|As Maitreya's approach comes ever nearer, let us look more closely at the likely reactions to
His presence. In the first place, those who have worked to make known that presence may be
surprised to find the reactions of many more muted than they envisaged. Initially, this may
well be so. In starting His open mission, the Great Lord must tread carefully, not to frighten
away those He seeks to help. Therefore, a quiet note, but heartfelt, should be looked for. In
time, a greater urgency and force of statement will be appropriate, and trenchant, indeed,
will be His call to men. Expect, therefore, a growing emphasis, a sterner warning, from
Maitreya's lips. As time proceeds, His thoughts will find response of differing kind. Those
more traditionalist will find many of His ideas difficult to embrace, and will denounce them
in strident terms. Others, less hidebound, will consider and appraise them, and from this
group will He find many who will gladly espouse His cause. In growing numbers, they will
gravitate to Him and lend their voice to His counsel.
Proceeding thus, Maitreya's teaching will draw forth from men their highest aspiration, awakening them to the troubles and perils of this time; and also to the simple means of conquering for ever the problems and dangers of today. Thus will it be. Thus will men receive the insight and the leadership they yearn for, and thus will they call for the changes so sorely needed to the fabric of men's lives.
Of course, it is only to be expected that many will oppose the teaching of the Great Lord. Religious groups, deeply embedded in their own doctrines and expectations, will strongly disavow Maitreya's presence and ideas, and many unpleasant accusations will be directed towards Him. Nevertheless, many will be inspired and renewed in faith, and will give of their best for Maitreya's Cause.
The business conglomerate, so highly invested in today's crumbling structures, will react in one of two ways: those who see Maitreya as the enemy of all they stand for will oppose and thwart His counsel to their utmost effort. Those who see Him as the voice of the future, as the only possible way for men, will welcome and espouse His ideas, and lend their expertise to His growing support. Thus will the factions act and take their stand: for or against the future, the only way open to men.
The masses everywhere will follow their leaders. Gradually they will realize that Maitreya speaks for them, their needs, their aspirations for a better, safer life for their families, a future they can dimly feel is theirs by right, waiting to be born. Then will the world's peoples raise their voices in support and praise of the Great Lord, and call on His teaching to enlighten and ennoble them, and to lead them willingly into that beckoning and blessed future.
[This article from Share International magazine,
October 2001, is by a senior member of the Hierarchy of Masters of Wisdom. His name,
well-known in esoteric circles, is not yet being revealed. Benjamin Creme, a principal
spokesman about the emergence of Maitreya, is in constant telepathic contact with this Master
who dictated his article to him.]