Radha Burnier, international President of the Theosophical Society (Adyar) since 1980, passed away this morning in Adyar, Chennai, India.

We here at Theosophy Nexus want to send our sincere condolences and extend our hearts to all those who are feeling the loss of their dearly beloved friend today. We invite you all to share your thoughts and reminiscences here, should you wish.

In the passing of theosophical friends and co-workers, we are reminded of the deep bonds we all share, those that extend far beyond this world. Those bonds are untouched by death, may well even be strengthened by it. Our hearts are one, and one in the great work we have each, in our own way, volunteered for. May Radha's journey continue, and may those who knew her be strengthened in their service to the theosophical movement, which was so near to her heart.

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Thank you Jon for posting this about Radhaji.

In the TS in America we are developing a Theosophical Wiki (http://www.tswiki.net) and we have been working on article on Radha. It is already quite complete but we are still adding material. You can read it at: http://www.tswiki.net/mywiki/index.php?title=Radha_Burnier

If any of you have some information to add do not hesitate to write to me.


Just last year Radha gave a heartfelt talk about the oneness of humanity that virtually all Theosophists accept in theory, and that she spent her life working for. It is one of the resources listed in the Theosophical Wiki article that Pablo gave a link to. It is titled, "Some Thoughts on the Work and Value of the Theosophical Society," and is found at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK7qU_5aTEs. It could just as well have been titled, "Some Thoughts on the Work and Value of the Theosophical Movement," for that is really what it is about.

Toward the latter part of this talk she mentioned that she was born into a Brahman family, a family of the Brahman caste. She said that her father, past president of the Theosophical Society, N. Sri Ram, as a young man wondered why he should be different from those of any other caste. He then gave up the privileges of the Brahman caste, and even stopped using his name, Shastri, which indicated that he was of the Brahman caste. So he lived his ideals, and he passed them on to her. She, too, lived them. Jon mentioned that we might share some reminiscences here. Nancy and I have one that impressed us very much and showed us on a practical level that she had traded in the distinctions of caste for the oneness with others.

We had met Radha at the Krotona Institute of Theosophy when she came to the U.S.A. and gave a series of presentations on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. She was a Sanskrit scholar, and gave all of us in attendance some in-depth insight into the sutras. Later, we went to India and showed up unannounced at the International Theosophical Convention held that year (1978) at the Indian National Headquarters in Varanasi. We had no reservations; but when we pulled up in a rickshaw she without hesitation invited us into her quarters, and allowed us the use of her own bathroom. She then served us toast and tea. All these things are unheard of for a Brahman to do for mlecchas, outsiders. We were duly impressed, and forever grateful for the lesson she gave with her kind acts.


What a beautiful story.  We should all be so gracious as she was.


In honor of Radha Burnier, The Theosophist for Oct.-Nov. 2014 is a double issue of 128 pages, including thirty-five individual reminiscences and tributes. It also includes two short articles by her, "What is Real?" and "Why Study The Secret Doctrine?". It has many photographs, and her messages to the International Conventions, 1980-2013.