World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Nilakanta Sri Ram

Article Id: WHEBN0004018698
Reproduction Date:

Title: Nilakanta Sri Ram  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Jorge Ángel Livraga Rizzi, Theosophical Society Adyar, Radha Burnier, George Arundale, Curuppumullage Jinarajadasa
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Nilakanta Sri Ram

Nilakanta Sri Ram or Nilakantha Sri Ram (N. Sri Ram) (* 15 December 1889 in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India; died 8 April 1973 in Adyar, India) was a freemason, theosophist and president of the Theosophical Society Adyar during twenty years.


In his early years, Sri Ram worked under Annie Besant in various capacities. Sri Ram was a teacher at the Besant Theosophical College in Madanapalle, the National School in Bangalore and the National University of India in Chennai.

The twenty years of Sri Ram’s Presidency represented a very important change in the work of the Theosophical Society and also in the perception its members’ had of the nature of Theosophy. His achievement was indeed an outstanding one: a shift from an emphasis on the occult side of things and its related phenomena, to the focus on the lofty ethics of Theosophy, or true occultism, and its role in the transformation of the human consciousness. N. Sri Ram was the last President of the TS to have had contact with the President-Founder, Col. Olcott. He represented a link with the very origins of the Society and its work, not only historically but above all spiritually.

Sri Ram's daughter Radha Burnier was the seventh president of the Theosophical Society Adyar, from 1980 until 2013.

He became president of the TS Adyar in 1953 and stayed in that office till his death in 1973. He was also member of Le Droit Humain.

Works (selection)

  • An approach to reality. Theosophical Publishing House, Madras 1968
  • On the watch tower, selected editorial notes from The Theosophist, 1953-1966. Theosophical Publishing House, Madras 1966
  • The human interest and other addresses and short essays. Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton 1968
  • A Theosophist Looks at the World Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1950.
  • An Approach to Reality and Man. Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1951.
  • Man, His Origins and Evolution, Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1952.
  • Thoughts for Aspirants, Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1957.
  • On the Watch Tower, Selected Editorial Notes from "The Theosophist, 1953-1966". Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1966. A compilation of his articles.
  • The Human Interest and Other Addresses and Short Essays. Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1968, and previous edition published around 1951.
  • Life's Deeper Aspect, Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1968.
  • Seeking Wisdom Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Pub. House, 1969.
  • The Nature of Our Seeking, 1973.
  • The Way of Wisdom, Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1989.

External links

  • Biography by the Theosophical Society
  • Articles and books extracts by Nilakanta Sri Ram
  • Articles by N. Sri Ram on The Campbell Theosophical Research Library
  • Audio conferences by N. Sri Ram

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.