Thursday, March 29, 2012

T. Subba Row and Blavatsky

N. C. Ramanujachary announces in a March 25, 2012, post from Adyar, Chennai, India, that his 1993 monograph on T. Subba Row, the South Indian Vendantin scholar and early member of the Theosophical Society, A Lonely Disciple, can be accessed online. He writes

T. Subba Row (1856-90) was an earlier member of the Theosophical Society. He was greatly impressed by the work of Madame Blavatsky’s Isis Unveiled, and entered into correspondence with her. His article “The Twelve Signs of the Zodiac” was written and published in the monthly journal The Theosophist, well before he formally joined as a member. He was instrumental for the visit of the Founders to Madras (now Chennai) and the formulation of the Society’s policies later on.

Having traced his Life and Work in a span of few years (1881-90) in two slim volumes, viz. “A Lonely Disciple” and “An Enduring Philosopher”, I am now working on his Ten Letters to his associates and am also attempting to abridge his “Lectures on Bhagavad-Gita”, which hopefully will be ready during the current year. His writings and philosophy need a close, insightful look.

photo of T. Subba Row courtesy of Michael Gomes

Further information on T Subba Row is provided by Henk Spierenburg in the Introduction to his edition of the T. Subba Row Collected Writings. His death was ascribed to an occult malignancy.

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