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Charles Webster Leadbeater 1854-1934 
A Biographical Study
by Gregory John Tillett
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Appendix 3: The Occult Hierarchy and the Masters

          In Leadbeater's Theosophy the existence of an unseen "occult bureaucracy", known as the Hierarchy, was of great importance.  Leadbeater claimed personal acquaintance with all members of it, and declared that the authority of the Theosophical Society and its subsidiary bodies derived from this hierarchy.

          The diagrams are based on Leadbeater's The Masters and the Path, and Jinarajadasa's First Principles of Theosophy.

          "The existence of perfected men, and the possibility of coming into touch with them, and being taught by them, are prominent among the great new truths which Theosophy brings to the western world.  Another of them is the stupendous fact that the world is not drifting blindly into anarchy, but that its progress is under the control of a perfectly organized hierarchy, so that final failure even for the tiniest of its units is of all impossibilities the most impossible.   A glimpse of the working of that hierarchy inevitably engenders the desire to co-operate with it, to serve under it, in however humble a capacity, and some time in the far-distant future to be worthy to join the outer fringes of its ranks. - A Textbook of Theosophy, 1971:5

          "The world is guided and directed to a large extent by a Brotherhood of Adepts to which our Masters belong."  - The Masters and the Path, 1953:25

          "Among the many startling ideas which confront the inquirer into Theosophy;   one of the most significant is that there is an inner Government of the World..... Here on this globe of ours which spins round the sun, Mighty Beings guide every event;  and the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind, as, too, their heroisms, sacrifices and dreams, are used by Them to achieve that particular part of the Plan of the LOGOS which is intended for fulfilment as the days and months pass, one by one.  The facts as to an inner Government of the World have been long kept as the most precious secrets in the ancient Mysteries...." - C. Jinarajadasa, First Principles of Theosophy, 1928:204-5


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1. The Occult Hierarchy

 

          Based on The Masters and the Path, 1925:285-336 and C. Jinarajadasa, First Principles of Theosophy, 1928:204-227


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2. The Path of Discipleship

     

          Based on Masters and the Path, 1925, and C. Jinarajadasa, First Principles of Theosophy, 1928:204-27


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Charles Webster Leadbeater 1854-1934 
A Biographical Study
by Gregory John Tillett
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