On Saturday 11 June 1988, Maitreya miraculously appeared at an open-air prayer and healing meeting on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, and addressed the gathering of 6,000 people. Instantly recognizing the tall, white-robed figure as “Jesus Christ”, the crowds prostrated themselves, overcome with emotion. Photographs taken at the scene were carried by major news media around the world including CNN and the BBC.
The editor of the Swahili edition of the Kenya Times, veteran journalist Job Mutungi, witnessed the event. He wrote: “The tall figure of a barefooted, white-robed and bearded man appeared from nowhere and stood in the middle of the crowd …” He spoke for around 18 minutes and many of those near him were completely healed. He then departed as mysteriously as he had appeared: “Several people who witnessed this were astonished by his mysterious disappearance,” wrote Mutungi.
The following is a summary of his article as it appeared in the Kenya Times.
About 6,000 worshippers at Muslim Village, Kawangware, Nairobi, believe they saw Jesus Christ, in broad daylight last week.
The scene was at the Church of Bethlehem, where Mary Sinaida Akatsa conducts miracle prayers, praying for the sick, the blind, cripples, mad people, and the barren.
Worshippers were singing ‘Mungu ni Mwema’, a popular Swahili hymn, when Mary Akatsa interjected. She announced that God had spoken to her and told her to “await a miracle because a very important guest would be coming to give her a very vital message.”
Five minutes later, she asked those who were singing to stop as the messenger had arrived. “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus of Nazareth!” went the loud whispers from the crowd as they raised up their hands in divine welcome.
The tall figure of a barefooted white-robed and bearded man appeared from nowhere and stood in the middle of the crowd. He was walking slowly towards the new church building away from the tent. Mary walked with him, side by side. I stared at the stranger without blinking. Strange, sporadic light wafted on top of his turbaned head, his feet and his entire body.
In clear Swahili, which had no trace of accent, the strange man announced that the people of Kenya were blessed, especially those who had gathered at the venue that afternoon.
“We are nearing the time for the reign of heaven. But before that I shall come back and bring a bucketful of blessings for all of you,” the man said.
It took the crowd nearly 20 minutes to recover after the man left the meeting in a car belonging to a Mr Gurnam Singh, who offered to give him a lift. But it will probably take Mr Singh his lifetime to recover from the shock he got two minutes later. On reaching the bus terminus, the man informed Mr Singh to stop the car. On getting out, he walked a few paces beside the road and simply vanished into thin air.
Benjamin Creme comments:
1. The man in Nairobi was Maitreya. His appearance was in keeping with the crowd’s expectations of Jesus Christ, hence his bearded face and biblical robes.
2. The “bucketful of blessings” with which Maitreya promises to return is an allusion to himself as the ‘Water Carrier’, the symbol of the Aquarian Age. The correct translation of the Swahili word used by Maitreya is ‘pitcher’, not ‘bucket.’
3. The “strange sporadic light” emanating from Maitreya’s head and feet described by Job Mutungi are also habitually seen by those around Maitreya now.
[Photos: Francis Kaburu]