December 5, 1922 |
|Occupation||artist, author, esotericist|
|Known for||Views on the second coming|
He asserts that the second coming prophesied by many religions will come in the form of Maitreya the World Teacher. Maitreya is the name Buddhists use for the future Buddha, but Creme claims that Maitreya is the teacher that all religions point towards and hope for. Other names for him, according to Creme, are the Christ, the Imam Mahdi, Krishna, and the Messiah. Creme says Maitreya is the "Avatar for the Aquarian Age" and is currently living in London since 19 July 1977.
At the age of fourteen, Benjamin Creme says he became interested in the occult when he read With Mystics and Magicians in Tibet by Alexandra David-Neel. From 1957 to 1959, Creme was the Vice-President of the Aetherius Society, a UFO religion based largely on Theosophy. In 1958 he personally met George Adamski and Creme says he can personally vouch for the authenticity of Adamski's UFO contacts.
Assigned mission by his Master
Creme says he was first contacted telepathically by his Master in January 1959, who asked him to make tape recordings of his messages to Creme. He first began to speak publicly of his mission on 30 May 1975, at the Friends Meeting House on Euston Road in London, England. His central message announced the emergence of a group of enlightened spiritual teachers who could guide humanity forward into the new Aquarian Age of peace and brotherhood based on the principles of love and sharing. At the head of this group was would be a great Avatar, Maitreya, the World Teacher, expected by all the major religions at this time as their "Awaited One"—the Christ to the Christians, the Imam Mahdi to the Muslims, the Messiah for Jews, and the 5th Buddha (Maitreya) for Buddhists.
Claims regarding Maitreya
Further background information: Alice Bailey#Teachings regarding Maitreya
Creme is a follower of Alice A. Bailey. He claims that, beginning in 1959, he has been contacted telepathically by one of the Masters. He claims to have received messages from Maitreya from 1975 onwards.
In the spring of 1982 Creme placed advertisements in newspapers around the world saying, "The Christ is now here". According to Creme the "Christ", whom he also called "Maitreya", would announce his existence on world wide television broadcasts. Creme stated in these newspaper advertisements that the Second Coming of Christ would occur on Monday, 21 June 1982 (the summer solstice in the Northern hemisphere). On 14 May 1982 Benjamin Creme held a press conference in Los Angeles, USA. Over 90 members of the media attended and heard Creme announce that Maitreya was living within the Asian community, in the Brick Lane area of East London. Creme stated in this press conference when asked "what if someone tried to kill him?" that Maitreya could not be killed because he is invulnerable. He presented the journalists with a challenge: if media made a serious attempt to seek Maitreya in London, he would reveal himself to them.
Creme has stated that when the "Day of Declaration" occurs, "The Christ will come on the world's television channels, linked together by satellite. All those with access to television will see... [His face]. He will establish a telepathic rapport with all humanity simultaneously". While the Christ is speaking... [everyone will feel far more love than they've ever felt before, that massive outpouring of love will cause] hundreds of thousands of 'miracle' cures [to] take place simultaneously."
Since Maitreya's plan to to appear in 1982 was postponed to a more optimal time, Creme has made a number of additional predictions and announcement of the imminent appearance of Maitreya based on his claims of receiving telepathic messages from a Master of Wisdom.
In 1997 Creme made similar predictions that Maitreya would appear on television and be interviewed around the world. This time there was far less media interest.
On 14 January 2010 Benjamin Creme announced that Maitreya had given his first television interview on US television. Soon afterwards several people in the USA, working from Creme's predictions, concluded that British-American journalist and author Raj Patel was Maitreya. After newspaper articles around the world wrote about this story, Benjamin Creme responded that Raj Patel was not the coming World Teacher in an article in The Guardian newspaper called "Raj Patel is not Maitreya, but the World Teacher is here—and needed."
Creme, who claims that time is now very near for Maitreya's emergence, does not receive any money for this work or royalties from his 14 books, and has for over 30 years given lectures around the world by invitation only. A worldwide network of volunteers works with Benjamin Creme to give his views out to the public.
Crop circles and UFOs
During an interview in 2006, Creme confirmed his views on the importance of crop circles: "The UFOs have an enormous part to play in the security of this planet at the ecological level. [The crop circles are part of] a new science that will give us energy directly from the sun. Oil will become a thing of the past. No one will be able to sell energy in the future."
Creme has explained how crop circles are made by UFOs in his magazine: "The crop circles are there to draw attention to the fact that the Space Brothers are there. They are amazing constructions. They are made in seconds by the 'ships' of the Space Brothers. They are complex and beautiful constructions which cannot be made in any other way. They appear all over the world but the majority are in the south of England. Why? Because Maitreya is in London."
Creme made a case for the imminent appearance of Maitreya based on his claims of receiving telepathic messages from a Master of Wisdom. Skeptics have ridiculed the story presented by Benjamin Creme, or have taken issue with the possibility that his predictions might have come true. Others have treated Creme’s story with serious interest and are waiting to see what happens.
Between 1989-91, Share International magazine published a series of forecasts given to two journalists[who?] by an associate of Maitreya, which Share claims came about with uncanny accuracy. These forecasts were purported to included the fall of the Berlin Wall, the ending of Communist rule in the Soviet Union, the release of Nelson Mandela and the ending of Apartheid in South Africa, the release of kidnapped prisoner Terry Waite, the premature resignation of Margaret Thatcher, and many more. These predictions were distributed as press releases and were included in a book published by Share International Foundation called Maitreya’s Teachings—the Laws of Life.
Some fundamentalist Christian Evangelical sources and other detractors have accused Benjamin Creme of being part of a satanic conspiracy and place him amongst a larger list of “antichrist potentials”.
- Creme, Benjamin. The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom. Tara Press, 1980.
- Creme, Benjamin (ed.). Messages from Maitreya the Christ. (Share International Foundation), 1981, 1986.
- Creme, Benjamin. Transmission: A Meditation for the New Age. Tara Center, 1983.
- Creme, Benjamin (ed.). A Master Speaks. Share International Foundation, 1985.
- Creme, Benjamin. Maitreya's Mission. 3 vols. Share International Foundation, 1986, 1993, 1997.
- Creme, Benjamin. The Ageless Wisdom Teaching: An introduction to humanity's spiritual legacy. Share International Foundation, 1996.
- Creme, Benjamin. The Great Approach: New Light and Life for Humanity. Share International Foundation, 2001.
- Creme, Benjamin. The Art of Co-Operation. Share International Foundation, 2002.
- Creme, Benjamin (ed.). Maitreya's Teachings—The Laws of Life. Share International Foundation, 2005.
- Creme, Benjamin. The Art of Living: Living within the Laws of Life. Share International Foundation, 2006.
- Creme, Benjamin. The World Teacher for All Humanity. Share International Foundation, 2007.
- Creme, Benjamin. The Awakening of Humanity. Share International Foundation, 2008.
- Share International
- Share International index
- Share International magazine, July / August 2009
- Niebuhr, Gustav. "New Millennium, Great Expectations." The New York Times, 20 July 1996
- Creme, Benjamin The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of the Wisdom London: 1980 Tara Press Page 11
- Barrett, David V. The New Believers 2001 ISBN 0-304-35592-5, page 347-349
- Encyclopedia of Esoteric Groups--Aetherius Society:
- Creme, Benjamin The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of the Wisdom London:1980 Tara Press Page 13
- Creme, Benjamin The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of the Wisdom London:1980 Tara Press Page 14
- Creme, Benjamin The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of the Wisdom London:1980 Tara Press Page 19
- Creme, Benjamin (ed.). Messages from Maitreya the Christ. Amsterdam:1981 Share International Foundation
- Creme, Benjamin Maitreya's Mission I 1986 Page 23
- "British Futurist Says 'World Teacher' Will Be Seen On TV Within Four Weeks". Canada NewsWire. 2 December 1997. "British futurist Benjamin Creme states that Maitreya—'World Teacher' for the coming age—will be interviewed on a major American network before the end of the year. This will be followed by appearances on other networks around the world and, within months, will lead to a global satellite hook-up where Maitreya can speak to all people simultaneously—in their own language."
- Benjamin Creme (30 November 2006). "Raj Patel is not Maitreya, but the World Teacher is here – and needed". The Guardian.
- The Tara Press (3 June 1982). "Advertisement". The Times. p. 6.
- R.V. Scheide (30 November 2006). "Signs of the times: Crop circles, weeping Madonnas and the strange esoteric world of Benjamin Creme". Sacramento News & Review.
- "Francis Wheen's Diary". The Independent. 27 January 1991. "Alas and alack, on the great issue of the day poor Mr Maitreya seems to have stubbed his toe rather badly. After Saddam sent his tanks across the border last August, Maitreya suggested that a mystical power and force in nature will make Iraq withdraw totally and unconditionally from Kuwait. In November, his message was unequivocal: The Gulf Crisis: Maitreya has made it clear from the beginning that there will be no war."
- "Kiwis prove to Aussies they're not that gullible". The Evening Post. 4 December 1995. "But it's not just the eruptions at issue. Benjamin Creme, based in London and a five-time visitor to New Zealand as ambassador for Maitreya, the saviour he claims is awaited by all religions, has extended the connection. John O'Donnell of the New Zealand Transmission Meditation Network said Mr Creme had told him the 5.9 South Island quake on Friday, November 24 had been caused by the fourth French atomic test two days before. Nobody has yet predicted plagues of locusts, frogs, flies, rivers of blood or other disasters for the fifth and subsequent tests."
- Ron Rosenbaum (15 August 2005). "Voices in Our Head: Where Is Good Old American Weirdness?", New York Observer
- Video interview with Dennis Wholey on "America!", 1997
- Video interview with Max Allen on "Ideas on Camera", October 1992
- David V. Barrett, The New Believers, 2001 ISBN 0-304-35592-5, page 349
- Books (Share International) by Benjamin Creme.