Arundale, George Sydney (1878–1945)
Prominent member of the Theosophical Society. Born in
Surrey, England, December 1, 1878, he was educated in Italy
and Germany before entering St. John’s College, Cambridge
University, England, from which he graduated M.A., LL.B.,
D.Lit. He joined the Theosophical Society in 1895 and went to
India at the invitation of Annie Besant. Arundale served as
principal of the Central Hindu College, Benares (1905), examiner
to the University of Allahabad and to the government of
United Provinces, India, principal of National University of
Madras (1917), and minister of education to the government
of the Maharaja Holkar (1923). He was also regionary bishop
of the Liberal Catholic Church in India, deputy chief scout of
the Indian Boy Scout Association, and provincial commissioner
of the Hindustan Scout Association in Madras Presidency.
In 1917 he was interned with Annie Besant, then president
of the Theosophical Society, for principles expressed in membership
of the All India Home Rule League. In 1920 he married
Rukmini Devi, an Indian girl from a Brahmin family, who
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was a leading exponent of Hindu classical dancing. She helped
to restore respect for Indian dancing as an expression of deep
spiritual awareness. Arundale lectured extensively in India, Europe,
and Australia and was at one time general secretary of the
Theosophical Society in England, Australia, and India. In 1934
he succeeded Besant as president of the Theosophical Society.
He also wrote a number of works on Theosophy and edited The
Theosophist, The Theosophical Worker, and Conscience (Madras).
His book Kundalini An Occult Experience (1938) has special importance
as an early personal description of the arousal of kundalini
in the body. He died at Adyar, India, August 12, 1945.
Sources
Arundale, George S. Fragment of Autobiography. Adyar, India
Kalaksetra, 1940.
———. Kundalini An Occult Experience. Adyar, India Theosophical
Publishing House, 1938.
———. Lotus Fire. Adyar, India Theosophical Publishing
House, 1939.
———. Thoughts on ‘‘At the Feet of the Master.’’ Adyar, India
Theosophical Publishing House, 1919.
———. You. Madras, India Theosophical Publishing
House, 1938. Reprint, Wheaton, Ill. Theosophical Publishing
House, 1973.