Mahatma Letter No. 124

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: A. P. Sinnett
Sent via: possibly Bhola Deva Sarma
Written on: unknown
Received on: April 1884 – see below
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: London
Via: unknown 

This is Letter No. 124 in The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett, 4th chronological edition. It corresponds to Letter No. 94 in Barker numbering. See below for Context and background.

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

My dear friend — Amid the various and arduous labours it has pleased the venerable Chohan to entrust me with — I had entirely forgotten the "Kiddle incident". You have my explanation. In asking you to keep me the secret I only meant the withholding of certain details that, in their ignorance of the scientific process your and my opponents would take exception to, make of it a pretext for poking fun at occult sciences and finally charge me with clumsy lies and yourself with credulity, or "hero-worship" as the golden-haired nymph of the Vicarage puts it. But if you are prepared to stand the fire of furious denial



  • The golden-haired nymph of the Vicarage refers to Anna Bonus Kingsford, who had written a pamphlet with the accusation the Master mentions.

Page 2

and adverse criticism, make of my letter and explanations the best use you can. The several letters and articles in the last numbers of the Theosophist given out with my permission — by Gen. Morgan, Subba Row and Dharani Dhu may pave the way for you. I would not have "the propagation of Theosophy" impeded on my account and to save my name from a few extra blows.

Yours in haste,




Context and background

Physical description of letter

The original is in the British Library, Folio 3. George Linton and Virginia Hanson described the letter in this way:

KH script, in green ink, on both sides of a single sheet of heavy note paper.[1]

Publication history

The "letters and explanations" appeared in the December, January, and February numbers of The Theosophist, per Barker 2nd edition at Theosophical University Press Online.

Commentary about this letter


  1. George E. Linton and Virginia Hanson, eds., Readers Guide to The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1972), 208.