer
of new Truths and the guarantee of men’s future and divinity.
(The Master —, from ‘The Avatar’)
To show men that the way into the future lies through Love and Justice,
have I come.
To take men into that future and to show them the Ways
of God, am I here.
Be then, My dear ones, ready to receive Me, to work with
Me, to dispel the fog of fear and ignorance which enshrouds mankind.
Take, then, My hand, and let Me lead you into that golden
future in which those who are ready shall see the face of God.
My Blessing goes with you all. (Maitreya, from Message
Let us understand the nature of the task which [Maitreya] has set
Himself. To establish in our midst the fact of God, has He come. To
recreate the Divine Mysteries, is He here. To teach men how to love,
and love again, is He among us. To establish man’s brotherhood
does He walk the Earth once more. To keep faith with the Father and
with man does He accept this burden. To usher in the New Age has He
returned. To consolidate the treasure of the past, to inspire the marvels
of the future, to glorify God and man has He descended from His high
Let us look at His priorities: the establishment of peace;
the inauguration of the system of sharing; the removal of guilt and
fear – the cleansing of the hearts and minds of men; the education
of mankind in the laws of life and love; an introduction to the Mysteries;
the beautification of our cities; the removal of barriers to travel
and interchange of peoples; the creation of a pool of knowledge accessible
That such a task is not an easy one, not even for the Son
of Man, is clear. Ancient habits of division and separation have strong
roots, while fear and superstition cast their spell over millions of
mankind. But never before, in the history of the world, has a Teacher
come better equipped for His task. Maitreya has come to do battle with
ignorance and fear, division and want. His weapons are spiritual understanding,
knowledge and love; His shining armour is Truth Itself. (The Master —,
from ‘The Son of Man’)
My Masters will show you that there is little which you cannot effect
if you but try.
All is possible to man.
All that man needs is provided by his Source.
The Great Provider remembers His children.
Look not then askance at the future time but welcome it
with open arms and joy, knowing that Brotherhood and Trust will be
the norm. (Maitreya, from Message No. 86)
Can you imagine when the Masters are actually working openly, known
for what They are and advising the leaders of the world, the major
statesmen, professors, educators, the great financiers and administrators?
You can imagine what effect the Masters’ advice will have on
these men and women, trained in their own particular professions, with
all the expertise at their fingertips, though sometimes an expertise
that has led the world to the very edge of a precipice. That expertise
will be turned to good, to the needs of all humanity, and will show
an insight, a technological clarity and ability which will quickly,
if we wish it, transform the world. (Benjamin Creme, The Great
The first priority for Maitreya is the establishment of true peace
in the world: the abandonment by humanity of war and the competition
that leads to war. This can only be achieved by fulfilling the needs
of all the people….
Unless all peoples everywhere see an end to their sufferings
and hopelessness, their inferior position in the world – in a
word, until the developing world can eat and grow and live decent,
civilized lives like everyone else, there will never be peace in the
world. The first requirement for establishing peace is the sharing
of the world’s resources. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s
Mission Volume Three)
A simpler life
The era of competition is fast coming to an end. With its demise,
violence and war, starvation amid plenty, greed and separation, will
likewise fade from the memory. To replace these sorrows will emerge
blessed co-operation, to guarantee to men their essential divinity.
Thus will it be and thus will men come to understand another facet
in the nature of God. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The
Art of Co-operation’)
Sharing the world’s resources will restore sanity to the world.
It will make life happier for most people. Some people in
the beginning may feel loss through a simplification of life and loss
of ‘choice’ but – under the influence of the Masters,
and the spiritual and mental transformation, the loss of tension and
stress, which will accrue from sharing – we will create a world
in which people will appreciate life even more and find it beautiful.
Every day the media will put out information on the progress of sharing
and what effect it is having. The entire world will be kept involved.
We will see Maitreya on television and He will answer questions. (Benjamin
Creme, The Art of Co-operation)
Many await My Coming with reverence and also with some fear.
This is inevitable.
My Coming will mean the end of the old order of things.
All that is useless, no longer serving the purposes of
man, can now be discarded.
This will cause many to grieve but so it must be.
My friends, My children, I am here to show you that there
exists for man a most marvellous future.
Decked in all the colours of the rainbow, glowing with
the Light of God, man, one day, will stand upright in his divinity.
This I promise you.
I am a simple Man, and simply I make My Appeal you:
Trust Me, follow Me, let Me take you into the future time,
on the basis of Love, on the basis of Sharing, on the basis
(Maitreya, from Message No. 4)
New forms of government
What is necessary is a total change in our social structure throughout
the world. This involves, in the first place, working through the existing
governmental structures in order to change them. The involvement of
all sections of society in the construction of the new order will ensure
the speedy adoption of the necessary measures, so that in this process
the very nature of government, as we visualise it today, will change….
Government is organisation of relationships. There must
be some structure or organisation where decisions are taken for certain
results to pertain. That is government; whether it is on a community
level, a personal level, or an international level, it would still
have some formal structure. What I am suggesting is that the governmental
system will change by the participation of all sections of
society in this process of change. (Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance
of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom)
Everything is moving so fast now that events are beyond the control
of the politicians. All political systems that divide the world, that
create rich and poor, will come to an end. A new political era has
begun in which awareness informs everyone of their basic human rights,
their liberties and their responsibilities to themselves and each other.
(Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – the Laws of Life)
New economic structure based on sharing
Every nation will be asked to make over in trust for the world what
they have in excess of their needs; from that common pool the needs
of all will be met. The process of redistribution, and the rationalization
of our economic structures, will itself rationalize the overproduction
process. (Benjamin Creme, The Art of Co-operation)
Third World debt – The debt will be written
off. There is no possibility of doing anything else. There is no way
in which this debt can be recovered. It is not through an increased
burden on taxpayers in creditor nations that the solution will be found
to this dilemma. Instead, money which has hitherto been spent on defence
will be found to meet this situation. Defence will no longer be the
first priority as tensions begin to decrease around the world. (Maitreya, Maitreya’s
Teachings – the Laws of Life)
Money multiplied by money contributes to the stress of modern life.
Money is not the priority; sufficiency is the priority. When sufficiency
becomes the priority, it orders society in a different way, creating
stability. In this regard, sharing is both a moral value and a method
of implementation. This will create a more peaceful atmosphere, in
which people will not struggle to make millions. They will fulfil their
duties, care for their families, and children will be able to evolve.
(Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – the Laws of Life)
Technology of Light
The Technology of Light is going to have a powerful effect on the
economy of the world … It is obviously going to simplify the
political and economic structures of our world profoundly, quite apart
from its application to medicine. Anything that gives unlimited, unpolluting
power will change every aspect of life. (Benjamin Creme, The Great
The technology of light is the technology that will meet all our energy
needs in the 21st century. It will need no huge budgets to maintain
because it will be devised and controlled by intellectuals who do not
look for billions of pounds of profits to satisfy them. Once built,
the technology will last for 2,500 years, until the next cycle of evolution.
(Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – the Laws of Life)
The beautification of our cities
Imagine cities of light lit by Light Itself; nowhere to be found the
squalor and deprivation of today; imagine transport, fast and silent,
powered by light alone, the far-off worlds and even the stars brought
within our reach. Such a future awaits the men and women who have the
courage to share. Such a future awaits those brave ones who love Freedom.
Such a glorious future awaits those who long to understand the meaning
and purpose of life. (The Master —, from ‘The Blueprint
of the future’)
Gardens – The time is coming when every house will have a garden.
The flowers growing there, of different colours, are the symbols of
the children of the Earth. Where you live, sleep and eat, your symbol
of God is a garden. Spend at least 10 to 15 minutes a day looking after
it, growing things in it, and come very close to Me. A mystery will
evolve from that garden, cleansing mind and spirit. (Maitreya, Maitreya’s
Teachings – The Laws of Life)
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