Introduction: While certain aspects of Benjamin Crème’s endless and tireless promotion of the Maitreya seem almost laughable, derived from a B Grade science fiction movie, one can not entirely dismiss all of his claims, many of which are based in a monstrous evil long ago foretold by Scripture, and little understood by those claiming a wonderful New Age is about to dawn. Crème is just one more cog in the wheel of the world wide preparation for the anti-christ... one more tool in the hands of an evil he can not possibly imagine. As the Bible said so many years ago...
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is unveiled, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or every object of worship, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? [2 Thessalonians 2:3-5] [See The Antichrist]
Benjamin Creme’s teachings go hand in hand with those of Alice Bailey who, under the guidance of an ectoplasmic apparition from hell (Djwhal Khul.."The Tibetan"), wrote some 24 books and founded the Lucis Trust (formerly Lucifer Publishing Co.) which enjoys "Consultative Status" with the United Nations and has not only spawned several other organization… the Arcane School, Triangles, World Goodwill, Lucis Publishing, Lucis Productions, Lucis Trust Libraries, the New Group of World Servers, but also maintain the UN meditation room. And the purpose of these groups? At their core ALL of them exist for one purpose ..in their words “the helping of the Great Ones and the rendering to Them of that intelligent assistance which will make their plans for humanity materialize”. A plan that is centered around making conditions suitable (By occult meditation and reciting of the Great Invocation) for what they call “The Reappearance of The Christ. Except that this Christ has nothing to do with Jesus Christ of the Bible. See Alice Bailey and The Lucis Trust:
In recent years there has been an explosion of individuals and organizations (both large and small) who are actively working towards creating the conditions necessary for the Reappearance of the Christ or The Maitreya, by means of occult mediation, the Great Invocation etc. See The Global Alliance And The United Nations
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Who is Maitreya?
And When Is He Supposed to Arrive
Present Day Materializations?
Benjamin Crème - Meeting The Maitreya
Signs and Wonders?
Creme and The Reappearance of ‘the Christ’
Jesus Never Left The World
Jesus is an Ascended Master
Who Will Reform The Church
Lucifer is a ‘Great Angel’
Creating The ‘Right’ Conditions For The Return
Maitreya’s Future Coming.. Peaceful or Destructive?
Misleading The Elect
Maitreya.. the Anti-Christ?
The Maitreya Project
Footnote I: The Dalai Lama
Footnote II: Theosophy
Wayne Peterson, Benjamin Creme and Maitreya
Wayne Peterson was an American Diplomat for over 30 years. His book Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Beings is is his first person account of his personal involvement with Creme and Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom. It certainly tells us that the whole story of Maitreya is not limited to a few kooks around the globe, but has, in fact, reached some of the upper echelon of world government.
Who is Maitreya?
In short Maitreya is one of the Ascended Masters.
Derived from the Theosophical concept of Masters of Wisdom or "Mahatmas", Ascended Masters are believed to be spiritually enlightened beings who in past incarnations were ordinary humans with physical bodies, but who have undergone a process of spiritual transformation. They have reached a sufficiently high level of spiritual awareness that they are capable of remaining on the earth-plane by choice and not by necessity. They have chosen to serve as the teachers of mankind from the realms of spirit … connected with souls on earth to guide them. "They are the true teachers of mankind, directing the spiritual evolution of all those who desire to reunite with divine consciousness, or God”. 
The web site of Share International, who’s stated main purpose is to “present information about the emergence of Maitreya, the World Teacher and his message of hope for the future” equates Maitreya with the prophesied figures of multiple religious traditions says… [Emphasis Added]
“Throughout history, when humanity has reached a major point of crisis, the Spiritual Hierarchy has sent a Teacher to show the way forward. The most well-known of these divine messengers are Krishna, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus and Mohammed. Each of their teachings gave birth to a new religion. Virtually every spiritual tradition now expects the return of their revered Teacher to validate the past and to carry on the teaching. Christians await the Christ; Jews, the Messiah; Muslims, the Imam Mahdi or Messiah; Buddhists, the Fifth Buddha; and Hindus, the Lord Krishna. In the esoteric tradition, one individual ― the World Teacher ― is seen as the fulfillment of all these expectations.
The World Teacher for the current time is Maitreya, the 'eldest brother' in the human family and head of the Spiritual Hierarchy. Preferring to be known simply as the Teacher, Maitreya has not come to found a new religion, but to act as a guide and counselor for all humanity ― regardless of religious affiliation.... Maitreya will reveal a new aspect of God. He will lead us to the recognition of our own divinity and our true identity as souls”. 
At this time of great political, economic and social crisis Maitreya will inspire humanity to see itself as one family, and create a civilization based on sharing, economic and social justice, and global cooperation. He will launch a call to action to save the millions of people who starve to death every year in a world of plenty. Among Maitreya's recommendations will be a shift in social priorities so that adequate food, housing, clothing, education, and medical care become universal rights. Under Maitreya's inspiration, humanity itself will make the required changes and create a saner and more just world for all”. .
And When Is He Supposed to Arrive?
Share International claims that he is already present in the world, but is preparing to make an open declaration of his presence in the near future. They claim that he has not come alone, but with a group of “wise Teachers who have long guided humanity from behind the scenes”, and that “They are returning to the everyday world to help us solve our most critical global problems”. They further add that Maitreya himself has said:
'Soon, now very soon, you will see my face and hear my words.'
Compare this with Alice Bailey’s claim that “The Son of God is on His way, and He cometh not alone. His advance guard is already here, and the Plan which they must follow, is already made clear”. .
In fact an excerpt from an October 2008 article from Share International magazine, by an anonymous “senior member of the Hierarchy of Masters of Wisdom” who dictated his article to Benjamin Crème, co-editor of Share International, says..
For many years We, your Elder Brothers, have warned men of the dangers of blindly following market forces which, themselves, are blind. Thus, the present widespread economic and financial crisis should not be unexpected. The ‘bubble’ created by competition and greed had, inevitably, to burst. Yet the ‘men of money’ who built this towering edifice on shifting sands are stunned by the outcome, are at a loss to understand the reasons for the catastrophe and are already looking for better ways of continuing the same folly.
The people of the countries worst hit by the recent events, however, know well the reasons for the collapse, and are angry in the knowledge that it is they who will suffer hardship and want in the months and years ahead.
Maitreya, waiting patiently in the wings, sees this as a ‘window of opportunity’ which allows Him to emerge openly and begin His outer mission. Thus, the long wait for His emergence is almost over. Very soon indeed now men will hear Maitreya’s call for action and for change. 
Creme talks about Maitreya being the 1st and 2nd initiations who "prepares the way" for this "Lord of the World" - "Sanat Kumara", the third initiation. David Spangler another Blavatsky/Bailey disciple makes no bones about the identity of this initiator. He calls this the "Luciferic Initiation."
Benjamin Creme of Share International [a non-profit educational group with sister groups in over 20 countries. See Details] has long been the principal source of information about the emergence of Maitreya, the World Teacher. He has traveled the globe “helping to create a climate of hope and expectancy for the World Teacher”. Creme, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1922, claims that Maitreya is an Ascended Master, a perfected being who will appear on the scene out of nowhere and take advantage of a pre-existent global power structure that will immediately give him support. in an interview with Rollin Olson, Creme replied to a query about the origin of his information...
“ Much of it comes from the Theosophical teaching, which was introduced by Madame Blavatsky between 1875 and 1890. Her major opus, The Secret Doctrine, embodies the preparatory teaching given to the world for the new age which is now dawning. The Alice Bailey teachings are the intermediate phase. Maitreya Himself brings the next, the Revelatory, phase”. 
And, in the same interview, responded to a question of who we are really, with the words:
“We are really gods in incarnation. We need to recognize our threefold constitution: We are a spark of God; every religion has postulated this and has kept the idea of our divinity before humanity for thousands of years.” 
[See Footnote II: Theosophy].
In an article entitled Benjamin Creme: a messenger of hope, Share International says...
“Throughout his early years Creme also studied various aspects of esoteric philosophy, in particular the teachings released in the late 1800s through Helena Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society, and more recently through Alice A. Bailey. Although these teachings led him to believe in the existence of the Masters of Wisdom, a group of perfected individuals who are the custodians of the Divine Plan for this planet. it nevertheless came as a complete surprise to him when, in 1959, he was contacted by one of the Masters. He was told, among other things, that Maitreya, the World Teacher, the Master of all the Masters, would return in about 20 years and that he (Creme) would have a role to play in the event if he chose to accept it.
More than a decade later, in 1972, Creme began a period of arduous training under his Master's direction to prepare him for his coming task: announcing to a skeptical world the emergence of the World Teacher, awaited by people of every religion under his various names ― the Christ, Messiah, Imam Mahdi, Krishna, Maitreya Buddha. Creme's constant contact with a Master of Wisdom gives him access to up-to-date information on Maitreya's emergence, plus the total conviction needed to present this story”. .
Benjamin Creme describes how the telepathic link between him and his duplicitous crony was strengthened… [Emphasis Added]
“Towards the end of 1972, when I was rather in the doldrums and least expecting it, that wise and wily one whom I have the privilege to call Master, pounced. He took me in hand, and subjected me to the most intensive period of de-glamorisation, disillusioning, training and preparation. For months we worked together, 20 hours a day, deepening and strengthening the telepathic link until it was two-way with equal ease requiring the minimum of his attention and energy. He forged in this period an instrument through whom he could work, and which would be responsive to his slightest impression (of course, with my complete cooperation and without the slightest infringement of my free will). Everything I see and hear, he sees and hears. When he wishes, a look from me can be a look from him; my touch, his. So, with the minimum expenditure of energy he has a window on the world, an outpost of his consciousness; he can heal and teach. He himself remains, in a fully physical body, thousands of miles away”. 
And what does Scripture say? [Emphasis Added]
“ Regard not them who have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 19:31).
In March 1974, the “wise and wily one” gave Creme a list of 14 names of people to invite to a talk at his home on "meditation and allied subjects." Crème says they all showed up and he [Emphasis Added]
“.. talked about the Hierarchy of Masters, about meditation, and its role in bringing about soul contact. Under instruction, I presented them with the following offer: I invited them to take part in a group work in which their occult meditation would proceed under the guidance of a Master of the Wisdom, in exchange for which they would act as transmitters of the Hierarchical energies, thus forming a bridging group between Hierarchy and the disciples in the field.
The Master arranged a short transmission to show them what was involved. Twelve of the fourteen agreed, two feeling that they were not ready for this kind of work.” 
What is interesting in this travesty of the original 12 disciples, is that this is yet another example of Satan parroting the original. In one account there is even “a Council of One Hundred and Forty-Four Thousand: A tribunal of Ascended Masters administering the program of the ‘Ancient of Days’.” 
According to the web site of Share International
“At the beginning and end of every lecture Benjamin Creme is overshadowed by Maitreya for about 20 minutes each time. In this way Maitreya releases his energy to the audience as a special spiritual nourishment or blessing. Many people who have some degree of clairvoyance have seen this, but until now we have not had photographs of the event.
This photograph was taken on 26 September 2001 in Amsterdam at Benjamin Creme's lecture. The photographer, Ellen Bernards, was sitting in the front row on the left of the hall and took the picture just as the initial overshadowing by Maitreya was beginning.
When the photograph was developed she noticed that instead of two people on the platform ― Mr. Creme and the translator ― there are three figures. Mr. Creme, wearing a jacket and tie, was facing the audience, whereas the mysterious figure is facing the camera; he has no tie and the first few buttons of his shirt are open”. 
Present Day Materializations?
It is claimed that Maitreya has made many appearances since his first sudden appearance in June 1988 at a prayer meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, with a supposed 19 appearances in 2001 alone.
“On 11 June 1988, a man suddenly appeared before a vast crowd in Nairobi, Kenya, gathered to witness healing prayers. Instantly recognizing the tall, white-robed figure as "Jesus Christ," the crowds fell down overcome with emotion. The tall figure of a barefooted white-robed and bearded man appeared from nowhere and stood in the middle of the crowd. He was walking slowly towards the new church building away from the tent. Mary walked with him, side by side. I stared at the stranger without blinking. Strange, sporadic light wafted on top of his turbaned head, his feet and his entire body….In clear Swahili, which had no traces of accent, the strange man announced that the people of Kenya were blessed, especially those who had gathered at the venue that afternoon. "We are nearing the time for the reign of heaven. But before that I shall come back and bring a bucketful of blessings for all of you," the man said”. 
“Maitreya, in Buddhism, the future Buddha, a Buddha who will be reborn in a period of decline to renew the doctrine of the founder of Buddhism, the Buddha. Maitreya is believed to be a bodhisattva, one who refuses entry into nirvana, a transcendent state free from suffering, out of a compassionate desire to help others. At present, he is believed to reside in Tushita Heaven, where he awaits his rebirth which is expected to occur in 30,000 years”. 
Benjamin Crème - Meeting The Maitreya
In an interview with Art Bell, on Bell's widely syndicated talk show the night of July 10/11, 1998, Benjamin Crème was asked he had physically met with Maitreya in London. To which he replied:
I have, but not in his real form. I met him, uh, as a woman, a refugee woman in a train in London with a child and she, heheh, so-called "she", asked me for some money, I gave her some money. The child looked miserable and she went up and down the, the uh, train, you know, begging, but ("Yes...") in the carriage where I met her there was no one else in the carriage so she wasn't making much money. And uh, the child actually was the Master Jesus. And this sort of happening occurs all the time. The Masters work together. Maitreya and the Master Jesus seem to be incredibly close and they work together all the time. Sometimes one is a man. The other time the other one is a man, and so on... they change positions and change appearance and so on.
Creme says the last time he met Maitreya was in California, where “he appeared as uh, I suppose you would say as a modern day, slightly hippie, quite casually dressed, but nicely dressed, uh, with a little bomber jacket on and uh, and a hat and he asked me for a couple of dollars to, for gas for his uh, truck. 
Signs and Wonders?
At his November 25, 1997 Los Angeles Press Conference Benjamin Crème presented three categories of evidence to support his claim that Maitreya and the Masters are here and ready to help solve our most critical problems. One of these categories is “… a continuous wave of miraculous events … already been reported by news media” although “reported as separate phenomena, without knowing that these events all have a common cause: Maitreya and the Masters”. Some of the phenomena attributed to Maitreya and the Masters by Crème are in his own words…
The visions of the Madonna, which for example appear to the children at Medjugorje every evening and give them secrets, similar visions which have occurred in many countries, wherever there are Christian groups around the world. [Also See The Marian Apparitions: Divine Intervention or Delusion?]
Statues which weep real tears and blood.
The statues which open their eyes and close them again.
The 35-foot rainbow-colored Madonna which adorns a bank in Florida, -- which was vandalized and has restored itself to its original pristine color.
The icon of Jesus in Sydney, Australia, [on?] a large crucifix which leaks liters of pure olive oil.
The 40-foot-high crosses of light which adorn a fundamentalist Christian Baptist church in Tennessee.
Holy messages, when housewives cut the vegetables they find that the seeds of the food are rearranged and spell out "Allah is great, Mohammed is his prophet.
Healing waters which have appeared worldwide, as at Tlacote in Mexico, some of the most miraculous cures from cancer and AIDS down to warts and boils have been miraculously cured in this way. (Eventually, there will be 777 of such healing wells, distributed all over the world, and this will have a most profound effect on the health of humanity in the future).
The Lebanese Moslem child who weeps razor-sharp crystals, and yet absolutely harmless. She said that a man on a white horse, dressed in white, told her that this was going to take place and not to be frightened, and that it was a great spiritual sign for the Moslems of Lebanon.
And what Crème called “one of the greatest miracles that the world has ever seen, on the widest possible scale” ….
“The "milk miracle" which occurred in the Hindu community, north, south, east and west, wherever Hindus did puja in September, 1995, the milk was offered to the gods and the milk disappeared. It looked in every case as if the statutes lapped up the milk, it disappeared in seconds. In New Delhi everything stopped. Parliament closed, millions of people took to the streets with their cans of milk -- in fact, after four days they ran out of milk. Of course, these gods made of wood and teak and bronze and copper and so on did not drink the milk. The miracle was not that they drank the milk. The miracle is that the milk disappeared. It was made to disappear by Maitreya and a group of Masters who specialize in this particular type of miracle”. 
So what does the Bible say about these so called signs and wonders? In one short verse .. Mark 13:22 (repeated in Matthew 24:24) God effectively wipes out all of Crème’s posturing, fake miracles and torrent of words. [Emphasis Added]
for false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
Creme and The Reappearance of ‘the Christ’
Benjamin Creme, who has written some fifteen books, wrote his first, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, in 1980... in which he “made the startling announcement that the Christ, as World Teacher for the coming age, is already among us ― gradually emerging into full public recognition”. (The book also supposedly “clarifies misunderstandings” about the anti-christ and the 'last judgement').
According to the following quotes from the book, the infiltration of the government by Luciferic agents is already a reality today (which I do not doubt for a moment). These agents, we are told, are directed by the Hierarchy of Ascended Masters and are working together to bring about the New World Order right under our noses..
From these existing groups (New Age plants) in all fields of work — political, religious, social, scientific, educational and cultural — will be formed a nucleus who will be trained directly by the Master himself. Gradually they will be called upon for help and advice by governmental agencies, and their effective power to influence governmental decisions will increase.
Administrative and Governmental positions will be offered to certain members of the inner group who can then directly implement the needed changes. In this way a gradual transformation of society will be made...
The Hierarchy has plans already made and ready to put into effect. These involve the reconstruction of the world financial and economic order. A group of high initiates, themselves economists, industrialists, and financial experts of great experience and achievement, are working with the Hierarchy and have evolved a series of blueprints, alternative inter-related plans, which will solve the redistribution problems which are at the basis of the present world crisis. These can and will be speedily implemented when the need is seen and accepted, which acceptance will be forced on the United Nations of the world by the weight of a now informed public opinion. The cry for help and justice from the poor and starving nations will be too loud and too dramatic to ignore. [Pgs. 34-35] [Also See Ascended Masters]
Creme also says [Emphasis Added]
"When the Christ returns, he will not at first reveal his Presence, nor will the Masters who precede him; but gradually, steps will be taken which will reveal to men that there lives among them now a man of outstanding, extraordinary potency, capacity for love and service, and with a breadth of view, far beyond the ordinary. Men and women, all over the world, will find themselves drawn into the awareness of the point in the modern world wherein this man will live; and from that centre of force will flow the True Spirit of the Christ, which will gradually reveal to men that he is with us.
Those who can respond to his presence and his teaching will find themselves somewhat reflecting this love, this potency, this breadth of vision, and will go into the world and spread abroad the fact that the Christ is in the world, and that men should look to that country from which a certain teaching is emanating. This will take place in a very, relatively, short period of time, and will lead to conclusive evidence that the Christ is in our midst. 
Additionally Crème would have us believe that...
Jesus Christ never left the world.
According to Creme
“There is a tremendous misunderstanding about the anti-Christ, certainly among Christian groups. They expect the Christ "at the end of the world." Actually, He came at the end of the age, not the end of the world. At the end of the world, when the whole world is disintegrating, they expect Him to come down on a cloud into Jerusalem. They think He is sitting up in heaven but the Christ has been no nearer "heaven" than the high Himalayas, 17,500 feet up, for the last thousands of years. And it is from there that He comes into the world, not from this mythical heaven. Heaven is a state of being. The kingdom of heaven is within, as Jesus Himself taught. It is the Spiritual Hierarchy of which He is a member. 
“It is an enormous, and embarrassing, claim to have to make ― that the Christ is giving messages through oneself. But if people can rid their minds of the idea of the Christ as some sort of spirit, sitting in "heaven" at God's right hand; if they can begin to see him as indeed he is, as a real and living man (albeit a divine man) who has never left the world; who descended, not from "heaven," but from his ancient retreat in the Himalayas, to complete the task he began in Palestine; as a great Master; an Adept and Yogi; as the chief actor in a Gospel Story which is essentially true, but much simpler than hitherto presented;” 
The Bible disagrees. Albert Barnes has summarized what Scripture tells us of Jesus’ Ascension, which was referred to in several places in the NT. See for example Romans 10:6.
It was forty days after his resurrection. [Acts 1:3],
He ascended from the Mount of Olives, near Bethany. [Luke 24:50; Acts 1:12].
It was in the presence of all the apostles. [Luke 24:50; Acts 1:9-10].
He was received into a cloud, and ascended to heaven. [Acts 1:9, Acts 1:11; Luke 24:51; Ephesians 1:20-22].
Besides which Jesus had earlier spoken of His ascension as an established fact, once to his disciples before his death and once to . Mary Magdalene immediately after his resurrection
Jesus saith to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended unto the Father: but go unto my brethren, and say to them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and my God and your God. [John 20:17]
What then if ye should behold the Son of man ascending where he was before? [John 6:62]
Acts 1: 9-11 is even more specific.. telling us that while the apostles were gazing upwards after a cloud that had hidden Jesus from their site, an angel appeared and asked why they were looking into Heaven as Jesus would come back in just the same way as they saw Him go. Revelation 1:7 adds that every eye shall see him…
And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven." [Acts 1: 9-11 NASB]
Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.. [Revelation 1:7 NASB]
No “ancient retreat in the Himalayas”, no sly appearances to a few gatherings around the world, no Indian community in London and certainly no chance meeting on the underground. When He returns there will be NO day of declaration, but every eye shall see him… including those that pierced him… The living and the dead.
BTW. When the Evangelists say that he was taken up or that he ascended, does not necessarily imply that they locate heaven directly above the earth;
Note: Alice Bailey also wrote a book called The Reappearance of The Christ.. However Creme and Alice Bailey’s ‘Christ’ has little in common with Jesus Christ of the Bible being "of no particular faith at all". [Details]
According to Creme...
Jesus is an Ascended Master...
In the above mentioned interview... The Ageless Wisdom teaching, Interview with Benjamin Creme, by Rollin Olson, Crème was asked how the hierarchy is structured .. whether they have a leader or work as a group, to which he replied that they [All Emphasis Added]
“share a consciousness; They have no separate consciousness as personalities. They can never say "I," because They have no sense of I. They are a group with group consciousness. At Their head is the Master of all the Masters, whose personal name is Maitreya. He was foretold to come now by the Buddha: 2,500 years ago Gautama Buddha made a prophecy that at this time would come another great Teacher, a Buddha like Himself, Maitreya by name, who would inspire humanity to create a new and brilliant, golden civilization, based on righteousness and truth. There are 60 Masters, and three Great Lords, as They are called. Maitreya is one of these three. Maitreya holds the office of World Teacher, and embodies the energy we call the Christ Principle or Consciousness, the second aspect of the Christian trinity.
Two thousand years ago He overshadowed His disciple Jesus for three years and Jesus became Jesus the Messiah, or, translated into the Greek, Jesus the Christ. The Christ Himself is Maitreya. His consciousness, from the baptism to the crucifixion, manifested through Jesus and inaugurated the Piscean age which is now coming to an end. Maitreya has come back into the world now to carry on what He began through Jesus, and will complete in the age of Aquarius which is now beginning”.
And goes on to say
“Jesus taught through Mohammed; as Maitreya had taught through Him, so He taught through Mohammed. The Buddha taught through the Prince Gautama and Mithra, and Maitreya also taught through Krishna and Shankaracharya at previous times”. 
... Who Will Reform The Church
In The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom Creme wrote:
The Master Jesus is going to reform the Christian churches. [p. 85]
He is one of the Masters Who will very shortly return to outer work in the world, taking over the throne of St. Peter, in Rome. He will seek to transform the Christian Churches, in so far as they are flexible enough to respond correctly to the new reality which the return of the Christ and the Masters will create. [p. 46]
As Warren Smith righty says in the update to Chapter 4 of Reinventing Jesus….
“Many recent translations and paraphrases of the Bible—like Eugene Peterson’s The Message —play right into Maitreya’s “Master Jesus” scenario. Unfortunately, many popular church leaders—like Rick Warren—choose to use these newer translations and paraphrases. In Deceived on Purpose I wrote:
Sadly, many of the newer Bible translations and paraphrases used by Rick Warren have often dropped the words “Lord” and “Christ” from Jesus’ title and have substituted the word “Master.” This obviously plays directly into the hands of a false Christ, like Maitreya, who will be trying to convince the world—and particularly Christians—that Jesus is not the Lord Jesus Christ but simply the “Master Jesus.”…”
He gives one example of this very subtle softening up process…
“The King James translation of Revelation 22:20-21 at the very end of the Bible is:
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
The Message paraphrase is:
Yes! Come, Master Jesus!
The grace of the Master Jesus be with all of you. Oh, Yes!
…Max Lucado in his recent book Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot, quotes Colossians 3:17 from The Message paraphrase that makes reference not to the “Lord Jesus” as in most Bible translations, but to the “Master Jesus.” 
Additionally Creme’s beliefs about Lucifer are also textbook Theosophy [See Footnote II: Theosophy]. According to Creme (and Blavatsky)
similarly he has his own version of who Satan is.
”... is seen by Christian groups as the devil. It is nothing of the kind! Lucifer is really the name of the great angel who ensouls the human kingdom. Every human soul is an individualized part of one great oversoul. The name of that great oversoul, which is divine, is Lucifer. 
Adding that the Biblical story of Adam and Eve was just “a metaphor” that has been misinterpreted… and
It was not a fall from grace but a deliberate part of the plan of evolution, that the human souls had to give up "paradise", living in pralaya, a wonderful paradisaical state of endless bliss, and "eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge" -- take incarnation on the physical plane in these as-yet-animal men. That is what happened, and that has been misinterpreted as a fall from grace: that Lucifer was a great angel but he rebelled against God and thought he was as good as God, and so was put out of heaven. It is a story, only a story, and totally misinterpreted. It is really the story of the incarnation of the human evolution. 
Creating The ‘Right’ Conditions For The Return:
The underlying and sole purpose behind all of the organizations that started with Alice Bailey and the Lucis Trust (the Arcane School, Triangles, World Goodwill, Lucis Publishing, Lucis Productions, Lucis Trust Libraries, the New Group of World Servers etc.) is to prepare the world for "the return of the Christ".
Of the New Group of World Servers Crème says
“When he came before in Palestine, the Christ found that there were not enough servers, disciples, in the world through whom he could work, who could have prepared the way for him, and through whom he could construct the new civilization of the time…. In 1922, therefore, he inaugurated the New Group of World Servers, which is the most important group existing in the world, although it has no outer form or organization. Each member of it is related subjectively (i.e. on the inner, soul level) to Hierarchy; they know and understand the Plan and their part in it”. 
Since, according to Alice Bailey’s ectoplasmic friend Djwhal Khul (The Tibetan), “humanity itself must first produce the conditions in consciousness and in world affairs essential to the eventual physical appearance of the Christ”, they seek to raise spiritual awareness, especially through meditation. Their belief is that they receive divine energy through meditation; this energy is transmitted to humanity, particularly at the Full Moon is when spiritual energies are uniquely available and facilitate a closer rapport between humanity and the Hierarchy.
[Read More About Alice Bailey and The Lucis Trust HERE]
Share International certainly agrees [All Emphasis Added]
“Students who have incorporated meditation as a regular part of their daily routine should learn to avail themselves fully of the increased opportunities for contact which become available during the time of the full Moon. During these monthly recurring periods it is as if a door is being opened which normally stands closed. This door may then be entered, providing access to energies otherwise not available, and thereby improving the possibility of approaches to the Masters. This period of stimulated activity stretches over about five days — two days prior to the full Moon, the peak of the forces on the day of the full Moon, and the two subsequent days of shrinking activity. 
Maitreya’s Future Coming.. Peaceful or Destructive?
Maitreya’s coming will be supposedly characterized by a number of physical events, and on his "Day of Declaration" he will go on international television worldwide and telepathically every human being will hear (in his or her native language) his message for his plan to transform humanity. In fact Creme says this day will be a reenactment of Pentecost.
"Maitreya will be invited by the international media to speak directly to the entire world through the television networks linked together by satellites. On this Day of Declaration, we will see his face on the television screen wherever we have access. The biblical statement, 'All eyes will see him,' will be fulfilled, in the only way in which it can be fulfilled. We will see his face, but he will not speak. His thoughts, his ideas, his call to humanity for justice, sharing, right relationships and peace, will take place silently, telepathically. Each of us will hear him inwardly in our own language. In this way, he will re-enact on a worldwide scale the true happenings of Pentecost 2,000 years ago... In celebration of this event, Pentecost will become one of the major festivals of the New World Religion which, eventually, Maitreya will inaugurate." 
The thrust of Maitreya’s message is that because of his compassionate desire to help others, humanity can be guided back onto the right path, and through working with the Masters, bring new technology into our lives to bring these changes about. The Maitreya Project site says
“Maitreya will manifest in our world as a radiantly beautiful spiritual teacher inspiring people to practice the path of virtue, especially loving-kindness”. 
After the Day of Declaration
Several Masters of Wisdom will join Maitreya on the world stage. Each will have different functions depending upon his particular line of work. Some will teach, while others will be concerned more with world problems of a political & economic nature. Still others will inspire the new architecture, painting & music, while the attention of some will be directed to science & the inspiration of the new 'holistic' science, integrating science & religion. A Master (Mahatma) is simply a master over himself & the forces of nature. None of them wish to be worshipped or idolized. Eventually common man too will be able to do what they can do now. For the first time in countless millennia, they will be serving humanity openly in the world, rather than from behind the scenes as they do now. Maitreya does not intend to build a new religion around himself, nor to create followers, but to teach humanity the Art of Self-Realization. 
However while Creme and others portray this Maitreya as a peaceful world teacher there are some conflicting ideas. For example
Alice Bailey, in an address at the Arcane School Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, suggested that the "Shamballa force", the force from the invisible dimensions led by the Lord Maitreya will be "destructive." It will also, she said, eject unbelievers from the earth:
"The decision to release the Shamballa force during this century into direct contact with the human kingdom is one of the final and most compelling acts of preparation for the New Age. The Shamballa force is destructive and ejective ... inspiring new understanding of The Plan.. It is this force ... which will bring about that tremendous crisis, the initiation of the race into the mysteries of the ages. (Alice Bailey, The Externalizing the Mysteries, pt. 1 p.171) [Details HERE]
The Dalai Lama, who believes the Maitreya who will emerge as a world leader and teacher also initiates thousands into the highest levels of Buddhism, fundamental to which is the Kalachakra-Tantra, which very specifically prophesizes that 25th Kalki king will emerge from Shambhala with a huge army to vanquish "Dark Forces" and usher in a worldwide thousand-year Golden Age. In other words it predicts yet another bloody war in which the ‘barbarians’ will be defeated. The original text describes the Buddhist war-methods as “merciless” and “cruel”. It says: “The supremely ferocious warriors will throw down the barbarian hordes” and “eliminate” (them). (Shri Kalachakra I. 163/165) [See The Dalai Lama]
Also note that although Creme says
“Maitreya emerged from His center in the Himalayas, when least expected, "like a thief in the night". He took up residence in the Indian-Pakistani community of London. He has been living and working there, seemingly as an ordinary man, His true status known to relatively few. He has been emerging gradually into full public view so as not to infringe humanity's free will”. 
However the following observation is very telling...
“Creme says this master is not a subscriber to any religion, yet his master is from the Himalaya’s well known for its occult roots and Hinduism. He also moved supposedly where he would be least noticed, into an Indian community which again shows a connection of his ethnicity to this belief system of Hinduism. The language and the practices taught by this Tibetan master of the occult are clearly Hinduistic, which is the only religion in the world that promulgates a pantheistic system, a belief of God in all things and we are gods. For all their altruism and idealism there’s not much honesty in putting their cards on the table”. .
Misleading The Elect
One question asked on the FAQ page of Share International is why, when Maitreya appears on major television, will he not use his own name. To which Creme replied
“He wishes to be introduced to the world as a man among men, but who has ideas which, so far, most people have not thought about for the reconstruction of the world. In that way he does not make a division between Christians, Buddhists, Moslims and Hindus. If he was introduced as the Christ, say, then Christians would be divided. Some would say "Halleluja! The Christ is here!" Others would say "He is not the Christ, he is a fake, he is the anti-christ." Or, if they liked his ideas, they might accept him whoever he was. If they do not like his ideas, which many fundamentalist Christians, in my experience, do not, even without seeing him ―? they are convinced already that he must be the anti-christ, they do not like the idea of sharing, they do not seem to like justice and peace in the world ―? they will automatically reject him.
Because he has not come down in a cloud into Jerusalem as they expect, they have a prejudice from the start. If he called himself the Christ, there would be this huge division among Christians as to who he was. If he called himself Maitreya then the Buddhists would be divided”. 
And from (In Search of Maitreya An Evening with Benjamin Crème by John W. Moore)
“That Creme and company have an intense interest in injecting the virus of Maitreya into the body Christian is obvious. One curiosity that bears mentioning in this respect is the reported Maitreya sightings that are dutifully noted in each issue of the Share International Journal. In each monthly journal, Maitreya is reported to have appeared in various locations around the world, appearing to such and such a group of people in Canada, appearing to another group in Liverpool, and always -- "water was magnetized in the area". Whether these reports have any basis in reality cannot be confirmed or dis-confirmed by this reporter. What is remarkable about these reports, regardless of their veracity, is that Maitreya is overwhelmingly reported to appear to groups of Christians, usually described as "conservatives" or "fundamentalist". With each account is a brief synopsis of the group's reaction: "surprisingly open", "very good reception", etc. The intention is plain: Maitreya would seek to "mislead, if possible, even the elect" (Matthew 24:24b).
“…in an attempt to reconcile the coming of Maitreya with Jesus' prophecy that the world would see the Son of Man return "on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory"(Matt 24:30b, NASB) a Creme cohort, the Rev. Howard Carey, offers this gem:
Nevertheless, many of the predictions about the Second Coming are being fulfilled, even if in an unexpected manner. The prediction that Christ would come "on the clouds of heaven" (Mt. 24:30) has already been fulfilled, but in a far different way than expected. In July 1977, having created for Himself an adult physical body, and having left His ancient retreat in the Himalayas, the Christ flew to London in a jet plane, thus fulfilling the Biblical prophecy of returning "on the clouds of heaven. 
While this example may be laughable in its crudity, not all of Creme's apologetics are so easily dismissed. The central scenario, for example, of the relationship between Jesus of Nazareth and Maitreya the Christ, a damnable blasphemy to be sure, nevertheless has a certain macabre consistency, the fascination of horrific evil. Consider this example from an article by Peter Liefhebber, co-editor with Creme of the monthly Share International Journal:
In reality Jesus was a fourth-degree initiate and one of the older disciples of the Masters of Wisdom. He appeared before in biblical times as Joshua, the son of Nun, then as Isaiah, and again as Joshua in the book of Zachariah. In Palestine he made the great sacrifice of allowing himself to be used by Maitreya to fulfil His mission during the three years following the baptism in the River Jordan. During his life, Jesus also symbolically enacted the five initiations which lead one to Mastership. The experience on the cross was the enactment of the 4th initiation for Jesus (his birth, the baptism, and the transfiguration on the mount symbolize the first three), while at the same time Maitreya underwent a higher initiation. 
As a "doctrine of demons" it deserves a kind of horrified respect.” 
Maitreya... the Anti-Christ?
Crème would also have us believe that
The antichrist is not a man
“The anti-christ is not a man who will come out before the Christ, and could even be mistaken for the Christ. This idea comes from an interpretation of the Revelation of St. John: the beast, 666, is unchained for a time, and then chained down for a time and half a time. This passage actually refers to the release of the energy we call the anti-christ. It is not a man but an energy, a destructive force which is deliberately released to break down the old order, the old civilization. It was released in John's own day, through the Emperor Nero, to bring about the end of the Roman dispensation, to prepare the way for Christendom. It was released again in our time through Hitler, a group of equally evil men around him in Nazi Germany, together with a group of militarists in Japan and a further group around Mussolini in Italy. These three groups, the Axis powers in the war from 1939 to 1945, embodied the energy we call the anti-christ”. 
I guess the Ascended Masters either haven’t done their homework, or figure they don’t really have to be very accurate to fool people. What we know of the antichrist does NOT come solely from the 666 of Revelation, about which there is more than one school of thought in orthodox Christianity, but from several clear references in Scripture, one of which calls him a man of sin and a son of perdition and uses the words himself, and he. Not an energy … but a person.
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is unveiled, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or every object of worship, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? [2 Thessalonians 2:3-5]
In the words of John W. Moore
“So, who is Maitreya? A false christ, certainly. But is he the false christ, as Creme's pretensions would suggest, or just another demonic trial balloon. It is not clear, at this point, whether even the demons themselves are sure; but the evidence would seem to indicate the latter. Whatever the case, a couple of conclusions can be drawn:
1) God alone is sovereign. Not even the demons know the details of the timetable for the revealing of the "son of perdition". They can draw conclusions based on their experience of thousands of years of history, and presumably based on super-human intellect, but in the end no one but God knows when the "time of the end" will be.
2) The man of sin, when revealed, if not actually Maitreya, will likely resemble Maitreya in many ways, particularly with respect to Maitreya's claims to the Christhood and claimed relationship to the historical Jesus of Nazareth.
But we already knew these things... and rest assured that I, for one, will be holding out for a Christ who doesn't arrive by jumbo jet. Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. (Matthew 24:42, NASB) .
Regardless of the identity of the antichrist, one thing is certain. His fate is sealed. [Emphasis Added]
For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work: only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall be revealed the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of his coming; even he, whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceit of unrighteousness for them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. [2 Thessalonians 2:7-10]
[Also See The AntiChrist]
Excerpts from a December 19, 2008 article on NewsWithViews.com By Paul Proctor
There was a very strange announcement made recently in the form of a press release posted on the Dow Jones & Company’s Market Watch website dated December 12, 2008, that bears mentioning, if for no other reason, because it reads like something from a supermarket tabloid. Come to think of it, didn’t Rupert Murdoch just buy Dow Jones & Company not long ago? If you’re not aware, they also publish, among other things, the Wall Street Journal.
Anyway, whether this speaks to the decline of a once great business publication or the growing power and influence of a coming world leader, only time will tell. Either way, it is clearly another ominous sign of the desperate times in which we live.
The article in question titled, Share International Reveals Christmas Miracle, advises readers to prepare for a coming miracle that all of us will see in the sky shortly before the “emergence of Maitreya and his group, the Masters of Wisdom.”
Allow me to reiterate: This is a major business and financial news publication – not some obscure blog for Bigfoot hunters and UFO enthusiasts.
The article goes on to say:
Look now for the biggest miracle of all. In the very near future a large, bright star will appear in the sky visible to all throughout the world -- night and day.
Unbelievable? Fantasy? No, a simple fact. Around a week later, Maitreya, the World Teacher for all humanity, will begin his open emergence and -- though not yet using the name Maitreya -- will be interviewed on a major US television program….
It is hard to imagine how dishonest a person can be, but Benjamin Crème certainly takes the proverbial cake. When asked why reincarnation didn’t get into western religion, he answered
There are passages in the Christian Bible where it is quite clear that His disciples understood and accepted reincarnation.
Talking about St John the Baptist, the disciples asked Jesus: "Who is John? Who is this extraordinary man who is preaching in the wilderness?" And Jesus said: "Don't you remember what I told you? He is Elias come again." Another time, when He healed a child of blindness, they said: "Who sinned, that child or his father, that the child was born blind?" In other words, was it the karma of the father, who from some misdeed in a previous life had to have a child who was blind, or was it the karma, some misdeed, of the child, in a previous life, that required him to be born blind? Many of the early Church Fathers -- for example, Origen -- taught about reincarnation.
In the John 9 passage, the disciples speculated on why a man was born blind, almost certainly referring to the false beliefs of some Jewish Rabbis that all sickness is a result of sin and that infants could sin in the womb before birth. Biblical scholar, F.F. Bruce, cites the rabbinical commentary, Geneses Rabba 63.6 (a religious text from Judaism's classical period), and explains,
"It does sometimes happen that men and women are themselves responsible in part for physical ailments.... But it is not usually so.... The idea that an infant might sin while still in the womb, however, appears to have been entertained by some rabbis, and the disciples may have thought it possible" (The Gospel of John, p. 208).
The important point is, despite whatever the disciples meant by the question, what Creme omitted was Jesus’ answer. He corrected the disciples by saying neither of their presuppositions were right. In His words...
Jesus answered, Neither did this man sin, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. [John 9:3]
[See Reincarnation and The Bible]
The Maitreya Project
Maitreya Project's 500ft / 152m bronze statue will be built at Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh in northern India. The Maitreya Buddha statue and its throne-building will provide the public with temples, exhibition halls, a museum, library, audio-visual theatre and hospitality services. All will be set in beautifully landscaped parks with meditation pavilions, beautiful water fountains and tranquil pools. The buildings and grounds of the project will contain a remarkable and inspiring collection of sacred art. .. It will be constructed as a Buddhist cathedral for the public and will be designed to last at least 1,000 years so it can act as a catalyst for peace for a full millennium." .
Footnote I: The Dalai Lama... Not exactly what he says he is and certainly not what he is popularly made out to be. There is something very sinister behind this smiling “Man of Peace”. He believes in and teaches on the coming of the Maitreya, that some legends equate with Kalki, the doomsday avatar of Vishnu and which the Bible calls the antichrist.. Certainly many, including the Tibetans, believe that this Maitreya is not as friendly as Crème makes him out to be. The Dalai Lama has initiated thousands of people into the Kalachakra initiation, part of which is the Shambhala myth which prophecies and promotes, a “holy war” (Shambhala war) by Buddhists against non-Buddhists, in which “supremely ferocious warriors will throw down the barbarian hordes” and “eliminate” them. The Kalachakra texts say that the 25th Kalki king will emerge from Shambhala with a huge army to vanquish "Dark Forces" and usher in a worldwide thousand-year Golden Age. And who are these ‘Dark Forces’? Shri Kalachakra I. 154 says “Adam, Enoch, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Mani, Mohammed and the Mahdi” are characterised as the “family of the demonic snakes” [Also See The Dalai Lama]
Footnote II: Share International
“Share International Foundation is a registered non-profit organization with offices in London, Amsterdam and Los Angeles. Affiliated groups in other countries are also operated on a non-profit basis. They include, among others, Tara Press (UK), Share International USA, Tara Canada, Share Japan, Editions Tetraeder (Germany), Share Ediciones (Spain), and Partage International (France). All are independent entities but work co-operatively and present one message. This is done through distributing the magazine, publishing and/or distributing Benjamin Creme's books, arranging lecture tours for Mr. Creme and other speakers, maintaining numerous web sites, and responding to public and media enquiries”. 
Tara Canada says it is “a not-for-profit society established in 1986 to make known the presence of Maitreya, the World Teacher, and to work with other volunteer groups in providing free information on related topics of interest”.  [PLACE IN TEXT]
Footnote III: Theosophy
Theosophy comes from the term "Theosophia" used by the Neoplatonists to mean literally "knowledge of the divine". Theosophy, a doctrine of religious philosophy and metaphysics, holds that all religions are attempts by the "Spiritual Hierarchy" to help humanity in evolving to greater perfection, and that each religion therefore has a portion of the truth.
According to a site dedicated to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, who once called the “Biblical Jehovah” the “spiteful and revengeful God of Abram, Isaac, and Jacob” [The Secret Doctrine. Edition 3. Published 1893. Page 474]
“Theosophy is a fragment of the ancient, once universal, wisdom teaching.”
“The masters of Theosophy, located in Tibet and around the world, preserve and extend this ancient wisdom. Periodically they send forth one of their own - or a messenger - to help spread this teaching to all of humanity.”
“In the 1800's they had been searching for a century for the next messenger and finally settled upon Helena Blavatsky, born to a noble Russian family. She saw the master who would be her teacher in her dreams as a child. She met him in Hyde Park in London when she was 20. She managed to enter Tibet and was trained by those masters in Tibet from 1868 to 1870. From 1875 through her death in 1891 she spread that message around the world.” 
The Theosophical Society was founded in 1875 by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky along with Henry Steel Olcott, William Quan Judge, and others. The three declared objects of the original Theosophical Society were as follows:
First — To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour.
Second — To encourage the study of Comparative Religion, Philosophy and Science.
Third — To investigate the unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in man."
alpheus.org, which is a “Site for Esoteric History”, carries an article by Mark Bevir, entitled Theosophy as a Political Movement. The following excerpts provide some insights into the origins of Blavatsky’s doctrine and teachings. [All Emphasis Added]
“Beyond these explicit aims, it stands for Blavatsky's modern occultism, according to which the ancient wisdom, or the universal religion, derives from the east. Theosophy arose as part of an upsurge of occult movements throughout the west in the late nineteenth-century. Indeed, its specific roots were in the spiritualist movement, with Blavatsky and Olcott meeting when both of them went to investigate spirit-raps in Vermont.”
Blavatsky believed that
“we can come into contact with the divine spark within us by adopting an appropriate set of ascetic practices: mystics purify themselves in order to have an unmediated experience of their true unity with God. Although the most advanced portion of humanity already have become highly spiritual beings, some of them have chosen to watch over our progress, and, when necessary, to aid us by suitable interventions in the physical and spiritual realms. Blavatsky claimed these Masters constituted a Great White Brotherhood of Mahatmas who lived in the Himalayas and who gave her orders. It was they who instructed her to establish the Theosophical Society, and it was they who told her what to write in her works.”
She also identified India as the source of the ancient wisdom..
Whereas earlier occultists typically traced their doctrines back to ancient Egypt, she argued that the 'very same ideas expressed in almost identical language, may be read in Buddhistic and Brahmanical literature.”
“…that Judaism, Christianity, indeed all faiths, had their roots in a universal religion she equated with the teachings of the Vedas. No doubt Indian religions really did embrace some doctrines resembling those Blavatsky arrived at whilst reworking the occult tradition to meet a widespread crisis of faith in the west. Nonetheless, certain features of contemporary Hinduism, such as child marriage and suti, clearly did not fit at all well with her idea that India embodied the ancient wisdom. Blavatsky resolved this difficulty by distinguishing the corrupted, exoteric teachings and practices found in modern Hinduism from the true, esoteric ones of ancient Brahmanism. Modern India needed reform; its people needed to return to the pure ways of the Vedas.” 
 Ageless Wisdom Teachings.
 The Reappearance of the Christ. p. 60
 The Stage is Set. http://share-international.org/master/2008/ma_2008-11.htm
 The Ageless Wisdom teaching, Interview with Benjamin Creme, by Rollin Olson.
 More on Benjamin Crème. http://www.share-international.org/background/bcreme/BC_work.htm
 The Ageless Wisdom teaching, Interview with Benjamin Creme, by Rollin Olson.
 More on Benjamin Creme. http://www.share-international.org/background/bcreme/BC_work.htm
 The Ageless Wisdom teaching, Interview with Benjamin Creme, by Rollin Olson.
 Meditation by Aart Jurriaanse.
 Maitreya the Betrayer. http://www.letusreason.org/nam15.htm
 From Bible Prophecy And The Second Coming by Reverend Howard Ray Carey). Share International gopher - shareintl.org:7004. Top Menu Item #10 - Traditional Religion and the Ageless Wisdom Teachings Title: Bible Prophecy and the Second Coming
 from Jesus of Nazareth and Maitreya the Christ, by Peter Liefhebber).Share International gopher - shareintl.org:7004. Top Menu Item #10 - Traditional Religion and the Ageless Wisdom Teachings. Title: Jesus of Nazareth and Maitreya the Christ
 Ageless Wisdom Teachings.
 In Search of Maitreya An Evening with Benjamin Crème by John W. Moore.
Wayne Peterson, Benjamin Creme and Maitreya
Wayne Peterson is a recently retired career US Diplomat who served the United States for 32 years. His site (www.waynepeterson.com) is centered around his book called Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Beings ... Experiences of an American diplomat with Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom. It is a first person account of his personal involvement with Benjamin Creme and Maitreya — what he experienced and what he was told. Included among the highlights from this book are the following gems... [All Emphasis Added]
“After a most unusual happening, Mr. Peterson finds himself lying face down, looking down a portal to the room far below where friends at the cocktail party he has been attending seem to be sleeping or in suspended motion. He is in a strange room somewhere over the Gobi desert, and is offered the chance to meet Maitreya, the World Teacher and Christ returned, whom he read about in Mr. Creme’s book just months before. Peterson accepts, and during his one-hour audience with the Lord Maitreya, he is shown the past, present and future, and his place in it all…
Peterson learns that the World Teacher has not come alone, but rather with a group of perfected men, the Masters of Wisdom, who form the inner government of the planet and watch over the evolution of humankind. He becomes used to some of them visiting in the early hours of the morning, generally when he is asleep, to impart their teaching on the nature of the Self and life”
Gradually over the years, Mr. Peterson begins to share some of his experiences of Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom with friends and acquaintances in diplomatic circles. The word gets around and he is invited to tell his story at receptions, dinner parties and other gatherings with the "movers and shakers" of the political world.
It is at such gatherings that he is quietly approached by several important people, including high-level officials who are considered household names and world banking representatives, who confide that they have had similar experiences to his own. A part of Mr. Peterson’s book Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Beings relates the stories of three or four such prominent people who are actively collaborating with the World Teacher and his plan to salvage and restructure the world along more just and compassionate lines. [Wayne Peterson. Highlights from the Book Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Beings]
The Cover of Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Beings
The original cover of Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Beings features a luminous painting by the author depicting Divine Beings delivering the flame of enlightenment to humanity. The flame throws light upon our search for who we truly are; the Great Ones are our guides in this eternal quest.
This painting is in the style of, and in homage to, the Russian painter Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947), who, with his wife Helena, traveled throughout the Himalayan region and resided there for many years. They were in touch with the Great Eastern Masters of Wisdom and transmitted their advice and counsel to Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the second World War. Collected as The Guru Letters, evidence of his interest in Masters of Wisdom resides in the Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park. [About the Book Cover. http://www.waynepeterson.com/cover.html]
The following is Chapter Four of Reinventing Jesus Christ: The New Gospel
By Warren Smith. http://www.reinventingjesuschrist.com/
In February 1982 Wayne Peterson, a director of the U.S. Government’s Fulbright Scholarship Program,  was relaxing in his Washington D.C. home looking for something to watch on TV. His interest was piqued when he noticed popular talk show host Merv Griffin holding up a book entitled The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom. Peterson, a former Peace Corps volunteer and veteran American diplomat, writes that his first thought was that the book had some “fundamentalist Christian message,” but he questioned why Griffin would be “promoting” this religious group on his show. Fascinated, he stayed tuned as Griffin interviewed the book’s author, British artist and esotericist Benjamin Creme. Peterson recalls what transpired in the interview:
During this discussion, Creme said that the one Christians call the Christ had re-appeared and was living in a major industrial city in the Western world. This time his name was Maitreya and he was bringing with him a large group of his disciples, highly advanced, spiritual men called the Masters of Wisdom. He said we could expect to hear more about Maitreya on local and international news programs very soon.
Maitreya’s purpose, Creme indicated, was to help us realize our innate divinity through learning to live in right relationship as brothers and sisters of one great family. The first step was to establish sharing as the way to eliminate the poverty and starvation that caused millions around the world to die daily in the midst of plenty. Maitreya was emerging in time to help us save ourselves and the planet, and would make himself known to all in a televised ‘Day of Declaration’ soon to come. 
As Peterson listened to Creme and heard about Maitreya, he recalled an incident from childhood. As a little boy in the midst of a life-threatening illness, he believed that he had been visited by “Mary,” the mother of Jesus. So powerful was her help and presence that he expressed his desire to depart with her rather than stay in the world. In her successful effort to convince him to stay in the world with his family, Peterson states that she told him the following:
I am going to tell you a secret that few now know. If you stay with your family, you will see the Christ because he will come to live with the people of the world. 
Convinced that Maitreya was the “Christ” that “Mary” had promised would come, Peterson ordered Creme’s book. From his reading, he learned more about the “Christ” and his highly evolved disciples, the “Masters of Wisdom.” Peterson read how these Masters of Wisdom are supernaturally assisting in the evolution of humanity. From his reading, Peterson came to the conclusion that what we commonly refer to as angels are really “Christ” and these Masters of Wisdom. He read that in the future, as humanity transitions from the “old order” to a “new age,” there will be more and more open collaboration between these Masters of Wisdom and world leaders in all fields and disciplines. Reading Creme’s book, Peterson felt he was beginning to get the big picture.
As I read Creme’s book, I learned more about the Christ, or World Teacher, whose personal name is Maitreya. He is the one awaited by all the major religions albeit unknown to them. The Christians wait for the return of the Christ, Buddhists for the next Buddha, Muslims for the Imam Mahdi, Hindus for a reincarnation of Krishna, and the Jews for the Messiah. These are all different names for one individual, Maitreya, who is here not as a religious leader but as a teacher for all humanity. 
Benjamin Creme, in The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, said: In the esoteric tradition, the Christ is not the name of an individual but of an Office in the Hierarchy. The present holder of that Office, the Lord Maitreya, has held it for 2,600 years, and manifested in Palestine through His Disciple, Jesus, by the occult method of overshadowing, the most frequent form used for the manifestation of Avatars. He has never left the world, but for 2,000 years has waited and planned for this immediate future time, training His Disciples, and preparing Himself for the awesome task which awaits Him. He has made it known that this time, He Himself will come. 
Wayne Peterson’s book, Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Beings, is his first person account of his personal involvement with Creme and Maitreya — what he experienced and what he was told. He writes that, amazingly, within weeks of seeing Creme on Merv Griffin and reading his book, Creme actually came to Washington, D.C. Peterson was able to meet with him and other followers of Maitreya and participate in a special “Transmission Meditation.”
Peterson said that this new form of meditation had been sent to humanity through Creme by one of the Masters of Wisdom. Peterson describes the meditation: Called Transmission Meditation, it was a service activity in which energy from the Masters was ‘stepped down’ by the meditators and made available to the world. In the process the meditators’ own spiritual development was enhanced manifold. I understood that it was another way to help Maitreya and the Masters emerge as soon as possible. 
Peterson reports that he has had several dramatic personal encounters with Maitreya and that he directly experienced Maitreya’s extremely powerful spiritual energy. In describing one of those encounters Peterson writes:
As we stood there with spiritual energy flowing freely, I told Maitreya that, if people could experience this energy, they would discard all their earthly notions of ‘paradise.’ 
Peterson quotes Maitreya in regards to experiencing “living truth.”
The Master is within you. If you follow the disciplines of life the Teacher teaches you, the Master reveals himself within you. Do not be attached to the human form. The living truth is a matter of experience. 
In his over thirty-two years of work with the Peace Corps, the U.S. Diplomatic Service, and as a director of the Fulbright Scholarship Program, Peterson writes that he was able to uniquely observe many of the changes going on in the world. For a while he was unaware of others who had also met with Maitreya. Gradually over time he was able to meet others in positions of responsibility who had met privately with Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom and were now actively working with them. [Emphasis Added]
What I did not initially know was that many of my colleagues in government and diplomatic circles had had similar experiences and had also been contacted by members of a group of extraordinary beings, who might be called the elder brothers of humanity, custodians of the Divine Plan for our evolution. World leaders who are household names have privately confirmed their knowledge of and cooperation with this unfolding plan. 
Maitreya & Gorbachev
Perhaps one of Peterson’s chief revelations is that one of the political figures who openly acknowledges that he is working with Maitreya to bring peace to the world is former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. [All Emphasis Added]
There was one individual, however, who made it clear he had no problem with the public knowing he had met with the Christ. His name was Mikhail Gorbachev. Since he was now out of political power in his country, I assume he felt he had nothing to fear or lose from such a disclosure.
I was not surprised to learn this about Mr. Gorbachev, since I had heard much earlier of his involvement with Maitreya from a Pentagon official. I had also heard, from people I place much confidence in, that Mrs. Gorbachev had been to India several times to see the Avatar Sai Baba. I find it interesting that the international press never questioned Mr. Gorbachev more about his spiritual beliefs, since both he and his wife became Christians during his term in office. From the freedom and openness he introduced to the Soviet Union, it appeared obvious to me that he was being influenced by the Christ. Eventually, we will hear more of this story and how the Soviet empire collapsed. What I appreciate about this story is the sure knowledge that the Masters have already undertaken the task of offering important world leaders a role in the coming global changes and of preparing them for the Day of Declaration. These leaders, who are undoubtedly disciples of the Masters, will be working to promote the goals of the Spiritual Hierarchy. 
[Also See Men Who Run The World]
During a November 9, 2001 television interview in Santa Barbara, California, Peterson mentioned that South African political leader Nelson Mandela is another world figure who is actively working with Maitreya.
Again, in the metaphysical world where “there are no coincidences,” the Santa Barbara television program Bridging Heaven & Earth, on which Peterson appeared, is overseen by a board of directors that includes Barbara Marx Hubbard. 
Peterson writes that many years ago, under some very unique circumstances, he was personally recruited into the Peace Corps by Chase Manhattan Bank President David Rockefeller  who talked him into joining and actually pulled some strings in regards to his first assignment. That David Rockefeller helped one of Maitreya’s chief spokespersons get his start in governmental service, while brother Laurance S. Rockefeller has been encouraging and financially supporting Barbara Marx Hubbard, is yet another interesting “coincidence.”
Especially in light of Peterson’s recent interview on the Hubbard-related television program. Peterson also writes that there are a number of interesting areas of common ground between Maitreya and the “Blessed Mother” Mary.
Therefore, what I am hearing in the messages from both Maitreya and the Blessed Mother is that, if we are to place our trust in God completely and become Self-realized souls, we must abandon fear. No half way attempt is useful. One must be completely free of fear to experience God, by whatever name we call Him. 
Many interesting parallels exist between descriptions of Maitreya’s Day of Declaration and the messages from the Blessed Mother. Both tell us we can expect a major spiritual event that will shake the world. This event, according to the apparitions of the Blessed Mother, will change humanity. Both say it can be easy or difficult depending upon humanity itself. If we decide to change the way we live, we will enter a great and glorious age with relative ease. If we refuse to change our ways, the transition will be difficult and many will suffer. 
See Apparitions of The Virgin Mary
Peterson continues to travel around the country and the world as a special advocate for Maitreya. He anticipates being employed as an ambassador for Maitreya after the World Teacher’s “Day of Declaration” when Maitreya finally appears and makes himself known to mankind. 
1. Coast to Coast website: http://www.coasttocoastam.com/shows/2003/01/28.html.
3. Warren Smith, Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose-Driven Church, p. 160.
4. Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, p. 85.
5. Ibid., p. 46.
6. Smith, Deceived on Purpose, pp. 160-161. Quote from Eugene Peterson, The Message: The New Testament in Contemporary Language, p. 353.
7. Max Lucado, Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot (Nashville, Tennessee: W Publishing Group, 2005), p. 98.
8. Lead Like Jesus Celebration, November 20, 2003, Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. Transcript online:
http://www.gprxnow.com/bonuses/BlanchardLeadLikeJesus.pdf. DVD available through Lead Like Jesus online store.
9. Share International website: http://www.share-international.org/maitreya/Ma_wwa2.htm.
10. Benjamin Crème, Maitreya’s Mission: Volume Two (Los Angeles: Share International Foundation, 1993), p. 239.
11. Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, p. 37.
12. Warren Smith, Holy Laughter or Strong Delusion? SCP Newsletter, Volume 19:2, Fall 1994. Also posted online at
13. Barbara Marx Hubbard, TEACHINGS FROM THE INNER CHRIST: for FOUNDERS of a NEW ORDER OF THE FUTURE (A Work in Progress): A Complement to The Book of Co-Creation (Greenbrae, California: Foundation For Conscious Evolution, 1994), p. 79.
14. Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Revelation: A Message of Hope for the New Millennium, p. 243.
15. Creme, Maitreya’s Mission: Volume Two, p. 239.