Charles Webster Leadbeater

A Primary Source Archive for the Life and Work of C. W. Leadbeater

 

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.

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 and accusations 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, letters, rare archival material and key testimonies, by those who knew and worked with him, about his life, his character and his helpfulness.

Authority in Theosophy? NEW

Is Theosophy an Ideology? NEW

Harold Morton: CWL’s Last Days NEW

Episodes of a Living History NEW

Who was Djual Khool? NEW

Annie Besant in India - Book Review by Michelle Osborne NEW
 Orders for the book can be placed at otpublishing@bigpond.com

Video: ‘Seeing the Invisible: Thought Forms’, a presentation by Pedro Oliveira
https://theosophicalsociety.org.au/media/seeing-the-invisible-thought-forms

Why is Religion part of the Second Object of the Theosophical Society?

Elementals and Elemental Essence by C. W. Leadbeater and Betrand Keightley

HPB and CWL NEW

Talismans NEW

A Mysterious Manuscript NEW

Clairvoyance NEW

My First Flight NEW

T. Subba Row, CWL and Esoteric Teachings

CWL Speaks: a few praises and criticisms

Has Theosophy Become a Creed?

Glimpses of Occult Chemistry https://vimeo.com/254962001
a talk by Pedro Oliveira


The Mystery of C. W. Leadbeater’s Clairvoyance

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 influence of Occult Chemistry
)

                                                             read the article (reproduced by permission)

The book CWL SpeaksC. W. Leadbeater’s Correspondence concerning the 1906 Crisis in the Theosophical Society is now online. You can read it here.

When CWL met HPB in London

The Future of the Theosophical Society
Annie Besant, J. J. van der Leeuw and C. W. Leadbeater

Madame Blavatsky and C. W. Leadbeater: A Timeline

What HPB Thought of CWL

CWL Travels with Madame Blavatsy

At Cairo and Madras by Isabel Cooper-Oakley (On the Coulomb Case)

First Letter of Master K.H. to CWL (1884) - with facsimile of the original document

The Turning Point in CWL’s Life: HPB and the Second Letter from Master K.H.

CWL receives his third letter from Master K.H.

CWL, the Mahatma and God

Early Letters prior to 1906 Crisis

The Cipher Letter: Historical Background

CWL in Brazil: Further Evidence

The Leadbeaters: Brief Biographical Information

When Leadbeater went to Court

For Private Circulation (1913 Madras Court Case)

Ernest Wood letter regarding C.W. Leadbeater (1913)

Krishnaji and CWL

Lady Emily Lutyens – Her Impressions of CWL

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)

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

On Gossip: A Harmful Habit?

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

The Attitude of the Enquirer by C. W. Leadbeater

 

 

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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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