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Maitreya, Raj Patel Not The Same Man: Photos
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Copyright 3.15.2010 By Chase Kyla Hunter, All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured.

I distinctly recall watching YouTube‘s re-posted video coverage of Benjamin Creme‘s 01.14.2010 speech at London Friends House, where he spoke at length about Maitreya’s highly significant TV interview and global emergence, with all of it’s implications:

Quote Creme: “Maitreya has just given his first TV interview in America, the first of many such interviews….”

The tone of this speech indicated to me that Creme WANTED people to be “all stirred up” about the “stepping forward” of Maitreya.

He spoke with almost worshipful enthusiasm to the audience, referencing that the TV interview had already taken place on a prominent American TV media network. Raj Patel had just been interviewed by The Colbert Report within the past few days prior.  Is that how this all got started?

Wouldn’t it have made more sense for Creme to just name the man and present the TV interview on the Share International website? Otherwise they continue to get internet reactions like this:

“Council Guest Raj Patel Named Maitreya By Share International”

The world was left to go running and looking and to put 2 and 2 together. Someone somewhere began posting Youtube videos claiming that Raj Patel was the man …. er, “Maitreya” of mystery. Raj Patel added fuel to the fire by coyly posting a huge photo of the Maitreya Buddha statue on his website, and I think when he posted that photo, all in good humor one would suppose, the frantic “would be” devotees did some poor math, and decided he was THE ONE. [Sorry, Neo.]

Is it no wonder that Creme, by using these kinds of coy “you people go and figure it out”  sleazy PR tactics in his London speech,  that Raj Patel accidentally  “got the tail of the donkey pinned on him”, by virtue of a photo posted to his blog, and apparent “American TV interview proximity”?

I would really love to know what actually happened here, because NONE of the reporting on it sounds true, or factual, just more fuzziness.

Then Creme goes on to make it worse in this essay below, by continuing to play the guessing game with readers: stating  “I will neither confirm or deny that Raj Patel is the Maitreya.”

That only perpetuates the developing urban legend. I’m wondering at this point from an examination of the media coverage and news reports I have just posted:  Is Raj Patel ready to sue Benjamin Creme?

Creme keeps making comments that “re-ensnare” Patel into his “unwanted Lordship” status. What exactly is going on here? It also appears that Scott James is now part of the confusion as well, quite by accident. I liked his articles, as they had a fresh perspective on it that did not sound like Share International PR spin.

One can clearly see from compared photos that they ARE NOT the same man.

Here are photos below. The first photo is Maitreya in Nairobi in 1988. The photo beneath it is Raj Patel in 2010. So, we are now left this not too comical nonsense, with the original 1988 Maitreya from the Share International website, pictured below, and the new short haired improved, self effacing “I’m not the guy” dude, Raj Patel.

None of this makes any sense.

Chase K. Hunter

Referencing  related post:

February 5, 2010, 3:55 pm

Is He or Isn’t He the Messiah?

By SCOTT JAMES

The leader of a New Age movement is taking issue with some of his own followers who have declared a San Francisco man their messiah.

“People are hysterical and you have stirred them up with this,” said an irritated Benjamin Creme of Share International in a telephone interview this morning from London. “You have not done me a favor.”

He was reacting to my column about Raj Patel, who some have concluded is the much-anticipated messiah Maitreya the World Teacher. In the past two weeks, Mr. Patel, the author of the bestselling economics book “The Value of Nothing,” has become the focus of a great deal of unwanted attention. Web pages and documentaries have been created about his sudden deification. He has been flooded with troubling emails, as I posted on this blog. Some devotees have tracked him down in person.

When I reached Mr. Creme today he had just finished reading the article. I had asked to interview him earlier in the week and was told he would not speak until today. I was also told ahead of time that he would not confirm or deny the identity of Maitreya.

Today, after reading the article, Mr. Creme seemed to change his mind about that. He said people have wrongly interpreted the age of Maitreya, and they have misunderstood predictions of the messiah’s arrival in London in 1977. Mr. Patel was five years old at that time, flying in on a plane from India. Mr. Creme pointed out that there were probably hundreds on that same plane. “Are they all Maitreya because they flew in from India? It’s stupid.”

But when pressed to say that Mr. Patel is definitely not Maitreya, Mr. Creme said it was not up to him to decide. “It’s not my business to either confirm or deny it.”

Since followers hang on every word Mr. Creme says, here is an audio excerpt on YouTube from this morning’s phone interview. In it, he also clears up the misconceptions by some that he has the rank of Master in the hierarchy of his beliefs. I had reported that he was referred to this way, but Mr. Creme said he is merely a disciple.

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