The Monad by C.W. Leadbeater

The Monad by C.W. Leadbeater. Front book cover of the Adyar Edition.

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Title: The Monad
Author: C.W. Leadbeater
Format: Paperback
Pages: 167

'It is a matter of exceeding difficulty to express the relation of the personality to the ego...I think that on the whole the best way to put it is to say that the former is a fragment of the latter, a tiny part of him expressing itself under serious difficulties. We meet a person on the physical plane; we speak to him; and we think and say that we know him. It would be a little nearer to the truth to say that we know a thousandth part of him.

'Even when clairvoyance is developed-even when a man opens the sight of his causal body, and looks at the causal body of another man- even then, though he sees a manifestation of the ego on his own plane, he is still far from seeing the real man.'       Extract from the first chapter.

THE MONAD is a collection of essays written by CW Leadbeater and published in Theosophical magazines between 1913 and 1920, pertaining to the higher consciousness of man. it casts light with a clairvoyant insight and Theosophical understanding on topics such as psychic development, the Buddhic consciousness and the meaning of Time. This small volume deals with subjects of Theosophy, and over the years it has become a classic of Theosophical literature.

Charles Webster Leadbeater (1847-1934)
Charles Webster Leadbeater (1847-1934), was Church of England clergyman until he joined the Theosophical Society in 1883. He spent some years in Sri Lanka working for the revival of Buddhism, and later became the Presiding Bishop of the Liberal Catholic Church, which seeks to combine the preservation of the Catholic sacraments with the widest measure of freedom of thought and interpretation of the scriptures. He was a highly developed clairvoyant and the author of over thirty books on the spiritual life and on the psychic nature of man. He unfolded and perfected his own psychic faculties under the guidance of his Adept teacher and in 1893 began his clairvoyant investigations, on occasion collaborating with Annie Besant, the second President of the Theosophical Society. His worldwide lectures presented a new viewpoint to thousands of people.