Re: CWL and K
Mar 09, 1997 08:05 PM
The subject, is highly timely.
In the biography of CWL titled "The Elder Brother" by Gregory Tillett, I
found the following:
"To Mary Lutyens, when told about this biography and asked for
his comments, he said simply: "Leadbeater was evil", and
refused to discuss the matter further beyond the comment that
he found even thinking of him, or hearing his name, distasteful."
The above is based on the correspondence from Mary Lutyens to Tillett and
interview with her in London in August 1979.
The above is all the more significant because Mary Lutyens knew Leadbeater
personally, and had been a pupil of his in Sydney, Australia.
At 06:08 PM 3/9/97 -0500, Alan wrote on theos-roots and ti-l:
>The following quote is from Mary Lutyens' book,
>~Krishnamurti, The Years of Awakening~, p.32.
>[John Murray, London, 1975]
>It is of especial interest, as Mary Lutyens knew Leadbeater
>personally, and had been a pupil of his in Sydney, Australia.
>"Leadbeater now prevailed on Narianiah to allow the boys to
>eat at the 'Dharmashala', a new kitchen-dining-room built specially
>for Mrs Besant and a few privileged friends, where the food,
>cooked and served by Brahmins, was better and less highly spiced
>than at home. Leadbeater was also preparing for the boys a room
>in the Headquarters building for them to move into when Mrs
>Besant returned to Adyar. He had no intention of allowing them
>to go back to their father even when the new house was ready
>for occupation. He might have allowed Nitya to go back but
>Krishna refused to be parted from this little brother on whom he
>depended so much.
>"There was frequent friction between Narianiah and Leadbeater,
>who had no patience with orthodox Hindu sentiments and put
>down to selfishness the father's natural reluctance to allow his
>sons to be removed altogether from his influence. Leadbeater
>was quite ruthless; he was coarse in many ways, rude - especially
>to women, though never to Mrs Besant - and had no hesitation
>in swearing. He had doubtless learnt from Madame Blavatsky
>that such behaviour was not inconsistent with holiness, she herself
>being an extremely coarse woman much given to swearing. There
>was never a natural affinity between Leadbeater and Krishna, who
>was so gentle and whose Brahmin fastidiousness was often
>shocked by this hearty Englishman, just as Leadbeater was
>shocked by orthodox Hindu practices."
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