Mahatma Letter to H. S. Olcott - LMW 1 No. 17

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Henry Steel Olcott
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: unknown
Received on: 20-21 November 1883
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: Lahore
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 17 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi sends a brief note to Henry Steel Olcott to be ready.[1]

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Page 1 transcription, image, and notes

Watch for the signal: prepare to follow the messenger who will come for you.




Note on back of letter

Notation on back of letter in Olcott's handwriting:

Received phenomenally in my tent at Lahore. Nov. 21, 1884.



Note attached to letter

Notation attached to letter in Olcott's handwriting:

Note to H.S.O from Master K.H. to prepare him for a visit in the physical body in his tent in Lahore. (See. O.D.L.)



Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided these notes about this letter:

Transcribed from the original at Adyar, which has the following attached to it on a card in the handwriting of Colonel Olcott: ‘Note to H.S.O. from Master K.H. to prepare him for a visit in the physical body, in his tent at Lahore.’ This second visit is described by Colonel Olcott in Old Diary Leaves, Third Series, p.42, and by Mr W.T. Brown, who was present with him, in his pamphlet, Some Experiences in India. The Messenger referred to is the [[Djual Khool|Master D.K.][2]

Physical description of letter

According to Mr. Jinarajadasa, the original letter is at the Adyar headquarters of the Theosophical Society.

Publication history

This letter was published in 1919 as Letter 17 in the first edition of Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, 1881-1888, later known as the First Series.[3]

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), 46, 148-149.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 147-148.
  3. 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.