WHAT? ANOTHER SECOND COMING? by Tom Betz MAITREYA BUDDHA IS HERE. .and living in the Asian

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WHAT? ANOTHER SECOND COMING? by Tom Betz MAITREYA BUDDHA IS HERE... ...and living in the Asian community in London, according to Benjamin Creme, a 63-year-old Scots artist who also lives there. According to Mr Creme, he has been interested in esoteric philosophy since his early youth, and in 1959, he received a telepathic message from his own "Master", a member of the "Spiritual Hierarchy" that the Future Buddha, whose personal name is Maitreya, was at hand, that Maitreya and Christ were one and the same, and that he would have an opportunity to be actively involved if that were his choice. Apparently it was, because in 1972, Creme says, he began "arduous and intensive training" under his "Master's" guidance, to prepare him for his task. Since then, his telepathic contact with his "Master" has been continuous. His "Master" provides him with current news of the Maitreya's emergence, and the "conviction necessary to present that information to a skeptical world." Creme says he is one of five disciples in different parts of the world given the mission, in 1975, of publicly announcing the Maitreya's coming, although at the time he did not know when that would occur. Creme does not mention who the other four disciples might be. The "World Teacher" (another of Creme's names for the Christ) reached his 'point of focus' in the East End of London, and shortly thereafter, Creme 'received' his first public telepathic message from him. This began a series of 140 public lectures transmitted through Creme by Maitreya in London lasting until May, 1982. In 1978 Creme began lecturing in Holland and Belgium, and in 1980 he began to tour the US. His teachings (and rather incongrouously, those of late 19th and early 20th century Esotericists Helena P. Blavatsky and Alice A. Bailey) are now being promoted by a network of "transmission groups" around the country, including the a Los Angeles organization called The Tara Center. According to literature distributed free by the Tara Center, "In July of 1977, Maitreya, the Christ, descended from His ancient retreat in the Himalayas and took up residence in the Asian community of East London. There He lives and works as an ordinary modern man concerned with modern problems... His presence is our guarantee that there will be no Third World War. Nevertheless, it is humanity's responsibility to make the needed changes to fashion a saner and more just world. "When we have sufficiently demonstrated our readiness to accept His presence among us - and our willingness to rebuild our world along more just and passionate lines - the He will come forward to lead us into a new era of unprecedented opportunity and achievement... The reason for His not appearing immediately and working openly as the Christ is that humanity must choose its future, of its own free will." The literature also describes a forthcoming "Day of Declaration": "At the earliest possible moment, Maitreya will demonstrate His true identity. On the Day of Declaration, the international radio and television networks will be linked together, and Maitreya will be invited to speak to the world. We will se His face on television and hear His appeal telepathically. He will overshadow all humanity simultaneously. [sounds suspiciously like a James Bond plot, doesn't it? ;-) tb. The next line is the one I like the most--->] Even those who are not watching television will have the same experience. Every person will hear his words in their own language. From His point of omniscience and omnipresence, He will repeat, on a world-wide scale, the true happenings of Pentecost. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of spontaneous healings will take place throughout the world. In this way humanity will know that this man, and only this man, is truly the Christ." [Whew, what a party! tb] If you are curious about this event, and would like more information, the Tara Center can be contacted at PO Box 6001, N. Hollywood, CA 91603.

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