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.
Dora van Gelder Kunz and Fritz Kunz audio recording about C. W. Leadbeater NEW
CWL, the Mahatma and God
The book CWL Speaks, which was published in 2018, is now online. You can read it here. NEW
The Turning Point in CWL’s Life: HPB and the Second Letter from Master K.H.
A Comprehensive List of C. W. Leadbeater’s Books Visit the expanded Gallery and Bio pages
Madame Blavatsky and C. W. Leadbeater: A Timeline What H.P.B. Thought of C. W. Leadbeater
CWL receives his third letter from Master K.H. The Cipher Letter: Historical Background
Sydney Police Investigates C. W. Leadbeater When Leadbeater went to Court
CWL in Brazil: Further Evidence CWL travels with Madame Blavatsky
Krishnaji and CWL The Leadbeaters: brief biographical information
G. R. S. Mead’s Review of Man Visible and Invisible by CWL
The Maha-Chohan’s Letter - historical renderings Lady Emily Lutyens - Her Impressions of CWL
1906 and 1908 - A letter from Annie Besant to the Daily Telegraph (Sydney)
Facts and Testimony concerning Bishop Leadbeater by E. L. Gardner
For Private Circulation (1913 Madras Court Case) Ernest Wood letter regarding C.W. Leadbeater (1913)
Occult Chemistry by Annie Besant The Akashic Records (1897)
The Aura by C. W. Leadbeater (1895)
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. His statement about Mr Leadbeater’s integrity can be seen here:
The Buddhist Curate: C.W. Leadbeater’s Contribution to Buddhist Education in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)