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Re: Theos-World Leadbeater's Frauds and Ernest Wood

Mar 01, 2006 11:38 AM

I find it difficult to distinguish which of the text below is to be attributed to Mr. Wood, and which is your own commentary. It would be helpful it you are going to quote another source, that you do not make it appear as though your own opinion is a continuation of their quoted message.


----- Original Message ----- From: "carlosaveline cardoso aveline" <>
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Subject: Theos-World Leadbeater's Frauds and Ernest Wood


CWL's False Clairvoyance Was Nothing But Imagination



Mr. Ernest Wood served for many years as C.W. Leadbeater's private
secretary and as the International Secretary, Adyar.

On the false clairvoyance possessed by CWL, Mr. Wood gives us this
first-hand testimony in his book "Is This Theosophy?":

"Another friend, an European doctor, quietly severed his connection with Mr.
Leadbeater altogether. He was the only person, as far as I know, who ever
tried secretly to put Mr. Leadbeater to the test. They were very friendly
and had been together to a theatre. This gentleman deliberately pretended
that he had a vision of two gigantic figures one on each side of the stage,
standing up there like the guardian genii of Indian temples, or Japanese
doorways. He described them, and Mr. Leadbeater, he said, told him he was

"There was an explanation for this, however. Mr. Leadbeater always gave
great credit to imagination as verging to clairvoyance. When you imagine
something, he would say, there is always something present to cause that
imagination. He held that the best way for most people to develop
clairvoyance was to let the imagination play in the first place."

"A striking conversation took place in my presence on this point. One of our
prominent members had been through an important ceremony on the astral plane
during t he sleep of his physical body, and had thereby become what was
called 'an Initiate'. It happened that he was to be called as a witness in
a certain case. He was full of anxiety about it. 'Whatever shall I say if
they ask me about my being an Initiate? I do not remember anything at all of

"Mr. Leadbeater's reply was: 'But why don't you remember? You ought to be
able to remember'."
" 'Well, if I let my imagination play on it, I can get a sort of impression
about it'."

" 'That is just what you ought to do. There is a cause for such imaginings.
How can you expect your clairvoyant power to develop if you destroy its
delicate beginnings?' "

"The member followed this advice and became one of the prominent
clairvoyants in the Theosophical Society (...)" (1)

So far, Mr. Ernest Wood, ex-private Secretary to Leadbeater and
International of the Theosophical Society, Adyar.

Thus was Mr. Leadbeater's "clairvoyance". There was no objective observation
involved. It was pure, conscious imagination, and that is tantamount to

It was by this imaginary mechnisms that he "talked to Lord Christ",
personally visited Mars and Mercury and knew the "past lives" of everyone
around him. He controled the Adyar theosophical movement with the careful
distribution of information relating to discipleship status and to false
Initiations to this and that person.

To consolidate his popish power, he created a ritualistic structure whose
source was also his feverish but unhealthy imagination.

Since the 1950s, Adyar leaders ceased to renew those fancies. Yet they did
not have the courage to face truth and to be more strongly loyal to the
slogan of their organization: "There is no religion higher than truth".

They do not defend Leadbeater in a direct way, yet they try to avoid as
much as possible clarification about these matters of decisive importance.
Thus, consciously or unconsciously, they try to keep Adyar members from
rediscovering the real teaching given humanity by the Masters through H.P.B.

Yet there is always hope. Things are lost -- and found again in the right
time. Illusions are created -- and then they dissolve after their energy has

Everything is cyclical. People do change - and they often change for the

Having people from different groups and institutions here at Theos-talk
enables us to go beyond the logic of narrow corporate interests and goals.
Thus truth can emerge through an open debate.

Best regards, Carlos.

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(1) "Is This Theosophy?", by Ernesdt Egerton Wood, London: Rider& Co.,
Paternoster House, E.C., 1936, 318 pp., facsimile edition by Kessinger
Publishing, LLC, Kila, MT, USA. See p. 141.

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