Mahatma Letter to Mary Gebhard - LMW 2 No. 72

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Written by: Morya
Received by: Mary Gebhard
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: unknown
Received on: August 30, 1884
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: Elberfeld
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 72 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series, in which Mahatma Morya challenges Mary Gebhard to accept her destiny.[1]

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We are drawn, Lady, into the vortex of the destiny prepared previously by ourselves for ourselves, as the ship in the Maelstrom. You now begin to realise this. What shall you do? You cannot successfully resist fate. Are you ready to do your part in the great work of philanthropy? You have offered yourself for the Red Cross; but, Sister, there are sicknesses and wounds of the Soul that no Surgeon’s art can cure. Shall you help us teach mankind that the soul-sick must heal themselves? Your action will be your response.




Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided this brief background information:

The letter which follows was received at Elberfeld on August 30, 1884, by Frau Mary Gebhard.[2]

Physical description of letter

Mr. Jinarajadasa described the letter in this way:

I have not seen the original, and do not know where it now is. The copy which I publish was made by the late Miss F. Arundale.[3]

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  1. C. Jinarajadasa, 'Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series (Adyar, Madras,India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1925), 128-129.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 128.
  3. C. Jinarajadasa, 128.