Mahatma Letter No. 63

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: A. P. Sinnett
Sent via: unknown
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Received on: June 1882
Other dates: none
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Received at: Simla, India
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This is Letter No. 95 in Barker numbering. Letter 95 is the continuation of Letter 62, which in turn is a continuation of Letter 61. See below for Context and background.

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

. . . such a life of infamy. I will try my best to make of him a vegetarian and a teetotaller. Total abstinence from flesh and liquor are very wisely prescribed by Mr. Hume, if he would have good results. In good hands E. will do an immense good to the T.S. in India, but for this, he has through a training of purification. M. had to prepare him for six weeks before his departure

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  • ". . . such a life of infamy." The text continues from the previous letter.

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otherwise it would have been impossible for me to project into his atmosphere even the reflection of my "double." I told you already, my kind friend, that what he saw was not me. Nor will I be able to project that reflection for you — unless he is thoroughly purified. Therefore, as the matter now stands I have not a word to say against Mr. Hume's conditions as expressed in his last "official" letter, except in congratulating him with all my heart. For the same

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reason it is impossible for me to answer him and his questions just now. Let him have patience, pray, in the E. matter. There are dirty conspiracies set on foot, and germinating in London, among the spiritualists; and I am not at all sure that E. will resist the tide that threatens to submerge him unless they obtain from him, at least a partial recantation. We departed from our policy

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and the experiment was made with him on the "Vega" solely for the benefit of some Anglo Indian theosophists. Mr. Hume had expressed his surprise that even E.'s "spirits" should know nothing of us, and that despite the interests of the cause we did not show ourselves even to him. On the other hand, the Calcutta spiritualists and Mrs. Gordon with them were triumphant, and Colonel G. followed suit. The "dear departed ones" were

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for the short period of his stay at Calcutta in odour of sanctity, and the "Brothers" rather low in public estimation. Many of you thought that our appearing to E., would "save the situation" and force Spiritualism to recognise the claims of Theosophy. Well, we complied with your wishes. M. and I were determined to show to you that there was no ground for such hopes. The Bigotry and Blindness of the Spiritualists fed by the selfish motives of professional

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  • odour of sanctity means "held in high regard;" highly esteemed.

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mediums are rampant and the opponents are now desperate. We must allow the natural course of events to develop, and can only help on the coming crisis by having a hand in the increasing frequency of exposures. It would never do for us to force events, as it would be only making "martyrs" and allowing these the pretext for a new craze.

Thus, pray have patience. Mr. Hume — if he only holds on to his resolutions — has a grand and noble work before him —

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the work of a true Founder of a new social era, of a philosophical and religious Reform. It is so vast and so nobly conceived, that if, as I hope, we will now finally agree, he will have quite enough to do during the interval that is necessary for me to probe and prepare Eglinton. I will write to Mr. Hume and answer his every point in a few days, explaining the situation as I conceive it. Meanwhile you would do well to show him this letter.

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Your Review of the Perfect Way is more perfect than its author's conception. I thank you, my friend, for your good services. You are beginning to attract the Chohan's attention. And if you only knew what significance that has, you would not be calculating to a nicety what reward you are entitled to for certain recent services mentioned.

Yours affectionately,

K. H.

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Context and background

Physical description of letter

The original is in the British Library, Folio 3. According to George Linton and Virginia Hanson, the letter was written:

ML-95 is a continuation of ML-18, which accidentally became detached. It is on two sheets of dissimilar paper, in dull blue ink. The first sheet is heavy folded note paper bearing the letterhead of "Government, N. W. Provinces and Oudh." The second sheet is a thin one bearing the letterhead of "The Pioneer, Allahabad." Since the question of transporting writing paper by occult means had been under discussion in the previous letter (ML-17, p. 115), one is tempted to surmise that KH had abstracted a sheet of paper from both APS and AOH on which to write this "Appendix," just by way of illustrating how easy it was to do. AOH had previously been District Officer of Northwest Provinces.[1]

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Notes

  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), 114.


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