CWL World: A Primary Source Archive for the Life and Work of C. W. 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 April 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makes available aspects of CWL’s vast literary output as well as biographical information, some of which hitherto unpublished in academic works about him. Also included are the charges and accusations against him, his work for the Theosophical Society and the Liberal Catholic Church, and a comprehensive list of his books, written over a period of several decades. CWL World also shows a number of photographs, letters, rare archival material and key testimonies, by those who knew and worked with him, about his life, his character and his helpfulness.
NEW Articles - New Additions
NEW Articles by Pedro Oliveira
NEW On God and Evil: The Mahatma Letters
NEW Krishnamurti Speaks About His Discovery:
NEW CWL’s Books in the Digital Age
NEW C. W. Leadbeater’s letter to a correspondent: Annie Besant, HPB Centenary (1931)
T. Subba Row, CWL and Esoteric Teachings
CWL Speaks: a few praises and criticisms
The Mystery of C. W. Leadbeater’s Clairvoyance
Madame Blavatsky and C. W. Leadbeater: A Timeline
First Letter of Master K.H. to CWL (1884) - with facsimile of the original document
The Turning Point in CWL’s Life: Second Letter from Master K.H.
CWL Receives his third Letter from Master K.H.
The Leadbeaters: Brief Biographical Information by Pedro Oliveira
The Cipher Letter: Historical Background by Pedro Oliveira
For Private Circulation (1913 Madras Court Case)
Ernest Wood letter regarding C.W. Leadbeater (1913)
Sydney Police Investigates C. W. Leadbeater
Facts and Testimony concerning Bishop Leadbeater by E. L. Gardner
1906 and 1908 - A letter from Annie Besant to the Daily Telegraph (Sydney)
C. W. Leadbeater - The Received Tradition
When C. W. Leadbeater Met Madame Blavatsky: First Impressions
The Spiritual Path and the Phoenix Mystery by Linda Oliveira
The Quest for Meaning by Joy Mills https://theosophicalsociety.org.au/articles/the-quest-for-meaning
God: A Theosophical View https://theosophicalsociety.org.au/articles/god-a-theosophical-view
Blavatsky and Krishnamurti: A Timeless Dialogue
Annie Besant in India - online edition
The Battle of Theosophy by Pedro Oliveira
The Failure Archetype by Pedro Oliveira
Magic and the Left Hand Path: from the writings of Annie Besant and C. W. Leadbeater
Articles Written by the Masters and Published in The Theosophist: Mary K. Neff
“The Hidden Side of The Theosophist”: Mary K. Neff
Annie Besant and The Secret Doctrine
From Exile: C. W. Leadbeater’s letter to Fritz Kunz, August 1906
Testimony of One of Krishnamurti’s Tutors at Adyar, 1909
‘There is no Religion higher than Truth’ Views on E. L. Gardner’s criticisms of CWL
Freedom of Thought by Dr Hugh Shearman
C. W. Leadbeater: Various Testimonies
The book CWL Speaks – C. W. Leadbeater’s Correspondence concerning the 1906 Crisis in the Theosophical Society is now online. You can read it here.
Theosophy and the Golden Dawn https://theosophicalsociety.org.au/highlights/theosophy-and-the-golden-dawn
Introduction to Annie Besant in India
‘Drawn into the Vortex of Probation’ (as described in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett)
The Birth of a Clairvoyant: Charles Webster Leadbeater by Ricardo Lindemann, Ph.D.
Krishnamurti: Ninety Years of Theosophical Ripples by Pedro Oliveira
Harold Morton: CWL’s Last Days
Who was Djual Khool? by Pedro Oliveira
Annie Besant in India - Book Review by Michelle Osborne
Video: ‘Seeing the Invisible: Thought Forms’, a presentation by Pedro Oliveira
Why is Religion part of the Second Object of the Theosophical Society?
Elementals and Elemental Essence by C. W. Leadbeater and Betrand Keightley
Has Theosophy Become a Creed?
Charles Webster Leadbeater’s Essays and Lectures on Freemasonry (From The Light of Luxor)
‘Occultism and the atom: the curious story of isotopes’ by Jeff Hughes
The Future of the Theosophical Society
CWL Travels with Madame Blavatsy
Early Letters prior to 1906 Crisis
CWL in Brazil: Further Evidence
Lady Emily Lutyens – Her Impressions of CWL
The Maha-Chohan’s Letter - historical renderings
The Story of Occult Chemistry by Elizabeth W. Preston
Occult Chemistry by Annie Besant
The Akashic Records (1897)
The Aura by C. W. Leadbeater (1895)
C. W. Leadbeaters Teachings by Alfred Taylor
A Comprehensive List of C. W. Leadbeater’s Books
Dora van Gelder Kunz and Fritz Kunz audio recording about C. W. Leadbeater
G. R. S. Mead’s Review of Man Visible and Invisible by CWL
Fragments of Autobiography of Russell Balfour-Clarke An old associate of C.W. Leadbeater recollects aspects of his own life and his work with CWL.
The Buddhist Curate: C.W. Leadbeaters Contribution to Buddhist Education in Ceylon by Pedro Oliveira
The Attitude of the Enquirer by C. W. Leadbeater
Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, in a photograph of 1884, in London, the year she first met CWL.
Dedication written by H. P. Blavatsky on the copy of her book The Key to Theosophy, which she presented to C. W. Leadbeater in London.
A young Charles Webster Leadbeater with his mother, Emma.
T. Subba Rao was an initiated Chela of the Mahatmas. CWL was a member of his esoteric group in Madras in the mid-1880s.
A. P. Sinnett, through whose agency CWL joined the Theosophical Society in 1883.
Betrand Keightley, who prosecuted CWL at the Advisory Board meeting in London, May 1906, presided by Col. Olcott.
A young J. Krishnamurti in Madras,1910,
Facsimile of the ship manifest for the English vessel “Tamar”, which arrived in Salvador, Bahia, northeast of Brazil, on 30 May 1858. On the sixth line down, there is a record that Charles Leadbeater arrived in Bahia on that date with his wife and a young son. (Source: Public Archives, Salvador, Bahia.)
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