“If reduced to a simple denominator, this Report deals with peace. War is often thought of in terms of military conflict, or even annihilation. But there is a growing awareness that an equal danger might be chaos as a result of mass hunger, economic disaster, environmental catastrophes, and terrorism. So we should not think only of reducing the traditional threats to peace, but also of the need for change from chaos to order.”
North-South: A Program for Survival (1980), first report of the Brandt Commission
During the World War, Maitreya was invoked by humanity, as people everywhere went through untold hardship and suffering, crying out for succour and liberation, calling on Him as the Messiah, the Christ, the Bodhisattva and the Coming Avatar. Coinciding with this, Hierarchy and certain groups of disciples (for example Alice A. Bailey and her co-workers, using successive versions of the Great Invocation), first invoked the Avatar of Synthesis in 1942, followed by the Spirit of Peace or Equilibrium in June 1945. These great Beings overshadow Maitreya, “and add Their extraordinary cosmic energy to His energy. There has never been an Avatar as equipped as Maitreya now is, because no Avatar has ever had such a task as Maitreya has today” (Benjamin Creme, The Great Approach). The World Teacher stands prepared to come forward, as the Embodiment of Love and manifesting Wisdom and Will, with the aid of His Brother, the Buddha. Both the Avatar of Synthesis and the Spirit of Peace work through Him, gradually transforming humanity into a unity and thereby changing the world.
Humanity seemed to be realizing that a new time had begun after the War, with the formation of the United Nations and the advent of the Atomic age adding to the general sense of urgency and the need for lasting peace. The mood of optimism and hope for the future was perhaps exemplified by the work of the former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. A seasoned champion of women’s rights, the civil rights of people of colour and the rights of refugees, she set out to further the Four Freedoms and the principles formulated in the Atlantic Charter, while chairing the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Her ability to co-operate with the other members of the Commission, (who were from different countries and had differing backgrounds) and her diplomatic steadfastness, helped to formulate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and have it passed by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
The development of nuclear weapons and power plants brought on another key factor of the Externalization of the Hierarchy: the work of the Space Brothers, who are still providing us succour by neutralising most of the harmful effects of nuclear radiation; and through their presence and teachings they gradually remind us of the true nature of our solar system. “All planets are engaged in one Plan, which also involves the Earth. Most people on Earth do not even know that such a Plan exists. It is the Plan of evolution for our solar system, which works as a unit.” (Benjamin Creme, The Gathering of the Forces of Light)