T. Subba Row was a Vedantin scholar and early member of the Theosophical Society. He was closely associated with H. P. Blavatsky suring her residency in India. He was born in 1856 at Cocanda, on the Coromandel Coast of India, to a prominent Brahman family, and remained a preacticing Brahman throughout his life. Upon receiving his B.A. and B.L. at Madras, he entered the legal profession in his mid-twenties, having shown no interest in mystical subjects. However, his contact with H. P. Blavatsky and H.S. Olcott in the early 1880s seems to have acted as a catalyst in opening up his innate store of metaphysical knowledge, particularly of Sanskrit literature. In spite of his writing talent and great learning, Subba Row produced relatively few works, as he refused to divulge the Brahamanical teachings to outsiders, especially to Europeans. This profound scholar died suddenly in 1890, just under the age of 34.