Charles Webster Leadbeater

  Charles Webster Leadbeater was a well-known clairvoyant and theosophist who dedicated his life to the dissemination of Theosophy. He left his position as a clergyman in the Church of England in 1884, travelling with Madame Helena Blavatsky to India to help her in her work for the Theosophical Society. He was accepted as a chela (disciple) by Mahatma K.H., one of HPB’s Adept-Teachers, in a letter (part two) written by him to the young Leadbeater while the latter was still in England.

   His investigations into the unseen dimensions of life have had a far-reaching influence on the contemporary world, one of them being the discovery of the young J. Krishnamurti on the Adyar beach in Madras, India, in 1909, who would later become one of the most respected and insightful spiritual teachers of the twentieth century.

   This website makes available aspects of CWL’s vast literary output as well as some biographical information, including the charges against him, his work for the Theosophical Society and the Liberal Catholic Church. Also included are a comprehensive list of his books, written over a period of several decades, plus a number of photographs, rare archival material and key testimonies, by those who knew and worked with him, about his life, his character and his helpfulness.

Madame Blavatsky and C. W. Leadbeater: A Timeline NEW

CWL in Brazil: Further Evidence

Krishnaji and CWL   From Southampton to Bahia and Back Again

T. Subba Row, CWL and Esoteric Teachings

   One of the several individuals who was attracted to the Theosophical Society in its early years was T. Subba Row (1856-1890). He was invariably reticent in communicating to others the storehouse of occult knowledge he was in possession of. ‘He lived his occult life alone’ as Col. Henry S. Olcott described one of the aspects of his personality.

   This article is a historical overview of Subba Row’s work at Adyar, of C. W. Leabeater’s arrival at Adyar from England in December 1884, with Madame Blavatsky and others, and of the private esoteric teachings which Subba Row ministered to a select group of students.


A young C. W. Leadbeater at the 1885 Convention of the Theosophical Society at Adyar. T. Subba Row and Col. H. S. Olcott can be seen seated in the centre.

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