Mahatma Letter to Padshah - LMW 2 No. 77

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: Sorabji J. Padshah
Sent via: unknown 
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Written on: autumn 1881
Received on: autumn 1881
Other dates: unknown
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This letter is Letter No. 77 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi writes to encourage Sorabji J. Padshah in writing poetry.[1]

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Your spirit is undoubtedly most closely akin to and largely vivified by that of poetry, and your intellectual instinct pierces easily into all the mysteries and abysses of nature, often giving a beautiful form, verity and harmony to your verse, as far as I am able to judge of English poetry. A true seer is always a poet, and a poet can never be a true one – unless he is in perfect unity with occult nature, – "a creator by right of his spiritual revelation" as the great Danish poet expresses it. I was anxious, therefore, you should learn, how far you had succeeded in impressing others. For, it is not enough to carry the true poetic instincts within the recesses of one's soul; these have to be so faithfully mirrored in verse or prose as to carry the intelligent reader away, wherever the poet's fancy may wing its flight. I send your poem after reading it myself to Mr. Sinnett, who was at one time considered in the London literary circles as one of the best critics of the day. Writing for me, and at my express wish, his opinion is thoroughly unbiassed, and I believe the criticism is calculated to do you the greatest good. Take up the suggestion, and work over the poem, for you may make of it something grand.

Bear with the world and those who surround you. Be patient and true to yourself, and Fate, who was a step-mother to you, my poor young friend, may yet change and her persecutions be changed into bounties. Whatever happens know – I am watching over you.

K. H.

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NOTES:

  • "the great Danish poet" has not been identified.

Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa provided this background information:

Date autumn of 1881. written to Mr. Sorabji J. Padshah, editor of the Indian Spectator. Mr. Padshah accompanied the Founders to Ceylon on their first trip. After a few years, he lost interest in the Society.[2]

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Publication history

According to Mr. Jinarājadāsa, "The letter was quoted in the defence of H.P.B. issued by the General Council of the T. S. in 1885."[3]

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Notes

  1. C. Jinarajadasa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series (Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1925), 149-150.
  2. C. Jinarajadasa, 149.
  3. C. Jinarajadasa, 149.