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It was when he was employed in Baroda that his mind turned towards spirituality and occultism. For some nine years he pondered over these and sowed the seeds of that nervous prostration which led to the terrible disaster that brought on his death two months after his illness began. It is certain he knew the Master "Jupiter" intimately. C. W. L. once said that on the occasion of the visit he paid to that Master, Subba Row accompanied him.

Subba Row was not fond of company except that of a few well known to him. On Sundays and holidays, he used to come to the T.S. Headquarters, where he spent his time in conversation with C. W. L., Cooper-Oakley, and others. He often went to the Government Oriental Library and spent hours in pouring over cadjan Sanskrit manuscripts.