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Share International magazine January / February 2014

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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.

The coming joy of Aquarius

When men look back at this time, they will wonder in disbelief at the atrocities and suffering they have tolerated for so long. Some will blame and call for punishment and settling of scores. Maitreya, men will find, will caution otherwise. Justice, like sharing and freedom, is divine, He will attest. Retribution is not His way, and leads men back to the past.

When men realize this, they will abandon their longing for revenge and, inspired by Maitreya and His group of Masters, they will tackle the tremendous task of transformation with zeal.

The changes needed, of course, are vast and will have their priorities. Millions now starving and living in penury, or the dislocation of war, will be the first to be released from agony. The principle of Sharing, on whose divine justice the future of this planet rests, will take pride of place. When men take stock of this accomplishment, they will wonder, sadly, why the principle of Sharing took so long to enter their hearts.

Thus will men grow in stature as they contemplate their past errors in the light of the new achievements. Thus will quicken their determination to fashion a new world from a fast fading past.

The Masters will inspire the inauguration of a new approach to living, which all men can share and of which all can be a part. A growing sense of brotherhood and co-operation will bring a new joy to their task. As time proceeds, this new attitude to work and to each other will herald the glory that Aquarius brings.

[This article from Share International magazine, January / February 2014 , is by a senior member of the Hierarchy of Masters of Wisdom. His name, well-known in esoteric circles, is not yet being revealed. Benjamin Creme, a principal spokesman about the emergence of Maitreya, is in constant telepathic contact with this Master who dictated his article to him.]

(Read more articles by this Master)

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Q. (1) Is Maitreya still giving television interviews in Russia? (2) How many have there been to date?

A. (1) Yes. (2) 32 (as of 5 January).

Q. Have any of Maitreya’s interviews been broadcast (as audio files) via radio?

A. Yes.

Q. (1) To what extent are people in Russia and nearby countries passing on to others the fact that they have heard ‘great ideas from a very impressive and wise man’? (2) Have Maitreya’s interviews started ‘a buzz’? (3) Are people excitedly discussing Maitreya’s ideas?

A. (1) To a considerable extent. (2) Yes. (3) Yes, some are.

Q. I read or heard in one of your books or talks that glamour is ‘contagious’. This is not necessarily verbatim, but I would be grateful if you could explain what you meant? Can people ‘infect’ others? How?

A. Yes glamour can be passed on because it occurs on the emotional plane and is therefore highly ‘contagious’.

Q. Will it take Maitreya to solve the situation in Syria?

A. No, it must be solved by humanity.

Q. Do you know if Pope Francis is being impressed or inspired by a Master in his various speeches against greed, the powerful economic powers of the world, and against the pure form of capitalism that still is so attractive to many rich sections of society?

A. He is inspired by Maitreya.

Q. Do you or do others working with you reject out of hand any good creative ideas put forward by young members? It is said that some older people or people who have been in the group for a long time reject useful creative ideas.

A. Absolutely not. However, youthful ideas are not necessarily more (or less) ‘creative’ than older people’s ideas. It is a question of shorter or longer experience in the work.

Q. Lately some Transmission Meditation groups have been very fortunate to be able to receive a Blessing from Maitreya as you, Mr Creme, have been overshadowed by Maitreya while connected via internet with many groups around the world.
May we ask (1) what Maitreya’s plan is with regard to this wonderful opportunity for the groups? (2) What is the reason for a simultaneous blessing for so many people in different parts of the world? (3) During such a blessing – encompassing so many countries – are the groups all linked together in triangles? (4) Does Maitreya intend to give more such ‘large’ or ‘united’ blessings to active Transmission Meditation groups in future?

A. (1) It is not part of a plan. It is a gift in response to the request of the groups. (2) There is no reason or plan – as I have said, it is a gift in response to the requests of the group. (3) No, they are linked together but not in triangles. (4) Probably, if requested.

Q. You have taught much about our space brothers from nearby planets. But do you know of any interstellar races or species from far away galaxies? I would greatly appreciate your feedback because there is some information “out there” that is difficult to verify.

A. I have no doubt that man exists throughout the universe. However, as far as my information is concerned, the Space Groups entering our atmosphere come exclusively from the planets of our own solar system. There are many claims that Space People come to this planet from the Pleiades and other far-off worlds but that is not my information. I think these claims arise because people generally believe (wrongly) the other planets of our solar system are uninhabitable.

Q. Please comment on the safety of solar (sun) gazing for spiritual and physical advancement. Short progressive periods just after sunrise or before sunset.

A. My information is that it is not safe, that it is not good for the eyesight to focus on the sun for any length of time.

Q. Good morning, Benjamin Creme. My name is Vera and I’m 13 years old. It is a bit strange, but I am very interested in everything that happens on earth. And what many people say about the Day of Declaration. Will there be a sign? Many children will not be ready and very frightened. Can we warn them? I hope my letter will see Benjamin Creme. And I believe.

A. There is no need to be afraid. It is the Lord of Love who will declare Himself on the Day of Declaration. While children under the age of 14 will not hear Him on the Day of Declaration, those children who, like yourself, know and believe, will experience much of this great event.

Q. I would like to know, from your Master’s point of view, what is the maximum population that is advisable for a city to have in order to function more properly without problems of transportation, pollution, and others?

A. Up to 3 million people.

Q. I’ve read in your books that a vegetarian diet is one of the prerequisites for taking the first initiation. How strict should the vegetarian diet be for this purpose? Does it mean (1) avoiding eating animal meat and blood only or (2) does it extend to avoiding all food with animal origin like dairy products or eggs as well? (3) What about soups, for example beef or chicken soup (just plain soup without any meat left in it)? Does it fall into the same category as meat and has it the same detrimental effect in relation to initiation as meat?

A. There is some misunderstanding in this question. It is true that the first initiation depends on the control of the physical elemental and for many this would mean a vegetarian diet, more or less. However, it is also true that there is no group diet for discipleship. Many regions of the world determine that the inhabitants have a diet rich in animal products. So it depends on the individual, where he or she lives, the necessities of their particular metabolism, whether they eat meat or vegetables or a mixture of both.

Q. Is it okay to euthanize an animal? What time is the right time? Do we have the right to do this?

A. If the animal is very ill or badly injured, it is a blessing for it to be ‘put down’.

Q. (1) Does the decision of some churches not to ordain woman priests and bishops relate in any way to the fact that men and women have different energetic polarities? (2) Is the polarity of the male physical body more suited to the receiving and using of the energy directed through them during church rituals?

A. (1) No. (2) No.

Q. It has been well-recorded that people who have had ‘near death experiences’ often recall the divine light and feelings of incredible peace and love. They have a ‘review’ of their lives and one question is often asked: “What have you done for your fellow man?”
My question is, could the helping of animals be included in “Helping your fellow man”. If “yes”, would the helping of human beings have more importance? Or is just giving selflessly to any being of equal importance?

A. Helping other human beings is of major importance.

Q. Most of the beautiful patterns of light made by the Space Brothers seem to signify a Christian cross within a circle, much like the Russian Orthodox iconography depicts. Alternatively, they depict an ‘x’ within a circle, which seems to signify a luminous portal to a spaceship, or an opening to different worlds. (1) Are there some other messages behind these images that are important for us to know in order to interpret them more precisely? (2) When they leave these images are they merely expressing a personal communication of their love or something more?

A. (1) No. (2) They are a sign of the existence of the Space People.

Q. It is my understanding that the Spiritual Hierarchy intervened directly (in the form of President Lincoln) in the American Civil War to preserve the union of American states and enable the US to take its proper role in the Great War of the 20th century. In light of recent state secessionist movements in the US, is there any hierarchical/karmic reason to preserve the American Union as now constituted?

A. Yes. It is the United States of America, for obvious reasons, one of the most important countries in the world.

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Benjamin Creme writes:

Share International photo for January / February 2014 – Nelson Mandela

I would like to remind readers of the extraordinary part played by Maitreya, the World Teacher, in the events leading to the release from prison of Nelson Mandela in 1990 after 27 years incarceration (as reported in Share International, Jan/Feb 2008). In September 1988 Share International announced, in the magazine and in a news release to world media, that we had received information from Maitreya that Nelson Mandela “would be released soon”.

When President de Klerk first became president of South Africa, Maitreya entered Mandela’s prison and asked him to write to the President requesting a meeting. Mandela laughed and said: “I cannot even get a meeting with the prison governor, let alone the President of the Republic”. Maitreya said: “Yes I know. But write the letter anyway and I will do the rest.” Mandela duly wrote to de Klerk on the day of his inauguration in August 1989. Maitreya approached the President while he was at prayer, and put in his mind that the time had come to end apartheid in South Africa. The President was a religious man, a sincere Christian, and took it to heart. He ‘talked to God’, asking what he should do and received the answer: ‘the time has come to end apartheid’. In December 1989 Mandela and de Klerk met and on 2 February 1990 de Klerk dramatically announced in Parliament the dismantling of apartheid and the unconditional release of Mandela from prison. There had been contacts with the former President, P.W. Botha, before and after his stroke in 1989 but the crucial instigating factor for Mandela’s release was this intervention by Maitreya.

People have asked me over the years why Mandela never spoke of this event. Personally, I am not at all surprised. Had he done so no one from the media would have believed him (any more than they believe me about Maitreya’s return). I have no doubt that Mandela thought that he had been visited in prison by Jesus Christ. Had he made this known he would have been laughed at and probably discredited; the Christ is generally believed to be a disembodied entity sitting in ‘heaven’, whereas Maitreya is a physical, knowable and accessible person. Nevertheless my information is that Mandela wrote an account of this meeting and left copies to trusted friends.

Mandela has been heralded as an extraordinary being who, after incarceration for 27 years came out of prison not longing for revenge but speaking of forgiveness, reconciliation and love. This has made him respected throughout the world. I have no doubt that this policy of rapprochement and reconciliation was inspired in him by Maitreya. Let us hope that Mandela’s example will inspire other world leaders to take a similar approach of forgiveness and restraint.

A tribute to Mandela by Roelof Frederik ‘Pik’ Botha, former foreign minister in P.W. Botha’s government, concludes with a fitting plea to the world to honour Mandela’s legacy:

“His death is irreversible, his legacy, undying. All of us, the government, the voters, civil society, the churches, are faced with an inescapable challenge: are we going to honor and sustain his legacy or deviate from it? Indeed, leaders across the globe ought to reflect on his legacy – particularly while they have the option to resolve disputes through peaceful negotiations instead of violence; abolish all nuclear devices or retain them to destroy our planet; take the quantum leap required to avert the lethal consequences of climate change and the depletion of the planet’s natural resources or enjoy our daily greed to such an extent that it forbids us to preserve our planet for our children to survive.”

Q. Please can you give the ray-structure and point of evolution of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), former President of South Africa?

A. Soul: 2; Personality: 4 (6); Mental: 3 (7); Astral: 4 (6); Physical: 7 (7). Point of Evolution: 2.

Q. Did Nelson Mandela meet Maitreya more than once?

A. No.

Q. Was Nelson Mandela’s forgiveness and his desire for reconciliation, which was so much part of his political ethos, inspired by Maitreya?

A. Yes. Maitreya told him at the meeting that he should forgive and forget the ills of the past: that there had to be reconciling, forbearing and a need to halt all disruptive action of the ANC.

Apart from the quality of the man, it was the direct inspiration of Maitreya that made reconciliation a cardinal point in his approach to the white minority government. Maitreya assured him that this was the only way to a peaceful future in South Africa.

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Two letters from the same person:

Important message

Dear Editor,

(1) While riding home on a bus in San Francisco on the evening of 27 December 2013, I was thinking about how I might be able to return a one-week bus pass that I had just found, to the place I had found it. As the bus was about to pull away from one of its stops, I saw an African American man, perhaps in his 60s, running toward the bus. The driver waited and the man boarded and sat down in the seat in front of me without paying his fare. He was neatly dressed in older-looking clothes, but looked as if he may have been homeless. He was carrying various belongings with him, including what looked like a laptop computer, as well as a water bottle and a partially eaten orange.

I asked him if he might be able to use the bus pass that I had found. He gratefully accepted, and said he had been short of money since the beginning of the month, when he had bought a laptop computer. He had been asked to write a screenplay for a documentary, he said, and bought the computer to work on it. “What is the subject of the documentary?” I asked. After a pause, he said: “The world has to pull together if we’re going to survive. The Earth doesn’t play games.” He said he was heading to a local university to work on the screenplay. After a few more stops, he thanked me again for the bus pass and disembarked. As the bus pulled away, I could see him standing in the street waving at me. I waved back as the bus continued on its way.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man on the bus was the Master Jesus.)

Important year

(2) I was riding the bus to work on 6 January 2014 in San Francisco when it stopped unexpectedly in a tunnel and didn’t move for quite a while. The driver announced we were experiencing a delay. After a few minutes I walked over to the driver to find out how long the delay might be. He didn’t know exactly but we struck up a conversation about the general unreliability of the local transportation system. I attributed it to perhaps a faulty computer system but he said it was to do with the old buses, which needed replacing. We covered other related topics during the delay but he said several times during the conversation, “This is 2014.” Or “It’s 2014 now.” I wasn’t quite sure why he kept referring to the year, except perhaps that he was suggesting that it was time to get new buses. The bus eventually got moving and headed toward my destination. Although it was a long delay, the driver’s friendly and upbeat demeanour throughout our conversation lifted my spirits. As we reached my stop, I thanked him and walked off the bus. He said good-bye and referred to me specifically by name. As I walked away, I tried to remember whether I had given the bus driver my name – and couldn’t remember having done so.

M.L., San Francisco, USA.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘bus driver’ was the Master Jesus.)

Awakening

Dear Editor,

My commitment to being active in spreading Maitreya’s message has never faded over 30 years. Nevertheless, even with healings from the Master and several encounters with Maitreya, I have usually felt separate and insignificant. I thought, “How could they care about and protect little old me when they have a world to transform?” I judged others as glamoured who said they felt taken care of personally by the Masters.

Then last week something happened. The last 10 years of my extreme health and financial struggles have uncovered a rage in me, partly about my circumstances but also about those of others around the world who are suffering so much more.

One day as I was driving along in a part of town with many homeless people in view, an enormous rage boiled up in me. So intense it scared me. I felt powerless and separate. It changed into deep sadness with tears. Suddenly I was able to just be with all that, and set it aside. I was flooded with an experience of belonging and surprisingly with an experience of being taken care of by Maitreya and the Masters. It was so personal like I had never felt before.

I was glowing with this new experience of nothing to fear, and that I was being taken care of, when a dark-skinned man in a jaunty cap pulled up next to me in his shiny new silver car at a stop sign and grinned and waved at me nodding his head up and down as if agreeing with me. He seemed to know me and I racked my brain to see who might seem to be greeting me as a dear friend that I couldn’t even place. I then reasoned, “Well he is just flirting with me.” Until I realized he was about 40 and I am 70!

So finally I wondered if it was a Master, so I tried to maneuver my car to be next to him again at the next stop sign, almost certain I was mistaken. He pulled up next to me again. I looked right at him to see, and again he nodded, waved and beamed at me as if to say, ‘no mistake at all,’ and I was flooded with love. I burst into tears of joy. Was this someone special or was I simply ready to feel safe, perhaps for the first time in my life.

F.O., Oakland, CA, USA.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was Maitreya.)

Two letters from the same person:

Expert advice

Dear Editor,

(1) I was on the Share International stand at the Mind Body Spirit Fair on 24 May 2013. This was my first fair after becoming ill some 18 months earlier.

A young man came to the stand and said with a flourish: “I love Maitreya’s ‘hand’!” I said I was glad to hear this and that we all loved Maitreya’s ‘hand’ and used it a lot.

We talked and he told me he was from Bosnia. He said that he became ill the previous year and then got depression. His eyes filled with tears at this stage. I sympathized and said we always have Maitreya’s help. We are not separate from Him; we are part of His great consciousness. Maybe I even added something about Maitreya’s ‘hand’!

He put his hand on his chest, by the breastbone, and said if you put Maitreya’s ‘hand’ here it brings things out. I didn’t ask if he meant physical or psychological things. He said when someone is depressed it is good to go to the mountains; mountain air seems to help. Eventually he left and next morning I recalled what he had said – and it took on a new meaning.

Was he perhaps the Master Jesus?

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘young man’ was Maitreya.)

Lord of Love

(2) A young man came to the Share International stand at the Mind, Body, Soul show on Sunday 27 October 2013. He said his name was Padraig (the Gaelic name for Patrick). He said he was an economist. I registered surprise at an economist attending the Fair and he said he studied economics to understand what was happening in the world.

He stayed for 30 minutes or so and listened patiently and intently to what I said. I mentioned that Benjamin Creme was still working hard despite being almost 91 years old and had given a powerful monthly lecture a few days earlier. I said he did all this despite his poor eyesight. He said: “Bless him, bless him.”

He showed a keen interest in Transmission Meditation and regretted that he was unable to join the Richmond group as he lived in Battersea (a few miles away). As he walked away he said “Lots of love, lots of love.” It was surprising and heart warming to hear this from the young, handsome, Irish economist. Who was Padraig?

S.McD., Richmond, Surrey, UK.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘young man’ was Maitreya.)

Handy work

Dear Editor,

I would like to share with you the story of my broken wrist. On Saturday 28 December 2013 I fell awkwardly when I was skating. I didn’t realise I had broken it at first but after I got home I saw a large lump had appeared and the pain grew.

After a 4-hour wait in Accident and Emergency I had an X-ray and the doctor confirmed it was a clean break. I had a temporary cast fitted and was told to come back on Friday 3 January to be fitted with a permanent cast to wear for 6-to-8 weeks.

I wasn’t happy about the cast as it meant I couldn’t get to work and meditation, but I resolved to be philosophical. I asked Maitreya’s ‘hand’ for help healing my wrist – in fact I even placed it inside the cast over my wrist and kept it there for the 6 days.

We went to the fracture clinic on Friday and saw the specialist. He removed the temporary caste and proceeded to tentatively place pressure along my wrist. I could tell he was expecting me to flinch in pain and was surprised when I said it just felt bruised. He then looked at the X-ray and seemed rather bemused and said that it now showed that my wrist wasn’t broken, so there was no need for a cast, just a splint support for 4 weeks. I was absolutely amazed, and so happy. It was a definite break on Saturday, not even a week earlier!

Please can you confirm if I have had healing?

A.C., Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that Maitreya did indeed perform this healing.)

Two letters from the same person:

Good car-ma

Dear Editor,

Some 15 to 20 years ago, I had a couple of experiences I would like to share with you.

(1) In one of these my life was saved from a stupid error of my own doing. I was living near Exeter and needed a replacement tyre for my car. I visited the breakers yard one cold and wet afternoon around dusk. The yard was muddy and cars were stacked one on top of another. I looked everywhere but the only tyre to fit that I could find was fixed to its rim and flat on the ground propping up the brake drum of the car above it. Undaunted, I decided to yank it out – bad mistake!

As the two cars above my head did a distinctive list on their way down to crush me, I realised that nobody would be out to find me anytime soon and, as dusk turned to dark, prayer became an option.

What happened next was a miracle; I was yanked up by my collar, backwards and straight over and onto the other side of the car behind me, and in the nick of time before the other two cars came tumbling down on top of where I had just been standing.

Light-storm

(2) Another experience I had was while driving in my car to see my mother. It was a sunny, dry day with blue skies. As I approached Osterley Park gates in Syon Lane, Isleworth, I suddenly couldn’t see out of my windscreen. I had to quickly pull over by the park gates as the whole sky became filled with sheets of what my mind would, at that moment, only comprehend as a very unusual rainstorm.

Some minutes later, as suddenly as this outburst from the whole sky had appeared, it stopped and I could see that everything outside the car was still completely dry. What I had seen, I can only describe as an outpouring of wave upon wave of light, light energy from a blessing.

Do you have any explanations for these happenings? Thank you kindly for all you do for humanity.

G.B., Sunbury, UK.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the first experience was a miracle saving from the Master Jesus. The second was a blessing from the Master Jesus.)

High guardian

Dear Editor,

In the evening of 8 October 2013, I must have been extremely tired after previous five days’ miscellaneous pressing things I had to take care of, on top of jetlag which kept me from sleeping well at night.

That evening, I put a saucepan with water on the stove to cook some vegetables, and while waiting for the water to boil, I could not help lying down and fell asleep. At 2.30am, I was awakened with unbearable pain in my bad knee. I did not know what to do about it and turned around trying to find a comfortable position in vain. I thought drinking a glass of water might help. Just then the telephone rang. Wondering who on earth would be calling in such small hours of night, I stood up and hurried to the living room. On entering the room, I found it was very warm. Was the heating still on? And I picked up the phone, but no one answered.

Then I went into the kitchen, to find, to my shock, the gas was still on under the empty saucepan! It must have been on for more than 6-7 hours, but the saucepan looked normal without getting red at all!

Without the alarming pain and telephone call, I might have caused a fire! There is no doubt that I was saved by divine intervention. I am truly grateful for Masters intervening to protect me from causing a disaster not only to our house but to the neighbourhood.

T.I., Tokyo, Japan.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that Maitreya Himself intervened to prevent a fire.)

Light touch

Dear Editor,

In October 2013 I was helping at the Share International stand at the Mind Body Soul Event at the Kensington Olympia in London. During that time a young black man visited the stand. He stood and read the information about Maitreya’s appearance in Kenya very intently. Later on he returned to the stand and we had a lovely conversation that included politics and economics and the need for greater justice. As our conversation finished he touched me very gently on the shoulder and thanked me. The quality of the eye contact was very striking. As he moved away I felt a feeling that I’ve never felt before: some kind of sense of the depth of his compassion. I actually felt quite tearful for a short while afterwards but at the same time felt a great sense of hope.

Please could you tell me who this unusual person was?

T.W., Buckinghamshire, UK.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the visitor to the stand was the Master Jesus.)

Comedy act

Dear Editor,

On Saturday 16 December 2013 my partner Neil and I went to Trafalgar Square to sign the Book of Condolence for Nelson Mandela at South Africa House. Neil wrote: “Courage to the end – Maitreya’s son.” On the way back in the bus we passed two colourful characters dancing in unison and waving bright red collection buckets. One of the dancers was wearing a superman outfit with a Santa hat. The other wore a Top Hat covered in red glitter, and as we slowly passed by he stared straight into the bus at us and doffed his hat. We wondered if he was Maitreya?

I.L.G. and N.G., London, UK.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man with the top hat was the Master Jesus, the other man was a disciple of the Master Jesus.)

Once, and always, a savior

Dear Editor,

In the summer of 2002 I was on holiday in Collioure, France, with friends. L’Hermitage de Notre Dame de la Consolation where I stayed is now a hotel, but was once a cloister. It is situated on the slopes of a fairly steep hill above the town. The grounds around the buildings were laid out in two separate terraces, which were connected by a steep ancient stone stairway. The stairs were sharp and uneven and bordered on one side by a wall but on the other side there was no handrail – just a high steep drop to one of the lower terraces.

One evening my friends gave me a lift back up to the Hermitage and dropped me in front of the hotel. I walked through the grounds towards my room and towards the top of the stairs between the two terraces. I was holding my backpack on my chest.

Suddenly I was in the bright spotlight of a light, which came on automatically but also went out too quickly; so the next moment I was in utter darkness. I was at the top of the stone stairs. I mis-stepped and started to fall. Because I was holding my bag I couldn’t use my hands to stop the fall. As I started tumbling down the stairs I felt as if my body had somehow been bent into the shape of a hoop. All I could do was let go and roll. What was astonishing was that I rolled down the stairs in slow motion. There was no fear at all. It was as if I was in a vacuum. I still remember that I chuckled to myself during the somersault.

When I landed at the bottom of the stairs a man bent over me with a torch and asked if I was ok and I replied, “OK”. He accompanied me to my room. All I was left with were a few scratches on my shin.

Looking at the stairs in the light the next day I realized I could easily have been killed since the old stone steps were very sharp-edged and uneven. The rocky ground where I’d come to rest would have finished me off if the steps hadn’t already killed me.

Would you please tell me who saved me from the worst?

J. K., Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the Master Jesus saved him.)

Maitreya’s ‘star’

Dear Editor,

On 27 November 2013, in the evening, after Transmission Meditation, we opened the window and looked at the sky. It was misty and the stars well hidden. Only planet Jupiter could be seen. All of a sudden another large star appeared next to Jupiter and was moving towards it – as if they intended to blend together. It was very impressive to see these two giants so close together. In Indian astrology, planet Jupiter is called Guru (the Master).

A few weeks later, on 17 December at about 5pm, I was just crossing a bridge when the planet Venus drew my attention. The sky was cloudless and in the twilight only Venus could be seen. I always feel a deep joy when I see Venus. So I decided to rest for a while and watch. After some seconds in the distance another star appeared, moving from east to west in direction of Venus. The nearer it came the more brilliant became its light. For a moment planet Venus and the moving star were close together, so I had the opportunity to compare the two different lights. Then the two energies fused together (in my consciousness) before the star continued its way into the sunset. A truly uplifting experience!

Was it Maitreya’s star on both occasions?

J.A., Regensburg, Germany.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that both sightings were of Maitreya’s ‘star’.)

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A Master Speaks, by Benjamin Creme

Book review by Carmen Font

It was the scientist Isaac Newton who warned in 1687 that the laws of motion and universal gravitation do not imply that the Universe is a machine, and in his Principia1 he wrote the famous statement that “Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion”. A similar constellation of heavenly and earthly matters is to be found in A Master Speaks, where each moves about and around in harmony and in response to a myriad of esoteric laws that affect our lives. The purveyor of this insight is not God, but a Master of the planet’s spiritual Hierarchy, who gives this book its characteristic tone of perceptive revelation.

A Master Speaks is a chronological compilation of the articles written by the Master through Benjamin Creme and published in Share International magazine since its inception in January 1982. This is what makes Share International such a unique publication, since it is the only one in the world to publish an article by a Master of Wisdom in each one of its issues. This sense of continuity and progression gradually builds up an ‘insider look’ into Hierarchy. We may ask half jokingly, who is “our man in the Hierarchy”? In truth he is not an ordinary man, but a Master of Wisdom who is Benjamin Creme’s Master. For many wise and necessary reasons, Benjamin Creme was requested not to reveal the identity of his Master with whom he was trained for many years during which time the telepathic contact in each direction was perfected. Hence He has come to be generally known as “Benjamin Creme’s Master”. But more important than his name or any speculations about his identity is the long succession of impending insights which can only bear the seal of one of the “Great Ones”: a precise choice of words that remain with the reader, and a tone of loving urgency even in the most serious of subjects. Sometimes, the Master’s sentences seem to go beyond the printed page and evoke vivid images in the mind of the reader.

A Master in literature

It is deceptive to assume that just as A Master Speaks is a compilation of articles arranged in chronological order (up to December 2003 in the last, third edition of the book), its contents would be random or too miscellaneous. When re-reading A Master Speaks from beginning to end, its manifold meanings become clear as well as its invisible thread and the caring manner with which the Master addresses us all. For readers have grown to recognize Benjamin Creme Master’s voice, as he has also come to know us in the ways we react or fail to react to his words. This is perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of the relationship between the Master and us, humanity at large and, in particular, the readers who follow his articles every month.

The Master provides in many respects an insider’s look into Hierarchy. It is enlightening to learn how many articles are devoted to the plans of Maitreya and the Masters vis-à-vis humanity. In The Masters in the world (October 1984) we read that “when the Masters establish Their presence in full view of the world, a great change will take place in the relationship existing between humanity and Them” (p.59). One month later, in Co-workers with God the Master includes himself in the narrative: “Happily for the world, man is not alone. Behind him stand, and have always stood, the Elder Brothers of the race, ready to succour Our ailing younger brethren when the call for help rises to Us” (p.61). He takes especial care in underlining the many nuances of this collaboration, and these are always invigorating to look at for the promise they hold. We see this in The Knowers return (March 1985) since “men will come to know the Masters of Wisdom as their friends and allies on the long path of evolution, as their guides and mentors in an expanding awareness of the Plan They serve, and as their guarantee of future, and like achievement” (p.67). Thus the relationship between Hierarchy and Man is one of trust in the motives and capabilities of one another. “The new man will demonstrate his allegiance” says the same article “to the truth that humanity is One, held together by the force of Love itself; by his tolerance and harmlessness, his correct relation to all the kingdoms” (p.67-68). Judging from the present state of the world, one may doubt men’s capacity for ‘harmlessness’, but the Masters are unambiguous in their trust in the bright future that awaits humanity. They do not offer any shallow commitments, but let us know that this promise is within our reach.

When the Master explains in Initiation (May 1985) what the process of taking the first initiation in large numbers will entail for man, we are told that “[Maitreya’s] task will be to perform the esoteric practices and ceremonials connected with this ancient science and to reveal to the astonished eyes of the initiate the secrets hidden therein” (p.72). What Maitreya performs today on the inner planes, He will do in groups who are ready to receive the ‘fire of the rod’ on the physical plane: “Thus will be completed the task of the Christ – the outer manifestation of the Kingdom of God. Thus will He be enabled to contemplate His handiwork and be satisfied” (p. 72). The beauty of these two statements lies not only in their meaning, that is, the physical plane manifestation of the Spiritual kingdom (made up of the Hierarchy and initiates), but also in their metaphorical language (His handiwork, His satisfaction at contemplating this). It is difficult for us to understand in what manner Maitreya, as the World Teacher and the Hierophant of the first two initiations, can register “satisfaction”. Our notion of satisfaction has surely little to do with that of a Master, and this is one of the many examples we encounter throughout the book of the limitations of words to convey the state of being of our Elder Brothers. Nevertheless, Benjamin Creme’s Master is an adept in conjuring up the art of language to transmit a complete experience of Hierarchy: what is it to be a Master? Who is Maitreya? We know He is a Planetary Avatar, the World Teacher, the Christ, the Lord of Love. The Master describes him too – after “the Forces of Regeneration reap now the harvest of Their sowing” – as “a vast River of Truth is He, nurturing all who from these waters deeply drink. A Fountain of Love is He, enclosing all within His heart. An Avatar like none before is He, come to lead men into the realization that they, too, are Gods” (p.139). The metaphors of ‘abundant water’ and the incantatory effect of these lines (…is He) infuse a sense of vivid imagery and rhythm that capture the abundance of Maitreya’s love towards humanity and His trust in our future achievements. His poetic voice is the reason why an article by the Master is never repetitive, even though he may have tackled and persisted with very similar subjects over the years.

No rhetoric

Readers of Share International often report that they eagerly look for the Master’s Article first of all when they receive a new issue of the magazine. The news it contains, and the manner in which it is delivered, instills a sense of well-being in the reader. However, this is not mere rhetorical comfort. Every one of the Master’s articles addresses a subject which is related in one way or another to a current topic: from the end of the Cold War to the effects of commercialization, the Gulf War, September 11, the stock market crash, tensions in the Middle East, poverty, illness, terrorism, ecology, the new millennium, or a scientific discovery. Every piece is a capsule of wisdom. Very often, an article from the Master has triggered further discussion in the form of an extended article (or even a book) by Benjamin Creme, such as The Great Approach, The call to service, Co-operation, The age of miracles has no end, Unity or The voice of the people. A common feature of the Master’s more recent articles is His description of the ways in which Hierarchy views the state of the world. In Welcome to the Feast (June 1996), he takes stock of the cry of humanity for freedom and dignity. “Behind this cry for freedom stands Maitreya and His group. For long have They sought to stimulate this demand, awakening men to the necessity of individual freedom, without which the greatest achievements are as naught” (p.293). The acts of man in favour of peace and justice, in the form of ‘people power’ or specific actions in the economic and social field, have not gone unnoticed by Hierarchy. In December 2001, when the world was still shaking from the events of September 11, the Master acknowledged the suffering of many as much as the spirit of reconciliation that such an experience could bring. In a very moving article entitled The entry of Maitreya, the Master focused on Maitreya’s covenant with humanity beyond any entreaty: “Only a being of His immeasurable wisdom could accept such a burden. Only someone of His incomparable courage could undertake such a task. Out of the anarchic conditions of the present must He construct the new and better order. Out of the agony of millions must He fashion a new world. Who is there to help Him in His work of salvage? Who would rally to His cause and aid their brothers and sisters?” (p.403)

Since our Elder Brothers excel in love, their empathy towards our current state is instructive for the reader: “Each Master is a man but has long outgrown the human state of consciousness with its limitations and illusions. They understand well the suffering which these limitations and illusions confer on men, and seek in every way to alleviate their lot. They, too, in Their long sojourn on the Path as simple men, knew well and keenly felt that selfsame anguish” (The Masters emerge, p.303). This is no easy commiserating on the part of our Elder Brothers, but a full realization of humanity’s trials.

Devoid of drama or sensationalism, the truth of men’s miseries, struggles and grace comes often to the fore. No issue is too insignificant, or too transcendent, to escape the attention of the Masters. If it affects humanity’s wellbeing and the Plan of Evolution for this planet, it becomes a subject of poetical elaboration for Benjamin Creme’s Master. It is no coincidence that the first article of A Master Speaks, published in January 1982 with the title A New Age concept of time, deals with a much needed radical transformation in the way we understand time: “When man approaches life from the inner, creative standpoint, Time will lose its hold over our minds and thus free us from its tyranny. All of this requires a new assessment of man’s place in the Universe and the establishment of a true rapport with the Source of Being” (p.1). Thus readers can have a firm grasp of the movement in all the spheres of men’s endeavour, in the laws of gravity governing Hierarchy and Humanity, and in the long constellation of challenges and achievements that beckon in our celestial dome – and of which Man is its brightest star.

1. Short for Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), Isaac Newton, London, 1687 (two revised editions in 1713 and 1726).

A Master Speaks: Articles from Share International. Third Edition (2004). Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles: Share International Foundation, 2004.

A new book A Master Speaks Volume Two, containing the articles from Share International over the 10 years from January 2004 to December 2013, is to be published in 2014.

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In a recent conversation with Benjamin Creme (December 2013) at his home in London the question arose of group priorities in the coming year or two: “Humanity’s response determines the rate of change; and that depends very much on people talking about the need for all the changes that must take place. When enough people are talking and demanding change Maitreya can come forward.”

One of the major points Benjamin Creme raised was the direct connection between the work of the groups and the timing of the Day of Declaration:

“We affect the Day of Declaration. There is a direct link between what we do as a group (the worldwide group) and the timing of Declaration Day. Declaration Day will take place far sooner than most people would think. And we need to work as if it is just around the corner. In real terms it is just around the corner compared to when Maitreya could first have appeared in 1982.”

What should the groups focus on?

“Talking, talking, talking. Talk to whoever will listen. No matter how haltingly or hesitantly. Find the courage, bring forward your courage and speak from the heart. People are looking for answers. And they need hope. Our job is to inspire.”

So, the more the groups take it on themselves to make known our information the sooner the Day of Declaration can take place?

“People should understand that the Day of Declaration is not a fixed date; it depends on us. The timing is known but the date is not fixed – it is relative to our effectiveness as a group. We can bring it about through our work. More people must simply get out and speak; tell the story; talk to all who will listen. Every opportunity must be grasped.

The groups need to get out of mechanical service. We need to eschew mechanical routine response to this most extraordinary information. We need to push forward, to be alive, to push forward into new and better ways.

Too few people talk. You have to find the ardour, the heart aflame with fire. Advertising is good and necessary but the best is to talk. We have to have a sense of urgency; we have to hold before us the fact that we came into incarnation at this time to do this work. We serve by giving hope, by inspiring, by telling people our information.”

My friends, time is short indeed when you will see My face. Take courage from this fact and announce to the world that the Lord of Love is here, Maitreya Himself is among you, the Teacher of the New has come. Let all men know this, and raise them from despair. My thanks for deeds done and My Love, as always, flow to you all. (Maitreya, from Message No.127)

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…. there is a growing sense that very soon the world will awaken to the news that the Teacher is here, or on His way. This phenomenon is due, of course, to the impact of Maitreya’s appearances on television so far, and to the faithful work of preparation carried out by the dedicated groups throughout the world.

This news should encourage these steadfast servers to continue their efforts and, if possible, to redouble them. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Humanity awakes’, SI October 2013)

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The timing of My Emergence is precise. All goes according to this plan. Look, then, for a Man Who speaks of Sharing and Justice, a Man like yourselves, of simplicity and Truth. Take My hand, My friends, and let us walk blithely together into the radiant future. Can you not hear the Call? It issues from My heart. Can you not hear the cry of anguish? It issues from the heart of man. That cry has brought Me here. (Maitreya, from Message No.115)

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… you are working for the most important event, the most important cause in this world for the last 98,000 years. Nothing that you do, whatever the struggle in doing it, could be more beneficial than this work. Now is the opportunity, as Maitreya put it, of a thousand lifetimes. Never in a thousand lifetimes will you be given this opportunity again. It is something that is difficult to get across, it takes a vision, an understanding of all that is involved, to see the importance and to bring from yourself a response, aliveness, spirit, fire, to do the work and keep doing it, never to stop doing it. That must be beneficial. (Benjamin Creme, The Art of Living)

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Several times in the past man has had the opportunity to rise but failed to seize the moment. Be prepared to take hold of the future with both hands and fashion a world of beauty. Eschew despair and create with joy and love, knowing that the future stands ready for your embrace. Steadfastness, too, and hope, are needed for the building of the new. Impress upon yourselves the need to persevere for many are the obstacles on the road to freedom and love. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The path to the future’)

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Take this opportunity to serve and grow in Service, My friends, for none greater has been offered to any man. Take this opportunity to serve, and see the face of Him we call God. My arms are held towards you, My friends, asking for your trust, appealing for your help in remaking your world. Many are the tasks which lie ahead, many are the blows which must be struck for Freedom and Truth. I need all those in whom that truth shines to follow Me and help Me in My Work. May you be ready when you hear My Call. That Call will resound in the ears of men everywhere, throughout the world. It is a Call to God. (Maitreya, from Message No.26)

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Many there are who accept and believe that the Christ is in the world, who await impatiently His emergence into the open, yet who do no more than wait and wish, leaving the work of preparation to others. Sad it is that thus they waste the opportunity to serve uniquely at this unique time, a time like none before and none to follow. My earnest wish for these is this: that they seize this opportunity to be of service to the Christ, and to their brothers and sisters who know not yet that He is among us. Tell them what you believe: that the Great Lord is here; that Maitreya knocks loudly upon the gate. Very little time remains to do this and prepare them for this precious experience. Seize the time and act. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The requirements of the future’, April 2000)

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If we had wanted, at any time since 1945, we could have transformed the world and Maitreya would have been revealed immediately. He has been ready to come forward, if invited, since the end of May 1982. So, if you believe that Maitreya is here, make it known, shout it from the housetops. If you tell others that you believe He is here, it encourages them to do the same; it lifts their spirits, their hope, and Maitreya can enter our lives without infringing our free will. His coming has to take place under law. It has to be prepared for in advance. Making this story known is part of the preparation for His coming. You can ally yourself with that and in so doing help to create a climate of hope and expectancy. It is probably the most important thing you could do at this time. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)

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Many there are who sense that I am here, yet speak not. Why hold this knowledge to yourself when your brothers cry for light, for wisdom, and help? Allow them, too, to share in the joy of the Promise which I bring. Tell them, My friends, that you believe that Maitreya has come; that the Lord of Love is here; that the Son of Man walks again among His brothers. Tell them that soon My face will be seen, My words will be heard; and in the seeing and the hearing, they are tested and known. (Maitreya, from Message No.17)

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The opportunity to work for the transformation of the world, for the saving of humanity, the lower kingdoms, the Plan of Evolution, is a gift of grace, an opportunity never before offered to so many. I know it is easier to believe than to act on the belief, but if you believe it at any level, make it known at that level. This will be the only opportunity you will have to do that. When Maitreya comes forward, millions of people will gather round Him, the world will be transformed really rather quickly – but you have the chance to know beforehand, and to create the climate of hope and expectation which is required. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)

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Time and timing

Shakespeare said: “There comes a tide in the affairs of men which, if taken at the flood, moves on to fortune.” Shakespeare was initiate. He knew all about this, and throughout his works are the answers. The aim is to recognize the window of opportunity, to be so skilled and so in the rhythm of your work, that when it opens, you are there. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Three)

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There is a wonderful quotation from the Agni Yoga teachings: “If you love work, understand it as a substitute for time.” That is precisely what work is. If you love work, in the sense of dedicating your time and energy to a creative process of whatever kind, it becomes a substitute for time. Time disappears in that state of creativity. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Three)

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To act ‘as if’ is, precisely, to act with faith — faith in your own judgement — not doing something if you really think it is wrong, but if you think it might be right and it is worthwhile, like preparing the way for Maitreya, for example, without outer proof or personal experience. If you simply wait for the proof to come you may have missed the opportunity of all your lives. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)

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Soon, Maitreya will make heard His voice, and issue a rallying cry to the world’s servers. Soon, His voice will galvanize all those whose hearts are alight with the flame of love, whose ardour awaits only His quickening and support, whose best intentions can be blown to the whitest heat.

Soon, now very soon, the Lord and Avatar of Love will present Himself before the world. Be one of those who first respond to His call. (A Master Speaks, ‘A New Earth’, May 1995)

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If you lose sight of the possibility of D-Day, you will probably say: “Well, there is no hurry. Let somebody else do it. I have been working hard for a long time. I deserve a rest.” But if you sense that D-Day is just around the corner — let us leave out the question of time — that is a better way to see it. Then you increase the impetus rather than the opposite. That is why the Master talks about the “imminence” and “forthwith” — to give us the sense that it really is just ‘round the corner’. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Three )

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If you are dominated by time, you say you have no time to do your work, no time to create. If you do it, you find you have time to do it. In my experience, dealing with people who are working in a group, nine times out of 10 it is better to give the work to the people who are already doing most of the work. Do not try giving it to someone who is doing nothing or very little. They are doing nothing or very little because they always do nothing or very little. They are people who are blocked, who may have lots of goodwill but do not have the impetus to work for the group.

It is almost a certainty — if you want to get a job done ‘on time’ and efficiently, give it to somebody who is already doing too much, who is already stretched to what would appear to be the limit, and you will get it done. They are the people who say: “Yes, I will find time for it.” The people who are sitting around doing nothing say yes, but it never gets done because these people never do anything. They say: “I do not have the time.” It is not that they really do not have the time. They do not do it because their mind is conditioned by time.

It is not time that is lacking; it is impulse that is lacking. They do not have the initiating impulse to do work. If that is not there they do less and less until they are doing nothing at all. Such people are in every group without exception to a greater or lesser degree. Ask the busy person to do a job and you will get it done, because they know how to work without being dominated by time. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Three)

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The time has come, as never before, to act in accordance with your professed ideals, and to make manifest the vision enshrined in your heart. Know that you are not alone; that millions embrace these same ideals. Join hands with all who seek to serve and spin a web of light around the world. Remember that you are in the world to serve and that only through service can you grow. Remember that you are your brother’s keeper and accept responsibility for your brother’s needs. Present yourselves, as never before, as channels through whom We may work, as transformers of the mighty potencies which will shortly flow to you. In this way can you set the seal of service on this life and in due course join the ranks of those Who have gone before you. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘A major opportunity’)

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Make your voice heard. Speak out for what you believe. If you believe in justice and freedom for all – say so. Write articles and send them to the newspapers. Make known your mind on this, as your contribution to humanity’s liberation from the ancient thraldom of glamour, illusion and oppression. Remember it is humanity itself who must change the world. Maitreya comes to inspire and guide but we have to do the work. (Benjamin Creme, The Gathering of the Forces of Light)

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Take this opportunity to serve your brothers and sisters throughout the world by telling them the glad tidings. Awaken them to the priceless experience and choice which will soon be theirs. Encourage them with hope and expectation of a better, happier future and open, thus, their hearts for Maitreya’s love. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Man’s essential choice’)

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I would have you know that much depends on you, depends on your ability to create the necessary hope and expectation for My Appearance. I rely on you to do this work for Me and so serve your brothers and Me. (Maitreya, from Message No.60)

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Many people are disappointed that Maitreya seems to delay His coming out. He is not delaying it. It is simply that it takes longer for the timing of the event on the physical plane to coalesce with the event that has already happened on the higher level. We are also responsible for when an event takes place. This is something people leave out of the equation altogether. We have a tremendous input into what happens and, therefore, the timing of any event. If we do nothing at all then it will happen at a certain time. But if we respond and act on our beliefs, we create circumstances that impose a time factor on that event – either to delay it longer or to bring it forward…. We need to make things happen. “Man must act and implement his will,” Maitreya says. “Nothing happens by itself.” If we want something to happen we have to implement our will, and not just leave it to fate or Hierarchy or time or someone else to do it. We have to do it. (Benjamin Creme, The Gathering of the Forces of Light)

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Soon, the long wait will be over, the Great Lord will show His face to the world, and the New Dispensation will begin. Take courage from this fact and enter the ranks of those who, even now, dedicate themselves to the service of their brothers and sisters, known and unknown, throughout the world. Seize this opportunity to affect the issues of the time, and, translating aspiration into action, help suffering humanity to right its wrongs and create the New Era of justice and peace. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Humanity must choose’)

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As Maitreya says over and over again in His messages, this opportunity to serve is the greatest gift that has been given to you in all of your lives. And remember, it is shortlived. It will not come again for another 2,000 years; even then it will be different. In 2,000 years’ time you may be involved in organizing groups of disciples, preparing the way for the next World Teacher. Of course it will be a very different humanity, unbelievably more advanced, in every respect a new world, but the way will have to be prepared. Act as if you know it is true, and prove it in the doing. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)

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It is fashionable, today, to adopt an attitude of ‘cynical observation’ of life. It is important, it is thought, to be not involved, but to register, only, the passing panorama of events and stand unruffled before the greatest suffering. Such attitudes limit the value of the incarnation and deny the observer the joy of action.

Major events are under way which, in their manifestation, will present men with a compelling choice. It behoves each and every one to weigh well the nature of that choice and to answer from the heart. No longer may men stand aside and let events take their often tragic course. Now is the time to stand proudly for unity and life, for commonsense and peace. Maitreya is on His way and will claim your choice, your answer to His plea.

Know that you are here for just such a time and doubt not the power of your decision today. Make known your choice for justice and peace and enter the ranks of those on whom Maitreya can rely. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The domain of Truth’, A Master Speaks)

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My brothers, why wait for My Appearance? Why sit still when the world groans; when men, women and children die in misery, cast off by their brothers? There is no greater aspiration than the desire to serve. Make your act of service the saving of the starving of the world and help My Plan. (Maitreya, from Message No.31)

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You cannot have spent a life better than this life, dedicated to the furtherance of the Plan for the Externalization of the ashrams of the Hierarchy and the presence of the Christ, Maitreya, in the world. That is so big, so important in planetary terms, that I cannot convey its full import. It is of major life-and-death importance for this planet. The more we work and make it known, the more we help to create the window of opportunity, creating one of the major factors – the readiness of humanity for this event. That is the way we can make use of these windows even though we might not recognize them. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Three)

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Fear of failure, fear of ridicule, of suffering, discipline and pain – these are the obstructions which must be surmounted on the Path to Freedom. Sure-footedness is essential on a rocky mountain path; fear contracts the Spirit and renders useless the instinct for danger. There is no obstacle like fear. It obstructs the flow of life itself. It takes away all hope and constitutes the greatest threat to well-being and health. Abjure fear and construct the mechanism of faith. Conquer fear and terminate the torment of doubt. Knowledge banishes fear. Inculcate, therefore, knowledge and trust….

Courage is needed for this monumental task. Many are the challenges which must be met. Not easy is it to change a world entirely, nor to build a new one on the ruins of the past. Have courage, therefore, and rebuild your world. Put fear aside and welcome the future with arms outstretched.

Have patience also, for the foundations of the new must be laid in stone and faith. Treasure the best of the past and restore the old signposts. Otherwise, man would lose his way.

Several times in the past man has had the opportunity to rise but failed to seize the moment. Be prepared to take hold of the future with both hands and fashion a world of beauty. Eschew despair and create with joy and love, knowing that the future stands ready for your embrace....

Allow Us to guide your footsteps towards the future which beckons you onwards. Work with Us in hope and trust and make perfect your way. Leave behind your fears. Take courage from Our example, for We, too, have known the pains and perils of the way. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The path to the future’)

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Make haste to welcome Me, to know Me, to share My burden. Those among you who wish to serve the world have placed before them now the opportunity of all lives. May you seize it, use it to the full, and create for yourselves and your brothers a new life. (Maitreya, from Message No.27)

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Speed, then, your efforts. Make haste to inform all who will listen that the destined hour has arrived, that soon mankind will rejoice in the presence of the Teacher. Tell them this and uphold their hope and courage. Many will listen now who before did not; anxiety and fear have taken their toll of men. The signs, too, have done their work and awakened millions to expected happenings and revelations. Never before in man’s history have so many sensed the coming changes nor understood their necessity. Hence, into an expectant and prepared world will Maitreya emerge, sure in the knowledge that His presence is longed for and eagerly anticipated.” (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Maitreya’s priorities’)

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A call to service

The Master ––, through Benjamin Creme, May 1986

Within the limits set by his present level of consciousness, man has created much. Nowhere is this more apparent than in his scientific achievements, his art, his engineering and architectural skills. Many geniuses have arisen to show the way, men and women dedicated to the task of enriching the culture of our time. Thus, as we stand on the threshold of the Aquarian experience, many new possibilities are opening up for man, calling him onwards to fulfil his potential – a divinity waiting to be revealed.

Viewed from Our standpoint, this is but a beginning, a preparation for the creation of a civilization such as man has never known; a civilization which will not alone rival but far surpass the most brilliant of ancient times. Then, as We do now, the Masters led the way, but openly, known as the bestowers of knowledge and truth. The wheel has turned and We retrace Our steps.

Soon, the world will see the return to the world of the Elders of the race, the Knowers, the Sons of God. Prophecy has foretold Our advent and quickened the expectancy of the disciples, but many such sleep soundly, oblivious to the happenings of the time. There are many who await Our coming with aspiration but envisage it in a far future time. Know they not that Our hand knocks now upon the door? Awake, friends! Awake, workers for the good! We need all who would work with Us to transform the world. We need your aspiration, your joy. Your hope and trust We cherish. Make ready to see Us and to welcome Us into your lives.

There is no need to fear Our return. We embody the Centre of Love. That is Our nature and invokes Our service. Know this to be so and fear not. We shall be with you as Elder Brothers, to show you the way. For long have We awaited this opportunity to serve you, counting the years till We can be among you. When you see Us you will know that the time of the end and of the beginning has come: the end of the old separation; the beginning of partnership.

There is now afoot a plan of salvation for the world. This involves the co-operation of all those who long to serve the world. To serve today is not difficult, for the means of service lie to hand and the Earth itself cries out for succour. Choose your field of service and endow it with ardour, knowing that as you do so your soul will equip you for the task. Know, too, that Our hand will strengthen yours and share the burden.

Certain it is that much needs changing; the tempo of that change will depend on you. We rely on your co-operation to carry out the details of the plan. Service calls the vanguard of the new civilization to build the foundations of tomorrow’s better world.

Take your places in that roll-call and aid Us in the work of salvage. Pass it not by, when the hour has struck!

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Signs and miracles worldwide


Pereira, Colombia – On 8 November 2013 dozens of UFOs were seen in broad daylight over the city of Pereira, about 250 km from the capital Bogotá. The video of the sighting, posted on YouTube, shows a crowded street with people looking up amazed. (Source: nationalufocenter.com) (Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the UFOs were from the planet Mars.)


Nevada, USA – Video taken on 28 December 2013 in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains shows a pulsating UFO that continually changes colour. The filmmaker also shot similar footage in the same location on 12 and 31 December 2013 and 3 January 2014. (YouTube: AngelOfThyNight)

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was Maitreya’s ‘star’.)


Bremen, Germany – Flights were disrupted at Bremen airport on 6 January after a UFO appeared on radar screens. Flights were cancelled, diverted and delayed after the UFO appeared. Bremen Police dispatched a helicopter to investigate, but it was unable to locate the UFO. (Source: huffingtonpost.co.uk. YouTube: pisosmadera) (Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the UFO was from the planet Venus.)


‘Angel’ appears at Christian event

A photograph taken during a Christian event at Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA, in December 2013 shows an ‘angel’ appearing on the stage.

A Southern Baptist pastor attending the all-male Promise Keepers’ conference took a photograph on his iPad as the ‘worship and praise’ band One Body were playing ‘Jesus, take all of me’. David Jesse, a spokesman for Promise Keepers, explained: “[The pastor] looked down at the screen to see a strange glow on the stage that sent chills down his spine.” It showed a radiant, glowing, white figure appearing on stage with the band. He showed the image to the man standing next to him, and then took a second picture of the stage. This also featured the glowing white figure. The pastor, who described himself as “conservative, non-prophetic”, “was overwhelmed with emotion as he was convinced that what he saw in the photos was an angel. He immediately came to stage right and showed the pictures to our programme director.”

The Christian men’s group is well-known for its conferences calling on men to return to God. Their Facebook page said of the day’s event: “Something supernatural took place in Cedar Falls.” (Source: wnd.com)

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the glowing white figure seen on the two photographs was manifested by Maitreya.)

New Year blessing


Since 1 January 2014 sandalwood vibhuti has been forming on a statue of Swami Premananda in the temple at the Sri Premananda Ashram near Trichy, Tamil Nadu, in southern India. The vibhuti is collected every few days and packed into small envelopes and distributed among the various Swami Premananda centres, groups and members of the Ashram. This photograph was taken on 10 January. (Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the vibhuti is manifested by Swami Premananda, who died in 2011.)


This photograph of ILG and Blondie the cat, was taken on 25 December 2013, soon after the Christmas Blessing from Maitreya. The columns of light are a blessing from Maitreya. Sent by ILG, London.


Dear Editor,
On 15 December 2013 I took some photographs of the computer screen during the Blessing from Maitreya, over the internet with Benjamin Creme. The first photograph was taken when I already felt the Blessing (but the camera did not show anything) and the second one, a little later, shows white light streaming from Benjamin Creme. Does the second photo show something special?

A.v.N., the Netherlands.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the second photograph shows the diffusion of the light during the blessing from Maitreya.)

Russian Orthodox icons produce healing myrrh

Two icons at a Russian Orthodox church in Honolulu, Hawaii, are producing myrrh that has the power to heal. An image of the Madonna and Christ Child, as well as a wooden cross in the Holy Theotokos of Iveron Russian Orthodox Church produce the oily resin, which has the scent of roses.

The myrrh reportedly healed a young girl who was diagnosed with a brain tumour and restored sight to a man who was almost totally blind from a football accident. “Before he had the accident, he was not 20/20,” said the church’s priest, Father Lyovin, of the latter miracle. “But now he became 20/20.”

The image of the Madonna and Christ Child is an exact replica of a version in Mont¬real, which streamed myrrh for 15 years. The Honolulu icon started producing myrrh five years ago, on the 15th anniversary of the death of a priest who cared for the Montreal icon. Father Lyovin says of the miraculous image: “A drop appears here, a drop appears there. And it starts flowing down. So, how can you fake that?”

(Source: huffingtonpost.com; kitv.com)

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms the healing myrrh is a miracle from Maitreya.)

Rabbi predicts coming of Messiah

Israel’s former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died in January 2014 after being in a coma for eight years, prompting a mixed international response to his passing.

The late Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri made headline news in Israel in 2007 when he prophesied at his synagogue on Yom Kippur, a few months before his own death in 2006, that the new Messiah would appear shortly after Ariel Sharon’s death. Rabbi Kaduri left a secret note on his deathbed that was to be opened one year later; the note hinted at the hidden name of the Messiah. It read: “Concerning the letter abbreviation of the Messiah’s name, He will lift the people and prove that his word and law are valid. This I have signed in the month of mercy, Yitzhak Kaduri”. The Hebrew sentence “Yarim Ha’Am Veyokhiakh Shedvaro Vetorato Omdim” (translated above in italics) form an acronym for Yehoshua, the Hebrew version of Joshua, or Jesus.

According to his son Rabbi David Kaduri, in his last year his father talked and dreamed about the Messiah. “My father has met the Messiah in a vision, and told us that he would come soon.” His grandson Rabbi Josef Kaduri also said the Rabbi often spoke about the coming of the ¬Messiah. His descriptions of the Messiah were re¬miniscent of New Testament accounts and were published on the websites Kaduri.net and Nfc:

“It is hard for many good people in the society to understand the person of the Messiah. The leadership and order of a Messiah of flesh and blood is hard to accept for many in the nation. As leader, the Messiah will not hold any office, but will be among the people and use the media to communicate. His reign will be pure and without personal or political desire. During his dominion, only righteousness and truth will reign.

“Will all believe in the Messiah right away? No, in the beginning some of us will believe in him and some not. It will be easier for non-religious people to follow the – Messiah than for Orthodox people. The much revered Rabbi Kaduri died in 2006 at the age of around 108 and his funeral was attended by over 200,000 – people. (Source: israeltoday.co.il; albawaba.com)

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Ending energy poverty at health clinics

Interview with Laura Stachel

by Jason Francis

WE CARE Solar is a nonprofit organization based in Berkeley, California, USA. The group promotes the safe delivery of babies and reduces maternal mortality by using solar-generated electricity through Solar Suitcases to bring dependable lighting, mobile communications, and blood bank refrigeration to health workers in developing countries.

WE CARE is the acronym for Women’s Emergency Communication and Reliable Electricity. Laura Satchel, MD, and her husband Hal Aronson, a solar energy educator who designed the system, founded WE CARE Solar in 2008. Laura Stachel was named one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes for 2013. Jason Francis interviewed her for Share International.

Interview with Laura Stachel

Share International: What inspired your husband and you to create WE CARE Solar?

Laura Stachel: There was a tremendous need for a scalable and cost effective solution for solar electricity for health clinics, but we were not interested in doing a business. My husband is an educator and I am a doctor. What came about was that we did one project in Nigeria with a very powerful outcome.

Women were dying because of a lack of electricity in hospitals. It was such a terrible thing to bear witness to so we brought in solar electricity for the hospital in Nigeria where we had been doing observations. There was about a 70 per cent decrease in maternal deaths rate over the next year in that hospital. And then clinics around the hospital came to me and said: “Why are you only helping the big hospital? We’re in darkness as well.” So my husband would create these portable kits that I could fit in my suitcase. Every time I went back to Nigeria to do research I would give one as a donation to a clinic, bringing light and the power of cell phone charging. In those days it was actually walkie-talkies.

We were basically doing this primarily in Nigeria and then somebody wrote about us in the New York Times. All of a sudden we got requests from around the world. We became aware that there was a tremendous problem of energy poverty that was not only affecting many households and businesses around the world but also health care institutions as well. It seemed that no one had a primary focus on renewable energy for health care. So because we had been making these kits already we realized we had something we could bring to scale.

SI: What is the incidence of maternal mortality?

LS: 280,000 women lose their lives each year due to complications of pregnancy.

SI: What regions have the highest maternal mortality rates?

LS: Sub-Saharan Africa. The countries with the highest rates are South Sudan, Chad, Somalia, Sierra Leone and Central African Republic.

SI: What are the challenges faced by healthcare workers who do not have access to dependable lighting?

LS: Sporadic electricity impairs the operation of surgical wards, delivery wards, essential hospital equipment and hospital communications. This compromises the ability of health workers to provide safe, appropriate and timely medical care. Labor and delivery nurses cannot conduct routine and emergency care. They cannot quickly notify on-call physicians of emergencies. Midwives and physicians are forced to make treatment decisions without the benefit of necessary diagnostic tests. Patients can be turned away from darkened clinics without care. Obstetric procedures and emergency surgeries are conducted under grossly sub-optimal conditions, and can have tragic consequences.

SI: How has the Solar Suitcase improved the work done by healthcare workers and clinics?

LS: Our Solar Suitcases are user-friendly, robust, durable, and nearly maintenance-free. They work in mobile settings or can be easily installed in existing hospitals and clinics lacking a reliable source of power. Improved surgical lighting, enhanced usage of existing medical equipment, and the support of mobile telecommunication systems reduces delays in providing care, and increases the capacity of health workers to care for patients with obstetric complications. The fetal monitor allows midwives to monitor the fetal heart rate and detect patterns that indicate distress. In addition, workers report more confidence in performing skilled care, and no longer fear night duty. It also seems to improve the morale of health workers.

SI: How many countries does WE CARE Solar work in today?

LS: We have deployed the Solar Suitcase to over 400 health centers in over 20 countries.

Interview with Laura StachelAfter Laura Stachel and her husband Hal Aronson brought in solar electricity for the hospital in Nigeria where they had been doing observations, there was about a 70 per cent decrease in maternal deaths rate over the next year in that hospital.

SI: What is the cost of a Solar Suitcase?

LS: It costs $1,595 for the Solar Suitcase with a fetal monitor. We receive donations that cover the cost for most of the Solar Suitcases, and have also received orders from UN agencies like WHO and UNICEF.

SI: Even though the Solar Suitcase was meant to help with childbirths, are they used in health clinics for other medical procedures and needs required by a community?

LS: The surgical lighting is used for all surgeries in a hospital. The maternity lighting may be the best lighting in the clinic and can be used for emergencies and pediatric care. In one case, the Solar Suitcase was used in the DR [Democratic Republic of] Congo for a doctor treating an entire island village with cholera. There were 122 victims. For the first time in the history of the village, all the patients with cholera survived and the doctor credited the Solar Suitcase lighting as being instrumental in the care of the patients.

SI: What is the psychological effect on mothers when they know the clinic has reliable access to electricity?

LS: Mothers no longer need to purchase candles or kerosene when they prepare to go to clinics for care. They are relieved to know that the clinic will not be in darkness. It has eased their fears about going to the health centers.

For more information: www.wecaresolar.org

See also article: ‘A suitcase-size solution to reducing maternal mortality’, by Carol Erikson (Share International, October 2010).

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Brazilian democracy taking shape

by Thiago Staibano Alves

Brazilian democracy taking shapeStep by step, the Brazilian people are waking up and demanding a more just and fair country.

Everyone saw it on television and in the newspapers. In June 2013, the Brazilian people, who are usually known only to take to the streets in crowds on festive occasions, celebrating the World Cup, or enjoying carnival parades, showed that they, too, like the rest of the world, are responding to the new atmosphere of political participation, social justice and freedom created since the demonstrations in Cairo, Egypt, in 2011.

What started as a protest against increases in public transport fares in major Brazilian cities became – after a night of police crackdown in São Paulo – a wave of protests the following week that swept thousands, possibly even as many as 1 million people, onto the streets of Brazilian cities, including the capital of the country, Brasilia. The demands of the protesters began to spread beyond the problem of public transport, to encompass other issues such as education, health, demands for an end of interference of religious groups in the political affairs of the country, and a greater advocacy for that most basic right of any democracy – the right to demonstrate.

The protests against higher fares were successful: afterwards the authorities conceded and reduced public transport fares to the former rates. Brazilians began to experience the impact of their own strength.

The media, which was initially reluctant to cover the demonstrations held by the Movimento Passe Livre (movement for free public transport throughout the country), was forced to come down off the fence when it saw a journalist from a major newspaper shot in the eye by police with a rubber bullet during a demonstration in São Paulo. During the next week of demonstrations, protests received wide coverage in newspapers and magazines and Brazilian television. Unfortunately, after a few more weeks, the media cut down its coverage of the protests, that are continuing to the present day. As media coverage petered out people were no longer being correctly informed about what is happening. And when there is no information, and people do not see what is going on, then the forces of repression have the freedom to use all means possible, including illegal means, to violate the rights of those who are still on the streets protesting for better salaries for teachers, women’s right to abortion, or the right of the poor for housing. And that is what is happening now in Brazil.

Brazilian democracy taking shapeA very positive spin-off from the protests is the creation of NINJA – an alternative media group that films and broadcasts live the demonstrations using cell phone cameras.

However, a very positive spin-off from the protests is the creation of NINJA – an alternative media group that films and broadcasts live the demonstrations using cell phone cameras and a mobile unit that they assembled using a supermarket cart. After the 2013 demonstrations peaked, the group continued to cover many of the protests that the mainstream media were no longer showing. The popularity of this media group has grown enormously since the protests in June 2013. If the mainstream media won’t or can’t, the people’s media will and does.

Cases of police violence and arbitrary arrests at demonstrations are so numerous that it is impossible in one article to convey the sheer number of victims of this on-going process in Brazil since June 2013. Many ordinary people have been abused, whose only crime was to take a stand against the unjust policies of their governments. However, following the demonstrations, a group called Activists Lawyers was formed to help Brazilians who have suffered abuse at the hands of the police during protest marches.

At one demonstration in support of the teachers on strike in Rio de Janeiro, 64 people were arrested: 44 were adults and 20 were under 18 years of age. The arrests were made based on the violation of a new ‘Criminal Organisation Act’ that means that four people gathering together can be seen as breaking the law. The law allows the arrest of large numbers of demonstrators, and was one of the only ‘solutions’ the authorities came up with to deal with the waves of demonstrations demanding improvements in the quality of life.

Despite the shocking nature of abuse and widespread corruption, another victory for the citizens, seen by many as almost miraculous, is the fact that parliamentarians threw out a controversial proposal that would have limited the state prosecutor’s investigative powers. The so-called ‘PEC37’ would have amended the constitution to transfer investigative powers to the notoriously corrupt police. Critics viewed this as carte blanche for corruption, and feared it would weaken justice and investigative bodies. Also Brazil’s senate unexpectedly voted in favour of landmark legislative proposals re-categorizing corruption, embezzlement and misappropriation as serious crimes punishable by a minimum four-year prison term.

Brazilian democracy taking shapeBrazilian President Dilma Roussef meets the Movimento Passe Livre (movement for free public transport throughout the country).

The government has been caught off guard by the mass protests and forced to consider some reform, even if cosmetic. President Dilma Roussef suggested the idea of a Constituent Assembly to bring about political reform in Brazil. Although the idea was later discarded by the President and part of the Worker’s Party, it has since become a major demand of many social movements in Brazil, as it would be one of the most democratic ways to implement political reform.

President Roussef and other politicians were also forced to sit and talk with the representatives of the social movements. The government has come in for severe criticism for its reluctance to talk to them and yet the President and colleagues were obliged to have a meeting that included participants from movements demanding better public transport in the country as well as representatives of other social movements, like the Landless Movement. Step by step, the Brazilian people are waking up and demanding a more just and fair country.