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C.W. Lead Beater - A Textbook of Theosophy

C.W. Lead Beater - 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......................................................................................................................................1Chapter I. WHAT THEOSOPHY IS.......................................................................................................1Chapter II. FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO MAN.....................................................................................4Chapter III. THE FORMATION OF A SOLAR SYSTEM....................................................................7Chapter IV. THE EVOLUTION OF LIFE............................................................................................10Chapter V. THECONSTITUTION OF MAN......................................................................................15Chapter VI. AFTER DEATH................................................................................................................22Chapter VII. REINCARNATION.........................................................................................................34Chapter VIII. THE PURPOSE OF LIFE...............................................................................................37Chapter IX. THE PLANETARY CHAINS...........................................................................................42Chapter X. THE RESULT OF THEOSOPHICAL STUDY.................................................................46
A Textbook of Theosophyi
 
A Textbook of Theosophy
C.W. Leadbeater
This page formatted 2004 Blackmask Online.http://www.blackmask.comChapter I. WHAT THEOSOPHY IS
Chapter II. FROM THE ABSOLUTE TO MAN
Chapter III. THE FORMATION OF A SOLAR SYSTEM
Chapter IV. THE EVOLUTION OF LIFE
Chapter V. THECONSTITUTION OF MAN
Chapter VI. AFTER DEATH
Chapter VII. REINCARNATION
Chapter VIII. THE PURPOSE OF LIFE
Chapter IX. THE PLANETARY CHAINS
Chapter X. THE RESULT OF THEOSOPHICAL STUDY
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A TEXTBOOK OF THEOSOPHYbyC.W. LEADBEATER1912
Chapter I. WHAT THEOSOPHY IS
“There is a school of philosophy still in existence of which modern culture has lost sight.” In these words Mr.A.P. Sinnett began his book,
The Occult World 
, the first popular exposition of Theosophy, published thirtyyears ago. [Namely in 1881.] During the years that have passed since then, many thousands have learnedwisdom in that school, yet to the majority its teachings are still unknown, and they can give only the vaguestof replies to the query, “What is Theosophy?”Two books already exist which answer that question: Mr. Sinnett's
Esoteric Buddhism
and Dr. Besant's
The Ancient Wisdom
. I have no thought of entering into competition with those standard works; what I desire is topresent 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. Thatis so; yet, from another point of view, we may surely say that it is at once a philosophy, a religion and ascience. It is a philosophy, because it puts plainly before us an explanation of the scheme of evolution of boththe souls and the bodies contained in our solar system. It is a religion in so far as, having shown us the courseof ordinary evolution, it also puts before us and advises a method of shortening that course, so that byconscious effort we may progress more directly towards the goal. It is a science, because it treats both thesesubjects as matters not of theological belief but of direct knowledge obtainable by study and investigation. Itasserts that man has no need to trust to blind faith, because he has within him latent powers which, when
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