The Chakras Plus

C. W. Leadbeater and Dr. Jane Maati Smith The Chakras: Including An Updated List Of Chakra Balancing Colors, Gemstones, Fragrances And Foods CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2008

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Leadbeater’s classic work on the chakras, plus Colors, Gemstones, Fragrances and Foods!

Leadbeater Re-Published

Since the copyright on Leadbeater’s works has lapsed, there seems to have been a substantial re-publication or reprinting of them, sometimes with new or revised titles, mostly in paperback and often self-published.

The Amazon Leadbeater pages – running to more than ten pages – provide an interesting array of these – see:

One book of particular interest, given its publisher’s description, is C. W. Leadbeater (Author), Paul Tice (Introduction) Secrets Revealed: Clairvoyance, Magic and the Reality of Spirits Book Tree, 2003:

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“This book is composed of a rare collection of lectures never before published in a volume by itself. Leadbeater was an extremely prolific and respected writer on psychic development and was once a spiritual teacher at the renowned Theosophical Society. This is Leadbeater’s “lost book,” now found. We gave it this title, “Secrets Revealed”, because it is a collection of amazing information and stories on mind power, magic and ghostly apparitions. Those who have spent years delving into these subjects will often wonder why they have never seen or heard of this information before.”

The Star Amphitheatre, Balmoral

The Star Amphitheatre, Balmoral is an excellent publication from the Local Studies Service of Mosman Library (Mosman Council, Sydney, NSW). It is available as a PDF on-line via:

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It contains:

  • a brief history of The Star Amphitheatre, Balmoral (with photograph);
  • a brief history of The Manor, Clifton Gardens (with photograph);
  • a brief history of the Garden School, Mosman (with photograph).

The following is an extract of the section on The Star Amphitheatre:

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The Star Amphitheatre was a Grecian Doric style structure built between1923 and 1924 above Edwards Beach, at the northern end of Balmoral. It was a site described as having ‘the best view from Balmoral Beach of the North Head of Sydney Harbour’. (Roe 1980, p104).

The amphitheatre was designed by architects, J.E. Justelius & Son, and built by John Jamieson at a cost of 16,000 pounds. The architectural drawings showing the beach elevation indicate that it was three stories high, with the stage towering 21 metres (70 feet) above the beach. Underneath, at beach level, was a library, meeting halls, meditation and tea rooms. The Star Amphitheatre could seat 2000 people and had standing room for another 1000. The building was partly cut into the sandstone rock and partly constructed of concrete. (Souter, 1994, p167)….

Mary Rocke, a retired doctor, member of the Theosophical Society, secretary and physician to Leadbeater, purchased three adjacent blocks of land sloping from Wyargine Street, Balmoral to the beach. With a loan of 4,000 pounds and the rest of the cost raised by selling subscription seats, the Star Amphitheatre was built on this site.

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H.M. Storey on Leadbeater

Leadbeater’s life in Sydney has resulted in some curious recollections. This is but one. A personal memoir by H.M. Storey about growing up in Leichhardt from 1925 onwards now held in the Leichardt Library (Sydney, New South Wales).

The claims that “At St. Alban’s Cathedral the register of Births, Deaths and Marriages was a large and heavy stone tablet chained to a massive pillar”, along with much else in the account is, alas, fictional. It does, however, have a vague basis in fact – in the extraordinary divorce case involving Lawrence Wilfred Burt, a Priest and later a Bishop of the Liberal Catholic Church.

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National Advocate (Bathurst) 5 April 1928

“At one moment in her pilgrimage Aunt Gertrude was a Theosophist. There used to be a lovely white Greek temple at Balmoral, which had been erected by them. The theory was that the Messiah at the Second Coming would descend at the Heads and walk over to the place where they had sited their fane.

It is difficult, I suppose impossible, to convey to anyone who never knew the bright matutinal charm of this structure, looking across the sparkling blue waters of the harbour, sequestered in bushy greenness and denoted by the quiet yellow crescent beach, a true, impression of its beauty. If one had been granted the boon of a classical education, it was altogether entrancing. Alas, an insensitive investor in the course of time snapped it up, demolished it and built in its place a drab unimposing block, of flats. Had there been a National Trust this would never have been allowed and today the temple would stand as one of the glories of Sydney.

What a happy recollection I have of school and University vacations when I would spend long summer days at Balmoral, my body drinking in the sun, my young eyes returning the challenge of the relentless glare; pleasantly ruffled by the persistent north-easter; taking in the smell of salt water, seaweed and hot rock pools; at peace with everything and excited with life.

At the Balmoral temple the faithful could have their names inscribed, for a fee, on the marble benches, the rule being the higher the subscription the lower the inscription. The price for the front row was said to run into four figures, but I doubt that Auntie Gertie’s name appeared on the second row. Of course, Uncle Cecil was dead by this time. The mere idea of him paying all that for silver a seat at the Resurrection stretches the imagination too far.

The ecclesiastical bastion of the Theosophists was the Liberal Catholic Church, whose cathedral, St. Albans, was in downtown Sydney. The bishop was one Leadbeater. Tall, Handsome, patriarchal and with a deep and sonorous voice, he was a distinguished personage.

The Theosophists had purchased the Manor, a large house at Clifton Gardens. During the first world war it was empty and desolate. The second troop of the Mosman Day Scouts carried out a sort of guard duty there, I have forgotten on what pretext.

The story was that it had been built by a prosperous brick merchant of Austrian origin, who had changed his name to Bakewell. Then came the war. As an enemy citizen he was likely to be interned. Putting his family and valued possessions on a launch he sailed through the Heads and was never seen again.

The derelict building became known as Bakewell’s Folly.

When I was about twenty a number of delightful young Indian women came to live there. They were kept pretty closely guarded but could be seen late in the afternoon, suitably escorted, walking along the beach, which was a long walk from Clifton Gardens, looking quite charming in coloured saris and headdresses, breaking out into intermittent bursts of high pitched chatter.

A number of susceptible young Mosman men decided to present themselves as postulants. But Leadbeater was no fool and the applications were coldly ignored.

At St. Alban’s Cathedral the register of Births, Deaths and Marriages was a large and heavy stone tablet chained to a massive pillar.

This was a divorce case, and the fact of marriage had to be proved. Leadbeater was called as a witness. He made a solemn entry. Resplendently clad in a long crimson robe he advanced to the witness box. The Judge in Divorce, Langer Owen, Australian born but Charterhouse and Oxford, viewed him with distaste. Owen followed the rather unusual practice of swearing in the witnesses himself. In flat and nasal tones he said “What is your name, witness.” His eyes sweeping the court room the witness answered “My name is John William Charles Leadbeater, Bishop.” “And what is your address, Mr Bishop?” “My name is not Bishop, it is Leadbeater”. “I distinctly heard you say your name was James William Charles Leadbeater Bishop. I am reading from my notes.”

Leadbeater pontificated but Owen was in a cranky mood. Ordinarily he was a courteous and helpful judge. But not in this case. He insisted on the St. Alban’s register being produced. This meant that it had to be disenchained and it took five men to carry it into the court room. The marriage being finally proved and a decree nisi granted, the usual request was made for the return of the exhibits.

Unless there were some compelling reason the order was invariably made. Owen refused to make it. Weeks went by and a good deal of inconvenience was occasioned to the Liberal Catholic Church. In the end his Associate, A.B. Kerrigan, later a leader of the Equity Bar and one of the best law raconteurs of his generation, had the courage to tell the judge that he was being unreasonable.

The Theosophists in time vanished and the temple was taken over by a well-known Vaudeville show under the direction of Humphrey Bishop.”


M. (Henry Mackintosh) Storey (1906-1990) was a lawyer and political activist. During the 1930s he was active in the United Australia Party, and unsuccessfully contested various Sydney seats. He worked for the Commonwealth War Loans Organisation in the 1940s, and subsequently the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office until his retirement in 1971. During 1945-46 he was President of the Constitutional Association of New South Wales.

Douglas Pettit

Douglas William Lawrence Pettit was born in 1890 in Calgary, Canada, the son of Frederick William Pettit and his wife, Emmeline. He moved to the USA and was naturalized as an American citizen in California in 1915. He died in California in 1918.

Douglas was mildly physically disabled, and was placed by his parents, at the age of fourteen, into the care of Leadbeater during his tour of the USA in 1903-1904.

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One of particular interest had been written by Frederick Pettit, father of Douglas Pettit, the boy central to the case. It was a circular entitled: “To All Parents Throughout the World”. It was dated 18 August 1909, and bore Pettit’s signature and that of a Notary Public. See:

Pettit stated that his son, Douglas, had first met Leadbeater in Vancouver in 1903 when he was thirteen years old. He had initially gone on a trip with Leadbeater to California, but the trip had been extended to the eastern United States. Pettit had not considered or discussed placing his son with Leadbeater for “occult training”. On the boys’ return in July 1904, Douglas had appeared over-anxious, regarded women with contempt, and sneered at parental authority, saying that that was how Leadbeater had taught him to behave.

Douglas began back at school. He suffered an epileptic fit, and when consulting a physician, told him that Leadbeater had “taught” him to masturbate to make him “woman proof”. He also stated that Leadbeater had slept with him and “in other ways acted in a disgustingly familiar way towards him”.

In 1909, concerned that their son’s health seemed to be deteriorating, the Pettits took Douglas to the headquarters of the (rival) Theosophical Society at Point Loma (California). It was under the leadership of Katherine Tingley. That visit led to two consequences which cannot have helped Douglas.

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The Theosophical Headquarters at Point Loma

In February 1910, Alexander Fullerton (1841-1913), a former Episcopalian Priest and Attorney, for a time General Secretary of the (Adyar) Theosophical Society, and General Secretary of the American Section until 1907, was charged in the Federal District Court in New York by the New York Society for the Prevention of Vice with sending obscene letters to Douglas Pettit. Copies of the letters had been forwarded to the Postal Inspector by Mrs Tingley, and criminal charges followed. Fullerton was adjudged insane and sent to an asylum for the criminally insane where he spent the remainder of his life. That, at least, meant that Douglas was not require to give evidence in court.

Also while at Point Loma in 1911, Douglas Pettit made an even more incriminating statement when Mrs Tingley interviewed him about his relationship with Leadbeater.   He swore that he and Leadbeater had actually had sexual relations, that Rigel and George Nevers (two others boys named in the case) had also had sexual relations with Leadbeater, and that Leadbeater told them the Masters preferred this form of sexual relationship to heterosexual intercourse. Mrs Tingley, unsurprisingly, ensured that those claims were publicized.


Katherine Tingley (1847-1929)

This supports the Sworn Statement of Douglas D. Pettit presented as Exhibit CC No 1778 1913 Madras – see:

Mr Charles W. Leadbeater and myself occupied the same bed, habitually sleeping together. On the morning succeeding the first night that we slept together, and before we rose to dress, Mr Charles W. Leadbeater explained to me the practice and urged me to engage in the practice, giving as a reason therefore that it would aid me in overcoming any desire to have sexual intercourse with women – which desire, he told me, would develop in the course of nature at my age very soon.

Mr Charles W. Leadbeater told me that the practice was recommended by his Master and teacher for that reason and advised me not to speak of the matter to anyone.

This reciprocal practice continued for the greater part of seven months.

Sworn Statement of Douglas D. Pettit. Exhibit CC No 1778 1913 Madras

Leadbeater was informed of this statement by Mrs Marie Russak in a letter dated March 1, 1911.  He concluded: “One of the black magicians has seized the weak mental state of Douglas.” Leadbeater, who, as usual, did not deny the charges made against him, replied that he had had problems with all the American boys who were “thrust upon him”.

Leadbeater, in his usual way, had dealt with all his American critics in a letter to Mrs Besant on October 9, 1906 when he concluded: “There is a certain unscrupulousness and want of honour in the American character which may be a troublesome factor in the new sub-race; and it seems to need only a little stress to bring it to the surface even in the better class of Americans.”

On his website, Pedro Oliveira reproduces the wills of Frederick William Pettit and Emmeline Pettit, Douglas’ parents – – presumably to imply that the boy’s parents rejected any allegations against Leadbeater regarding Douglas since those documents appointed “Charles William [sic] Leadbeater” to be their son’s guardian in the event of their deaths. However, both wills are dated 10 November 1903, just when Leadbeater, having only recently met the boy, was setting out on a trip with Douglas, and some three years before the boy had made any allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Mr Oliveira also reproduces, both photographically and in text form, a letter from Frederick Pettit to Alexander Fullerton, then General Secretary of the American Section, dated June 16 1906, demanding more information and evidence in regard to the charges against Leadbeater (who is referred to as “X” in the correspondence) and demanding a full inquiry into the matter.Whether I find personally that C.W.L. has wronged my son and has deserved what has been meeted out to him or whether I decide otherwise”.

He concludes: “As I have said, I am not attempting to whitewash X. If there is anyone in the wide world who should be “boiling over with righteous indignation”, It should be I, — the father of one of the ruined boys.” Needless to say, Mr Oliveira does not provide any information about the criminal charges brought against the same Mr Fullerton in relation to Douglas.

The future fate of Douglas seems not to have been a matter with which anyone in either Theosophical Society was concerned.


Teozofija on Leadbeater

“There is no doubt that G.J. Tillett’s Ph. D. Thesis: “Charles Webster Leadbeater, 1854-1934: A Biographical Study” is very precious source of data concerning the history of the Theosophical Society. It is very interesting reading of what could be possible called “Theosophical Pride and Prejudice” and what compels me to write down my impressions about this valuable and interesting work.

The most argued issue in the theosophical circles addressed by G. J. Tillett is for sure the assumption that C.W. Leadbeater was actually an evil sex pervert and Black Magician.

It is quite clear that C.W.L. himself confessed that he taught boys in his custody practices which were generally considered as immoral and that he has hidden this fact before boys’ parents. On the other hand the allegations that he was actually in physical contact with boys while introducing these and other even more sinister practices and rituals seems less certain as these accusations were made by people who might be viewed as weak witnesses as they have had some political or personal interest to persecute C.W.L. As these allegations were dismissed by judge in the only proceedings in the court as lies and by Australian police as not enough supported to be brought to the court they have not been proven as facts.

Therefore, in my opinion, the truth on this issue remains hidden. But as with every new day new facts about the sinister and shocking rituals in which so-called “world elite” is involved in comes to the light also these allegations can not be lightly dismissed nevertheless how shocking they are.

But more then in C.W.L.’s personality and his wrongdoing I am interested in the implications of so-called “Leadbeater affair” on the T.S. and in the way how the Society coped with it.

Its seems that parents’ main motive to entrust their children to C.W.L. was their aspirations that boys and girls will enjoy an advanced “occult training,” whatever this means, and that this was part of the activities of the Esoteric Section as boys’ parents were in general, as seems, prominent members of this organization. We can come to this conclusion also because Annie Besant, Outer Head of the E.S., intended to expel from the E.S. all who had taken part in making the affair public.

Therefore it should have been normal that the problem would have been addressed and solved within this organization. But after the exchange of some letters between high officials of the E.S. in America and O.H. of the E.S. in which investigation and prompt action was demanded but didn’t meet appropriate response, the President of the American Section of the T.S. issued an official circular letter to all American members of the T.S. which dealt with the C.W.L.’s alleged immoral behavior. In that way he made the “affair” a matter of the T.S.

American members then began moves to have C.W.L. expelled from the T.S. Their representative met with the T.S. President Henry Still Olcott, the GS of the British Section and officials of C.W.L.’s mother Lodge. H.S.O. who according to the by-laws, should autonomously decide in this matter or bring it to the consideration of the General Council, instead appointed an ad hoc committee which invited C.W.L. to discuss the problem behind the doors. The outcome was C.W.L.’s resignation as special Presidential Delegate and as a member of the T.S.”

From: G.J. Tillett’s Ph. D. Thesis: “Charles Webster Leadbeater, 1854-1934: A Biographical Study” Impressions by Editor 21.11.2008

Full text available on-line at:

It should be noted that the assertion that the claims relating to allegations that Leadbeater engaged in physical contact with boys “were dismissed by judge in the only proceedings in the court as lies” is simply untrue. The matters were never considered by any court.

Evolution of Mrs. Besant

Another important work which provides additional material to that published in CWL Speaks is The Editor of “Justice”, Madras Evolution of Mrs. Besant. Being the life and public activities of Mrs. Annie Besant, secularist, socialist, theosophist and politician. With sidelights on the inner workings of the Theosophical Society and the methods by which Mr. Leadbeater arrived at the threshold of divinity by The editor of Justice, Madras Madras Justice Print Works, Madras, 1918, available in digital form on-line at:

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Chapters XVIII-LXVII (pp.111-316) details to 1906 Crisis in the Theosophical Society and include reproductions of letters between Besant and Leadbeater, and letters published by those in favour of an opposed to Leadbeater’s return to the Theosophical Society. Appendix 1 reproduces the report of the Committee convened in 1906 to discuss the charges against Leadbeater. Appendices 2 and 3 reproduce the judgments in the Indian cases relating to the guardianship of Krishnamurti.

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Mrs Besant and the Alcyone Case

“Veritas” Mrs Besant and the Alcyone Case Goodwin & Co, Mylapore, 1913 provides a very detailed report of the court proceedings in India, and reproduces almost all the documentary evidence presented by the Plaintiff, including that relating to the 1906 scandal, with copies of correspondence between Leadbeater and Besant. It provides additional material to that published in CWL Speaks.

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That work is available in digital form on-line at:

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The work also include an account of Leadbeater’s evidence in the Krishnamurti custody case, including the lie he told in his sworn evidence regarding his age.

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Peculiar Prophets

James Lewis Peculiar Prophets: A Biographical Dictionary of New Religions Paragon House, 1999

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“James R. Lewis is Dean of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at the World University of America and Senior Editor at the Center for Academic Publications. He is a world-recognized authority on non-traditional religions including sects, cults, and secular groups. One of the strengths of American pluralism is the diversity of religious affiliations outside the mainstream. In this prodigious resource, Lewis presents biographies of more than 350 alternative prophets and the groups they formed.

The following list gives a sampling of the variety of new religions: Herbert W. Armstrong (Worldwide Church of God), Sri Aurobindo (a major Hindu seer to the West), Israel Baal Shem Tov (Hassidic Judaism), Helena P. Blavatsky (Theosophical Society), Edgar Cayce (psychic), Louis Farrakhan (Nation of Islam), Charles Sherlock Fillmore (Unity School of Christianity), L. Ron Hubbard (Scientology), Kathryn Kuhlman (faith healer), Ann Lee (Shakers), Jane Roberts (New Age channel), Starhawk (Neopagan leader), John Paul Twitchell (ECKANKAR), and Swami Paramahansa Yogananda (Self-Realization Fellowship).”

The work includes brief entries on C.W. Leadbeater (pp.159-160), James Wedgwood (pp.28-282), Annie Besant (pp.32-33), H.P. Blavatsky (p. 34), W.Q. Judge (p.137), Krishnamurti (pp. 153-154), and H.S. Olcott (pp. 207-208).

The work is a useful “ready reference” for biographical data on religious leaders, albeit essentially American, of the 19th and 20th centuries.

CWL Speaks: A Review (13): A charge of sodomy?

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Mr Oliveira mentions in passing the Krishnamurti guardianship case in the Madras Courts in 1912-1913, and asserts that “the central accusatory piece was the charge of sodomy against CWL” which charge was “dismissed in the course of the proceedings”. [CWL Speaks p. 278] That assertion is nonsense. The Krishnamurti guardianship case was a civil matter, not a criminal trial. Leadbeater was not before the court charged with any crime, let alone sodomy.

No allegation of sodomy was made in the course of the case. Krishnamurti’s father, Narayaniah, alleged in his written statement that “a personal attendant”, Luxman, “had seen C.W. Leadbeater and J. Krishnamurti in the defendant’s [i.e. Mrs Besant’s] room engaged in committing an unnatural act”. The “unnatural act” was not further defined and certainly some people concluded that it referred to Sodomy. See “In the Court of the District Judge of Chingleput. O.S. No 47 of 1912. J. Narayaniah – Plaintiff versus Mrs Annie Besant – Defendant”. For details of the case and the subsequent appeals, see:  “Veritas” Mrs Besant and the Alcyone Case Goodwin & Co, Mylapore, 1913 provides a very detailed report of the court proceedings in India, and reproduces almost all the documentary evidence presented by the Plaintiff, including that relating to the 1906 scandal, with copies of correspondence between Leadbeater and Besant. That work is available in digital form on-line at: The text of Narayaniah’s statement can also be found in:  Francis King Sexuality, Magic and Perversion Neville Spearman, London, 1971:130-135.

Narayaniah’s allegation was not accepted by the Judge, which is a very different matter to having a charge (which did not exist) dismissed. However, in the course of his judgement, the Judge found Leadbeater to be “a person holding immoral ideas”.

A good, and mercifully succinct, account of that case can be found in Arthur Nethercot The Last Four Lives of Annie Besant Rupert Hart-Davis, London, 1963:184-201.