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Share International magazine May 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 new civilization

At the beginning of this New Age which is dawning it is difficult for many to imagine the kind of civilization and culture which will grace the succeeding centuries. Most attempts to do so remain enmeshed in a materialistic vision; seldom does one see the effort made to embody the aspiration of mankind for a life of spiritual meaning and expression.

Let us try to envisage the future in terms of the new civilization and culture. Soon, the first steps will be taken in the direction of the new dispensation. Soon, the new signposts will be set, indicating the way ahead for humanity. At first, the changes will be gradual but eventually, in quickening momentum, all will be re-fashioned.

Let us consider the nature of the elements which will make up the new civilization. The outstanding attitude of the new time will be the attempt to create right relationships, to express goodwill. A massive shift in emphasis from the individual to the group will re-orientate humanity along more fruitful lines, and will reflect itself in the creation of structures more in keeping with the Plan of God. A further characteristic of the future time will be the desire to know better the nature of God and to come into closer relationship with that Divinity. From being peripheral to men’s lives, as is the case today, this aim will become paramount in the lives of millions. Accompanying this new approach to God will be a new reverence for all manifestations of life, thus bringing men into better alignment with the subhuman kingdoms. This new sense of responsibility for the lower kingdoms will speed their evolution and so serve the Plan.

Before long, a new approach to science will open the way for a complete re-adjustment in men’s attitude to the Reality in which we live. The new science will show humanity that all is One, that each fragmented part of which we are aware is intimately connected with all others, that that relationship is governed by certain laws, mathematically determined, and that within each fragment is the potential of the Whole. This new knowledge will transform men’s experience of the world and of each other and confirm for them the truth that God and man are One. Thus, the new science will demonstrate man’s divinity and will lead to the establishment of the New World Religion. The ancient schism between religion and science will be healed and a new impulse given to man’s spiritual growth.

In this fertile climate, the hidden psychic powers of man will unfold naturally and the vast potential of the human mind will conquer space and time and control the energies of the universe itself. The resources of the human spirit are unlimited. In a crescendo of revelation, the glory of the unseen worlds will be revealed to man’s astonished gaze and the full magnitude of the divine creation will be realized.

All this awaits man as he stands on the verge of the Aquarian experience. The waters of life of Aquarius, channelled to him by the Christ, will awaken in him his dormant divine consciousness and show him to be the God he is. Under the wise guidance of the Christ and His Brothers, man will attain the full stature of revealed divinity which is his birthright, did he but know it.

Stage by stage, century following century, man will build a civilization which will demonstrate his growing manifestation of divinity; a culture in which the beauty of the divine creation will be expressed in all its aspects, a mirror in which the Divine Idea will be reflected in all its glory.

Thus will man take his true place in the scheme of things under the Divine Plan. Thus, under the inspiration of the Christ, will he transform this world – separated by fear, dogma and hate – into that in which the Law of Love governs, in which all men are brothers, in which all that pertains to the divine nature engages man’s attention and controls his life. Thus will man’s dreams of divinity be realized, his potential be achieved, his destiny fulfilled.

The new civilization written by the Master —, through Benjamin Creme in 1982 is particularly apt at this time and fits well with the Compilation in this issue, hence our decision to reprint it with the Master’s approval. As readers will note in the introduction to the Compilation the world can now be said to be definitely in the Age of Aquarius.

[This article from Share International magazine, May 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? As of 14 March 2014 there had been 41. What is the total in Russia now?

A. (1) Yes. (2) 46 (as of 7 April 2014).

Q. Please be so kind as to give an overview showing how many interviews Maitreya has given in each country so far; it would really help for when we give talks. People like to know how many interviews there were in each country.

A. USA: 29 interviews (January 2010-January 2011); Mexico: 14 interviews (January-September 2011); Brazil: 41 (September 2011-January 2013); Russia: 46 so far (from January 2013 to the present time). A total of 130 interviews so far.

Q. Could you please say how your Master would describe the state of Britain at present – socially, politically and economically?

A. Confused.

Q. Your Master’s most recent article talks of “the collapse of the world economy” and says that this event will have an effect on how war is viewed; your Master also mentions a “struggle for survival”. What would trigger such a collapse?

A. The stock-market collapse.

Q. What is the ‘third eye’? Can one develop it at will? At what stage can it be developed?

A. It develops by itself when the person is ready to use it.

Q. How do flocks of birds or shoals of fish manage such perfection in their coordinated movements – all flying or swimming in perfect unison?

A. Because they all fly in telepathic contact. Telepathy is a natural ability shared by the animal kingdom and spasmodically by the human kingdom.

Q. It seems many letters published recently in Share International indicate contact with a spokesperson for the Master Jesus and/or Maitreya. It also seems there have been fewer contacts with Maitreya the last several months. Is this possibly an indication that Jesus and Maitreya are so focused and heavily involved in preparation for the Day of Declaration, that They are making fewer appearances Themselves? Is there possibly a bigger ‘push’ than usual now by Hierarchy towards that Day, since it is more imminent? Thank you deeply for all you do and have done for the world – for all of us.

A. The Masters want where possible and useful to make contact with us – those who are preparing the way for Them. But since Maitreya and the Master Jesus are more and more engaged in many fields they do in fact use more spokesmen or representatives in this way.

Q. I was reading your book The Great Approach and a question came to mind. On page 65, there is a question regarding Maitreya’s appearance after the Day of Declaration. It reads: “Will He take a definable and consistent form such as in the Nairobi picture?” [Taken on 11 June 1988.] The answer is “Yes”. But I was wondering if that meant Maitreya will take the same form He took in Nairobi after the Day of Declaration? Would that also mean that Maitreya took that Nairobi ‘form’ when He appeared primarily to religious groups for over a decade after 1988?

A. Maitreya’s appearance will be as He is and has always been in His point of focus (London). The form He had in Nairobi was an assumed form.

Q. Will the Space Brothers, using their UFOs, change the trajectory of asteroids, by light technology, away from the direction of Earth?

A. Yes, if they seem dangerous.

Q. I read in April Share International’s Questions and Answers, how fear is an infection you “catch” from others – parents, teachers, etc. I think I caught it and have had it all my life. It can be debilitating. Any suggestions on how one might rid oneself of this fear infection?

A. Read the article ‘The Overcoming of Fear’ in Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two.

Q. Most modern scientists agree that the dinosaurs died out as a result of a huge meteor that put the world in darkness for a long time. Does not the Ancient Wisdom teach that the first (material) world (Lemuria) was destroyed by fire and the second (Atlantis) by water? If this was the case, what do these scientists overlook? The truth?

A. Most scientists do not take Lemuria and Atlantis to be real.

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Wise counsel

Dear Editor,
On 9 March 2014, we held a video presentation in Yokkaichi (near Nagoya), Japan. Because the hall was larger than usual for this type of event, with a seating capacity of 120, we advertised more widely than normal by arranging to have 30,000 flyers inserted in local newspapers.

During the event, I sat in the back row to watch how the group’s presentation would look from the audience’s point of view. After the video, a number of group members stood up and invited the guests to ask any questions they wished. The first man who raised his hand said: “I am very interested in the subject of the earth and cosmos. I came an hour early to make sure I could get in, because the flyer said people would be seated on a first come, first served basis, capacity 120. But there was no one here when I arrived, and even when the meeting began, there were very few guests. This is such wonderful information, but why so few people? I understand you are doing this with earnest motives, but what do you think about this dismal result?”

He said that he used to be involved in volunteer work, and in the beginning they couldn’t attract many people. So they thought about the reasons for this and considered various ideas and ways of approach, and changed their methods. Then people came. This is such great information. Perhaps you could attract more people’s attention if you put a photo of the earth from space on the flyer, for example. The group members responded to him by saying, “It’s usually like this because this is rather difficult information to understand: we have tried various ways, but most people aren’t very interested in this kind of information,” etc. They were giving all sorts of reasons why we cannot attract more people.

The man said: “You are creating a limitation yourselves. You give all kinds of reasons why this is the best you can do. But why create limitation? You say you usually get a capacity crowd for your once-a-year lecture event. Why is that? What do you think is the reason for not being able to attract more people to your video presentation? You must think about this carefully.” Finally, he said that he didn’t seem to get anywhere by listening to our excuses and that he had to leave.

As I was listening to these exchanges, I felt the man was questioning the group’s fundamental attitude toward this work. I felt his stern questioning was directed at me as if a thorn was stuck in my chest, and I could not forget his words. This event made me reflect on the way the group is approaching this work. Are we doing the best we can, going beyond our self-imposed “limitations”? One of our co-workers reflected that perhaps we have become a bit laid back and just spend money to advertise, but not our own energy and serious attention to advertise each event.

Later I learned that the man wrote comments on our questionnaire in neat handwriting: “I looked forward to hearing the talk (video), ‘A new civilization begins’. I listened very attentively. It was a serious, planetary/cosmic explanation of peace. I hope that our leaders of the world will think in this way.” On the outside of the box, he added, “I appreciate everyone’s sincerity.” He was 90 years old.

May I ask who this man was who taught us so much?

M.S., Inuyama, Japan.

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

Uplift

Dear Editor,
Just before Christmas 2012 I was in a small village called Santa Venerina, in Sicily. I was in my car outside a café, ready to go home. Just then there was a tap on the glass on the passenger side of the car. I wound down the window and an old lady stood there. She had a bright, beautiful face. She asked me if I could take her to the Post Office, about half a mile away, because she couldn’t manage the hills or walk far these days; of course I said “Yes”, and she got in the car with me. I can’t remember exactly what we said but she was very warm yet dignified, and radiated a sympathy and closeness that I found a bit surprising for a lady of her age in Sicily. She seemed so alert and ‘international’ but her trust in me, a complete stranger, moved me. I took her to the Post Office and said I would wait for her and take her to wherever she needed to go next, but she said there was no need. Getting out of the car she leaned back inside and said, very quietly but intently: “Dio ti benedica,” “May God bless you”. Then she walked away with amazing speed and strength for one who’d told me she “couldn’t manage the hills”.

I was feeling quite distressed in those days because my husband had died in August. Her blessing made me cry, yet gave me consolation. Could you tell me who this lady was? Sure I’ve never forgotten her.

G.R.B., Manningtree, Essex, UK.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘old lady’ was the Master Jesus.)

Two letters from the same person:

Insight

Dear Editor,
(1) On 25 August 2013 I was walking with a new male friend on a historic site in County Laois, Ireland, called The Rock of Dunamase. As we walked up the incline a woman of about 60 and a young foreign couple were walking down towards us. They stopped to talk and the woman said she had been up on the ancient site praying for the surrounding countryside and all the people around there. When I asked her why, she said something like “prayer is needed and the ploughing championships are taking place there soon.” My friend then acknowledged the need to connect with God. As she was leaving us, she said: “You are two lovely people.” The encounter felt unusual and affirming of our new relationship. Afterwards, I wondered if the woman was anyone special, or just a friendly human being?

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms the ‘woman’ was the Master Jesus.)

Sound advice

(2) I came to London on 14 October 2010 to hear Benjamin Creme’s lecture at Friends House. On Saturday 17 October, I was going around London alone. Walking from Covent Garden to Trafalgar Square, there were a man and a woman begging in a doorway. The woman asked me for money to buy food and help with bills in these difficult times. They were seated side by side, and she had a towel over her lap. They were well dressed in a casual fashion and had no air of need or desperation. She wore a tracksuit and he wore jeans and a knitted sweater. I had spent most of my coins paying for lunch, so I told them I did not have much change. I opened my purse and gave them about 80 pence. I said: “I’m sorry it’s not more.” The man looked at me warmly and said: “Don’t ever be sorry. Be happy! That’s the secret of life: Be happy!” and then he gave me a big warm wink with his right eye. I wondered had I met Maitreya and Jesus, as I had been feeling sad that day. The words have been with me every day since then and have encouraged me to make positive changes in my life.

A.M., Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, Ireland.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms the man was the Master Jesus and the ‘woman’ was a disciple of the Master Jesus.)

Dancing for Joy

On 2 March Share Nederland had a stand at the Light Spirit Fair in Bussum; a friendly woman passed by and stopped to talk to us.

She told us that she was a cleaner and that she cleaned offices, but that she had recently been fired. She told us that the other women from the cleaning agency had complained and gossiped about her and that’s why she had been fired. They had said things that were unjust. She said she didn’t understand why she had been fired because she did her work well, and she thought it was unfair. She kept talking about injustice. But she added, she was happy and proud that now she was the only one who was allowed to clean the Board room – the ‘room for the big bosses’. As she was telling us this she did a dance for joy.

To my mind she didn’t look like a cleaner at all and I asked her if that could be the reason the others hadn’t accepted her: she was different and looked different so that perhaps the others thought she didn’t fit in the team?

She told us that it was hard to be unemployed and that she could hardly manage to live on her wage. The most striking thing was that she looked very sophisticated but at the same time she hopped and danced, waving with her arms like a ballerina all the time she was talking to us.

A few times during the conversation she clamped her hand over her mouth and said, “Oh, I talk too much”! “Oh I mustn’t talk so much!”

Was this eccentric woman really a cleaning woman?

M.B., E.B., the Netherlands

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘cleaning lady’ was a spokesperson for the Master Jesus, referring to injustice, that there is injustice at every level of society and everyone should be treated with respect.)

Perfect timing

Dear Editor,
Leaving the Share International office on Saturday 7 September 2013 a little later than I’d meant, a colleague said: “I hope you get home alright.” As I reached the bus stop a bus was waiting. I ran towards it and a man signalled to the driver that I was coming. The driver shut the doors and opened them as I arrived, as if he was teasing me. He had a grin from ear to ear. I got on the bus and sat down, the driver then announced to the passengers that the bus needed to make a detour through Camden Town. As we travelled I noticed that there was a man and woman on nearby seats to me. The woman was carrying a bunch of roses and was dressed as if she had been to an occasion, the man was commenting on some of the places that we passed. Coming into Camden the bus stopped and the woman came up to me and without a word handed me the flowers. I thanked her and was really surprised. The man and woman got off the bus and as the driver pulled away he shouted and signalled: “Where are the flowers?” They made signs that they had left them on the bus. At the next stop the driver got out of his seat and came to me saying and grinning “I will take those,” pointing to the flowers, “lost property”. But he didn’t take them and returned to his seat and drove on. I was totally bemused by the events that left me holding this bunch of flowers. The paper around them was well crunched up as if the woman had been carrying them for a long time. They were five beautiful deep red roses and some gypsophila. Any concerns about my journey back had vanished and I continued to chuckle inside.

I got off the bus, thanked the driver and walked down to Liverpool Street station. In spite of leaving the office later than I had planned, and the bus detour, I still managed to get the train I aimed to catch, with a couple of minutes to spare. I was travelling with my flowers and a smile. When I got to my station I waited one minute and a bus turned up, so it felt like everything was well taken care of. As I write this I have in front of me some very beautiful deep red roses. How wonderful!

C.E., Pooles Lane, Essex, UK.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man on the bus was the Master Jesus, the ‘woman’ was a disciple of the Master Jesus.)

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Signs of the Time

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Miracle statue lights up

Hundreds of hopeful pilgrims have visited a house in Jalhay, a small town near Liege in Belgium to see a small statue of the Madonna that reportedly glows in the dark.

The miracle started in January 2014 when the statue of the Madonna, which had been bought 15 years earlier in nearby Banneux (also a place of miracles relating to the Madonna), began to glow. For several hours the little statue of Our Lady of the Poor (named after the Banneux miracle) glowed brightly enough to cast shadows in the kitchen where it stands on a little wooden wall-altar.

The owners of the house and statue, Nadia and Daniel Lefloch, have opened their home to visitors who come to witness what is being referred to as “the mysterious glowing Virgin”. Local media reported that some of those visiting the statue claim to have been cured of a skin condition.

The statue, about 30 centimetres in height, represents the ‘Virgin of Banneux’, from the name of the village where in 1933 a young girl was said to have witnessed an appearance by the Virgin. Today, Banneux is still a place of pilgrimage, where a small spring yields about 2,000 gallons of water a day with many reports of miraculous healings.

The glowing statue has been investigated and scientists declared the mystery solved when they found that the statue had been painted with luminescent paint, applied to the figure at some unknown date. However, the statue’s owners and other visitors make the point that it does not explain the fact that the statue had been standing for many years before it began to glow, and that it glows at certain times and at other times not at all. Some cases of minor healing have already been attributed to the luminescent statue by local people and visitors. (Source: limburger.nl; canberratimes.com.au; Daily Mail, UK)

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this is a miracle manifested by Maitreya.)

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Euboea, Greece – A UFO was filmed over the Greek island of Euboea in February 2014. (Source: www.zougla.gr)

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the UFO was a spacecraft from the planet Mars.)

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Madonna statue blinks in India

A statue of the Madonna in Chennai, India, reportedly blinked its eyes in February 2014. The statue, located in Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in the Perambur district, blinked during an annual feast and pilgrimage celebration. Since news of the miracle became public, and a video of the blinking statue posted on the internet, thousands of people have visited the shrine to see the statue. (Source: hindustantimes.com, newindianexpress.com; YouTube: bala subramani)

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this is a miracle manifested by Maitreya.)

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True magnetism

Dear Editor,

I met a homeless man named Charles on University Avenue near Martin Luther King Jr Way in Berkeley, California, sometime around 2pm on 28 January 2014. He was sitting in front of a tire shop, wearing a black jacket with an insignia from the John Muir College at UC San Diego. I stopped to engage him and immediately sensed he may be someone special. I asked him how he was doing and he told me “I am blessed! I am blessed!” – indicating that he’d just recovered from a cold that had lasted three months, and had had to do all the things necessary to take care of himself in his recovery. He also noted that he had had to do this while outside and “exposed to the elements”. I put money into his offering cup at one point, and he pointed at my action while he was talking, in grateful acknowledgment.

We shook hands, and he asked me what my name was, and I told him, “Jonathan.” He said that he really liked that name. I thanked him and said sincerely that I liked his name, “Charles.”I pulled out a flyer I was in the process of putting up in shops around Berkeley. It’s for an event series entitled, ‘If Christ or Buddha returned today, would you recognize him?’ He examined it quietly, and then solemnly said that the subject was “deep”. In response to the flyer’s question, he told me that if such a one as Jesus or Buddha were here today, he would know him by what that teacher said, “what came out of his mouth”. He said also he would recognize him by his “demeanour – how he carries himself”. And, he said, he would recognize him by his “aura”. He said people were aware of the aura of the Buddha or Jesus from “a mile away”, emphasizing their inherent “magnetism”. I kneeled down and was rapidly writing everything I could record of what he said on my cell phone’s notebook, and he patiently allowed me to keep up with him as he spoke. He proceeded to evocatively read the text of the flyer aloud to me, also noting approvingly, after he was done, that the event had “free admission”. He said he would keep the flyer and share it, while folding it up. I mentioned something to the effect that, on that morning, I had not lived up to his example of gratitude in the face of adversity, and that I had lost my temper. He then proceeded to say that, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” He said “to be gentle with your words – as Jesus and the Buddha were.” And he said, “to mean what you say,” as well as “to think about what you say before you say it,” indicating again that “that’s how Jesus was and that’s how the Buddha was.”

Before we parted, he kindly granted me permission to take a photograph of him. Was he indeed someone special?

J. K., Oakland, California, USA.

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

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Dear Editor,

My friend lives in Culpeper, Virginia, USA. She found this cross within a tulip garden she keeps, where she watches the morning sunrise; is this an authentic sign?

M. N., Gwynn Oak, Maryland, USA.

(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the cross was manifested by Maitreya.)

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Benjamin Creme comments that we actually entered the Age of Aquarius five years ago, in 2009. Roughly half of the people of our planet are responding to the new energies but the others, particularly the older generation, are holding on to the structures and thoughts of Pisces – and this is the generation that mainly runs the planet. So we are in a period of tension and struggle. But daily as the energies of Aquarius strengthen and impart their beneficent gifts, the balance will flow inevitably in favour of the new. The old energies of Pisces will steadily diminish and lose their meaning for humanity, and with them the separation and organized greed of the Piscean past will gradually disappear.

We present a selection of quotations on the theme of ‘The Age of Aquarius’. The quotations are taken from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ and Maitreya’s Teachings – The Laws of Life), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks and Share International), and Benjamin Creme’s writings.

Have no fear of the future for it will be, if man so wills, greater and more beautiful than can be imagined, greater by far than man’s highest dreams. The uncertainty and anguish, the pain of loss and change, are but the birth pangs of a new and better world struggling to be born. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Man’s birthright awaits him’)

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All goes well, augurs well for the future. My plans proceed apace and galvanise mankind. Wherever you may look in the world today, you will find change. From top to bottom, the fabric of the old and decaying order is rent. From this can we derive much satisfaction, for despite the pain involved in this process, a new and better world emerges. Therefore, My friends, take comfort from this fact and look to the future with hope. (Maitreya, from Message No.130)

The promise of this coming Age of Aquarius is that, for the first time in recorded human history, humanity will become One and will demonstrate the Love of which unity is the expression. It will reflect on the physical plane the inner oneness of man – the fact that as souls we are One. There is no such thing as a separate soul. We are individualized parts of one great Oversoul which is perfect, and which is a reflection of what we call God, of that Reality in which we “live and move and have our being” – the Logos of the planet. (Benjamin Creme, Transmission – A Meditation for the New Age)

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When I make Myself known, I shall express the hope of all mankind for a new life, a new start, a readiness to change direction; to see the construction of a New World in which men can live in peace; can live free from fear of themselves or their brothers; free to create from the joy in their hearts; free to be themselves, in simple honesty.

My task is but beginning, but even now there exists in men’s hearts a new light, a new hope, a sense of a new beginning; a realisation that man is not alone, that the Protector of All has sent His Agent. It is That which I am. (Maitreya, from Message No.8)

There is no doubt of the new spiritual awakening which is everywhere taking place, which must eventually lead to an era of world brotherhood – the keynote of the coming age of Aquarius.

What is happening now is the outcome of inner forces, which are effecting great changes in human thinking and consciousness. This will result in the complete reorganization of the world’s institutions and social structures which no longer answer man’s true needs.

Throughout the world the new approaches to reality are emerging, and the new values which should govern our life in the coming age are beginning to be defined. This will entail the reorganization of our political, economic, and financial systems along more rational and just lines. (Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom)

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Changes, unequalled in extent, will engage men’s minds and hearts; naught but the finest of the past will prevail against the onslaught of the new. Daily, the transformations will be recorded for men to compare and admire; a new world will be constructed in the blazing light of day. All will, in their way, participate, each will add his vision and contribute to the whole. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘To serve anew’)

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I am happy to be able to speak to you once more, and to tell you that I come to take you with Me into the New Country – the Country of Love, the Country of Trust, of Beauty and Freedom. I shall take you there if you can follow Me, accept Me, let Me lead and guide. And, if this be so, together we shall build a New World: A world in which men can live without fear, without mistrust, without division; sharing together the Earth’s bounty, knowing together the bliss of union with our Source. (Maitreya, from Message No.3)

The New Country is the name Maitreya gives to the civilization which it is His mission to inspire – as He puts it, “The Country I call Love”. Over the last 2,000 years, humanity has expressed the knowledge aspect of God; our present scientific society is the result of this expression. Over the coming Age of Aquarius, humanity will express en masse the still higher aspect of love. Through the implementation of sharing and justice, the love of God will become manifest and the Brotherhood of man an achieved reality. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two)

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The Waters of Life of Aquarius will enter man’s life on all levels, and from this stimulus a new man will be born, reflecting more and more his innate divinity. This Gift of Life the Christ will bestow, revealing Himself as the Water Carrier, the emancipator of all men, bringing ‘Life more abundantly’, as He long ago foretold. With this ‘life more abundantly’ will come a new creativity. From men will flow a rich stream of ideas and discoveries, surpassing all that has gone before, and this in accordance with Cosmic Law. Nature will yield her secrets, the universe will submit to man’s inquiring mind, and the knowledge thus acquired, placed at the service of the General Good, will beautify and enrich all life on Earth. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The gift of life’)

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[Maitreya] will urge us to change, inspire us with a view of the future, a future like none that has ever been presented to the world – the most wonderful, beautiful and extraordinarily brilliant civilization that this Earth has ever seen.

That is the future for humanity in the Aquarian Age which is now beginning. A world in which we will have energy for all our needs directly from the sun, which with a developed aspect of genetic engineering will provide us with the ability to create new organs. Instead of going to hospital, waiting for a transplant which might or might not take, and dying in the meantime if there is no organ available, you will simply go into a clinic and after a few hours come out with a new heart – your own heart remade, your own kidneys or liver remade. In this way people will live potently and with vitality much longer than they do today. With the sharing of the world’s resources, all things become possible. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)

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I am taking you into a New Country. Close your ranks around Me and allow Me to show you the glories which await you. The framework of this future time is now constructed. The blueprint of the future becomes clearer. Let Me take you with Me into that future and clothe in radiant Light that structure. My Blessings go with you all. (Maitreya, from Message No.48)

The outstanding quality of the energy of Aquarius is synthesis, hence the result of its action will be a blending and fusing of the present divided and separative humanity into a whole. A new sense of oneness (with all creation) will replace the present sense of separation. In the social and political sphere this will demonstrate as brotherhood, justice and sharing. The present fear and confusion will give way to a new freedom and sense of meaning and purpose in life. It will be an age in which humanity – for the first time as a whole – realizes and manifests its inherent divinity. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume One)

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The New Age is upon us

The Master —, through Benjamin Creme, SI, November 1998

For many years, it has become natural and usual to speak of the New Age and what it means for humanity’s future. Few recognize or understand the changing astronomical relationship which makes a New Age possible – and inevitable. For more than two thousand years, the major cosmic energy conditioning life on Earth has streamed to us from the constellation of Pisces. That influence is fast waning as our sun moves away from relationship to Pisces and into that of Aquarius.

The new energies of Aquarius, mounting daily in potency, are already making their presence felt, and lie behind the changes, in every sphere, which are now occurring on a global scale. These changes must, and will, reflect the quality, the inner nature, of the Aquarian energy – namely, Synthesis.

These energies of Synthesis, fusing and blending the different strands of our multifaceted life, have the task of bringing humanity to an awareness of its Oneness, an appreciation of its part in the Great Plan, and an ability to manifest that Plan in right relationship on the physical plane.

The first steps are being taken now as the nations wrestle with the problems of a dying economic structure and changing political affiliations. The early signs of a new global consciousness can be seen as men realize the need for co-operation in dealing with their environmental problems. This augers well for the future and shows correct response to a major danger facing the race: unless the damage now being done to the environmental balance of the planet is quickly restored, the life expectancy of many will dramatically decrease. No-one, rich or poor, is totally free from this insidious breakdown of the human immune system. Men tamper with that system at their peril.

Notwithstanding the seriousness of these and other problems, much progress is being made in tackling them, and many groups exist, worldwide, whose main concern is to bring these hazards to the notice of the governmental agencies in every country.

That being so, there is every expectation that the nations will emerge from this period of trial with a new confidence in the future, and in the benefits of co-operation and mutual help.

In this way, the energies of Aquarius are, indeed, bringing the peoples together, creating the ties of co-operation and understanding, and, albeit slowly and gradually, welding the disparate forces of the present dispensation into a synthetic whole.

The New Age is truly upon us. The imminent advent of Maitreya and His Group will signal its inauguration.

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On the threshold of awakening:

The World Teacher for All Humanity, by Benjamin Creme

Book review by Carmen Font

It is very rare to read about a momentous event forecast for the future that is already taking place. In his preface to The World Teacher for All Humanity Benjamin Creme explains that the book is based on the keynote talk at the Share International Network Conference near San Francisco in August 2004. “It is largely a commentary on a number of articles written by my Master for our magazine Share International between 1987 and 2002” (p.1), together with questions and answers and a compilation of materials from public lectures given by Creme in Japan in 2003 and 2006. This pertains to the format and provenance of the source materials, but the meaning of these collected pieces gains force when read from beginning to end. The book addresses not only the details of the planned return of our planetary Hierarchy and the changes that Maitreya’s presence will bring about. It also focuses on His advice to bring humanity to a choice between two courses of action. On the Day of Declaration, Maitreya will invite us to choose either to continue with our present state of living (and hence head towards self-destruction) or “to accept gladly His counsel to inaugurate a system of sharing and justice that will guarantee a peaceful and prosperous future for humanity” (p.1).

The process that leads us up to this point has now been set in motion, but it was not yet so in 2007 when The World Teacher for All Humanity was published. At that time, when Maitreya’s first interview with an American media outlet had not yet happened, the public was anxious as to when that initial media appearance would take place. Now, as per April 2014, Maitreya has already given 130 interviews in four locations: United States, Mexico, Brazil and Russia. His first interview was held in January 2010, and four years later we are witnessing the unfolding of the events that Creme describes in the section The Timing of Maitreya’s Emergence in The World Teacher for All Humanity.

We may have not fully realized the transcendence of this present time in which Maitreya is accepting so many interviews in the media. For many years, the hoped-for interviews did not materialize, as Maitreya waited for the right timing. It was not an easy task. “To meet with people who are receptive and who can listen and put into practice what He is talking about is one thing, but to come on radio and television with sceptical interviewers, is something else again. Not that He is frightened by scepticism” (p.55). Of course not. Maitreya never decides on the basis of how others may judge him, but on how the effect of his gradual emergence will affect the overall process of Externalisation. Even when Hierarchy knows that humanity’s response to the Day of Declaration will be massively positive, Maitreya is also fully aware that before that point is reached, He has to advance carefully to ensure the positive outcome of the plan. Being prepared for Maitreya’s choice on the Day of Declaration does not mean that the same people will acknowledge Him and His advice in fully before ‘D-Day’. It may look like a small nuance, but one that makes a big difference. It is the difference between possibility and actualization, between a window of opportunity that is open and one that closes. Humanity is prepared now, but it is still burdened with prejudice, fear and anxiety. Only an event such as the Day of Declaration can unleash the inner potential and aspirations of humanity. Maitreya’s words and contact with humanity on the Day of Declaration will seal the covenant between Humanity and Hierarchy. But before that Day arrives, humanity is still struggling between its best aspirations and confusion about not being able to implement them fully. Maitreya made His decision to accept the first interview, and hence to initiate the open process of externalization, balancing these and many more factors. Now we are right in the midst of this chain of events that will lead the world to face its most momentous decision.

On the threshold of awakening

The details and implications of how this set of interviews is developing are fully explained by Benjamin Creme. We learn, for example, that Maitreya knows not only all the questions but also which questions He would like to be asked. This person might then realise that he is asking something he did not intend to. And he is interviewing Maitreya without knowing Him by His name. The journalist may recognize Him as somebody wise and extraordinary, thus triggering the succession of interviews in already four countries with very different cultural frameworks and systems. Over the years, Benjamin Creme has been asked about the way these interviews would develop, and his answer, coming in fact from the Master, will no doubt surprise the reader, whether he is a participant in the work of the Reappearance or not: “These groups like yourselves who have been doing this work, somewhat, over the years may be disappointed; you will be somewhat surprised, anyway, at the quietness of His approach, the lack of emphasis or the loss of an opportunity – you might think – to bring in all the ‘big guns’” (p.55). This is a revealing piece of information that corresponds with what we are witnessing now. After so many interviews, Maitreya is emerging like a “thief in the night”, paving the way for the Day of Declaration, and sometimes we are perplexed by this method. “On which media channel did he appear?” Or “why can’t we know about these interviews in advance so that we can listen to them?” are the usual enquiries among the public. Creme reminds us that Maitreya has His ways and means. “His appearances will become more and more frequent until He has a regular broadcast on television and radio around the world” (p.56). This is happening right now, and this is why this book is so timely to read, when “the crumbling economic system is bringing the West to its knees economically, and bringing it into reality for the first time” (p.56). What a vivid portrait this is of what we are already experiencing in the West….

One of the last sections of the book – before the appendixes of articles by Benjamin Creme’s Master and a collection of intriguing photographs of crop circles – is entitled “Saving Ourselves”. It is a refreshing piece since it inspires us to take responsibility over our own life, both personally and publicly. Maitreya comes as a Teacher in the broader sense of the word, not as a religious or political leader. He will not “save” us in the sense of solving all of our problems. Even if most readers are aware of this fact, we tend to forget it and eschew responsibilities. When someone expresses anxiety about the gradual approach and the ‘long time’ that Maitreya’s interviews are taking, he or she is renouncing his participation in this process and expressing a lack of confidence in its outcome. This is why it is necessary that the Teacher comes, to remind us once again of the Laws of Karma, Rebirth and Harmlessness. “We have to apply these laws correctly”, writes Creme, “dynamically to our lives, not just as an idea that remains in the head.… It is not just a matter of knowledge per se. It is the instinctive response to the dynamic of the teaching…. What does matter is if it becomes an active process in your life, and leads you from awareness to awareness, initiation to initiation, and eventually to perfection. That is being saved, and nobody can do it but oneself” (p.97).

The World Teacher for All Humanity shows us how to transform our waiting for Maitreya, especially in the run-up to His full public emergence, into a proactive stance that could be defined as “being-in-waiting”. Let us be assured, then, that Maitreya’s Emergence is here, crossing the threshold into our everyday world, and inspiring us to transform our reality as it has never been transformed before.

The World Teacher for All Humanity. Benjamin Creme. First Edition. Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles: Share International Foundation, 2007.

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Our changing view of food: from commodity to commons

Interview with Jose Luis Vivero Pol
by Niels Bos

An excerpt

What would the world look like if we were to treat food as a commons and not merely a commodity? This question and its possible answers have been at the heart of Jose Luis Vivero Pol’s work for the past few years. Currently a PhD research fellow at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, he has worked for 14 years as an anti-hunger and social rights activist on food security policies and programmes in Latin America, Africa and the Caucasus. In articles like ‘Why Food Should be a Commons not a Commodity’ he makes a strong case for a transition towards a new food system which is not only more sustainable but also much fairer to the millions who still go hungry in a world of abundance. Niels Bos interviewed Jose Luis Vivero Pol for Share International.

Share International: You talk about reconsidering the food narrative and moving away from seeing food solely as a commodity. What is the alternative?

Share International photo for May 2014 – Jose Luis Vivero Pol

Jose Luis Vivero Pol: So far the industrial food system that feeds most of the human population is based on a consideration of food purely as a commodity. This means that food is only valued by its price in the market. Basically, one of the dominating ideas is: the lower the food price the better. That’s why the industrial food system is always desperate to minimize the costs of food production – by mechanizing cultivation and lowering food prices at the farm gate in order to deliver to customers food products that are extremely cheap. By only considering the price in the market, we really neglect and undervalue other factors that are extremely important to human beings. Some of these factors need to be re-evaluated if we want to transit towards a fairer and more sustainable food system.

Which factors? Food is a basic human need, and as such we shouldn’t be restricted to only getting access to it via the market, based on price, based exclusively on economic considerations. All of us need to eat three times per day every day of our lives. That’s why I like to draw a parallel with water and air. Together with food, they are the three essential natural resources we human beings need to survive.

It is interesting to note that air is basically regarded as a public good. So far we don’t need to pay for breathing. But I am pretty sure that within 50 years there will be a new tax we will have to pay for breathing pure air or at least to clean polluted air.

Water is also a remarkable case as it used to be considered a global public good. Usually we only pay for the purification and transportation of water but not for the resource itself. However, big corporations like Nestlé and others are trying to privatize water resources. Why? Because everybody depends on water. If you ‘enclose’ water – that is, privatize and commoditize it – everybody will have to pay every day for what has so far been a free public natural resource.

And then there’s food, the third essential natural resource. The way we consider food has evolved since the 18th century, the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in England. Since then, the traditional European and American commons were gradually enclosed and transformed into privatized goods. Since then, an increasing number of food production systems, like wild fruits, coastal seafood areas or oceanic fish stocks have been privatized. That means that unless you have entitlements, such as proprietary rights or legal authorization, you cannot freely get food from any place. That’s why I propose that food should be considered a common good for humanity.

We can establish interesting parallels with the Universal Health Coverage System or the Universal Education System that we still enjoy in Europe. A Universal Health Care System guarantees a basic and equal level of assistance to every citizen in the Netherlands, Spain or Denmark and at the same time you have public and private hospitals where you can go if you wish. In every European country there is a minimum standard of health or education that every citizen is entitled to and that standard is provided by the State. This is one of the practical implications I propose based on the consideration of food as a commons. Why don’t we imagine a similar scheme for food?

SI: Currently we rely on a market-led food system for producing and distributing our food. How does this tie in with the millions that still go hungry on a daily basis?

JP: Hunger still prevails in a world of abundance because of the mainstream “no money no food” mentality. Globally speaking, the industrial food system is increasingly failing to fulfill its basic goals of producing food in a sustainable manner, feeding people adequately and avoiding hunger. To me, one of the main problems in our industrial food system is that we generally produce non-nutritious and cheap food for everybody. We are fed by a ‘low cost” food system where price is the main driver, rather than aiming at delivering nutritious food. We, the human society, are wasting one-third of the total food produced because it’s extremely cheap, and cheap goods can be wasted. You know, nobody wastes gold or silver, even when you polish a ring the powder that falls is gathered and reutilized because gold or silver is valuable, the price is high. We use a lot of natural resources to produce food but we waste one-third because we only appreciate its value in the market.

That’s one of my main critiques: the industrial food system only considers one dimension of food, seeing its tradable dimension and viewing it as a commodity. The main goal of agri-business corporations is not to sustainably produce healthy food for everyone but to earn more money. If we want to achieve a food-secure world we need to have more space for self-regulated collective actions for food and to re-claim more space for state-led initiatives, whose primary goal is their citizens’ wellbeing. Because food security is within the mandate of every state but surely not within the mandate of every food and agriculture company.

SI: This sounds like an element of the common food system you’re envisaging. What would need to happen on a global level for such a system to work?

JP: I must emphasize that a lot of things will have to change. If the ideas that I am advocating take root it will take decades before they can be fully operational. Why? Because it also took decades, even centuries to arrive at this point of complete ‘enclosure’ and the commodification of the food system and there are already many lock-in mechanisms in place that would render the transition difficult. Those mechanisms are economical, legal, political, behavioural, sensorial, and they reinforce mutually.

But of course there are things that would help in this transition. For instance, there’s a growing amount of criticism on public-private partnerships (PPP) especially in the food sector. Why? Because those PPPs are decision-making spaces for the private sector to influence policymakers in order to arrange a legal space which is conducive to profit-seeking. Since they are not meant to maximize the health and food security of the citizens but mainly to maximize profit-seeking, these PPPs should be restricted to operational arrangements but never to dealing with policy making or legal frameworks.

Secondly, patenting on living beings should be banned. We can patent computers, iPods, cars, and other human-made technologies but we cannot patent living organisms such as seeds, bacteria or genetic codes. That should be an ethical minimum standard and a fundamental part of our new moral economy of sustainability. Additionally, food speculation should be banned.

I’m working on another paper analyzing the parallels between the abolishment of slavery and the de-commoditization of food. For thousands of years human beings were considered a private good, subject to trade and commoditization. Since we came down from the trees, there have been slaves on Earth. But after the French Revolution and during the 19th century in England and the US, intellectuals and politicians began to realize that slavery was unacceptable, using new ethical paradigms and evolving moral foundations and a rights-based culture of enlightenment. Slavery was economically profitable and it had deep cultural and historical roots all over the world but it was rooted in wrong ethics. Human beings are equal and should be free, and so slavery had to be abolished. Human beings were a commodity but not anymore.

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… For thousands of years human beings have been organizing traditional collective activity to produce food. All over the world, especially in Africa and Asia, you can find collective property of natural resources and land plots that are managed in a collective way. That’s why I say that these ideas about the transformation of the food system aren’t just theoretical or a naïve wishful thinking. Collective action for food is already ongoing in developed and developing countries.

For my part, I would just like to make a contribution to the food transition movement. I just hope food activists may think about the very nature of food and reclaim their place in the global food system and its governance: food is much more than a commodity. It is every man’s right, a profound cultural issue and, of course, a common good of humanity.

Further reading: ‘Why food should be a commons not a commodity’: ourworld.unu.edu; papers.ssrn.com; floksociety.org; iss.nl

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‘Marching for Dignity’ – massive march in Spain against government austerity

Share International photo for May 2014 – Marching for Dignity

Hundreds of thousands of people trekked across Spain to protest against the austerity programme they claim is destroying their country. Under the banner of ‘No More Cuts!’ the protesters are calling for an end to the Spanish government’s “empty promises”.

Six columns of protesters, some walking; others in trains, cars and buses – each from a different region of Spain – arrived at the outskirts of Madrid early Saturday 22 March 2014, before heading for Colon square, carrying banners bearing the slogan ‘M22’ or ‘Marches for Dignity’, at the culmination of nearly a month of walking for some of the protesters.

By early afternoon, the columns had formed at entry points around the perimeter of the city. A sea of placards emerged, calling for “fair pensions” or “the right to a roof”.

By late afternoon, Madrid’s principal boulevard, Paseo del Prado, was completely packed with tens of thousands of demonstrators chanting against the government’s austerity policies and cuts they have entailed.

The ‘March for Dignity’ comes after two years of bruising austerity measures, forced on Spain as part of a 40 billion euro (US$55 billion) international bailout following a huge housing bubble that almost destroyed its banking system.

Austerity has left Spain in a prolonged economic depression, with more than 26 per cent of the population – and half of under-25s – out of work.

Meanwhile, say protesters, the corrupt collusion between officials and bankers that caused the crisis has gone largely unpunished.

“There are too many reasons: my sons have to work every day from eight in the morning to five of the next morning for only 400 euros per month! Also I’m a teacher and I know what cuts in the public sector mean,” said another activist. “All these evictions – this is insane. I’m marching to Madrid because I can’t walk to Berlin or Brussels. We must stop them and the Troika!” [Troika refers to the tripartite committee led by the European Commission with the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.]

Hundreds of people are evicted from their homes every day in Spain. The General Council of the Judiciary reported that 49,984 forced evictions had been carried out across the country last year, which averages about 185 a day.

The number of evictions reached an all-time high in Spain in 2012 with over 500 a day. This combined with an unemployment rate of 26 per cent, the second highest in Europe after Greece, has left many Spanish citizens with nowhere to turn. This is reflected in the growing number of suicides in the country, with the country’s National Institute of Statistics estimating that at least eight people take their lives every day in the country.

Pepe Caballero, one of the organizers of the protests said the Spanish government is trying to return Spain to the Franco era. “What the government wants is to go back to the Franco years and keep the working class from demonstrating in the streets and saying what our main problems are. We won’t allow that to happen and they know it,” Caballero said, adding that the protest movement will change Spain from the “bottom to the top.”

At the beginning of this month, the Spanish Minister of Employment Fatima Bañez said that Spain had finally pulled itself out of the recession and registered economic growth. However, the Spanish Union of Workers dismissed Bañez’s announcements as “government propaganda.”

“No to unemployment, no to exile, no to insecurity. March, march, march for dignity,” the crowds chanted.

“We want work. We can’t accept that millions of unemployed people must go home to live with their parents,” said an unemployed man of 24 from Burgos in northern Spain.

“It will be a tide of citizens that will restore the dignity of the capital,” promised a spokesman of the Andalusian Workers’ Union, one of 300 groups taking part.

“Either the government responds to our demands or it must pack its bags,” he said.

“I’m here to fight for my children’s future,” said a 44-year-old entrepreneur, among the throng of protesters. “For those who are in power we’re just numbers. They value money more than they value people,” he said, shouting to be heard above the din of chanting, singing, whistling and drumming...

“Bread, jobs and housing for everyone”, read one banner, “Corruption and robbery, Spain’s trademark,” said another.

One woman carried a banner saying, “My daughter can’t be here because she’s had to emigrate.”

“(I’m here because) I’m sick of this system they call democracy,” said a 58-year-old teacher whose wage has been cut by 20 per cent. “I want things to change.”

They were joined by many civic groups that emerged out of the mass Indignados protests of 2011 and 2012 when the crisis first hit. The Indignados were seen as forerunners of the “Occupy” movement that spread around the world.

“In 2014, we are facing an extremely difficult situation, a social emergency, that demands a massive collective response from all workers, citizens and the people,” the organizers said in their manifesto. (Source: La Vanguardia, El País, Huffington Post, Spain; The Washington Post, The Journal Times, USA; rt.com; commondreams.org)

Protests spread in southern USA

Protests against state government cuts to social programmes and the passage of laws that target the poor and racial minorities are taking place on a regular basis in several cities in the southern USA.

Weekly “Moral Monday” protests began in the spring of 2013 in Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina. About 2,500 people gather every Monday to protest an action by the state legislature. Some protesters then enter the legislature building and choose to get arrested as part of a civil disobedience action. Among the concerns of the protesters are state government laws that cut unemployment benefits, reduce funding for pre-school education, restrict voting rights, prevent death row inmates from challenging racially discriminatory verdicts, and prohibit the expansion of Medicaid (a government-run healthcare programme for low-income people).

A highlight of the North Carolina protests was a ‘Mass Moral March’ of 80,000 people in Raleigh in February 2014. The agenda for the march included universal healthcare, poverty reduction, environmental protection, voting rights, and fairness for minorities and the poor in criminal sentencing. The leader of the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina, Reverend Dr William Barber, said: “We are deeply committed to a society where people love one another and don’t kick people when they are down.”

Other cities in the southern US have followed Raleigh’s lead. Regular protests are now taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, and Columbia, South Carolina. Similar movements are forming in Florida, Alabama, Wisconsin and New York. (Source:commondreams.org,wikipedia.org)