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C.W._Leadbeater_-_A_Textbook_of_Theosophy

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A Textbook of Theosophy
C.W. Leadbeater
Table of Contents
A Textbook of Theosophy..................................................................................................................................1

C.W. Leadbeater......................................................................................................................................1 Chapter I. WHAT THEOSOPHY IS.......................................................................................................1 Chapter II. FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO MAN.....................................................................................4 Chapter III. THE FORMATION OF A SOLAR SYSTEM....................................................................7 Chapter IV. THE EVOLUTION OF LIFE............................................................................................10 Chapter V. THE CONSTITUTION OF MAN......................................................................................15 Chapter VI. AFTER DEATH................................................................................................................22 Chapter VII. REINCARNATION.........................................................................................................34 Chapter VIII. THE PURPOSE OF LIFE...............................................................................................37 Chapter IX. THE PLANETARY CHAINS...........................................................................................42 Chapter X. THE RESULT OF THEOSOPHICAL STUDY.................................................................46

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Chapter II. FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO MAN
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Chapter III. THE FORMATION OF A SOLAR SYSTEM
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Chapter IV. THE EVOLUTION OF LIFE
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Chapter V. THE CONSTITUTION OF MAN
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Chapter VI. AFTER DEATH
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Chapter VII. REINCARNATION
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Chapter VIII. THE PURPOSE OF LIFE
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Chapter IX. THE PLANETARY CHAINS
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Chapter X. THE RESULT OF THEOSOPHICAL STUDY
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A TEXTBOOK OF THEOSOPHY

by
C.W. LEADBEATER
1912

Chapter I. WHAT THEOSOPHY IS

\u201cThere is a school of philosophy still in existence of which modern culture has lost sight.\u201d In these words Mr.
A.P. Sinnett began his book, The Occult World, the first popular exposition of Theosophy, published thirty
years ago. [Namely in 1881.] During the years that have passed since then, many thousands have learned
wisdom in that school, yet to the majority its teachings are still unknown, and they can give only the vaguest
of replies to the query, \u201cWhat is Theosophy?\u201d

Two books already exist which answer that question: Mr. Sinnett's Esoteric Buddhism and Dr. Besant'sThe
Ancient Wisdom. I have no thought of entering into competition with those standard works; what I desire is to
present a statement, as clear and simple as I can make it, which may be regarded as introductory to them.

We often speak of Theosophy as not in itself a religion, but the truth which lies behind all religions alike. That
is so; yet, from another point of view, we may surely say that it is at once a philosophy, a religion and a
science. It is a philosophy, because it puts plainly before us an explanation of the scheme of evolution of both
the souls and the bodies contained in our solar system. It is a religion in so far as, having shown us the course
of ordinary evolution, it also puts before us and advises a method of shortening that course, so that by
conscious effort we may progress more directly towards the goal. It is a science, because it treats both these
subjects as matters not of theological belief but of direct knowledge obtainable by study and investigation. It
asserts that man has no need to trust to blind faith, because he has within him latent powers which, when

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