All the great religions posit the idea of a further revelation to be given by a future Teacher. Christians hope for the return of the Christ, the Buddhists look for the coming of another Buddha (the Lord Maitreya), while Muslims await the Imam Mahdi, the Hindus a reincarnation of Krishna, and the Jews the Messiah.
Students of the esoteric tradition know all these as different names for the same individual- the Lord Maitreya, the World Teacher, the head of the Spiritual Hierarchy of Masters, and they look for His imminent return now.
In July 1977, Maitreya emerged from His centre in the Himalayas, when least expected, "like a thief in the night". Since then, He has lived in London as an ordinary man concerned with modern problems -political, economic and social. Since March 1978, He has been emerging, as a spokesman in the Pakistani-Indian community .He is not a religious leader, but an educator in the broadest sense -pointing the way out of the present world crisis. According to esoteric teaching, Maitreya manifested Himself 2,000 years ago in Palestine by overshadowing His disciple Jesus -now the Master Jesus. This time Maitreya has come Himself.
Maitreya's spiritual teaching: Maitreya does not intend to build a new religion around Himself, nor to create followers, but to teach humanity "the art of Self -realisation". The first steps are "honesty of mind, sincerity of spirit and detachment."
Maitreya 's social concern is reflected in His list of priorities:
an adequate supply of the right food, adequate housing and shelter for all, healthcare and education as a universal right. His social message can be summarised in a few words: "Share and save the world." Maitreya knows we will accept His advice and that we are on the threshold of an era of peace and goodwill.
Since late 1991, Maitreya has been carrying out a series of appearances like the one in Nairobi, Kenya. There, on 11 June 1988, He appeared miraculously, "out of the blue", at an open-air prayer / healing meeting. He was photographed addressing (in their own language) thousands of people who instantly recognised Him as the Christ. Similar events have now been witnessed by large numbers in different countries. In this way, more and more people receive proof of His presence and, hopefully, in due course will demand media response.
Maitreya expects this approach to lead to the Day of Declaration, when He will leave no doubt that He is the World Teacher. Maitreya will mentally 'overshadow' all of humanity simultaneously. Each of us will hear His words inwardly, telepathically, in our own language, and all will know that the World Teacher is among us.
The information about Maitreya's emergence has been presented to the public since 1974 by Benjamin Creme, chief editor of the magazine Share International. His training for this work, under a Master of Wisdom, began in 1959.
To summarise the historical perspective:
1982, 14 May: Creme reveals during a press conference in Los Angeles that Maitreya lives in the Asian community in London, and challenges the media to invite Maitreya to come forward. The media do not react.
1987, August: Benjamin Creme announces: "In the corning three or four months, Maitreya will be working intensively to bring about a breakthrough in international relationships in the world." Less than a month later the breakthrough comes, in the political meetings between the Americans and the Soviets, followed by the armaments agreement in December that no one had thought
1988: Maitreya appears, both in person and in dreams, to well known leaders in various countries, and to many ordinary citizens. Manifestations of Crosses of Light are reported in the US media and are seen by many thousands.
1989/2000: Crosses of Light are seen and filmed, from Canada to Japan and from the Philippines to Slovenia.
1995, Sept/Oct: People worldwide witness the miraculous disappearance of milk offered to statues of Hindu gods.
1991/2000: Maitreya appears miraculously before large groups of people all over the world. In Tlacote (Mexico), Nordenau (Germany) and Nadana (India) healing wells charged by Maitreya attract growing numbers of visitors. By means of these
'miracles', Maitreya seeks to create a climate of hope and expectancy in which He can emerge as the Teacher for all humanity.
Since April 1988, through one of Maitreya' s closest associates in the Asian community of London, Share International has received a series of articles. These outline Maitreya's teachings and draw attention to developments which He expects to take place in the world.
Outer events have demonstrated Maitreya' s insight. As early as 1988, He foresaw the release of Nelson Mandela and the process of detente in South Africa. Again in 1988, when Mrs Thatcher was at the peak of her powers, Maitreya said that she would resign. In the same year He stated that governments everywhere would have to give way to the "voice of the people", a statement which found its most impressive proof in Eastern Europe. Furthermore, Maitreya forecast the cease-fire between Iran and Iraq; the withdrawal of foreign troops from Angola; the global rapprochement between guerrilla forces and national governments; the Armenian earthquake in 1988, and those in California and China in 1989; the internal problems of the Soviet Union; the establishment of peace in the Lebanon. In 1988 He promised: " Many people will be healed from AIDS through the practice of prayer". Dutch television announced in October 1995 that more than 400 people had been cured of AIDS through prayer in Uganda.
Maitreya also forecast the election of a Democrat as President of the United States and the positive developments in the relation between Israel and the Palestinians. (Statement made in 1988: "The Israeli army, against all expectations, will withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza and return to its homeland.)"
A major event which, Maitreya says, we may expect to see in the near future and which He announced as early as 1988: an international stock market crash, beginning in Japan.
Read Benjamin Creme's books online
Maitreya’s Teachings, The Laws of Life,Edited and introduced by Benjamin Crème, Share International Foundation, ISBN 90-71484-31-9
The Great Approach, Benjamin Creme (Share International Foundation, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles)
The Art of Co-operation, Benjamin Creme (Share International Foundation, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles)
The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, Benjamin Creme (The Tara Press)
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)
Alice A Bailey, The Reappearance of Christ (London: Lucis Press, 1948)
Alice A Bailey, The 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
Courtesy of Share International Magazine