Re: Theos-World Leadbeater and the Movement 1906 - 2006
Apr 04, 2006 06:04 PM
by Cass Silva
carlosaveline cardoso aveline <email@example.com> wrote:=20
C. W. LEADBEATER=EF=BF=BDS FIRST SCANDAL
AND THE FUTURE OF THE MOVEMENT
One hundred years ago, in April 1906, a scandal exploded like a bomb in the=
Adyar Theosophical Society.
It was the first of the sex scandals involving children, created by C. W.=
Henry Olcott was alive and presided the Society. The Adyar T.S. Historian=
Josephine Ransom reports in her book =EF=BF=BDA Short History of the Theos=
Society=EF=BF=BD that the process started in February, when the director o=
Adyar Esoteric Shool in the USA, Mrs. Dennis, wrote a letter to Annie=20
Besant, the head of the School denouncing Leadbeater for immorality.
In the letter, Mrs. Dennis said:
1) Leadbeater was =EF=BF=BDteaching boys given into his care demoralizing p=
2) Leadbeater was =EF=BF=BDdoing this with deliberate intent and under the =
occult training or with the promise of an increase of physical manhood=EF=
3) Leadbeater =EF=BF=BDhad demanded, at least in one case, promise of utmos=
In April 1906 the issue came to the hands of Olcott and the investigation=20
started. Confronted with the facts, Leadbeater confessed : the=20
pseudo-clairvoyant was =EF=BF=BDteaching masturbation=EF=BF=BD to young boy=
Annie Besant then said she entirely disagreed with Leadbeater=EF=BF=BDs =
and =EF=BF=BDteachings=EF=BF=BD to the boys. Preparatory steps were taken f=
or the expelling=20
of Leadbeater from the Society. The process would start from his own=20
theosophical Lodge. The presidential delegate in charge of the issue, Mr.=
R.A. Burnett, took a clear position, as Josephine Ransom reports:
=EF=BF=BDIf Mr. Leadbeater agreed to resign all connection with the Adyar =
and its work, it was understood the prosecution before his Lodge would not=
be pressed: if not, his expulsion from the Society was called for.=EF=BF=BD=
The false clairvoyant resigned from the Theosophical Society. C.=20
Jinarajadasa, who defended Leadbeater=EF=BF=BDs innocence, was led to resig=
Mr. Henry Olcott started to deliver public talks about =EF=BF=BDThe Danger=
Psychism=EF=BF=BD, an obvious warning about what had happened to C. W. Lea=
But for some reason, weeks later, H. Olcott got gravely ill and the=20
karmic tide changed.
As soon as Olcott died, in February 1907, Leadbeater disciples invented som=
messages from the Mahatmas suggesting his innocence, and he came back to=20
the Theosophical Society. With him, came back the sex scandals.
Several influential members then abandoned the Society. But Besant depended=
on Leadbeater=EF=BF=BDs =EF=BF=BDclairvoyance=EF=BF=BD to stimulate her own=
fancies that she was an=20
initiate and that Adyar was in contact with the Masters. She needed him,=20
and soon Leadbeater was visiting physical plane houses and cities in Mercur=
and Mars; examining Martian extensive agriculture; and describing its=20
politics and culture.
Here on earth, Leadbeater started preparing the young boy Jiddu Krishnamurt=
to be =EF=BF=BDLord Christ=EF=BF=BD. He announced that this new Messiah wou=
ld end all wars=20
in the 20th century. Every armed forces would be dissolved, since Julius=20
Caesar would reappear together with the Christ to create a world government=
Leadbeater said this was absolutely sure =EF=BF=BD after all he had full co=
with, and frequently talked to, =EF=BF=BDLord Christ=EF=BF=BD in person.
Most of such absurdities are in Leadbeater=EF=BF=BDs books. This is the =
why many of his books have been silently disappearing from bookstores since=
What do the present-day Adyar authorities think about this? Anyone who talk=
about C.W. Leadbeater to Mrs. Radha Burnier will observe the president of=
the Adyar TS does not actively defend him as a person, nor as an author, =
and much less as a =EF=BF=BDclairvoyant=EF=BF=BD. Ms. Radha does not defend=
publically or in private. She only recomends to the questioners =EF=BF=BD =
make too much noise about this=EF=BF=BD.
Such has been the policy since the 1930s. This =EF=BF=BDselective silence=
=EF=BF=BD in fact=20
expresses a subtle denial of reality and a disrespect for actual facts whic=
but conceals a lack of courage to face them in an open way.
In the first decade of the 21st century, it is too late to go on with this.=
There are better things to do.
Both the Adyar TS and the theosophical movement as a whole have a lot to=20
gain from the acceptance of true facts. Key, positive lessons will be=20
learned when people calmly examine the incredible mistakes of the=20
Besant/Leadbeater period. There is no reason to keep on with a policy of=20
denial. After all, we all know that there is no religion, or corporate=20
interest, higher than Truth.
Far from being =EF=BF=BDdefeated=EF=BF=BD, by accepting the facts of Histo=
ry the Adyar=20
Society will only expand its horizons and rediscover the importance of=20
Truthfulness. It will get rid of rituals, rites and the false clairvoyance=
that led to them. It will be able once more to study and live the real=20
Theosophy of H.P.B. and the Masters. This may happen in a few decades,=20
What about the rest of the movement? As Adyar improves, many of the=20
difficulties of the non-Adyar groups and institutions will disappear. The=20
reason for this is that the movement is only one, and its inner magnetic=
field is the same. No =EF=BF=BDseparation=EF=BF=BD is possible at the occu=
On the other hand, Adyar must not be seen as a scapegoat. Common sense say=
that Adyar is far from having the monopoly of mistakes in the movement. =
Everyone must improve. No one owns truth.
An active co-responsibility for the future of the movement belongs to each=
and to all of us, whether we are independent theosophists or members and=20
associates of this or that organization.
Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline.
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(1) =EF=BF=BDA Short History of the Theosophical Society=EF=BF=BD, by Jose=
TPH, first edition 1938, first reprint 1989, 589 pp., see p. 356.
(2) =EF=BF=BDA Short History of the Theosophical Society=EF=BF=BD, p. 358.
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