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Benjamin Creme

Benjamin Creme, artist and esotericist—obituary

“Benjamin Creme, who has died aged 93, was a Scottish painter, esotericist, and author who spent much of his life as an evangelist for the coming of a ‘new world teacher,’ whom Creme called Maitreya. Creme, who claimed to be in telepathic communication with one of a community of ascended Masters living in the Himalayas, travelled the world espousing his message of Maitreya’s coming, gathering a large following. …To facilitate his work, Creme established a magazine, Share International, which published communications purportedly coming from Creme’s own Master and regular bulletins about Maitreya’s ongoing, if hidden, influence in world affairs. …’My job,’ he once said, ‘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.’ Nor did he seem in any way discouraged by Maitreya’s apparently obdurate reluctance to appear as promised, explaining that it would be in contravention of man’s free will for him to do so without an invitation from suitably high-ranking figures from politics and the media. These requirements appeared to have been met when in December 2008 Creme made his most emphatic declaration to date, claiming that ‘a bright star’ would shortly appear in the sky heralding Maitreya’s appearance on a major American television programme when he would finally reveal himself. Over the years, Creme became accustomed to ridicule and mockery, which he treated with equanimity. ‘Scepticism is fine,’ he once said. ‘But I don’t like cynicism. I say, keep an open mind.’ His first wife, Peggy, died in 1965. He is survived by his second wife, Phyllis, whom he married in 1968, by their son and daughter, and by a son of his first marriage.” (The Telegraph, 11/11/16) [IT 8.2]