One Man’s Story
By Diana Holland
Why would a man give up a successful career to spend over twenty-five years of his life spreading news of the emergence of a spiritual teacher? Benjamin Creme, a respected British artist and author, has done just that. He has let his easel gather dust while he travels the world announcing the arrival of Maitreya, the World Teacher for the New Age.
“He is here, now,” says Creme, “and he is in effect the Christ, the Messiah, the Imam Mahdi, the fifth Buddha, the One awaited by all the major religions. Here with him is his group, the Masters of Wisdom. They are our elder brothers and mentors, the custodians of a great plan for the planet,” Creme explains, “and with their assistance we are entering a two-thousand year period of unprecedented progress.”
“When I began speaking to audiences in 1975, I wasn’t aware that his coming before the public would take this long,” Creme smiles. “I thought I would be back in my studio in no time... But I did inwardly pledge myself to this work in 1959, when I was first invited to play a role in the reappearance of the Christ, and my experience has simply unfolded since then.”
What kind of credentials befit a modern-day prophet? “You would definitely buy a used car from this man,” has quipped more than one journalist about “Ben the Baptist”. With his silver hair, calm voice and crackling wit, the man somehow reminds you of a favorite uncle. This, he is the first to point out, is no reason to believe his story, however. You are free to dismiss it, he says, “if it does not have for you the ring of truth.”
Creme was neither looking for nor anticipating a telepathic contact from a member of the Hierarchy as he stepped out of the bath one January night in 1959. But a voice spoke unmistakably inside his head — that of a Spiritual Master living in the Himalayas, he was told, and thus began their association. After some weeks of training in telepathic contact, Creme was addressed by the Master of all the Masters, Maitreya himself, the World Teacher, who said: “I myself am coming, in about twenty years, and you may play a role in my coming if you so choose.” Creme inwardly agreed, and the subject was dropped altogether for many years.
Creme’s training continued under his Master’s guidance until the early 1970’s, when it was stepped up to the arduous pitch of twenty hours a day. As a result, Creme, a reluctant public speaker at best, was prepared for his coming role in announcing to a skeptical world the return of the World Teacher. This occurred on July 19th, 1977, when the Teacher took up residence as an ordinary man in the Indo-Pakistani community of London, England.
He has lived there ever since, claims Creme, not as a religious leader, but as a modern teacher concerned with political and economic issues, and specifically with the economic inequality between the nations of the North and South.
And what is Maitreya’s central message? It can be summed up in one sentence: “Share, and save the world.”
“We tend to get caught up in the events of the day, ever reacting to the media portrayal of a catastrophe complex built of murder, rape, war and pillage,” says Creme. “The Masters of Wisdom, on the other hand, understand the true significance of the times. From behind the scenes, Maitreya has been dispensing potent cosmic energies that are transforming our world…. It is the energies of the Christ, pouring out daily throughout the planet, which stand behind the apparently sudden changes of the day, from the fall of the Berlin wall to the massive disclosures of scandal in the West.”
Creme speaks by invitation around the world and receives no compensation for his talks. “My job has been to make the initial approach to the public,” he says, “to help create a climate of hope and expectancy in which the Christ may emerge. I know it all sounds fantastic, but I also know that I am right, that I am not crazy, and that all of this is true.”
Benjamin Creme will speak Saturday, August 5, 3:00 pm at the UCLA Freud Playhouse, MacGowan Hall, 245 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information: (818) 785-6300 or www.shareinternational.org
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