All the major religions expect a further revelation to be given by a future Teacher. Christians hope for the return of the Christ, Buddhists look for the coming of another Buddha (the Lord Maitreya), while Muslims await the Imam Mahdi, Hindus a reincarnation of Krishna, and Jews the Messiah.
Students of the esoteric tradition know these as different names for the same individual — Maitreya, the World Teacher — and they look for his imminent return. He comes as the head of his group, the Masters of Wisdom, also known as the Spiritual Hierarchy. They are people like us, who have gone before us in evolution and who have always guided and inspired humanity from behind the scenes.
Preferring to be known simply as the Teacher, Maitreya has not come as a religious leader, but as an educator in the broadest sense ― pointing the way out of humanity’s most critical problems.
At this time of great political, economic, social and environmental crisis, Maitreya will inspire humanity to see itself as one family, and create a civilization based on sharing, economic and social justice, and global co-operation.
Maitreya does not intend to build a new religion around him, nor to create followers, but to teach humanity “the art of Self-realization.” The first steps are “honesty of mind, sincerity of spirit, and detachment.”
Maitreya’s social concerns are reflected in his list of priorities: an adequate supply of the right food, adequate housing for all, and healthcare and education as universal rights. He will advocate that the number one priority, after the ending of starvation for millions, will be the saving of the environment. His social message can be summarized in a few words: “Share and save the world.” Maitreya knows we will accept his message and that we are on the threshold of an era of peace and goodwill.
The emergence of Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom
At the beginning of every age a Teacher comes to guide humanity into its next phase of evolution: In Palestine, 2000 years ago, Maitreya worked through Jesus to usher in the Age of Pisces. Now Maitreya comes again to help us as we enter the new Age of Aquarius, whose keynote is synthesis, or the group.
According to Benjamin Creme, Maitreya came into the modern world in 1977, living in the Asian community of London. The time is soon coming when Maitreya and the Masters will work openly with humanity to help solve the problems we face.
He awaits the right time for his full emergence into public sight, within the law of human freewill. In the meantime he works unobtrusively to influence world affairs for the better.
Many ‘signs’ and miracles have heralded Maitreya’s presence in the world, inspiring hope and expectancy. These are recorded regularly in Share International magazine. At the same time the world is manifesting the tensions of the clash between the old individualism of the Age of Pisces, and the unity characterizing the new Age of Aquarius.
The Ageless Wisdom Teaching
The Ageless Wisdom Teaching — or Esotericism — has underpinned religious and philosophical teachings for millennia but was first presented for our time by Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891) who founded the Theosophical Society; then by Alice Bailey (1880-1949). Benjamin Creme (1922-2016) brought these teachings up to date, with information about their relevance to present world conditions and the progressive emergence of Maitreya, the World Teacher.
Tenets of the Ageless Wisdom Teaching
- The oneness and divinity of all life
- All aspects of life are spiritual, including the political and economic fields as well as the natural world
- Two major laws govern our lives: rebirth, and cause and effect (or karma)
- The evolution of consciousness: all human beings are ‘souls in incarnation’ evolving through successive lives to eventually achieve perfection
Begun in 1982 by Benjamin Creme, Share International is a well illustrated monthly magazine which brings together two major directions of contemporary thought ― the political/economic and the spiritual. It shows the synthesis underlying the changes now occurring on a worldwide scale and seeks to stimulate practical action to rebuild our world along more just and compassionate lines.
Share International covers news, events, and comments bearing on the priorities of Maitreya, the World Teacher, as reflected in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights: an adequate supply of the right food; appropriate housing for all; healthcare and education as universal rights; and the maintenance of ecological balance in the world.
The magazine features a wide range of forward-looking articles on worldwide issues as well as pieces relating to the Ageless Wisdom Teaching; questions with answers from Benjamin Creme from its archives; letters to the Editor; current world trends and illustrations of miraculous signs. All issues include an article by Benjamin Creme’s Master, which were dictated to BC during his lifetime, giving a unique insight into the Masters’ worldview.
Benjamin Creme (1922-2016) spent over 40 years preparing the world for the emergence of Maitreya. Born in Glasgow in 1922, he moved to London as a young man where he lived as an artist. In 1959 he was contacted by a Master of Wisdom and this relationship developed fully over many years, giving him the confidence and conviction to tell the world about the emergence of Maitreya. This close and constant contact gave the world a window into the Hierarchy’s fount of wisdom and knowledge.
Benjamin Creme travelled worldwide, giving lectures and interviews, and wrote extensively about the Emergence. He received no remuneration for this work and made no claims about his own spiritual status. His books are published by Share International and are available for sale through online booksellers, bookstores, and the publisher. Details of these books (four of which are available as a free download) can be found on Share International’s main website.
Throughout his life Benjamin Creme continued to paint; his later esoteric paintings symbolized aspects of the Ageless Wisdom Teaching. Examples of these works are printed on the covers of his books and of Share International magazine. See also the Benjamin Creme Museum in Los Angeles, USA.