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by the Master , through Benjamin Creme, 12 November 2011
Many will remember the present time as a time of trial, of tension and upheaval. Actually, seen with the more discerning eye, it is a time of renewal, of preparation for a new beginning. Thus may men take great hope from the present changes. The past has had its day and is fast failing to benefit the race. The young grow weary and fretful from its long dominion, and turn to drugs and crime to ease their souls’ ennui and despair.
Meantime, the Herald of the New is quietly inspiring a new generation of activists who will emerge in every nation, mindful of the needs of men everywhere. Already, as you know, the groups of activists for the new structures are working openly and courageously in many lands, showing a new aspiration which is forming in the hearts of millions: respect for, and co-operation with, all, and an end to the old divisive greed.
Thus are men finding the blueprint of the future time, by renewing themselves in the simple teaching of Maitreya. Peace and Justice are beginning to take centre stage in the minds of millions. When men realize that sharing alone will bring these cherished concepts into being they will embark on a transformation of society beyond anything envisaged until now. Stage by stage, these changes will be adopted and tried out for general use. The pain and sense of loss of today will give way to renewed hope and satisfaction that the world is at last on the right path and thus experiments can be safely undertaken.
Thus will disappear the fear of change. Great transformations will proceed in ordered sequence as men realize the beauty of the new forms. Gradually, the old, divisive ways of the past will be seen as the mistakes of the past and die out, useless to the new unity.
The words and example of Maitreya will hasten the sense of the unity, which will more and more manifest the energies of Aquarius, drawing men into a synthesis unknown today.
At the present time, the Masters in Their various centres work through Their groups to bring about these changes with the minimum of social upheaval. Theirs is the task to empower change at an acceptable rate with evolution rather than revolution. This is not easy to do, for men, when young, are impatient for the new, and when old, are resistant to change. Thus the present turmoil.
Many await this time with hope and joy. Many more are locked in hopelessness and fear. Many are eager to see the future world free from war and destitution. Many more wait wearily for their burden to lighten.
Maitreya will awaken men to their destiny and free them from fear and doubt. He will free them, too, from the constant sense of alienation and distrust. Men’s long winter in the wilderness has prepared them for the simpler, happier times ahead.
A. 48 (As of 12 November 2011.)
Q. Has Maitreya appeared on Brazilian television again, since the November 2011 issue Share International?
A. Yes, twice.
Q. How did viewers in Brazil respond?
A. The response was mixed, for and against.
Q. The ongoing news of the Arab Spring is wonderful but how sad if the countries revert back to old ways of inequality for women. Already talks of Sharia Law are in the news and sadly women seem to be low on the priority list. Is this something that only Maitreya can deal with?
A. It would be sad indeed if Arab groups attained the present promise of freedom and democracy without extending it to all Arab women.
Personally I do not expect this to be the case, in for example, Egypt or Tunisia or Libya.
Many ‘liberated’ Arab women do not oppose much of Sharia Law, seeing it as rational and useful in many cases and they’re even prepared to limit their own freedoms if necessary. One has to remember that freedom for women in many Arab countries has been for long non-existent and that change takes time.
If we believe in democracy we have to also believe that Muslims have the right to make their own choice of laws. I have no doubt that some of the most severe aspects of Sharia Law, particularly as used in places like Afghanistan, will take Maitreya’s breadth of view to moderate.
Q. Currently what is the most important work that the World Teacher is carrying out?
A. From our point of view, the awakening of the spiritual nature of humanity to manifest and so to change the world for the better.
Q. The Occupy movement in the United States has been criticized by some people for not having a specific set of demands – which would pressure the US government to make specific changes. Others say that the Occupy movement is not a political movement, and that they are trying to create something new, and more broadly based to change society fundamentally. What is your view of this?
A. I agree with this second idea. There would be no end to the demands and therefore no action if that was the only intention.
Q. The International Atomic Energy Agency has recently reported that Iran is attempting to develop nuclear weapons. Do you think this report is accurate, and if so, what if anything should the world community do about this?
A. My information is that this growing assumption by America, Israel and other states, is not accurate. My information is that Iran is focusing its nuclear programme, as it says, for peaceful purposes only, but that they want to develop a system where they would, if attacked, have the possibility of creating a retaliatory weapon. They want it both ways – in other words they’re not creating weapons of assault but want to have the possibility of retaliation if attacked. One should not forget that Israel has nuclear weapons.
Q. You once said that karma is withheld until a person reaches seven years of age and even then it is mitigated until they turn 14. Also, it is only those people who are aged 14 or over who will be able to experience Maitreya’s overshadowing on the Day of Declaration because their chakras will be developed enough to withstand the energy. Am I right to presume that the age of 14 in both these circumstances is not coincidental and that the chakras have to be fully formed before karma can be fully faced?
A. No, you cannot assume that. The Masters see children as not fully formed ‘adults’ until the age of 14. The child’s brain would not be fully equipped to interpret the meaning and purpose of Maitreya’s message. This would inevitably risk causing fear, and/or confusion.
Q. What is the solution to the ‘gypsy question’ which so vexes politicians in various countries?
A. Gypsies are seen as ‘alien’ groups in their various countries, just as immigrants are. It is to do with protecting the ‘citadels of wealth’. Commercialization demands by its very nature the exclusion of those poorer groups who do not fit into the privileged realms of the money-makers. There is only one solution – the recognition of the oneness of all humanity and therefore the need for justice and sharing in all aspects of life.
Q. Some say that the gypsies should integrate and settle down to become part of mainstream life; what is your opinion, please?
A. In a democratic society gypsies have as much right to decide their own way of life as anybody else.
Q. The Arab League appeared successful in brokering a peace deal with the Syrian authorities but President Assad appears to be continuing along the same lines, flouting international opinion including that of the Arab World. What can be done to help the Syrian people?
A. There is a huge awakening taking place throughout the Arab world. Successful demonstrations of this can be seen in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. But each country presents different problems and therefore different solutions. The freeing of Syria will take place but it will take longer.
Q. I see Share International is just coming to the end of its 30th year. Congratulations! You still have no advertizing in your periodical. How have you managed to keep going all these years without giving in to commercial pressure?
A. We have managed to keep publishing because (a) everyone connected with the magazine works as an unpaid volunteer and (b) we are supported by the generous donations and understanding of our readers.
Q. Do you and your Master think your magazine has achieved some of its aims?
A. Yes, to some extent. We have tried to show the connectedness of the political, economic and spiritual changes that are happening in the world, and to reveal the relation of these changes to the emergence of Maitreya and Hierarchy.
Q. Will there be many Masters doing work in the world and possibly working in the political field?
Q. Can Maitreya and the Masters change their appearance at will?
Q. Are things going to change soon? Within the next couple of years I hope things will start picking up pace. Will they?
Q. In May 2011 a non-governmental organization in Japan began a project of removing radioactive materials in Fukushima by applying microbiological technology, and reported that, by the use of a multiple fermentation technique, the amounts of radiation and radioactive materials were in a short time drastically decreased. Were the decreases of the amounts of radiation and radioactive materials caused by the conversion of radioactive organisms into non-radioactive ones?
A. Substantially, yes.
Q. What is your Master’s and your comment on how Colonel Gaddafi died?
A. The Master has no comment. I thought it was brutal and inhumane.
Q. Given how, according to your information, the deaths of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden have been manipulated by the American government, can you clarify the circumstances of the death of Muammar Gaddafi?
A. It was exactly as reported in the media.
Q. How much longer do you think the European Union can survive the economic and political turmoil?
A. For some time but not for ever. It is most important that ‘Europe’ is not seen as one nation but simply as an economic union. Individual nationhood is sacrosanct.
Q. What would the effect be on the world’s economy if the euro collapsed?
A. Probably less than people think.
Q. To my mind the Occupy movement (which I support 100% as one of the 99%!) in London has created a distraction by being camped outside St Paul’s Cathedral. Surely the issue is social and economic injustice, corruption, profit being put before people, and not the location of the protestor’s camp? However, being outside St Paul’s Cathedral, London, is making the clergy think about their stance vis à vis money and ethical trading and investment; Jesus drove the money lenders and traders out of the temple: what is your opinion about the situation?
A. This location for the Occupy movement camp may not be altogether appropriate but it has resulted in an unusual demonstration of unity with the occupiers by the Church authorities, and anything which brings the Church closer to supporting the people is to be welcomed.
While working long hours in our new Share International/Nederland Centre in Amsterdam East, Adrie, Jos and I saw a dear old lady gesturing in front of the shop window. (In fact, Adrie told us later, she had passed by every day at the end of the day and always waved and gestured to him – with a thumbs-up sign or a cheering sort of wave and gesture. She had also asked him if he would lay such a beautiful floor for her, for 500 euros!) Now the office lights were all on and it was flooded with light; the walls and woodwork had been painted pristine white.
First she gave us a thumbs-up (just one hand) and said something which we could not hear because the door was closed. It must have been something like: “Good job fellas, place looks great.”
Then she put two thumbs up while giving us all a big smile, we returned her warm smile and waved back happily: “Thank you!”
After the last board in the floor was finally laid we all were very happy – a job well done. We cleaned up and left the place and went out to the Chinese restaurant next door. As we were leaving, out of the blue came the same old lady, and in broken Dutch she congratulated us all about how beautiful we have made the place. She said something like “My house! Beautiful!” And then she told us that she saw Adrie working all the time all day; she was full of admiration. Then something remarkable happened, she said Adrie has a beautiful heart and she touched his heart, and hands. “You are a strong, young man!” she told him. While she walked away there came such an exuberance of grandeur and joy while she waved us all goodbye.
Could you please ask your Master who the lady was?
A.A. and A.v.D., Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘lady’ was the Master Jesus.)
Prince of sharing
On 8 May 2011 I was sitting on the tram in The Hague, the Netherlands, with my five-year-old son on my lap, when I noticed a man in his forties on the other side of the aisle; not really well-groomed, sharing candies with children in front of him as well as behind him. The children were accompanied by adults. He was very talkative and cheerful. With his wild gestures at first glance he looked somewhat like a drug addict. But his eyes were radiant, soft and full of love towards the children.
I only caught a phrase here and there because my attention was divided between my son and them, so I don’t recall the exact conversation, but the event stayed with me nevertheless.
I think the children (and the parents) were amused but also somewhat surprised at his joyous and giving character. He got a comment about giving away his candy so easily, and he replied something like: “I’d rather have little and be happy and content with my friends on the beach, than be rich and unhappy living in a palace.” Then also a big bar of chocolate came out of his bag and he began sharing it. After some more laughter and comments about his sharing that I couldn’t hear, he said something like: “No really, this is who I am, seriously. I’ll show you!” And to prove his point he stood up, pulled his shirt over his head and uncovered a large tattoo that covered his entire back. It showed: ‘AQUARIUS’ (in an arch and in capitals) and underneath: ‘Prince of Peace’.
Was this generous man Maitreya?
C.Q., Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was the Master Jesus.)
Cycling along a main road in west London on 27 October 2011, I stopped at red traffic lights. I heard a voice to my left say: “Where’s your helmet?” I turned to see a man in his mid 30s, smiling and speaking to me. “I don’t have one,” I replied. “You may be a very good cyclist,” he said, “but the driver of the car behind you may not be such a good driver.” I nodded in agreement. He said: “For the sake of the cost of a helmet that could save your life.” I thanked him for his concern, he smiled a cheeky smile, winked and with a gentle wave, as a friend would, walked away. His eyes were the most beautiful clear light blue and he was fair-haired.
As I cycled on, now with extra care, I thought to myself “that was odd” and wondered if he was someone special, perhaps the Master Jesus. I came to another set of traffic lights and stopped at the red light; as I did so a Caribbean woman came out of an office to my left, stopped in front of me and looking in my direction said quietly to herself, “Jesus.” She then crossed the road.
I wonder if this was in fact someone special, and time to invest in a helmet?
G.P., London, UK.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man, and the ‘woman’, were the Master Jesus.)
On 15 September 2011 I was in the city of Paphos on Cyprus. It was about eight o’clock in the evening. I was sitting in a restaurant at the boulevard near the sea. As I was talking to my girlfriend, I was gazing at the people that went by on the boulevard, about 15 metres from the place where we sat.
Suddenly I saw a strange scene. From the direction of the harbour came two ‘golden people’, it was like they were walking in golden balls, one big and one small. The golden colour was the first thing that caught my attention. Then I saw that one of them was very tall and the other was small and could hardly catch up with the taller man, because he walked fast. It was like the smaller one was dancing in a quick way to stay next to the tall man. It all was a matter of seconds until they disappeared out of my sight.
I cannot stop thinking about it. It was like for a few seconds I looked into another dimension. The whole experience makes me feel very happy.
Can you explain what happened to me?
M.B., the Netherlands.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that you were taken out of time for a few minutes and you saw the Master Jesus and one of His disciples in the balls of light.)
In autumn 2011 I decided to go to Hebden Bridge to post a few Emergence Quarterly newspapers.
On reaching the train station with my husband, we were met by a man rolling a cigarette, looking a little ‘down and out’. He caught our attention by cheerfully shouting: “Have a nice trip!” As I turned to look at him, he caught my eye and raised his left hand. I am quite a shy person and find it difficult to talk to people about Lord Maitreya and even dread an encounter while posting The Emergence.
Was this encouragement or just imagination on my part?
L.L., Rastrick, Brighouse, W.Yorks, England.
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the man was the Master Jesus.)
I am motivated by the efforts of Occupy Wall Street and by those who are organizing, maintaining and attending this gathering. Their efforts are inspiring the formation of similar groups across our country and around the world. As I view a video about them, I think of Maitreya. I can “feel” his presence there. Many blessings to you and the world.
B.R., Wellington, Florida, USA.
Compilation – an excerpt
We present a selection of quotations on the theme of ‘Love in action’ from Maitreya (Messages from Maitreya the Christ), Benjamin Creme’s Master (A Master Speaks), and Benjamin Creme’s writings.
Now that My Presence is an established fact, I can see more clearly the problems of man. These are manifold, My friends, but stem from a simple cause.
Simple lack of Love is the root of man’s suffering today. Naught but this holds him from the manifestation of his divine potential. All of Godhead exists in man, but without Love naught but suffering ensues. For long, My friends, have you known this; many times before have you heard the need for Love. Nevertheless, that divine aspect is wanting in your lives.
I come to show you the simple Path to God through Love, to teach you the techniques of Love, the way forward through Love and Justice, correct relationship of man to man and thus to God. (Maitreya, from Message No.101)
By His release of the Christ Principle, [Maitreya] establishes in the world the ability to love. He galvanizes humanity through the power of that love to transform the world. This is precisely what He is doing now, from behind the scenes, and what He will do openly as He appears before the world.
Love is an active force which transforms. Love which does not act is hardly love at all. Love in action is the essence of love. It is an ability to love the world and all that is in it which is the capacity of Maitreya. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Three)
Consider a world without love; such hideousness appals the imagination. Why should this be so? Instinctively, man recognizes the need for love and soon will understand the need to love. He will come to know that love links him to all others in an endless chain. Tentatively, perhaps, at first, he will begin to trust. Step by step, he will conquer his fear. Then will he enter into that blessed state where fear has no place, where love sits calmly on its throne, bestowing its grace on all who come near.
For man, then, to live is to love. Fear, the usurper, must be eschewed and overcome. Trust engenders love and destroys that fear, revealing the god who dwells for ever within. Trust and faith are one, reflections of the inner divinity. Trust that divinity, allow it to radiate as love, and know the end of fear. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘The need to love’)
Goodwill is attainable. It is the level of the energy of love that should not be too difficult for humanity to express. In fact, many millions of people do indeed feel and express goodwill. That is not just being nice, tolerant and decent; all of these are the result. Goodwill is an active force. It is the will aspect allied with the love aspect. When the love aspect informs the will aspect, you get goodwill. If you think “good”, meaning love, and “will”, meaning purpose, you get good purpose, loving purpose. That loving purpose has to imbue our lives and create right human relations. Right human relations will free us from guilt and fear, will share the resources in the world and create peace. Right human relations is a priority of humanity, and Maitreya will make that one of His major concerns. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Three)
When you see Us you will know that the Brothers are men like yourselves but whose love is manifest. We will teach you the secret of love. In joy shall We take you to the farther shore and shall place you before the Keeper of the Gates.
All change is preceded by tension and tension brings fear. However, fear has no place in the heart activated by service and love. Don, then, the armour of service and envisage the future with joy. Welcome gladly the changes which must ensue and create together the Dispensation of Love. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘A time of change’)
The reappearance of the Christ in relation to humanity is fundamentally about the birth of the Christ Principle in the hearts of all humanity. That awakens the love aspect, and therefore sharing and justice, right relationship in a word, is guaranteed in this coming age. Right relationship does not happen by itself. Humanity has to make it happen. The awakening by Maitreya of the Christ Principle in the hearts of all humanity is the method by which His major work, which is on the astral plane, is carried out. This will galvanize the heart response of humanity and awaken them not only to the need for brotherhood but also to the actual expression of brotherhood, and therefore sharing, justice, peace and freedom for all people everywhere. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)
My Plans unfold, and soon, in full and physical fact, shall you know Me and, trusting, follow Me. Be not surprised if My words are familiar to you; many times before have you heard the need for Love. Nevertheless, many today stand naked of this divine aspect and perish in millions. Therefore, My friends, My words will resound in your ears: “Love your brother; heed his need; give of your plenty and restore joy to the world.” (Maitreya, from Message No.52)
[Maitreya] wants you to give your love to the world, and He comes to inspire you to do it, to awaken in you the love which is inherent in the heart of every human being, but which is frustrated in its expression, largely by the unjust political, economic and social conditions with which we surround ourselves. When these conditions are changed, the love of humanity, inspired by Maitreya, will demonstrate in a way which today you probably could not imagine, and will transform the world. (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach)
Here, then, is the cure for all the ills of men: demonstrate love that every man may share the Earth’s abundance. Demonstrate love that wars be seen no more. Demonstrate your soul’s love and bring that day forward when man will be united with man and God.
However he may try, man cannot live without love. This fact will soon establish itself in the consciousness of the race, and lead to events unparalleled in history. Shortly will begin a process of transformation unlike aught seen before: gone for ever the sight of millions starving, the daily heartache of the dispossessed, the everlasting travail of the world’s poor. Gone, from sight and mind, the threat of self-destruction, the unholy terror which has humanity in thrall. Gone, too, the lack of trust which curbs and limits man’s every action and sets him against his neighbour and himself. All of this shall man achieve by demonstrating Love. (Benjamin Creme’s Master, from ‘Love – the way forward’)
By My Presence, the Law of Sharing will become manifest. By My Presence, man will grow to God. By the Presence of Myself and My Brothers, the New Country of Love shall be known. Take, My friends, this simple Law to your hearts. Manifest Love through Sharing, and change the world. Create around you the atmosphere of peace and joy, and with Me make all things new. (Maitreya, from Message No.82)
We think of ‘love’ as the kind of emotion that people feel between each other. Of course emotion has something to do with Love, but at a lower level of the great cosmic energy. Love, which the Masters send into the world in its pure form, is the cohesive, magnetic force binding the atoms of matter and the units of humanity together.
The evolutionary aim is that we shall be bound together by the energy of Love and demonstrate it in our lives. Unfortunately, humanity as a whole does not do this as yet, but in the coming Age of Aquarius we shall manifest the quality of Love just as powerfully and clearly and correctly as today we demonstrate the energy which we call Knowledge. Our science and technology are the direct result of our ability today to manifest the energy of Knowledge. Two thousand years ago we could not do so.
The Christ came in Palestine to show us Love, to show us that the nature of divinity is Love, and He demonstrated perfect Love in a human being for the first time. In 2,000 years we still have not manifested that quality which He released into the world. Of course, many men and women have individually realized within themselves the quality of Love and have become disciples, initiates, and in some cases Masters of Wisdom. Through the demonstration of the Love of God, They have reached the relative perfection which the Masters know, a perfection that one day will be our own destiny to manifest. (Benjamin Creme, Transmission – A Meditation for the New Age)
I am with you in many ways, chief among these as the Embodiment of Love. This principle of Love underlies all Being, and without its manifestation, Life would cease to be. My Mission is to evoke the principle of Love in all men, and for those who are ready, to show a Higher Truth.
The means are simple: through Justice and Freedom for all, that Love can be expressed. Through the manifestation of man’s Brotherhood, the Source of All can be known. May it be that you will quickly see this, understand the purpose of life and show the way for your brothers. Thus can you take part in the transformation of your world. (Maitreya, from Message No.41)
The New Country is the name Maitreya gives to the civilization which it is His mission to inspire – as He puts it, “The Country I call Love”. Over the last 2,000 years, humanity has expressed the knowledge aspect of God; our present scientific society is the result of this expression. Over the coming Age of Aquarius, humanity will express en masse the still higher aspect of love. Through the implementation of sharing and justice, the love of God will become manifest and the Brotherhood of man an achieved reality. (Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission Volume Two)
May it not be that you have heard of Love before, yet find it difficult to manifest? Why should this be so, My friends, when your nature is Love Itself? Essentially you are God, and God and Love are One. Manifest That which you are, My brothers and sisters, and become the Gods that you are. There is no quicker way to God than through the manifestation of Love, Justice and Service. Serve and grow in Love, My friends, and realize your Godhead. (Maitreya, from Message No.106)
Goodwill is a dynamic energy. The energy we call goodwill is one of the most potent factors in changing world conditions. It is the highest aspect of the energy we call love which mankind is, generally, able to express. When it is made dynamic by the first aspect, the Will aspect, the Will-to-Good, it becomes a tremendous dynamic energy, and it is now changing the world. It is the goodwill of ordinary men and women everywhere which will change the world. They will lead their leaders into the new age. See yourself as a dynamic unit of goodwill in the world. Work with others. Join groups and work with others along these lines. The new world has to be made by man himself. (Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom)
Miracles flood the world
Brazil, Embu, São Paulo – Hundreds of people watched a ‘UFO’ above the city of Embu on 23 July 2011. Brazil’s Web One Television (W1TV) put together a compilation of footage of the ‘UFO’ from four different witnesses. (Source: W1TV)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the ‘UFO’ was Maitreya’s ‘star’.)
Argentina – Video footage filmed over Zarate on 26 October 2011 shows an intensely bright, flickering light which changes colour and form. (Source: Youtube: SergioMarinero1)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was Maitreya’s ‘star’.)
Mexico – Guadalajara, Jalisco: Hundreds of lights were filmed moving in a huge fleet across the sky on 23 October 2011 at 17.53pm. (Source: Youtube: Vimalor)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that these were 1,500 spaceships from Mars.)
USA – Five glowing red lights appeared in the sky over San Diego on 25 October 2011, and were seen live on the local CBS-TV newscast. The lights were visible behind a reporter covering protests against school budget cuts outside a school board meeting. “The unidentified objects soared into the darkness, eventually appearing to burn themselves out,” according to the television news story about the sighting. (Source: cbs8.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the glowing lights were spaceships from Mars.)
USA – NBC cameras covering the New Orleans Saints versus Indianapolis Colts NFL football game on 23 October 2011 captured footage of “a rod-shaped object topped with brightly lit dots”. After a commercial break the cameras at the New Orleans stadium were focusing on the steeple of the St Louis Cathedral when “a couple of lit objects seemed to streak across the darkening sky”. (Source: huffingtonpost.com)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the objects were spaceships from Mars.)
Norway – A ball of light moving at enormous speed across the sky from Smøla to Lom in Gudbrandsdalen, southern Norway, was seen around midnight on 18 October 2011. Eyewitnesses said the ball of light was multi-coloured, with blue at the edges and orange-red behind. The object lit up the areas it passed through.
One witness said: “It was very big, very bright and travelled at a very high speed”. Another witness reported: “It was long and wide and with much light in many colours, but mostly lilac. The light was so strong it was like a car coming straight towards you with the long distance headlights on.”
People also heard two strong booms, like deep-sounding bangs, which might have been related to the light phenomena.
A well-known Norwegian astronomer concluded that the phenomenon was probably caused by a very powerful meteorite. (Source: Opdalingen, Norway)
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the object was a spacecraft from Mars.)
Light blessing from the Master who was the Madonna
on D. P.’s photograph of B. B. and his son N. on a snow castle,
Light pattern photographed in Stuttgart, Germany, sent by S. L. He writes: “I arrived back home on this bright sunny day on 9 November 2010, when parking my car on the roadside, I noticed three magnificent patterns of light on the wall of the house we live in at present … and felt a strong blessing and happiness within my heart.”
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the patterns of light were created by the Space Brothers in association with Maitreya.)
There is no glory in war – an excerpt
Interview with Michael Ferner
by Jason Francis
Veterans for Peace, a US-based non-governmental
organization founded in 1985, seeks to eradicate war as a national policy.
The group comprises veterans from many eras and conflicts, including World
War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to their website, “Our collective experience tells us wars are
easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent.
Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary.” Michael Ferner is the
group’s Interim Director. Jason Francis interviewed him for Share
Share International: What was behind the formation of Veterans for Peace?
Michael Ferner: The group Vietnam Veterans Against
the War was created in 1967. A number of military veterans, most of them from
the Vietnam War, got together in the mid-1980s and decided they wanted to form
an organization that would provide a platform for veterans in an ongoing way,
not just following a particular conflict. What brought people together at that
time was a sense of urgency regarding US policies in Central America – using
death squads in El Salvador and Guatemala, and later, funding the Contras in
SI: What motivates a former member of the military to renounce militarism and campaign for nonviolence?
MF: What I have heard from a large number of our members who talk about why they join Veterans for Peace and what got them interested in opposing war is that they feel betrayed. We are taught in our culture that the United States is exceptional. If we are going to get involved in a conflict, it is only because someone else started it and we are going to promote freedom and democracy. When they get into the military a good number of people start looking into things they haven’t looked into before. They find out more about the real history of the United States and how it has been an empire for a long time and what sorts of things empires do. That starts to fit pretty closely with the policies that young men and women see going on around them when they are in the military. They feel they were told one thing in their youth – particularly about the military – and when they got in they began to see a very different reality.
Some of our members have been in combat. There are very few people who have been in combat who think there is anything redeeming about it. There is no glory in war. Our members realize that and want to do something to prevent additional conflicts and wars. And there are a lot of veterans opposed to what they have seen and done in the military who aren’t necessarily activists who are going to join an organization, but have some of the same feelings.
I was not in combat but worked at a Navy hospital for a couple of years, taking care of young men who came back from Vietnam. It’s an eye-opener to see what war is really all about. Eventually I became a conscientious objector and was discharged from the Navy. That is not uncommon among our members – to be so disillusioned about the reality of what they actually are doing and seeing that they don’t want to participate in it anymore.
SI: Are attitudes changing in the American public against the Afghanistan and Iraq occupations or even against war in general?
MF: We are seeing a very interesting evolution of public opinion. For the last few years public opinion polls have noted a general trend of declining support for the wars to the point where a majority of the population now thinks the wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are a bad idea. And more than just thinking they are a bad idea, the public wants to see the troops brought home as soon as possible. That’s a majority of the public, and depending on how you ask which questions, you get even higher percentages. So that’s something that has been slowly changing over the last several years.
SI: Could you comment on President Obama’s announcement that the war in Iraq will be over by the end of 2011?
MF: That’s a fantasy when you consider the fact there are some 22,000 contractors – including 5,000 armed mercenary contractors – that are going to be left in Iraq, plus we don’t know how many special operations forces. The Marines will be guarding the embassy, which is true of every embassy around the world, except for the fact that this embassy is by far the largest and will have the largest staff.
Also, there will be regular Air Force and drone flights over Iraq, and there are any number of warships within easy striking range. There’s going to be a military presence in and around Iraq for some time to come, and you can bet every so often the President, whoever it is, will find it necessary to bomb something in Iraq. Pulling out almost all of the troops but leaving behind some 22,000 contractors, including mercenaries, is hardly what I would call the war being over.
How we got to this point is a combination of the peace movement, including Veterans for Peace, and just the expense of trying to keep two wars and occupations going at the same time.
Current campaigns – Occupy Washington DC
SI: Could you tell us about some of the campaigns that Veterans for Peace currently have underway?
MF: The overarching theme of our efforts is to expose the true costs of war. We have 120 chapters around the country, and the activities that Veterans for Peace engages in are primarily at the chapter level. For example, in some chapters members have constructed temporary exhibits of crosses or tombstones, grave markers of some kind, for each service personnel that have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and laid them out in exact rows like in Arlington National Cemetery [the national war veterans cemetery]. The exhibits usually include information about civilian casualties as well.
Other activities include truth-in-recruiting talks in high schools, where our members talk with students about issues that military recruiters don’t discuss. We give students a more balanced view of exactly what the military is up to and what they would face if they joined the military. We also take part in community festivals and parades, and talk with people about the true costs of war; write letters to the editor; and encourage members of Congress to vote against funding for war. There are a variety of things that we hope will educate the public about the true costs of war so people will become more active in demanding better policies from the government.
SI: Could you tell us about the “Stop the Machine: Create a New World!” campaign?
MF: “Stop The Machine: Create a New World!” is the tagline that has been given to the occupation at Freedom Plaza in Washington DC. The initiative for this came out of actions that Veterans for Peace took during the last year. In December 2010 and again in March 2011, we organized a veteran-led demonstration in Washington where 100 people were arrested in each case through acts of civil disobedience at the White House. They weren’t all members of Veterans for Peace, but we were responsible for getting the ball rolling for those particular actions.
As people were planning the second protest in March, the actions in Tunisia and Egypt were just starting to take off. Some people thought: “This isn’t a bad idea. We should be doing something like that here.” So as soon as the March 2011 demonstration was completed, the planning started right away for an occupation in Washington DC that would coincide with the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan in October 2011.
Veterans for Peace was quickly joined by other organizations and activists in Washington and other places around the country who were interested in doing the same thing. And then, two or three months after we began planning for the occupation of Freedom Plaza, relatively coincidentally, people were announcing they were going to have an occupation of Wall Street – which began in September. Our action, which had been planned for several months, began in Washington on October 6th.
The occupation of Freedom Plaza is ongoing. Nearby, a smaller and very committed group from the Wall Street occupation has come down to Washington and is similarly occupying McPherson Park. The reports that I’ve received from people who attend the general assemblies every night are that they are getting more used to working together, working through problems, and coming to decisions on a consensual basis.
The fascinating thing about these occupations across the US is that they are not just about opposition to the war, or opposition to foreclosures, or people being angry about the fact that we don’t have a decent healthcare system. They aren’t about any one of these single issues: they are about democracy; they are about corporate rule; they are about people being fed up with having to pay the bills for empire and furnish the bodies, and the decisions are made by a small, elite group of people who don’t have the public’s interest in mind at all. It is really heartening to hear people say, “We’ve been getting the short end of the stick for too long. We need to demand that the government start taking care of business for the people.”
SI: From the point of view of Veterans for Peace, what is the connection between peace, justice and sustainability?
MF: One of the things we say in all of our literature, and just about all of our public speaking, is that we are working for peace with justice. We know the two are inseparable. There cannot be peace without justice. And there cannot be sustainability without justice. A very small percentage of the world’s population are reaping huge benefits and the overwhelming majority of the population are paying the costs. That injustice itself is unsustainable, and is one of the causes of our unsustainable society. We have to be sustainable or in the long run we are going to cease to exist….
Free green energy for everyone – an excerpt
Interview with Carl-A. Fechner
by Andrea Bistrich
Imagine a world community with its energy needs supplied 100 per cent from renewable sources – accessible, affordable and clean for everyone. That is the vision for energy policy in 2010’s most successful German documentary film: The 4th Revolution – Energy Autonomy. The film takes the viewer to 10 locations in the world and shows stunning images of dedicated people working towards ‘energy transition’. The message: an immediate shift to renewable energy is not only urgently needed but also possible – and already a reality in many places.
The main protagonist and inspiration is Hermann Scheer, on whose recent book Energy Autonomy the film has been based. Scheer, who unexpectedly died on 14 October 2010 at the age of 66 years, was a member of the German Bundestag, president of Eurosolar, co-founder of the International Agency for Renewable Energy, council member of the World Future Council, winner of the Right Livelihood Award (1999), the World Solar Prize (1998), the World Prize for Wind Energy (2004) and for Bio energy (2000). “The current energy system is over,” Scheer says in the film. “The new system of energy autonomy is on the brink of a breakthrough ... we are confronted with the biggest structural change in the economy since the beginning of the industrial age.” Andrea Bistrich interviewed the director and producer Carl-A Fechner for Share International.
Share International: Why have you called your film The 4th Revolution?
Carl-A Fechner: Revolutions are always national treasures. The first of the global revolutions was agricultural. Through the restructuring of agriculture productivity and profitability could be increased, which resulted in once nomadic peoples developing settlements. The second revolution was industrial which replaced much of the human workforce through the increased use of machines run on fossil fuels. But this period is over now and the risks we run if we continue as we have done are far too great.
The digital or electronic revolution was the third and was based on the invention of the microchip in the early 1980s. Computer technology led to flexible automated production systems which in turn radically changed whole sectors of the economy; the worldwide web is a global economic, social and cultural means of communication.
The fourth revolution, and this is what we claim in our film, is the complete shift from oil, gas, coal and nuclear power to wind, hydro and solar power. This transition to 100 per cent renewable energy is primarily an economic structural one, since it is accompanied by a restructuring of our entire energy production and will lead to massive changes in all areas of life. From centralized energy systems – giant corporations that ensure the energy needs of mankind with correspondingly gigantic profits – to thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions of small power plants worldwide, that are in the hands of local people. This means that energy can be generated where it is needed, with locally or regionally available resources.
SI: So do you see the energy revolution as an opportunity for our world to become more just?
C-AF: Certainly. What we regard as basic universal human rights – the right to food, clean water, education, to a happy, carefree childhood, and so on – are unequally distributed to only one half of the world. This inequality and injustice is further maintained through the current balance of power, especially with regard to energy supply. The decentralization and hence democratization of the energy supply would mean that the more than 2 billion people who do not yet have access to power and suffer hunger daily, will finally have electricity. According to the UN childhood malnutrition causes irreversible health problems and stunted development which cannot be altered however much living conditions may be improved later. In my opinion, to break through and to solve these issues we must establish a decentralized energy supply.
SI: Can you describe such a structural change in the global energy economy?
C-AF: Supplying our energy needs cannot only be regarded as a technical task. Ultimately it is not a question of replacing current power plants with huge centralized solar power plants which require massive technical and financial investment in the deserts, for example, and then transporting the energy via 4,000 kilometre lines to Europe. We need to move away from this idea; at present a nuclear power plant can produce 1,000 megawatts but the same amount of energy can be generated with 1,000 times one megawatt wind turbines or solar power plants or bio-gas plants or geothermal plants. In other words, to meet the energy demand we need to move away from a few large, expensive and inflexible power plants – which are in the hands of a few suppliers – to a multitude of autonomous energy systems: wind turbines, solar power plants, bio-gas plants and small hydroelectric power plants.
SI: In the film Hermann Scheer says that current vested interests in the energy sector will certainly not accept the transition to free, primary energy supplied by nature, without a fight. How strong is the political and industrial opposition to this change? Can we be optimistic?
C-AF: That is why we speak of a revolution. I believe we can be quite optimistic. But we must all campaign to ensure that this energy transition is made. The crucial point is to begin and to actually do it. This is also emphasized by Preben Maegaard, one of the protagonists of the film and founder of the Nordic Folk Centre for Renewable Energy. Through his efforts, Maegaard created the largest energy-autonomous region currently in the world: 50,000 people in north-western Denmark today draw their electricity from 100 per cent wind energy.
In Germany the proportion of renewable energies is steadily growing and currently stands at 17 per cent of the electricity supply. The changes are so rapid, that all predictions are constantly being overtaken. The conservative German government coalition have in the interim even tried to cut the proportion of renewable energies – that is to stop the phasing out of nuclear energy and to reduce the revenue opportunities as well as feed-in tariffs from solar panels. This has enraged many and shows that this government is obviously very committed to the large corporations. Yet you can see what is happening. With the nuclear phase-out, which has been ratified recently and is certainly a step in the right direction, the Chancellor is suddenly in extremely poor standing with her former friends. Friendship can end very quickly within big industry.
SI: The essential question after German withdrawal from nuclear energy by 2022 is: how do we replace nuclear power?
C-AF: As we withdraw from nuclear power, 23 per
cent of the energy supply at our disposition will initially have to be replaced,
although the 23 per cent of nuclear energy could be replaced with energy efficiency
measures. This very important aspect of reducing energy consumption is not
receiving enough attention.
SI: Would consumers themselves save a lot more?
C-AF: Yes, definitely – but by ‘consumers’ we don’t only mean customers – there are also the architects, the urban planners, the major power plant builders, corporate leaders who decide on tens of thousands of megawatts, and so on.
The energy revolution has enormous benefits for the poor, not only in developing countries but even in this country. In Germany we have had debates for three years as to whether our Hartz-IV rate [unemployment and social benefits] should be raised by eight euros €8 per month. In the film we show examples of how to easily save at least €40 to €50 per month just through energy efficiency measures. This sum far exceeds the additional income gained through the raising of Hartz-IV. This amount is a direct saving and remains in one’s pocket, so to speak. People need to become aware of this fact.
SI: It is often claimed that solar energy particularly is far too expensive. In your film, you have shown the contrary, namely that a lot can be economized. With such contradictory information, it is difficult for consumers to distinguish what is really true.
C-AF: Yes, that is correct. The reason for this is, as Hermann Scheer expresses it, “the fish reeks at his head” – because there are enormous deceptions at the top level. There is a tremendous struggle on the part of the energy sector for an enormous market share, and at management levels a policy of disinformation is pursued. Fundamentally, ways to save energy and costs are already available to us all: the first step is to change one’s own energy supply, and this costs nothing. Each household can change over to clean renewable energy by switching to green electricity providers such as Greenpeace Energy, Naturstrom or Lichtblick, etc. If you do, you will also be provided by these companies with excellent information on a regular basis.
SI: The Danish pioneer in the field of renewable energies, Preben Maegaard, had already founded a training centre in the early 1980s to inform people about alternative forms of energy.
C-AF: Yes, education is very important and just as important is “information for the heart”. Basically we have today infinite access to information. That is the objective level. But the information must also be seen to be of paramount value in order to take action. That’s what it’s all about. This is the basic approach of the film – from the heart to the head to the feet and yes, possibly if needed, even to the fists.
SI: You have been to many places in the world where inspiring, courageous activists and pioneers implement quite simple but effective energy concepts. How was your meeting with the economist and Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus in Bangladesh?
C-AF: It was a particular highlight, to meet this man – a wonderful person, incredibly disciplined and cordial. Yunus has a clear idea, and that is the move away from poverty, on which he bases his life and his entrepreneurial work.
But also all the others I met while filming – Bianca Jagger, Elon Musk, Ibrahim Togola, Matthias Willenbacher, Preben Maegaard, Zhengrong Shi and many more – I experienced as an incredible enrichment.
SI: Who or what has impressed you most?
C-AF: Since my student days I have been strongly influenced by the idea of justice. Thirty years ago, as a 26-year-old student of media education, while researching in Burkina Faso in a village for my thesis, I had to make my notes at night with a flashlight. That was a defining moment for me: the lights go out at night. This is still the case today and could easily change with a simple solar device. Hence the encounter with Ibrahim Togola certainly was one of the most important for me. Togola learned, as a trainee with Preben Maegaard in Denmark, everything about renewable energy and transferred the ideas to his African homeland of Mali, where he founded the Mali Folk Centre.
Meeting Hermann Scheer was also an impressive experience. He committed his life to his mission and was therefore always under the pressure of time. For our stay in Shanghai, which we show in the film, he had, I believe, scheduled 24 hours. There was the filming with us, then he received an honorary degree, then another honorary professorship and in addition to that he gave a speech….
United for Global Change – demonstrations worldwide
Under the slogan ‘It’s time for them to listen. It’s time for us to unite,’ the United for Global Change movement launched a worldwide protest on 15 October 2011. Inspired by the Arab Spring, the Spanish ‘indignants’, the Greek protests and the Occupy Wall Street movements, global demonstrations were held in more than 950 cities in 82 countries, with the largest in Madrid which numbered half a million. Other cities involved were Auckland, Sydney, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo, São Paulo, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, Helsinki, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver. In Zurich, Switzerland’s financial hub, protesters carried banners reading ‘We won’t bail you out yet again’ and ‘We are the 99%.’
The demonstrations in Spain took place in more than 80 cities. In a peaceful and joyful mood more than a million people took to the streets all over the country. Madrid was at the forefront with 500,000 people in a march that ended at the Puerta del Sol Square, followed by Barcelona with 350,000, Valencia 100,000 and Seville 50,000. Among the various slogans in addition to the main one, ‘United for Global Change’ one could see: ‘Against Global Capitalism: Social Revolution’, ‘Global Change, Social Justice’, ‘We are the 99%’, ‘People of the World: RISE UP!’
In Latin America events took place in most countries, including Chile, Brazil, Argentina, México, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay and Honduras. In Chile, 36 cities held protests, with the largest in the capital city of Santiago, with 100,000 people. Their various slogans were: ‘Think globally, act locally’, ‘Create another world!’, ‘The priorities of an advanced society should be equity, progress and solidarity’.
In Italy, thousands of protestors were caught up in riots in Rome, but later, the Italian Occupy movement, Accampata Roma, peacefully occupied the Santa Croce in Gerusalemme Square in Rome.
In Frankfurt, Germany, 5,000 people protested at the European Central Bank and in Berlin 10,000 gathered at the Neptune Fountain in Alexanderplatz and marched towards the Brandenburger Tor and Kanzleramt, the seat of the federal government.
On 12 November 2011, police reported peaceful protests near the headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, and that “several thousand” people took to the streets of Berlin; organizers of the protests claimed that turnout was around 8,000 in Berlin and 10,000 in Frankfurt.
On 15 October Slovenians gathered on Congress Square in the capital, Ljubljana, to protest against greed, corruption and capitalism in general. They later moved to Ljubljana Stock Exchange where an assembly was called, and protestors set up camp.
In London on 15 October, thousands of protestors were prevented from occupying the London Stock Exchange but 250 of them camped overnight beside St Paul’s Cathedral, and have since become well-established. Demonstrators also made camps in cities around the UK including Bristol, Birmingham, Brighton, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Rawaal El Saadawi, prominent Egyptian activist and author, recently visited the Occupy London camp. “This is a global revolution,” she said. “We all inhabit the same world – one world, not three separate worlds. To me, this feels like I am in Tahrir Square. Someone made a City of Westminster street sign that reads ‘Tahrir Square’. When I saw that, I had to smile. I am dreaming of one world. One world that revolts against exploitation, capitalism, racism, patriarchy, colonialism. Being here is like living a dream…. We have the same goal. We are speaking out against inequality, against the divide between the poor and the rich or between Christians and Muslims. We must stand against inequality, and that is what unites us.”
Describing the 15 October demonstration in Paris, the Huffington Post website reported: “In Paris, marchers shook their fists and shouted as they passed the city’s historic stock exchange, before congregating by the hundreds outside the ornate City Hall.” Protestors shouted: “Stand up Paris! Rise Up! Sharing will save the world!”
On 4 November 2011, around 500 French protestors set up camp at La Défense, the business district near Paris. Inspired by Spain’s ‘indignants’ and Occupy Wall Street, Les Indignés are protesting against the current global financial system and are refusing to pay for the debt accrued by the financial crisis. “The goal is to set up camp and stay as long as possible,” the organisers state on their website ‘Occupons la Défense’. Clashes with police occurred, tents were confiscated and several people were injured, but protestors say they are even more indignant, and even more determined to stay. “We’re not stupid; we know that if we stay, we’ll get arrested. But sometimes you have to take risks for a good cause”, said one protestor.
“One day the French public is going to wake up, they’re going to wake up to the fact that we’re the 99%. They’ll realize that we can’t allow just 1% per cent to decide on our future and our spending” said a protestor called Julie.
Since then, their camp has been torn down almost daily by police and even blankets and food have been confiscated and they have been sleeping outdoors under low temperatures.
French socialist Monique Dagnaud says the global ‘indignant’ movement is here to stay: “They’re largely young, educated, and desperate to demonstrate their resentment for a society which they deem elitist and corrupt. They all operate in a similar way – they occupy symbolic squares and streets for a prolonged period; they’re hugely active on social networks; they don’t have a group leader; tasks are shared out and decisions made unanimously.”
Occupy Wall Street:
“The New Progressive Age has begun”
The actions of a small group of protesters in Zuccotti Park in New York City has produced a chain reaction, creating hundreds of occupations across the United States, and many others throughout the world. The movement Occupy Wall Street engendered has become front page news and their concerns have not only struck a responsive chord but have become part of the public debate.
Their slogan “We are the 99%” highlights their foremost theme: that our political and economic systems have failed for the vast majority of people. Huge disparities in income are widening and will continue as long as the 1 per cent’s political influence and unjust economic practices continue.
Public opinion is starting to change on these issues. According to a New York Times/CBS poll, 66 per cent of Americans said the nation’s wealth should be more evenly distributed. Another poll shows that a majority also believe that an increase in taxes on the rich is justified and necessary. The US Congressional Budget Office reported that the top 1 per cent of income earners in the US now receive 20 per cent of the nation’s income, up from 9 per cent in the late 1970s. Th2is report became a major front page news story in the leading newspapers in the country, which would have been unheard of just a few months ago.
The community that developed at Occupy Wall Street has begun to reflect the kind of society the group would like to create. Libraries, kitchens, barter markets, teach-ins, and general assemblies to make decisions, have evolved since the first days of the protest.
Employee unions and environmental groups have begun to strongly support the Occupy movement throughout the US – from providing tents and cash donations to joining in Occupy protests. In turn, Occupy protesters have joined union marches and picket lines as well as environmental protests.
The success of the Occupy Wall Street movement may depend on its ability to establish roots, to maintain a presence over the long haul. The Occupy movement has sparked a global conversation on the most important issues of the day. As Stephen Eric Bronner, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University stated: “Certain times require a spark: not merely to ignite action but to foster some sense of historical understanding. This is one of those moments and Occupy Wall Street struck the match.”
Says economist Jeffrey Sachs in “The New Progressive Movement,” an op-ed article for the New York Times: “Occupy Wall Street and its allied movements around the country are more than a walk in the park. They are most likely the start of a new era in America.” He concludes by saying: “Those who think that the cold weather will end the protests should think again. A new generation of leaders is just getting started. The new progressive age has begun.”