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Nov 25, 2012 06:42 AM
by Ramanujachary nallanchakravarti

T Subba Row (1856-â90) - 1

Dr N C Ramanujachary

The contribution
of T Subba Row to the Theosophical Movement is indeed very valuable.

Having read Isis Unveiled he entered into
correspondence with HPB, which lead to a
long and cherished association with both the Founders. His first letter to HPB shows
his eager interest in Occult Science and the âIneffable wordâ. He was
instrumental for Foundersâ visit to Madras and the location of HQ at Adyar. He
had put in his efforts to formulate and systematize the philosophy of
Theosophy. His Occult knowledge, highly appreciated by the Adepts occasionally,
also speaks for his Chelaship of One among Them, even before the establishment
of the theosophical association and his joining that.

He was very sensitive to Occult literature and its practices,
could not tolerate the sacrilege to that Science such as teaching to ineligible
persons. He was not averse to Teaching the Westerners. He edited The
Theosophist on behalf of HPB when she was away from HQ, Chennai. He was a member
of the Council and also the Counsel for TS. A Medal was constituted in his name,
at the insistence of a Master, to be awarded to an author every year. He lived
a very short life of 33 years. Childless, he authorized his wife to adopt a boy.

He was the Secretary and later President of Madras
Theosophical Societyâs Branch. He did not appear to have visited any places,
including Eluru and Kakinada (his native places in the composite Madras
presidency, now in Andhrapradesh) on any Lecture tour for the TS. Perhaps his
professional work being a very busy Lawyer at Madras did not permit him the time.
But he had many chelas for himself, to mention a few: C Ramiah, VVSAvadhani,
Subramania Iyer, Bhavani Shanker ; Ookley, CWL etc.) He helped many on the

It was his desire to retire early from the professional work,
and lead a retired and relaxed life to write Books on Prasthanatraya. Kapila
was his Ideal. He had contacts with Jupiter and other Masters. He was to be an
assistant author for The Secret Doctrine, but for reasons already on record did
not work on it. He liked the Proem. HPB, the author, immortalized him by
immensely quoting from his Bhagavad-gita Lectures.His statements on Occult
Philosophy stand the test of time. 

HPB made 3 prophesies in her Obituary note on him: He should
come back soon; be born in South India; and must have longer life. They were,
it appears, fulfilled. 


Literature is for Portrayal of Philosophic Ideas.

Dr N C Ramanujachary(Srivirinchi)

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