with Benjamin Creme
by Lipika Chatterjee, Ph.D.
For the past 20 years,
British author and lecturer, Benjamin Crème has been traveling the globe
spreading the message about the coming of Maitreya, the World Teacher, who
is the long-awaited Messianic deliverer mentioned by all religions,
whether they call Him the Christ, the Messiah, the fifth Buddha, Krishna,
or the Imam Mahdi.
July 27th 2002 he was interviewed on "Coast to Coast" radio.
Lipika Chatterjee has graciously provided some of Mr. Crème’s
answers to important and very perplexing questions about the issues
facing our world today and Maitreya’s role in it.
How many masters are there in the Spiritual Hierarchy?
At the present time there are 15 and their number is expected to increase
to 40 soon.
How do you qualify to become a Master?
You have to go through seven levels of initiation to finally become a
master. The historical Jesus is at the present time a seventh level
initiate. Maitreya is the leader of the Spiritual Hierarchy and guides all
the Masters in their work of overseeing the evolution of Planet Earth.
How will Maitreya reveal himself in different forms to the different
countries of the world?
When Maitreya finally declares himself, he will not use the name
‘Maitreya.’ This is only a working name right now. He will use
different names then. (This appears to be a new fact. Crème said he does
not know what names Maitreya will use).
What is Maitreya’s vision for our world?
That we are all brothers and sisters and we should share with each
other all the resources we have been given. His mission is to make us
aware of the need to do this sharing.
How does Maitreya hope to accomplish this global vision?
Maitreya works through his disciples who are present all over the world.
In the past, these disciples included people like Plato, Socrates,
Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Joan of Arc, Beethoven, Madame Curie,
Martin Luther King, Einstein, etc. (Crème specifically mentioned these
names but, of course, I can think of several others too in other parts of
the world). Such people like those mentioned above are all present amongst
us today too but Crème said that he has been specifically instructed by
the Masters not to reveal their names while they are alive. You can only
mention the names of those who are deceased.
From a Utopian perspective, Maitreya’s vision of global sharing and
brotherhood sound fine. However, how is this going to be achieved from a
Rigid, totalitarian structures that stand as huge obstacles to the working
out of this vision will be gradually dismantled. This might take a lot of
time to happen but it will happen. One of these structures that has
already come down is that of the former Soviet Union. Maitreya guided
Mikhail Gorbachev in going ahead with the implementation of the very
revolutionary idea of glasnost. The other totalitarian institutions in our
world are the economic totalitarianism of the United States and the
religious totalitarianism represented by the Vatican and other
fundamentalist groups that have a big hold on large numbers of people.
Why do you call the government of the United States an advocate of
economic totalitarianism? After all, the U. S. has a free-market economy
that the Soviet Union did not have?
First, the U. S. uses its economic clout to impose trade regulations and
restrictions on developing nations that adversely affect their economy and
prevent them from being able to lift themselves out of poverty. Moreover,
the U. S. uses up more resources than the rest of the world combined
together. With respect to the domestic economy, the U. S. has freedom
without justice whereas the former Soviet Union had justice without
Explain what you mean when you say that the U. S. has ‘freedom without
While the U. S. seems to guarantee freedom to its citizens, the
free-market economy actually promotes competition among people rather than
an attitude of sharing resources. Such a system denies ordinary people
access to basic needs like healthcare which is very expensive in the U. S.
Economically, the Soviet form of government ensured an equitable
distribution of resources among its citizens but the people lacked freedom
of thought, word, movement etc.
The U. S. as well as the other rich nations of the world do give a lot of
aid to other poor and developing nations but the rulers of those countries
are corrupt and exploit their own people. Hence those countries cannot
make use of the monetary aid they receive to help themselves economically.
That is true. The rulers of those countries certainly need to change their
10. How do you view the continuing and ever escalating hostility between
the Israelis and the Palestinians? What do you think of Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat? Would you consider him a supporter of terrorism?
10. U. S. support of Israel contributes to the continuing crisis. Mr.
Arafat is neither a terrorist himself nor a supporter of terrorism. In his
early days he may have participated in acts which may be regarded as
terrorist but he soon changed his attitude and co-operated fully in
bringing about peace accords between the two countries, especially with
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The U. S. did not push hard enough
at that time for peace in the Middle East and so this accord did not take
effect. Moreover, Mr. Rabin was assassinated and everything changed after
that. Also, Mr. Arafat cannot fully control the extremely fundamentalist
members among the Palestinians, those who perpetrate terrorist acts.
11. All humans are a mixture of the good and the bad and the bad often
predominates over the good. Under such circumstances, if the free will of
humans is to be honored by Maitreya, how successful will he be in bringing
about the desired changes in our world ?
11. If the majority of people exert their free will against bringing about
the changes that Maitreya talks about, then He will not be successful in
His mission on planet Earth at this time. The free will of the people will
12. What knowledge do you think is essential for all humans to have in
order for them to advance spiritually?
12. It is absolutely essential for humans to recognize that they are, in
reality, souls that are in a process of evolution. They need to realize
that God is not responsible for the problems facing our world; these
problems are the result of the karma that we have created. The knowledge
of reincarnation is a must. It was known to the people of all nations in
the past but later suppressed in Christianity and some other religions.
13. When will Maitreya reveal himself ?
He will reveal himself any day now. However, Maitreya will choose what he
thinks is the most appropriate time to reveal Himself to the people.
Moreover, He wants to ensure that adequate preparation has been made among
the people for his arrival.