I am reading The Inner Life by Charles W. Leadbeater. Leadbeater is one of the pillars of Theosophy and the clairvoyant man who picked the boy Jiddu Krishnamurti out of a crowd and proclaimed him the vehicle for the Lord Maitreya. Essentially, he located and helped raise the Theosophical version of the Second Coming of Christ.
Maitreya is a spiritual entity said to be the world teacher, the bridge between spiritual and human knowledge. So that’s what Krishnamurti was raised to be and he famously rejected it when he came of age.
With that as background, take a look at these chapter headings and subheadings for The Inner Life:
Those are only some of the chapters, a sampling to give you an idea how exhaustive his material is. Keep in mind, this is only one of several books by the man on life, death, and everything in between. And these are like supplemental materials to Theosophical co-founder Madame Blavatsky’s voluminous works.
Here, then, is my question: What was the need of a world teacher? Leadbeater’s got it all figured out.
I suppose the same question could be put to Christians: If we look at the evidence that John the Baptist was Jesus, and that evidence is based partly on the similarities in what they preached, then why did Jesus need to exist? I mean, whether John was actually him or not, did we need a Christ at that point? Did Jesus add anything new to the dialogue outside of the need to believe in him to get to heaven? (Which is a kind of tax when you think about it.)
But, I’m on shakier ground with the Christian question because not everything is so meticulously outlined as it is in Theosophy. As I read all of the minutiae of Leadbeater’s truth claims, which have devolved into New Age claims and principles, I have to wonder what a world teacher would have had to offer and if anyone in Theosophy ever asked that question.
Really, the only new thing a world teacher could bring to the table is exactly what Krishnamurti did: Take a look around at all that has been written, all that has been said, and all that has been foisted upon you and say, “Nah. I’m all set with that, thanks.”
Then walk away.