Recently Maitreya, who had been a Bodhisattva, received an important initiation and became a Buddha. A Bodhisattva is an arhat or Buddhist saint who vows to postpone Nirvana in order to work for the enlightenment of all sentient beings. Accordingly we should not be surprised to learn that the Bodhisattva Maitreya incarnated on this earth many times in the past as a religious leader. Now as a Buddha he will return to his work in a slightly different way, as the World Teacher, but he will still postpone the Paranirvana that would take him away from material existence into a state that is ineffable. In this regard he is like the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, whose spiritual stature as a Buddha allowed him to return to his work among men with renewed insight.
The disciples of Theosophy beginning with Charles W. Leadbeater have claimed that Maitreya was Krishna. I myself asked Maitreya about this and he confirmed the truth of this statement.
The following is a short list of a few of his most important incarnations since the time of Krishna: Zarathustra, Simon of Alexandria, Muhammad, and Guru Nanak. After his lifetime as Nanak he became an Ascended Master.
The name Simon of Alexandria needs explanation. He was the highest initiate of an Esoteric School in Alexandria immediately before the birth of Jeshua (Jesus). He was supposed to marry Mariam, Jeshua’s mother, but because of interference by evil forces she was born in a village in Galilee in complete obscurity. Simon nonetheless discovered her location and journeyed to Nazareth. Mariam became pregnant with her first child in a premarital love affair with Simon, who taught her the esoteric truths or mysteries that he knew as an initiate. She wanted to go with Simon to Alexandria to be married to him, but he knew that he would be killed on the return journey and advised her to return to Joseph, to whom she was betrothed. Mariam taught the mysteries to her son. He journeyed to India after his bar mitzvah and met Maitreya on the “inner plane”. Maitreya became his teacher but did not overshadow him as Charles Leadbeater and Benjamin Creme claimed. The words of Jesus in the gospels are authentically his own and he was not a medium or channel. In this regard Elizabeth Clare Prophet was correct.
It is interesting but also tragic that Muslims have persecuted Zoroastrians and Sikhs when the teacher of the three religions was the same man in different lifetimes.
Below: In this photograph of an appearance in Nairobi Maitreya resembles the Prophet Muhammad almost exactly.