By Jason Barker
Founder: Benjamin Creme
Other Names: Maitreya is also called Teacher or World Teacher.
Share International is also known as Tara Center.
Publications: The Emergence Quarterly. Books include
Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, Maitreya's Mission,
Messages from Maitreya, the Christ and Transmission: A Meditation for a
Benjamin Creme was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1922. During his early
years Creme studied art and esoteric philosophy, and eventually became
known both as a modernist painter and an expert in the teachings of Helena
Blavatsky and Alice A. Bailey.1 While he came
to believe in the existence of the "Masters of Wisdom" (i.e., great teachers
who have evolved to a higher level of existence) through the writings of
the Theosophists, he was nonetheless surprised when he was contacted by
one of the Masters in 1959. The Master prophesied that the Christ would
return in twenty years, and that Creme would play a role in the Christ's
In 1972, the Master began training Creme for his role as forerunner
to the Christ.3 From 1975-1979, Creme spoke
throughout Europe about the coming Christ who would fulfill all religions'
prophecies concerning a coming savior. This activity became increasingly
important when the Christ, known as Maitreya, left his refuge in the Himalayas
in July of 1977, and particularly when he began appearing to London's Indian-Pakistani
community in March of 1978.4
Maitreya's most significant appearance allegedly occurred in Nairobi,
Kenya, in 1988. Creme regularly displays a photograph taken when Maitreya
miraculously appeared to a crowd of 6,000 at a prayer meeting. Maitreya
vanished after speaking to the crowd in perfect Swahili for several minutes,
allegedly leaving behind "some 30 or 40 witnesses" who had been completely
healed of their illnesses.5 The Kenyan appearances
have continued since 1991.6
Maitreya has appeared to many large groups since 1988 in such areas
Mexico, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czecho-slovakia,
Romania, Scotland, Norway, the Middle East, North Africa, India and Pakistan.
Near the majority of these appearances miraculous healing water will be
found. This has already happened in Tlacote, near Mexico City, Düsseldorf
in Germany and New Delhi in India. He will continue to do this until people
begin to talk, the media take notice, and He becomes universally known.
Maitreya will then be invited by the international media to speak directly
to the entire world through the television networks linked together by
Much like Teacher Chen's prophecy that God would appear across America
on television channel 18,8 Creme predicts that
Maitreya will appear worldwide on every television channel. Maitreya will
then be able to telepathically communicate to all viewers his message for
manifesting the divine in our lives.9 Interestingly,
despite his assertion that Maitreya is the fulfillment of all world religions,
Creme claims that this televised appearance is the explicit fulfillment
of the Biblical prophecy, "All eyes will see Him" (perhaps referring to
Revelation 1:7), and that the event will constitute a global reenactment
Crème has made conflicting claims regarding Maitreya's recent
appearances. In a recent source he claims that Maitreya's appearances have
been limited to groups of fundamentalist Christians. This, according to
Creme, explains why so few people have heard about the appearances: the
fundamentalists have refused to talk about these inexplicable experiences.11
However, he has claimed in the past that Maitreya appeared to such world
leaders as George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev in order to dispense advice.12
God the Father: God the Father is not named by Creme. However,
Creme does teach that Sanat Kumara [also called Shamballa]13
is the Lord of the World and the reflection of God. Sanat Kumara in Hinduism
is one of the seven sons of Brahma, and the son of Shiva and Parvati.14
According to some New Age thought, Sanat Kumara dedicated his life energies
to the evolutionary development of Earth when he was on Venus and surrounded
by the "Order of Melchizedek" [not to be confused with the Melchizedek
priesthood of Mormonism] and 144,000 Ascended Masters.15
He sent Sai Baba, an Indian guru who embodies the energy of love at a cosmic
level, to earth in order to prepare the way for Maitreya, who embodies
the energy of love on a planetary level.
Jesus and the Christ: The identity and activity of the
Christ is fundamental to Creme's concept of Maitreya. He writes, "Jesus
of Nazareth and the Christ are not one and the same person. This is one
of the most difficult claims for many Christians to accept in connection
with Maitreya, the World Teacher."16
The Christ, instead of being a single messianic figure, is simply the
head of the spiritual hierarchy known as the Masters of Wisdom [known in
some New Age groups, such as the Church Universal and Triumphant, as the
Ascended Masters]. During his term of office, the Christ is also known
as the World Teacher and the Bodhisattva.17
The current head of the hierarchy is Maitreya. Two thousand years ago
he manifested himself as the Christ in order to initiate the Age of Pisces.18
He now manifests himself in order to initiate the Age of Aquarius.19
Jesus the man was a fourth-degree initiate and disciple of the Masters
of Wisdom. His previous incarnations included the biblical figures of Joshua,
son of Nun, Isaiah, and Joshua from the book of Zechariah.20
In Palestine Jesus allowed himself to be used by Maitreya, being overshadowed
by the consciousness of the Christ, which then used him to fulfill Maitreya's
mission for the earth. Jesus' birth, baptism, transfiguration, crucifixion,
resurrection, and ascension were thus six stages of initiation for the
implementation of Maitreya's plan for world peace.21
Following Jesus' ascension he was reincarnated as Apollonius of Tyra,
whose journeys in India are allegedly the source for the belief that Jesus
did not die on the cross.22 Jesus, now known
as Master Jesus, currently resides with Peter and John in Rome, and is
attempting to reunite the Christian churches through a focus on Maitreya.23
Salvation: Salvation, according to Creme, is based on
the Hindu principle of karma. Maitreya will teach humans over the next
2,300 years that they must live in adherence to the Law of Cause and Effect
[karma] and the Law of Rebirth [reincarnation].24
Salvation, or freedom from rebirth, is attained through permeating the
political, economic and social structures of the world with the principle
of harmlessness in relationships.25 As people
focus on relationships that involve no harm or discomfort for others, a
new world of political and religious harmony will emerge, and the cycle
of rebirth will be broken.26
Transmission Meditation: The Age of Aquarius, in which
the synthesis of politics and religions is achieved, will be ushered in
through extensive participation in transmission meditation.
According to Creme, the Masters of Wisdom send their energies to the
world through the chakras [energy centers located at points in each human
body] of participants in transmission meditation. These participants repeat
a Great Invocation in which they proclaim their desire to "let Light and
Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth."27
Repeating the Great Invocation while focusing on the anja chakra [between
then eyebrows] will enable the person to become a conduit for the
energies of the Masters of Wisdom.
Creme encourages everyone over the age of twelve to participate in transmission
Ageless Wisdom: Creme claims that Ageless Wisdom, or esoteric
philosophy, is the source for information about the future of humanity.
Such Ageless Wisdom has been part of the oral religious traditions for
thousands of years, and recently has been taught by such theosophists as
Helena Blavatsky and Alice A. Bailey.29
Ageless Wisdom focuses upon the "science" of the evolutionary process
in humanity and nature. All creation is composed of energy, and creation
progresses through an increase in the energetic vibrations of humans and
nature. Students of Ageless Wisdom learn how to increase these vibrations.
Scripture: Crème believes the Bible to be inspired
but errant. He claims that "the Bible is a deeply spiritual book, full
of wisdom and guidance for those who read its pages," and yet also claims
that "since its origin it has seen many editions and undergone numerous
The key to biblical interpretation is one's presuppositions and opinions.
Crème takes Luke 12:57 to mean that each person should believe what
seems right to them.31 The traditional Christian
interpretation of scripture is thus valuable only if it results in a positive
impression upon the reader.
Prophecies: Maitreya, through Creme, has made numerous
prophecies that have failed to occur. For example, in 1988 Creme predicted
that Gorbachev would survive an assassination attempt, and that Prince
Charles would soon be made the King of England.32
Creme's most notable failed prophecy involved the Day of Declaration,
when Maitreya will allegedly reveal himself to the world. Crème
predicted that this would occur between April and June of 1982. In an advertisement
in several prominent newspapers that cost him over $500,000, Creme predicted
that Maitreya would be seen on television, heard on the radio, and that
the World Teacher would communicate telepathically with all humans.33
An investigation of the London slum which Creme claims as Maitreya's home
revealed no evidence of the Christ's presence, despite Creme's assertion
that Maitreya was speaking to crowds of up to 500 each Saturday in 1982.34
The Bible also refutes the idea of reincarnation; we die only once, and
then face judgment.35 As Christians, we also
know that we do not need to earn our salvation through self-purification;
we are instead saved through the grace of God.36
In direct contrast to Creme's attack upon the authority of Scripture,
the Bible also testifies to its own trustworthiness.37
Jesus is Christ at birth, not obtained later in life.38
Jesus is the only begotten.39
Christians are to ignore the teachings of false prophets.40
1 "Benjamin Creme Biography," [Online]. URL http://www.shareintl.org/cremebio.html.
4 "Maitreya, the World Teacher: In Brief," [Online].
5 "Maitreya: Who is Maitreya?" [Online]. URL http://www.shareintl.org/maitreya.html.
6 "Maitreya, the World Teacher: In Brief," [Online].
7 "Maitreya: Who is Maitreya?" [Online]. URL http://www.shareintl.org/maitreya.html.
8 See The
Watchman Expositor, 15.2 (1998).
9 "Maitreya: Who is Maitreya?" [Online]. http://www.shareintl.org/maitreya.html.
11 "Frequently Asked Questions about Maitreya," [Online].
12 Steve Blow, "And Now, this Message from Your Medium,"
Morning News July 7, 1991, p. 33A.
13 "Sai Baba and Maitreya," [Online]. http://www.shareintl.org/saibaba.html.
14 "The Great Guru, Sanat Kumara - the Ancient of
Days," [Online]. URL http://www.tsl.org/teachings/masters/sanat_kumara/default.htm.
15 "Sanat Kumara Ascended Master: Who is He?" [Online].
16 "Jesus of Nazareth and Maitreya," [Online]. URL
19 "Maitreya: Who is Maitreya?" [Online]. URL http://www.shareintl.org/maitreya.html.
20 "Jesus of Nazareth and Maitreya," [Online]. URL
24 "Frequently Asked Questions about Maitreya," [Online].
27 "Transmission Meditation," Emergence Quarterly,
background information issue (n.d.), p. 3.
29 "Esoteric Philosophy.In Brief," Emergence Quarterly,
background information issue (n.d.), p. 4.
30 From Traditional Religion to Ageless Wisdom,
(N. Hollywood, Ca: Tara Center, n.d.), p. 2.
32 Kathleen R. Hayes, "Gorby Meets Maitreya; Pope
to Affirm Him - Creme," NRI Trumpet, 4.3 (1990), p. 1.
33 The New York Times, April 25, 1982.
34 Shelly Kellman, "Christ a No Show," New Age,
September (1982), pp. 87-88.
35 Hebrews 9:27.
36 Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5.
37 2 Timothy 3:16.
38 Matthew 1:23, Luke 2:11.
39 John 1:14-18, 3:16-18.
40 Deuteronomy 18: 20-22.
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