2010 Reprint of 1925 first edition. This book is about the Great Masters or Perfected men in human history. According to Leadbeater, the historical records of every nation are full of the doings of men of genius in all the different departments of human activity, men who in their special lines of work and ability have stood far above the rest-- indeed, so far that at times (and probably more often than we kw) their ideals were utterly beyond the comprehension of the people, so that t only the work that they may have done has been lost to mankind, but their very names even have t been preserved. It has been said that the history of every nation could be written in the biography of a few individuals, and that it is always the few, towering above the rest, who initiate the great forward steps in art, music, literature, science, philosophy, philanthropy, statecraft, and religion. They stand high sometimes in love of God and their fellow-men, as great saints and philanthropists; sometimes in understanding of man and Nature, as great philosophers, sages and scientists; sometimes in work for humanity, as great liberators and reformers. Looking at these men, and realizing how high they stand among humanity, how far they have gone in human evolution, is it t logical to say that we cant see the bounds of human attainment, and that there may well have been, and even w may be, men far further developed even than they, men great in spirituality as well as kwledge or artistic power, men complete as regards human perfections-- men precisely such as the Adepts or Supermen whom some of us have had the inestimable privilege to encounter? Leadbeater's book is about the these Masters and their path to perfection.