T Subba Row (1856-‘90), as is well known and lamented too, lived for a very short span of life. His (theosophical) literary career can be said to have started on Sept. 14, 1881 (referring to his first article on “Twelve Signs” to The Theosophist, November); and ended sometime in 1888 (the last reported article “Occultism in Southern India” being ‘a summary of a discussion at Adyar Library, on 1st December 1888). In a short period of about 7 years, he wrote many review articles, essays; apart from the Lectures of Bhagavad-Gita. He was a voracious reader of books on World religions and philosophical systems. His knowledge was not limited to the Brahmanical, Hindu systems; he was proficient in Kabala, Chaldean, and Egyptian systems not to speak of the modern philosophic literature of the modern West.

Collected Writings, compiled and annotated by Henk J. Spierenburg  (Pub: Point Loma Publications, Inc. P O Box 6507, San Diego, California USA 92166) and many other books and pamphlets are available today for the general reader.

Apart from religious - philosophical essays, it is on record that he had written many essays on contemporary Socio-politico-religious subjects, but unfortunately they were not collected; and so not available today. He was a practicing lawyer and social activist; yet his chief interest and devotion lied in the study and annotation of Occult and Esoteric subjects. His basic interest was in Kapila’s Samkhya Sastra  and the Prasthana-traya.  On retiring from the professional career, he wanted to write treatises on them, but he was not afforded that opportunity. But what little he wrote on the metaphysical, philosophical topics had the authenticity of Ancient Wisdom-Religion. It continues to be read by earnest students the world over.  He was more ‘vocal’ and active in communication; was instrumental in bringing ‘enlightenment’ to many who were in contact with him. His devotion and reverence for Occult Sciences and the Masters who taught him was unique and matchless. He appears to have not visited any other places in India, for purpose of lecturing. During his life-period, theosophical Lodges at his own places viz. Kakinada and Eluru (in Andhrapradesh now; then composite Madras presidency) were established. There was no record to show that he ever visited them.

Many more of his short-reviews and comments could be advantageously converted into independent articles/essays; readers would find a similar approach in the present volume. Other topics  such as “The Philosophy of Spirit”,  “A Personal and an Impersonal God”,  Dialogues with one  Almora Swami on “Advaita Philosophy”, “The Virgin of the World” and “The Idyll of the White Lotus” contain much of his knowledge on Occult matters. There in are many pregnant statements, meaningful and purposeful and which are of ever-lasting value. As TSR says elsewhere, the Wisdom “now living but in name or in pages of forgotten books” could be made into “a living reality” these days of advanced conscientiousness in Human life, thought and consciousness.


                                                                                                                                       Dr N C Ramanujachary


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Comment by Dr N C Ramanujachary on August 13, 2012 at 6:37am

The books contain more details, authentic and totally documented.

Comment by M K Ramadoss on August 12, 2012 at 11:54pm

In the book - Damodar and the Pioneers of the Theosophical Movement by Sven Eeek, there is a bio of T Subba Rao which is good.

Comment by Dr N C Ramanujachary on August 10, 2012 at 12:12pm


My second book "AN ENDURING PHILOSOPHER" and the present book "A Recondite----" are not on net.

I am anxious to see them also on the net.

Comment by M K Ramadoss on August 10, 2012 at 10:55am

Can you post a list of TSR's writings available on-line?

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