Beginning in 1959, [Creme] was contacted by one of the “Ascended Masters,” who told him he had a mission to perform for the advancement of the Masters’ plan for humanity. Creme was instructed to prepare the way for the coming of one Lord Maitreya, a Master who would assume human form and begin preparing humanity for the advent of the Age of Aquarius — a sort of New Age millennium. The Aquarian Age would be a time of peace, plenty, perfect equality, and global governance under the Masters, via the United Nations.”
– New Age Roots, by Steve Bonta
“…From these existing groups (New Age plants) in all fields of work — political, religious, social, scientific, educational and cultural — will be formed a nucleus who will be trained directly by the Master himself. Gradually they will be called upon for help and advice by governmental agencies, and their effective power to influence governmental decisions will increase. THEY CAN THUS DIRECTLY LAY THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER.
Administrative and Governmental positions will be offered to certain members of the inner group who can then directly implement the needed changes. In this way a gradual transformation of society will be made…
The Hierarchy has plans already made and ready to put into effect. These involve the reconstruction of the world financial and economic
order. A group of high initiates, themselves economists, industrialists, and financial experts
of great experience and achievement, are working with the Hierarchy and have evolved a series of blueprints, alternative inter-related plans, which will solve the redistribution problems which are at the basis of the present world crisis. These can and will be speedily implemented when the need is seen and accepted, which acceptance will be forced on the United Nations of the world by the weight of a now informed public opinion. The cry for help and justice from the poor and starving nations will be too loud and too dramatic to ignore. THE STAGE WILL THEN BE SET FOR THE [ANTI]CHRIST TO MAKE KNOWN HIS PRESENCE AND LEAD MANKIND INTO THE AQUARIAN EXPERIENCE.
Not Raj Patel, 2010 (in his own words)
April 12, 2010 | 2:30 PM | By Steven W. Beattie
Remember the contretemps Quillblog pointed to a couple of weeks back involving a largeish number of people who had become convinced that Raj Patel, the author of Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing, was the messiah prophesied by the octogenarian Scottish mystic Benjamin Crème, leader of a group called Share International? Apparently Patel’s repeated disavowals of his messianic status did little to stem the “trickle,” then the “flood,” of inquiries as to whether he was, in fact, the figure Maitreya. So now Patel has taken to the pages of the Guardian to try to convince people that he is not a messiah.
I’d done little to earn the title of Maitreya, though I admit some parallels between my life and that described in the prophecy.
Have I lived in London? Yes. Am I interested in social justice and sharing the world’s resources? Indeed I am. Do I care about feeding the world? Certainly. Was I on American television soon before Crème announced the arrival of Maitreya? Sort of. On 12 January, I appeared on a spoof rightwing talk show called the Colbert Report. I’d also been on BBC World, CNN, Democracy Now and al-Jazeera before then, but it seems you can’t be a deity unless you do Comedy Central.
Not that my protests of not-being-the-messiah have been heeded. I wrote a short piece on my blog suggesting that, like the hero of Life of Brian, I was the victim of a case of mistaken identity, and that “you’ve got to work it out for yourselves.” This didn’t fly. I was reminded by my correspondents that the Maitreya would deny divinity. And when I suggested that I wasn’t the messiah, “but a very naughty boy,” others pointed out that this was exactly what Lucifer would say.
Patel points out that even Benjamin Crème has stated that he doesn’t think the author is Maitreya, saying in an interview that Patel sounded more like “that chap who does the cricket on the radio.”
In his article, Patel goes on to speculate about the reasons why some people might be prone to believe in his divinity. In times of social distress, Patel suggests, humans cling to a belief that one person will come along and make everything better.
Although it makes for great viewing, it makes for a bad society. Ultimately, tales about messiahs are bedtime stories steeped in power. They’re debilitating soporifics, inducements to be passive as we wait for social change because, some day, our prince will come.