George Arundale

Other names: 

George Sydney Arundale

Date of birth: 
01 Dec 1878
City of birth: 
Wonersh, Surrey
Country of birth: 
Date of death: 
12 Aug 1945
Location of death: 
Adyar, India

George Arundale was a Theosophist. He was tutored by Charles Leadbeater and went to St John's College, Cambridge in 1895. In 1902, he moved to Benares and became principal of the Central Hindu College. Arundale became involved with the All-India Home Rule League and was imprisoned, with Annie Besant, in 1917, under the Defence of India Act, 1917.

In 1920, he married a Brahmin girl, Rukmini Devi, which caused some controversy in India. In 1926, he became Regionary Bishop of the Liberal Catholic Church in India. In 1934, he became President of the Theosophical Society. He edited the Theosophist. He died in 1945 in Adyar at the Theosophist headquarters.

Published works: 

Various works on theosophy include:

Bedrock of Education (Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1924)

Thoughts of the Great (Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1924)

You (Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1935)

Gods in the Becoming (Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1936)

Education for Happiness (Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1938)

Adventures in Theosophy (Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1941)

Secondary works: 

Dixon, Joy, Divine Feminine: Theosophy and Feminism in England (London: John Hopins, 2001)

Lutyens, Mary, Krishnamurti: The Years of Awakening (London: John Murray, 1975)

Lutyens, Mary, The Life and Death of Krishnamurti (London: John Murray, 1990)

Meduri, Avanthi (ed.), Rukmini Devi Arundale (1904-1968): A Visionary Architect of Indian culture and the Performing Arts (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2005)

Archive source: 

Theosophical Archives, Adyar, India