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.
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> 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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