weeks ago Benjamin Creme's Master told him that Maitreya would soon begin
a series of manifestations in light in different parts of the world. Signs
of the cross would appear miraculously.
On 26 May we received information from Patricia Pitchon's contact close
to Maitreya that Maitreya has manifested the sign of the Cross in light
on the window of a house in Louisiana, USA. This sign was seen by thousands
of people who crowded round the house.
Many people there have understood as a consequence of this experience
that the Christ can be 'reached ' through this Cross.
At the time of writing 12 such manifestations have occurred in the Los
Angeles area. Tara Center co-worker Mona LaVine was a witness to some
of these appearances.
"Last weekend," the Pasadena Star News (Southern California)
reported on 27 May , "residents reported seeing a cross shining through
a bathroom of an apartment in El Monte." This was, the paper pointed
out, the second crosssighting in El Monte in a week.
"More than 3,500 people saw the cross... On Thursday, El Monte police
barricaded the street to prevent congestion from cars. People started
arriving at 10 am; by 9 pm hundreds remained outside the home. They were
allowed inside the front gates in small groups and directed to the proper
spot for a look. The lighted cross was the same as the first -shining
brightly from a bathroom window".
After reading this article in the Pasadena Star News Mona LaVine, a founder
and Board member of Tara Center in Los Angeles, decided to go and see
the phenomenon for herself. Tara Center is a non-profit organization in
Los Angeles that co-ordinates the American tours of Benjamin Creme and
publishes and makes available information on the Reappearance of the Christ.
The site of the first of these recent crosses of light, an apartment in
El Monte, was occupied by a young mother of three children, Margaret Romero.
The cross in the window was first noticed on Friday 20 May, she said,
by her husband as he walked across the driveway towards their front door.
What he and the people who have since flocked to the apartment saw, LaVine
"A cross of a pale golden light - and simply beautiful". It
seemed not to be on the window itself but some distance back from the
window, like a hologram. "We were outside, and at first we observed
it from about 20 feet away.
As we walked away from the window the cross seemed to expand; as we came
closer it seemed to get smaller, though if you stand right next to the
window and look inside, the cross seems to be inside the room and looks
much larger - maybe four by three feet...
It is an even-armed cross. The vertical line spreads outwards at each
end, and there are two small shafts of light emerging from the vertical
line above and below the center of the cross, pointing towards the ends.
The horizontal line is about double the width of the vertical line and
slightly shorter in length. Like the vertical line, it also spreads wider
at the ends. A diamond shape connects the cross a few inches from the
Margaret Romero explained that the cross appears on her bathroom window
when she turns on the bare light bulb above the bathroom sink. When the
light is out, the cross disappears.
"From inside the bathroom itself," said LaVine, "the cross
can't be seen at all: you have to be outside, looking in, to see it."
"The window," she continued, "is about five feet away from
the sink, above the bathtub/shower area. Margaret told us that two glass
companies have come out to check the window. One man, who had worked with
glass windows for 30 years, told her he had never seen anything like it
not explain it".
Ms Romero has changed the light bulb several times. Mona LaVine: "She
even had the glass replaced by a neighbor's window, but the cross keeps
shining. She told me that when water is poured over the window the cross
becomes very much smaller and the lines become sharper. She demonstrated
this right before my eyes.
The lighted cross suddenly reduced to about one third its size and its
outline was much more clearly defined".
There have been some changes in the lives of the Romero family since the
cross appeared. "At first," Margaret Romero admitted, "I
was really anxious and nervous about it. But since then hundreds of people
have come to see it and I can see that it has brought them closer to Christ.
Now I believe it is a
good sign. I feel happy that it is here."
Romero has found, she says, a degree of patience she never had before,
and when asked if she had any regrets she answered, "I have no regrets
about it. I believe it is a blessing". A neighbor agreed: "I
think it is some kind of miracle from God because I have been suffering
for a long time and now all the pain in my body is gone."
According to Ms Romero, there are now 12 crosses around the Los Angeles
area. In addition to the two others in El Monte, she said, there are more
in Baldwin Park, Montebello, La Puente and East Los Angeles - most of
which are Spanish-speaking communities.
LaVine next visited the other two sites in El Monte. "The second
house was about five minutes away. There the identical cross was in the
window, the only difference being that at the top of the cross there seemed
to be a brilliant sphere of light.
As I had done with Margaret Romero I shared my story of the reappearance
of the Christ with one of the onlookers, and said He is here for all people,
regardless of their religion or their lack of faith. 'Of course,' she
replied, 'In the Bible it refers to one shepherd, one flock' ".
At the third house, the image was virtually the same as at the other two:
evenarmed crosses connected by a diamond. "The resident said her
priest thought it was God trying to tell us something". Commented
LaVine: "I thought so too."