NILAKANTA SRI RAM
year of birth : 1889 | place of birth : Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu, INDIA
nationality : Indian | occupation : Teacher at the Besant Theosophical College in Madanapalle
spouse : Radha Burnier
website : www.ts-adyar.org
“ We need fresh thinking based on fundamentals.
That fundamental principle which is crying out to be
presented to the world is Brotherhood. ”
“ That Oneness, that expression of unity which
pervades all life at every level, embraces all the
kingdom of nature, not just human beings.
A recognition of this Oneness, I suggest, is
essential to bringing any harmony into our world.. ”
BOOKS BY THE MASTER
" The Human Interest " ... " An approach to reality " ... " Human Regeneration " ...
" Man--his origins and evolutions " ... " A theosophist looks at the world " ... " Theosophy: The divine wisdom " ...
" The Nature of Our Seeking " ... " Thoughts for Aspirants " ... " The Real Work of the Theosophical Society " ...
" The Ancient Wisdom from the Modern Standpoint " ... " Theosophical Education " ...
" Buddhism, Northern and Southern, 1957 " ... " Death and Its Meaning, 1959 " ...
" Human Regeneration, 1992 " ... " Modifications of the Mind " ... " The Significance of Each Present Moment " ...
" Evolution and Life, 1957 " ... " Undiscovered Powers in Man and Nature " ... " The Theosophist " ...
" An Address to New Members, 1958 " ... " Why Gandhi Is Relevant In Modern India " ...
" On the Watch Tower, Selected Editorial Notes from "The Theosophist, 1953-1966 " ... " Life's Deeper Aspect " ...
" Seeking Wisdom " ... " The Way of Wisdom " ... " Consciousness, its nature and action " ...
Nilakanta Sri Ram was a freemason, theosophist and president of the Theosophical Society Adyar. 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 N. 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 is a prominent theosophist and currently president of the TS Adyar. 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.
He served in various functions under previous presidents of the TS like Annie Besant and Jinarajadasa.