Mahatma Letter to H. P. Blavatsky - LMW 1 No. 33

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: unknown
Received on: 21 July 1884
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: unknown
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 33 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi sends Helena Petrovna Blavatsky advice to pass along to Laura C. Holloway. It is one of a series of letters numbered 30 to 41 that communicate directly or indirectly with Mrs. Holloway.[1]

It was presented in the 1964 and 1973 editions as Letter IV, before the First Series was resequenced in 1988 to make it Letter 33.

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Tell ——— that spiritual faculties demand instruction and regulation even more than our mental gifts, for intellect imbibes wrong far more easily than good. ——— ought to bear always in mind these lines of Tennyson:

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control,
These three alone lead life to sovereign power.

But to remember at the same time the extreme danger of the self-will when it is not regulated by the three above mentioned qualities, especially in a question of spiritual development.

Let her obtain self-control over self-will and a too great sensibility, and thus she may become the most perfect as the strongest pillar of the Theosophical Society.




Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about this series of letters numbered 30-41. They were clearly written before Letters 4 to 20, which have reference to Mrs Holloway:

Miss Mary K. Neff was well known for her record of service to various Indian schools, and especially for her work during two years at the Theosophical Headquarters, at Adyar, indexing all the letters and documents which are in the Archives of the Society. She had dedicated herself especially to the history of H.P.B.'s movements and had published Personal Memories of H.P. Blavatsky.

She found in a magazine The World published in New York, articles by Mrs Langford in the issues of May and June 1912. These contain certain instructions received by her from the Master K.H... I publish these letters, as they contain much valuable instructions, for all who are preparing to tread the path to the Masters.[2]

Physical description of letter

The location of the original of this letter is not known.

Publication history

The letter was quoted in The Path issue of February 1893.[3]

It was added as Letter IV in the 1964 edition of the First Series, and kept that designation until 1988, when the letters were resequenced. Then it became Letter 33.

Commentary about this letter

Additional resources


  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 2011), 76, 161-162.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 161-162.
  3. One of the Recipients, "What the Masters Have Said" The Path 7.11 (February, 1893), 333-335.