It’s the conclusion to the all-too-long life of C.W. Leadbeater. But somehow, the older Leadbeater and Annie Besant get the more ridiculous their lives become. In part III we meet young Jiddu Krishnamurti, who Leadbeater spied one day and decided was going to become the “World Teacher”, a thing he and Besant had recently made up. There’s so much nonsense in this episode. We’ve got Besant and Leadbeater stealing custody of Krishna and his brother from their father, Leadbeater faking hundreds of past lives for their followers (including some as monkeys on the moon), joining forces with a sex-magic obsessed catholic bishop, starting a church, and a cocaine fueled trip to Saint Germain’s house. We also see the rise of Jiddu Krishnamurti from theosophical puppet to his assumption of the role of world teacher and his subversion of everything Leadbeater stood for.
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