HAAS, George Christian Otto

HAAS, George Christian Otto. New York 28.3.1883 — 1964. U.S. Indologist and Sectarian. Son of George Chjristian Frederick Haas, a clergyman, and Anna S. Hansen. Studies at Columbia University: A.B. 1902, A.M. 1903, Ph.D. 1909 (under Jackson). In 1904-11 tutor at City College in New York, 1911-16 Instructor in German ibid. In 1917-20 Translator and Censor at U.S. Department of Justice, in 1921-38/51 independent tech. translator. From 1927 Minister of Universal Spiritual Church, in 1952-55 its Bishop, from 1955 Archbishop Primate. From 1933 Director of Institute of Hyperphysical Research, from 1941 of Institute of Life. In 1940-42 International Secretary of World Fellowship of Faiths, in 1942-56 its Director, from 1956 Director General. From 1957 also Patriarch of Holy Apostolic Church.

Publications: Dhanaṁjaya: Daśarūpa. A treatise on Hindu dramaturgy. Text (Hall’s ed. reproduced), transl., notes. 214 p. Indo-Iranian Series 7. N.Y. 1912.

– “Recurrent and Parallel Passages in the Principal Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gītā”, JAOS 42, 1922, 1-43, republ. in Hume’s 13 Upanishads. 2nd ed. 1931, 516-562; “The Kaivalya Upanishad”, Jnl Intern. Sch. Vedic & Allied Res. 1:1, 1929; “A. V. Williams Jackson: Bibliography”, JAOS 58, 1938, 241-257.

wrote on religion, spiritualism and psychic powers.

Sources: Dir. Am. Sch. 1st ed. 1942, 3rd ed. 1957, 4th ed.; Who Was Who in America 7; www.encyclopedia.com (of occultism and parapsychology).

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