Further Research on Maitreya media article UK Dec 2008

This article by Mick Brown appeared in the UK Telegraph in December 2008:

Never fear, a bright star will herald a new saviour

This week has come encouraging news for anyone with an interest in signs and wonders, or desperate for a chink of light in the prevailing gloom, which probably means most of us: a saviour is at hand.

By Mick Brown
Published: 7:46PM GMT 19 Dec 2008

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According to the Share International News Service, in a press release captioned Christmas Miracle, a “large bright star” will be appearing in the sky sometime over the next few days, or weeks, heralding the appearance on “a major US television programme” of the new World Teacher, Maitreya, who will be ushering in a new age of peace, wisdom and understanding. And not before time, I hear you say.

Share International is the organisation founded by Benjamin Creme, the Scottish painter and clairvoyant, and Britain’s most redoubtable millenarian, who has been prophesying the coming of Maitreya for the past 26 years.

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He is an erstwhile Theosophist and student of Alice Bailey, whose writings in the 1920s talked of the coming of “the Cosmic Christ”. In 1982, Mr Creme took out full page advertisements in newspapers around the world to announce that Maitreya had arrived in London on a flight from Pakistan, having descended from the Himalayan redoubt where he had been living with a community of ascended Masters, who are watching over Mankind with a concerned eye, and was living among the Asian community.

Mr Creme was told this by one of the Masters, with whom he has been in telepathic communication since 1959 when the Master contacted Mr Creme while he was sitting in the bath.

The announcement of Maitreya’s arrival in London occasioned some excitement among newspapers. But when he failed to materialise, they promptly forgot all about Mr Creme. He is, however, one of the world’s great and indefatigable optimists. Undeterred, at the age of 86 he continues to travel the world, lecturing about the coming of the Maitreya, and publishing his not-for-profit magazine Share International.

I have known Mr Creme for a number of years, and like him enormously. He lives in a modest semi-detached house in Tuffnell Park, north London, with his wife Phyllis, a lecturer. He has a built a shed at the bottom of the garden where a group assembles twice a week for “transmission meditation”. I remember asking him if I might speak to his Master. “Ask away,” he said. I posed a question. Mr Creme was silent for a moment, cocking his head to his Master’s voice, then gave a chuckle. “The Masters,” he explained, “have a wonderful sense of humour.” He then gave me my reply. It was an odd moment.

Maitreya has proved remarkably reluctant to reveal himself. In 1988 he reportedly made a fleeting appearance at a prayer meeting in Nairobi. Since then he has preferred to travel incognito. When I contacted Mr Creme this week (by nothing more miraculous than telephone) to inquire about the imminent appearance, he told me that his Master was able to confirm that the star would be appearing shortly, would be seen by everybody throughout the world and that “around a week” after that Maitreya would be making his appearance on American television. Did he know on what programme? “I do. But I’m not allowed to say.”

When I put it to Mr Creme that the timing of the bright star’s appearance seemed to have a particularly seasonal resonance, he replied: “That’s why we’re calling it a Christmas Miracle.”

I’m not sure what to make of all this. But in the interests of balance, I consulted “The Rapture Index” – “The prophetic speedometer of end-time activity” – which is run by a fundamentalist Christian named Todd Strandberg, a former US air force supply sergeant who lives in Nebraska.

While Mr Creme sees the new age of enlightenment arriving relatively painlessly, The Rapture Index takes an apocalyptic view of the future, regularly totting up all the factors necessary for the final, cataclysmic judgment – war, famine, financial meltdown, “Beast Government” and “false Christs” among them. At this moment, true believers will ascend to heaven in “the Rapture”, leaving the rest of us to… well, you really don’t want to know.

The current reading of the Rapture Index is 156 points. This constitutes “Heavy prophetic activity” – not good, but still a few reassuring notches below the threshold of 160, when you are advised to “Fasten your seat belts”.

None the less, I shall be watching the skies closely over the next few weeks.

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Bright star shines for Second Coming. Possibly

By Mick Brown Last updated: December 16th, 2008

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There is encouraging news for anyone with an interest in signs and wonders, or desperate for a chink of light in the prevailing gloom – which probably means most of us: a saviour is finally at hand.

According to the Share International News Service – in a press release captioned ‘Christmas Miracle’ – a ‘large bright star’ will be appearing in the sky sometime over the next few days, or possibly weeks, heralding the appearance on ‘a major US television programme’ of the new World Teacher, known as Maitreya, who will be ushering in a new age of peace, wisdom and understanding.

And not before time, I hear you say.

Share International is the organisation founded by Benjamin Creme, the Scottish painter and clairvoyant, and Britain’s most redoubtable millenarian, who has been prophesying the coming of Maitreya for the past 26 years.

Mr Creme is an erstwhile Theosophist and student of the esotericist Alice Bailey, whose writings in the 1920s foretold the imminent coming of ‘the Cosmic Christ’. Following this theme, in 1982, Mr Creme took out full page advertisements in newspapers around the world to announce that Maitreya had arrived in London on a flight from Pakistan, having descended from the Himalayan redoubt where he had been living with a community of ascended Masters, who are watching over Mankind with a concerned eye, and was now living among the Asian community awaiting the appropriate time to reveal himself.

Mr Creme has apparently been in telepathic communication with one of these Masters since 1959. The announcement of Maitreya’s arrival in London occasioned some excitement among newspapers of the day – there was a small stampede of reporters to the Brick Lane area of East London in search of the new Messiah. When he failed to materialise the newspapers promptly forgot all about Mr Creme. But he is one of the world’s great and indefatigable optimists. Undeterred, he has continued to travel the world, lecturing about the coming of the Maitreya, and publishing his magazine Share International.

In 1988 this published the first – and only – photograph of Maitreya, who had reportedly made a fleeting appearance at a prayer meeting in Nairobi. Since then he has maintained a resolutely low profile, apparently preferring to travel incognito. A regular feature in Share International are the letters from readers reporting chance encounters with mysterious strangers performing random acts of kindness. After telepathic consultation with his Master, Mr Creme is usually able to report that the ‘mysterious stranger’ was, in fact, Maitreya.

When I contacted Mr Creme this week (by nothing more miraculous than telephone) to enquire about Maitreya’s imminent appearance, he told me that the good news had first been given to a woman in Germany, who was told by Maitreya himself, ‘through a familiar’, to ‘look out for a star’. Mr Creme’s Master had confirmed that the star would be appearing shortly, would be seen by everybody throughout the world and that ‘around a week’ after that Maitreya would be making his appearance on American television.

Did Mr Creme know what programme he would be appearing on? ‘I do. But I’m not allowed to say’.

Confusingly, it seems he will not actually be using the name Maitreya, although Mr Creme says that people will instantly recognise that he has a special message to impart. ‘He will talk about the way to solve the present crisis, about the creation of trust and justice and the need of the world to share its resources.’ Apparently, the ‘Day of Declaration’ when Maitreya reveals his true identity will follow shortly afterwards, ushering in a new, golden age when the world’s resources will be redistributed through a specially constituted department of the United Nations.

‘Every nation will be asked to make an inventory, and to make over whatever they have in excess of their needs’, Mr Creme told me. ‘It’s expected to happen quite quickly.’

When I put it to Mr Creme that the timing of the bright star’s appearance seemed to have a particularly seasonal resonance, he replied, ‘That’s why we’re calling it a Christmas Miracle.’

I’m not sure what to make of all this. But in the interests of balance, I consulted The Rapture Index – ‘The prophetic speedometer of end-time activity’.

While Mr Creme sees the new age of enlightenment arriving relatively painlessly, The Rapture Index, which is run by a fundamentalist Christian organisation in America, takes more of a fire-and-brimstone view of the future, regularly totting up all the factors necessary for the final apocalypse – war, famine, financial meltdown, ‘false Christs’ and ‘Beast Government’ among them. The current reading is 156 points. This, apparently, constitutes ‘Heavy prophetic activity’ – not good, but still a few reassuring notches below the alarming threshold of 160, when you are advised to ‘Fasten your seat belts’.

Nonetheless, I, for one shall be watching the skies more closely over the next few days and weeks.

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  • Bloody hell , sweetheart !!!I’m intrigued x . We need someone special to come an show us where we’re going wrong .My bet is that he does a turn on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ .

    Ooooo , I’m all excited !!!

    E x .


    ewanme on Dec 16th, 2008 at 5:57 pm
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  • “Maitreya” is one of the titles of the Gautama – the Bhudda.Erm, this is, needles to say, a con, just like the rupture RAPTURE-ready morons in the USA, up to, and including Sarah Palin.There isn’t any mystical solution to ANYTHING.
    Try engineering, instead, if you want things that work.


    nicholas_gascoine on Dec 16th, 2008 at 8:03 pm
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  • MAD DOG’S HATTERGrand Mutha’ ‘Moses’ will be very upset, wot with him already savin’ the wuuurld.Let’s all hope he doesn’t dust off his Herod’s hat.


    same_old_dog on Dec 16th, 2008 at 8:11 pm
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  • ‘Ere Nicholas, you might get on well with the Antichrist, for the simple fact he’ll tell you everything you want to hear.
    loz on Dec 17th, 2008 at 12:15 am
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  • How funny that this statement should have come out now. Not because we have been waiting for so long now for BC’s prophesy to come true – but because I have just finished reading your book – The Spiritual Tourist – which was my inspiration for saying “Enough!” No more books on spirituality or any more TM sessions. Your comment in this book that the temptation to get swept away by the details of it all is such that it is easy to forget what we are really here for – to discover our own spirituality. So I have drawn a line under it all – fascinating as it is – and have decided to dedicate the rest of my time here to being of “active service” – I have enrolled at Auckland University to study Psycotherapy and we will see what will happen. I bumped into my TM friends yesterday and they were all keen to tell me about this latest develeopment. I truly hope that it is true – however having listened to BC’s messages recorded in the late 1970’s – saying how soon Maitreya was to emerging – I have my doubts :-)
    gjs on Dec 22nd, 2008 at 2:22 am
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  • It is interesting that Benjamin Creme, according to his Bio, was never in the USA in the 1970’s; yet, that is where I first met him, in a small metaphysical bookstore in California, complete with his very distinctive white ‘fro hair.
    There was no mistaking him then, nor later in the 1990’s flier picture.
    He tried unsuccessfully to arrange time/place for presentation about Maitreya at the small bookstore in the 1970’s; by the 1990’s, though, he had arranged an auditorium-a significant change.
    A number of things may have been at work:
    A] My imagination conjured Benjamin from thin air [yet I had never seen him or heard his spiel before and he didn’t speak with me];
    B] Benjamin was spiritually transported there to give the bookstore guy a message;
    C] Benjamin accidentally or deliberately omitted records of his 1970’s trip to the USA from his Bio for purposes unknown;
    D] Or?
    The 1970’s California bookstore encounter, as well as the 1990’s California pamphlet contents, gave me strong inclination to discredit Benjamin Creme. Only his seeming efforts to promote Peace and Love, give pause.


    httpen.wikipedia.orgwikimick_brown_journalis on Dec 28th, 2008 at 1:39 am
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  • No matter how “nice” or “interesting” BC might be, please use discernment! Thousands of years of historical records and scientific facts, give the lie to what BC promulgates.
    The Anti-Christ, after all, is slated to tell people exactly what they wish to hear, and first promotes Peace and Love: apparently what BC is doing.


    httpen.wikipedia.orgwikimick_brown_journalis on Dec 28th, 2008 at 2:14 am
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  • It is really good to see a journalist like yourself giving this story some publicity.The Emergence of Maitreya has the potential of being the biggest news the world has ever seen, yet many in your profession seem to be avoiding it.Are there many journalists that think along the same lines as you?

    And do you know any of the twenty-two freelancers who gathered at a curry house in Brick Lane on 31st July 1985, with the hope of meeting Maitreya, or an envoy?

    If you do, are they still hoping for Maitreya’s Emergence of have they given up?


    xanphillips on Jan 9th, 2009 at 4:59 pm
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  • I, for one, am glad someone has written about Benjamin Creme in the press.Although when reading Benjamin Creme’s books one can get distracted by the more far-fetched ideas, his essential message seems to me to be very down-to-earth and honest: That the best thing you can do and the point of existence is to help others and to relate purposefully to fellow human beings. Meditation, reading, even spreading the word become superfluous when compared to the act of helping those in dire need.This is a very sane philosophy and much needed in such confused, materialistic and self-centered times.

    It is down to us…and it is very simple: we have to make a commitment to wholeheartedly start caring about the state of the world.


    alex50 on Jan 14th, 2009 at 11:31 pm
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  • I just got this update from my Transmission Meditation buddies – I do hope Ben is not starting to lose the plot…..
    “If you haven’t heard already, in answer to a question at his lecture last week, Ben told us that the first star is in place over Norway. Apparently he has heard reports of sightings there. First star?! He said, there will be four gradually appearing and that way visible wherever we are, night and day. The first is in place, gradually getting closer and brighter. Did not say why this way. Has left it to us to work out! He also said ‘the pain is only beginning’.”


    gjs on Jan 21st, 2009 at 5:18 am
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