Currupumullage Jinarajadasa


St John's College, Cambridge CB2 1TP
United Kingdom
52° 10' 21.3528" N, 0° 6' 40.3992" E
Date of birth: 
16 Dec 1875
Country of birth: 
Current name country of birth: 
Sri Lanka
Date of death: 
18 Jun 1953
Location of death: 
Date of 1st arrival in Britain: 
01 Jan 1889
Precise 1st arrival date unknown: 

C. Jinarajadasa was born of Buddhist parents in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1875. He was 'discovered' by Theosophist C. W. Leadbeater in 1889, who believed that Jinarajadasa was the reincarnation of his recently deceased younger brother, and brought him to England.

Jinarajadasa, known as 'Raja' to friends, graduated in 1900 from St John's College, Cambridge, where he coxed the college eight. He married the English feminist Dorothy Graham in 1916.

Jinarajadasa travelled the world lecturing on behalf of the Theosophical Society. He became President of the Theosophical Society in 1945, resigned in 1952, and died in the USA in 1953.

Published works: 

The Meeting of the East and the West (Madras, 1921)

Seven Veils over Consciousness (Adyar, 1952)

Secondary works: 

Bright, Esther, Old Memories and Letters of Annie Besant (London: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1936)

Lutyens, Emily, Candles in The Sun (London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1957)