Mahatma Letter to H. P. Blavatsky - LMW 1 No. 39

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: unknown
Received on: 15 August 1884
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: London
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 39 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi give instructions to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky about Laura Carter 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 X, before the First Series was resequenced in 1988 to make it Letter 39.

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

Leave her strictly alone. You have no right to influence her either way. Whether she goes, or remains, her subsequent fate is in her own hands. I cannot answer the same questions over and over again. I said to her, Try, and shall say no more. You may tell her this, that for one so emphatically determined in some of her moods; one who asserted so often that she was ready at a moment’s notice to go to Tibet in search of me, saying ‘Here I am, will you teach me, Master?’, if only she knew she would thereby gain the knowledge sought; she acts with remarkable inconsistency. It is — — ’s magnetism — the coming letter and the one received — that upsets her. I did not want to seem too hard to forbid all intercourse for the time, and these are the results. If she has not learnt yet the fundamental principle in occultism that every idle word is recorded as well as one full of earnest meaning, she ought to be told as much, before being allowed to take one step further. I will not tell you her future; nor should you try to see. You know it is against the rules. Anyhow you must not regret the three months lost, your and our own efforts, and M.’s time wasted in the case, if it all ends in a failure. You will have helped; the only sufferer will be herself. I regret it deeply. I would if I could develop this richly gifted nature, quiet and soothe in the bosom of the eternal Truth the sensitive soul ever suffering from self-inflicted wounds. I can do nothing, if she does not help me by helping herself. Try to make her realize that in occultism we can neither go back nor stop, that an abyss opens behind every step taken forward. Be kind and gentle with her, whatever happens. She suffers, and patience was never a word for her. She would be made a regular chela before she showed herself fit even for a probationary candidate. ‘I am not a chela,’ she keeps on saying, ignorant of having pledged herself as one unconsciously and when out of the body. ‘Oh, if I could have the assurance only that the book will be finished!’ Indeed? Thus while fretting over the short period before her in the future, she loses hour after hour, day after day, instead of working at it in the present and thus finish it.




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

This letter was added as Letter X in the 1964 edition of the First Series, and kept that designation until 1988, when the letters were resequenced. Then it became Letter 39.

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), 81-82, 161-162.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 161-162.