CLARA M. CODD
year of birth : 1876 | place of birth : Bishop’s Tawton, near Barnstaple, U.K.
parents : Henry Frederick Codd
nationality : British | occupation : Lecturer.. Speaker.. Writer.
BOOKS BY THE MASTER
" The Technique of the Spiritual Life " … " Ageless Wisdom of Life " …
" Meditation: Its Practice And Results And The Consecrated Life " …
" Theosophy as the Masters see it: Being an account of the society & its work as outlined in the "
" Way of the Disciple " … " Trust Yourself to Life " … " Letters To Aspirants " … " The Consecrated Life " …
" Theosophy For Little Children " … " Medium ship & Psychic Powers " … " Letters from " …
" The technique of the spiritual life. Vol: 2 " … " Introduction to Patanjali's Yoga " …
" On Lecturing and Lecture Organization " … " So rich a life. (Signed) " …
" Looking Forward: The Coming Faith and the Social Order " ... " Masters and Disciples: A Guide to Study " ...
" The Mystery Of Life & How Theosophy Solves It " ... " Essential Occult Writings " ... " The Creative Power "
Clara Codd was an English Theosophist known for her work as a feminist, lecturer, teacher, and writer. She served as General Secretary of both the Australian and South African Sections of the Theosophical Society based in Adyar, Chennai, India. During a Theosophical career of nearly 70 years, she traveled to five continents. Her autobiography is rightfully called So Rich a Life. Theosophists who counted her as major influences in their lives included Joy Mills, John Algeo, James S. Perkins, Eleanor Stakesby-Lewis, Shirley Macpherson, and many others
Clara Codd was born in North Devon, England, in 1876, eldest of ten girls. The first years of her life were spent in a lovely old home surrounded by gardens and trees and attended by servant girls and grooms. Her father was inspector of schools and her mother, half Italian, was a great beauty who saw to their musical and artistic education. Clara and her sisters never attended school nor college but had a succession of governesses who did not stay long.
Clara Codd was one of the great ladies of the Theosophical movement and as she lectured on a worldwide platform she seemed to embody the very soul of Theosophy. With an unassuming, gentle approach, she played an important role in the rebirth of the occult tradition. Her audience was often unsophisticated workers, miners and farmers who sensed her sincerity and ability to talk directly to the turmoil of their hearts and questions of their minds. She shared a trait common to little children and the saints: She accepted people as they are.
Even as a child,Clara Codd questioned the meaning of life and felt moved into a search for "something." As a young woman, a strong sense for freedom and justice moved her to work for the enfranchisement of women. Despite a natural shyness, she spoke passionately for women’s rights from street platforms and in crowded halls, enduring heckling, physical abuse, and imprisonment.
She joined the Theosophical Society at age 27. In her autobiography, So Rich a Life, Clara states, "I had come home at last after long wandering. I had found the beginning of the way." Three years later Clara was appointed the first national lecturer for the English Section. Later she served as National Secretary (president) of the Australian and South African Sections. Clara Codd’s Theosophical career lasted nearly 70 years, during which time she traveled to virtually every continent.
Codd was both unassuming and sincere; her ability to communicate directly across class and cultural barriers undoubtedly contributed to her international success as a lecturer. Her history of addressing working men and women in the socialist and suffrage movements had developed her skills as a public speaker, while her experiences as a young woman in the cosmopolitan circles of Geneva had encouraged her to be accomplished, informed, and, importantly, self-reliant.