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Subramanian Aiyer

Sep 17, 2004 06:24 AM
by Koshek Swaminathan

Subramanian Aiyer was a Theosophist since the time HPB first arrived 
in India, to be more precise, at the time they were trying to aquire 
land in Adyar. His service outside theosophy was such that he was 
knighted Sir Subramanian Aiyer by the British crown. His acheivments 
during his lifetime were enormous including the founding of a 
university that is one of the most important in all of Madras. He was 
a high court judge, honorary president and founder of many 
organizations that still exist to this day.

He was a close friend and student of T. Subbha Ro and later became 
international VP under Besant. He founded the TS library in Adyar and 
spent much of his theosophical life trying to publish ancient Aryan 
literature into english. This, for some reason, did not work out. He 
left the Society at the time of the rise of Krishnamurti though his 
reasons were unconnected. His reason was that he had joined an 
Esoteric Order that required him to leave the Society- an order 
founded by the same brotherhood that founded the TS.

>From his own pocket, he published a series of books independently and 
under the title Shuddha Dharma Mandalam series of which "An Esoteric 
Organization in India" was the introductory book. Through this 
vehicle, he planned to publish in english the following sanscrit 

Anusthana Chandrika - an ancient manuel of Esoteric training

Kandarahasyam - an esoteric explanation of the stories in the Puranas.

Both of these were published in english and the orignal sanscrit 
versions could have very well been source material to HPB's Secret 
Doctrine and Esoteric Instructions. Works mentioned in the 
introductory title but may have not been published in english include

Yoga Dipika - a work that supposedly contains the hierarchy (though 
given with Hindu names of gods)as refered to in the SD. 

Bhagavat Gita - same text but verses re-arranged to correspond to the 
4 parts of the Gayatri mantra and it's six time meter. This is 
supposedly the esoteric Gita.

The Karika - written by someone called Gobhila a thousand years ago, 
it is an esoteric explanation of the Mahabharata and gives the 
cycles, days of Brahma, manvantaras and Manus who rule as it is given 
in the SD. In this text, Gobhila also talks of the universal 
brotherhood of all mankind and the one ancient religion that is the 
root of diverse beliefs.

All these seem important works and it is a wonder that they were not 
published by the TS at the time. It is also a wonder that he has 
disappeared from the collective memory of TS history and is now only 
remembered as one of the early mentors of a very young Krishnamurti.

Such is life.

Koshek Swaminathan

--- In, "W.Dallas TenBroeck" 
<dalval14@e...> wrote:
> Sorry don't recognize the name? Can you be moiré specific?
> Dallas
> -----Original Message-----
> From: MKR [mailto:ramadoss@g...] 
> Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 5:02 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Theos-World Re: Some Random Remarks on one of Perry's 
> Have you seen a bio of Mr. Aiyer? Could you post one of them if 
they are 
> not on line?
> Would you post the list of books by Mr. Aiyer you ran into at 
Chennai? Do 
> you know if any of them are on line?
> mkr
> At 06:50 AM 09/16/04 +0000, Koshek Swaminathan wrote:
> >A theosophist by the name of Subramanian Aiyer also wrote many 
> >on theosophy looking at source material from orignal hindu works.
> >None of his books are published anymore but old copies still exist 
> >I'm finding them here in Chennai. When he was alive he was one of 
> >most respected theosophists of his time but eventually left the
> >society to join a "Great White Brotherhood" and has been forgotten.
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