The recent discovery of a new face on the reverse side of the Turin Shroud is yet another sign of Maitreya's presence in the world. (1152 words) June 2004
“I personally believe that [the Turin Shroud] is absolutely authentic, that it is the shroud in which the body of Jesus was wrapped after the crucifixion. The image on it was deposited intentionally and left there for future generations to hold to the reality of resurrection, because that is what the gospel story is about. The gospel story is not about crucifixion. It is about resurrection … The interesting thing about the Shroud, from my point of view, is how the image was made.
“The Christ resurrected the body of the Disciple Jesus. When the body was laid in the tomb, the consciousness of the Christ, Maitreya, once again entered into the body of the Disciple Jesus and brought it back to life; not only that, but also Resurrected it. He shook loose, by the down-flow of tremendous spiritual energy into the now dead body of Jesus, the atomic particles of matter, reconstituted these, and brought into that body matter of sub-atomic vibrational rate, that is, matter which is literally light. The effect of that on the body was one of intense radiation and it was that radiation which produced what is called an ionisation effect of the image on the Shroud.
“There is a process in photography called ionisation. When a photographer wants to transfer a negative image to a positive image, or vice versa, he takes the plate and puts it under very high frequency rays — usually X-rays. The effect of this high-frequency ray bombardment is to ionise the plate so that when it is developed you get the opposite of what you would expect to find. Whatever should be light becomes dark, and whatever should be dark becomes light. The high spiritual down-flow from the Christ into the body of the Disciple Jesus caused the ionisation effect and produced a negative on the Shroud — and in this way it is, as it were, scorched on to the Shroud, but only on the surface.
“It is exact, in a way that no photograph could be, and it appeared whether the Shroud touched the body or not. It was an ionisation of all aspects of the body, with the wounds and the blood and everything else. So you get an exact facsimile which the space scientists in America have been able to reproduce as a three-dimensional image on the computer. It obeys exactly the three-dimensional laws, and its coming to light now in this exact scientific manner is one of the signs that the Christ is in the world, although His coming into the world is not dependent on that sign.”
(From: The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, Tara Press, 1980)
What happened to the Shroud after Jesus died?
“[Immediately after Jesus’ death the Shroud] was retrieved from the tomb in which Jesus had been laid by three of His immediate followers and hidden for two years. Subsequently, it was shown, irregularly, to Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem. In the 6th century it was fairly well-known as the authentic burial shroud of Jesus, and a holy relic.”
(Share International, January/February 1998)
Impossible to fake
“Every computerization analysis of the figure on the Shroud has shown it to be 100 per cent accurate from every anatomical point of view, something highly unlikely if drawn by hand. The most conclusive proof that it is not a fake is this: it is a photograph, something quite unknown in the 13th century.
“Furthermore, it is a negative photograph, something that no ‘faker’ could conceive of at that time. Only when it was photographed in the late 19th century was it realized to be a negative, the result of an ionisation process known and used today for the first time. The energy to produce the ‘ionisation’ effect was given by Maitreya’s re-entry into the dead body of Jesus in the tomb. Nothing else could have produced that effect.”
(Share International, October 1988)
Weighing up the evidence
Commenting on the carbon dating findings of three scientific groups reported in Nature magazine on 16 February 1989:
“I am informed that the three groups dated their samples as from the 6th century AD, the 12th century and the 14th century, respectively. Discarding the 6th century result (as being too distant from the other two), they split the difference between these two and settled for the 13th century. Not, I suggest, either a logical or scientific method of approach.
“A more logical — but still unscientific — result would have been reached by taking the average of all three findings, namely the 11th century. If, as I am informed, the present carbon-dating methods have a margin of error of 800-2,000 years, then one must ‘argue with the methodology of carbon-14 dating’. It is simply not accurate enough to be conclusive evidence of dating, and all three dates fit comfortably within the margin of error. Nothing is proved by this test one way or the other.
“It has been suggested that the (spiritual) radiation assumed to impregnate the Shroud might have had some distorting influence on the carbon-14 tests, but I am informed that this is not the case. The testing technique itself is at fault. No one has ever proved (nor will be able to prove) how the image on the Shroud could have been faked — painted or drawn or somehow impressed by hand. It defies all such analysis and theories, and shows an awareness of the practical technique of crucifixion (for example, the nails are clearly seen through the wrist and ankle bones and not — as depicted in every religious painting to this day — through the hands and feet).
“There is no doubt in my mind — nor, I would have thought, in the mind of any unbiased, objective observer who had really studied all the evidence — that this is the burial shroud of a crucified man. Crucifixion was a Roman form of execution and did not, thankfully, outlive the Roman era. This means, does it not, that the Shroud must be no more recent than the 4th century AD, a far cry from the Middle Ages.
“If we accept that the Shroud is of a man crucified in Roman fashion, the question arises: why is this the only one of its kind? Many thousands were crucified by the Romans, and the bodies of many would have been wrapped in some kind of shroud. Why is this the only one to survive to the 20th century? I suggest it is precisely because of its unique image and unique origin. Because it is a photograph, a record of Resurrection.
“This matter will soon be cleared up once and for all, no doubt to the consternation of the sceptics and the scientists who use unscientific methods to prove their bias. The Master Jesus will claim it as His own.”
(Share International, December 1989)
From the June 2004 issue of Share International
Courtesy of Share International Magazine
Maitreya Mission Volume One, Benjamin Creme (Share International Foundation, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles)
Maitreya Mission Volume Two, Benjamin Creme (Share International Foundation, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles)
Maitreya Mission Volume Three, Benjamin Creme (Share International Foundation, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles)
The Great Approach, Benjamin Creme (Share International Foundation, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles)
Alice A Bailey, The Reappearance of Christ (London: Lucis Press, 1948)
- Externalisation of the Hierarchy (London: Lucis Press, 1955)
H P Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine (London: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1888)
Helena Roerich, Leaves of Morya’s Garden, Volume I : The Call (New York: Agni Yoga Society, 1924)
- Leaves of Morya’s Garden, Volume II : Illumination (New York: Agni Yoga Society, 1925
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