Mahatma Letter to A Member - LMW 1 No. 46
|Written by:||Koot Hoomi|
|Received by:||unknown member|
This letter is Letter No. 46 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi advises an unknown member about philanthropy. In all editions before the First Series was resequenced in 1988, this was called Letter 33.
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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes
My reference to ‘philanthropy’ was meant in its broadest sense, and to draw attention to the absolute need of the ‘doctrine of the heart’ as opposed to that which is merely ‘of the eye’. And before, I have written that our Society is not a mere intellectual school for occultism, and those greater than we have said that he who thinks the task of working for others too hard had better not undertake it. The moral and spiritual sufferings of the world are more important and need help and cure more than science needs aid from us in any field of discovery. ‘He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.’
Context and background
Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about this letter:
This and the previous letter No. 45 were printed as if they were one letter, but they were probably excerpts from two different letters.
Physical description of letter
The original of this letter is not extant.
It was also printed in The Theosophist, November 1907, p. 167.
Commentary about this letter
- C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 101-102, 164.
- C. Jinarajadasa, 136.
- C. Jinarajadasa, 163-164.
- Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, 1881-1888. Adyar, Madras, India; London: Theosophical Publishing House, 1919. Foreword by Annie Besant; transcribed and compiled by C. Jinarajadasa.