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Narayan was one of the Mahatmas mentioned by Henry Steel Olcott in his diary. He was frequently called by Mme. Blavatsky "the Old Gentleman." Other designations for this Adept are "Rishi Agastya," "Master Jupiter," "the Regent of India," "the Tiravellum Mahatma," and "the revered gentleman."[1] He was living near Arcot, not far from Madras, when H.P.B. and Col. Olcott saw him about April 30, 1882.[2]

C. Jinarājadāsa wrote:

This Adept is he who helped H.P.B. constantly in the writing of Isis Unveiled, and was often in her body writing and meeting people. He is known in India by the name which he bore thousands of years ago, the Rishi Agastya, and is one of the few adepts who are in old bodies. In 1885, he was living not far from Madras, and C. W. Leadbeater has narrated how T. Subba Row and he went by train to visit the venerable Master. The Master has all India under his charge as the occult administrator of her destinies, and has been therefore called by some, the Regent of India.[3]

According to Geoffrey Hodson, Rishi Agastya was associated with the Nilgiri Hills, or the "blue hills" of which H.P.B. wrote.[4]

Mahatma Letters

The Master Narayan wrote at least two letters to Colonel Olcott that were published in in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series and Second Series:

Another was addressed to A. Govindacharya:

Literary contributions

According to C. Jinarajadasa, he was one of the adepts who helped H.P.B. write Isis Unveiled, often occupying her body.[5]

The Master took part in the founding of The Theosophist. Boris de Zirkoff writes:

On Sept. 20th, the first form (eight pages) of The Theosophist was printed, and on the 27th the last form was struck off. On Sept. 28th, Col. Olcott arose and went to see the printer at 5:30 A.M., to make some changes ordered by the “revered Old Gentleman” the night before. This title was applied to Master Narayan.[6]

Also, a letter to The Theosophist from him, refuting the accusations of Swāmi Dayānanda Sarasvatī against the Founders, appears in the June, 1882, Supplement, pp. 6-8. It is dated "Tiruvallam Hills, May 17," and signed "One of the Hindu Founders of the Parent Theosophical Society."[7]

Additional resources


  1. Mary K. Neff, "The Hidden Side of The Theosophist," The Theosophist 51:1 (October, 1929), 66.
  2. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. I (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1988), 438.
  3. Curuppumullage Jinarājadāsa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom (Adyar, Madras: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1988), 167-168.
  4. Geoffrey Hodson letter to Richard Chesrow. January 30, 1954. Chesrow Family Collection. Records Series 25.23. Theosophical Society in America Archives.
  5. C. Jinarajadasa, "The Story of The Mahatma Letters," TPH Adyar, 1946, 5.
  6. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. II (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1988), xxviii.
  7. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. I (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1988), 438.