PREFACE by Benjamin Creme
The Great Approach: New Light and Life for Humanity is about the coming into the world of the Masters of Wisdom, with their leader Maitreya, the Christ, as World Teacher; and about the implications for humanity, as well as for the Masters themselves, of this great event.
The book is divided into three independent but related parts. It includes articles from my Master, my own edited talks, and a very wide range of questions and answers arising from these talks.
Part One, 'Life Ahead for Humanity', provides an overview of the background and history of the Masters and their return to the everyday world. In particular, it focuses on the events leading to the gradual emergence of Maitreya and to the Day of his Declaration. This will be an extraordinary 'Pentecostal' experience for humanity, and the start of the gradual transformation of all our structures and institutions. Part One continues with a series of questions and answers which point to ways of recognizing Maitreya before his true identity is revealed; his appearances to fundamentalists worldwide, and the creation of healing wells. This section also deals with market forces and commercialization, and through Maitreya's influence the creation of a just economic order. The environment and pollution are underlined as major priorities and the various activities of 'extraterrestrials' in ameliorating this crisis are revealed. It also covers his concerns for the problems of humanity, such as the divisions in the world, especially the plight of millions in developing countries, and it puts forward his proposals for solving these problems.
Part Two, 'The Great Approach', which lends its title to the book as a whole, deals with that most extraordinary event, the externalization of the work of the Spiritual Hierarchy onto the physical plane for the first time in 98,000 years in their role as teachers. This is a climactic event for the Masters themselves, as well as for humanity: they return to physical-plane activity, only now in group formation, in order to re-enact their own life expression in preparation for the Way of the Higher Evolution. This is part of the long-term plan of the coming together of the Masters and humanity, and the evolution of Hierarchy Itself as a centre on this planet. In their relation to humanity, the Masters, with Maitreya at their head, have provided a blueprint for the future of a brilliant, transformed world free from want and war.
The Ways of the Higher Evolution are so far beyond humanity's consciousness that we cannot conceive what might lie ahead for the Masters. For this reason, I have elected, unusually, but hopefully not irreverently, to treat this section of the book from a humorous stance, underlining how far beyond our knowledge that future is.
Topics arising from the article on the Great Approach include ways in which Masters actually work, both individually and as a group, and more on the work of preparation and its implications for those involved.
Part Three begins with my commentary on an article by my Master, 'Let there be Light', which was previously published in Share International magazine (December 1983). It deals with Light from the esoteric point of view, including the Light of Knowledge, the Christ Principle, Cosmic Electricity and the new Science of Light, which will transform our future. An extraordinary vista opens before us of awareness and discovery.
I describe our long evolutionary journey, and how each incarnation adds a modicum of light to the matter of our vehicles - physical, emotional and mental. The different aspects of light are discussed, and the Christ Principle introduced as the first Master, through the soul. The Light of Knowledge is released into the world by the Masters, so bringing us into the initiatory experience. This esoteric process is shown as the method by which we expand our consciousness to work intelligently with the Plan of evolution, and eventually to become a Master.
The Atlantean civilization is shown not as myth but as a reality of the human evolution. The great war between the forces of Light (the Masters of the Spiritual Hierarchy) and of Darkness (the Lords of Materiality) brought it to a premature end. This interrupted the evolutionary Plan, and led the Masters of the time to retreat to the mountains and deserts of the world, seemingly leaving humanity to cope on its own. Now, after 98,000 years, they begin their return.
One important aspect of the reappearance work which this book
does not cover is Transmission Meditation. This crucial part of the work was introduced by my
Master in March 1974, when the first Transmission Meditation group was formed in London.
Transmission Meditation is fully covered in Transmission: A Meditation for the New Age as well
as Maitreya's Mission Volumes One, Two and Three (Share International Foundation).
EXCERPTS FROM THE TEXT
The One Life
The Plan [of God]
* God's Plan is not a set of rules that you have to obey, but ideas which in themselves have an inner beauty, an inner relevance because they are at the very heart of the spiritual basis of our lives. When we aim at right relationship, we automatically create structures ― political, economic, and social ― which allow that to take place.
The Master's return
* Can you imagine when the Masters are actually working openly, known for what they are and advising the leaders of the world, the major statesmen, professors, educators, the great financiers and administrators? You can imagine what effect the Masters' advice will have on these men and women, trained in their own particular professions, with all the expertise at their finger tips, though sometimes an expertise that has led the world to the very edge of a precipice. That expertise will be turned to good, to the needs of all humanity, and will show an insight, a technological clarity and ability which will quickly, if we wish it, transform the world.
* The Masters will not push us. They will simply present us with the information and guidance and leave it to world public opinion to decide which way to go and at what pace. In this way, the free will of humanity will never be infringed.
* He will take up an invitation that he has received to appear on a major television network in the US, then in Japan. After that, all the networks will want to interview this extraordinary man.
* When enough people are thus responding to his message, they will demand that the networks of the world allow him to speak and develop his ideas more fully to the vast majority. Then the television networks will be linked together by satellite. This will be the most extraordinary event of all our lives, the most extraordinary event in history, like none other before it in its scope.
* He is not a religious teacher per se. He is a spiritual teacher, an educator in the broadest sense of that word. He has come to educate humanity about its own nature, to show us that we are divine, that in every single person is the divine spark which connects us with all cosmos.
* "From far and wide the representatives of the people gather at His side, and he endows them with a wisdom altogether new… His call for Justice, Peace, and Brotherhood will then be heard among the nations, avowing God's concern for the well-being of men everywhere. His voice will remind the peoples of their origin and destiny, and bring them, in trust, to the feet of God." (From the Master ―, through Benjamin Creme)
Rehearsal for the Day of Declaration
* Diana, Princess of Wales, at the age of 36, was tragically killed in a motor accident in the early hours of Sunday 31 August 1997. It left a nation and much of the world in shock. So familiar was she in her varied concerns for the poor, the underprivileged, the sick, and the innocent victims of barbarous landmines, that her death has evoked an extraordinary wave of sympathy and grief.
* The unprecedented response was from the hearts of the people, their love for Diana who gave so much love to the needy and neglected. Maitreya potentized that love by a tremendous outflow of his energy ― the Christ Principle ― to which the people spontaneously responded without quite knowing why. It was, as it were, a rehearsal of what will happen worldwide on the Day of Declaration.
* That is the day-to-day reality for millions of people, and we shut our eyes to it…. We have a solution that is so easy. Maitreya says we must see ourselves as one, brothers and sisters of one humanity under the one God. Therefore, the food, raw materials, energy and science of the world belong to everyone, and should be redistributed more equitably around the world.
Sharing, justice and freedom
* No soul comes into the world to starve; it is against the law of life.
Stock market crash
* Every senior economist in the world who has given an opinion has voiced it as a possibility, or even certainty in some cases, that there will be a world stock market crash.
* For America, the 'wilderness experience' will probably be harder than for anyone else because it has become used to so much comfort, so much overuse and misuse of resources… The developed world, in particular, has to learn to live more simply.
Environment and pollution
* Pollution, according to the Masters, is already the number one killer in the world. It so diminishes the activity of the immune system that people succumb to many diseases such as pneumonia, influenza, AIDS, HIV and so on.
The planet's environment and the Space Brothers
* They are so advanced that they can make the UFO craft, which are made from etheric matter. They create the crop circles as a means of letting us know, obliquely, that they are here ― that the Space Brothers are real.
are we here?
* The soul usually has three main goals in any particular incarnation, and it sets the circumstances and difficulties of our lives to bring out the qualities which will take us forward in evolution. If we run away from these and try to get round the obstacles rather than overcome them, we have to come back to the same point again and again.
The Christ Principle
Facing our problems
* The first thing, I think, is to make an inner decision that we will solve every problem, overcome every obstacle, before we try to go on. Instead of running away, we will try to solve it, give it our best to overcome, and if we do that, it will, by strengthening us, weaken every problem that we face after that.
* Never has there been a time like this. The people involved in the work can experience it at a very purposeful level, which gives them this inner happiness.
The Law of Cause and Effect ― Karma
* The hardship of life is the result of the non-carrying-out of soul purpose. We come into incarnation under the Law of Rebirth but also in relation to the Law of Cause and Effect, and hardship is a result of previous misdeeds, personal or racial ― we all share in racial karma… Every painful thing that happens is a result of wrong action in a previous life or in a previous phase of this life; the result of the karmic working out of that past ― thus freeing us from its cause.
The Master Jesus
Technology of Light
* It seems obvious that if the Technology of Light is going to give us unlimited power, heat and locomotion directly from the sun, and everybody has it, then no one will be able to own it, as today the oil sheikhs have untold riches under the desert. The Technology of Light is obviously going to have a powerful effect on the economy of the world. Nobody owns it, yet we all use it.
The Light of Knowledge
* There will be a dramatic increase in knowledge along many different lines ― particularly in the Science of Light and the nature of Being.
* We are individuals, each one unique. The only thing that could be manufactured by the engineering method is a cloned physical body. How long would a physical body last? How useful would it be without the soul ― and the energy, purpose and will of the soul - to infuse it and condition its actions?
* Genetic engineering will prove to be one of the most potent means of developing, for the better, both animal and vegetable forms and, in combination with the coming Technology of Light, will transform the use of surgery, making the transplantation of organs - heart, liver, kidneys, etc. ― a thing of the past.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Life ahead for humanity
The Great Approach
The coming of a new light
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