Maitreya’s teachings are simple. On Self awareness or Self realization in a nutshell Maitreya says practice honesty of mind sincerity of spirit and detachment from results. For addressing world problems He says “Take your brother’s need as the measure of your action and solve the problems of the world.”
These are indeed simple teachings not unlike the Buddha’s Eight Fold Path or Jesus’ “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength” and the one like it “Love your neighbor as your self”.
If we already have such teachings what difference will it make to have Maitreya here to rephrase and reiterate them you might ask. Encouragement is my answer. I was raised in the church, by ministers for parents no less, yet I grew up and despaired at the predicament of world strife and our own people’s inability to make a consistent and concerted effort to alleviate the suffering and bring justice and equality to even our own country let alone the world. The prospect of one such as Maitreya in the world along with a whole group of highly developed Masters of Wisdom brings me hope that a dynamic demonstration and dissemination of wise teaching might actually turn the tables and inspire a sufficient number of people to be what it takes to lead this nation and other nations in peacemaking through sharing and justice for all.
It is important to realize that Maitreya, real or imaginary, is not here to do the work of saving the world for us. He is here to teach and inspire. We must take up the slack in the “piece of rope” we find in our hands what ever it looks like and serve the greater good of the whole. It must be voluntary and under our own volition and because we are willing because we realize that when part of our human family is suffering the whole of it is suffering. It is like when a person stubs a toe. It is not just the toe that hurts but pain shoots through the whole body and the mind is occupied with alleviating the pain and healing the wound until it is all better. So likewise it is with the greater human body we more commonly call the human race. We all participate in it. It is unavoidable. Do our actions contribute to its well being or detract from it?
Basic to Maitreya’s teaching is Self realization for our actions will not be truly helpful until we are aware of our true selves. Most of us, myself included, go about in a fog of unconscious self deception telling ourselves little stories about how wonderful we are or how awful we are. We do this as a nation too. Then we act from the points of view that result from the deceptions. It is really important to know one’s Self truly and when we do we will realize that we really are all facets of the same Great Being and then we will act from that awareness and our actions will be beneficial to all and the world will begin to look like a place called Heaven on Earth.
Consider these things. All will be well. We must simply be willing to recognize our own well being through Self awareness and be willing to spread it around by taking actions that improve other’s well being and in turn our own. (It is the ultimate in enlightened Self centeredness.) Seeing beauty is a good place to start. It heals, it invokes gratitude which in turn creates a sense of well being and abundance uncannily even in the face of poverty. Remember, Beauty is the signature of Absolute, Perfect, Unconditional Love and can be found any where it is sincerely looked for. Start there and then remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder which is you. Now you’ve uncovered that you are Absolute, Perfect, Unconditional Love being re-presented in human form. The dense physical form you’re in has been confusing and confounding Its expression but It is there non the less. Sit with that for a while. Be honest, sincere and detached. Appropriate action will come of its own.