Thanks for your posting, Adrian, of some of the teachings of Benjamin Creme. Actually, a large portion of the teachings you mentioned are not original with Creme, but with Alice A. Bailey of whom Creme was a student.
Many new age gurus have read the works of Alice A. Bailey and presented teachings gained from her books as their own original material. Because her books are quite technical and difficult to read many students of such gurus are impressed that the material is original.
There are a number of teachers who claim to be channeling every master available who only present a rehash of Bailey and other writers.
It may be advantageous to present certain points to look for in a true representative of the Brotherhood and one who is under the illusionary path.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MISLED TEACHER
1. The first thing to look at is the teachings he or she presents, for the Brotherhood does not like to repeat itself. If it does it is only for clarification purposes. A false teacher's highest teachings will be a repeat of information that has already been revealed.
Creme's highest teachings are Alice A. Bailey quotations.
2. The false teacher will teach in data and not principles. If there is anything new in his teachings it will be in the form of unprovable data.
One of the few new things in Creme's teachings was some data about the number of disciples who have passed through the various initiations. Even on this he has over estimated the number.
3. The false teacher will make fantastic predictions that do not come true.
I recounted in my last post such a prediction by Creme.
4. The false teacher presents himself as a humble servant, but subtly works to draw attention to glorify himself and his ego.
When I heard Creme in person make his false prediction I sensed that it originated in glamour. Also, his mannerisms seemed very centered in glamour. To confirm my suspicions I went to meet him after the lecture and got his autograph. I am an expert handwriting analyst and saw immediately on looking at his writing that I was correct. The guy revels in attention directed toward his ego.
5. The false teacher will lie when it furthers his purposes.
I personally think that Creme just makes up a lot of the "teachings" that are supposed to come from Christ and is aware of this fact.
6. The false teacher will usually emphasize teachings of the passing age, which is the age of Pisces at this time.
Creme's message of sharing and sacrifice sound pleasing, but they are presented in Piscean format and are not workable in the coming age.
7. He will not offer you a way to prove to yourself that his teachings are true, but will want you to accept him through faith in his personality. Those who are sure that he is correct are convinced through outer signs.
Creme has offered no way for us to know the truth of his teachings.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TRUE TEACHER.
1. The bulk of his teachings will not be a repetition of writings already in existence. His or her teachings will either be new or throw new light on teachings already revealed.
Look at the two greatest in history, Jesus and Buddha. They may have quoted some from teachers of the past, but overall their core message was new and brought additional light to the world.
2. The true teacher will stress principles more than unprovable data. Also, they will generally reveal and explain new principles.
3. The true teacher is not infallible, but will be cautious in making fantastic predictions. The predictions he does make will be very reliable and will often be clothed in mystery as are the writings of John the Beloved and Nostradamus.
4. The true teacher may be accused of being in the work for the ego, as even Jesus was, but in reality his prime goal will be service to humanity. He only seeks recognition for his true accomplishments, when it furthers the work, and will never seek the recognition that belongs to others.
5. The true teacher will attempt to so live his life so he will never lie or deceive. If he does not achieve perfection in this he recognizes his mistake and seeks to correct it.
6. The true teacher will emphasize the coming principles of the Aquarian age. He will not abandon the good of Pisces and sacrifice, but his main attention will be on the coming energies of service as we discussed earlier.
7. The true teacher will teach students a path that will lead to verification through the soul and Spirit that the principles he teaches are true. Those who are convinced he is correct are sure because of powerful inner confirmation rather than outer signs, even though outer signs may seem to manifest.
This is all the time I have to comment tonight. Tomorrow I will give you some new material that has never been before revealed by any teacher in the flesh that I know of.
Several of you are on the right track about the silver cord.
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