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'''A. J. Hamerster''' (1883-1951), was a Dutch Theosophist active in the [[Theosophical Society (Adyar)|Theosophical Society based in Adyar, India]]. He was a government official in the Dutch East Indies, in the Government Financial Affairs bureau.
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'''A. J. Hamerster''' (1883-1951), was a Dutch Theosophist active in the [[Theosophical Society (Adyar)|Theosophical Society based in Adyar, India]]. He was a government official in the Dutch East Indies, in the Government Financial Affairs bureau. He was also known as '''M. Bhikshu Arya Asariga''' or '''Arya Asanga''', and by the pen name '''James Arthur'''.
  
 
== Life and career ==
 
== Life and career ==
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== Theosophical Society involvement ==
 
== Theosophical Society involvement ==
  
Hamerster lectured at lodges in the Dutch East Indies. He served as international Treasurer of the Society during the early 1930s, and in 1937 was appointed by [[George S. Arundale]] to succeed [[Anna Kamensky]] as head of the [[International Centre (Geneva)|International Centre in Geneva, Switzerland]], where the Society hoped to influence the League of Nations.<ref>"International Center (Geneva)" in [http://theosophy.ph/encyclo/index.php?title=International_Center_%28Geneva%29 Theosopedia].</ref>  
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Hamerster lectured at lodges in the Dutch East Indies. He met [[Charles Webster Leadbeater|C. W. Leadbeater]] in 1926 in Australia, and corresponded with him. Hamerster served as international Treasurer of the Society during the early 1930s, and around that time became a Buddhist monk in Ceylon. In 1937 was appointed by [[George S. Arundale]] to succeed [[Anna Kamensky]] as head of the [[International Centre (Geneva)|International Centre in Geneva, Switzerland]], where the Society hoped to influence the League of Nations.<ref>"International Center (Geneva)" in [http://theosophy.ph/encyclo/index.php?title=International_Center_%28Geneva%29 Theosopedia].</ref> He later worked as Joint Director and Curator of the Western section of the [[Adyar Library and Research Centre]].
  
 
== Writings ==
 
== Writings ==
  
According to the [[Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals]], Hamerster wrote 75 articles under the name [http://www.austheos.org.au/cgi-bin/ui-csvsearch.pl?search=Hamerster A J Hamerster] and 34 more under the name [http://www.austheos.org.au/cgi-bin/ui-csvsearch.pl?search=AJH AJH] or AJH van Leeuwen.
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According to the [[Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals]], Hamerster wrote 75 articles under the name [http://www.austheos.org.au/cgi-bin/ui-csvsearch.pl?search=Hamerster A J Hamerster] and 34 more under the name [http://www.austheos.org.au/cgi-bin/ui-csvsearch.pl?search=AJH AJH] or AJH van Leeuwen. He is also supposed to have written for the ''Maha Bodhi'' under the name James Arthur.
  
 
Under the name '''"Arya Asanga"''' he wrote introductions to several editions from the [[Theosophical Publishing House (Adyar)|Theosophical Publishing House]]:
 
Under the name '''"Arya Asanga"''' he wrote introductions to several editions from the [[Theosophical Publishing House (Adyar)|Theosophical Publishing House]]:
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* [[Stanzas of Dzyan|'''''Two books of the Stanzas of Dzyan ''''']], Introduction and notes in 1941 and 1956 editions.
 
* [[Stanzas of Dzyan|'''''Two books of the Stanzas of Dzyan ''''']], Introduction and notes in 1941 and 1956 editions.
 
   
 
   
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Using the name '''James Arthur''', he wrote:
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* '''''A Royal Romance, Bacon-Shakespeare'''''. Madras: Theosophical Publishing House, 1941. 363 pages.
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== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
 
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Revision as of 22:01, 26 December 2014

A. J. Hamerster (1883-1951), was a Dutch Theosophist active in the Theosophical Society based in Adyar, India. He was a government official in the Dutch East Indies, in the Government Financial Affairs bureau. He was also known as M. Bhikshu Arya Asariga or Arya Asanga, and by the pen name James Arthur.

Life and career

Theosophical Society involvement

Hamerster lectured at lodges in the Dutch East Indies. He met C. W. Leadbeater in 1926 in Australia, and corresponded with him. Hamerster served as international Treasurer of the Society during the early 1930s, and around that time became a Buddhist monk in Ceylon. In 1937 was appointed by George S. Arundale to succeed Anna Kamensky as head of the International Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, where the Society hoped to influence the League of Nations.[1] He later worked as Joint Director and Curator of the Western section of the Adyar Library and Research Centre.

Writings

According to the Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals, Hamerster wrote 75 articles under the name A J Hamerster and 34 more under the name AJH or AJH van Leeuwen. He is also supposed to have written for the Maha Bodhi under the name James Arthur.

Under the name "Arya Asanga" he wrote introductions to several editions from the Theosophical Publishing House:

Using the name James Arthur, he wrote:

  • A Royal Romance, Bacon-Shakespeare. Madras: Theosophical Publishing House, 1941. 363 pages.

Notes

  1. "International Center (Geneva)" in Theosopedia.