A. J. Hamerster
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.
Life and career
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 in Geneva, Switzerland, where the Society hoped to influence the League of Nations.
Under the name "Arya Asanga" he wrote introductions to several editions from the Theosophical Publishing House:
- The Secret Doctrine, 1940.
- The Voice of the Silence, introduction, notes and index in 1939, 1944, and 1959 editions.
- Two books of the Stanzas of Dzyan , Introduction and notes in 1941 and 1956 editions.
- "International Center (Geneva)" in Theosopedia.