“I am Love without bounds. I am close to you. I am wherever Love manifests.
I am the creator of a pool of Love from which all men may drink.”
(Maitreya, from Message No.110)
British artist, author and lecturer Benjamin Creme died on 24 October 2016, aged 93, peacefully at home in London with his family around him.
Benjamin Creme was an inspiration throughout the world presenting his ‘message of hope’ about the emergence of Maitreya, the World Teacher, and the Masters of Wisdom. Maitreya has been expected for generations by all of the major religions under different names: the Christ, the Messiah, Krishna, Maitreya Buddha, and the Imam Mahdi. As a student of the Ageless Wisdom Teaching presented by Helena Blavatsky and Alice Bailey, Benjamin Creme brought up-to-date this ancient knowledge. Under the tutelage of one of the Masters of Wisdom, he dedicated the last 40 years of his life to this work. In response to his message, a worldwide network of volunteer groups, under the umbrella name Share International, formed to assist him.
Benjamin Creme was born in Glasgow on 5 December 1922, and early in his life, he found his vocation as an artist. As a young man he had a profound experience of the ‘Self’, the oneness and divinity of everything, which underpinned the rest of his life’s work:
“I found myself precipitated into a sense of identity with the whole phenomenal world: the earth, the sky, the houses and people; the trees and birds and clouds, I saw to be myself. I disappeared as a separate being, yet retained full consciousness, a consciousness expanded to include everything. I saw that this was the true Reality, that one’s normal waking consciousness simply covers this, keeps it hidden, through wrong identification with oneself as this body. I also saw this phenomenal world as a kind of ritual, a ritualised shadow-play, acting out a dream or desire of That which alone existed, alone was Real, which was also myself.”
In the 1950s he became interested in the UFO phenomenon, and from 1958 he worked briefly for the Space Brothers. In late 1959, Benjamin Creme was first contacted telepathically by his own Master. Twelve years later, in 1972, a period of intensive training began, during which his Master “forged an instrument through which He could work…. Everything I see and hear, He sees and hears. When He wishes, a look from me can be a look from Him; my touch, His. So with the minimum expenditure of energy, He has a window on the world, an outpost of His consciousness.”
This relationship gave the public, through Benjamin, continuing information about the emergence of Maitreya, as well as a profound and far-reaching insight into life.
In 1974 he introduced Transmission Meditation, a potent, dynamic group meditation, by which the Masters send spiritual energies into the world for the good of humanity. It is form of service activity now practised worldwide, and also provides powerful, personal spiritual development.
Benjamin Creme began to lecture in the UK in 1975, and then soon around the world, only finally stopping at the age of 91. His talks were engaging and compelling, envisioning a new world of oneness and peace, under the guidance of Maitreya. At the end of every lecture Benjamin Creme was mentally overshadowed by Maitreya, who gave His blessing to the audience.
From 1977 to 1982 Benjamin Creme transmitted to the audience 140 Messages directly from Maitreya at his London lectures. A member of the audience describes her experience:
“At eight o’clock Mr Creme announced that we would receive a message from Maitreya Himself. The room hushed; the lights were dimmed, and Mr Creme began to speak in slow, measured tones with long pauses which made it sometimes difficult to grasp the full meaning. The Message from Maitreya that evening was about the “Pool of Love, from which all men may drink” (Message No.110, 24 September 1980), which touched me greatly.
During the meditation, Benjamin Creme looked at each of us, and waves of energy flowed from him. On the first three visits I was able to see these energies, the first time as white light filling the room, so bright that the figures of the audience fell away, only their outline remaining visible, and Mr Creme was enveloped in a pulsating glow of light which reached the ceiling. Opening and closing my eyes did not halt the phenomenon.” Many people recall similar experiences during these blessings.
Benjamin Creme was the author of 16 prophetic books translated into many languages and was interviewed on hundreds of television and radio stations, particularly in the USA, impressing with his sincerity, intelligence and humour.
In 1982 Share International magazine was launched with Benjamin Creme as chief editor. It presents the teachings of Maitreya and Benjamin’s Master, demonstrates the relationship between the esoteric-spiritual and the political-economic domains, and advocates sharing as the only way to create justice, and therefore lasting peace.
Benjamin painted all his life, until he lost his sight in his late eighties. Under the inspiration of his Master his painting changed profoundly and became a way of expressing the spiritual reality underlying the phenomenal world. In 2015 the Benjamin Creme Museum opened in Los Angeles, to present both his art and its relationship to the Ageless Wisdom Teaching.
Although Benjamin Creme is no longer physically with us, Share International magazine and the worldwide groups are committed to continuing the work for the emergence of Maitreya with steadfastness and resolve.
Note: The December 2016 issue of Share International magazine includes a full obituary of Benjamin Creme and a detailed statement of the editors’ plans for the future.