Mahatma Letter to H. S. Olcott - LMW 2 No. 29
|Written by:||Serapis Bey|
|Received by:||Henry Steel Olcott|
|Received on:||3 October 1879|
This is Letter No. 29 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. In it Mahatma Serapis Bey advises Henry Steel Olcott about dealing with Rosa Bates.
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2. Never ask the “maid” in question to do anything whatever. Dispense with her services as much as you can, and altogether if you can.
3. Do it in such a way however as not to lead to an open quarrel. Whenever convenient explain that the paper is neither yours nor H.P.B.’s but belongs to and is under the control of certain persons no one knows anything about except your two selves. Try to avoid bringing into the “Office” that opposing, malevolent magnetism of the maid. You have lost 31 subscribers through that influence.
Context and background
Mr. Jinarājadāsa provided this background information on the series of letters numbered 9-20:
Physical description of letter
The original of this letter is preserved at the Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai, India.
Commentary about this letter
Mr. Jinarājadāsa provided this foreword on the series of letters numbered 28-45:
I have arranged the letters which follow, so far as possible, in the order in which they were received. On some, Colonel Olcott has made a memorandum of the date. For others, I have been able to get the date from his Diaries. There are a few, however, of which I am fairly certain as to the year, because of the first script of Master M. referred to already [see Morya:Writing style], but there is no indication anywhere as to the month. Some of the letters bear no signature.
- C. Jinarājadāsa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series (Adyar, Madras,India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1925), 71-72, .
- C. Jinarājadāsa, 72.
- C. Jinarājadāsa, 70.