The Art of Living: Living Within the Laws of Life

The Art of Living: Living Within the Laws of Life

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by Benjamin Creme

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Inspired by the writings of two Masters of Wisdom – the Master Djwhal Khul and, particularly, Benjamin Creme’s own Master – Part One of this book considers the experience of living as a form of art, like painting or music. To reach a high level of expression requires both knowledge of and adherence to certain fundamental principles. In the art of


Inspired by the writings of two Masters of Wisdom – the Master Djwhal Khul and, particularly, Benjamin Creme’s own Master – Part One of this book considers the experience of living as a form of art, like painting or music. To reach a high level of expression requires both knowledge of and adherence to certain fundamental principles. In the art of life, it is through the understanding of the great Law of Cause and Effect, and the related Law of Rebirth, that we achieve the poised harmlessness that leads to personal happiness, right human relations and the correct path for all humanity on its evolutionary journey.
Parts Two and Three, ‘The Pairs of Opposites’ and “Illusion’, propose that it is man’s unique position in the evolutionary scheme – the meeting point of spirit and matter – that produces his seemingly endless struggle both within himself and in outer living. The means by which he emerges from the fog of illusion, and blends these two aspects of himself into one perfect Whole, is living life itself with growing detachment and objective self-awareness.

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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. Training 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. Lecturing 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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Redl More than 1 year ago
The book was published in 2006 with the subtitle "Living in harmony with the Laws of Life" and it opens our eyes to the fact that beyond the Laws of Nature, which humanity has so passionately explored, also exist the Laws of Life. Mr. Creme describes these to be a functioning basis for a fulfilling and a felicitous coexistence. He describes life to be like a piece of art and in order to attain the highest beauty one needs a certain knowledge, which he here imparts. He conveys a knowledge that highly surpasses that which science offers: on the constitution of man, on man's special role within our planet, on our Divinity and on how we can shape our lives with greater joy based on the knowledge that man is both a material as well as a spiritual being. It is immaterial as to whether you experience yourself to be more a spiritual or more an earthly being, you will be able to read interesting facets that concern your personal daily affairs, the perception of your life, of humanity and of the planet. It is an enrichment and an inspiration to approach life actively and with joy. The book conveys the spirit of a joyful life that stands before us all.
peacegirl1 More than 1 year ago
Great practical advice on how to achieve a more balanced, spiritually aware way of living in the chaotic world around us. The information helps to create awareness of what we currently do and how we can change ourselves and the way we relate to ourselves and others, that creates a new way of interpreting life. If you really want to work on yourself to be the best you can, then read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For me, this book has been instrumental in revealing basic laws (or principals) that we are all subject to. It outlines ways in which we can live in accordance with these laws, and suggests that a much faster rate of spiritual evolution will happen than if we were to remain unaware of these basic laws. It has been a great tool for me, and I would recommend it to anyone who has any questions about the greater scheme of things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book provides a rich philosophical background for those who wish to transform their mechanical, survivalist mode of living into one of spiritual poise and creativity. The author reminds us that this process involves the acceptance of and working within certain universal laws, like the ones of Cause and Effect (known as Karma in Eastern traditions), of Rebirth (allows the application of the former across successive incarnations), of Harmlessness (relating to the world from a position of equilibrium, away from the extremes of destruction and imitation), and of Sacrifice (evolution proceeds through giving up a lower aspect of oneself to attain a higher one). He also singles out psychological conflict and illusion as two fundamental problems we will need to address for this transformation to happen. The material is based on his public lectures and talks, and thus retains the immediacy of the spoken word. Its full impact, however, will be felt particularly by those moving away from fixed certainties and embarking on a journey of self-discovery.