The Ageless Wisdom Teaching

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An introduction to that great body of wisdom which substands the spiritual teachings of all groups throughout the ages. Only by discovering the common wellspring from which all their faiths have emerged will men and women truly come to understand their spiritual brotherhood, as children of the One Father - by whatever name they call Him. Subjects include: the Divine Plan, evolution of human consciousness, the Spiritual Hierarchy, energies, the Seven Rays, karma, reincarnation, initiation, and a glossary of ...
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Overview

An introduction to that great body of wisdom which substands the spiritual teachings of all groups throughout the ages. Only by discovering the common wellspring from which all their faiths have emerged will men and women truly come to understand their spiritual brotherhood, as children of the One Father - by whatever name they call Him. Subjects include: the Divine Plan, evolution of human consciousness, the Spiritual Hierarchy, energies, the Seven Rays, karma, reincarnation, initiation, and a glossary of esoteric terms.
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Our purpose is to spiritualize matter. Esotericism is the philosophy (or science) of the evolutionary process. The Ageless Wisdom Teaching is as old as humanity itself and is taught by "men and women like us who have expanded their consciousness to include the spiritual levels."

These understandings are from this very small, resonant book by Benjamin Creme, who has been the source of Ageless Wisdom for some thirty years-in particular, he has given us information about the reappearance of Maitreya, the Christ and World Teacher. Reincarnation, the Law of Cause and Effect, the plan of evolution: "Over and above that material which has an emotional appeal for the masses is a very mental and spiritually oriented body of teachings given by the Masters specifically for the initiates and the disciples of the world, which acquaints them with the Plan, with their possible part in that Plan, and invites them to take part in the implementation of the Plan." The Christ, the Anti-Christ, meditation, spirituality: "It does not matter to the Self for one instant whether you are a Christian or a Buddhist or a Moslem or a Hindu, or of no religion at all; what matters is that you register yourself as the Self, that you identify with the Self, which is the same as God."

Thought-provoking, spirit-provoking, a dazzlingly incisive survey, performed with fine clarity. The question-and-answer format throughout is a delight. A more pithy presentation is not likely to come along for quite some time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789071484131
  • Publisher: Share International Foundation
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Edition description: SHARE INTERNATIONAL USA
  • Pages: 76

Introduction

In every age, or in times of exceptional crisis, great spiritual teachers have come into the world to enable mankind to take its next evolutionary step. We know them, among others, as Hercules, Rama, Sankaracharya, Krishna, Buddha, Mohammed and the Christ. Each has given a body of teaching, a central and common theme of which is 'right human relations'. For example:

Christianity: "...All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them..." Buddhism: "In five ways should a clansman minister to his friends and familiars - by generosity, courtesy and benevolence, by treating them as he treats himself, and by being as good as his word." Hinduism: "Do not to others, which if done to thee, would cause thee pain." Islam: "No one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself." Judaism: "What is hurtful to yourself, do not to your fellow man." Taoism: "Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and regard your neighbor's loss as your own loss".

From such simple teachings men have historically constructed complex dogma and ritual, willing to kill and be killed in the name of their ideology. Such religious intolerance has been, and continues to be, the basis for much of the discord and suffering in the world. When men and women of every faith come to understand that they share a common spiritual legacy, as children of One Father - by whatever name their tradition chooses to call Him - a new era of brotherhood and peace will begin.

This common wellspring of wisdom is an ancient body of spiritual teaching handed down from generation to generation, and known as the 'Ageless Wisdom'. As an esoteric science - meaning simply that it lies beyond the understanding or comprehension of the average person it presents a systematic and comprehensive account of the evolutionary process, in man and nature, from an energetic standpoint: how the universe came to exist, how it operates, and man's place within it. Esotericism, as it is sometimes called, is also the art of working with those energies which emanate from the highest spiritual sources. From behind the scenes, these teachings have guided and shaped civilization after civilization, leading to all the great advances in human endeavor, be they in the sciences, politics, the arts or religion.

The Ageless Wisdom teaching was first made available to the general public around 1875 by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky in her seminal works: The Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled. Blavatsky established the Theosophical Society to introduce this 'new' perspective on history and human evolution. The intermediate phase of the teaching was revealed by Alice A. Bailey who, from 1919 to 1949, collaborated with a Master of Wisdom known as 'the Tibetan'. Through a process of telepathic overshadowing, the Master Djwhal Khul communicated a vast body of information about the world and its future.

Since 1974, British artist Benjamin Creme has been the source of further revelations concerning the Ageless Wisdom and, in particular, about the reappearance of Maitreya, the Christ and World Teacher for the coming age - information which Creme receives through his moment-to-moment telepathic contact with a Master of Wisdom.

Creme lectures throughout the world on this subject and has given hundreds of radio, television and print interviews. Compiled from these lectures, his books have been translated and published in numerous languages by groups responding to his message. He is also co-editor of Share International, a monthly magazine circulating in over 70 countries. Creme receives no remuneration for this work and makes no claims about his own spiritual status. The main article in this booklet gives an overview of the basic tenets of esotericism and is transcribed from an interview with Benjamin Creme by Rollin Olson, which took place in November 1994 in Los Angeles. Readers who are new to this subject may wish to first review the Esoteric Glossary beginning on page 49 to familiarize themselves with some of the frequently-used terms. For those who wish to delve further into the mysteries of the universe, a suggested reading list is included.

"When you see and hear Me you will realize that you have known for long the Truths which I utter... These simple Truths, My friends, underlie all existence. Sharing and Justice, Brotherhood and Freedom are not new concepts. From the dawn of time mankind has linked his aspiration to these beckoning stars. Now, My friends, shall we anchor them in the world."—Maitreya, the World Teacher

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2002

    Much great information & advice, but...

    Ageless Wisdom, while recently sort of ¿owned¿ by the Blavatsky-Bailey-Creme school, includes the eternal and universal wisdom of the Christ, the Buddha, the Avatars, the Sat Gurus and the Sages, as well as the wisdom of the Holy Qabalah, the ancient root of Judaism and Christianity. It does not necessarily include the Bailey-Creme take on the ¿return¿ of the Christ. In fact, while Creme¿s work has extraordinary merit and certainly helps in preparing the world for what is coming, evidence has recently come to light that the real Christ will not come this time, but has instead sent a messenger. You see, as Jesus said, ¿there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, who shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that they shall deceive and seduce the very elect.¿ (Matthew 24:24 and Mark 13:22) That¿s why Jesus also said, ¿If any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.¿ (Jesus, Matthew 24:23 and Mark 13:21) That was not merely to warn us of imposters and pretenders. It was also to confirm that the person who would actually fulfill Judeo-Christian prophecy would not be the Christ, but His messenger. And there is much more evidence to further confirm that fact. For example, the prophesied messenger is the ¿bridegroom-lamb,¿ our ¿brother and fellow servant who has the testimony of Jesus.¿ (Revelations 19:10). He is also the messenger for the ¿Spirit of Truth¿ that Jesus said would come, to ¿guide us unto all truth, show us things to come, and glorify Jesus.¿ (John 16:13-14) Those biblical facts, along with many others, indicate the truth about today¿s messenger of God, who is not a superman, and not holier than thou, but a prodigal son of man who delivers the true message for the Spirit of Truth according to real prophecy. The messenger has no personal agenda and will play no other role. In fact, he prefers to remain anonymous and writes under a pen name. He fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah in that ¿the servant and witness of God will not make his voice heard in the street¿ (or in public), but sends ¿his work before him.¿ (Isaiah 42:1-2 and 62:11) He says the world does not need a savior in person to scorn and crucify, or to exalt and put on a pedestal, and no man should be tempted with such great worldly power or bear its responsibility. He says the world needs truth, and nothing but the truth, and submits that the new covenant of God frees us from sovereign authority or sovereign leadership of any kind. He says THERE IS NO HIERARCHY IN CHRIST, and he repeats what Isaiah wrote, that ¿besides God there is no savior.¿ (Isaiah 43:10-11) Considering all that, it evidently means that the hype being spread about Creme¿s Maitreya is convincing enough to deceive and seduce even very intelligent people. And, if he is actually a person, he unfortunately would be a false christ who shows great signs and wonders, just as Jesus predicted. Therefore, I will accept the new message from the Spirit of Truth, in which real prophecy is unveiled. I believe that while there are many claims being made about the existence or the coming of the Christ (AKA the Saoshyant/Avatar/Buddha/Imam Mahdi), the real truth has been delivered by the person who really serves the Holy One according to prophecy. Look for it, and you will find it.

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