Mahatma Letter to Sinnett - LMW 1 No. 42

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Written by: Koot Hoomi
Received by: A. P. Sinnett
Sent via: unknown 
Written on: unknown
Received on: probably 1884
Other dates: unknown
Sent from: unknown
Received at: London
Via: unknown

This letter is Letter No. 42 in Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, First Series. Mahatma Koot Hoomi advises A. P. Sinnett about Laura C. Holloway.[1]

It was presented in the 1964 and 1973 editions as an unnumbered letter in the Conclusion, before the First Series was resequenced in 1988 to make it Letter 42.

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Вuт there are persons, who without ever having any external sign of selfishness, are intensely selfish in their inner spiritual aspirations. These will follow the path once chosen by them with their eyes closed to the interest of all but themselves, and see nothing outside the narrow pathway filled with their own personality. They are so intensely absorbed in the contemplation of their own supposed ‘righteousness’ that nothing can ever appear right to them outside the focus of their own vision distorted by their self-complacent contemplation, and their judgement of the right and wrong. Alas, such a one is our new, mutual friend L. С. H. ‘The right in thee is base, the wrong a curse’ was said by our Lord Buddha for such as she; for right and wrong ‘cheat such as love themselves’, and the others only in Proportion to the benefits derived — though these benefits be purely spiritual. Aroused some 18 months ago to spasmodic, hysterical curiosity by the perusal of your Occult World and later on by that of Esoteric Buddhism to enthusiastic envy, she determined to ‘find out the truth’ as she expressed it. She would either become a chela herself — first and foremost, to write books, thus eclipsing her ‘lay’ rival or upset the whole imposture in which she had no concern. She decided to go to Europe and seek you out. Her surexcited fancy putting а mask on every stray spook, created the ‘Student’ and made him serve her purpose and desire. She believed in it sincerely. At this juncture foreseeing the new danger I interfered. Darb: Nath was despatched and made to impress her thrice in my name. Her thoughts were for a certain period guided, her clairvoyance made to serve a purpose. Had her sincere aspirations conquered the intense Personality of her lower self I would have given the T.S. an excellent help and worker. The poor woman is naturally good and moral; but that very purity is of so narrow a kind, of so presbyterian а character, if I may use the word, as to be unable to see itself reflected in any other but her own Self. She alone is good and pure. All others must and shall be suspected. One great boon was offered her — her wayward spirit would allow her to accept of none that was not shaped in accordance with her own model.

And now she will receive a letter from me which will contain my Ultimatum and conditions. She will not accept them, but will complain bitterly to several among you, suggesting new hints and insinuations against one whom she professes to adore. [HPB] Prepare. A plank of salvation is offered to her but there is very little hope that she will accept it. However, I will try once more; but I have no right to influence her either way. If you will accept my advice, abstain from any serious correspondence with her until some fresh developments. Try to save ‘Man’ by looking it over with Mohini, and by erasing from it the alleged inspirations and dictation by ‘Student.’




Context and background

Mr. Jinarajadasa did not make any comments about this letter.

Physical description of letter

The location of the original letter is unknown. A copy of the original of this letter is preserved at the Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai, India. It was copied out by Miss Edith Ward after Mr. Sinnett loaned the original to Annie Besant.

Publication history

This letter was added, unnumbered, in the Conclusion of the 1964 edition of the First Series, and kept that designation until 1988, when the letters were resequenced. Then it became Letter 42.

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), 85-88.