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21st March, 2011 – Special edition

 

 

Man's responsibility

by the Master —, through Benjamin Creme, 13 March 2011

From the earliest times, mankind has feared the natural disturbances of our planetary home. Cataclysms of unimaginable ferocity have destroyed huge areas of the Earth’s surface over and over again. This fact is hard for many to accept and raises, always, grave doubts in the minds of many religious people about the veracity of God’s love for humanity. How can we believe in a loving God who allows thousands of people to be killed in earthquakes, tsunamis and the rest? Were humanity to understand their own involvement in such planetary destruction, they could play a significant role in preventing its occurrence.

The Earth’s crust, as it has evolved over the ages, is not single and evenly spread around the world. As is well known, it takes the form of various plates at different depths, which overlap and are in relatively constant movement. Countries and cities which lie on or near the plate edge, or fault-lines, are consequently subjected to earthquakes and, if near oceanic regions, tsunamis. It is not a question of God’s love failing humanity but of seismic pressure which must be released. What, we may ask, causes seismic pressure to grow to such a destructive extent?

Elemental Devas (or Angelic forces) oversee the mechanism by which these colossal energies act or are modified. The Earth is a living Entity and responds to the impact of these forces in various ways. One major source of impact comes directly from humanity. As humanity, in its usual competitive way, creates tension through wars, and political and economic crisis – that is when we are out of equilibrium – so too do the Devic lives go out of equilibrium. The inevitable result is earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. We are responsible.

How then to end this cycle of destruction? Humanity has the means but so far lacks the will to change. We must see ourselves as One, each man and woman a reflection of the Divine, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters of the One Father. We must banish war for ever from this Earth; we must share the resources of this planet which belong to all. We must learn to live in harmony with the planet itself to know a future of harmony with each other.

Maitreya has come to show men the way, and to galvanize man’s actions. Across the globe, men are finding their voice and calling for justice and freedom. Many have died to claim their right, God given, to freedom and justice. His call is for all men and women everywhere to see themselves as He sees them, as Divine, Sons and Daughters of Divinity Itself.

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Q. What can the United Nations best do to help the people of Libya?

A. Create a No-Fly-Zone immediately, then send a UN Peacekeeping force to stop all the violence on both sides. The situation in Libya is different from elsewhere in the Middle East. It is not groups of peaceful protestors being shot at and bombed by a heavily armed army with tanks and mortars and planes. This is a civil war between the people, lightly armed or even unarmed, and a ruthless dictator’s professional army with tanks, etc. Only a No-Fly-Zone will limit the ability of the regime to slaughter its own people. No more time should be lost in taking this minimal action to help the Libyan people. [N.B. The No-Fly-Zone was implemented shortly after Share International’s April issue went to press.]

Q. Maitreya has said that we are our “brother’s keeper” – does that mean that the world would be justified in establishing a no-fly zone over Libya – despite the further casualties which will probably ensue?

A. Yes. A No-Fly-Zone, properly enforced, would surely reduce casualties.

Q. What is the relation between the recent events in the Middle East and the appearance and support of Maitreya and the Hierarchy of Masters?

A. The people of the Middle East, and of the world in general, are beginning to find their voice. This is not only in response to the ideas of Maitreya but was predicted by Him.

Q. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake which hit the north-eastern part of Japan on Friday 11 March 2011 caused great loss of life and huge destruction. Nevertheless, was there Maitreya’s divine intervention?

A. Yes, without which the suffering would have been far greater.

Q. It was reported that there was only 20-30 minutes between the earthquake and the time the tsunami reached shore. The Japanese were prepared for tsunamis of smaller scale, but never before experienced a tsunami of such magnitude, and a lot of people got caught. The death toll is still climbing. (1) Did those people who were swept away by the tsunami receive any divine intervention? (2) Did they suffer?

A. (1) Yes, many more were saved. (2) Strangely, no. Maitreya has the power to remove fear and pain.

Q. Having read answers in Share International over the years about the ways in which Maitreya and the Masters help people during disasters I hope you can assure readers that the same is true once again in Japan and also Libya?

A. Yes indeed, within Karmic Law, the Masters are always first on the scene with Their help.

Q. When will the weapons trade stop – supposing it can be stopped?

A. When mankind renounces war for ever. That time is nearer than most people think.

HOW SAFE IS NUCLEAR POWER?

By Dietrich Fischer (*)

Share International has decided to take the unusual step of publishing on our web site an article not written by one of our own correspondents. The reason for this is the particular relevance of the subject matter – nuclear power – at this tragic time.

Please note: Share International has obtained special permission from Inter Press Service (IPS) to publish this article here. This article is copyright and may not be reproduced.

BASEL, March (IPS) We all can only feel deep sympathy and compassion for the victims of the terrible catastrophe that befell Japan on 11 March 2011. One of the world's largest earthquakes ever of magnitude 9, a 10-meter tsunami that flattened many coastal areas, freezing weather for the survivors sleeping in the open, shortages of food and water, and a series of explosions and fires at the six nuclear power plants in Fukushima, with the danger of a meltdown that would release huge amounts of radioactivity.

Some advocates of nuclear power have long argued that a major accident is about as likely as being hit by a meteorite. In 1975, the nuclear industry asked Professor Norman Rasmussen to produce a report that would reassure the public about the safety of nuclear energy. The report concluded that the probability of a complete core meltdown is about 1 in 20,000 per reactor per year.

Reality has shown this to be a gross underestimation. The three best known serious nuclear power accidents are those of Three Mile Island in 1979, Chernobyl 1986, and now Fukushima. But there have been many more accidents and partial core meltdowns releasing radioactivity.

A study commissioned by Greenpeace concluded that the Chernobyl accident may have resulted in an estimated 200,000 additional deaths in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine alone between 1990 and 2004. The nuclear power plants in Fukushima have about thirty times as much radioactive material as the reactor that exploded in Chernobyl, and Japan is much more densely populated.

Even if there were no accidents, no solution has yet been found in over 50 years for the safe storage of the radioactive waste produced by nuclear power plants. One of the by-products, plutonium 239, has a half-life of 24,100 years. That means, after 24,100 years, the intensity of radiation has declined by only 50%. It will take 241,000 years until the radiation has declined by a factor of 1000, which is considered a safe level. How can we guarantee that our descendants will not be exposed to those wastes for 10,000 generations?

The "precautionary principle" urges us to avoid the worst possible outcome of any decision. This implies that we should dismantle all nuclear power plants.

Are there any alternatives to nuclear energy? Indeed there are safe ways to produce renewable energy with wind, solar power, wave and ocean-thermal energy, which do not contribute to the greenhouse effect, unlike the burning of fossil fuels.

The Desertec project aims to generate electricity in deserts using solar power plants, wind parks and to transmit this electricity to consumption centers. The first region for application of this concept is in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Europe. Solar power systems and wind parks spread over 17,000 km2 (0.2% of the Sahara desert) would provide a considerable part of the electricity demand of the MENA countries and provide continental Europe with 15% of its electricity needs.

Why do we have nuclear power despite all of its dangers for current and future generations? There is a simple reason. Nuclear power plants are highly profitable for a few, at the expense of other people's safety. Electricity from a nuclear power station can be cut off if people do not pay their bills, but energy from the sun collected on house roofs cannot be cut off. It makes people independent. The nuclear lobby does not want that.

Democracy requires that decision are made by those affected, and that voters be fully and truthfully informed. People have been lied to about the safety of nuclear energy, and have in most cases not been allowed to participate in decisions about nuclear energy. That must change.

It is remarkable that all insurance companies have so far refused to insure against nuclear accidents, because they argue that they do not want to risk their money based on some professor's calculations claiming the risk is low. What if he is wrong? Insurance companies insist to base their risk calculations on real experience.

Because insurance companies refuse to cover the risks of nuclear accidents, the Price-Anderson Act of 1957 commits the US federal government to cover such risks. Other countries have similar legislation. This represents an enormous subsidy by the taxpayers to the nuclear industry. If the nuclear power industry were forced by law to pay for insurance against accidents, and pay for the safe disposal of its waste, we would have no nuclear power plants.

It is true that solar energy is currently more expensive than electricity from nuclear plants. But this is partly because of the indirect subsidy for nuclear power, and the shortage of research into alternative sources of energy. If a fraction of the research funds spent for nuclear power had been devoted to safe sources like wind and solar, we would most likely have cheap alternatives today.

If insurance companies, the experts in estimating risks, are unwilling to risk their money, why should people be forced to risk their lives?


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(*) Dietrich Fischer, Academic Director of the World Peace Academy and Director of the TRANSCEND University Press, is author of "Nonmilitary Aspects of Security" and "Preventing War in the Nuclear Age."

 

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