The Founder of the Liberal Catholic
Church Reports From the Red Planet
Carlos Cardoso Aveline
Although Mrs. Annie Besant (left) did not travel herself to the planet Mars (right
side photos), she was also a self-styled clairvoyant. She therefore fully supported and
confirmed Mr. Leadbeater’s reports about the physical plane civilization on that planet.
A 2012 Editorial Note:
Falsehood is doomed to imitate truth, and
ignorance often hides itself under the outer forms
of wisdom. The greatest absurdities can be said
and done under the appearance of, and in the name
of, theosophy. As to life on Mars, for instance,
Helena Blavatsky wrote in “The Secret Doctrine”:
“When the present work was commenced, the writer,
feeling sure that the speculation about Mars and Mercury
was a mistake, applied to the Teachers by letter for explanation
and an authoritative version. Both came in due time, and
verbatim extracts from these are now given. ‘… It is quite
correct that Mars is in a state of obscuration at present’ (…)” 
The words are clear enough. Yet Annie Besant and Charles
Leadbeater thought, thanks to their imaginary talks to false Masters,
that they knew much better than that. A few years after H.P.B.’s
death, the “theosophical” visits to the planets Mars and Mercury started.
Charles W. Leadbeater’s “clairvoyance” is responsible for the entire ritualistic and “esoteric” structure still governing behind the scenes most of life in the Adyar Theosophical Society. And he made extraordinary statements about life on the Planet Mars. Presented in the first editions of his book “Inner Life” , his Martian discoveries serve the purpose of indicating the true quality of his clairvoyance.
“Inner Life” was first published in 1910. By then nearly all Adyar Theosophists believed the Martian Expeditions to be true, as the author emphatically claimed.
His words were the words of a divinely inspired being: few dared question him. After all, besides travelling to other planets, Leadbeater had frequent personal conversations with the “Lord Christ” the “King of the World” and other great spiritual authorities whom he himself had invented, with the political and clairvoyant help of Mrs. Annie Besant. No one could even think, therefore, that the bishop belonged to the Pinocchio family.
It was only between the 1960s and the 1970s that the Adyar T.S. editors seemed to lose their faith, so to say, in his Martian revelations.
They did not say anything about it to the public, though. The editors tried to keep the fraud of Leadbeater’s “theosophy” still circulating. They only made an effort to hide his Martian trips, for this part of the fraud was clearly unsustainable already. From that time on, they quietly removed C.W.L.’s Mercurian and Martian revelations from any new editions of his book “Inner Life”.
Profoundly Christian in a Jesuitic sense, Mr. Leadbeater was the main founder of the Liberal Catholic Church. During his several personal visits to the planet Mars, he saw and observed the development of daily life on the red planet. Deeply concerned with spiritual matters, he reports that some Martians use metal sandals in their feet, while others look like Norwegian citizens.
He writes in “Inner Life”:
“The whole civilised population of Mars is one race, and there is practically no difference in features or complexion, except that, just as among ourselves, there are blondes and brunettes, some of the people having a faintly yellowish skin and black hair, while the majority have yellow hair and blue or violet eyes - somewhat Norwegian in appearance. They dress mostly in brilliant colours and both sexes wear an almost shapeless garment of some very soft material which falls straight from the shoulders down to the feet. Generally the feet are bare, though they sometimes use a sort of metal sandal or slipper, with a thong round the ankle.”
Almost obsessed about physical plane imaginary facts, the Liberal Bishop writes about the flowers, gardens and cities of Martian citizens:
“They are very fond of flowers, of which there is a great variety, and their towns are built on the general plan of the garden-city, the houses usually being one-storeyed only, but built round inner courtyards and straggling over a great deal of ground. These houses look exteriorly as though built of coloured glass, and indeed the material which is used is transparent, but it is somehow so fluted that while the persons inside enjoy an almost unimpeded view of their gardens, no one from the outside can see what is going on in the house.”
Out of modesty perhaps, the remarkable seer does not tell his readers whether his own books are being published already by the Martian Publishing Houses. Yet it is certain that he has an interest in the cultural life of the red planet’s inhabitants, for he writes:
“They have two methods of recording their thoughts. One is to speak into a small box with a mouthpiece on one side of it, something like that of a telephone. Each word so spoken is by the mechanism expressed as a kind of complicated sign upon a little plate of metal (…..) which can easily be read by those who are familiar with the scheme. The other plan is actually to write by hand, but that is an enormously more difficult acquirement, for the script is a very complicated kind of shorthand which can be written as rapidly as one can speak. It is in this latter script that all their books are printed, and these latter are usually in the shape of rolls made of very thin flexible metal. The engraving of them is exceedingly minute, and it is customary to read it through a magnifier, which is fixed conveniently upon a stand. In the stand there is machinery which unrolls the scroll before the magnifier at any desired rate, so that one reads without needing to touch the book at all.”
After saying that there is a secret society in Mars, the wise bishop gets carried on by his own feverish imagination - and perhaps by his Pinocchian tendencies. He says:
“Some at least of the members of the secret society have learnt how to cross without great difficulty the space which separates us from Mars, and have therefore at various times tried to manifest themselves through mediums at spiritual seances, or have been able, by the methods which they have learnt, to impress their ideas upon poets and novelists.”
At this point, Leadbeater confirms the first-hand character of his personal description of physical life on Mars.
“The information which I have given above is based upon observation and enquiry during various visits to the planet; yet nearly all of it might be found in the works of various writers within the last thirty or forty years, and in all such cases it has been communicated or impressed by someone from Mars, although the very fact of such impression was (at least in some cases) quite unknown to the physical writer.”
An important aspect of this liberal Bishop’s mission to Mars had to do necessarily with religion. He must have travelled there with a clear purpose. And he wrote:
“One of the most remarkable things about this people is that they have absolutely no religion. There are no churches, no temples, no places of worship of any sort whatever, no priests, no ecclesiastical power.”
This inevitably raises a question or two.
Is it possible that during his several visits to Mars Mr. Leadbeater was secretly preparing a religious mission to that Planet, a mission to be developed by well-trained priests of the Liberal Catholic Church?
In that case, could there be, right now, a group of L.C.C. priests enthusiastically celebrating Mass and preaching the Holy Gospel to the good Martian citizens?
While there has been no confirmation about that, it is certain that the degree of accuracy and nonsense one can find in C.W. Leadbeaters’ descriptions of life on Mars is approximately the same as one will find in his descriptions of talks with Masters of the Wisdom. And there is one more thought-provoking fact: it is entirely on the basis of such clairvoyant baloney that he and Mrs. Besant created the several ritualistic schemes - “Masonic” and “Catholic”, and the so-called “Egyptian Rite” (E.R.) - which even now exist behind the scenes in the Adyar Theosophical Society.
Who is going to firmly pronounce the mantra of truth and thus compassionately dismantle such traps, built to capture good-willing and well-intentioned souls?
The question remains open.
In spite of the homeopathical efforts made by Mrs. Radha Burnier to distance the Society from the nightmare of harmful ritualisms, the same old portrait-adoring and form-worshipping schemes still keep many an influential leader of the Adyar Society miles away from the real teaching of universal ethics and Eastern wisdom.
Mrs. Burnier did what she thought she could. Since 1978, she simplified the “Martian” structure of “promotions” and “degrees” in the so-called Egyptian Rite, which is secretly situated above the Esoteric School. At the same time, she widely promulgated the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti.
Being but a new age thinker, Krishnamurti did not know and did not teach real esoteric philosophy. But at least he vigorously denounced ritualism, churches, bureaucracy and blind belief. By adopting Krishnamurti as her main reference, Mrs. Burnier did take a first step. There could be others. She is an honest, deep and idealistic thinker. She may yet take stronger measures to fully follow her leader and liberate Adyar from those comically dysfunctional remains belonging to the “clairvoyant” atmosphere of the 1900-1934 period.
One small example should be mentioned. Out of the seven portraits of Masters used in meetings of the Adyar Esoteric School, five are fake portraits fabricated by the very Martian “clairvoyant”, or under his instructions. Mrs. Burnier will understand that this is certainly not the best way to show respect for the two true Masters and founders of the theosophical movement.
Being in charge of the E.S. since 1978, Mrs. Burnier might consider doing something about it. After all, she knows that respect for the teachers is the first step. On the “origin” of such portraits, she can refer to C. Jinarajadasa’s text on them, which usually circulates among third degree Pledged members of the Adyar School.
Life is cyclic. After winter, springtime comes. No falsehood is eternal. A few courageous steps toward the regeneration of respect for truth and for facts can smoothly pave the way for a second and deeper stage in the renaissance of classic theosophy that is already taking place within the Adyar Theosophical Society.
 “The Secret Doctrine”, H. P. Blavatsky, Theosophy Company, Los Angeles, vol I., p. 165.
 All the quotations in the present article which contain the Leadbeaterian views on Mars are reproduced from the book “Inner Life”, by C. W. Leadbeater, Section 10. The text was published by the magazine “Theosophical History”, London, January 1988; see pages 144-148 for the sentences quoted. I have the same text in the Spanish edition of “Inner Life”, by C.W.L., published in Buenos Aires by Editorial Glem (pp. 389-394). In later years, the USA T.P.H. editions of the book “Inner Life” have silently eliminated this description, as well as the brief but astonishing description of physical life on Mercury. Yet a Brazilian edition of the book “The Solar System”, by Mr. Arthur Powell - a follower of C.W.L.’s - can still be bought in Brazil with this description of physical life on Mars.
Another author and leading Adyar clairvoyant, Mr. Geoffrey Hodson, followed the same track at least up to the 1950s. In 1954-1955, Mr. Hodson delivered a series of talks and classes to students in the international headquarters of the Adyar Society, in Madras/Chennai, southern India. It was part of the “School of the Wisdom”. The content of his lectures was published by the T.P.H. in India, in 1955, in two large volumes under the title of “Lecture Notes - The School of the Wisdom”, with 616 pages in the volume I and 582 pages in volume II. On pages 445-442 of volume I, Mr. Geoffrey Hodson quotes and adopts, though in a somewhat cautious way, the same vividly absurd description made by Mr. Leadbeater about a physical plane civilization on the red planet. (C. C. A.)
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