purpose in releasing this material was to further prepare humanity for his emergence and
to help us understand the spiritual laws governing our lives, primarily the Law of Cause
and Effect. Following are excerpts from Maitreya's teachings on:
Between 1977 and 1982, Maitreya
telepathically communicated fragments of his teachings to Benjamin Creme at Creme's
regular public meetings in London. A recurrent theme was the need to end the suffering of
millions of people who go hungry or starve in our world, which actually has a surplus of
food. This imbalance is one of the primary reasons why Maitreya returns at this time.
"How," Maitreya asks, "can
you be content with the modes within which you now live: when millions starve and die in
squalor; when the rich parade their wealth before the poor; when each man is his
neighbor's enemy; when no man trusts his brother? For how long must you live thus, my
friends? For how long can you support this degradation?"
Since that message was given in 1979, we
have been shocked by the horror of recurring famine in Africa and the ongoing misery in
other nations. Gradually we have come to recognize that world hunger is unnecessary as
well as immoral since it is due not to a lack of food or food production capabilities, but
to the social, political and economic injustices that produce poverty. It is the poor who
go hungry, whether in a 'developed' or 'developing' nation, and both domestic and
international institutions maintain and exacerbate that poverty. Thus the gap between rich
and poor grows ever wider; it now represents the single greatest threat to world peace.
Among the attitudes that keep these
institutions in place is complacency. Maitreya calls complacency the root of all evil in
the world. It leads both individuals and institutions to become estranged from the
realities of life, and it prevents us from finding effective solutions to our problems.
Complacency is ultimately self- destructive, and whole societies can be destroyed by it.
Maitreya makes clear that we can, if we
choose, change our ways and put an end to hunger and to the monumental array of man-made
crises we now face: "The problems of mankind are real but solvable. The solution lies
within your grasp. Take your brother's need as the measure for your action and solve the
problems of the world. There is no other course."
When we begin to follow this advice and institute the principle of sharing, peoples and
nations will begin to trust one another; once there is trust, there will be justice; and
once there is justice for all, we will have a genuine and lasting peace.
A new energy pervades the planet now. This
Energy of Equilibrium flushes out negative forces and then creates a state of alertness in
individuals. Under the influence of this energy more and more people will revolt. People
will not accept imposed solutions.
Suppression or repression will collide
against a growing awareness among the people. Where the people's voice is not heard, there
will be revolutions. This is not prediction, but recognition of an inevitable effect. The
same Law of Cause and Effect that applies to nature applies to human beings.
The new politics will no longer be molded by
the 'isms' of capitalism or socialism, but created from self-respect in individuals and
nations. Liberty, freedom and salvation will be the objectives of everyone.
The fact that 'all men are brothers' will be
increasingly translated into structures and practical programs that reflect this reality.
Nations can and will experience brotherhood, common goals and common aspirations.
On market forces and commercialization
The 'engines of war' have been switched off.
The cold war is over. But that energy cannot just disappear; it has to go somewhere. It
has found a new womb: the commercialization created by market forces. This represents a
serious new threat to the world. Market forces are the forces of wickedness, confusion and
chaos, and its children are competition and comparison. They have created social and
natural havoc. People have been condemned to death, literally, in the name of profit and
The new creed of the superpowers has become
'the economy,' which is the soul of commercialization. Commercialization is more
destructive than any nuclear bomb. The quality of commercialization is greed, which means
making money while others starve.
Commercialization has affected all nations
and will result in a final collapse of the world's stock markets. After this crash, the
first duty of governments will be to feed people with the right food. Their second duty
will be to ensure adequate housing. Next will come health and education.
In the new systems, social consciousness
will guide market forces, not the other way around.
crime, violence and drugs
Society as a whole is attempting to emerge
from its bondage, and the eruption of crime, corruption, drugs and violence are the
inevitable prelude. Crime and violence, like any problems, require a proper analysis of
The politicians alone are to blame for the
desperation of those addicted to drugs. If people are so straitened in life that they
cannot even eat properly, they will lead desperate lives. If people are deprived of a
future, deprived of nourishment, they will end up on drugs to help them forget their
desperation. And from drugs it is not far to crime.
Strong policing will be needed to crack down
on the organized gangs of drug producers, but it is not the answer to the individual drug
user. Drug addicts are suffering from spiritual starvation, from extreme self-alienation.
Life becomes purposeless and people want to bring their lives to an end, and so they
commit slow suicide by way of drugs.
If life has no meaning, then meaning is what
must be restored. For this to occur, it is necessary for the person to experience a sense
of his own worth. There is no substitute for dealing with the individual's internal world.
At the moment, prison is the only
alternative for violent and dangerous criminals. But the problem of crime cannot be cured
by sentencing people to prison. Eventually, certain judicial reforms will take place, and
minor or petty crimes will not lead to prison sentences.
When world tension begins to decrease, when
the principle of sharing begins to be implemented through a variety of social, economic
and political reforms, people will feel less threatened and there will be less and less
The environment will become the number one
issue throughout the world. This growth in concern is the result of increasing
Self-awareness. There is a link between the inner and the outer environment: the moment
you become aware of yourself this awareness then leads you to look into the outer
There are also connections between the
negative forces generated by humanity and what happens in nature. These connections will
be increasingly seen and understood as such. Many natural disasters are responses to human
The use of nuclear energy also generates
repercussions under the Law of Cause and Effect. There is a difference between using
energy within its natural evolutionary base, and manipulating energy. The latter
leads invariably to trouble because natural equilibrium is disturbed. A windmill uses
the power of the wind to generate energy. A 'controlled' underground nuclear explosion manipulates
energy, disturbing the earth's balance. This can and does result in earthquakes.
Human beings are linked to one another and,
in principle, a thought can be picked up by anyone, anywhere, in a moment. Nuclear weapons
are interlinked via both energy and thought formation. The energy behind all acts of
nature and all mental acts is one.
We will see a new equilibrium in the world;
both people and nature will respond constructively. People will be able to live in closer
contact with nature and there will be greater harmony. There will be no need for nuclear
energy: the power of the sun will be used. Because of the greater harmony between nature
and humanity, people will be happier, for to disturb the environment is to disturb our own
Maitreya says: "I have not come to found a new religion. I
have come to teach the art of Self-realization, which is neither an ideology nor a
religion, but benefits people of all religions and those who have none. I seek to express
that which I am through you; for this I come."
The Self alone matters. You are that Self,
an immortal being. Suffering is caused by identification with anything and everything
which is not the Self. Ask yourself, 'Who am I?' You will see that you are
identified either with matter (the body), or with thought (the mind) or with power
(spirit). But you are none of these. Mind, spirit and body are the temples of the Lord.
The Self experiences in these temples the supreme Being and Becoming of the Lord.
One of the easiest ways to know me,
Maitreya says, is to be
honest in your mind, be sincere in your spirit, and practice detachment. Any action
performed with dishonesty of mind, an insincere spirit and attachment is destructive. For
example, when you think one thing, say another, and do something which is different again,
you are lost. Honesty of mind leads to honest speech and honest action. This harmony leads
to peace and happiness. Without detachment there is no salvation.
Be what you are. Do not surrender your
self-respect, your dignity, to others. Do not allow anyone to cast his shadow over you. A
Master gives experiences, but does not cast his shadow.
Do not follow one another. If you practice
honesty of mind, sincerity of spirit and detachment, you will know me, you will know the
Maitreya says: Without disturbing anyone, I will choose my
Even when you see me, do not run after me.
If you run after me, you will lose me. If you parade me, you do not know who I am. I
cannot be monopolized -- I belong to everyone.
I have not come to create followers. Each of
you should continue to develop within your own religious tradition. Respect your own
religions, your own ideologies -- in brief, your own thoughtform, and you will experience
I do not want you to believe in me. I want
you to experience me.
If you take one step towards me, I will take
two steps towards you. I will lend you my strength. I am always with you.