The Master's article for
Share International magazine, April 2008
The people awaken
by the Master —, through Benjamin Creme, 9 March 2008
It may seem impossible to believe, or so much wishful thinking,
but from the higher viewpoint of your Elder Brothers, significant changes
for the better are taking place throughout the world. We see a growing movement
towards unity and justice, and a growing realization of the absolute necessity
for peace to reign if humanity is to continue on its path of evolution.
This represents a huge step back from the brink of self-destruction.
There are many, of course, who still conceive and perfect the tools of war, waxing
rich and powerful in this deadly trade. The people, however, are awakening; a
different drum is beating a new rhythm and the peoples respond. In almost every
country men are sensing a new light, a quickening thought, a rising hope. Freedom,
Justice and Peace are beginning to be felt as nearer, more real, more possible
of attainment than ever before. Global communications are giving men a new sense
of themselves as one humanity. This new awareness is not complete or perfect,
to be sure, but We see clearly the beginning of a new and hopeful trend in this
direction. This, indeed, gladdens Our hearts and betokens correct response to
the energies of the New Time.
When Maitreya steps forward and begins His open Mission,
this trend will magnify and become the aim and purpose of men and women
of goodwill in every country. More and more, men will understand that,
despite the differences in colour, race and religion, men and women everywhere
are one, that they require the same justice and freedom which some believe
is theirs alone by right.
Maitreya will emphasize the utter necessity for peace,
and that the complete renunciation of war can only be achieved by trust.
Sharing alone, Maitreya will affirm, can engender that trust.
Thus will Maitreya speak, thus will He foster the sense
of the One humanity and the need for sharing. Needless to say, not all
men will respond to Maitreya’s call for Unity and Brotherhood, but
as the voice of reason and justice penetrates the hearts of men, more
and yet more will see the truth of His insight and the necessity for change.
Thus will it be, and thus will men awaken to the Light of Truth that is
among them, and will see Him as their Leader and Guide. Gently, yet firmly,
He will coax men to act in their own highest interests. Like an elder
brother He will lead the younger members of His family step by step towards
their own truth.
This time is not far off, in truth is very near. Watch and
listen for the rising voice of the peoples of the world as hope and joy
alike arise in their hearts.
Then will you know that the wheel has turned. That the
pain of poverty and injustice will be no more. That the blasphemy of war
is renounced for ever. That the Law of Love has found its rightful place
in the hearts of men and women everywhere in this, our world.
(Read more articles by the Master)
Questions & Answers -
Q. Have the ecologists really said that planet Earth
has just 15 to 20 years left? Is that an exaggeration?
A. Not the ecologists but the Masters have said that we
do not have 50 to 100 years (as many ecologists believe) but 15 to
20 years to rescue the planet before it reaches a stage in which the
problems become irreversible.
Q. Can Maitreya’s physical body contain all
the consciousness of the energy of Christ, or just a small percentage
A. Not just a small percentage of it but yes, it does contain
85 per cent.
Q. Is Maitreya a channel for the energy of Christ,
or is his physical body different from ours?
A. Maitreya is so pure and so advanced that He does not
simply channel the Christ consciousness but Embodies it completely.
It flows directly from Him to us. His ‘Body of Light’ ‘is
at rest’ in the Himalayas; the body in which He manifests today
is created by Himself.
Q. To spread the message of Share International,
I would humbly suggest that you could give more information about
the Ageless Wisdom Teachings, since I have talked to people who say
they like the message, but it sounds like you are “making publicity” for
the Masters. It might be better to let people know more about the
teachings rather than giving so much emphasis to the fact of whether
someone met Jesus, Maitreya or other Masters, because it sounds to
me like fantasy.
A. It is no fantasy, and certainly not to the people who
have the experience. Yes, we do exactly try to publicize the fact of
the Masters’ return to the everyday world.
Q. Would you kindly outline the practical steps nations
could take to implement global sharing?
A. There is a group of Masters already in the world, 14
Masters and Maitreya. They have Their disciples. These disciples have
formed a series of alternative, inter-related plans, blueprints which
if implemented would solve the redistribution problems at the heart
of the economic problem today. The resources are there. There is more
food in the world than we need, much of it rotting away in the storehouses
of the developed world while millions die of hunger elsewhere. These
inter-related plans would outline a very simple method of redistribution.
There are various plans, but this one is the simplest and
best. Humanity might or might not adopt it, but some variation of this
might be acceptable. First of all, each nation would be asked to make
known what they make, what they grow, what they import. In this way
the total goods of the Earth would be known. Each nation would be asked
to donate to a central pool that which it has in excess of its needs.
The rich, powerful nations, obviously, would put in more
because they have so much excess, and the poorer nations would put
in less because they have less, but all would put in what they have
in excess of what they need. Out of that central pool, created by all
the nations, the needs of all would be met. This is taking into account
the needs of the planet.
We ruin, ravage, the planet. It is abused and is now sick.
This plan of redistribution would take into account what we have to
do, for example, in a world which is becoming more and more denuded
of trees. We must plant more trees, never use beyond a certain amount.
We get our oxygen from the vegetable kingdom, and at the same time
the vegetable kingdom is a wonderful absorber of carbon dioxide. So
the more trees we destroy, the less oxygen we have and the more ‘carbon
footprints’ we make. Eighty per cent of global warming – which
is an absolute reality – is created by misguided humanity itself.
Then you get the American President who declares that there
is no global warming, ‘It does not exist,’ he says. This,
in a country which produces 25 per cent of the world’s pollution!
One country produces a quarter of the world’s pollution and denies
Q. In the UK recently, there has been a concerted
attack on homoeopathy in newspapers and broadcasting.
Statements have been made by medical men which to me sound like little
more than ignorant prejudice and professional bias – a question
of ‘defending territory’. I have had homoeopathic medical
treatment with great success for very many years. I am
not against ‘orthodox’ medicine;
on the contrary, I think they should both be used as
needed in a complementary relationship. What seems to be unclear
to the ‘orthodox’ practitioners
(and perhaps even to a few homoeopaths) is how homoeopathy
actually works. Can you explain please?
A. I believe that the prejudice of so many medical practitioners
against homoeopathy is the result of simple ignorance of
the etheric planes of energy. The arrogance with which this ignorance
is so often expressed, however, is quite extraordinary. The world’s
scientists, on the whole, believe that there are three states of matter:
solid, liquid and gaseous. Esotericists know that there are seven states
of matter: these three, and four states of subtle or etheric physical
matter. These four etheric planes of matter substand all
outer physical planes which are a precipitation downwards from the
etheric. Each person has an etheric physical counterpart body which
is first laid down in the womb before the dense physical body takes
When a sample of a plant or element is homoeopathically
potentized, the sample becomes so attenuated that it – in a gross
sense – disappears. It may be one part in many millions – clinically
non-existent. What the orthodox medical practitioner does not
understand is that homoeopathy does not administer a non-existent
sample but the etheric energy of the sample which is released by the
attenuation process. It is the energy of the sample which stimulates
the body of the patient through the endocrine system. When the remedy
is correctly chosen in relation to the symptoms, amelioration of the
symptoms takes place. It is a science, not a ‘placebo’ as
claimed by homoeopathy’s
detractors, which calls forth the natural healing powers
of the body itself. The success of homoeopathy in treating animals
and infants demonstrates that it is not a ‘placebo’ effect
which is taking place. When the existence of the etheric planes of
matter are ‘discovered’ and
their function understood, the prejudice and opposition
to homoeopathy will cease.
(More questions and answers)
Letters to the editor
Over a number of years, some of the Masters, in particular Maitreya and the Master Jesus, have appeared at Benjamin Creme’s lectures and Transmission Meditations. They also appear, in different guises, to large numbers of people around the world. Some of these recount their experiences to Share International magazine. If the experiences are authenticated by Benjamin Creme’s Master, the letters are published. These experiences are given to inspire, to guide or teach, often to heal and uplift. Very often, too, they draw attention to, or comment on, in an amusing way, some fixed intolerance to, for example, smoking or drinking. Many times the Masters act as saving ‘angels’ in accidents, during wartime, earthquakes and other disasters. They use a ‘familiar’, a thoughtform, who seems totally real, and through whom the Master’s thoughts can be expressed: They can appear as a man, a woman, a child, at will. Occasionally They use the ‘blueprint’ of a real person, but in most cases the ‘familiar’ is an entirely new creation. The following letters are examples of this means of communication by the Masters. Please note: In the absence of any indication to the contrary, the editors will assume that your name may be printed. Unless requested otherwise, some of these letters may be reproduced on the Share-International.org website. Only initials, town and country will be used.
Two years ago , whilst ill, sitting in my living
room, I watched the popular daytime programme This Morning.
There was an Arabic-looking man sitting on the television hosts’ sofa.
The hosts were speaking and made no contact with the man sitting
there. They just appeared to ignore him. I sat wondering why the
hosts had not seen him. He was dressed in a suit and sat staring
into the screen and did not speak. I found this very bizarre but
thought no more of it. A year later I told a healer who explained
it could have been Maitreya.
I have also had handprints appearing on my bedroom mirrors.
The handprints were not large but in awkward positions. For three months
they remained there as my heart would not let me clean them off. I
just felt that they were special. Eventually I did clean them off,
but they were not easy to wipe away.
Who was the man on television, and did the presenters know
he was there? Were the handprints on my mirrors anything significant?
P.S., Crewe, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘man on the This
Morning sofa’ was Maitreya. The presenters did not see Him.
The handprints were manifested by Maitreya.)
Sign of the time
In mid-February 2008, our contact in the advertising department
at the local newspaper The Camden Journal rang to offer
us a special last-minute deal: a front-page colour advertisement
for Benjamin Creme’s lecture at a very good rate, because their
client had not sent their copy and they needed to fill the space.
We agreed and sent it immediately by e-mail. We were pleased as the
paper has a huge circulation in north London.
Two weeks later, on the day of Mr Creme’s lecture, our contact
phoned to say a strange thing had happened: the week after the advertisement
had been published it unexpectedly appeared again on the front
page – and no one in the newspaper office knew how it had happened!
They were baffled: he described it as a complete mystery. (Our regular
black-and-white advertisement was, as arranged, published in the same
paper.) Is it possible that we had some help with this mysterious extra
G.F., London, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that Maitreya was responsible for
Mistresses of Wisdom
At the end of February 2008, we held our customary Transmission
Meditation workshop at the Share International/Nederland Information
Centre. For various reasons it had not been advertised as well as
usual. First came a young woman from a Muslim background. Just as
we were starting came two Moroccan women, also Muslims. The two women
were somehow amusing, very chatty and pleasant. They came in asking
whether this was where they could get “paranormal, para ...
something or the other”. It turned out they had hoped they
could get their fortune told or their auras read. I explained that
we wouldn’t be doing that but that we would have the opportunity
to transmit energies from great beings, Masters.
How much would it cost? Nothing? Oh well then, in that
case, they would stay and see.
The taller woman had a strong, loud voice, was very forthright,
slightly masculine, asked lots of questions and made all sorts of comments
all the way through – it was pleasant and funny. She was dressed
rather similarly to the way the Master Jesus had dressed once when
He came to the Information Centre in the guise of a young woman. The
other woman was darker, had wonderful eyes, was plump, and wore a very
large cap. She was quieter and sweeter. Together they were rather a
Two of us were giving the workshop together; we gave the
background information, talked about the coming of the Imam Mahdi;
we also showed a few very short DVDs of various miracles. Naturally,
we began with some signs manifested for Muslims. Everyone was fascinated
and wanted to know more. Then the taller woman suddenly stood up said: “You
must advertise more. These things are important. People must hear these
things. They should be able to know these things. Why isn’t it
more widely known? Why did you only have one or two small ads? Only we saw
them – they were so small.” She gestured, leaving a minute
space between thumb and forefinger. “This is important for people
to know. Have more adverts.” I can’t remember if she actually
articulated the following, but I think she might have said something
like “to give people hope”. The two jolly Muslim women
left before we started Transmission! Were they by any chance Masters?
C.Q. and F.E., Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the talkative ‘woman’ was
Maitreya, and the ‘quieter and sweeter woman’ was the Master Jesus.)
Power of the ‘hand’
My cousin George had been getting terrible headaches, so
bad in fact that the ambulance had to take him to the hospital where
they discovered a blood clot on the right side of his brain. The
next day he was operated on. I went to see him and he was in good
spirits and very positive.
A few days later I called and he sounded very down, sad
and worried. The doctors had told him that they would have to do another,
larger operation. George told me he had total trust in the doctor and
his team and had told them so. He went on to say that when the doctors
left his room he saw the figure of a man, could not see his face clearly
but it was definitely a man, and that he felt confident and at peace.
Since he is in St Joseph’s Hospital he thought it could be a
religious experience. We spoke a little about the Masters and his spirits
He needed long-term care. When I visited him I took the
card of Maitreya’s ‘hand’ and told him to read about
it and use it. He was so pleased that I brought it as he was looking
for something to help him.
Later, when I called, he was all excited. He said he put
the card up next to his bed and placed his hand over Maitreya’s
and said a little prayer asking for healing. He immediately felt electricity
going into his hand (not in his body). He said he felt very peaceful,
positive and happy. It lasted about ten to fifteen minutes. He was
so overjoyed, he couldn’t wait to tell me and was bubbling over
with joy. He said it was the best Thanksgiving holiday he had ever
spent. I told him I couldn’t wait to tell my friend and he said: “Yes,
tell everybody, the hand works!” Could you tell me if the figure
in his room was one of the Masters and whether the help he had from
the ‘hand’ card was from Maitreya?
M.C., North Hollywood, CA, USA.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man in his hospital room
was Maitreya, and that the help he received from Maitreya’s ‘hand’ card
was, indeed, from Maitreya.)
of the time
Mysterious figure appears in fire
On 2 April 2007, digital photographs taken during a mountainside
ceremony in Poland to mark the second anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s
death caused a stir. During the late Pope’s pontificate, devout
Poles would light fires on Matyska mountain, in southern Poland, as a
greeting to the Pope when he visited the area; since his death the tradition
has become a commemorative celebration.
Grzegorz Lukasik took various photographs during the event in April and
later realized that one held an image claimed to be that of the late
pontiff bending forward, making a sign of blessing. The automatic time
stamp on the digital image coincided precisely with the time at which
John Paul II died in 2005. “Maybe that was a kind of a sign, given
the time and the place where it was taken,” said Lukasik. (Source: The
Daily Telegraph, UK)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘figure’ is
a sign, manifested by Maitreya. The ‘figure’ is of the Master Jesus.)
(See also photograph ‘Fiery sign’ in Share International September
Dolphin to the rescue
Two beached whales in New Zealand have been rescued by
a dolphin which piloted them back out to sea.
The two pygmy sperm whales – a mother and her calf – had
become stranded in the shallows at Mahia beach on the east coast of the
North Island, a location notorious for whale strandings.
Volunteers had given up hope after the whales repeatedly beached despite
an hour and a half of attempts to encourage them to head back out to
sea. Local conservation officer Malcolm Smith said he was about to get
his gun to end their suffering when a friendly dolphin known locally
as Moko suddenly appeared, swam straight up to the whales and communicated
with them. They immediately followed her back out to sea through a channel.
“She came directly to where we were and established contact, and immediately
those two whales seemed to relax,” said Mr Smith, adding that this was
the first such recorded incident in his 30 years of whale rescue work. “I
don’t speak whale and I don’t speak dolphin,” he said, “but
there was obviously something that went on because the two whales changed their
attitude from being quite distressed to following the dolphin quite willingly
and directly along the beach and straight out to sea.”
The whales have not been seen since, he said, but Moko was back in the
bay, playing with swimmers as she has been doing for the last year. “I
shouldn’t do this I know, we are meant to remain scientific,” Mr
Smith said, “but I actually went into the water with the dolphin
and gave it a pat afterwards because she really did save the day.” (Source:
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that Maitreya inspired the dolphin
to come to the whales’ help.)
Forces of light
“Important events are taking place in many parts
of the world. People everywhere will be astonished by the reports.
These will include, in unprecedented numbers, of spacecraft from our
neighbouring planets, Mars and Venus in particular.” (Benjamin
Creme’s Master, ‘The gathering of the Forces of Light’, SI March
NASA’s UFO records emerge
Film of a NASA space experiment being “swarmed” by
UFOs has attracted almost 400,000 hits on the website Youtube.
On 25 February 1996 the US space shuttle Columbia on mission STS-75 was
running an experiment in generating electrical energy for in-orbit propulsion
by collecting high-energy electrons in the Earth’s ionosphere and
magnetic fields. A 12-mile long electrical conductor cable known as an
electrodynamic tether was run out from the Columbia, but an unexpected
voltage overload severed the tether from the shuttle and it coiled away
into space. As the full length of the tether drifts away, the NASA footage
shows hundreds of circular, flashing UFOs swarming and darting around
it until, some 80 miles away, it can be seen completely straightened
out and doubled over on itself. (See ‘UFO NASA’s unexplained
tether overload incident’ at www.youtube.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the Space Brothers repaired
and controlled the broken tether.)
United Nations debate UFO policy
Following an interview with French aviation expert Gilles
Lorant on French radio station Ici et Maintenant, his account
was published on various websites of a series of United Nations meetings
to discuss the UFO phenomenon.
According to Lorant’s information, approximately 40 representatives
of 28 UN member nations attended a series of secret meetings from 12-14
February 2008 at the New York headquarters to discuss issues of security
and public information, in light of increasing UFO sightings in recent
Lorant is an attaché to the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
(National Center for Scientific Research), a government-funded research
organization under the authority of France’s Ministry of Research.
He is also a member of the Institute of Advanced Studies for National
Defense and was invited to attend the UN meetings in a professional capacity.
According to Lorant, the meetings were convened at the request of nation
states concerned about the impact of increased UFO sightings. Their main
focus was to co-ordinate international policy regarding the phenomenon;
2009 was agreed on as the year when an official policy of “openness” to
extraterrestrial craft sightings would replace the denial and debunking
policy pursued since the early 1950s. However, this policy shift would
be dependent on certain global conditions being met: a state of “peace
and stability” in the G8 nations; developing countries committed
to “liberal democratic conditions”; and a continuation of
UFO sightings at current levels.
A major concern was that “adverse” public reaction could
have a serious negative impact on the US economy and lead to further
economic crises and recession throughout the world. A confidential report
discussed in the meetings had been prepared by the US Air Force and a
branch of the National Guard at the request of three US senators, whose
comments were included, and who it seems were also at the meetings. The
date of official public disclosure was given as 2013, or at such time
as extraterrestrial presence was considered unambiguous. A report
of the meetings is expected to be issued from the United Nations at the
end of March 2008 to member nations who did not attend the meetings.
(Source: opednews.com; ufodigest.com; exopolitics.org)
Astronauts speak of UFOs
NASA’s UFO records go back years, and include sightings
reported by US astronauts on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, both en route
to the moon and after landing. Though many such reports were suppressed
and documentation and photographs ‘lost’, there are now increasing
numbers of former astronauts and NASA personnel speaking out about their
experiences, often on television talk shows. Among them is Christopher
Kraft, director of NASA’s Houston tracking base during the Apollo
lunar mission. Since leaving NASA, Kraft has confirmed a key conversation
between Houston and astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the
moon about watching UFOs “lined up on the other side of the crater”.
The conversation – not publicly aired owing to an ‘unexplained’ two-minute
break in NASA’s public transmission – was monitored by hundreds
of independent civilian VHF radio operators, including Soviet radio operators
who published the transcript in Moscow. (Source: youtube.com; The
UFO sightings around the world
USA – New York: Posted on the youtube website
in February 2008 is a video called ‘Massive UFO Brigade Over NYC’.
Filmed with a handy-cam in November 2007 in New York City at around 2.45pm,
the footage shows masses of small, bright, UFO’s moving quickly
in various formations, through the blue sky. Finally one larger vehicle
is seen in isolation. People posted responses to the video confirming
that they had witnessed the same phenomenon, as well as similar ‘massed’ sightings
on previous days. (Source: youtube.com) (Benjamin Creme’s Master
confirms that these spacecraft were part of “the gathering of the
Forces of Light”, and numbered 3,000. They were from Mars.)
Dublin, Texas: Around 1 January 2008, welder Ricky
Sorrells was deer hunting in the woods in Dublin, Texas, when he first
saw an object above the trees so vast that it replaced the sunset sky
and he could not see its edges. He estimated its size as the length of “three
or four football fields”. Sorrells viewed through his rifle’s
telescopic lens and describes seeing a metallic coloured object about
300 feet above him, with large round cone-shaped regular indentations,
6 feet in diameter, 6 to 8 feet deep and 40 feet apart.
“While I was looking at this, it drifted to the right by about 100 feet.
And I remember looking to my left to see if I could see the edge of this thing.” Suddenly
it took off, he said. “It did not tilt up to take off. It remained flat
and took off at a 45-degree angle. I never heard a sound. Never felt any heat … It
was so fast, I still couldn’t see a shape. It was like it was here and
then it was gone.” He saw the craft again twice about 1.5 to 2 miles
away and it was then that he realized how huge it was.
(Source: ufoinfo.com; empiretribune.com; earthfiles.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the Dublin UFO was a small
Mothership from Mars.)
Mexico – Mezcala: A glowing UFO reportedly
landed and spent more than 30 hours on the ground in a small Mexican
town about 100 miles east of Acapulco. Witnesses in Mezcala, Mexico,
described a saucer-shaped craft that passed over the town square slowly
and silently at an altitude of about 300 metres in the early morning
of 31 December 2007, before landing on a nearby hill. The craft was observed
by townspeople as well as personnel at a local gold mine. While the UFO
remained on the hill, it emitted flashes of light.
Local newspaper La Cronica Verspertina de Chilpancingo reported: “The
object was seen by most of the population, ranging from small children
to the elderly and entire families. Despite being seen at a considerable
distance the luminosity affected the eyes of many residents. The electricity
levels of all the homes dropped whenever the light’s intensity
increased, ranging from a soft shade of light blue to a white and phosphorescent
blue, acquiring yellow, orange and soft red tones.”
During the evening of 1 January 2008, people in over 20 trucks tried
to visit the site where the light could be seen, but the light went dark.
One group came within 50 metres of the craft and described its colour
as brilliant, galvanized sheet-metal, with a white or light blue light.
Their vehicles lost power and stalled, however, and their camera batteries
were drained, later returning to normal.
Many residents took photographs and videos of the object from their homes,
approximately 4-6 kilometres away. Some of the images were inexplicably
distorted, and overexposed. Videos taken from a distance of about one
kilometre show the object as a large white circle of encapsulated light.
Symbols on the craft can be seen, as well as a being in the centre of
the light. Some witnesses also say that a second light appeared above
the craft on the ground, and appeared to blink, as if communicating with
the light below. (Source: inexplicata.blogspot.com; unknowncountry.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the sighting was authentic.
The spacecraft was from Mars.)
UK – Woodford Green: Two residents of this
London suburb reported seeing an unusual object flying through the sky
on the weekend of 23 February 2008. Darrell Greenway said: “I was
walking down the High Road … It was a really sunny day. Someone
shouted: ‘Oh my God, what’s that?’ I looked up and
there was this white-grey dish-like thing up in the sky. It wasn’t
a plane … It was going really fast, and it was quite low, about
the height of Canary Wharf. I think it was aliens. I know people who
have also seen strange things in the sky.” After the sightings
were reported in the local newspaper, the government’s Ministry
of Defence issued a statement calling for calm, and said the object was
most likely an aircraft, balloon or similar object. But Greenway did
not agree. “They are trying to cover it up,” he said. (Source: Wanstead
and Woodford Guardian, UK; www.thisislocallondon.co.uk)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this is an authentic
sighting of spacecraft from Mars.)
UK – London: When Karolina-Slavka Mueller was driving
through central London with two friends at around 3.50am on 19 January
2008, she photographed Tower Bridge and the London Eye with her mobile
phone’s camera. When she looked at the images later, she was astonished
to see a bright UFO above the Thames behind the London Eye. “What’s
very strange about this is the fact that we didn’t actually see
this object in the sky while I was taking the photos,” she said. “I
only discovered it once I loaded the photos onto my computer as I didn’t
even look at the photos until then.”
The UFO appears on three shots taken about eight minutes apart, and is
shown flying at an angle, emitting a blue light. Experts agree that the
images have not been tampered with. (Source: The Sun, UK)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this is an authentic sighting
of spacecraft from Mars.)
UK – Portsmouth: When Hab Rahman was driving home from
work one night in February 2008 he took a photograph of a lit-up car
park in thick fog near his home in Portsmouth. After uploading the photograph
to his computer he noticed a strange object in the picture. Near the
top right of the photograph a disc-shaped object can be seen hovering
in the sky.
Rahman said: “I’ve never really believed in UFOs but this
is a bit weird and freaky – I just cannot think what else it could
be.” The newspaper also contacted UFO expert Hilary Porter, of
the British Earth and Aerial Mysteries Society, who confirmed that it
could be genuine, saying: “It would be very difficult to fake that
photo and the UFO is at a tilt, which is the way they normally fly.” (Source: Metro,
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that this is an authentic sighting
of spacecraft from Mars.)
A tribute to Janez Drnovek
Janez Drnovek, the President of Slovenia from 2002 to 2007 who has died
aged 57, was a second-degree initiate and a remarkable leader. His political
opponents acknowledged that he was largely responsible for Slovenia’s
social and economic development.
After being diagnosed with cancer he left his presidential palace in
Ljubljana, dismissed most of his staff and moved with his dog to a mountain
cabin near the village of Zaplana.
In January 2006 he formed a group called the Movement for Justice and
Development. Its aims were to “raise human consciousness and make
the world a better place” and to “restrict the logic of capital
and profit and provide a social as well as an environmentally more balanced
He also wrote a series of books with titles such as The Thoughts
of Life and Awareness, Golden Thoughts, and Essence
of the World, in which he explored his search for inner equilibrium
and world harmony. He had recently published another book, Dialogues. “I
have reached my inner peace and I am not afraid any more,” he declared.
Believing he had found “a higher consciousness”, Drnovek
embarked on a personal crusade against what he called “all things
evil” and set out to share his positive outlook with the rest of
our own correspondents
excerpts from articles and interviews
Promoting peace: one school at a time
Interview with Greg Mortenson
by McNair Ezzard
In 1993 Greg Mortenson abandoned his attempt to climb
the world’s second highest mountain, K2, in Pakistan’s
Karakoram mountains. On the 50-mile hike back to civilization, Mortenson
got separated from his party. He spent the next seven days trying to
find his way down.
Tired and emaciated he eventually wandered into Korphe, a remote
and impoverished village in northeast Pakistan. As a guest of the village,
Mortenson was eventually nursed back to health. One evening, near the
end of his recuperation, Mortenson asked the village chief, Haji Ali,
if he could visit Korphe’s school. The next morning he led Mortenson
up a steep village path to a frosty bit of ground where 82 children
were gathered to begin their school day. Haji Ali told Mortenson that
the village had no school and that a teacher had to be shared with
a neighboring village.
Mortenson watched that day as the children copied their multiplication
tables using sticks to scratch the dirt. “I felt like my heart
was being torn out … I knew I had to do something,” Mortenson
said. Deeply appreciative of what the village had done for him, he
promised Haji Ali that one day he would build a school in Korphe.
So began a direction in Mortenson’s life more dangerous,
yet more satisfying, than anything he had previously known. More than
a decade later, after being taken hostage, having numerous threats
made against his life, and surmounting financial as well as personal
barriers, he has managed to change the lives of thousands of children
and adults in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Through building schools and
educating the children, he has inspired entire villages with a sense
of hope for the future and a belief that peace is possible. The New
York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea is
the story of Greg Mortenson’s mission. Central Asia Institute,
a non-profit organization, was created with the aim of supporting and
furthering his work in Central Asia.
McNair Ezzard interviewed Greg Mortenson for Share International.
Share International: What are the main goals of the
Central Asia Institute (CAI)?
Greg Mortenson: Our mission is to promote literacy and education, and
to build schools, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan
and Afghanistan. We’re apolitical and nonreligious.
Our bigger goal is to promote peace through education. I say that in
the context of the subtitle of the hardcover book, which came out first.
The publisher told me they would pick the subtitle: “One man’s
mission to fight terrorism and build nations one school at a time”.
I was opposed to that. Although I am a US military veteran and served
voluntarily for two years as a medic, I started building schools and
helping with female literacy eight years before 9/11. Fighting terrorism
is definitely not my primary mission. In fact, it’s quite low on
If you fight terrorism, it’s based on fear. If you promote peace,
it’s based on hope. Ultimately, the real enemy is ignorance. Ignorance
breeds hatred. We have to have courage, faith and commitment to promote
peace more than to fight terrorism.
SI: Your book tells us there is an alternative to war
and terrorism through the building of bridges and empowering the unempowered.
Is that what you are talking about?
GM: Yes. The work is very difficult and sometimes dangerous. Certainly,
there are people there who want to promote violence, terrorism and hatred.
It’s the same here in America.
I get letters from people who are serving in the military in Pakistan
and Afghanistan, and also from their parents. There is one common denominator
in all their letters. They say that what we are doing there really means
nothing unless we can help the children get into school and give them
SI: How many children are being educated at CAI schools?
And can you say something about the areas where you work?
GM: We have about 25,000 students now. We’ve built 61 schools that
are up and running, and about three dozen more are in tents, rented rooms
or halls. Basically, we’re running about 100 schools.
In addition to our mission to educate girls and promote literacy, we
focus on the most extreme areas where there are no schools or there is
a lack of educational opportunities. Those three extreme areas are, firstly,
regions of physical isolation at the frontiers of civilization, the remote
mountain valleys that are very difficult to get to; secondly, areas of
conflict and war, which in Afghanistan would be along the border between
Pakistan and India; and thirdly, areas of religious extremism.
Most of these areas are impoverished, meaning they are at the bottom
of the ladder of society in terms of wealth. There are no schools. In
about 80 per cent of the areas where we work, there is either no education
or very little education, especially for girls.
SI: CAI says that it has developed innovative techniques
that encourage people to take responsibility for their own well-being
and vitality. What does that mean?
GM: Once we convince the people to get a school going, we provide skilled
labor and free materials, such as cement and rebar [reinforced concrete],
for example. They provide the free land and free sweat equity, meaning
each house has to donate 10 to 30 days of free manual labor. And they
provide free resources like wood, sand and crushed stone.
Basically, we make a 50-50 deal with the villages. Some people see that
as stingy. But when they assume responsibility and become invested in
what they are doing, they have a commitment to the project. We have hundreds
of villages that want a school.
Compare that with the US Provincial Construction Team, the civil arm
of the US military. They’ve built dozens of very beautiful schools
in Afghanistan. But you go by them and there are no children in the school.
Down the road about 200 or 300 yards you’ll see hundreds of children
in a tent or outdoors. When I ask the children why they aren’t
in their new school, they’ll say they didn’t get an order
to go back there. Then I go to the district level education officer and
ask him why the children didn’t come back to school. He’ll
say the contractor hasn’t gotten all his money or there’s
been no fulfillment of the agreement. The main problem is that from day
one the communities are never involved. There is an outside contractor
and a lot of money spent but the community has no idea what is going
What the US is trying to do is a good thing. We just need to get more
community involvement. You will also save money. Those schools usually
cost about $200,000 to build. We can build the same school for about
$20-25,000, because we get free labor and resources from the community.
SI: I understand that the children in CAI schools receive
a balanced education, neither fundamentalist nor slanted towards the
GM: Our schools are secular. Children are taught reading, writing, arithmetic
and science, just like here in the US. But there are three things that
are a bit different, or non-conventional.
One is that we have a storytelling tradition in our schools. That tradition
is still very alive in their culture. We don’t want to eradicate
that through books and literacy. Two or three times a week we have the
elders come in and do storytelling with the children. They talk about
their folklore, culture and heritage.
We also have hygiene, sanitation and nutrition classes, starting with
first grade. It’s vital. We’ve had this going for about 12
We also have Islamic studies in our schools, two to three hours a week.
It’s required by the governments in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Some
people think this is controversial, but it’s what I call religious
studies. The children learn about Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It’s
more of a comparative study. We don’t promote any of the religions,
but we do let the children be exposed to the differences.
SI: Could you say something about the world’s
GM: There is such a disparity in the world between the haves and have-nots.
There are about 1 billion people on the planet who live on less than
a dollar a day. There are 145 million children, ages five to 15, deprived
of literacy and education, according to UNICEF. That means children aren’t
able to go to school due to poverty, slavery, religious extremism, gender
discrimination or corrupt governments.
If we wanted to eradicate illiteracy, the global investment required
would be $6-8 billion per year for 15 years. The reality is that in 2006
in Iraq, the US spent, for the Pentagon’s war on terror, $94 billion.
In Afghanistan, the Pentagon budget was $14 billion. We spent $624 million
for opium eradication in Afghanistan, a figure that doubled from 2005,
and the opium production went up 60 per cent. In contrast, total US government
funding for education in Afghanistan in 2006 was $42 million.
SI: You have emphasized the importance of girls getting
an education. Why is that so important?
GM: There is a proverb where I grew up in East Africa: “If you
educate a boy, you educate an individual. But if you educate a girl,
you educate a community.” Often, boys leave the village, or they
don’t send money back. But the girls stay behind.
All the studies show that if you educate a girl to at least a fifth grade
level, it does three things: it decreases infant mortality; it reduces
the population explosion; and it improves the quality of health and the
indices of life. But it takes one or two generations.
A good example is in Bangladesh. In the 1960s, the female literacy rate
was under 20 per cent. Then they started a nationwide campaign to eradicate
female illiteracy. By the year 2000, female literacy was about 70 per
cent. The male literacy rate went from 50 to 85 per cent.
Another interesting impact of female education has to do with young men
going on jihad. I’ve talked about Islam to many of the more
enlightened, moderate Mullahs there. When a young man goes on jihad, it can
mean many things. It can mean a noble quest, like a spiritual endeavor. It
can mean going to a university, or it can mean joining a terrorist organization.
It’s any type of quest.
A young man has to get permission and blessings from his mother first.
If he doesn’t, it’s very shameful or disgraceful if he goes
on that jihad. He’ll be banished. If he becomes a martyr, he won’t
go to heaven. When a mother has an education, she is much less likely
to condone her son engaging in violence or terrorism or joining the Taliban.
After 9/11, before the US went into Afghanistan in October 2001, there
was a high desertion rate in the Taliban. They had a hard time getting
recruits. They were going around at gunpoint targeting large swathes
of illiterate, impoverished society because the educated women were refusing
to let their sons join the Taliban, even at gunpoint.
A US colonel in Afghanistan had another interesting observation about
this. In the last year and a half, the Taliban have bombed or destroyed
over 400 schools. About 90 per cent were girls’ schools. They rarely
shut down, bomb, or destroy a boys’ school. Their greatest fear,
and what they perceive as the greatest enemy of their movement, is the
fact that when those young girls grow up and become mothers they will
have lost their ideological way: the war of ideology in their hearts
and minds will have been lost. The Taliban will be unable to recruit
future before us – a compilation
We present a selection of quotations on the theme of ‘The
future before us’ – from Maitreya (Messages from
Maitreya the Christ, and Maitreya’s Teachings – The
Laws of Life), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master
Speaks), and Benjamin Creme’s writings. (For the
complete compilation see Share International, April 2008)
My Masters are developing, through Their groups, new forms
and structures for your life.
These will allow you better to express the Divine Beings which you are,
and thus complete the Plan.
Take part, My friends, in this great adventure of Spirit, and allow Me
to show you, and lead you into, your heritage.
(Maitreya, from Message No. 41)
The Masters in the world
When the Masters establish Their presence in full view
of the world, a great change will take place in the relationship existing
between humanity and Them. Whereas, until now, They have been remote
and removed from close contact with all but a few disciples, in the immediate
future the Guides of the Race will foster a deeper and more continuous
form of co-operation with mankind. This process, known as the Externalization
of the Hierarchy, has already begun and several Masters have established
contact with groups on the physical plane. So far, this contact has been
restricted to groups working in the fields of economics, administration
and science, and to a lesser extent in education, but the time will come
when Their inspiration and guidance will be given freely to all the groups
working to rehabilitate the world.
From that time onwards, an entirely new system of communication will
be established between the Inspirers and humanity. For the most part,
telepathy will continue to be the mode of contact, especially where disciples
are concerned, but where necessary, the Masters, Who have undergone special
training for this purpose, will use the ordinary modes of speech. This
will bring within the orbit of Their influence many who otherwise would
not receive this stimulus. Then the true training of humanity will begin.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The Masters in the world’)
Our future on this planet is destined to be one of happiness
where everyone can enjoy life to the full. Corruption and chaos have
been created by politicians and the Masters have come to end all of that
and to make the politicians realize that they are not the masters but
the servants of the people. (Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – the
Laws of Life)
Many children now coming into incarnation are more evolved
than the previous generations. They are more sensitive to the spiritual
energies – and they are more intuitive. This is part of the process
of evolution. Each period brings into incarnation the people who are
equipped to deal with the problems of their era. They are able to provide
solutions to problems peculiar to their time. We have reached a point
now when more children are being born who are equipped for the new time;
they will transform our life. In the next twenty-five to thirty years
the world will be radically changed. Many of those being born now will
have an awakened intuition. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission
Health and healing
Man is on the verge of a great discovery: that disease
is the result of imbalance; that correct balance is maintained by correct
thought and action and that such correct thought and action involves
his brothers and sisters everywhere. If man would end disease he must
first end separation. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Health
The Masters will institute Healing Centres, and train Initiates
and Disciples, who will be doctors of all kinds, in groups. These groups
will be made up of orthodox doctors, surgeons, homoeopaths, acupuncturists,
radionic practitioners. Colour and sound therapy will be used; the groups
will have spiritual healers, and someone with etheric vision to advise
on the state of the etheric body and centres. They will work as a team.
(Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of
Science, today, stands poised to contribute its share to
the conquering of disease. The etheric planes of matter await man’s
exploration and study. Therein will be found the origin of that disequilibrium
of forces which manifests itself as the body’s ills. The treatment
of disease will take on a new dimension when the function of the force
centres (chakras) as receivers and dispensers of energy is understood
and when their connection with the major glands of the endocrine system
is known. Already, of course, there are those few practitioners who know
this and who do valuable work, but not until this knowledge is general
shall we see much advance in the understanding of the mechanism of disease.
It will not be long until this research into the etheric fields begins
in earnest. When it does it will transform the therapeutic situation.
The new psychology, the coming science of the soul, will throw much light
on the nature and cause of disease and point the way to its prevention.
In time, man will learn to approach and work with the deva (or angelic)
evolution, many aspects of which are deeply engaged in the healing process.
Thus, stage by stage, disease will be eradicated from the world, to be
replaced by a vitality and well-being seldom seen today but which is
man’s birthright, did he but know it. The stage is being set for
this transformation. The Masters, on Their return, will point the way,
and under Their wise guidance all shall be made new. (Benjamin Creme’s
Master, from ‘Health and healing’ (part 2))
The direction of education in the future will be along
the lines of soul realization. Every child will be seen as a soul with
a particular ray structure, which will determine his/her particular bent
and direction, at a given point in evolution. This knowledge will determine
how much and what he/she can absorb, the degree to which the child should
be stimulated along certain lines. Soul education is the new psychology.
This is the way forward for psychology.…
Teaching itself will change from simply the imparting of knowledge to
the elucidation of the quality and purpose of the individual. It is fitting
individuals for life, not for particular jobs, which is what ‘education’ largely
does today, well or badly. It is fitting individuals for their life destiny,
coming from the nature, the purpose, of the soul. All of this needs to
be understood if we are going to make an individual package or educational
programme for any child. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission
New attitudes to death
While I am with you, I shall show you wonders of which
you cannot dream.
I shall show you the nature of God in a new way.
I shall remove from your hearts the fear of death, the fear
of life itself, the fear of your brother and yourself.
I shall help you to put behind you that ignorance, and to
walk with Me in the new Light.
(Maitreya, from Message No. 123)
Life in the universe is absolute; in creation it is always
relative. That is why people should not cry at death; it is not something
horrible or ghastly. Their friends and loved ones have simply returned
to their homeland. The books and writings received by writers through
channelled sources are a sign that this message about life on the other
side of death is beginning to get through to humanity.
(Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – the Laws of Life)
Life alone exists. Death is but the name for another level
of experience of life, continuous and unbroken except in man’s
limited consciousness. The time is coming in which the experience we
call death, the intervening period, and the return to outer manifestation
will be recalled in full consciousness by man. Then will man lose the
fear of death and reap the harvest of the inner planes of knowledge and
bliss in total awareness of his true identity as a Son of God. (Benjamin
Creme’s Master, from ‘Continuity of consciousness’)
Gradually, our approach to death will change. The fear
of death will go as we realize it is but a phase in the eternal life
we already have. When we have (as the Masters and higher initiates have)
continuity of consciousness, we will come into and leave physical-plane
expression in full awareness of the previous state. The Masters have
conquered death – the body of an Ascended Master, for example,
is totally indestructible. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)
[Maitreya’s] Teaching will remove, for men, the fear
of death; His very presence will be the guarantee of immortality. His
words will conquer, too, the fear which stalks through most men’s
lives, crippling their spontaneity and joy. His experience will guide
men through the labyrinth of the evolutionary journey, ensuring safe
and sure passage for those who can follow His footsteps. As Friend and
Guide, Teacher and Mentor, this Eldest Brother of humanity will fulfil
His task. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The teaching of
Compared with the experience of birth, man’s exit
from this world can be, and should be, painless indeed. But few know
this, and hence the fear. In this coming time the Masters and Their Disciples
will teach the truth about this experience we call death, and man will
wait serenely and hopefully for its call. When this knowledge becomes
general, a great new freedom will become open to men. They will see life
for what it is, as a stage in an unending journey, and death itself as
a further and less limiting experience on that road. So man will conquer
the fear of death. (Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ
and the Masters of Wisdom)
In the coming cycle of Aquarius, an entirely new approach
to the Law of Rebirth will be taken. No longer will the old, fatalistic
acceptance of all that happens as the inexorable hand of karma hold sway
in the East, condemning millions to lives of drudgery and pain; no longer,
in the West, will men ignore the fundamental laws of their existence
and the personal responsibility which the working of these laws confers.
Men will know that they themselves create, through thought and action,
the circumstances of their lives; but also that by the working of these
same laws they can transform and change for the better their natures
This will lead to a revaluation of life’s meaning and purpose and
a healthier approach to the fact of death. An understanding of the continuity
of all life, incarnate or not, will replace the present fear; the old
phobia of death as the end of everything will vanish in the new light
which will illumine the minds of men. Into the darkest corners of superstition
and ignorance this new light will shine, awakening men to an awareness
of their divinity as immortal souls. (Benjamin Creme’s Master,
from ‘The Law of Rebirth’)
of the people
People protest as cost of food spirals
Food prices are rising around the world and inevitably
hitting the poor hardest. When tens of thousands of people marched to
Mexico City at the beginning of 2007, sparked by the soaring cost of
maize, the protests went virtually unnoticed. “We need to feed
our children,” protestors said.
Now, however, the world has woken up to the fact that high food prices
are prompting protests around the globe. The authorities everywhere are
uneasy, knowing that outraged and hungry crowds can unseat governments.
Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, West Bengal, Senegal, Mauritainia, Burkina Faso,
Uzbekistan, Guinea – the list of countries witnessing food price
protests continues to grow as governments nervously plan action to ward
off further social upheaval. In Lebanon and Yemen food riots have already
cost lives with people caught up in violent protests. In Yemen, children
have marched to highlight their hunger. The Egyptian government has acted
swiftly to make cheaper subsidized bread available, no doubt prompted
partly by the memory of 1977 food riots that almost brought the government
down. In Pakistan, the authorities have had to issue ration cards to
the angry poor to enable them to buy flour. In Morocco, rioters have
been imprisoned and in Jordan strikes and demonstrations forced the government
to raise public sector wages.
The increasing cost of grains is also pushing up the price of meat, poultry,
eggs and dairy products. And there is every likelihood prices will continue
to rise, according to expert predictions by the UN and developed countries.
A complex mix of the effects of climate change causing drought and floods,
plus high oil prices and growing populations, have combined to produce
a global food crisis. Some commentators say that the chief culprit is
the exclusive use of large tracts of arable land to feed not people but
the biofuel industry. Crops such as corn, soybeans, sugar cane and other
crops are seen as sources of clean and cheap biofuel, which means a knock-on
effect – less grain is available for human consumption, driving
up prices for basic foodstuffs. One newspaper headline captured some
of the outrage felt by the poor worldwide: ‘Rising food prices?
Let Them Eat Biofuel.’ The UN’s Food and
Agriculture Organization estimates that 100 million tons of cereals are
diverted to the production of biofuels each year. (Source: The Herald,
UK; AllAfrica.com; Arab news.com; Associated Press)
Tiny Alaskan village sues oil giants
The tiny village of Kivalina, on Alaska’s northwest
coast, is suing 24 major energy firms over charges that greenhouse gases
the companies emit are threatening the community’s existence.
Kivalina is home to around 390 Inupiat Eskimos and is built on an 8-mile
barrier reef in the Arctic Circle. The villagers filed a lawsuit in a
federal court in San Francisco on 26 February 2008 against the defendants
including BP, Exxon Mobil, American Electric Power, Chevron and Shell
The lawsuit alleges that the village faces imminent destruction from
global warming because of greenhouse gas emission by the firms. It claims
that climate change has caused the melting of sea ice that used to protect
Kivalina from coastal storms. “We normally have ice starting in
October,” read city administrator Janet Mitchell in a statement, “but
now we have open water even into December so our island is not protected
from the storms.” Outside experts, including the Government Accountability
Office, confirm Kivalina is directly affected by climate change and that
relocating it could cost $400 million or more. The suit invokes the federal
common law of public nuisance. It also alleges a conspiracy by some of
the defendants to mislead the public regarding the causes and consequences
of climate change.
“The campaign of deception and denial about global warming must stop,” said
Colleen Swan, tribal administrator of Kivalina. “Global warming and its
effects are a reality we have to deal with. People’s lives are in danger
because of it.” (Source: UPI; The Press Association, UK)
Russians and Americans agree: no weapons in space
“The US and the USSR are no longer superpowers.
Humanity is the superpower. The will of the nation and country will
be based on the will of the people. The people will make sure politicians
do not make mischief.” (Maitreya, Maitreya’s Teachings – The
Laws of Life)
It may surprise citizens of both countries but it appears that Russians
and Americans share many opinions and concerns.
Citizens in both the US and Russia agree that their governments should
co-operate to avoid an arms race from moving into space.
In Russia and America large majorities polled say they would support
unilateral moves to show restraint and would like to see resolutions
to keep space free of weapons. Both groups were in favour of non-interference
in each country’s satellites; both groups wanted anti-satellite-weapons
testing and deployment to be banned.
Worldopinion.org polled more than 1,000 Americans and more than 1,500
Russians. The study was jointly developed by the Center for International
and Social Security Studies at the University of Maryland, Knowledge
Networks in the US and Levada Center in Russia.
Large majorities in both the United States (78 per cent) and Russia (67
per cent) say that their own governments should refrain from placing
weapons in space provided other countries also desist.
The citizens of both countries, again in large majorities (Russians 72
per cent; Americans 80 per cent), want to see a new treaty ban on all
weapons in space. Even when countered by arguments about the potential
military advantages, Americans still supported a ban on such weapon development.
In the US, the WorldOpinion poll indicated that such views transcended
party politics; there was strong cross-party consensus on issues. Majorities
in both the Republican and Democratic parties want the US government
to refrain unilaterally from deploying space weapons. While there is
also universal support for a treaty to ban these weapons, poll results
showed more support coming from Democrats.
“What is striking is the robust consensus among Russians as well as Americans,
and among Republicans as well as Democrats that space should not be an arena
for the major powers to compete for military advantage,” said Steven
Kull, director of WorldPublicOpinion.org.
“The use of space for common protection is, in fact, far more important
for all countries under the circumstances of globalization than the pursuit
of national advantage in performing traditional military missions,” said
John Steinbruner, director of CISSM.
Respondents in both countries were asked: “how high a priority
should governments place on bilateral co-operation to prevent an arms
race in space”. A very large majority in both countries – in
fact 86 per cent in both the USA and Russia – agreed that it should
be an important priority. Respondents from both countries also overwhelmingly
reject the idea of preventively destroying another country’s missiles
that could be used in an anti-satellite attack. (Source: www.knowledgenetworks.com)
Facts and Forecasts
Sub-marine desertification on the rise
"Pollution of the air, seas and soil. This is the number
one hazard for humanity and is responsible for the ill health
of millions and the premature deaths of countless thousands.
A slow poisoning of the world’s population is taking
place throughout the world and only the extraordinary resilience
of the human biosystem allows humanity to sustain itself even
at the present level. Secondly there is the decimation of the
forests of the world. The results of desertification are well-documented.
This has a major effect. Desertification is adding to the problem
of pollution because with every tree that is lost oxygen is
lost to the atmosphere. The third hazard is the warming up
of the atmosphere, the so-called greenhouse effect. This will
have short-term and longterm effects on the quality of life,
including climate." (Benjamin Creme’s Master, SI
Most people are now aware that growing desertification,
which is caused by global warming, is a serious problem. Most
people probably do not know that there are sub-marine deserts.
The bad news is that, just like their land counterparts, the
undersea deserts, too, are expanding, due to global warming through
Whereas deserts on land can easily be seen, the detection
of sub-marine deserts requires the use of observation satellites
which analyse the colour of oceans. Thanks to an instrument called
SeaWIFs (Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor), a satellite
that has been in orbit since 1997, a team of oceanographers from
the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
have drawn a map of the major oceanic deserts and their evolution
over the last 10 years. Their analysis reveals an expansion in
surface area of 6.6 million kilometres (twice the size of France)
of biologically inactive ocean deserts. Researchers say this
expansion is “considerably faster than the forecasts established
by all recent models”.
Scientists have discovered that photosynthetic activity
tends to be reduced whenever the temperature of surface waters
rises. The hot surface waters do not mix with colder deep waters,
and this weakens the flow of nutrients carried up to the surface
to feed phytoplankton. Microscopic seaweeds are thought to trap
and hold huge volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
An accelerated depletion of the seaweed could weaken the capacity
of oceans to absorb the carbon dioxide, resulting in higher temperatures
than so far forecast by scientists. (Source: Le Monde,