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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spiritual take on politics
This is a most unusual and intriguing book. Its ideas will warm the heart of the virtuous and stimulate the open-minded as much as they will enrage the ideologue and the fundamentalist. Written in a simple language and presented as short commentaries arranged by subject, it is suitable for the general reader and, particularly, the awakening citizen of our times...
Published on September 12, 2005 by Ilias Chrissochoidis

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2.0 out of 5 stars more evangelism than laws
Way too much evangelism for his views and preferences. Have to skim past 80% of his preaching to find what the title implies the book is.
Published 10 months ago by John R. Bruss


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spiritual take on politics, September 12, 2005
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This review is from: Maitreya's Teachings: The Laws of Life (Paperback)
This is a most unusual and intriguing book. Its ideas will warm the heart of the virtuous and stimulate the open-minded as much as they will enrage the ideologue and the fundamentalist. Written in a simple language and presented as short commentaries arranged by subject, it is suitable for the general reader and, particularly, the awakening citizen of our times.

The book expounds the principle of "be who you really are" and shows its relevance to personal fulfillment, social harmony, and political stability. The qualities leading to the first are self-awareness, honesty, and detachment. Respecting other people's identity, freedom, and human rights brings about the second. The third, finally, is the expression of all the above in the act of sharing the world's resources.

What makes its ideas remarkably vivid is their application to world events in the period of 1988-1993: the poll tax revolt and the subsequent fall of Margaret Thatcher in the UK; Gorbachev's hasty reforms and the collapse of the Soviet Union; and the Middle East crisis. The book offers incisive commentary on the causes and effects of the Gulf War and describes hitherto unknown incidents regarding President G. H. Bush, Saddam Hussein, the Sheikh of Kuwait, and General Colin Powell.

In my opinion, spiritual politics would be a suitable (and certainly appealing) title for the book. By probing the failure of our institutions to help us "be who we really are," it delivers a call for their reform. Its brave inclusion of market forces and religious orthodoxy to the powers of social oppression will surely unnerve many readers. Even so, its honest and clear stance offers solid ground for further exploration of these topics. Actually, I would recommend it as a textbook for courses on spiritual activism, of which we will hear much in the future.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What everyone should know, July 28, 2006
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This review is from: Maitreya's Teachings: The Laws of Life (Paperback)
How many times have you thought: people don't know how to live -

how to survive much less be happy. Well, here is the book which tells it all, simply, clearly and lovingly. It makes sense that we should not hurt each other. It makes sense that what we think and do comes back to us. Like the Law of Gravity,

you can choose to ignore the laws of life, but life is so much better when you adhere to them. Thanks, Maitreya, for this treasure.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading, August 27, 2006
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Bryony Jones (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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It's been said that 'the quality of the teacher is found in the teachings' - the wonderful quality and depth of the teachings in this book indicates that Maitreya is a most enlightened teacher indeed. I found this to be a book full of wisdom and 'food for thought'. As well as Maitreya's insights regarding the laws of life, there are many fascinating forecasts on world events. You will probably want to read this book again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and Informative, February 20, 2012
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One beauty of a book like this is ... it's transformative power. A pretty big claim, I consider it justified.

It is often said that if you read Krishnamurti, and apply his teachings, you can change, transform. I think you may find this equally true in "Maitreya's Teachings." --- If you take to heart Maitreya's words, you will find them literally transformative. Money back, guaranteed ... .

What I found was that the writer's, that is 'the "associate's" true meaning filtered through; communicating the essence of Maitreya's views. Interestingly, the teachings are both 'nothing new'- and completely life altering.

It proved totally worth the effort; the 'staying with it'- as when reading Krishnamurti, or Ramana Maharshi, Paramahansa Yogananda, or Sai Baba.

Here's an example of what 'Maitreya's associate' conveys, which is an aspect of Maitreya's teachings: "All are trying to understand the truth. For this, mind, spirit and body must be disciplined. Everything then falls into the right perspective. If you say: "My way is right; what others experience is not right," you create destruction. People experience the Lord in different ways. Do not judge others. Judge situations and become aware, but remain detached."

If you give that its due, I think you will find you are dealing with the highest teaching. And remember - these are 'the associate's' words, conveying Maitreya's teaching, filtered through the associate's experience and expression. However in-familiarly expressed - 'the Light shines through.' You will also find - throughout the book - Maitreya's words quoted directly.

"Maitreya's Teachings" also offers very clear insights into: the Law of Karma; the law of cause and effect, and, the current state of the world, the transformation all humanity is undergoing, and the many energies and forces- macro to micro- that are in play.

The book also offers further insights into the emergence of Maitreya - and the principle of sharing - and 'the technology of light,' the technology of the future.

Benjamin Creme, who edited this book, has once again - see his extraordinary "The Gathering of the Forces of Light"- presented us with a book that is at once informative and inspirational.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Teacher like no other, September 21, 2005
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Maitreya presents ideas in a way many people might not expect. His words seem to pierce straight into the very heart of the reader. This information is immensely valuable for us all, especially during humanity's current transition from fear, greed, and imbalance to a much brighter future characterized by sharing, cooperation, and harmony.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spiritual nourishment, December 11, 2006
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J. Ring (Oakland, CA) - See all my reviews
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If a Christ or Buddha figure were alive today, what would his (or her) teachings look like? If Maitreya's Teachings: The Laws of Life is any indication--and from the freshness and vibrancy of this book, one hopes that it is--then these teachings would reflect the concerns of an eminently modern man, one who speaks in simple but deeply resonant terms about the most urgent problems of the day--social, economic, political, environmental, and religious. Indeed, the teachings in this volume, which take almost extended aphoristic form, are intended not so much to express truths as to change readers, spiritually, ethically, and politically: "This is not philosophy. I am teaching you live things, not `past, present and future.'" But this is a voice outside of ideology and "isms," one that offers awareness yet makes no claim on the reader. The Teacher, Maitreya, states: "Do not run after Me. I have not come to found a new religion. . . . [but to] teach the art of Self-realization." Maitreya's teachings on the art of Self-realization, whose principles in simplest form involve practicing honesty, sincerity, and detachment, are never sententious. These "live" teachings have the uncanny quality of being both familiar and absolutely new, and reading them, one feels not only the ring of truth, but also a growing sense of enlightenment, freedom, and hope.

Maitreya's wisdom on the laws of life extends beyond the personal, however, to the collective and global. The text offers a razor-sharp assessment of the state of the world, on topics as wide-ranging as the environment, commercialization and market forces, poverty and world hunger, education, politics, war, terrorism, fundamentalism, drugs, energy, healing, and the all-important law of cause and effect, to name a few. A new awareness is transforming the world's structures--economic, political, and cultural--before our eyes, and, according to Maitreya, we stand on the verge of a new era of justice, freedom, and equilibrium: "The dissolution of ancient patterns of thought and behaviour has begun. Polarities will dissolve. Extreme differences between rich and poor will begin to disappear. . . . Political and religious rigidities will dissolve. New forms of government will arise across the globe. . . . People everywhere are becoming aware, and will be unwilling to be dominated by others when their destiny is to be free. Governments everywhere will have to listen to the people. Government will be by the people, for the people." These are weighty and hopeful pronouncements, to be sure. But what is particularly striking among this collection of communications from Maitreya--which were recorded by two British journalists between 1988 and 1993 during interviews with a close associate of Maitreya's in London, and published in the monthly magazine Share International--are a number of astonishing predictions that have in fact taken place, foretelling, for example, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid in South Africa.

In his preface to Maitreya's Teachings: The Laws of Life, the editor of the volume, and chief editor of Share International, Benjamin Creme, who serves as something of an ambassador to the world for this World Teacher, by name Maitreya, claims that this extraordinary Master descended from retreat in the Himalaya and took up residence in London, England in 1977. There, since then, Creme says, this figure "has lived in London's large Asian community, awaiting the moment to emerge openly as the World Teacher for all groups, religious and non-religious alike." Whoever Maitreya is, his teachings seem like him to have fallen from the sky into our human atmosphere, and reading them may bring the experience of freedom within, and of a new equilibrium: "Remain open-minded. Enjoy life. When you enjoy life, it is as if you are sitting on the beach looking at the vast ocean. At that moment you experience serenity, tranquility, detachment within. You do not think of your bank account at that moment. Nobody lectures you at that moment. The gift of life flowers within you. Experience this and you will realize you are a unique person. You are unique in this creation."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first glimpse of Maitreya's teachings, April 30, 2012
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Wim Slooten (Nieuwegein, The Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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This book reveals fragments of the teachings of Maitreya. The source of the information is special. In the period 1988 - 1993 a member of the Asian community in London, England, called Maitreya's associate, attended meetings where Maitreya was present teaching a group of swamis. The associate passed his information on to two independent journalists, who presented it to the editor of Share International Magazine for publication. In this book these teachings are brought together edited by Benjamin Creme. It is simple and deep at the same time. Central is the art of Self-realisation that can be practiced by the three practices honesty of mind, sincerity of spirit and detachment. Furthermore, through comments on the political, economic en social happenings of that time, Maitreya shows the working of the great Law of Cause and Effect. Reading this book gives you a first glimpse of Maitreya's teachings for humanity for the coming centuries.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Laws of Life, October 2, 2006
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Linda D. Fulton "Emergnece group" (St. Clairsville, OH United States) - See all my reviews
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Great reading for spiritual growth. Thought provoking when considering how we affect one another on this planet simply by our own thoughts and actions and the actions of nations in relation to worldly events.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read, December 17, 2006
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Tess (Milwaukee, WI) - See all my reviews
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Benjamin Creme's books are an ongoing dialogue about how the universe is really working and our place in it. Highly recommended for those whose hearts and minds are open to the new energies and the new time. Maitreya, the World Teacher, is here to guide and assist humanity into the new time. Simply the best. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A guide for living!, January 27, 2009
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This book answered a lot of questions about what is meant by right human relationship and offers a clear understanding of how to demonstrate right relationship in our everyday lives. Mr. Creme has an impressive knowledge of the esoteric and his book The Laws of Life which include many of Maitreya's teachings gives the reader access to very dense information in a very accessible way.
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