The Great Approach: New Light and Life for Humanity [NOOK Book]


Avid readers of Benjamin Creme's writings eagerly await this new chapter in the unfolding 'biggest story in history': the gradual return to everyday life of Maitreya, the World Teacher, and the Masters of Wisdom. Known publicly for well over a century, these advanced spiritual teachers — the custodians of humanity's evolution on planet Earth — are quietly taking their places to live and work openly among us.

In The Great Approach, Creme carefully introduces the subject to ...

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Avid readers of Benjamin Creme's writings eagerly await this new chapter in the unfolding 'biggest story in history': the gradual return to everyday life of Maitreya, the World Teacher, and the Masters of Wisdom. Known publicly for well over a century, these advanced spiritual teachers — the custodians of humanity's evolution on planet Earth — are quietly taking their places to live and work openly among us.

In The Great Approach, Creme carefully introduces the subject to first-time readers as well. What is it like, he asks, for a Master of Wisdom to return to live amidst the cacophony and chaos of the modern, everyday world? Even if we cannot comprehend the immensity of a Master's consciousness, can we imagine returning to the polluted city after an extended stay in a pristine retreat?

The ninth in a series of books by the British esotericist, artist and author, this non-fiction work describes in simple yet profound terms the implications of this great event, not only for humanity but also for the Masters themselves.

In this potent book, we become aware of the Masters' vision of the rich and fulfilling life ahead for humanity that will result if we heed their counsel and transform ourselves and our institutions. It presents their blueprint for creating a fair and viable economic order and a world free from want and war.

We preview remarkable scientific advances including a new source of unlimited energy soon to be discovered, some of the revolutionary medical and environmental benefits that will result from its use, and the true role of genetic engineering.

We explore the possibility of people everywhere awakening to their true inner nature, beyond the grip of fear and conflict.

Within the near future, Benjamin Creme affirms, a new and expanded consciousness will gradually unfold. Commercialization and the thralldom of greed will wane, pollution and the scourges of disease and poverty will abate, and civilization as we now know it will be transmuted utterly. In explicit detail, he explains how and why.

The Great Approach is the sure voice of the future, written to guide and inspire us, to show us the nature of the time immediately ahead and beyond, to set us anew on the journey to our birthright, that of divine beings inhabiting a sacred planet.

Read this book and rejoice: an heroic future is ours to claim and build under the inspiring presence of the great Teachers who now walk among us.

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For almost three decades, Benjamin Creme has lectured to audiences across the world and has talked about miracles and messengers and the changing age.... Informed by the rich knowledge of contemporary consciousness, The Great Approach takes giant strides in illuminating the history and the presence of sheer glory.
Fall-Winter 2001-02
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011259890
  • Publisher: Share International Fdn
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,091,814
  • File size: 862 KB

Meet the Author

Benjamin Creme: a messenger of hope

Benjamin Creme, a British artist and long-time student of esoteric philosophy, has become the principal source of information about the emergence of Maitreya, the World Teacher.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1922, Benjamin Creme began studying art at an early age, developing into an accomplished painter in the modernist style.

He befriended and collaborated with many of the leading figures of the time in British art, music and literature. His paintings have been exhibited in a number of prestigious galleries.


Throughout his early years Creme also studied various aspects of esoteric philosophy, in particular the teachings released in the late 1800s through Helena Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society, and more recently through Alice A. Bailey. Although these teachings led him to believe in the existence of the Masters of Wisdom ― a group of perfected individuals who are the custodians of the Divine Plan for this planet ― it nevertheless came as a complete surprise to him when, in 1959, he was contacted by one of the Masters. He was told, among other things, that Maitreya, the World Teacher ― the Master of all the Masters ― would return in about 20 years and that he (Creme) would have a role to play in the event if he chose to accept it.

More than a decade later, in 1972, Creme began a period of arduous training under his Master's direction to prepare him for his coming task: announcing to a skeptical world the emergence of the World Teacher, awaited by people of every religion under his various names ― the Christ, Messiah, Imam Mahdi, Krishna, Maitreya Buddha. Creme's constant contact with a Master of Wisdom gives him access to up-to-date information on Maitreya's emergence, plus the total conviction needed to present this story.


From 1975 to 1979, Creme lectured, by invitation, throughout Europe. During his first US tour in 1980, he spoke to large audiences in many major cities. Since the early 1980s, his tours have included Western and Eastern Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and two trips a year through the US. He has been interviewed on more than 300 radio and television programs in the US alone.

Creme's books on the reappearance of the Christ have been translated into seven languages and are published throughout the world by groups responding to his message. He is also co-editor of Share International, a monthly magazine that focuses on the political, economic, social and spiritual changes now occurring globally. The magazine is read in more than 70 countries.

Benjamin Creme receives no payment for this work and makes no claims about his own spiritual status. These facts, along with his authenticity, intelligence and humor, lend credibility to an otherwise incredible story, and prompt dozens of well-known broadcast personalities to agree with Canadian Broadcasting host/producer, Max Allen, who said: "The Maitreya story is important and Creme is an admirable spokesman."

Since his first public talk in 1974, millions of people have heard Creme's message of hope, and many have been inspired to help make it known on a worldwide scale. "My job," Creme says, "has been to make the initial approach to the public, to help create a climate of hope and expectancy. If I can do that, I'll be well pleased."

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The Masters Return

* When you think about it, the return of the Masters to the everyday world, the Great Approach, is the most extraordinary event ever because it is taking place for the first time in 98,000 years. It is a climactic event not only for humanity but also for the Masters Themselves. Most of the Teachers have not lived openly in the world. They have been hidden away, sometimes totally alone, sometimes in a small group, meeting every 25 years or so and then going back to Their retreats.
* For years many of Them have been preparing Themselves, making sorties into the world, going down to the Bronx, Piccadilly Circus and Times Square. They have seen the horrors that we live by and among and for, getting to know us, and getting acclimatized to this cacophony. They have to take up this extraordinary task now.
* They have obviously a hard task ahead, but I am sure if you were to ask one of Them He would say: "In some ways, it is not going to be easy, but we are all looking forward to it."
* 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 only thing that will hold it up is ourselves. We determine the speed of transformation. If we want it quickly, it will be quickly. If we want to slow it down, we will slow it down. 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.

The Plan
* The Plan is not some vague, cosmic idea in the mind of a great cosmic entity, but something that has exact relevance to our lives. It has to do with right human relationships, and therefore with politics, economics, religion, science and education.
* 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. It does not take place in the abstract; it has to work out in this dense, physical world.
* Right human relationships come about when we recognize that we are one. It is the fundamental need for all humanity to see that the human race is one group--different colours, different backgrounds and histories, but one single group coming from the same source, all souls in incarnation.
* Since we are souls in incarnation, everything that we do, ultimately, is the result of being a soul. If it is in line with the Plan of God for the evolution of humanity, then everything we do as souls will be right for that individual and for his or her environment, which means everything and everyone else, both in terms of the planet and all creatures on the planet. At the moment, of course, this is not the case.
* Humanity is sadly lacking in all the requisite modes of conduct: in relation to one other, to what we call God, to the purpose of our lives.
* When humanity realizes that there is a Plan, that evolution proceeds according to a Plan, that it is a scientific process, people will begin to wonder about their part in the Plan. Then the Masters can give us Their advice, and we can see the good sense of that advice. It should be obvious to intelligent humanity that living in peace and harmony is more useful to evolution than living with war or the threat of war, competing all the time, one half getting all the goods and the other half getting nothing. That does not seem sane or logical, not a good idea.
* Presented by Maitreya,(1) I think people in their millions will turn to that kind of God, whether they call it God or not. People will turn to the ideas that are divine--brotherhood, justice, sharing, right relationship, peace, harmony, creativity--a world in which "no man lacks", as Maitreya has put it, "where no two days are alike".
*It is really about loving intelligence, intelligent love--self-interest, if you want to give it another term. It is human self-interest that will drive us to accept the advice of Maitreya and put it into effect.

The Avatar (2)
"His Grace already does embrace the world. His Love enfolds the nations, East and West, North and South. None escape the arrow of His Love. Daily, His Ray awakens men to their true destiny, and conjures anew their hope and trust.

"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.

"... A vast River of Truth is He, nurturing all who from these waters deeply drink. A Fountain of Love is He, enclosing all within His heart. An Avatar like none before is He, come to lead men into the realization that they, too, are Gods."

(1)Maitreya (pronounced my-TRAY-uh), the World Teacher, is the personal name of the Head of the Spiritual Hierarchy. He is expected by the world's major religions as the Messiah, Krishna, the Imam Mahdi, Maitreya Buddha, and the Christ.
(2)Benjamin Creme's Master, a senior member of the Spiritual Hierarchy,

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Table of Contents

The coming of Maitreya
Maitreya in London
Maitreya the Fifth Buddha
Maitreya's Television Interview
Recognition of Maitreya
'Rehearsal' for the Day of Declaration
Encounters with Maitreya and the Masters
Maitreya's Appearances to Religious Groups
Preparing for Maitreya's Emergence
Benjamin Creme as a Spokesperson
Transformation and New Approaches
The Energy of Destruction
Stock Market Crash
Ethnic Conflicts
Legal Systems
The USA in a Quandary
National Identities
Crime and Violence
Children and Violence
Environment and Pollution
The Planet's Environment and the Space Brothers
UFO Spacecraft
Beings on Other Planets
The Way Masters Work
Individual Masters
The Master Jesus
The Historical Jesus
Mary, the Mother of Jesus
Externalizing the Masters' Ashrams
Control of the Forces of Destruction
Different Levels of Light
Inner and Outer Light
Astral Light
The Atlantean Race--Wrong Use of Astral Energy
Educational Behaviour
Technology of Light
Genetic Engineering
Science and Religion
The Soul and Incarnation
The Law of Cause and Effect--Karma
Health and Healing
On Women's Health
Energy Healing
Awareness of the Self
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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    A brilliant introduction on a basic level for those who are unsu

    A brilliant introduction on a basic level for those who are unsure of esoteric happenings. explained in a simple and clear way. The emergence of incredible beings who are able to appear and disappear at will, create what we call miracles, but which are simply manipulations of divine energy.....what is really unfolding in our chaotic world is wonderful. How there is an astounding being who is being called the World teacher....who has come to guide us through this dangerous time in our history of the planet. So inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2002

    A time for decision. What choice will we make?

    Although it may be hard for some to imagine, I believe that there is help of an extraordinary kind in our midst. Our world is in crisis. We have a choice to make. Will we continue on the path of destruction? or will we come to our senses and save our world? This book makes it clear to the newcomer - as well as reinforces the information for those who are already aquainted with the emergence of Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom - that we have an urgent choice to make. Benjamin Creme has a straightforward, no-nonsense approach and he tells it like is. It is up to US to save our world. We will however, have help in that monumental task. It's difficult to comprehend at first, for some perhaps, that there are such men of extraordinary conciousness and ability in our world - who have not lived among ordinary humanity in 98,000 years. 98,000 years is an extraordinary amount of time if we consider that it was only 2000 years ago that Jesus walked among us spreading the word of the Christ. It's also incredible that this time the Christ himself has decided to return - not alone - but with a group who hold the Plan that we so greatly need. I think the key to understanding this information is to keep an open mind and consider the alternatives. If one approaches the subject matter with an open mind and an open heart many things may become apparent in an electrifying manner. It is not only a message of hope - it is a true inspiration of the potential that we have to recreate our world and live in peace and true joy - a great alternative to war and stress.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    'Take your brother's need as the measure for your action and solve the problems of the world.'

    In the long wake of New York¿s terror, few things could preserve my faith in humanity better than Benjamin Creme¿s new book. Affirming once more his title of ¿messanger of hope,¿ Creme presents with clarity, candor, common sense and conviction the ¿New Light and Life¿ for humanity in the years ahead. One may ask, yet: Is there any future at all for humanity after September 11? Contrary to fear and disbelief, and against the recent tide of pessimism about human affairs, the answer is an emphatic yes. And it is so, because no isolated action can reverse the ¿Great Approach,¿ the subject of Creme¿s book. A momentous, unprecedented event is unfolding below the threshold of media coverage: the coming together of the spiritual and the human kingdoms. As a result of this process, new and potent energies overflow the planet and condition human life in all its aspects. So powerful indeed these energies are that, if directed to evil schemes, they can produce devastating misery. We cannot get rid of them; only turn them into constructive purposes. To help us in this task, a group of spiritual educators are coming to the fore. Their vast knowledge of the law of causality and their radiant, unconditional love make them uniquely equipped to help humanity out of the present confusion. That is Creme¿s story, and as a story we may accept it or not. But Creme is more than a story teller. Profoundly concerned with the explosive social problems and the moral failings of our age, he issues a call for action: Let us put our house in order. Let us manifest the best within us by addressing the problems of the world. Eliminating hunger, distributing more equitably the planet¿s resources, educating all children and tending to the ill and the needy, is how we can establish peace, diffuse tensions, and disarm the hands of terror. Creme gets even more specific when he recommends the Brandt Commission Report as a starting point for reconstructing our ailing world. In light of this urgent call, we may want to see the New York tragedy as a pivotal point for readjusting our values and worldview. Starvation produces no less a violent death than any terrorist attack. Institutional poverty condemns children as much as the deprivation of a loved parent buried under the World Trade Center. And environmental pollution is, should we but realize it, an ongoing biological war against our planet. World service, according to Creme, is the most effective way to manipulate the new energies of ¿The Great Approach¿ and restore our humanity to its true nature. Service to the world is also, I would add, the proper reaction to evil and the definite answer to terrorism. If you are searching for a book to start the new century on a realistic yet inspiring note, you might want to consider ¿The Great Approach¿ first.

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