The World Teacher: Who is this Maitreya?

Most religions have a redemptive figure…a man or spirit destined to appear on Earth at a time undisclosed, to save us from this wicked place or to teach us harmony that we’ve been unsuccessful in achieving on our own.  For Christians, Christ will return to smite the wicked.  In Islam, it is the Imam Mahdi.  For the Jewish there is an impending Messiah, in Hinduism there is the Kalki avatar of Vishnu, and for Buddhists, it is Maitreya.

But what if someone claimed that there is a man, walking the Earth today, who is all of these figures in one, sent to bring peace and enlightenment to the world?  What if he claimed that this man was called Maitreya, The World Teacher, and that he is currently living in the Asian community in London, in the Bangladeshi Brick Lane area? Creme, a Scottish born artist and author, claims that the above questions are true.  Maitreya is here, and he will soon make his existence known to the world in the form of signs and wonders, and then in the flesh.

Throughout his life as an artist, Creme became fascinated with the works of Helena Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society, as well as Madame Blavatsky’s successor, Alice A. Bailey.  The Theosophical Society told of a group of Masters who held the answers to all of life’s great mysteries; perfected individuals who are the custodians of the Divine Plan for this planet.  In 1959, Creme claims that he was visited by one of these Masters, and was told that the Maitreya would return to Earth in 20 years time.  He was also told that he would have a role to play in the events surrounding the Maitreya unveiling.

In 1972, he began his work as a student of the Masters, preparing himself to become the spokesperson for this revelation.  According to his 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.

Under the banner of an organization called Look At This, Mr. Creme publishes books and manages a web site, proclaiming this World Teacher, spreading his message, and telling people to get ready for his appearance.  They do not attach him to any one religion.  If fact, they claim that this Maitreya is simply here to bring peace and understanding to the world, and that he will come for those of all faiths, or no faith at all.

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Share International Claims that this is the miraculous manifestation of Maitreya's Hand print. According to the organization, "We have a photograph of the ‘hand’ of Maitreya. Get a copy of that ‘hand’ and invoke His help. Look at the hand and ask Him through the hand. Ask Maitreya whatever it is you need help for. That is all you need to do if you want help."

In an interview with the New York Times, Creme is quoted as saying that Maitreya left his abode in the Himalaya Mountains in a “self-created” human body to travel to London on July 19, 1977, where he has since lived in the South Asian immigrant community, preparing for a “Day of Declaration,” in which he will reveal himself via global television and teach the building of a new civilization for the benefit of all.

Maitreya in Kenya with Christian minister.

Maitreya has supposedly already made a number of impromptu personal appearances around the globe.  The most cited case was in Kenya, where he apparently materialized out of thin air at a Christian revival service.  He spoke to the crowd and performed miraculous healings, and then vanished as mysteriously as he had appeared.

The following video lays out the beliefs of Share International and Benjamin Creme.  There is also a bit on his Kenya manifestation:

“In the very near future, people everywhere will have the opportunity to witness an extraordinary and significant sign, the like of which has been manifested only once before, at the birth of Jesus. Then, according to Christian teaching, a star appeared in the heavens and led three wise men from the East to the birthplace of Jesus. Soon, once again, a star-like luminary of brilliant power will be seen around the world.” (Benjamin Creme’s Master, ‘Maitreya’s first interview’, SI Jan/Feb 2009)

Believers in this World Teacher say that we will know when the time is near, because a bright and brilliant star will appear in the sky.  It is a phenomenon they say has only happened once before…when the star of Bethlehem led the three Wise Men to the manger where Jesus was born.  This new star will herald the emergence of the Maitreya from behind the scenes to a more open existence.

Maitreya has told his followers, through the prophetic words of Benjamin Creme, that soon we will all see him appear on a world wide broadcast, where his face will fill the homes of every one on the planet.  He will speak of justice and brotherhood, and communicate with people on a telepathic level.  At this time, he will not announce himself as Maitreya, but some may recognize him.  After more signs and miracles, eventually Maitreya will make his existence known to everyone, and a new age of harmony and fellowship will begin.  Actually, some claim to have already seen this star, and Maitreya apparently has confirmed these sightings as genuine.  From the Share International web site:

On 12 December 2008 Share International distributed a news release announcing that in the very near future a large, bright star would appear in the sky visible throughout the world, night and day, heralding the imminent appearance of Maitreya in His first interview on a major US television programme. Since early January 2009 sightings of the star have been reported all over the world and hundreds of sightings have been sent to Share International. We include a selection of the latest reports from the media, Share International readers, and sightings from YouTube. All are genuine sightings confirmed by Benjamin Creme’s Master to be the ‘star’.

So, if the star has already appeared, is it now time to expect Maitreya to reveal his identity?  How many more signs and miracles will there be before this Worldwide TV broadcast?  It seems that Share International and Benjamin Creme attribute all supernatural and strange phenomena to the Maitreya as one of his many signs.  All Creme will say, and all he has been saying for years, is that Maitreya is coming “soon”.


Of course, where there are prophets, there is fire.  And anyone claiming to be The Christ, or the Buddha, or the Imam Mahdi, is a false prophet, according to practitioners.  The most vocal have been Christians, who claim that this Maitreya fits the classic definition of the Biblical Anti-Christ.  Many web sites have been springing up over the years proclaiming that Maitreya IS the Anti-Christ, and they explain in great detail how this is so.  One such site is Look Up Fellowship.  Some of their claims are as follows, as well as a video that claims to further link the this “Master” to the “False Prophet”.    You can read the full article here:

Is Maitreya The Man Of Sin?

Maitreya is to appear at a time when catastrophic events are overtaking the earth.
The Antichrist to appear at a time when catastrophic events are overtaking the earth.

Maitreya is predicted to establish a New World Religion, (despite the fact that Benjamin Creme often denies that Maitreya is here for that purpose).
The Antichrist will establish a single, mandatory religious system. Revelation 13:8. “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (Antichrist), whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Revelation 13:15, “as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”

Maitreya will be aided by the Master Jesus, who is predicted to soon take control of the Roman Catholic Church and lead Christianity to accept Maitreya as the Christ returned.
The Antichrist will be aided by the False Prophet, a spiritual leader, possibly to come from Rome, who will lead the world to worship the Antichrist.

Bible believers will reject Maitreya based on misunderstood scriptural warnings.
Bible believers will reject the Antichrist based on simple scriptural warnings that are almost impossible to misunderstand.

Some have taken this a step further, and claimed that the President of the United States, Barack Obama, is the Maitreya/Anti-Christ.  If you’re anything like me, you probably saw that coming a mile away.

I find endless fascination in these types of claims.  History has shown that most people who claim to have a direct pipeline to the second coming end up fizzling out, or going up in flames.  Creme and his “Ascended Masters” have been around for 30 years, and his followers are still anxiously awaiting this new age of understanding.  I will not be holding my breath, but after 30 years, they likely aren’t holding theirs either.