Curuppumullage Jinarājadāsa (16 December 1875 – 18 June 1953) was one of the foremost Theosophical writers. In 1913 he was awarded the Subba Row Medal for his contributions to Theosophical literature. His works have been translated into numerous languages, including Spanish, Italian, Dutch, German, Greek, Finnish, Hungarian, Russian, Japanese, Tamil, Telugu, Javanese, and Gujarati.
- 1 Articles
- 2 Books and pamphlets
- 2.1 Madame Blavatsky
- 2.2 Theosophy
- 2.3 Krishnamurti and World-Teacher
- 2.4 Mahatmas and Mahatma Letters
- 2.5 Religions
- 2.6 Art, literature, and beauty
- 2.7 Education and children
- 2.8 History and biography
- 2.9 Other subjects
- 2.10 Edited works
- 2.11 Chapters, essays, and introductions in other books
- 2.12 Poetry
- 3 Published lectures
- 4 Notes
Mr. Jinarājadāsa was an extremely prolific contributor to Theosophical periodicals. Many of the articles are indexed in the Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals. Over 1600 articles are listed under the name Jinarājadāsa. Searching under CJ will result in a lengthy list that includes work by Charles Johnston, a Sanskrit scholar who was married to Madame Blavatsky's niece, and who was also known by the same initials. Within the results list, the articles by Mr. Jinarājadāsa will include those in the periodicals: The Adyar Bulletin, The American Theosophist, The Australian ES Bulletin, The Herald of the Star, The Messenger, Sishya (The Student), The Theosophic Messenger, The Theosophist, and World Theosophy. Articles by Charles Johnston appear in Theosophical Quarterly, Theosophy, The Path, and The Irish Theosophist.
Books and pamphlets
Dozens of books and pamphlets also flowed from the pen of Mr. Jinarājadāsa. These are some of his titles, arranged by topic. Unless otherwise stated, the publisher was Theosophical Publishing House in Adyar, Madras [now Chennai], India.
- The Personality of H. P. Blavatsky 1930.
- Did Madame Blavatsky Forge the Mahatma Letters?. 1934. Also, New York: Macoy's, 1934. Available from Independent Lodge of Theosophists.
- H.P.B. Speaks. 1950-1951. "Letters written by H.P. Blavatsky from 1875 onwards, H.P.B.'s Diary for 1878, and some extracts from Scrapbook No. 1." 2 volumes : illustrations, portraits, facsimiles.
- Christ the Logos. 1910. London edition, 1920. German translation, 1922.
- Conquest of Spirit and Matter Olcott, Wheaton, Illinois: The Theosophical Press, 1936.
- Occult Guidance in Theosophical Work. 1915. 18 pages.
- Occult Investigations: a Description of the Work of Annie Besant and C.W. Leadbeater, 1938. Available at this website.
- First Principles of Theosophy. 1921. Published in at least 13 English editions. Second edition is available at Google Books and Hathitrust. It was also published in German, Dutch, Japanese and other languages.
- Practical Theosophy. 1918.
- Life, Death and What Then? London: Theosophical Publishing House, 1918, 1919. Also Sydney, 1900s.
- Theosophy and Reconstruction. 1919.
- The Mediator and Other Theosophical Essays. 1926. Also Chicago, Theosophical Press 1927.
- What Theosophists Believe. 1938. Other editions: 1933, 1948, 1966. 26 pages.
- The Ideas of Theosophy . Auckland [N.Z.] : New Zealand Section of the Theosophical Society, 1950-1978.
- Is and Is-To-Be. 1940.
- The Seven Veils Over Consciousness. 1952, 1969, 1974.
- The Solar System as a Flower. 1946. Design by C. Jinarajadasa.
- Tenets of Theosophy 1960. Also published in Wheaton, 1960s.
- The Secret of the Ages and Other Theosophical Essays 2nd edition, 1988.
- Man in Life and in Death. London, 19xx. Theosophy series no. 14.
- What is the Work of Theosophists?. 1900s. Adyar pamphlet no. 210. Text also available from Canadian Theosophical Association.
- The Work Ahead for Theosophists: Inaugural Address Delivered on February 17, 1946 1946.
Krishnamurti and World-Teacher
- The Message of the Future. Glasgow: Star Publishing Trust, 1916. Available at Hathitrust.
- The Lord's Work. Glasgow, Star Publishing Trust, 1917 and Sydney: Batson & Co, 1918.
- The Faith That Is the Life London: Star Publishing Trust, 1920.
- Krishnamurti's Message 1930. 1928, 1930. Adyar pamphlet no. 134. 32 pages. Text is available from Canadian Theosophical Association.
- When He Comes. Sydney, N.S.W. : Order of the Star in the East, 1900s. "The following is an extract from the writings of Mr. C. Jinarajadasa... Includes application form for membership to the Order of the Star in the East."
Mahatmas and Mahatma Letters
- The "K. H." Letters to C. W. Leadbeater. 1941. CJ as editor of correspondence.Limited availability from Hathitrust.
- The Early Teachings of the Masters, 1881-1883. Chicago: Theosophical Press, 1923. Available at Hathitrust.
- Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, 1881-1888. Adyar, Madras, India; London: Theosophical Publishing House, 1919, 1923. Foreword by Annie Besant; transcribed and compiled by C. Jinarajadasa. Translated into Russian and Spanish.
- 1919 edition is available from Hathitrust and from Blavatsky Archives.
- 1919 First Edition was published as a facsimile by Nabu Press [Kessinger], 2010, and is also available on microform from University of Chicago.
- 1945 Third Edition incorporates corrections.
- 1948 Fourth Edition includes additional letters. The 1948 edition is available from TheosophyOnline.com.
- Later editions were published by Theosophical Publishing House in 1963, 1974, and 1988.
- Maha Chohan Letter with additional notes is available from Alpheus.org.
- Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. Adyar, Madras, India, 1925.
- The Early Teachings of the Masters, 1881-1883. 1923. 245 pages. CJ as editor.
- Index to the Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, first and second series. Adyar, Madras, India: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1937.
- Theosophy as the Masters See It: Being an Account of the Society and Its Work as Outlined in the "Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom". 1953. Compiled by Clara M. Codd. 369 pages.
- The Story of the Mahatma Letters. 1946.
- The Story of the Mahatma Letters. 1977. Compilation including materials by A. P. Sinnett and H. P. Blavatsky.
- The Maha Chohan's Letter 1881 with a Commentary 1948.1966.1973.
- Gautama the Buddha 1930 (Third edition). Adyar pamphlet no. 62. Also available from the Canadian Theosophical Association.
- Christ, Buddha, and Other Sketches. 1913, 1927.
- The Bhagavad Gita 1915, 1930. Available at Google Books. 31 pages.
- The Nature of Mysticism. 1917, 1934, 1948. Available at Hathitrust.
- The Reign of Law: Buddhist Essays. 1923. Second edition,1948.
- Religion and Reconstruction. 1932.
- The Smaller Buddhist Catechism. 1914. H. Sumangala. Translated by C. Jinarajadasa; Compiled by C.W. Leadbeater.
- The Story of Chatta: An Incident in the Life of the Lord Buddha. 1915. Translated from the Pali by C. Jinarajadasa.
- The Work of the Christ in the World To-day. 1934, 1947.
- The Law of Christ; Sermons by a Buddhist at the Church of St. Alban (Liberal Catholic) Sydney. 1924. 2nd edition from Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton, Illinois, 1947. 353 pages.
- Buddha and His Message 1948. 30 pages. Adyar pamphlet no. 209. Available in Braille. Text available from Canadian Theosophical Association.
Art, literature, and beauty
- Art and the Emotions. 1920. Also London: Theosophical Pub. House, 1900s. Kessinger edition.
- Art as Will and Idea. 1927.
- Karma-less-ness (Theosophical Essays on Art). 1932. Originally appeared as articles in magazines, including "The Basis of Art Expression," that appeared in 1915 as a chapter in the book Theosophy and Modern Thought.
- Goethe's Faust. 1932.
- Art as a Factor in the Soul's Evolution 1915. "From the Proceedings of the Federation of the European Sections of the Theosophical Society, London, 1905." Adyar Pamphlet No..50.
Education and children
- Flowers and Gardens: A Dream Structure. Chicago, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1913. Published in braille in 1965. Available at Hathitrust and Google Books.
- What We Shall Teach. 1914, 1915.
- Christ and Buddha, and Other Sketches: from the Children's Page of "The Theosophic messenger". 1908, 1913. Also Chicago, Illinois: Rajput Press, 1911. Rajput Press edition is available at Hathitrust.
- The Wonder Child: (a sequel to Flowers and Gardens). 1924.
- Release (a sequel to The wonder child). 1925.
- The Round Table: Addresses to Youth. 1950.
History and biography
- The Golden Book of The theosophical Society. 1925. 421 pages with facsimiles.
- Some Documents in the History of the T.S.. London, 1927.
- A Short Biography of Annie Besant. 1931.
- First Contact of the Lives of the Founders and Annie Besant. London, 1933. Mary K. Neff writing on George Bernard Shaw and C. Jinarājadāsa on Annie Besant.
- Abul Fazl and Akbar. 1934.
- The Administration of the Theosophical Headquarters at Adyar, Madras 1946.
- The Conventions of the Indian Constitution 1933.
- Communication to the United Nations Organization 1946.
- The God Without and the God Within 1930. Adyar pamphlet no. 139. Text also available from Canadian Theosophical Association.
- The History of Reincarnation 1921. Adyar pamphlet no. 102.
- The New Humanity of Intuition. 1938. Published in Spanish in 1945.
- The Meeting of the East and the West. 1921. Available from Google Books.
- In His Name. Chicago, IL: Rajput Press, 1913. Written as a message to Weller Van Hook, or in another account, to Walter Hampden. Available at Hathitrust.
- In His Name. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1951.
- The Heritage of Our Fathers 1918. Also in 1918, Theosophical Publishing House in London and Krotona, California; Indian Book Depot, Bombay.
- Theosophy and Reconstruction. 1919.
- The Reign of Law in Buddhism Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1948.
- The Return of Julius Caesar 1941. 1943 edition.
- The Spiritual Factor in National Life. 1928.
- Offering. 1928.
- The Divine Vision. 1928. 2nd edition in 1949.
- Lecture Notes. 1930.
- Fragments: from the World of C. Jinarajadasa. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1980. Compilation by Elise Nisewanger.
- The War - and After: A Theosophist's Viewpoint London: Theosophical Publishing House, 1939. Second edition.
- The War - and After: A Theosophist's Viewpoint Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Press, 1940.
- The Theosophist as the Ideal Citizen in War and Peace Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Press, 1942.
- The Ritual of the Mystic Star: a Form of Service for Worship and Consecration, for Use by the Congregation, 1938. Other editions: 1935, 1945, 1951.
- The Meaning and Purpose of the Ritual of the Mystic Star. Olcott, Wheaton, Illinois: The Theosophical Press, 1939.
- Unfolding the Intuition. Wheaton, Ill.: Theosophical Press, 1936. Addresses by C. Jinarajadasa, and others at the annual convention and summer school of the Theosophical Society.
- Work for the World Mother: Esoteric School of Theosophy. Madras: privately printed, 1948. Issued by the outer head of the school, C. Jinarajadasa.
- A World in Distress: The Remedy as Seen by the Theosophist. with C.W. Leadbeater and L.W. Rogers. Madras: Theosophical Publishing House, 1933.
- Is and Is-to-Be. 4th edition, 1951. Braille edition, 1951.
Mr. Jinarājadāsa served as editor of these works:
- Occult Chemistry: Investigations by Clairvoyant Magnification into the Structure of the Atoms of the Periodic Table and of Some Compounds. Written by Annie Besant and C. W. Leadbeater; third edition was edited by C. Jinarajadasa, assisted by Elizabeth W. Preston. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1951. The first edition was published in 1908, and the second edition in 1919, edited by A. P. Sinnett.
- The Soul's Growth through Reincarnation: I and II, Lives of Erato and Spica. 1941, 1976. By C. W. Leadbeater. Edited by C. Jinarājadāsa.
- The Soul's Growth through Reincarnation: the Lives of Orion / Vol. 3. 1946, 1975. By C. W. Leadbeater. Edited by C. Jinarājadāsa.
Chapters, essays, and introductions in other books
- Light on the path. A treatise written for the personal use of those who are ignorant of the eastern wisdom, and who desire to enter within its influence. By Mabel Collins. Chicago, Rajput Press, 1911. Introduction by C. Jinarājadāsa.
- The Astral Plane. By C. W. Leadbeater. 1933, 1941. Theosophical Manuals series no. 5. Introduction by C. Jinarājadāsa.
- "Theosophy and Reconstruction" in Plans for a Post-War World. Julia E. Johnsen, compiler. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1942. From a series: The Reference Shelf, v. 16, no. 2. Another essay was contributed by Henry A. Wallace.
- The Fire of Creation. By J. J. van der Leewe. 1925, 1927, 1947. Introduction by C. Jinarājadāsa.
- First Book of Theosophy (in questions and answers). By Pestanji Temulji Pavri. 1921 and several other publishers in at least 5 editions. Foreword by C. Jinarājadāsa.
- Fifty Years of Theosophy in Bombay: Being a History of the Blavatsky Lodge, Theosophical Society, Bombay, 1880-1930. 1931. By B. P. Wadia. Introduction by C. Jinarājadāsa. 151 pages.
- The Master Key to Happiness. London: Theosophical Publishing House, 1944. By Joseph Pang Way. Foreword by C. Jinarājadāsa.
- Clairvoyant Investigations by C.W. Leadbeater: and "The Lives of Alcyone" (J. Krishnamurti). 1947. By Ernest Wood. "Some facts described by Ernest Wood ; with notes by C. Jinarajadasa." 39 pages.
- The Law of Sacrifice. "The Self-Sacrifice of God" by C. Jinarājadāsa and "The Law of Sacrifice" by C. W. Leadbeater. 1951. 38 pages. 1980.
- Advance! Australia Pamphlets. Sydney: Advance! Australian Publishing Co. 1920s. Eight articles; at least one written by C. Jinarājadāsa.
- The Master (Meditations in Verse). 1931, 1948.
- Collected poems of C. Jinarajadasa. 1953, 2007. 122 pages.
- My Brother - the Light!. 1953.
During the course of his life, Mr. Jinarājadāsa delivered hundreds of lectures. Some have been transcribed and printed in pamphlets and booklets. Unless otherwise stated, the publisher was Theosophical Publishing House in Adyar, Madras [now Chennai], India.
- Theosophy and Modern Thought: Four Lectures Delivered at the Thirty-ninth Annual Convention of the Theosophical Society, held at Adyar, Madras, December, 1914. 1915, 1921. Available from Internet Archive, Google Books, and Hathitrust.
- The Ritual Unity of Roman Catholicism and Hinduism 1930. Adyar Pamphlet no. 54.
- Practical Theosophy. 1918. Available at Canadian Theosophical Federation. These lectures were delivered in Chicago U.S.A., in 1910, and subsequently at the Annual Convention of the Burma Section in 1914.
- How We Remember Our Past Lives, and Other Essays on Reincarnation. 1915. Also Chicago: Theosophical Press, 1923 and at least four more editions in 1950, 1955, 1970, 1973. Translated into Spanish.
- The Moors in Spain. 1932. Adyar pamphlet no. 161. "A paper read on April 3, 1932, at a meeting of the Islamic Culture Society of Madras." Text available from Canadian Theosophical Association.
- The Hidden Work of Nature. 1915. Also Kessinger, 2010. A lecture delivered at the Small Queen's Hall, London, October 26th, 1913. Originally published as How We Remember out Past Lives.
- White Lotus Day. 1917. Lecture delivered on 8th May 1917 at Adyar. 8 pages.
- Theosophical Outlook. 1919. Four lectures on religions, philosophy, education, politics, and social reform. "The Problem of Religion and Philosophy" ws presented by C. Jinarājadāsa, plus lectures by G.S. Arundale, B.P. Wadia, and T. Sadasivier.
- Theosophy and World-problems, Being the Four Convention Lectures Delivered in Benares ... Dec. 1921. London: Theosophical Publishing House, 1922. Available at Hathitrust and Google Books. Lecture 'Theosophy and the Cult of Beauty" by c. Jinarājadāsa, plus lectures by Annie Besant, J. Krishnamurti, and George Arundale.
- The Message of the Coming Religion. London: Brotherhood, 1922. A lecture delivered in the Conservatorium Hall, Sydney, on July 4th, 1922.
- The Real and the Unreal: Being the Four Convention Lectures Delivered at Adyar at the Forty-seventh Anniversary of the Theosophical Society, December, 1922. 1923.
- Theosophy and an Ideal Australia. Sydney, N.S.W. : Advance! Australia Publishing Co., 1920s. Advance! Australia Pamphlet no. 8. Available from the State Library of Victoria. Address delivered at the Australian Convention in Sydney on 16th April, 1922.
- Opening Address of Mr. Jinarajadasa, Vice-President of the Theosophical Society, at the Eighth Congress of the Federation of T.S. National Societies in Europe, Vienna, 21st to 26th July, 1923. Glasgow, 1923.
- Theosophy the Interpreter, Being Three of the Four Convention Lectures Delivered at Benares, at the Forth-eighth Anniversary of the Theosophical Society, Dec., 1923. 1924. Lecture "Theosophy the interpreter of science as the basis of knowledge and conduct " by C. Jinarājadāsa plus lectures by James Cousins and George Arundale.
- "I Promise": Talks to Young Disciples.. 1917, 1924, 1952. Tamil translation, 1917, 1918.
- The Law of Christ: Sermons by a Buddhist at the Church of St. Alban (Liberal Catholic) Sydney. 1924. Second edition 1947.
- Theosophy as the Basic Unity of National Life: Being the Four Convention Lectures Delivered in Bombay at the 49th Anniversary of the Theosophical Society, Dec. 1924. 1925. Lecture "The spiritual organisation of a nation" by C. Jinarājadāsa, plus lectures by Annie Besant, J. Krishnamurti, and Lady Emily Lutyens.
- The Divine Vision: Three Lectures Delivered at the Queen's Hall, London, and One Lecture Delivered at Palermo, Italy.. London: Theosophical Publishing House, 1928. Delivered in London May 8th, 1927 and in Palermo, Italy in April, 1927. It is available at Narod Russian Web page. Reprinted in 1973 at Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton, Illinois. Second edition, 1986, subtitled "A Divine Vision of Man, Nature and God".
- The Three World Movements: Being the Jubilee Convention Lectures Delivered at Adyar at the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Theosophical Society, December, 1925. 1926.
- The Spiritual Factor in National Life: Being four Lectures Delivered in Sydney under the Auspices of the Blavatsky Lodge, Theosophical Society, in May, 1924 . 1924.
- The Gods in Chains: Lectures and Addresses Delivered in South and Central America, 1928-29. 1929. Kessinger.
- Theosophy and Theosophists. 1929. An address delivered at a convention of the Theosophical Society in Holland, in Amsterdam, December 1, 1929.
- Theosophy, Past and Future. Being the ... Convention Lectures Delivered in Adyar at the Fifty-fourth Anniversary of the Theosophical Society, December 1929, etc. 1930. "A year's travels in Latin America" by C. Jinarājadāsa, plus lectures by Annie Besant, J. I. Wedgwood, and C. W. Leadbeater. 116 pages.
- The Future of the Theosophical Society, A lecture delivered at the Theosophical Convention, Benares, December, 1930 1931. Adyar pamphlet no. 152. Text available at Canadian Theosophical Association.
- The Future of the Theosophical Society, Being the Five Convention Lectures Delivered in Benares at the Fifty-fifth Anniversary of the Theosophical Society, December, 1930. 1931. Lectures delivered at the Theosophical Convention, Benares, December, 1930, including Annie Besant, B. Sanjiva Rao, Ernest Wood, and Hirendra Nath Datta, as speakers. Adyar pamphlet no. 152.
- Life! More Life!: Discourses on a Theosophist's Vision of Life and Its Possibilities, Delivered in Europe, Brazil and Costa Rica, 1933-34. 1934. Available from Google Books.
- Theosophy as Beauty. 1936?. "The Function of the Artist" by C. Jinarājadāsa, plus lectures by Rukmini Devi, George Arundale. First published in The Theosophist, 1 in March 1936, 2 in May 1936, 3 in February 1936, and 4 in March 1936. Adyar pamphlet no. 208.
- The World as Idea, Emotion, and Will. Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing Co., 1943, 1948. Translated into German.
- Personal and Impersonal God. 1944. 1966 An address delivered in London on April 2, 1944.
- Economics and Theosophy: Summaries of Three Lectures to Theosophical Conventions 1944.
- The School of the Wisdom Adyar, Madras, India: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1950.
- The Place of Intuition in the New Civilization. 1927 convention lecture delivered at Adyar.
- The Secret of Our Daily Tasks and The Conquest of Spirit and Matter. Wheaton, Illinois: Theosophical Press, 1936. Olcott Series: Summer 1935.
- The Vision of the Spirit. 1913. Adyar pamphlet no. 26. Reprinted 1921. Delivered at Benares convention, 1911.
- The Aims of the Theosophical Worker. Reprinted from The Theosophist, June 1941. An address to the Theosophical Workers' Camp, Juhu, Bombay, May 4-18, 1941.
- The Purpose and Method of the Brahmavidya Ashrama. The opening lecture of the fourth session of the Brahmavidya Ashrama, Adyar, October 2, 1925. Adyar, Madras, India: Brahmavidya Ashrama, 1926.
- The Future of Brotherhood. Lecture delivered at the National Theatre, Panama City, Rep. of Panama, August 22, 1934. Edited by Theosophical Society of Panama.
- The Kingdom of Heaven is Within You. A lecture delivered on May 18th, 1924 under the auspices of The Blavatsky Lodge, Theosophical Society, Sydney.
- Let us Disarm War! Desarmemos la guerra!. The English version of a Spanish address delivered in Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba, Porto Rico and Spain between December, 1928 and November, 1929.
- Th Hindu Doctrine of the Atman. A lecture delivered on May 11th 1924, under the auspices of The Blavatsky Lodge, Theosophical Society, Sydney.
- God, Our Brother Man. A lecture delivered on May 27th, 1924 under the auspices of The Blavatsky Lodge, Theosophical Society, Sydney.
- Life, Death and Then What? A lecture delivered in the Maclellan Galleries, Glasgow, on Sunday evening, 8th October, 1916. Sydney: Theosophical Publishing House.
- A. P. Warrington, "The National President's Address: The Light of Asia" The Messenger 6.4 (September 1918), 101.