Bhagavan Das was born in 1869 of a well-known family of bankers and landowners. He joined the Theosophical Society in 1884, attracted by the stirring lectures of Annie Besant and her dynamic work for the regeneration of India. He had earned an M.A. in Philosophy at the age of 19, and and became highly respected for his work as a scholar and writer. He resigned from government service in order to become Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Central Hindu College, where he was honorary lecturer of Sanatana Dharma.