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    Jesus of Nazareth and Maitreya the Christ by Peter Liefhebber, Share International Jesus of Nazareth and the Christ are not one and the same person. This is
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      Jesus of Nazareth and Maitreya the Christ
      by Peter Liefhebber, Share International

      Jesus of Nazareth and the Christ are not one and the same person. This is one
      of
      the most difficult claims for many Christians to accept in connection with
      Maitreya, the World Teacher, and it therefore needs some further explanation.

      In fact, the title Christ does not refer to an individual at all. It is the
      name
      of a function in the Hierarchy of Masters of Wisdom, that group of advanced
      beings who guide the evolution of humanity from behind the scenes. Whoever
      stands at the head of this Hierarchy automatically becomes the World Teacher,
      known in the East as the Bodhisattva, during the term of His office.

      Maitreya, who embodies the energy we call the Christ Principle, has held that
      office for over two millennia, and in Palestine He manifested Himself as the
      Christ to inaugurate the Age of Pisces, then beginning. The method He used is
      called spiritual overshadowing, that is, His consciousness informed and guided
      the actions and teachings of His disciple Jesus. It was, therefore, the
      consciousness of the Christ, Maitreya, which was seen and experienced by those
      around Jesus.

      In reality Jesus was a fourth-degree initiate and one of the older disciples
      of
      the Masters of Wisdom. He appeared before in biblical times as Joshua, the son
      of Nun, then as Isaiah, and again as Joshua in the book of Zachariah. In
      Palestine he made the great sacrifice of allowing himself to be used by
      Maitreya
      to fulfill His mission during the three years following the baptism in the
      River
      Jordan. During his life, Jesus also symbolically enacted the five initiations
      which lead one to Mastership. The experience on the cross was the enactment of
      the 4th initiation for Jesus (his birth, the baptism, and the transfiguration
      on
      the mount symbolize the first three), while at the same time Maitreya
      underwent
      a higher initiation.

      The events from Jesus' life and his words have been greatly misinterpreted due
      to this little-understood connection between his work and that of Maitreya the
      Christ. This has given rise to the age-old theological point of contention --
      namely, whether Jesus was God or man, or perhaps both together. The answer is
      that Jesus was a man who, as a result of the process of evolution, became a
      Son
      of God -- as does everyone eventually. Others had gone before him on that path
      and many have taken it since.

      Christians who are of the opinion that it is not given to anyone to try and
      emulate Jesus' accomplishment (who, as far as they are concerned, is God or,
      at
      least, His only Son) are contradicted by his own words: Become perfect even as
      the Father in Heaven is perfect. -- and: Greater things than I have done shall
      you do.

      Jesus' death was the fulfillment of the task for that life, and it was
      Maitreya
      who resurrected the body from the tomb (as a symbol for the 5th initiation,
      just
      as the ascension was symbolic of the 6th initiation). This presentation of
      ancient occult knowledge in symbolic form is one of the methods which the
      Spiritual Hierarchy uses to teach humanity, and to convey knowledge to those
      who
      have ears to hear and eyes to see. In the lives of the Buddha, Mithra and
      Krishna, similar symbolic events can also be found. The famed labors of
      Hercules, too, are nothing less than part of the initiation process expressed
      in
      symbolic form.

      The disciple Jesus of 2,000 years ago has by now become one of the most senior
      Masters in the Hierarchy: the Master Jesus. He reached His state of perfection
      in the course of His next life as Apollonius of Tyana. Many of those who
      followed Him during His life as Jesus were still alive during this subsequent
      incarnation -- and many of them became convinced that Jesus had reappeared in
      their midst. It was Apollonius who undertook a journey to India which became
      the
      basis for the story, which many believe, that Jesus did not die on the cross
      but
      went to India and died in Kashmir, having lived to a venerable old age.

      The Master Jesus has been incarnate in a Syrian body for about 640 years. He
      is
      described in INITIATION, HUMAN AND SOLAR by Alice A. Bailey (published by
      Lucis
      Publishing Co.) as follows: He is rather a martial figure, a disciplinarian
      and
      a man of iron rule and will. He is tall and spare with rather a long thin
      face,
      black hair, pale complexion, and piercing blue eyes. In the Hierarchy He is
      described as the Great Leader, the General and the Wise Executive. No one is
      so
      closely in touch with the people who stand for all that is best in the
      Christian
      teachings and no-one is so well aware of the needs of the present moment.

      During most of this time He has lived mainly in Palestine. Since 1984,
      however,
      He has lived in Rome. The intention is that He will try to raise the Christian
      churches out of their state of crystallization and rivalry and, if invited to
      do
      so, to lead a newly united church. By doing so He hopes to resolve the many
      contradictions and misunderstandings which have arisen during the course of
      the
      centuries about His historic role and the teachings which He then disseminated
      as a vehicle for Maitreya.

      With the emergence of Maitreya, the Master Jesus is playing a major role for
      the
      second time, as also are the Apostles Peter and John. Two thousand years ago
      they were third-degree initiates; now they have been entrusted with a
      significant aspect of completing the Plan as the Master Morya, and the Master
      who will succeed Maitreya as the Christ during the next era (in about 2,500
      years), Koot Hoomi. This open collaboration, which will be visible to all,
      will
      end any lingering doubts concerning the true relationship between Maitreya the
      Christ and His disciple, the Master Jesus.

      Thus the seemingly paradoxical claim that Jesus and the Christ are not the
      same
      person, in the literal sense of the word, is more reasonable than it would
      appear. Those Christians who find it difficult to accept that 'their' teacher
      is
      not the highest leader of all humanity may, however, take solace in a second
      paradox: Jesus and Maitreya the Christ were (and are) one, in the sense that
      They, each on His own level, work together in perfect concord to further the
      Divine Plan.

      Article was copied from: <A HREF="http://www.shareintl.org">http://www.sharein
      tl.org</A>

      "...each of you should continue to develop within your own religious
      tradition... Respect your own religions, your own ideologies, in brief, your
      own
      thoughtform..." Maitreya, the World Teacher



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