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makes available aspects of CWL’s vast literary output as well as biographical information, some of which hitherto unpublished in academic works about him.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.
From Exile: C. W. Leadbeater’s letter to Fritz Kunz, August 1906 NEW
Why do we Belong to the Theosophical Society? by Linda Oliveira NEW
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
C. W. Leadbeater - The Received Tradition by Pedro Oliveira
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)
Theosophy and Psychism
The Birth of a Clairvoyant: Charles Webster Leadbeater by Ricardo Lindemann, Ph.D.
Krishnamurti: Ninety Years of Theosophical Ripples by Pedro Oliveira
Authority in Theosophy?
Is Theosophy an Ideology?
Harold Morton: CWL’s Last Days
Episodes of a Living History
Who was Djual Khool? by Pedro Oliveira
Annie Besant in India - Book Review by Michelle Osborne
Orders for the book can be placed at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
HPB and CWL by Pedro Oliveira
A Mysterious Manuscript
My First Flight
T. Subba Row, CWL and Esoteric Teachings by Pedro Oliveira
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 by Pedro Oliveira
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)
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 by Pedro Oliveira
CWL in Brazil: Further Evidence
The Leadbeaters: Brief Biographical Information by Pedro Oliveira
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 by Pedro Oliveira
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 by Pedro Oliveira
The Attitude of the Enquirer by C. W. Leadbeater