Message of Hope
Defining Benjamin Creme in a way that makes sense to the average reader poses some difficulties.
Fine Artist, writer, lecturer, environmentalist, historian, esotericist, magazine editor, political prognosticator, international economics guru to a growing confederation of followers, humorist (a term which doesn't quite capture his quirky, often outrageously comic perspective on life). A learned student of philosophy and the Ancient Wisdom. Indeed, labels don't work very well: But Creme's message is nothing if not serious.
For the last couple of decades Creme, a peripatetic Scot, now in his seventies, has made it his business to edit a most thought-provoking monthly magazine (Share International), write a number of searingly provocative volumes of the Big Picture variety, and appear before literally thousands of radio and T.V. audiences in at least four continents.
Interviewers range from devoted acolytes to T.V's Morton Downey, host of a rough-and-tumble, no-holds-barred, New York-based syndicated Talk Show, generally conceded to be one of the sleaziest bottom-feeders to emerge on the American daytime television scene.
Indeed, during Creme's now-legendary appearance on the Downey Show several years ago, he was treated (initially) as the human pinata to be badgered and humiliated in front of a live T.V. audience, only to wind up being accorded unprecedented respect and courtesy as his message began to sink in with his rambunctious host. The show was one of T.V.'s all-time amazing talk show performances.
Not bad, considering the down side of Creme's message is pretty heavy. Indeed, Creme's major concerns hardly constitute a stroll on the beach in the moonlight.
Creme says those in positions of power and influence in the world today, the fabled one percent who "own everything," perceive a threat to themselves and their way of life in the coming end to the status quo.
Such people, says Creme, will do anything to maintain their positions of power and control in a collapsing and bankrupted political, economic and social order.
But the times cry out for change, and maintaining the status quo won't work, according to Creme, because in the evolutionary process of human existence on earth there is "always flux, movement, change, and evolution." Maybe even revolution if the global hot spots, Bosnia, Lebanon, Chechnia, and South Central L. A. get seriously out of hand.
Preserve the status quo? What about the nearly forty million starving to death around the world - needlessly - and the 1.2 billion living in dire conditions of poverty - needlessly? While the wealthy few, to repeat one of Creme's favored quoted sources, "parade their wealth." Do the average citizens anywhere in the world want to preserve any of that? Or pay for the consequences in terms of war and instability?
What about the developed countries? The West pigs out, scarfing up three-fourths of the world's food resources and purchasing 83% of the world's non-food consumer goods.
Meanwhile, the average third world citizen lives on less than $100 a year, and half a billion souls possess not a thing on this earth.
All this occurs, says Creme, as the solutions to this global calamity stare us in the face. We possess, today, right now, according to the official statistics of respected international organizations dealing with the issue, 110 % of the world's food requirements. This food "surplus," soaked in pesticides, nibbled by rodents, sits rotting in storage at taxpayers' expense.
What can we do? "Share," Creme says, "or destroy all life on earth." This, he believes, is "the choice before humanity."
Now, says Creme, "economic totalitarianism" is next to go. The demise of the Soviet Union has, Creme says, led Western leaders to assume that capitalism has triumphed forever. This, Creme says, is not the case. Capitalism and the "totalitarianism" of market forces has "only outlived communism" by a few years.
How so? Creme suggests we keep a weather eye cocked toward the Tokyo Stock Exchange which has coughed up almost sixty percent of its value in the past few years. How does this affect Americans? United States national debt, "now greater than the sum total of third world indebtedness," is 40% subsidized by Japan. "What do you think is going to happen" Creme asks, "when Japan goes down?"
Global instabilities, stock market gyrations, economic imbalances and lately, Government shut-downs are not unfathomable mysteries, understood only by international bankers and corporate globalists. Rather, these socially unacceptable conditions are a consequence of rampant materialism, wanton resource depletion, the ideology of market forces ...and simple greed. "Any government which blindly follows market forces," says Creme, "will be led to destruction." A Tokyo shares collapse will, he believes, reverberate around the world and expose the casino-like nature of our economic institutions.
In which country of the world, Creme asks, does the system - any system - provide adequate food for its people? In America, still the world's wealthiest country, over thirty million now live below the poverty line and the homeless line our streets. "Which nation," says Creme, "provides adequate housing? Education? Health care?"
Planet Earth's environmental imbalances, increasing levels of species destruction and rapid depletion to exhaustion of the world's natural resources, Creme says, are a reflection of our economic imbalances.
Moreover, according toCreme, our destructive environmental practices have now reached such severe proportions that they are impacting the world's weather patterns everywhere with increasingly devastating effect. Case in point, the recent "Blizzard of '96."
As our solar system moves out of Pisces the peoples of the earth will shed the grim Piscean energies and exhausted institutions which have so divided the world into quarreling political, economic and religious entities. These energies, says Creme, have outlived their usefulness and are now "quite dangerous."
The incoming energies of Aquarius will bring synthesis, fusing and blending resulting in a heightened consciousness of shared ideas, aspirations and visions. Since the seeds have already been sown, there is, according to Creme, "nothing we can do about it except make the most of it." These new energies, he says, are not predicated on a "one world government" or a "new world religion," but rather on the evolution and transformation of our existing and historical political, economic, social and religious traditions.
For millennia, according to esoteric tradition, mankind has been guided by the Perfected Old Souls, the Enlightened Masters of the Ancient Wisdom, the Elder Brothers of Humanity, the Lords of Compassion, the Avatars, the Teachers, the Manifesters of Light and Love upon our planet. Their names shine through history and we know them as Krishna, Hermes, The Buddha, Confucius, Jesus of Nazareth, Mohammed....
Extraordinary men, gently teaching and guiding humanity in how better to live our lives and manage our affairs, one of whom emerges at the beginning of each cosmic cycle, to guide and inspire, age after age. According to esoteric tradition (most specifically the works of H. P. Blavatsky and Alice A. Bailey, both of whom predicted the outlines of this story many years ago) there has never been an age without such a Teacher.
Well, what about now? There is, indeed, a growing realization among many thoughtful people that political, financial, environmental and spiritual crises threaten the health and well-being of our people. Our over-populated, war-ravaged, resource-stripped, toxic-soaked, virus ridden, burned, baked, blasted and profoundly unhappy planet is in need of some corrective readjustments.
Mankind could, no doubt, benefit from a little "guidance and inspiration," maybe even a cosmically inspired kick up the backside....
Since 1977, according to the claims of Creme and numerous others, Maitreya, World Teacher, Avatar of the Next Millennia, has been living quite openly as an ordinary man in the impoverished Pakistani immigrant community hard up against London's opulent heartbeat-of-the-world financial district (nice symbolism there). Maitreya is, says Creme, "not a religious leader but an educator in the broadest sense."
Indeed, some of Maitreya's earliest commentaries on the human condition were pithy. To say the least. A sample:
"How can you be content with the modes within which you now live: when millions starve and die in squalor; when the rich parade their wealth before the poor; when each man is his neighbor's enemy; when no man trusts his brother? For how long must you live thus, My friends? For how long can you support this degradation?" (Sept. 12, 1979).
Good questions. Since 1988 Maitreya has reportedly spoken publicly on nearly one hundred occasions, in over fifty countries, quietly, without fanfare or (it would appear) even advance publicity, addressing audiences of hundreds, occasionally even thousands on issues of the day.
Nor has The Vatican (officially) found anything in Creme's claims worthy of public comment, at least to date.
Similarly, Major Media has, until now mostly steered clear of both Creme and Maitreya, lest it be forced to seriously investigate a potentially explosive story which might threaten to get out of control. And possibly shoot off in unpredictable and unwelcome directions for the established institutions of the world.
Our most charitable image of journalism is the concept that hard-boiled investigative reporters sleuth down stories without fear or favor, chasing down all the leads and ferreting out the truth. Just so the public will know what's going on. This warm and fuzzy image appears, unfortunately, to be quite seriously at odds with the truth, things as they really are.
To be sure, the Maitreya story has, on occasion captured the limited and largely uncomprehending attention of such arbiters of late twentieth century reality as the news services and media giants: Cable News Network, the British Broadcasting Company, Reuters, the Canadian Broadcasting Network and the Japanese Nippon Television Network, among others. But such references to Creme, Maitreya or any other aspect of the story come in snippets, lacking analysis or background information or, indeed, any real attempt to deal seriously with the facts as they are known.
But even with the story being swept under the carpet, a number of individual reporters have over the years, and for a variety of reasons, taken an interest in the issue, (with sometimes provocative results as Patricia Pitchon's reports will amply illustrate). Major media in an organizational sense has, however, clearly relegated the issue to the same journalistic black hole which contains the awkward and hard to categorize stories such as milk drinking icons, crosses of light, crop circles, UFO sightings and "disappearing hitchiker" stories. Even when serious investigations have been undertaken, major media seems loathe to share the fruits of such research with a larger audience.
As with a number of these other stories, on-going cover-ups create an environment of growing mistrust and create credibility problems of train wreck proportions. Suffice it to say, the skimpy and faint-hearted media tap dance around the Maitreya story has not been the Fourth Estate's finest hour and there appears to be no easy or diplomatic way for the Media to get out of this dilemna without bringing further unwelcome scrutiny of studied and apparently calculated lack of performance.
Egos do not appear to be the stumbling block. Maitreya evidently asks only to be identified as teacher, a title he certainly deserves if we take into account some 140 short messages on the human condition published in the early '80's and some dozens of tellingly accurate predictions and prophesies published in the pages of Share International Magazine for several years in the late '80's and early '90's.
Nor will Maitreya Himself be pounding on studio doors demanding air time on the Six O'clock News. Rather, suggests Creme, the media must and will eventually make the first move, and issue the necessary invitation. Free Will comes into play here and will evidently not be violated by the Enlightened Ones no matter how much we may wish it.
What transpires behind the scenes, within and amongst the network moguls and major newspapers publishers and editors of the world (not to mention the world of high government officials, leading bankers and corporate executives and among the leading military and intelligence agencies of the world), is any body's guess.
All must, at this point, be well aware of the Story That Won't Go Away, now in print going on two decades, in book, newspaper and magazine format, on radio, T.V. and short wave, on the internet and, more persuasively for some, in the personal experiences of many hundreds who have come forward and testified.
When such a wealth of data is corroborated by individual journalists of unquestioned sincerity and impeccable repute we seem indeed to have a story which not only Won't Go Away but, arguably, Should Not Go Away.
Poor, battered humanity (we might all agree) could collectively use a Cosmic tune-up in a couple of important departments of human affairs, such as war and peace, truth and justice, sharing and respect, patience, light, love and the Will of God.
"I present this information not as dogma, but for your consideration only," says Creme, who, as far as any one can discern, is himself a teacher in the most challenging and provocative sense of that term and who lives an exemplary life, absent of power tripping , financial impropriety, personal reward or self-aggrandizement. From my own personal experience under quite frightening and provocative circumstances of physical threat, I have seen Benjamin Creme act with great courage and remarkable cool.
Readers who may wish to follow up on Creme's provocative message and fascinating claims are urged to contact Tara Center, P.O. Box 971, North Hollywood, Calif. 91603 for a free monthly newsletter dealing with the various aspects of this story.
Jonathan Shepard studied politics and economic history and holds a Ph.D. degree in the latter. He has written several volumes in these and related fields in addition to newspaper and magazine articles. Shepard lives on the north coast of California where he has coached the local high school soccer team for the past decade.