Curuppumullage Jinarajadasa

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Curuppumullage Jinarajadasa
Curuppumullage Jinarajadasa
Born 16 December 1875
Sri Lanka
Died 18 June 1953 (aged 77)
United States
Nationality Sri Lankan
Education Ananda College
University of Cambridge
University of Pavia
Known for Theosophy
Occult Chemistry
Religion Buddhism, Theosophy
Spouse(s) Dorothy M. Graham

Curuppumullage Jinarajadasa (16 December 1875, Sri Lanka–18 June 1953, USA) was an author, occultist, freemason and theosophist. The fourth president of the Theosophical Society,[1] Jinarajadasa's interests and writings included religion, philosophy, literature, art, science and occult chemistry. He was also a rare linguist, who had the ability to work in many European languages.[2]

Early life[edit]

Jinarajadasa was born on 16 December 1875 in Sri Lanka to a family of Sinhalese parents. He was one of the first students of Ananda College, Colombo. In 1889, when Charles Webster Leadbeater, the first principal of Ananda College was asked by A.P. Sinnett to come back to England to tutor his son, Leadbeater agreed and also brought one of his pupils, Jinarajadasa, to England with him. Thanks to Leadbeater, Jinarajadasa went to St John's College, Cambridge where he studied oriental languages and four years later took his Degree in the Oriental Languages Tripos.[3]


He then came back to Ceylon and became the vice principal of Ananda College in Colombo. Jinarajadasa returned to Europe, to study at the University of Pavia, Italy. He soon became proficient in Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Around 1904 he visited Chicago, where he met and influenced Weller van Hook, the well-known surgeon and author, who then became a theosophist.

During his lifetime, Jinarajadasa traveled to many countries despite all the war difficulties of that era for his devoted service to Theosophy.

He also travelled to South America, where he lectured in Spanish and Portuguese and founded branches of the Theosophical Society (TS). He was the Vice-President of the Theosophical Society from 1921 to 1928. After the death of Dr. Arundale in 1945, Jinarajadasa became president of the Theosophical Society Adyar. In 1949 he founded the School of Wisdom in Adyar, which attracted students from many countries. He was also a Freemason, joining Le Droit Humain also known as Co-Masonry.

Personal life[edit]

In 1916, Jinarajadasa married the English feminist Miss Dorothy M. Graham, who founded the Women's Indian Association (WIA) in Adyar with Annie Besant in 1917. She accompanied him in his travels around the world for some years.


Curuppumullage Jinarajadasa was the president of Theosophical Society until his death on 18 June 1953 in the U.S.[4]

Works (Selection)[edit]

Jinarajadasa wrote many works on Theosophy, Theology, philosophy, literature, art and science. He also participated in Annie Besant's and Charles Leadbeater's researches on Occult Chemistry.

  • In His Name
  • Christ and Buddha
  • The Ritual of the Mystic Star
  • Release
  • The Meeting of the East and the West
  • The Message of the Future
  • The Ideas of Theosophy
  • The Divine Vision
  • The Heritage of Our Fathers
  • K.H. Letters to C.W. Leadbeater
  • The Law of Christ
  • The Seven Veils of Consciousness
  • Theosophy and Reconstruction
  • Theosophy and Modern Thought
  • The Nature of Mysticism
  • Christ the Logos
  • The Lord's Work
  • The Faith That is the Life
  • The Reign of Law
  • Letters of the Masters of Wisdom
  • First Principles of Theosophy
  • Clairvoyant Investigations
  • Occult Investigations
  • How We Remember Our Past Lives
  • The Religion and Philanthropy of Freemasonry
  • Women in Freemasonry


  1. ^ "About the TS". The Theosophical Society, International Headquarters, Adyar. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "C.Jinarājadāsa". The Theosophical Society, Adyar. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  3. ^ "Jinarājadāsa". Theosophical Society in Greece. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  4. ^ "The TS International Presidents in History". Theosophical Society in America. 

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